Aug 21, 2019

Brooke Henderson Poised To Defend Her CP Women’s Open Championship

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/21/2019 08:14:00 AM   No comments
Refreshed and ready to defend her CP Women’s Open Championship. Brooke Henderson the poster child for everything that's great about the LPGA is clearly the favourite this week at Magna Golf Club
in Aurora, Ont. Unfortunately what was suppose to be a week attending as media at Magna covering the event fell through but I'll be keenly eyeing social media and the Golf Channel as Brooke looks to defend.

Bernard Brault,  Golf Canada ©2019

Press Release


Defending champion Brooke Henderson told media Tuesday that she feels great heading into Thursday’s opening round.

“It's amazing. I played nine holes yesterday and nine this morning and the course is in incredible condition. I think it's going to be a lot of fun for all of us girls to go out there and probably try to make a lot birdies and shoot low scores,” said Henderson. 

Henderson, who earlier this year defended her title at the LOTTE Championship in April and won the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in June (her ninth LPGA Tour title), is now, at 21, Canada’s winningest golfer on the LPGA or PGA Tour. 

She looks to become the first person since Lydia Ko (2012-13) to win back-to-back CP Women’s Open titles. If she were to win this week, she would also become the first Canadian to win multiple CP Women’s Opens. 

“To have won the CP Women's Open last year is probably the highlight of my career so far,” said Henderson. “Just being with all the great fans from the nation and just having so much attention on me and then still being able to perform as well as I did and execute those shots under pressure was really exciting for me.”

Magna Golf Club, Henderson said, has been a pleasure to play. Mike McMahon, the head golf professional at the club, has walked around with Henderson both Tuesday and Monday and has provided her with some tips. She said ball striking will be key this week. 

“The fairways are pretty generous and the greens are very large. I think if you can be really precise on approaches with your ball striking you'll hit it to the right slopes, right quadrants on the green. That'll be really important to give yourself a good look at birdie,” she said. “It's in amazing shape. It's going to be a lot of fun. I do think if the conditions stay as they are right now there will be some low scores. I think that will be fun for fans as well.”

Every year since 2016 Henderson has won twice on the LPGA Tour and has ascended as high as fifth on the Rolex Rankings this year. But still, the CP Women’s Open is a highlight on her calendar. 

“To win the CP Women's Open last year was incredible. Do I think I'm going to do it again this year? I'm going to give it all I have, my best shot,” she said. “Like I said, I'm going to give it my all, see what I can do, and hopefully post a solid round on Thursday and give the fans something to cheer about.”

Henderson is one of 15 Canadians to play in this year’s CP Women’s Open, including Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI – making her record-setting 29th appearance. 


Age is just a number, but this week at the CP Women’s Open, it’s an important one.
After finishing as top Canadian at last month’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, Michelle Liu, of Vancouver, earned a spot in the CP Women’s Open.

At just 12 years old, she is the youngest person to ever tee it up in Canada’s national open. 
“I feel like I'm getting pretty famous,” said Liu. “I think it's a new experience for me, so I would say that's definitely pretty cool.”

Liu finished the Canadian Women’s Amateur, which took place this year at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, at 1-over par. She finished tied for 12th, one shot better than Team Canada National team member, Brigitte Thibault. 

Liu said her big goal this week was to just play well and enjoy herself. 

“I definitely do hope for a lot. I know there are a lot of great players here in the field. I think it was 96 out of the top 100 players, so I definitely say (making the cut is) going to be pretty hard,” she said. “I hope for a lot and I expect a little bit less.”

Liu, who is entering grade eight, said she also plays volleyball and basketball when she’s not golfing. Art is one of her hobbies – she has a web comic with a few friends – and she started a foundation called the Hope for Girls Foundation to pay for school supplies for girls in the Northern part of the Guangzhou province in China.

But while she’s fairly busy off the golf course, this week is about what’s happening on the golf course for Liu, who has already teed it up with some LPGA Tour winners including Christina Kim, and practiced alongside her idol, fellow Canadian Brooke Henderson. 
“I'm looking forward to being able to play with even more great players, especially in like the environment of a professional golf tournament,” said Liu. “I think it's definitely going to be a challenge for me and my mental game to be able to focus and like keep my mind on each and every shot.”

Aug 2, 2019

5 Stay & Play Golf Resorts You Don’t Want To Skip

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  8/02/2019 10:21:00 AM   No comments

As an avid golfer, I have traveled throughout the United States to try my hands at different golf courses and see how well I can handle them. Year after year, I visit different resorts and play a round or two on their courses. Because of this, I think it’s safe to say that I know a few good places for people to unwind and enjoy this game, either alone or with their family. I have decided to write this article to tell readers about my personal top 5 stays and play golf resorts. I thought about their overall quality, so these places do not only include magnificent golf courses, but they also offer everything necessary to make your vacation as pleasant as possible.

1. The Wisp Resort in Maryland

I recently went to this resort and I must admit, I was dumbstruck when I saw it. Besides its enormous size, I couldn’t believe the variety of activities guests could take part in. The Lodge offers a heated pool, a fitness center, whitewater rafting, and even a mountain coaster! The best part of it all is the price. For a few hundred bucks, I was able to enjoy 4 days filled with adventure. I really liked that The Wisp Resort offers two golf courses, so it is impossible to get bored by them while you stay here. The Fantasy Valley and Lodestone courses combine variety, challenge, and scenery into the perfect blend. I cannot describe the feeling of putting surrounded by thick forests with the mountain right beside me, like a silent titan watching my game. 36 holes are more than enough to satisfy even the pickiest of golf junkies. I wholeheartedly recommend this resort to anyone who wants variety and quality at an OK price

2. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been ranked by GolfDigest as the #1 gold Resort in South Carolina and as soon as you arrive here you will understand why. You can stay in a hotel or in private homes but, in my opinion, the best choice is to stay in one of their villas. They offer luxurious rooms with breathtaking views. This resort caters mostly to people who want to relax and it presents many ways in which to do so: pools, fishing, spa days, tennis, and many other activities. The best part, however, is the golf. They have 5 different courses! That’s a total of 90 holes! I had to see it to believe it. They differ in size and difficulty, so everyone can play, from newbies to pros. I was extremely excited to know that I was playing on the same course on which Tiger Woods played. The Ocean Course gave me one of the most fun games I have ever played in my life, and it also cemented The Kiawah Island Golf Resort into this list.

3. The Skamania Lodge in Washington
The Skamania Lodge makes its guest feel at one with nature. Surrounded by the forests, this hotel gives one of the most mesmerizing views a person could see. The Columbia River, the waterfalls, the wooded areas make it feel like a fairytale destination. The Lodge offers dozens of different activities, for both adventurous types and people who just want to relax. Zip lining, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, horse riding and golfing are among some of the activities which will guarantee to keep you occupied and engaged throughout your stay. The golf course is incredible, it almost seemed like it was created naturally and the man just found it there. When you are alone, surrounded by the forest and you hear different birds chirping while the sun gently washes your face, the golf game seems to go by in a matter of a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised by its difficulty. Although incredibly beautiful, at first I thought it would be a walk in the park. After a few holes, though, I realized that I had to bring my A-game as the bogeys started piling up. I highly recommend readers to try this lodge, with my only warning being that with the heavenly scenery, you might even forget about playing golf!

4. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania

The Shawnee Inn Resort almost feels like a portal through time. The scenery and the architecture seem to fit together like two pieces of a puzzle and make the whole location feel like it is trapped in a bubble of its own, unaware of the outside world. The Shawnee Course is located on an island in the middle of the Delaware River. I really liked this because it gives you the impression that the golf course is designed just for you, that in the middle of the river you can escape from your problems in the mainland for a round or two. I highly recommend readers to try this resort in the fall, as this is the season when the course really shines. The brown and orange leaves make a beautiful contrast with the green grass of the course. Combined with a grey sky and a gentle wind, it makes it all look like a picturesque description ripped straight out of a novel.

5. The La Quinta Resort & Club in California

It would be a sin not to put what many consider to be a golfer’s paradise, La Quinta, into this list. The La Quinta Resort & Club was ranked the #1 golf resort in North America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. It offers luxurious hotel rooms, pools, tennis, shopping and hands down some of the best courses I have ever played. It offers 5 courses, but the ones at PGA West are the main attraction and the element that makes me come to La Quinta every year. Even though I may know them like the back of my hand, they are done so in a way that they are incredibly hard to master. Even though it can be a little bit on the pricey side, if you call yourself an avid golf player, trust my word on this one, it is mandatory that you visit La Quinta and get lost in countless hours of golfing.

About the author:

Sean Peterson, the founder of s, is a reliable provider of customized golf vacations, decided to share his knowledge of golfing and golf courses with the world. His company offers carefully-planned custom golf vacations with lodging, golfing, and a perfectly set itinerary to some of the world’s best golf destinations. Sean has a true passion for golf and in his free time (when he’s not playing golf), he likes to write articles on this topic and share his expertise.

Jul 23, 2019

Golf Course Review - Camelot Golf and Country Club

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/23/2019 09:49:00 PM   No comments
Every golf season I try to check off a few golf courses that haven't played yet and are on my bucket list. Some years these are courses outside of the Ottawa area, recently though I finally got to play one of Ottawa's best. Beautiful Camelot Golf and Country Club located in Cumberland and ranked 74th on ScoreGolf's Top 100 Golf Courses.

I had the opportunity a few years ago to play the premium private golf club when they were hosting the World Junior Girls Championship but things didn't work at the time. A recent phone call to General Manager Greg Richardson and a tee time was set for myself and family member to play.

Upon arrival both Ryan and Mack two very helpful Camelot staff got us set up and made us feel at ease for our first visit to play Camelot. We got paired with John a member who I can only say was awesome. Both as a guide around the course and as company on a beautiful Saturday in July. He was both genuine and calming. The tone was set for a perfect day of golf.

Camelot's golf course was designed by the renowned Canadian golf course architect, Thomas McBroom. I've played a few of McBroom's designs and you can always count on a challenging and memorable golf experience. Including what I always love in a golf course; variety.

Camelot has a course rating of 74.2 and slope of 139 from the back tees, we played the green/white hybrid tees on recommendation from John and it was perfect for our first visit to Camelot.

 “Camelot is really a combination of two characteristics. It’s links-style up in the meadowland where the holes are defined by the fescue roughs. The rest is situated in woodsy parkland. It’s a great contrast.” states McBroom.

The greens were in amazing shape considering the poor winter we had in Ottawa. Three were still recovering but you can tell the maintenance staff is working hard to get them back to normal. 

Love the tiered greens at Camelot. On most holes if you chip it close to the hole your ball will funnel nicely saving par or better.

Dave taking dead aim at the Par 5 12th hole aptly named the #Gauntlet. Thought I might be in the Muskokas when I came to the tee; beautifully designed hole with nice elevation changes and just enough hazards regardless of the tees you play from.

It was a great day playing Camelot. McBroom' design will challenge all levels of golfers just be sure and play from the right tees. The variety of holes, terrain and tiered greens are strengths of this golf course. With beautiful views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills Camelot is a must play if you're in the Ottawa area.

Jul 14, 2019

Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft Installation Video on Seemore Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/14/2019 08:19:00 AM   No comments
So much emphasis is placed on getting the right type of shaft in your irons and your driver. I was intrigued about what Breakthrough Golf Stability Shaft was doing so we got SeeMore Putters involved and got a custom install done on a Platinum M5 HT Mallet Putter. Here's the video of the install. So far I can see why they call this the Stability Shaft. It's solid and definitely instills confidence in your putting stroke. State tuned for more insight.

Jul 4, 2019

Defending champion Brooke Henderson leads star-studded field of early commitments to 2019 CP Women's Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  7/04/2019 08:42:00 PM   No comments

Amazing to see the early commitments for this years CP Women's Open which runs from August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. Obviously everyone will be pulling for defending champion Brooke Henderson but with fan favourites Lexi Thompson, Nelly Korda and Danielle Kang everyone who attends will be in for a real treat. At this moment I'll be attending as media just not sure which days. Stay tuned.

Press Release

CP Has Heart charity campaign to benefit SickKids Foundation in support of pediatric cardiac care
Second annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit to kick off tournament week

AURORA, Ont. – Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), has announced that many of the world’s top players have committed to compete in the 2019 CP Women’s Open from August 19-25 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

Leading the charge is defending champion and world no. 6 Brooke Henderson of Smith’s Falls, Ont. who made history at Wascana Country Club in Regina last year becoming the first Canadian since Jocelyne Bourassa 45 years earlier to win Canada’s National Women’s Open. Henderson, currently 5th on the 2019 LPGA Money List has won two LPGA Tour events in 2019 and her nine career LPGA Tour wins are the most for any Canadian professional golfer on the LPGA or PGA TOUR.

The early player commitments to challenge for the $2.25 million USD purse—one of the largest prizes on the LPGA Tour—will include golf’s brightest stars along with rising talents in Canadian golf. Among the early player commitments are 16 of the top 20 players from the 2019 LPGA Official Money list along with seven past CP Women’s Open champions.

Brooke winning the 2018 CP Women’s Open in historic fashion was an incredible moment for Canadian golf and there is a tremendous momentum leading into Magna Golf Club as we bring Canada’s National Women’s Open back to the Greater Toronto Area for the first time in nearly 20 years,” said CP Women’s Open Tournament Director Ryan Paul. “Our early player commitments are trending towards welcoming one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour that will deliver a spectacular world-class event.”

Early Player Commitments: Henderson is one of seven past CP Women’s Open champions confirmed for Magna including Sung Hyun Park (2017), Ariya Jutanugarn (2016), So Yeon Ryu (2014), Katherine Kirk (2008), Cristie Kerr (2006) and three-time winner Lydia Ko (2015, 2013, 2012) who will be chasing a record fourth CP Women’s Open title. 

Henderson, currently ranked no. 5 on the LPGA Tour Money List, will be among 16 of the current top-20 players on the 2019 LPGA Money List confirmed for Magna including Jeongeun Lee6 (1), Jin Young Ko (2), Lexi Thompson (3), Sung Hyun Park (4) Minjee Lee (6), Nelly Korda (7), Hannah Green (8), Danielle Kang (9), So Yeon Ryu (10), Sei Young Kim (11), Eun Hee Ji (12), Nasa Hataoka (13), Angel Yin (15), Amy Yang (17) and Azahara Munoz (19). 

Golf Canada has also extended a tournament exemption to former Canadian Women’s Amateur champion (2017) Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, Colo., who earlier this year won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The former Wake Forest University standout was the top-ranked amateur in the world prior to turning professional earlier this summer. An exemption into the CP Women’s Open (as well as the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship where applicable) will be extended annually to the winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.  

Canadians in the Mix:Henderson also headlines the early list of Canadians set to compete at Magna Golf Club. She will be joined by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured member and fellow CP ambassador Lorie Kane, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Kane will be competing in Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship for a record 29th consecutive time. Other Canadians include LPGA Tour members Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., Jaclyn Lee of Calgary and Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City. The six Canucks will be joined by several more Canadian professional and amateur golfers to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The 156 golfers teeing-it-up at Magna Golf Club will represent one of the strongest fields on the LPGA Tour with more than 90 of the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour Official Money List expected to compete.

The 2019 CP Women’s Open will mark only the second time since 2001 (won by golf legend Annika Sorenstam at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham) that Canada’s National Women’s Open has been contested in the Greater Toronto Area.  

CP Has Heart Charity Campaign to Benefit the SickKids Foundation: 

Canadian Pacific  and Golf Canada are proud to support SickKids Foundation in Toronto as the primary charity partner for the 2019 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Funds raised through the CP Women’s Open will go towards renovating a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. In addition, CP is also proud to support the tournament host community in 2019 with a donation of $250,000 to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. to support paediatric cardiac care. 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 Canada. 

CP Women’s Leadership Summit to Kick off Tournament Week: 

Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific will host 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.

The business panel of the summit will consist of three businesswomen at the top of their respective fields. 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 will all be part of the panel. 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. Roberta Bowman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer of the LPGA, will join the CP Women’s Leadership Summit as the keynote speaker while Rogers Sportsnet Central Co-Anchor Evanka Osmak will act as the emcee and moderator for the event. 

For more information about the CP Women’s Leadership Summit, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit  

KIDS 12-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 12-and-under get FREE admission to the CP Women’s Open for the entire week.

ABOUT THE 2019 CP WOMEN'S OPENThe 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 paediatric 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, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Golf Town, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Coca-Cola, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit, or call 1-866-571-5742.

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFICCanadian 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 to see the rail advantages of CP.

ABOUT GOLF CANADAGolf 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

Jun 24, 2019

Can Rory McIlroy win another major in front of a home crowd?

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/24/2019 05:50:00 AM   No comments

He may now live stateside with his American wife, but there’s no doubt that Rory McIlroy will receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to his native Northern Ireland to compete in The Open Championship next month. Held at Royal Portrush Golf Course for the first time since 1951, what a return it would be for McIlroy if he went on to win the major for a second time, and the first time in front of a home crowd. You’ll find McIlroy at odds of 7/1F in Open Championship betting odds, with Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods behind him on 9s.

Previous success on Dunluce
McIlroy has already teed up on Dunluce Links, the course on which the Open is being played. At the age of 16, he arrived fresh out of school and was chasing a spot on the Walker Cup team. The course record at the time was 64, and he managed to surpass it, with a competitive score of 61. Two years later, he made the Walker Cup team and turned professional – and as they say, the rest is history.

While the course has undergone a number of changes in the years since, including increasing in length by 130 yards, 10 new bunkers and the creation of two new holes, McIlroy is confident in his ability to return to home soil as champion:

“I shot 62 at Quail Hollow in 2010 on the old set-up and then they went and redesigned it and I went back in 2015 and shot 61 on the new course.

“Hopefully the same things happen at Royal Portrush. I hold the record on the old course, but it would be special to come back to The Open and break it on the new one”.

Lifting the Claret Jug at Hoylake
It was in 2014 that McIlroy last won the Open Championship, with the competition being held at Royal Liverpool that year. It’s his only Open win to date. In fact, since his (second) victory in the PGA Championship that same year, in August, McIlroy is yet to add to his major championship tally.

The 2014 Open saw McIlroy hold a lead over his opponents after every round of putting and he was triumphant over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia by two strokes with both golfers T2.

On winning, McIlroy said: "It wasn't easy - there were a few guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused. To win three legs of the Grand Slam at 25 is a pretty big achievement”.

He has since remained one major win away from a career Grand Slam – The Masters the only tournament to evade him.

Skipping the European Tour
Earlier this year, McIlroy caused controversy when he revealed he wouldn’t be participating in the Irish Open, as well as only competing in the minimum required number of European Tour events to maintain his membership and ensure he remains eligible for the Ryder Cup. His reasoning behind the decision was to keep himself fresh and in the best possible stead for success at the Open in Portrush. Despite this, he is set to tee-off at the Scottish Open which takes place the week before the third major of the calendar year. Speaking to BBC Sport Northern Ireland, he said: "If I was to play the Irish Open, The Open Championship would be my third event in a row.

"For me, that's not the best way to prepare for what could be the biggest event of my life.
"I never thought I would play a major in Northern Ireland. It would be the biggest achievement of my career if I was able to win it".

Jun 15, 2019

Takeaways From My 3 Days At 2019 RBC Canadian Open

By Ottawa Golf Blog   Posted at  6/15/2019 03:33:00 PM   No comments
It was a busy three days at the RBC Canadian Open; returned late Sunday and back to my regular jobs Monday. I've finally had a chance to decompress and here's some takeaways from my time walking around Hamilton Golf and Country Club:

  • If it wasn't going to be a Canadian to win the Canadian Championship (a Canadian hasn't won since 1954) Rory McIlroy was definitely the 2nd choice and he didn't disappoint as huge crowds followed him all week and scores of 64 and 61 on the weekend pretty much annihilated the rest of the field.

  • Hamilton Golf and Country Club is an amazing old golf course (1894 -18 holes designed by Harry Colt in 1914). Although Rory's winning score of -22 was very low the course wasn't easy and challenged the players all week.

  • There were many new fans watching the PGA Tour live for the first time at Hamilton. Including some family and friends who absolutely loved their first PGA Tour golf experience. From the golf (#TheRink was awesome) to the food and the entertainment (Florida Georgia Line on Friday Night) to all the merchandise they bought. Sounds like they'll be back whether it's at St. George's next year or wherever. RBCCO was definitely a smashing success.

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