Dangerous weather delayed play by almost three hours on Thursday during round one of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Women’s Open at Priddis Greens near Calgary, Alberta. As a result not all players were able to complete their first round, including World #3 player Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario.
Topping the leaderboard heading into Friday is Chella Choi. Choi is -7 through 14 holes of play. Stephanie Meadow of Northern Ireland has the clubhouse lead after she completed 18 holes in 6 under par. Meadow put up a seven birdie, one bogey performance in Fall-like conditions.
Lurking just behind is Lydio Ko who is among a group of players at -5. Ko is seeking her fourth title at the CP Women’s Open in the last five years.
“I played really solid, birdied the first hole straight off the bat, so when you made a birdie in the first round on the first hole, it gives you good momentum,” shared Ko of her round. “I was putting really well and hit the ball pretty good throughout the round. I missed a few on my back nine, but still, to come off with 1-under after that delay, I’ll take it.”
The leading Canadian in the clubhouse is Olympian Alena Sharp. She posted a 68 (-4) and shares 8th place to start the day on Friday.
Canadian Amateur Jaclyn Lee also sits on that number through 13 holes of play.
Sharp’s Olympic Teammate, Brooke Henderson, is 1 under par through 15 holes.
Scores for Canadians who have completed round 1
Alena Sharp – 68 (-4)
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc – 69 (-3)
Jessica Wallace – 70 (-2)
Rebecca Lee Bentham – 70 (-2)
Jennifer Ha – 72 (E)
Brittany Marchand – 73 (+1)
Lorie Kane – 73 (+1)
Naomi Ko * – 74 (+2)
Play resumes Friday at 7:15 MDT.