Home cooking for rookie

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

Cindy Pasechnik believes she's playing better than recent scores would indicate.

The ball just doesn't seem to rolling for her at times.

"I've had so many lip outs lately, it's been very frustrating," said the Calgary native. "I haven't had the greatest year. I'd been struggling with my golf swing at the beginning of the year.

"It's coming around now and I've actually been hitting the ball better, but I just haven't been scoring well. I feel like I'm playing a lot better than the scores that I've posted."

Pasechnik is hoping it all comes together this week at the CN Canadian Women's Open. The LPGA Tour rookie will be one of the local favourites entering the 156-player event at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club.

Heading into the tourney, Pasechnik has already played in four LPGA events, but has failed to make the cut in any of them.

"I came close in the last event I played in Ohio," she said.

"I played a lot better than that and I definitely should have made the cut. But I don't go into tournaments looking to make the cut, because I don't like that goal.

ONE SHOT AT A TIME

"I want to play the best I can each day, taking it one shot at a time, one day at time and hopefully at the end of it all my scores will be up there.

"That's all I can really think of - being patient and hopefully at the end it all pans out and you have a cheque in your hand."

Last year, Pasechnik won seven events on the satellite Cactus Tour. She also competed on the Duramed Futures Tour and the CN Canadian Women's Tour, finishing fourth at the tour championship.

NON-EXEMPT STATUS

Pasechnik earned non-exempt tour status for this LPGA season by finishing tied for 34th at the final qualifying tournament last year.

Prior to that, the former Alberta Ladies Amateur champion and junior ladies champion played at the University of Louisville.

"The toughest part has been not having that consistency of playing out on the tour every week," Pasechnik said. "I think if I played on a weekly basis out there it would be a lot easier just to get used to the whole routine of it. When you haven't been out there for weeks or even a month at a time then you get back out there and realize it's different than any other tour event that I've played out there."

Pasechnik's last event was in mid-July at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. She shot one-over par on the first day and five-over the second to miss the cut by four strokes.

However, it was Pasechnik's best result on the tour, having also played in the LPGA Corning Classic, the Sybase Classic and the Corona Morelia Championship.

"The biggest thing about playing on the LPGA tour is just realizing that you belong to be there," Pasechnik said. "You've earned your spot to be there and you have to get over the jitters of playing with people you grew up idolizing. You have to calm your nerves down and just go out and play just like you know you can."

That might be more of a challenge at the Canadian Open seeing as the tournament is so close to home.

Pasechnik is expected to have a big cheering section at the event which is much different than any other event LPGA she's played in.

"I'm very excited, not just because it's an LPGA event, but it's the Canadian Open and it's in my home province," she said. "In my first year playing as a rookie, it doesn't get any better than that - playing your national open there."


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