Kane in contention

Lori Kane finished four under par in the opening round of the CN Canadian Women's Open golf...

Lori Kane finished four under par in the opening round of the CN Canadian Women's Open golf championships at the London Hunt Club in London, ON on Thursday. (London Free Press/Dave Chidley)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 6:22 PM ET

Canadian Lorie Kane is creating plenty of excitement at the Canadian Women’s Open at the London Hunt and Country Club.

Kane finished four under par after the first day of play, four behind the leader.

She’s chasing early leader Angela Stanford, who ripped up the course at eight under par — tying the course record for women.

Several other well-known names are making up some ground.

Defending champion Meena Lee is four under after 16. Morgan Pressel is three under through 15 holes.

Fan favourite Natalie Gulbis is even par through 16 holes.

Kane was happy to be in early contention but felt she could have come in lower than her four under.

“Four under is good but I could have gone lower,” said Kane. “The course was there for the taking.”

Cristie Kerr is tied for second with Jee Young Lee at five under.

Kerr was impressed with the course and the crowds.

“I haven’t played in Canada for a while but this felt like a major,” said Kerr. “The crowds for a Thursday were impressive.”

The crowds were big for the picture-perfect first day of the event, with big contingents following Kane and Kerr’s threesome.

Another Canadian, Alena Sharp, is making some noise. The Hamilton native was three under but gave back two shots. She’s one under after 15.

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