Fore the record

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

The Canadian Women's Open was a spectator hit in London, but a television flop in Canada.

Record crowds came to the London Hunt and Country Club every day, but Rogers Sportsnet failed to capture a huge share of the television audience.

A record 61,000 attended the tournament -- including 16,500 on the final day Sunday, Aug. 1 * -- but only 94,000 across Canada watched on television as American Cristie Kerr captured the championship in dramatic fashion on the 72nd hole when Angela Stanford three-putted.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association said television viewership was 46,000 the first day, 50,000 for the second round and 70,000 for the third round.

RCGA media spokesperson Anthony Alfred said the numbers were lower than in 2005 when the championship was carried on TSN.

Alfred added that in 2005, the Canadian Women's Open followed the men's British Open on TSN and that helped increase viewers. This year, TSN carried the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto, competing with Rogers Sportsnet for viewers.

The RCGA paid an undisclosed amount to Sportsnet to televise the tournament.

ASHLEY HOAGLAND WINS

While many of the LPGA stars continue playing high-profile events, aspiring young players such as Ashley Hoagland of Tampa, Fla., have found success since the Canadian Women's Open.

The 23-year-old won the Hunters Oaks Classic on the LPGA Futures Tour last week in Queenstown, Md. The victory was the first as a pro for the former Wake Forest all- American. She won $10,000 US, boosting her season earnings from eight events to $24,578.

Meanwhile, some of the young players who were in London -- including Cheryl Mitchell of Walpole Island and former Londoner Jessica Shepley of Oakville -- are in next week's $50,000 CN Canadian Women's Tour Championship at the Summerlea club near Montreal. Also competing are Londoners Lindsey Edmunds, Angie Green and Maggie Steciuk.

SCOREBOARD

RiverBend's Doug Stewart shot a 73 at Widder Station in Thedford to win Monday's Senior Tour event for Southwestern Ontario senior amateurs . . . Ancaster's James Chan shot 65 to win Tuesday's Great Lakes Tour stop at the Highlands Golf Club in Bradford. Dan Houlihan of Sarnia tied for fourth with a 70 and won $650. Joe Rinker of London tied for seventh with a 72 score and won $350 . . . American Stephen Gangluff shot 70-68-66-70 for 214 to win the first prize of $16,000 and the Canadian Tour's Fallsview Casino Resort Classic in Niagara Falls. RiverBend's Alan McLean shot a final-round 73 for 287 and won $1,550. He finished tied for 15th.

EXTRA HOLES

Jay Campbell of Westminster Trails and Kelly Roberts of the Oaks are the first to be crowned "club champions'' at their clubs this summer. Most clubs are holding their club championships next weekend . . . Sunningdale's Rob Douglas shot 76-76 at the Cambridge Golf Club to pass the playing test toward earning his card to be an assistant CPGA pro . . . Tyler Pilkey of Highland and Taylor Booth of London combined for a 70 and tied for seventh in the Golf Association of Ontario junior best ball tournament in Port Colborne.


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