Misun Cho tastes victory on CN Canadian Women’s Tour


- International sweep of Order of Merit exemptions into 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open -

Calgary (RCGA) – Misun Cho of Cheongju, Korea fired a 5-under 67 at River Spirit Golf Club to win the third stop on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour and earn the champion’s exemption into next month’s 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Open, August 13-19 at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.

The 19-year old Cho began the day four shots back of opening-round leader Walailak Satarak of Bangkok but cruised to an impressive bogey-free round to capture the victory and qualify to play in her first-ever LPGA Tour event.  With tempered expectations heading into Edmonton, Cho hopes to use the CN Canadian Women’s Open as a true learning experience.

“Words can’t explain how great it feels to win and get into my first LPGA Tour event,” said Cho who finished the championship at 7-under to earn the $5,833 CDN champion’s prize purse.  “I was steady all around today but a little nervous on the last four holes coming in.  I know I have a long way to go to compete with the best players in the world but this is certainly a confidence builder.  I’m going to go into Edmonton to see where I need to improve and just learn so much by competing.”

While Cho’s run was impressive, the story of the day was the untimely struggles of Satarak, who watched a lead as wide as five strokes through nine holes dissipate with a bogey on 13 and crushing triple-bogey on the par-3 16th at River Spirit.  The meltdown and runner-up finish was the second in as many events for Satarak.  Last month in Barrie, Ont., she three-putted on the 18th hole at Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club to fall back into a three-way playoff before watching Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Que. claim victory on the second playoff hole.

“I’m really disappointed with the finish because down the stretch I just didn’t play well enough to win a trophy,” said Satarak, who finished even-par on the day and 6-under for the championship.  “Losing the way I did here and at the last event makes me realize that I need to play better under pressure and focus as much on the mental side of things as I put into my physical game.”

Rounding out the leaderboard at the challenging River Spirit layout was Red Deer, Alta. native Kim Brozer, Russamee Gulyanamitta of Thailand and Bobbi Brandon of Saskatoon, Sask. sharing third-place honours at 2-under followed by Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta. at 1-under.

Brandon finished the event as the top club/teaching professional while National Amateur Team member Karly Pinder of Exeter, Ont. shared low amateur honours with Nicole Forshner of Banff, Alta. and Lauren Mielbrecht of Gulf Stream, Florida at 1-over.

The silver lining for Satarak comes in the form of an exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open by virtue of leading the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit through this season’s three qualifying events.  It was an international sweep of the Order of Merit exemptions as Satarak was joined by fellow Thailand native Gulyanamitta and the American amateur Mielbrecht.

The trio will join Cho and previous 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Tour winners Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan and Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Que. as well as 2006 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship winner Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que. as the Tour’s exemption class for 2007 into the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

The following are final-round scores for Tuesday, July 10th at River Spirit Golf Club. (6,227 yards / Par 72)

1. Misun Cho, Cheongju, Korea,   70-67-137 -7
2. Walailak Satarak, Bangkok, Thailand,   66-72-138 -6
3. Russamee Gulyanamitta, Rayong, Thailand,   73-69-142 -2
3. Bobbi Brandon, Saskatoon, SK,   71-71-142 -2
3. Kim Brozer, Red Deer, AB,   70-72-142 -2
6. Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB,   68-75-143 -1
7. Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwack, BC,   78-66-144 E
7. Kelly Schaub, Greeley, CO,   76-68-144 E
9. Nadine Ash, Richards Bay, South Africa,   75-70-145 +1
9. Lauren Mielbrecht (a), Gulf Stream, FL,   74-71-145 +1
9. Karly Pinder (a), Exeter, ON,   75-70-145 +1
9. Nicole Forshner (a), Banff, AB,   73-72-145 +1
9. Jessica Carafiello, Coral Springs, FL,   71-74-145 +1
14. Carmen Bandea, Atlanta, GA,   76-71-147 +3
15. Seema Sadekar, Stouffville, ON,   76-72-148 +4
15. Meaghan LeBlanc (a), Calgary, AB,   75-73-148 +4
15. Inah Park (a), Kaleden, BC,   75-73-148 +4
18. Jeannine Fiorito, Las Vegas, NV,   78-71-149 +5
18. Samantha Richdale, Kelowna, BC,   76-73-149 +5
18. Dawne Kortgaard, La Veta, CO,   76-73-149 +5
21. Jill Hardy (a), Winnipeg, MB,   79-71-150 +6
21. Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON,   78-72-150 +6
21. Jennifer Jaszek, Ancaster, ON,   76-74-150 +6
21. Polly Travica, Newcastle, Australia,   76-74-150 +6
25. Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC,   79-72-151 +7
25. Carrie Dykstra, Waupun, WI,   80-71-151 +7
25. Judy Dotten (a), New Liskeard, ON,   77-74-151 +7
28. Marie Pierre Bernier (a), St. Sébastien, QC,   79-73-152 +8
28. Cathie Williamson, Shelby, MT,   79-73-152 +8
28. Leah Whiting, Hilo, HI,   80-72-152 +8
28. Julie Kim (a), Port Coquitlam, BC,   75-77-152 +8
28. Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB,   74-78-152 +8
33. Kathryn McGarvey (a), North Vancouver, BC,   79-74-153 +9
33. Kristy Finlayson, Kelowna, BC,   78-75-153 +9
33. Amie Cochran, Torrance, CA,   76-77-153 +9
36. Christina Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB,   79-75-154 +10
36. Angela Daykin (a), Thunder Bay, ON,   79-75-154 +10
36. Kimberly Coleman, San Diego, CA,   80-74-154 +10
36. Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON,   81-73-154 +10
40. Emma Calderone (a), Toronto, ON,   78-77-155 +11
40. Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC,   79-76-155 +11
40. Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB,   78-77-155 +11
40. Laeni Bendzik (a), Calgary, AB,   77-78-155 +11
40. Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB,   81-74-155 +11
40. Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB,   77-78-155 +11
46. Taronne Atley, Vancouver, BC,   79-77-156 +12
46. Patricia Jonas, Cloverdale, BC,   79-77-156 +12
46. Andrea Kosa (a), Canmore, AB,   81-75-156 +12
46. Ashley Olynick (a), Saskatoon, SK,   78-78-156 +12
46. Ivy Steinberg (a), Cedar Valley, ON,   77-79-156 +12
46. Jacklynn Miller (a), North Bay, ON,   74-82-156 +12
52. Jade Polonich (a), Edmonton, AB,   79-78-157 +13
52. Whitney Cox (a), Edmonton, AB,   79-78-157 +13
52. Anna Yu, Yuen Long, Hong Kong,   77-80-157 +13
52. Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, ON,   81-76-157 +13
52. Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK,   77-80-157 +13
52. Shelley Thomsen, Invermere, BC,   76-81-157 +13
58. Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA,   78-80-158 +14
58. Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC,   78-80-158 +14
60. Alexandra Braga, Los Angeles, CA,   80-79-159 +15
60. Kari Broshko (a), Calgary, AB,   81-78-159 +15
60. Lindsay McMillan (a), Calgary, AB,   81-78-159 +15
60. Kirby Dreher (a), Fort St. John, BC,   83-76-159 +15
60. Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, ON,   86-73-159 +15
60. Susan Lippitt, Calgary, AB,   88-71-159 +15
66. Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON,   80-80-160 +16
66. Angie Green, London, ON,   84-76-160 +16
68. Jeanette Kerr, Sherwood Park, AB,   79-82-161 +17
69. Kim Carrington (a), Calgary, AB,   79-83-162 +18
69. Tamara Harasen, Regina, SK,   87-75-162 +18
71. Ashlee Claydon, Grande Prairie, AB,   82-81-163 +19
72. Mary Beth McKenna (a), Fort McMurray, AB,   83-82-165 +21
72. Raegan Wilkie, Carmen, MB,   83-82-165 +21
72. Nonie Marler (a), Tsawwassen, BC,   87-78-165 +21
72. Claudine Foong, Aurora, ON,   87-78-165 +21
76. Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB,   85-82-167 +23
77. Rhona Law, Grande Prairie, AB,   83-88-171 +27
78. Lanaia Donkin, Cochrane, AB,   89-83-172 +28
79. Sabina Imboden, Rarogne, Switzerland,   88-86-174 +30
79. Caroline Vaughan, Seattle, WA,   90-84-174 +30
81. Ashley McDonald (a), Calgary, AB,   91-84-175 +31
82. Erin Szekely, Bothell, WA,   91-94-185 +41
WD. Elizabeth Reid (a), Calgary, AB
WD. Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC

In all, players will be 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 the world. Many of Canada’s top professionals have competed on the Tour including Lorie Kane, Cindy Pasechnik 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.

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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.

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