Aug 24, 2017

Thursday - CP Women’s Open - Hunt Club Plays Tough - Marina Alex Leads

What a week so far at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club after the first three days of player pro-ams and practice. The top players in the World set to the Hunt in search of birdies and eagles but the course bite back yielding more rounds over par then under. The cut looks like it will be at +1 but who knows as the greens may get even faster. The leader after the first round, Marina Alex had no problems on the green as she posted a 5-under-par 66. The American recorded six birdies against a lone bogey.

“The greens were rolling unbelievably well. Really quick,” she said. “The nice thing is they’re still a bit soft, so the shots are holding into the greens, so it kind of makes for a good combo. You can hit shots in there pretty tight, and then you have really nice pace to hold them.”

“I putted unbelievably well today. I rolled it so good. So I hope I can just carry that into the next couple days and just tidy up the ball-striking a little bit,” she explained.

Canadian Brooke Henderson struggled on the greens but look for her to bounce back on Friday. Henderson opened the championship with a 3-over 74, tied for 107th.

“I hit a lot of fairways, gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie and they just didn’t fall today,” said Henderson, who carded only one birdie to two bogeys and a double. “That can happen, and just hopefully I can just be a little bit better.”

“8 a.m., there’s not normally (so many people) lining the fairways,” said Henderson, who lives an hour outside Ottawa. “It was pretty special, and I can’t thank them enough for coming out and supporting and just hopefully tomorrow I can play a little bit better for them.”

CP Birdies for Heart – 12 birdies raise $60,000...
Title sponsor CP has stepped up to encourage players to make birdies on the 15th green during tournament play by offering a donation of $5,000 for each birdie made in support of pediatric cardiac care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. During Thursday’s opening round, 12 birdies by LPGA Tour players raised $60,000 for charity.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc from Sherbrooke Quebec opened with 2 over 74

Look for Brooke Henderson who has an late tee time Friday (1:31pm) to make a few putts and have a better day scoring. She'll battle and make the cut. Let's hope a few more Canadians make it up the leaderboard on Friday which is Red & White Day at the CP Women’s Open Friday, August 25 is Red & White Day at the CP Women’s Open. Players, spectators and media are encouraged to wear red and white to show their national pride in support of the Canadians playing in Canada’s National Open Championship.

Danielle Kang signing autographs during Wednesday Pro-Am

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