Open opportunity for London-area players

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

London-area players Angie Green and Cheryl Mitchell hope this year's CN Canadian Women's Open helps them launch careers on the LPGA Tour.

For Kari Hilton, it could be her final professional event.

Green, a former Ontario junior champion, played in last year's tournament in Halifax.

Mitchell, a former Ontario Women's Amateur champion, is a second-year pro looking to play in her first national open.

Hilton, who plays out of the London Hunt and Country Club and has been playing Canadian Tour events in recent years, may apply for her amateur status and has already started a new career with Investors Group Financial Services in London.

All three expect to play in the Monday qualifying for the $1.7-million US championship at the Hunt Club Aug. 10-13.

Leading up to the London tournament, Green said she plans to play in three Canadian Women's Tour events -- in Barrie, British Columbia and Ottawa -- and a victory would automatically land her a spot.

Mitchell, of Wallaceburg, will be playing in the U.S. on the LPGA Futures Tour before the Monday qualifier.

Any of them could receive RCGA exemptions into the London tournament, but that decision would come later this summer.

"I would love to play, but I'll have to prove myself,'' said Green, who made it into last year's championship in Halifax through Monday qualifying, made the cut and won $2,400.


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