Dismal day for Canucks

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

No Canada!

For the first time since in the 36-year history of the tournament, there won't be a single Canuck teeing it up on the weekend at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Within moments late yesterday afternoon at Priddis Greens, the two remaining Canadians with a realistic shot of surviving the second-round shakedown walked away from their final holes fighting back tears.

Hamilton's Alena Sharp lipped out her birdie putt on No. 18, failing to capitalize on an opportunity to move to 1-over and stick around for two more days.

Over at No. 9, amateur Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., crumbled under the pressure, hitting her approach shot into the water and making a triple-bogey. She finished at 3-over and missed the cut by two strokes.

Perhaps the pressure got the best of them?

"It's there. You try hard to fight it and not to think about it, but it's always there," Sharp said.

"Whenever you come to the golf course, when you tee it off on the first hole, when you come up the 18th hole, it's there, for sure."

Jocelyne Bourassa of Shawinigan, Que., is the only Canadian who's ever won the annual LPGA Tour stop, achieving the feat in Montreal in 1973. Her record is safe for one more year.

A.J. Eathorne, Lorie Kane, Sue Kim, Jennifer Kirby, Kira Meixner, Ashley Sholer, Jessica Shepley, Stephanie Sherlock, Nicole Vandermade and Adrienne White are also headed home after two rounds.

For Sharp, who was within inches of sticking around for the weekend, it's a tough pill to swallow.

"It's tough to miss it by one shot. I hit too many good shots to miss the cut this week," Sharp said.

"It's the extra little pressure. Being a Canadian playing in the Canadian Open, it gets just to you a little bit, maybe makes you a little more nervous and a little more tight."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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