Southerners head north on scoreboard

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 6:46 AM ET

The south is rising at the Alberta Women's Golf Championship.

Actually, sinking is a more accurate description of the first-round scores from Wolf Creek.

Four of the six lowest scores from day one are held by Calgarians, including Meaghan LeBlanc, who has the first-round lead at two-over par 72.

"I played well," said LeBlanc, who is one shot up on Adrienne White with 54 holes to play. "I hit, I think, every fairway. So that helps out here and I had a few putts go in, so it was good."

LOW EDMONTONIAN

Jil Swenson, runner-up at the Canadian Ladies Amateur last summer, is the low Edmontonian (tied for sixth at 76) while Edmonton Ladies champion Susan Nam is five off the lead at 77 after making a double-bogey on No.4 and a triple on 15.

Candace Pasechnik and Lindsay McMillan, both of Calgary, are two shots back at 74 while Bari Erais of Lethbridge is fifth at 75 and Calgary's Jade Polonich is tied for sixth at 76.

LeBlanc, 20, is the two-time Calgary ladies champion (2003 and 2005) but her best finish at the provincials is fourth.

"I just wanted to come here and play well," she said, adding she was wondering, after shooting three over on the front nine, if it wasn't going to be her week. "I missed a couple of holes on the wrong side and couldn't get up and down, and had a couple of three putts, I told myself to stay in there because there's a lot of holes left."

ALL OVER THE MAP

LeBlanc's was a fairly straightforward round, three bogeys and a birdie, while White was all over the map: She bogeyed No. 3, tripled No. 4, birdied No. 5, eagled No. 9, birdied No. 11, and bogeyed Nos. 12, 16, and 17.

"On a course like this you just have to be steady," said LeBlanc. "I just have to play well and see what happens."

Over at Glendale, the first round of the 72-hole Alberta Amateur Golf Championship opens today with defending champion Brian Laubman having to fend off a strong contingent of challengers, including defending Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Frank Van Dornick of Camrose.


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