LPGA stars plan to leave more than just divots

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

A world-class tournament featuring the top female golfers on the planet is only part of the CN Canadian Womens Open package.

Aside from the stunning shots and putts that will be made at St. Charles Country Club from Aug. 23 to 29, players on the LPGA plan to leave a legacy behind with the CN Miracle Match program.

Its like the circus, well roll in and roll out, said Kane. But while were here, like I said on the range, were going to leave more than divots. Were going to have the ability to help raise some great funds to help the children of Manitoba.

The official charity and beneficiary for this years tournament is the Childrens Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and CN is hoping that more than $1 million can be raised for the third consecutive year.

Kane was also impressed when tournament chairman Ken Matchett announced that St. Charles had already filled its volunteer quota of 1,400 people by April.

Roughly 85% of the corporate sponsorships and partnerships have been sold and tournament director Sean Van Kesteren remains confident they can reach their goal of 100%.

Van Kesteren explained that the Tuesday of tournament week has been designated as CN Future Links Day.

All parents who bring their kids on Tuesday will receive complimentary access to the grounds for the practice rounds and clinics.

Throughout the week, children 15-and-under will get in free of charge.

CHIP SHOTS: Speaking of CN Future Links, the 2010 Prairie Links Championship got underway Monday at Rossmere and Taylor Reilly of Niakwa holds a one-shot lead over Raoul Menard of Ange Gardien, Que. and Cameron Davison of Duncan, B.C. in the junior boys category after carding a 1-over 71. The only other Winnipegger in the Top-10 is Charlie Boyechko of Southwood, who is tied for fifth at 74. In the junior girls event, Jenna Roadley of Glendale shot 79 to take a two-shot lead over Anna Young of Saskatoon and Gracie Howie of Calgary. The 54-hole event continues Tuesday and wraps up Wednesday.


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