Lisa Meldrum leads CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship

09/12/2007

- Seven players within two shots of the lead heading into Thursday’s second round -

Boischatel, Qué (RCGA) – Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que. fired a 1-over 73 at Club du Golf Royal Quebec to take the opening-round lead at the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship.

Meldrum, the 2006 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Player of the Year, drained birdies on three of the four challenging par-fives at Royal Quebec to head into Thursday’s second round with a single-stroke lead over four other golfers. 

Competitors battled high winds Wednesday as well cool and soggy course conditions at Royal Quebec following heavy rainfall that soaked the historic Quebec layout during Tuesday’s practice round.

I was happy to finish 1-over because the wind made it very difficult,” said Meldrum, winner of the 2006 Tour Championship.  “I played well but didn’t putt very well at all with a couple of three-putts.  With the way the wind was swirling all day, it was tough to find the right club.”

Among those tied for second at 2-over 74 are Marie-Josee Rouleau of St. Lambert, Que. Russamee Gulyanamitta of Thailand, Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta., Seema Sadekar of Stouffville, Ont. and current CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit leader Walailak Satarak of Thailand.

Gulyanamitta held onto a share of second despite struggling down the stretch with three straight bogies to close her round.  Kelepouris had the shot of the day Wednesday on the par-3 eighth as she drained a hole-in-one from 148 yards out with a 7-iron – the third ace of her career and second in competitive play.

Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., winner of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at Settlers’ Ghost in Barrie, Ont. and LPGA Tour non-exempt player Cindy Pasechnik of Calgary are tied for seventh at 3-over 75.

Competitors will be challenging for a season-high $50,000 purse with the final points to be awarded on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit.  Following the completion of the event, CN and the RCGA will crown the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit winner and honour her with the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award. 

Notes – the winner of the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship will earn an exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open held next August 11-17 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club…..Royal Quebec Golf Club is one of only six clubs in Canada to have received the official Royal designation joining Royal Montreal, Royal Colwood in Victoria, Royal Ottawa, Royal Mayfair in Edmonton and Royal Regina….. Marie-Josee Rouleau has strong ties to Royal Quebec as the course played host to her 1987 victory at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

The following are opening-round results for the 2007 CN Canadian Women’s Tour Championship at Club du Golf Royal Quebec:
(5,277 yards / par 72)
1. Lisa Meldrum, Kirkland, QC  37-36-73 +1
2. Walailak Satarak, Bangkok, Thailand  37-37-74 +2
2. Russamee Gulyanamitta, Rayong, Thailand  36-38-74 +2
2. Marie-Josee Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC  35-39-74 +2
2. Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB  34-40-74 +2
2. Seema Sadekar, Stouffville, ON  35-39-74 +2
7. Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC  37-38-75 +3
7. Cindy Pasechnik, Calgary, AB  34-41-75 +3
9. Samantha Richdale, Kelowna, BC  38-38-76 +4
10. Rhonda Fleury, Stoufville, ON  38-39-77 +5
11. Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB  39-39-78 +6
11. Jill Hardy (a), Winnipeg, MB  38-40-78 +6
11. Kristy McLaughlin (a), Wasaga Beach, ON  38-40-78 +6
14. Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC  38-41-79 +7
14. Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON  39-40-79 +7
14. Mary Ann Lapointe (a), Georgetown, ON  40-39-79 +7
14. Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK  40-39-79 +7
14. Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB  39-40-79 +7
14. Caroline Vaughan, Seattle, WA  40-39-79 +7
20. Jennifer Lochhead (a), Burlington, ON  40-40-80 +8
20. Emma Calderone (a), Toronto, ON  39-41-80 +8
20. Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON  41-39-80 +8
20. Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA  40-40-80 +8
24. Claudine Foong, Aurora, ON  39-42-81 +9
24. Bobbi Brandon, Saskatoon, SK  41-40-81 +9
24. Jade Polonich (a), Edmonton, AB  38-43-81 +9
24. Nadine Ash, Richards Bay, South Africa  39-42-81 +9
24. Candace Pasechnik, Calgary, AB  43-38-81 +9
24. Kristy Finlayson, Kelowna, BC  37-44-81 +9
30. Jacklynn Miller, North Bay, ON  38-44-82 +10
30. Lanie Cahill, Brockville, ON  40-42-82 +10
30. Maggie Steciuk, London, ON  41-41-82 +10
30. Judy Dotten (a), New Liskeard, ON  43-39-82 +10
30. Anne-Catherine Tanguay (a), Québec, QC  40-42-82 +10
30. Mary Pat Quilty, Midland, ON  44-38-82 +10
36. Kimberly Coleman, San Diego, CA  42-41-83 +11
37. Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, ON  43-41-84 +12
37. Irene Jung (a), Bedford, NS  39-45-84 +12
37. Caroline Goasguen, Cap d’Agde, France  42-42-84 +12
37. Loretta Cantu, Mission, TX  39-45-84 +12
41. Marie Pierre Bernier (a), St. Sébastien, QC  42-43-85 +13
41. Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON  39-46-85 +13
41. Kathryn McGarvey (a), North Vancouver, BC  40-45-85 +13
44. Julie Cashaback, Ottawa, ON  43-43-86 +14
44. Nonie Marler (a), Tsawwassen, BC, ON  42-44-86 +14
46. Sabina Imboden, Rarogne, Switzerland  43-44-87 +15
47. Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL  43-45-88 +16
48. Erin Szekely, Bothell, WA  44-50-94 +22
WD. Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON 

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

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