The London Hunt and Country Club is the site of the national championship Aug. 10-13. The field of LPGA players and Canadians will compete for a purse of $1.7 million US -- one of the largest in 2006.
The Royal Canadian Golf Association confirmed yesterday Jennifer Rosales is coming to London. The Philippines-born pro won once in 2005 and has two career wins and career earnings of $2.1 million. She joins a field becoming more impressive by the day, a list that includes Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst, Se Ri Pak, Cristie Kerr and some of the glamour names like Natalie Gulbis and teenager Morgan Pressel.
Advance daily tickets
Call 1-866-471-5742, the John Labatt Centre, London's three municipal courses -- Thames, River Road and Fanshawe -- or Golftown.
Tuesday-Wednesday (together): $10
Wednesday (alone): $10
Weekly pass: $50
The pro am
The RCGA still has openings for four foursomes -- $9,500 each -- for Wednesday's pro am. For information, call the RCGA at 1-905-849-9700 (ext 370).
LPGA money (this year)
1. Lorena Ochoa $1,246,641
2. Annika Sorenstam
3. Karrie Webb $1,147,433
4. Mi Hyun Kim $809,724
5. Hee-Won Han $758,908
6. Seon Hwa Lee $725,463
x-7. Pat Hurst $694,154
x-8. Jeong Jang $672,610
x-9. Juli Inkster $664,611
x-10. Cristie Kerr $643,030
x-entered in the Canadian Women's Open
Advice from an old pro
Dottie Pepper, a 17-time winner on tour, says young players such as Paula Creamer may be revving their engines too fast.
"You've got to look at the long-term picture," she said. "You burn these kids out, all the hype goes away if they can't produce over a long period of time and keep the product where it needs to be. Then everybody starts asking the 'Why?' questions. Or the 'Where are they now' question?"
While Creamer has faltered this year, a talented group of young South Korean players has won eight of 16 tournaments this year.
Veterans Inkster and Kerr are the only Americans to win.