Kirby Wins In Pro Debut

– Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is Top Amateur –

Cowansville, Que. (Golf Canada) – Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., carded a final round 2-under 70 to capture her first tournament as professional at the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Tour stop at Club de Golf Cowansville in Cowansville, Que.

Kirby, 22, converted five birdies during her final round to finish with a two-day total of 5-under 139. She closed with three birdies over her final six holes to hold off Samantha Richdale, 29, of Kelowna, B.C., who had narrowed the lead to two strokes after a birdie on the 16th hole.

The recent University of Alabama graduate then birdied the 18th hole to earn her exemption into the 2013 CN Women’s Canadian Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, August 19-25.

“That’s awesome, that was definitely a little extra perk in winning and it was the goal to get into the CN Canadian Women’s Open somehow or other,” said Kirby. “It was nice to pull through this week and kind of get that done and it will be really fun to play again.”

The 2009 Royale Cup Canadian Amateur and Junior Champion had plenty of crowd support Wednesday with many of her former Team Canada teammates waiting for her at the 18th green.  As a long-time member of Team Canada, Kirby commented on how much the program has helped her become the player she is.

“It was very special to have them all there when I was finishing,” she said. “They are just as much a part of my success as I am and they’ve really helped me get to this point, so it was awesome to see them there.”

Richdale, the 2013 CN Women’s Tour B.C. Champion, finished in solo second at 2-under 142 after a final round 72. The Symetra Tour player birdied three of her last four holes but couldn’t catch Kirby after missing the par-3 17th green.

Playing in the final group, Team Canada’s Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smiths Falls, Ont., finished as the low amateur at the tournament after a final round 1-under 71.  Her second consecutive top-3 finish was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 15th hole and left her at 1-under 143 for the tournament in solo third.

Lauren Mielbrecht, 26, of Gulf Stream, Fla., Elise Swartout, 25, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Team Canada’s Brittany Marchand, 20, of Orangeville, Ont., finished tied for fourth even-par 144 for the tournament.

The following are final round scores from the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at Club de Golf Cowansville in Cowansville, Que. (6,110 yards / par 72)
 1    Jennifer Kirby               Paris, ON                  69-70--139 -5  
 2    Samantha Richdale            Kelowna, BC                70-72--142 -2  
 3    Brooke Henderson (a)         Smiths Falls, ON           72-71--143 -1  
 T4   Brittany Marchand (a)        Orangeville, ON            74-70--144 E   
 T4   Lauren Mielbrecht            Gulf Stream, FL            73-71--144 E   
 T4   Elise Swartout               Ann Arbor, MI              73-71--144 E   
 T7   Josée Doyon (a)              Beauceville, QC            77-69--146 +2  
 T7   Augusta James (a)            Bath, ON                   74-72--146 +2  
 T7   Jisoo Keel (a)               Coquitlam, BC              74-72--146 +2  
 T10  Becca Huffer                 Denver, CO                 77-70--147 +3  
 T10  Kelly Shon (a)               Flushing, NY               75-72--147 +3  
 T10  Kaitlin Coons (a)            San Diego, CA              75-72--147 +3  
 T13  Jaclyn Sweeney               Bradenton, FL              77-71--148 +4  
 T13  Amy Anderson                 Oxbow, ND                  77-71--148 +4  
 T13  Seema Sadekar                Toronto, ON                75-73--148 +4  
 T13  Min Lee                      Taiwan                     76-72--148 +4  
 T17  Tessa Teachman               Baton Rouge, LA            79-70--149 +5  
 T17  Lisa Ferrero                 Palm Harbor, FL            76-73--149 +5  
 T19  Jennifer Ha (a)              Calgary, AB                76-74--150 +6  
 T19  Lucy Davies                  Los Angeles, CA            77-73--150 +6  
 T19  Natalie Gleadall             Stratford, ON              76-74--150 +6  
 T19  Emily Childs                 Alameda, CA                74-76--150 +6  
 T23  Corie Hou                    Australia                  79-72--151 +7  
 T23  Lisa Maunu                   St.Thomas, ON              78-73--151 +7  
 T23  Alexandra White              Cary, NC                   77-74--151 +7  
 T23  Kyla Inaba                   Kelowna, BC                77-74--151 +7  
 T23  Isabelle Beisiegel           Saint-Hilaire, QC          80-71--151 +7  
 T23  Christine Wong (a)           Richmond, BC               76-75--151 +7  
 T23  Milena Savich                Carmel, IN                 76-75--151 +7  
 T30  Mari Chun                    Alpharetta, GA             77-75--152 +8  
 T30  Kristin Walla                Aspen, CO                  80-72--152 +8  
 T30  Taylor Kim (a)               Surrey, BC                 80-72--152 +8  
 T33  Candace Schepperle           Birmingham, AL             80-73--153 +9  
 T33  Jessica Hauser               Hartland, WI               77-76--153 +9  
 T33  Sydney Cox                   Edmond, OK                 75-78--153 +9  
 T33  Liliana P Alvarez            Mexico                     75-78--153 +9  
 T33  Naomi Ko (a)                 Victoria, BC               75-78--153 +9  
 T38  Rebecca Samuelsson           Sweden                     79-75--154 +10 
 T38  Michele Chun (a)             Huntington Beach, CA       77-77--154 +10 
 T38  Erica Rivard                 Tecumseh, ON               80-74--154 +10 
 T41  Angel Sze                    San Marino, CA             79-76--155 +11 
 T41  Brooke Baker                 Simpsonvile, SC            79-76--155 +11 
 T41  Allison Micheletti           St. Louis, MO              80-75--155 +11 
 T41  Hillary Packard              Thousand Oaks, CA          77-78--155 +11 
 T41  Christina Stockton           Los Angeles, CA            77-78--155 +11 
 T41  Alexandra Gibson             Windermere, FL             81-74--155 +11 
 T41  Julie Shutler                Manteca, CA                75-80--155 +11 
 T48  Valérie Tanguay (a)          St-Hyacinthe, QC           78-78--156 +12 
 T48  Kristi OBrien                Fishers, IN                80-76--156 +12 
 T48  Lindsay Aho                  Brush Prairie, WA          81-75--156 +12 
 T48  Anna Young (a)               Saskatoon, SK              82-74--156 +12 
 T52  Kathy  Lim (a)               Langley, BC                80-77--157 +13 
 T52  Sabrina Sapone (a)           Montreal, QC               80-77--157 +13 
 T52  Jennifer Brumbaugh           Scotts Valley, CA          82-75--157 +13 
 T52  Noriko Nakazaki              Hanover Park, IL           82-75--157 +13 
 T52  Jody Fleming                 Australia                  83-74--157 +13 
 T52  Jillian Fraccola             Jamesville, NY             83-74--157 +13 
 T58  Carmen Bandea                Atlanta, GA                78-80--158 +14 
 T58  Charlotte Mayorkas           Las Vegas, NV              83-75--158 +14 
 T60  Ashley Edwards               Scottsdale, AZ             80-79--159 +15 
 T60  Patricia Beliard             Houston, TX                80-79--159 +15 
 T60  Chelcia Petersen             Calgary, AB                77-82--159 +15 
 T60  Lindsey Bergeon              Sarasota, FL               80-79--159 +15 
 T60  Maiya Tanaka                 San Diego, CA              80-79--159 +15 
 T60  Ginny Brown                  Austin, TX                 76-83--159 +15 
 T60  Emily Flanigan               Windermere, FL             83-76--159 +15 
 T60  Danielle Mills               Pointe-Claire, QC          83-76--159 +15 
 T68  Hannah Hellyer               Stirling, ON               80-80--160 +16 
 T68  Kate Scarpetta               Moosic, PA                 82-78--160 +16 
 T68  Sarah-Andrea Landry (a)      Brossard, QC               82-78--160 +16 
 71   Brittany Bomar               Anchorage, AK              84-77--161 +17 
 T72  Caroline Ciot (a)            Brossard, QC               81-81--162 +18 
 T72  Sylvie Schetagne             Delson, QC                 82-80--162 +18 
 T74  Heather Angell               Winston-Salem, NC          81-83--164 +20 
 T74  Natalia Ghilzon              Windsor, ON                82-82--164 +20 
 T74  Marie-Therese Torti (a)      Candiac, QC                86-78--164 +20 
 T77  Alexis Bennett               Rockford, IL               82-83--165 +21 
 T77  Amanda McPhee                Winchester, MA             85-80--165 +21 
 79   Katherine Gravel-Coursol (a) Mirabel, QC                88-78--166 +22 
 T80  Christine Boucher-Lynch      Mont-Tremblant, QC         85-82--167 +23 
 T80  Melissa Mabanta              Langley, BC                87-80--167 +23 
 82   Kathleen Robinson            Alexandria, VA             81-87--168 +24 
 83   Laura Hildebrandt (a)        Ancaster, ON               86-84--170 +26 
 84   Élise Paiement               La Prairie, QC             89-84--173 +29 
 85   Whitney Hobbs                Puyallup, WA               86-93--179 +35