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Exciting Canadian Women’s Open

Morningstar Golf Course was the destination for the first leg of the Canadian Women’s Open, which saw an exciting four way playoff finish at the end of the two day competition. - Tyson Taylor photo
Morningstar Golf Course was the destination for the first leg of the Canadian Women’s Open, which saw an exciting four way playoff finish at the end of the two day competition.
— image credit: Tyson Taylor photo

The two-day Canadian Women’s Open ended with a thrilling four-way playoff at the Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville May 12-14.

Canadians Samantha Richdale and Anne–Catherine Tanguay were tied heading into the playoff with Americans Lauren Mielbrecht and Michelle Piyapattra, who took home the victory in the opening leg of the Canadian Women’s Tour.

Piyapattra, who hails from Corona, California, hit her approach shot within three feet of the pin on the opening playoff hole to give her a close putt for the win.

“It was amazing for my approach shot just to stay on the green because I’ve been having trouble with that,” Piyapattra said.

“I was just trying to stay focused and make sure to think that it’s not over until it’s over. It was a great feeling, especially with such great competitors out here.”

Piyapattra finished with a score of 145, tied with Mielbrecht, from Gulf Stream, Florida, Tanguay and Richdale.

Brooke Henderson, the number three ranked amateur in the world, finished one shot ahead of Victoria’s Naomi Ko, who finished with a score of 149, good for 10th place.

There were plenty of other players in the field from Vancouver Island as well. Abigail Rigsby of Courtenay (77-77, 154) who finished tied for 25th; Helene Delisle of Nanaimo, tied for 39th (77-80, 157); Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, tied for 43rd (80-78, 158); Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, tied for 47th (79-80, 159); Amanda Baker of Nanaimo, tied for 64th (83-80, 153); and Eileen Kelly of Victoria, 71st (80-89, 169).

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