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Golf Canada – Fifteen Canadians to compete at Magna Golf Club when Canada’s National Women’s Open gets underway Thursday, August 22

AURORA, Ont. – Kelly Tan’s 7-under-par 65 led the way at the 2019 CP Women’s Open Monday Qualifier at Scarboro Golf and Country Club.

Tan, of Malaysia, was the medalist Monday by five shots. Tan is a full-time member of the Symetra Tour who has played four times on the LPGA Tour in 2019. She also represented Malaysia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. This will be Tan’s fifth appearance at the CP Women’s Open. 

Suzuka Yamaguchi of Japan finished in second with a 2-under-par 70. Yamaguchi is 145th on the Race to CME Globe. 

Robyn Choi of Australia and Muni He of China finished at 1-under 71 to round out the four golfers earning spots in the 2019 CP Women’s Open via final (Monday) qualifying.

Maddie McCrary of the United States and Julieta Granada of Paraguay, a past winner on the LPGA Tour, were awarded sponsor invitations following qualifying. 

Casey Ward (72) of Picton, Ont., finished as the low Canadian and was also awarded a sponsor exemption. Ward is an award-winning PGA of Canada member based out of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club. 

With the addition of Ward to the field, there will now be 15 Canadians competing at the 2019 CP Women’s Open, including defending champion Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. and Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI – who is making her record-setting 29th appearance at the CP Women’s Open. 

Click here for the full Monday Qualifier leaderboard. 

CANADA DAY ALL-STAR  PRO-AM A SUCCESS
Some of Canada’s top golfers teed it up alongside excited amateurs at Canada Day All-Star Pro-Am benefitting the Golf Canada Foundation.

Funds from the Foundation go towards growing golf in Canada, as golfers played 18 holes at Magna Golf Club from the same tees the world’s best golfers will play.

Top Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Taylor Pendrith was in the field along with past Canada Life Canadian Player of the Year on the Mackenzie Tour Jared du Toit – both members of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad.

Celebrated Canadian amateurs including Emily Zhu – the 2019 Canadian Junior Girls Champion along with Mary Parsons, Brigitte Thibault and Joey Savoie, fresh off winning bronze in the mixed team event at the Pan American Games, teed it up along with LPGA stars Brittany Marchand, Alena Sharp and AC Tanguay. 

Note to Media: Download the 2019 CP Women’s Open Media Guide by clicking here and the Player Performance Guide by clicking here

A full field list of players confirmed to compete in the 2019 CP Women’s Open is available by clicking here.

MEDIA CENTRE INTERVIEW TIMES
The following interviews will take place in the media centre onsite at Magna Golf Club. All times are subject to change.

Tuesday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. – Wayne Rath, Magna Golf Club Superintendent
1 p.m. – Juli Inkster
12 p.m. – So Yeon Ryu
2:30 p.m. – Brooke Henderson
3 p.m. – Michelle Liu
3:30 p.m. – Brittany Marchand 

Wednesday, Aug. 21
11 a.m. – Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan
11:30 a.m. – Anne-Catherine Tanguay
TBD – Suzann Pettersen
TBD – Alena Sharp

CANADIANS IN THE FIELD
The following 15 Canadians are set to compete in the 2019 CP Women’s Open:

Céleste Dao *
Brooke Henderson
Lorie Kane
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
Michelle Liu *
Brittany Marchand
Megan Osland
Mary Parsons *
Alena Sharp
Maddie Szeryk
Anne-Catherine Tanguay
Valérie Tanguay
Brigitte Thibault *
Casey Ward
Emily Zhu *

* denotes amateur

CP HAS HEART IN SUPPORT OF SICKKIDS FOUNDATION
Canadian Pacific will continue its history of making a substantial donation to the host community through its CP Has Heart community investment program. In the five years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $8.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in communities across Canada. This year, the campaign will benefit SickKids Foundation, the primary charity partner for the 2019 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, as well as Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. For more information on CP Has Heart, visit www.cphasheart.com.

CP WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TO KICK OFF TOURNAMENT WEEK
Canada and Canadian Pacific are proud to conduct the second annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit on Tuesday, August 20 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North in Richmond Hill, Ont., as part of the weeklong excitement of the 2019 CP Women’s Open. The CP Women’s Leadership Summit will bring together like-minded businesswomen from across the country for a day of networking, empowerment and philanthropy. The Summit will also raise awareness for the CP Women’s Open, with attendees receiving access to the tournament during the week.

Keynote speaker Roberta Bowman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer of the LPGA will be joined by LPGA Tour Professional Mariah Stackhouse for an athlete Q&A. Attendees will hear from business leaders Maeghan Albiston, Assistant Vice-President of Investor Relations & Pensions at CP, Anne Simard, Chief Mission & Research Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Jennifer Tory, Chief Administrative Officer of RBC. A new addition to the leadership summit in 2019 is the athlete panel, which will feature four accomplished Canadian Olympians—speed skater Anastasia Bucsis, soccer goalkeeper Karina Leblanc, multi-sport star Georgia Simmerling and two-time ice hockey gold medalist Natalie Spooner. Rogers Sportsnet Central Co-Anchor Evanka Osmak will act as the emcee and panel moderator for the event.

For more information about the CP Women’s Leadership Summit, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.cpwomensopen.com/wls.

BIRDIES FOR HEART
You can help fundraise for an upgraded Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids by pledging a donation amount or per birdie for 2019 CP Women’s Open tournament play. Whenever a LPGA Tour player sinks a birdie on the 17th hole, your chosen dollar amount is donated to SickKids Foundation. For all donations made through Birdies For Heart, spectator support will be matched by CP. To participate, please click here

TELEVISION COVERAGE…
Thursday, August 22 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, August 23 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

* All times local.

2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN TICKETS
One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the CP Women’s Open features miles of front row seating for golf fans to experience Canada’s lone stop on the LPGA Tour and cheer on Canadian sensation and CP Ambassador Brooke Henderson as she defends her national title on home soil.

General admission tickets, starting at just $30 for early week access, provide access to the grounds to get an up-close look at the stars of the LPGA Tour. Tournament rounds for Thursday, Friday and Saturday are just $65; a Sunday final-round ticket is $80; and a weeklong, fully transferable badge is $150.

A specially priced youth ticket (13-17 years old) is also available while juniors aged 12-and-under gain FREE grounds admission all week long.

In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of upgraded spectator viewing experiences are still available. A full list of ticket packages and pricing is available online at www.cpwomensopen.com/tickets.

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ABOUT THE 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 19-25, 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. The CP Women’s Open is proud to name the SickKids Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2019. Funds raised will be dedicated to pediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women’s Open, Canada’s Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Golf Town, Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

ABOUT GOLF CANADA
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a world leader in golf. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

Media Contacts:
Dan Pino | Director, Media and Public Relations, Golf Canada | 416-434-5525 | dpino@golfcanada.ca

Salem Woodrow | Advisor, Media Relations, Canadian Pacific | 204-934-4255 |  Salem_Woodrow@cpr.ca