Ya-Ni Tseng rolls to victory at CN Canadian Women’s Tour Season Opener

05/29/2007

- 18-year old Taiwan native earns exemption into 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open -

Coquitlam, B.C. (RCGA) – Ya Ni Tseng’s of Taiwan played near flawless golf over two rounds at the Vancouver Golf Club firing an impressive 4-under par over two rounds to win the season opening event on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour.

With the victory, the 18-year old, first-year professional earns the $5,833 (CDN) winners purse as well as the first Tour exemption of the season into the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open, August 13-19 at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.

Tseng, who turned professional in January of this year, carded a pair of birdies on the day to outlast National Women’s Amateur Team member Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. by two strokes.  With a two-shot lead heading to the 16th hole, Tseng showed the composure of a champion in parring her final three holes en-route to the victory. 

The young pro will now look ahead to challenging the stars of the LPGA Tour for the $2.25 million (US) CN Canadian Women’s Open.

“My goal coming in was to get the exemption to the (CN) Canadian Women’s Open so I’m happy with the win,” said Tseng, who competed as one of a record 37 international players at The Vancouver Golf Club.  “The golf course was beautiful and the competition was strong so I feel really good about my game right now.” 

Sherlock fired the round of the day with her four-under 68 vaulting her into the runner-up position.  Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Que. shot a final-round 72 to finish alone in third at one-under for the championship while 2006 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit Champion Lisa Meldrum of Montreal shot even-par over two rounds to capture fourth.  National Amateur Team member Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Windsor, Que. and Jennifer Greggain of Chilliwack, B.C. rounded out the top –five at one-over.

Canada’s National Women’s Amateur Team was on display at The Vancouver Golf Club with six players finishing in the top 15 overall.  Following Sherlock and LeBlanc was Karly Pinder of Exeter, Ont. (T7), Kira Miexner of Delta, B.C. (T9), Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. (T9) and National Junior Team member Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. (T12).

Next up for Tseng is an attempt to qualify for the US Women’s Open, an event she has twice competed in as an amateur.  When she tees it up in Edmonton, she’ll be joined by a pair of young professional phenoms – Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie – who she beat in two separate amateur events earlier in her career.  As a 15-year old, Tseng outlasted Wie at the 2004 US Women’s Public Links Championship then topped Pressel in 2005 at the prestigious North South Women’s Amateur Championship.

The next stop on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour takes place June 17-19 at the Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club in Barrie, Ont.


 The following are final-round scores for Tuesday, May 29th at The Vancouver Golf Club. (6,250 yards / Par 72)

1 Ya-Ni Tseng Taipei, Taiwan 68 72 140 -4  $5,833
2 Stephanie Sherlock (a) Barrie, ON 74 68 142 -2  
3 Christine Boucher Rouyn-Noranda, QC 71 72 143 -1  $4,083
4 Lisa Meldrum Kirkland, QC 72 72 144 E  $3,337
T5 Maude-Aimée Leblanc (a) Windsor, QC 75 70 145 +1  
T5 Jennifer Greggain Chilliwack, BC 73 72 145 +1  $2,800
T7 Walailak Satarak Bangkok, Thailand 73 73 146 +2  $2,363
T7 Karly Pinder (a) Exeter, ON 73 73 146 +2  
T9 Corina Kelepouris Drayton Valley, AB 78 69 147 +3  $2,100
T9 Kira Meixner (a) Richmond, BC 74 73 147 +3  
T9 Laura Matthews (a) Essex, ON 73 74 147 +3  
T12 Sue Kim (a) Langley, BC 74 74 148 +4  
T12 Jennifer Wyatt Richmond, BC 73 75 148 +4  $1,750
T12 Jessica Shepley Oakville, ON 71 77 148 +4  $1,750
15 Sara Maude Juneau (a) Fossambault, QC 75 74 149 +5  
T16 Russamee Gulyanamitta Bangkok, Thailand 78 72 150 +6  $1,138
T16 Lauren Mielbrecht (a) Gulf Stream, FL 77 73 150 +6  
T16 Cheryl Mitchell Walpole Island, ON 77 73 150 +6  $1,138
T16 Polly Travica Newcastle, Australia 77 73 150 +6  $1,138
T16 Jessica Carafiello Coral Springs, FL 74 76 150 +6  $1,138
T21 Laura Witvoet Ponoka, AB 76 75 151 +7  $668
T21 Michelle Murphy Tacoma, WA 76 75 151 +7  $668
T21 Katie Ferguson Minett, ON 80 71 151 +7  $668
T21 Nadine Ash Richards Bay, South Africa 76 75 151 +7  $668
T25 Lisa Maunu (a) St. Thomas, ON 77 75 152 +8  
T25 Jennifer Kirby (a) Brantford, ON 77 75 152 +8  
T27 Jennifer Jaszek Brantford, ON 79 74 153 +9  $397
T27 Leila Chartrand Qualicum Beach, BC 78 75 153 +9  $397
T27 Sarah Tiller Nampa, ID 75 78 153 +9  $397
T30 Brittany Henderson (a) Smith Falls, ON 78 76 154 +10  
T30 Angie Green London, ON 78 76 154 +10  $274
T30 Leah Whiting Hilo, HI 77 77 154 +10  $274
T30 Nicole Keller Hillsboro, OR 76 78 154 +10  $274
T30 Taya Battistella Bend, OR 76 78 154 +10  $274
T35 Carmen Bandea Atlanta, GA 78 77 155 +11  $214
T35 Christine Cho Kent, WA 79 76 155 +11  $214
T35 Kim Kouwabunpat Upland, CA 79 76 155 +11  $214
T35 Tiarra Honce Kelowna, BC 79 76 155 +11  $214
T35 Samantha Richdale Kelowna, BC 82 73 155 +11  $214
T35 Stephanie Donkin Edson, AB 75 80 155 +11  $214
T41 Santie Koch George, South Africa 79 77 156 +12  $64
T41 Elizabeth Reid (a) Calgary, AB 77 79 156 +12  
T41 Christina Lecuyer Edmonton, AB 76 80 156 +12  $64
T41 Caryn Wilson Rancho Mirage, CA 83 73 156 +12  $64
T45 Carrie Dykstra Waupun, WI 79 78 157 +13  
T45 Anna Yu Palm Harbor, FL 78 79 157 +13  
T45 Sung Ea Lee Tacoma, WA 75 82 157 +13  
T45 Kelly Schaub Greeley, CO 75 82 157 +13  
T49 Erin Kerr Scottsdale, AZ 80 78 158 +14  
T49 Karen Quinn Sydney, Australia 80 78 158 +14  
T49 Sylvie Schetagne Deslon, QC 79 79 158 +14  
T49 Jessica Potter (a) Coquitlam, BC 79 79 158 +14  
T49 Karlie Ward Coto De Caza, CA 79 79 158 +14  
T54 Alana Condon Kent, WA 76 83 159 +15  
T54 Shayne Wild Bulaweyo, Zimbabwe 81 78 159 +15  
T56 Kristy Finlayson Kelowna, BC 76 84 160 +16  
T56 Nicole Zhang (a) Calgary, AB 82 78 160 +16  
T58 Nonie Marler (a) Tsawwassen, BC 79 82 161 +17  
T58 Kelley Groff Salem, OR 78 83 161 +17  
T58 Nicole Vandermade (a) Brantford, ON 79 82 161 +17  
T58 Hélène Delisle Nanaimo, BC 78 83 161 +17  
T58 Ahnna Kim (a) Coquitlam, BC 79 82 161 +17  
T58 Lanie Cahill Brockville, ON 81 80 161 +17  
T64 Kathleen Robinson Alexandria, VA 76 86 162 +18  
T64 Linda Jervis North Delta, BC 82 80 162 +18  
T64 Andia Winslow Seattle, WA 84 78 162 +18  
T67 Raman Saran Calgary, AB 80 83 163 +19  
T67 Sandra Comadina Vancouver, BC 83 80 163 +19  
T67 Ria Quiazon San Francisco, CA 84 79 163 +19  
T67 Jeannine Fiorito Las Vegas, NV 85 78 163 +19  
71 Taronne Atley Delta, BC 83 81 164 +20  
T72 Kimberly Coleman San Diego, CA 79 86 165 +21  
T72 Laura Hildebrandt (a) Ancaster, ON 85 80 165 +21  
T74 Bobbi Brandon Saskatoon, SK 83 83 166 +22  
T74 Meaghan LeBlanc (a) Calgary, AB 84 82 166 +22  
T74 Ashley Smith (a) Calgary, AB 84 82 166 +22  
T77 Sabina Imboden Rarogne, Switzerland 83 84 167 +23  
T77 Amanda Minchin Estevan, SK 86 81 167 +23  
T79 Kathryn McGarvey (a) North Vancouver, BC 80 88 168 +24  
T79 Stephanie Hayes Concord, CA 82 86 168 +24  
T81 Missy Pederson Clearwater, FL 83 86 169 +25  
T81 Caroline Vaughan Seattle, WA 87 82 169 +25  
83 Tamara Harasen Regina, SK 84 87 171 +27  
84 Jeanette Kerr Sherwood Park, AB 91 83 174 +30  
85 Jo Anne Grove Kelowna, BC 90 87 177 +33  
       
CUT Erin Szekely      
WD Alexandra Braga      
WD Cuyler Hedley      
WD Susan Wright-Amendt      
DQ Chelsea Kim (a)      


In all, players are competing on the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Tour for a total purse of $155,000 (CDN).  Each of the first three events will feature a purse of $35,000 including $5,833 for the winner while the $50,000 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship will offer a champion’s purse of $8,333.   

Players competing on the Tour will also earn points towards the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit.  The player with the most points at the end of the season will earn the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year award as well as the $3,000 (CDN) Order of Merit champion’s purse.

Now in its seventh year, the CN Canadian Women’s Tour has established a reputation as one of the premier women’s developmental golf tours in North America. Many of Canada’s top professionals have competed on the Tour including Lorie Kane, Isabelle Biesiegel and Alena Sharp.  Each event plays out over 36 holes culminating with the season-ending 54-hole CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship September 11-14 at Royal Quebec Golf Club in Boischatel, Que. With more than 360 participants annually in four championships across the country, the CN Canadian Women’s Tour continues to raise the bar for women’s professional golf nationwide.

More information about the CN Canadian Women’s Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times are available through the CN Canadian Women’s Tour website at www.cncanadianwomenstour.com or Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

CN DELIVERS THE GREAT GAME OF GOLF
CN is proud to support golf in Canada and is pleased to bring the best of women’s professional golf to Canada with its title sponsorship of the CN Canadian Women’s Open and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. In addition to supporting women’s golf, CN contributes to the development of golf among young people across the country through its sponsorship of the CN Future Links program. CN is pleased to work with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) to help develop golf as a sport for women and juniors across Canada and to increase the accessibility of golf to recreational and competitive golfers. Visit www.cn.ca

ABOUT THE CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S TOUR
Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the CN Canadian Women’s Tour is one of North America’s premier developmental tours, attracting rising Canadian and international female golf professionals as well as top female amateurs. The only women’s developmental tour in Canada, the CN Canadian Women’s Tour will offer premier championship play at locations across Canada, competitive purses and the opportunity to earn exemptions into the CN Canadian Women’s Open, Canada’s only LPGA Tour event. LPGA Tour professionals such as Lorie Kane and Alena Sharp competed on the Canadian Women’s Tour, and used their experiences as a springboard to future success.

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing 377,000 members at 1650 clubs across the country. Some of the RCGA’s core services include the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, support of turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org

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