Kane top Canuck

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:48 PM ET

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 Women’s 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.

“It’s never been about the money, and it never will be about the money,” Kane said. “I’m a professional golfer, and I want to shoot low numbers. The real Lorie Kane needs to have weekends like this all the time. It’ll help, but I’m doing OK in that area.”

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 hasn’t been easy, but her performance on the weekend gives her hope.

“The work is not yet done, and it’ll still be another while,” she said. “I’m rounding the corner. I don’t think I’ve hit the straightaway yet.”

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.

“Win, lose or draw I have the support of the Canadian fans, and that means a lot to me,” she said. “The last couple years haven’t been my best. I’m rounding the corner, and to know that they’re behind me, it’s fun to have that support.”

Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., tied for 54th after a final-round 73, while Montreal’s Lisa Meldrum tied for 60th after shooting 76 on Sunday.

“You want to play well on the weekend, and I didn’t do that,” said White, who shot 75 on Saturday, earned $6,484 and is 138th on the money list. “So it’s disappointing. It’s a fight, and I need to get my card for next year, so the more money the better. I didn’t do myself very many favours on the weekend here.”

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.

“At this point you need a couple good weeks to really get in there, and it’s been a tough year,” Meldrum said. “We haven’t been able to play that much, and the top half of the leaderboard have played six or seven more events than I have.

“You try not to think about it.”

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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