Polonich hasn't woken from dream

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Jade Polonich's feet still haven't touched the ground.

Today the local amateur will actually get a chance to compete on the LPGA Tour.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of it," Polonich said.

"It's exciting to be inside the ropes instead of watching from the outside. I don't know if I'll come down from this high, this is just awesome. I'm so excited to be part of all of this."

Polonich, 24, earned one of the four qualifying spots into the CN Canadian Women's Open by posting an even-par 72 Monday at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.

She'll tee off on the 10th hole today (2 p.m.) with Lee Ann Walker-Cooper of Southport, North Carolina and Annika Sorenstam's younger sister Charlotta.

"I want to go out there and enjoy every moment," Polonich said.

"I'm not going to beat myself up. I think that if I come out here and focus on one swing, and each swing just through my whole round and really enjoy every moment, I'll be a happy camper."

Polonich - the daughter of former NHLer Dennis Polonich - started playing competitive golf in her early teens.

She went to the University of Mississippi before graduating to the CN Canadian Women's Tour.

This is the first time she's qualified for an LPGA event.

"This makes it all worthwhile, it validates what you work for all year," she said. "To end the season like this or come down to this is a really great feeling."

On Monday she qualified behind three professionals who shot 71.

"It was a grind - golf is a grind all the time," she said.

"But I teed off in the morning and I just said to my mom who was caddying that I wasn't the least bit worried, that I'm just going to go out and play, have fun and try to stay in the moment.

"I didn't think too much about the outcome and when I got in and heard there were a couple of 71s, I knew there might be a chance so I was pretty thrilled at the time."


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