WINNIPEG - Lorie Kane is leaving Winnipeg with a huge smile after her best showing in nearly three years.
Even sweeter for the 45-year-old is it happened on home soil.
The Charlottetown native fired a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday at the CN Canadian Womenís Open to finish at 5 under for the tournament. She tied for 11th and pocketed more than $38,000.
More importantly, she vaulted from 103rd on the money list to 79th. The top 80 players on the money list at the end of the year retain their full-time playing privileges for 2011.
ďItís never been about the money, and it never will be about the money,Ē Kane said. ďIím a professional golfer, and I want to shoot low numbers. The real Lorie Kane needs to have weekends like this all the time. Itíll help, but Iím doing OK in that area.Ē
Kane had to drain a 25-foot putt on Friday just to make the cut. She shot 68 on Saturday to climb into a tie for 26th and then turned it up another notch on Sunday, getting to 6 under through 12 holes and within three shots of the lead, to finish as the low Canadian.
It was her best finish on the LPGA Tour since she tied for fourth at the Longs Drugs Challenge in October 2007. It was also her best performance in the Canadian Open since 2004.
Kane has revamped her swing and is trying to get her game back to the same level it was nearly a decade ago. It hasnít been easy, but her performance on the weekend gives her hope.
ďThe work is not yet done, and itíll still be another while,Ē she said. ďIím rounding the corner. I donít think Iíve hit the straightaway yet.Ē
Another reason why Kane was grinning from ear to ear was because of the loud ovation she received as she approached the 18th green on Sunday.
ďWin, lose or draw I have the support of the Canadian fans, and that means a lot to me,Ē she said. ďThe last couple years havenít been my best. Iím rounding the corner, and to know that theyíre behind me, itís fun to have that support.Ē
Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., tied for 54th after a final-round 73, while Montrealís Lisa Meldrum tied for 60th after shooting 76 on Sunday.
ďYou want to play well on the weekend, and I didnít do that,Ē said White, who shot 75 on Saturday, earned $6,484 and is 138th on the money list. ďSo itís disappointing. Itís a fight, and I need to get my card for next year, so the more money the better. I didnít do myself very many favours on the weekend here.Ē
Meldrum won $5,400 and moved up to 115th on the money list. She knows time is running out to keep her card with only four events left.
ďAt this point you need a couple good weeks to really get in there, and itís been a tough year,Ē Meldrum said. ďWe havenít been able to play that much, and the top half of the leaderboard have played six or seven more events than I have.
ďYou try not to think about it.Ē