Helpers having a ball

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Volunteers are going home from the CN Canadian Women's Open with a ball or two in hand.

Autographed by the LPGA stars, to boot.

Following a round, most of the women on tour sign golf balls and give them to those volunteers who walk the course with them as tokens of their appreciation.

"We've always done it as far back as I can remember," said Meg Mallon, a 23-year veteran on the LPGA circuit.

"It's a nice thought -- just a nice gesture."

Mallon credits her caddy for making sure the autographed balls are given out after each round, specifically to those volunteers who tote the walking scoreboards around the golf course.

"The volunteers are the people who are the forgotten ones of the tournament," Mallon said.

"They work hard for us."

White on target

Red Deer's Adrienne White fired the best round among Canadians yesterday with an even-par 71.

White, who earned a berth through the Monday qualifier at the Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club, settled down after bogeys on three of the first four holes.

Sharp eye

Alena Sharp, the 28-year-old Hamilton product, could use an ace to help her cause today.

And if anybody on the LPGA can pull off the hole-in-one, it's her -- since the Canadian's the only tour member to have recorded two this season.

"Maybe on No. 2," said Sharp of the 139-yard hole.

"If they put the pin on the ridge, then maybe you can see a shot being sucked back to it."

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