Mitchell wins spot at Hunt

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

Former Ontario Amateur champion Cheryl Mitchell of Walpole Island has won an exemption into next month's CN Canadian Women's Open at the London Hunt and Country Club.

The 27-year-old Mitchell, the only native female professional golfer in North America, shot 70-75 and tied for sixth place at the CN Canadian Tour stop Monday and yesterday at the Ottawa Hunt and Country Club. Mitchell pocketed $2,400 for her showing.

Salimah Mussani of Burlington shot 66-66 for 132 to win the tournament and first prize of $5,000. It was her second Canadian Tour win this summer.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association promised exemptions to the winners of the first three Tour events, along with the top four finishers in the Order of Merit. The RCGA added that if a player won multiple tournaments -- Mussani's victories came in Ottawa and Barrie -- a fifth exemption would be added so that seven players from the Canadian Tour would play in London.

Mitchell is that seventh player. She compiled 500 points to edge out Mary Ann Lapointe of Georgetown by 1 1/2 points for the fifth exemption.

The other tournament winner was Taya Battistella of Bellingham, Wash. She won in Duncan, B.C.

Other exemptions go to Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta., Lisa Meldrum of Montreal, Michelle Simpson of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and former London resident Jessica Shepley of Milton.


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