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Golf Canada – News and notes from Wascana Country Club for Friday, August 24th    

REGINA (Golf Canada) – Amy Yang, gunning for her first victory of 2018, shot a second-round 65 at the CP Women’s Open to hold the 36-hole lead at 13-under 131. The three-time LPGA Tour winner, who last visited the winner’s circle in February 2017 at the Honda LPGA Thailand, took advantage of the prime early scoring conditions, carding nine birdies to just two bogeys.

“My putting was really good today,” said Yang, who needed just 26 putts Friday. “I was hitting it pretty solid out there, but I gave myself a lot of good chances, and I think I made most of them out there.”

Yang holds a one-stroke lead over young guns Brooke Henderson and Angel Yin. Henderson again had partisan Canadian crowds following her every move, thrilling the fans with a closing birdie at No. 9, while Yin carded three consecutive birdies to finish her round.

“To be close to the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend is awesome, especially when you’re here in Canada.” 

Those words from Brooke Henderson highlight what could be a classic fairytale for Canada’s beloved star. Henderson started the day with a 55-yard birdie putt from off the green that set the pace for a crowd-pleasing round of 6-under 66 and a tie for second, one stroke behind the lead.

“To see that many people there to watch me finish was incredible. I was happy I was able to birdie for them and get to 12-under. It was a great day,” said Henderson, who carded seven birdies and one bogey on Friday. “I think starting on the back nine kind of gave me a lot of momentum, making a lot of birdies, and then was able to finish really strong here.” 

If her hot streak continues over the weekend, Henderson would become the first Canadian to win Canada’s national championship since Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Jocelyne Bourassa accomplished the feat in 1973. She’s already set her best CP Women’s Open 36-hole score by eight strokes (she shot 140 in 2016) and heads into the weekend in the top five – the highest position she’s ever held in her home tournament.

While any hometown hero would feel the pressure of winning, Henderson felt comfortable and enjoyed Friday’s round.

“It’s definitely a lot easier to play in front of the fans when you’re playing really well,” Henderson added. “So, hopefully I keep it up.”  

WEATHER COMES INTO PLAY AT WASCANA
Weather was a major factor on Friday afternoon, with winds gusting to 35 mph and temperatures quickly dropping. Winds picked up significantly starting at 11 a.m., giving players in the morning wave a marked advantage on those who played in the afternoon. The scoring average for the morning wave was 71.5, while it was 74.6 for the afternoon wave.

“I kind of was a little flustered in the middle when the wind picked up,” said Angel Yin, who carded both of her bogeys as she adjusted to the changing conditions. “I didn’t adjust quickly enough and I wasn’t hitting it well.”

Of the players in the top 10, only Ariya Jutanugarn (T4, three strokes behind Yang) played in the afternoon and she started the day tied for the lead.

Round 3 of the 2018 CP Women’s Open gets underway at 8:49 a.m. CT, with players playing in threesomes off the 1st and 10th tees. 

CANADIAN SCORES
T2 – Brooke Henderson – 66-66 (-12)
T43 – Alena Sharp – 71-70 (-3)
T43 – Anne-Catherine Tanguay – 70-71 (-3)
— DID NOT ADVANCE —
MC – Brittany Marchand – 74-73 (+3)
MC – Maude-Aimee Leblanc – 70-77 (+3)
MC – Naomi Ko (a) – 68-79 (+3)
MC – Tiffany Kong (a) – 76-72 (+4)
MC – Ellie Szeryk – 72-79 (+7)
MC – Céleste Dao (a) – 71-81 (+8)
MC – Augusta James – 74-78 (+8)
MC – Anna Young – 78-75 (+9)
MC – Elizabeth Tong – 73-80 (+9)
MC – Jennifer Ha – 75-79 (+10)
MC – Megan Osland – 75-82 (+10)
MC – Lorie Kane – 83-77 (+16)
MC – Bobbi Brandon – 83-90 (+29)

CP BIRDIES FOR HEART
The second round saw 27 sub-par scores (all birdies) at No. 17, which amounts to $135,000 raised on Friday and $300,000 overall for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital via the CP Birdies for Heart program, which donates $5,000 per sub-par score.

SCORING AND START TIMES 
Scoring and Pairings for the 2018 CP Women’s Open are available here.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, AUDIO FILES AND VIDEO…
Interview transcripts, audio MP3 files, as well as downloadable royalty-free images and broadcast quality videos for all media interviews and scrums are available online here.

LPGA TOUR MEDIA NOTES
For daily LPGA Tour notes, statistics, hole locations and yardages, visit www.media.lpga.com and select CP Women’s Open from the LPGA Tournament Information menu.

MEDIA GUIDE 
Download the 2018 CP Women’s Open Media Guide by clicking here.

CP HAS HEART IN SUPPORT OF JIM PATTISON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
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 four years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $6.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in communities across Canada.

This year, the campaign is supporting pediatric cardiology at Saskatchewan’s new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital in Saskatoon. Funds raised through the CP Women’s Open will help assist a dedicated cardiology space and specialized equipment in the new hospital, currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019. To find out more or donate click here.

KIDS 17-AND-UNDER GET IN FREE
Golf Canada and CP are committed to offering a fan friendly, family event with the CP Women’s Open. To introduce more juniors to the sport, children aged 17-and-under get FREE admission to the CP Women’s Open for the entire week. 

TICKETS…
Anyday Grounds (Sat-Sun) –  Tournament week $55
Full week entry (Grounds) – Tournament week $105
Full week entry (Clubhouse) – Tournament week $200

TELEVISION COVERAGE… 
Saturday, August 25 – Golf Channel – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, August 26 – Golf Channel – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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ABOUT THE 2018 CP WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 20-26, 2018 at Wascana Country Club in Regina. The CP Women’s Open is proud to name Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2018. 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 National Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Dilawri Auto Group, The Glenlivet, Golf Town, CVS Controls Ltd., Mott’s Clamato Caesar, Regina Hotel Association, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina and the Government of Canada. For more 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, providing 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 CP HAS HEART
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That’s why, through CP Has Heart, we’ve already committed more than $12 million to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we’re showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.

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 grow participation, excellence and passion in the sport while upholding the integrity and traditions of the game. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our goal is to be relevant to and respected by all Canadian golf enthusiasts from coast to coast. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

For more information:
Dan Pino 
Director, Media and Public Relations 
Golf Canada
(c) 416-434-5525 
(e) dpino@golfcanada.ca

Mallory McCredie
Advisor, Media Relations
Canadian Pacific
(p) 403-319-7178
(e) Mallory_Mccredie@cpr.ca