Countdown to the Women's Open

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:41 AM ET

Aug. 7-13 at the London Hunt and Country Club

The London Hunt and Country Club is the site of the CN Canadian Women's Open Aug. 7-13. Every Saturday, The Free Press will provide information about the championship, the LPGA Tour, players who will be coming to London and other events at the club:

About the championship

A field of 156 golfers from the LPGA Tour will play a 72-hole tournament beginning Thursday, Aug. 10, and ending Sunday, Aug. 13. The players will be vying for a record purse of $1.7 million US.

Defending champ

Meena Lee, right.

Other events

A women-only pro-am is slated for Aug. 7, as well as final qualifying and first practice rounds. The championship pro-am is scheduled for Aug. 9. Tour players will be grouped in foursomes.

Did you know

- 10,000 metres of rope will line the fairways and greens to separate spectators from the players.

- 200 phone lines will be installed for tournament operations and the media centre, to be located on the front lawn near the clubhouse.

- 1,280 metres of security fencing is required.

- The club has signed up 1,300 volunteers -- all they need -- and there is a waiting list.

- The only Canadian to win the championship was Jocelyn Bourassa, who is a member of Canada's Golf Hall of Fame.

Canadian LPGA players

Dawn Coe-Jones, A.J. Eathorne, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, Lorie Kane and Alena Sharp

Tickets

Thursday through Sunday, purchased in advance, $20 a day; Parking, $5 a day. Call 1-866-571-5742 online at www.rcga.org/canadianwomensopen/en/tickets.asp


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