Countdown to the Women's Open

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

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 publish information about the championship, the LPGA Tour, the players who might be coming to London and other events at the club:

Memory lane

In addition to the DuMaurier Classic in 1993, won by Brandie Burton, and the Canadian Open in 1970, won by Kermit Zarley, the Hunt Club has hosted several professional and amateur tournaments over the years. The original Shell's Wonderful World of Golf series came to the Hunt in 1968 and featured Ben Arda, Roberto DiVicenzo and Dan Sikes. The commentators for the TV show were Arnold Palmer and Jimmie Demaret. The Canadian Professional Golfers Championship, won by Bill Bevington, was held in 1985.

Big-money events

The Evian Masters has raised its purse $100,000 to $2.6 million US, making it the second-highest purse on the LPGA Tour behind the U.S. Women's Open, which was $3.1 million last year. The purse for the CN Canadian Women's Open is $1.7 million US, placing it among the Top 10. The purse this week at the National Charity Championship in Stockbridge, Ga., is $1.6 million and $240,000 goes to the winner. The defending champion is Annika Sorenstam, who made it the fourth of her 10 LPGA Tour titles in 2005.

Canadian Tour

CN is also offering a total purse of $175,000 for the five-event CN Canadian Women's Tour, with eight exemptions into the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Merry Mexican

For years, it was Lee Trevino. Today, it's Lorena Ochoa, 24, who has the lowest scoring average of 69.35 and leads the LPGA money list with $474,051.


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