Inkster at home up here

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

The oldest competitor in the field, Juli Inkster, is in the hunt and carrying the colours for her fellow Canadian Women's Open veterans.

Really, it's not a surprise given her track record in LPGA events staged in Canada.

The 49-year-old American has one victory, one runner-up claim and three third-place finishes in the event.

She won in her first appearance in the annual tournament, the 1984 du Maurier Classic in Pointe-Claire, Que.

"I love it up here," Inkster said.

"My husband's relatives are here in Canada, and we honeymooned in 1980 up here -- in Banff and Lake Louise."

Yesterday, Inkster shot a 3-under 68 to post a 4-under 209 through 54 holes to stay in contention.

LOTS TO LOVE IN CALGARY

Chalk another one up for the Stampede City.

LPGA acting commissioner Marty Evans gave Calgarians the thumbs-up -- and not just the ones taking in the action at Priddis Greens.

"I was struck by it (yesterday) -- and not just here at the course -- how many genuinely friendly people live here in Calgary," said Evans.

TURF BOSS HONOURED

Pretty much everybody's tickled pink about the shape of Priddis Greens.

The club's turf boss, James Beebe, was honoured on-site by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association.

"It's a real team effort -- no doubt about it," Beebe said.

The head superintendent received a commemorative plaque.


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