Countdown to the Women's Open

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

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

Star watch

Seven big-name players from the LPGA Tour, including Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Meg Mallon and Julie Inkster, arrive in London tomorrow night by private jet to play at the London Hunt and Country Club Monday morning. The U.S. stars, along with Canadians Lorie Kane and A.J. Eathorne and South Korean Se Ri Pak, are guests of Canadian National Railway for the corporate outing. The seven also have confirmed they will play in the championship. The public is not welcome at Monday's event.

Tickets

Want to buy a ticket in London? They will be available shortly, promises tournament director Doug Alexander. For now, call 1-866-571-5742 or visit the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at rcga.org

Volunteers

Wayne Dunn, who has enjoyed success in the community with his charity work, heads the corporate sales team. The group has sold the skyboxes on the 18th hole ($20,000 each), and two remain on the 16th hole ($19,500 each). More recently, Dunn led the Business Cares Food Drive for the London Food Bank, which collected 45,450 kilograms of food. For 13 years, he organized the Sunshine Dreams for Kids golf tournament. He closed the books on the tourney last summer saying the committee didn't want to go back to the same people for donations and entry fees. The event established a $1.2-million endowment fund for terminally ill and physically disabled kids.

Exemption

American Taya Battisella earned a spot in the London tournament by winning this week's Canadian Tour event in Duncan, B.C. She has never played in an LPGA event.

On the money

Lorena Ochoa of Mexico leads the LPGA Tour with $744,850 US in winnings through eight events. Annika Sorenstam has earned $475,311 -- an excellent season for some players, but a slump for her. She is fourth on the money list and is winless in four starts this season. Kane is 71st with $42,509 through nine events.


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