Countdown to the Women's Open

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

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

Ticket sales slow

Thames pro Fred Kern said they have sold just seven tickets at the three city courses since they went on sale last Saturday. Golftown and the John Labatt Centre are also selling tickets. Organizers hope to sell 50,000.

Big names?

So far, U.S. players Natalie Gulbis and Juli Inkster, Canadian Lorie Kane and South Korean Se Ri Pak are the marquee players who have confirmed they are coming to London.

History lesson

The LPGA's leading players first came to Canada for the Supertest Ladies Open, played at Sunningdale in 1966 and 1967 and at Bayview in Toronto in 1968 and 1969. The Supertest Open ended when Supertest dropped sponsorship after four years. The tournament was reborn as the DuMaurier Classic, then as the BMO Canadian Women's Open and now as the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Officially, the Royal Canadian Golf Association lists 1973 as the first Canadian Women's Open.

Pinder wants shot

Exeter's Karly Pinder, 20, who attends Iowa State University, hopes to land a spot in the Canadian Women's Open by earning one of seven exemptions given to the Canadian Tour or by qualifying Aug. 7, at the Hunt Club. The winners of the three Canadian Tour events prior to the Canadian Women's Open automatically win spots. The top four in points earned at those tournaments also get exemptions. Pinder finished fifth in the second Canadian Tour stop in Barrie and another strong finish in Ottawa July 16-18 could win her a spot.

"I was so excited to see how I'd match up (against the pros in Barrie), but I wasn't overly intimidated," she said. "I felt confident in my game and happy I showed to myself I could play at that level."

Future Links day

Juniors from the CN Future Links program will have the opportunity to learn from CPGA pros on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The juniors will rotate through teaching stations operated by CPGA focusing on putting, chipping and full swing. On Aug. 9, some of the Future Links golfers will caddie for LPGA players in the pro am.


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