Lorie Kane walked onto the 18th green yesterday waving a small dollar-store Canadian flag and the thousands in the gallery roared with applause.
Then she stuck it in the back of her caddy's cap and they laughed.
"I don't know that there's any prouder Canadian than me," she said. Spreading her arms wide, she added, "The fans had flags everywhere, and I just wish my flag was about this much bigger, because that would have showed how much I really cared about how they were treating me."
At 4-over on that 18th green, she had no chance of winning the CN Canadian Women's Open. But for the eighth time in her career, the Charlottetown native was the top Canadian at the tournament, and the fans let her know how much they appreciated her effort.
"I'm not treated like this every week, and I think I've gotten an idea how it is for Annika (Sorenstam), Lorena (Ochoa), Paula (Creamer) and Natalie (Gulbis), the big hitters, if I can say that, on our tour," Kane said.
Kane said she hasn't given up hope of winning her national tournament.
"Nothing would make me happier or prouder than to win the CN Canadian Open," she said. "And Priddis next year (in Calgary) -- that golf course sets my eye already."
Alena Sharp of Hamilton finished one shot back of Kane after shooting a 3-over 75 yesterday. The other Canadians who made the cut, B.C. girls Samantha Richdale of Kelowna and Jennifer Greggain of Chilliwack, finished at 6-over and 15-over, respectively. Dawn Coe-Jones of Campbell River, B.C., missed the cut and is retiring after this season.