Lorie's Kane-do attitude

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Obviously feeling right at home as the main attraction yesterday at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club, Canada's Lorie Kane didn't hesitate to take a few verbal jabs at her up-and-coming co-star.

Holding up four fingers -- one for every LPGA Tour event she has won -- Kane playfully reminded Australia's Katherine Hull she has only tasted victory once on the world's top women's golf circuit.

"But you have the one I want," Kane said. "So I'm coming after you."

Hull is defending champion of the CN Canadian Women's Open, the only LPGA Tour stop north of the border and an event that has ended with the likes of Karrie Webb, Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa hoisting the championship hardware.

As Canada's current queen of the links, Kane would love to add her name to the list.

"We refer to this as our Stanley Cup," she said yesterday at a promotional event at the private course just southwest of the city. "As Canadians, we know how passionate we are about our hockey and we're just as passionate about our golf, so the CN Canadian Women's trophy that sits in front of me is something that I'd very much like to have.

"And I know I have the ability to get it, I just have to kind of have everything fall in line."

The CN Canadian Women's Open returns to Priddis Greens Sept. 3-6, a decade after the course played host to what was then known as the du Maurier Classic in 1999.

Kane, the pride of Charlottetown, P.E.I., finished in a tie for sixth spot that year, but what she remembers most is the reception she received from fans in Calgary. The roar started before she smacked her drive on the first hole.

"There was an applause when I walked up to the tee and I went into the tent, and when I came back out, it was like a hockey game broke out with the cheering," Kane said.

"I walked back into the tent and I thought to myself, 'Is there any way I can hit it from here?' ... My hair was standing up on the back of my neck. That feeling is unbelievable, and I've learned to embrace that. And it's my 15th club -- the fans."

Jocelyne Bourassa finished atop the leaderboard in Montreal in 1973 and remains the only Canadian to win the national women's crown.

Kane and Hamilton's Alena Sharp are the only Canucks with a no-strings-attached LPGA card this season, and both have already confirmed they'll tee it up in Alberta on Labour Day long weekend.

A.J. Eathorne of Penticton, B.C., who made her LPGA debut at the 1999 du Maurier Classic, has accepted a sponsor's exemption, while other Canadians could still be offered spots.

Yesterday, Kane compared the feeling of teeing it up at her national Open championship to skating in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. With this year's tournament set to be broadcast live on CBC -- the home of Hockey Night in Canada -- it'll feel even more like a hockey game. Hopefully not too much like a hockey game.

"If the snow stays on the mountains, it would be a real treat," Kane said.


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