Pasechnik planning one last swing before school

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:06 PM ET

The 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open could be Cindy Pasechnik's swan song as a professional golfer.

She has to earn a spot in the field first.

Of the 15 hometown hopefuls set to tee off in tomorrow's qualifier at the Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club, Pasechnik is the only one who's been there, done that.

After two up-and-down campaigns as a card-carrying member of the LPGA Tour, the 28-year-old has enrolled at the University of Calgary for the upcoming fall semester, but she wouldn't mind skipping her orientation session for one more showdown with the best women golfers on the globe.

"It's a pride thing. I'm Canadian, and I want to play in my national championship, and it's in my hometown," Pasechnik said. "I want to give it one last shot. I want to just give it a try and see what I can do."

One last LPGA Tour payday would certainly cover the cost of a few textbooks.

Pasechnik, who played collegiate golf at Louisville, has moved back to Calgary and is hitting the books next week.

She hasn't ruled out a return to pro golf but wants to complete her master's degree in business first.

A veteran of 19 LPGA Tour starts, the former Alberta Amateur champ failed to renew her card at qualifying school last December. As a result, she'll have to pass an extra test to earn a berth in her third consecutive CN Canadian Women's Open.

The field for today's last-chance qualifier at the Elks Club also includes long-drive champion Lisa 'Longball' Vlooswyk (Heritage Pointe) and talented teens Jennifer Ha (Glencoe) and Nicole Zhang (Silver Springs).

Fellow Calgarians Kim Carrington (Willow Park), Rhonda Carter (Glencoe), Jenn Johnson (Heritage Pointe), Sue Lippitt (Glencoe), Theresa McDermott (Country Hills), Kristin and Tara Rostad (Priddis), Raman Saran (unattached), Ashley Smith (Glencoe), Destiny Whitney (Redwood Meadows) and Jillian Wyne (Glencoe) will also be vying for one of four spots in the tournament, which starts Thursday at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

Pasechnik is no stranger to the pressure of teeing off in a Monday qualifier, and she's been lucky -- and low -- enough to stick around several times.

"I just can't get ahead of myself," Pasechnik said.

"I know a lot of people want to see me playing, and I want to see myself out there probably more than anybody. But if I get ahead of myself and I'm wanting it too bad, you can push too hard. I just need to go out and be patient and see what happens."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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