Oakmont, PA. (Golf Canada) – A record tying 10 Canadians will compete at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA when the world’s best golfers tee-it-up July 8–11, 2010.
The 10 Canadians competing include LPGA Tour members Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I., Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. and Alena Sharp of Hamilton. Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C., a recently turned professional golfer who regularly competes on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, is also competing this week.
Team Canada Development Squad members Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Richmond Hill, Ont. and Christine Wong of Richmond, B.C. are also included in the 156 player field.
Rounding out the Canadian contingent are Team Canada’s Sara Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que., defending Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. and Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont.
Of further note, Sharp, Kirby and Vandermade all share membership ties to Brantford Golf and Country Club in Brantford, Ont.
Nicole Zhang, an amateur golfer from Calgary, has also earned a spot to compete at the U.S. Women’s Open, the oldest championship open to women professionals and amateurs.
The 10 Canadians confirmed for this year’s event equals the number of Canucks that competed in the 1998 US Women’s Open, which is considered a Canadian modern day record.
Conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the U.S. Women’s Open is contested over 72-hole stroke play. The field will be cut to low 60 and ties plus anyone within 10 strokes of the leader following the completion of the second round.
More than 125,000 spectators are expected to attend the U.S. Women’s Open throughout the week. The U.S. Women’s Open will be broadcast to more than 100 countries including live television coverage on ESPN2 and NBC Sports.
Pairings, live scoring and other information is available online at www.2010uswomensopen.com.