Ochoa, Pressel & Creamer Headline Canadian Women's Open Field


The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) has announced the final field for the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Open, August 13-19 at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. It will feature 45 of the top 50 players on the current LPGA Tour money list.

Coming off her first major victory at last week's Women's British Open, No. 1-ranked Lorena Ochoa headlines a cast that includes Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, Christina Kim, Se Ri Pak and defending champion Cristie Kerr.

"It's great to be returning to the CN Canadian Women's Open. Last year's Open was one of the most memorable tournaments for me and hopefully I can defend successfully in Edmonton," said Kerr. "The players love coming to Canada every year, and only have one opportunity to do so. CN made it a first-class event last year and made the players want to come back."

Other notables competing for the $2.25 million purse include former champions Meena Lee (2005), Karrie Webb (1999), Laura Davies (1996), Sherri Steinhauer (1992), Nancy Scranton (1991), Juli Inkster (1984) and Meg Mallon (2000, '02 and '04), who will be looking for her record fourth career Canadian Women's Open title.

Lorie Kane, Dawn Coe-Jones, A.J. Eathorne and Alena Sharp will join 10 other countrywomen hoping to become the first Canadian to take home the title since golf legend Jocelyne Bourassa's historic victory in 1973 at La Canadienne Golf Championship. Other Canadian non-exempt LPGA Tour players include Kim Brozer of Red Deer, Alta., Cindy Pasechnik of Calgary and veteran Nancy Harvey of Swift Current, Sask.

Also competing at Royal Mayfair are CN Canadian Women's Tour players Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que., Christine Boucher of Rouyn Noranda, Que. and 2006 CPGA Women's champion Marie-Josée Rouleau of Saint Lambert, Que. as well as club professional Jeannette Kerr of Edmonton.

This year's event will also see three Canadian amateur players challenge the field including RCGA National Women's Amateur Team members Kira Meixner of Richmond, B.C. and 2006 amateur champion Jessica Potter of Coquitlam, B.C., as well as Barrie, Ont. native Stephanie Sherlock, fresh off a victory last week at the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship.

Four spots into the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Open are still up for grabs with the Monday Open qualifier scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 13 at the Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club.

Tickets for the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Open can be purchased onsite at Royal Mayfair Golf Club, online at www.cncanadianwomensopen.com or by calling 866/571-LPGA.     


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