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Rebecca Lee-Bentham Prevails At Smiths Falls

Barbara Allan (middle) served as Tournament Chair for the 2015 Canadian Women's Tour event in Smiths Falls (Photo: Scott MacLeod)
Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)
Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)

After a soggy day one for the Canadian Women’s Tour – Ontario at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, tournament organizers and players caught a break on Wednesday.  Perfect temperatures and a slight breeze made for a perfect setting for the conclusion.  Having pros from the host course, Brooke Henderson and Brittany Henderson, in the mix for the title made it even more palatable for local fans who flocked to the course to see their local girls in action.

Despite the home course advantage for the sisters, it was Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham that completed the victory task after having been a co-leader after round one.

The Torontonian and member of the Golf Canada Young Pro Squad cleaned up the win with a closing 69 (-2) for a 140 (71-69) total.

The score was enough to put her three clear of her nearest competitor, fellow Young Pro Squad member, Brooke Henderson, who finished second alone.

There was a five-way tie for third place between Brittany Henderson, Jamila Jaxaleyeva, Jennifer Ha, Jennifer Greggain, and Leilanie Kim.

Ha won the trophy for low amateur.

Lee-Bentham had a roller coaster front nine in her closing round.  Three birdies were offset by one bogie and a double bogie on the sixth hole when her ball found a watery grave to the left of the green on her approach.  She recovered nicely to play the final twelve holes in three under par, punctuated by back to back birdies on holes fourteen and fifteen.  She was all smiles on the latter hole when she struck her approach to a foot and a half for an easy tap in.

“I went out with a really relaxed mindset which helped me to concentrate on each shot more and not worry about results. I think that’s what helped me today,” commented the new champion.

For her victory the 23 year-old who plays out of the King Valley Golf Club won $10,000 and an exemption into the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to be played August 17-23 at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. “It’s good knowing that I secured the spot. The CP Women’s Open is probably my favourite stop on tour, so just to have the opportunity to play in it again this year is a blessing,” Lee-Bentham related.

We’ll have more on this event at Smiths Falls Golf Club and its impact in stories to follow.

1 Canada Rebecca Lee-Bentham -2 F -2 71 69 140 600.00
2 Canada Brooke Henderson -1 F +1 73 70 143 450.00
T3 Canada Leilanie Kim +2 F +4 73 73 146 315.00
T3 Canada Brittany Henderson +2 F +4 73 73 146 315.00
T3 Kazakhstan Jamila Jaxaliyeva +2 F +4 73 73 146 315.00
T3 Canada Jennifer Ha (a) +2 F +4 73 73 146 315.00
T3 Canada Jennifer Greggain +4 F +4 71 75 146 315.00
T8 United States Taylor Yoshitake E F +5 76 71 147 190.00
T8 United States Tessa Teachman +1 F +5 75 72 147 190.00
T8 Canada Brittany Marchand (a) +4 F +5 72 75 147 190.00
T8 United States Seul-Ki Park +5 F +5 71 76 147 190.00
T12 Canada Elizabeth Tong (a) +3 F +6 74 74 148 137.50
T12 United States Lauren Mielbrecht +5 F +6 72 76 148 137.50
T14 United States Kaitlyn Rohrback +2 F +7 76 73 149 101.67
T14 Canada Maddie Szeryk (a) +3 F +7 75 74 149 101.67
T14 United States Stefanie Kenoyer +3 F +7 75 74 149 101.67
17 Puerto Rico Kyle Roig +2 F +8 77 73 150 80.00
T18 Canada Danielle Mills +2 F +9 78 73 151 45.00
T18 United States Kate Scarpetta +4 F +9 76 75 151 45.00
T18 United States Doris Chen +6 F +9 74 77 151 45.00
T18 Canada Christina Foster (a) +8 F +9 72 79 151 45.00
T22 United States Liz Breed +2 F * +10 79 73 152
T22 Canada Anna Young (a) +5 F +10 76 76 152
T22 Canada Anna Kim (a) +5 F +10 76 76 152
T25 Canada Maya Parsons +4 F * +11 78 75 153
T25 Canada Rachel Pollock (a) +3 F * +11 79 74 153
T25 Canada Vivian Tsui +5 F +11 77 76 153
T25 Mexico Sandra Angulo +6 F +11 76 77 153
T25 United States Tara Dayer-Smith +6 F +11 76 77 153
T25 Canada Erica Rivard +6 F +11 76 77 153
T25 United States Michelle Piyapattra +7 F +11 75 78 153
T32 Mexico Ana Menendez +5 F +12 78 76 154
T32 Canada Robyn Doig +4 F * +12 79 75 154
T32 United States Sydney Cox +4 F * +12 79 75 154
T32 Canada Katherine Gravel-Coursol (a) +7 F +12 76 78 154
T32 United States Kaitlin Coons +1 F * +12 82 72 154
T37 United States Kristin Coleman +6 F +13 78 77 155
T37 Canada Selena Costabile (a) +7 F +13 77 78 155
T37 United States Allyssa Ferrell +8 F +13 76 79 155
T40 United States Kristi OBrien +7 F +14 78 78 156
T40 United States Jennifer Coleman +12 F +14 73 83 156
T42 United States Alyssa Shimel +9 F +15 77 80 157
T42 Canada A Ram Choi +9 F +15 77 80 157
T44 Canada Alexa Kim +7 F * +16 80 78 158
T44 Canada Laura DeMarco (a) +6 F * +16 81 77 158
T44 Canada Jessica Boris +4 F * +16 83 75 158
T47 United States Lucy Davies +10 F +17 78 81 159
T47 United States Jenna Pearson +7 F * +17 81 78 159
T47 Canada Melissa Mabanta +4 F * +17 84 75 159
T50 Australia Katy Jarochowicz +11 F * +18 78 82 160
T50 Canada Kirby Dreher +10 F * +18 79 81 160
T50 Canada Claire Hernandez (a) +11 F +18 78 82 160
T50 Canada Jamie Oleksiew (a) +12 F +18 77 83 160
T50 Canada Megan Chapman +8 F * +18 81 79 160
T50 United States Lindsay Aho +5 F * +18 84 76 160
T56 United States Michele Chun +11 F * +19 79 82 161
T56 Canada Alexandra Naumovski (a) +12 F +19 78 83 161
T56 United States Danielle Lamy +9 F * +19 81 80 161
T56 New Zealand Jenna Hunter +9 F * +19 81 80 161
T56 Canada Savannah Grewal (a) +9 F * +19 81 80 161
T61 Canada Chelcia Petersen +8 F * +20 83 79 162
T61 Canada Hannah Hellyer +8 F * +20 83 79 162
T63 United States Blair O’Neal +14 F +21 78 85 163
T63 United States Courtney Boe +11 F * +21 81 82 163
T63 Canada Julia Malone (a) +10 F * +21 82 81 163
T63 Canada Sabrina Sapone +8 F * +21 84 79 163
T67 Canada Valérie Tanguay (a) +14 F * +22 79 85 164
T67 Canada Alison Timlin +14 F * +22 79 85 164
T67 United States Brooke Baker +10 F * +22 83 81 164
T67 United States Erin Misheff +8 F * +22 85 79 164
T71 France Patricia Beliard +12 F * +23 82 83 165
T71 United States Jennifer Bermingham +11 F * +23 83 82 165
T71 Canada Caroline Ciot (a) +10 F * +23 84 81 165
T71 Canada Annie Lacombe (a) +8 F * +23 86 79 165
T75 United States Heather Angell +15 F * +27 83 86 169
T75 United States Julie Shutler +11 F * +27 87 82 169
77 Canada Casey MacNeil (a) +18 F * +28 81 89 170
78 Canada Laurence Mignault +15 F * +29 85 86 171
79 Canada Noemie Pare (a) +14 F * +32 89 85 174