Miedema fulfils her destiny

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:55 AM ET

BURLINGTON -- Lorna Miedema wasn't about to start asking herself what if questions after winning an improbable national golf championship yesterday.

What if a golf cart didn't hit her in 1994 and cause the Calgary native to leave the game for 10 years? Moot point.

At the age of 42, Miedema has a law degree and a Canadian PGA women's title. She completed the second half of that equation yesterday after shooting four-under-par 138 in the two-day event at Burlington Golf and Country Club, good for a two-stroke win over Marie-Josee Rouleau.

"I'm a firm believer in destiny," said Miedema, who suffered three herniated discs after a golf cart hit her at a pro-am in 1994 and didn't start hitting balls again until this year.

BELIEVED

"I'm a firm believer in the door open, door close scenario. I have grown enormously, not only in who I am but in education and opportunities to meet people. I'm just grateful I'm able to play today."

It was better than good most of yesterday as Miedema increased a two-stroke lead on Rouleau to six before a two-hour rain delay started after the 10th hole. It was good timing for Miedema, who had some back spasms on the front nine. After a little nap in the clubhouse, she coasted home, posting a meaningless double bogey on No. 17 and bogey on No. 18 in a tournament she controlled from the get-go.

"I am surprised to be here," Miedema said. "It just worked. A lot of hard work has gone into it not by me necessarily so much as friends and coaches and trainers and people who are your support beams."

The Orlando resident -- who moved to Denver from Calgary when she was 12, attended university at Syracuse and Purdue and lived in London, England before moving to Florida -- collected $7,110 for her first tournament win since a du Maurier series victory in 1994 in Saskatoon. Miedema, who doesn't plan to attend LPGA qualifying school, graduated from law school and opened a rental car business after the accident in 1994.

"This has been a longer struggle to obtain (than the law degree)," Miedema said. "This is more rewarding in the sense that it's taken longer and I've had to go through a lot more up and downs to get here."

Defending champion Alena Sharp of Hamilton and Kareen Qually of Olds, Alta, tied for third, one stroke behind Rouleau, of St-Lambert, Que.


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