Debt Kane's happy to pay

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

WINNIPEG - These are the kind of cheques Lorie Kane doesnt mind writing.

Kane, the 45-year-old from Charlottetown, P.E.I., cost herself a bit of cash as she recorded five birdies during a steady 4-under 68 at St. Charles Country Club during the third round of the 2010 CN Canadian Womens Open.

My goal was to make as many birdies in the next two days, said Kane, who is donating $100 for every birdie she makes during the final two rounds as part of the CN Miracle Match program. I had five (Saturday) and should have had three more. But well take the five and go from there.

Not to be greedy, but I felt I left a few (shots) out there as well. There were still a lot of good things and anytime youre in the 60s, its always fun.

Kane was thrilled to avoid the roller-coaster of emotions that accompanied her first two rounds when some excellent play was followed up with a few large numbers that affected her scores dramatically.

Oh yeah, its too hard on you to play some really solid holes and then a bad swing comes, said Kane, who moved up the leaderboard to sit tied for 26th at even-par 216. Ive never had to play so many unplayables. I dont know if Ive ever taken an unplayable other than the last two days. It can be very mentally draining when it happens.

Kane knows shell need to go low to give herself an outside chance on Sunday.

I made quite a bold statement saying I would give $100 to the Miracle Match for every birdie that I make and my intention is to go out there and make a ton, said Kane.

Lisa Meldrum of Montreal shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to move into a tie for 41st place, at 2-over 218.

Its definitely a little pressure relief when you make the cut, especially here in Canada, said Meldrum, who is 121st on the LPGA Tour money list with $15,379 in earnings. I set my sights high, not for just making the cut this week. Im excited to be playing on the weekend and I had a great day (Saturday).

Meldrum did her best to deal with the conditions.

I definitely had the umbrella out a couple of times, it was that annoying kind of rain, with showers here and there, said Meldrum. The course was playing softer, which was nice because you could get some balls a little closer to the hole.

Its always a challenge playing in the rain. Im normally pretty accurate off the tee and I really struggled with my driver too. I was scrambling and made some important pars when I had to and made some birdies coming in to get it under par.

Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., saw her day get off to a tough start and she struggled with the adjustment in conditions which went from windy and firm Thursday and Friday to wet and soft on Saturday as rain came down for much of the day.

I started bogey-bogey and just couldnt get it going on the greens, said White, who shot 75 and finds herself at 4-over 220 for the tournament. I hit it well. I was 3-over and had three three-putts. The greens were completely different than (Friday) and it took me a while to get used to that. I dont think I ever really did, to be honest.

ken.wiebe@sunmedia.ca


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