Canuck teen holds her own

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

Sue Kim was all smiles.

And why not?

After teeing off at in the first group of the day on No. 10, the 17-year-old amateur from Langley, B.C., posted an even-par 72 and was among a group of top Canadian players.

Hamilton's Alena Sharp was the top Canadian with a 1-under 71. Kim, who qualified for the Open by winning two events on the CN Canadian Women's Tour this season, was thrilled to be second among the Canadians, along with Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C., who won an event at Camelot july 15 to qualify.

"It's great for me," said Kim, the youngest competitor in the field. "I teed off (yesterday) morning and I was playing with Kelly Kuehne. I thought that was pretty good. It's a lot of fun. It went really good for me. The two bogeys I had were just three-putts. I was able to get them back with two birdies. I just went out there and gave 100%.

JUST 'GRATEFUL'

"It was really nice for me to play with the pros. I just felt grateful to be out there on the same course with players like Annika (Sorenstam) and Kuehne. It's just a real honour for me. I figure that I'm not going to win any money, so I should just go out there and have fun."

She's also looking to continue a successful year.

"It's been a really good year for me and I just want to continue on," said Kim

While Kim is just starting her carrer, veteran Dawn Coe-Jones of Lake Cowichan, B.C., started her final Canadian Open with a 3-over 75. She started with two birdies, but then bogeyed three holes.

"I couldn't believe how quick the greens were (yesterday) morning and then on the back nine, we all just kind of lost our focus," said Coe-Jones. "For me, that's just being rusty and not playing. I know I could have done better."


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