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JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

The London Hunt and Country Club is the site of the championship next week.

Late scratch

Juli Inkster, who has won 30 LPGA events and $10 million US in her career, withdrew Wednesday. Her agent told the RCGA that she was already suffering from fatigue playing last week in France and this week in England.

Today, tomorrow and Monday

- Some players begin arriving at the club tomorrow for practice rounds, to play in Monday's women-only pro-am at 7:30 a.m. and to compete in the qualifying tournament on Monday at 1 p.m. for four remaining spots in the tournament.

- About 60 to 70 players who competed last week in France at the Evian Masters and this week in England at the Weetabix British Open begin arriving Monday and Tuesday.

- The course is closed to the public until Monday. Admission Monday is $10. Parking is $5.

Tickets

- A weekly pass can be purchased for $50 in advance. Call 1-866-571-5742.

- A daily admission ticket purchased at the Hunt Club gate is $25, for admittance Thursday through Sunday.

Local flavour

Jessica Shepley, a former Oakridge resident, is the only London player who has qualified for the tournament. She now lives in Oakville.

Cheryl Mitchell of Walpole Island will become the first native Canadian or American to play in an LPGA event. She qualified based on her play in the first three Canadian Tour events. Mitchell is a three-time winner of the Canadian Optimist championship and this year's honorary chair for the tournament Aug. 13-16 at Ingersoll.

LPGA charges

When Carolyn Bivens took over as commissioner of the LPGA Tour this year, one of the changes included charging tournament organizers $100,000 for the rights to hold a championship.

The LPGA is also charging for electronic leaderboards, a fee estimated at $15,000.

Bivens, who wants to improve the LPGA as a business, said this week on The Golf Channel the LPGA wants the additional revenue to help provide what she called long overdue benefits for its members.

Spectators in wheelchairs

Spectators requiring wheelchair assistance are asked to call 519-641-0656. Doug Alexander, a Hunt Club board member and co-chairperson of the tournament, said those spectators will be assigned special parking and transportation to wheelchair viewing areas. Those areas are on the 18th hole and the practice range, also near the 18th green.

Matching money

Canadian National Railway will match spectator donations at the gate -- up to a total of $100,000 -- with the money going the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario. Spectators who make a donation of at least $10 will receive a heart-shaped miracle match pin. CN earlier promised to donate at least $100,000 to the hospital from proceeds from ticket sales.


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