Miracle happens for CN

TODD SAELHOF

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Thanks to generous Calgarians and a benevolent title-sponsor, sick kids have 1.6-million reasons to love the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open.

The CN Miracle Match program met its goal and more in raising $1.6-million through yesterday's final round of the LPGA Tour stop at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

Golf fans hopped on board the past few months to help the railway company raise the sum for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

"I think it was a miracle," said CN president and CEO E. Hunter Harrison.

"We had no idea that when we started this sponsorship four years ago that we could achieve this kind of success."

Home visit for caddie

Jason Gilroyed was thrilled to work close to home during the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Because the event was held close to Edmonton, the caddie for LPGA star In-Kyung Kim got to sandwich his bagman duties around days off at home.

"It feels awesome to spend time with family and friends," said Gilroyed, who now lives in southern California.

"They got down here to support us, too.

"Good support, and the weather was nice."

Chip shots

Organizers of the event replaced the flags on Nos. 9 and 18 greens with Canadian flags. It's a tradition the Royal Canadian Golf Association started a few years ago to celebrate the annual event on Canadian soil ... The Canadian Women's Open trophy is an eye-popper. At 22 lb., the sterling silver cup with maple base stands at least two feet tall. "At least I have a bigger trophy," said 2009 winner Suzann Pettersen after claiming the championship. Well, Pettersen can't quite take it home. She gets a smaller scale model with a plaque and a base that has her name and year won on it.


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