There was a lot of excitement and anticipation this morning when I arrived at the Hunt Club.
Listening to the fans, they were very excited to watch Brooke Henderson play and the crowds following her were vocal and keen to see her do well.
After dropping by the media centre, I stopped on the driving range and watched fellow Aussie Minjee Lee warm up on the range before visiting the Golf In simulator. I find it strange hitting a ball inside at a screen and wasn’t going to be breaking any records but I did get to chat with lots of people entering the par 3 competition.
There was an oversize cheque presentation by CP who donated 2 million dollars to CHEO for renovations to their cardiac facilities. They matched all donations at the event this week dollar for dollar and also donated $5,000 per birdie that was made on the 15th hole.
I connected with the CEO of NGCOA, Jeff Calderwood and had a good golf chat about Fairways, golf and how he started his nonprofit on his credit cards 25 years ago. We chatted for quite a while and I have arranged a meeting with his COO tomorrow before I fly back to PEI.
I was also interviewed by Scott MacLeod from Flagstick Golf, who will be sharing the Fairways story.
The weather was perfect for golf and the women were playing well however Brooke couldn’t quite get there. It didn’t stop the massive crowds cheering her all the way.
“These crowds were so incredible. I just could never have imagined this many people coming out to watch me play golf. It’s amazing. Definitely a week I’ll remember forever.”
I headed out to the 9th green to watch multiple groups come through and as I stepped over the ropes a gentleman beside me says “Hello Tiffany”. I met Greg and his wife this summer on PEI at Brudenell River Golf resort and here he was amongst thousands of people, randomly beside me.
It was the South Korean ladies who stole the show.
Sung Hyun Park, the 2017 CP Canadian Women’s Champion, played a bogey free round carding 7 birdies and finishing on -13.
“I think it was a perfect game today. Everything was–there were no mistakes today and I think it was perfect”.
It is her second win on the LPGA tour after winning the 2017 U.S Women’s Open Championship earlier this year.
In second place fellow countrywoman Mirim Lee had three bogeys but certainly made up for those with two birdies and two eagles.
The Korean ladies sure can golf.
While Brooke didn’t win she certainly won the crowd as she received a standing ovation after holing her final putt and finished low Canadian in T12 on -7.
I had a great week, made some wonderful new golf friends, played a new course and look forward visiting Saskatchewan next year for the 2018 CP Canadian Women’s Open.