Playoff Decides CN Canadian Women’s Tour Ontario

It took three extra holes of golf to decide the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Ontario event on Wednesday, June 19th but that was fine for Californian Emily Childs.

The 23 year-old rolled in a short birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the championship in the slightest of margins over Oakville, Ontario’s Jessica Shepley at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor.

Both players tied at 8-under par, 134, for 36 holes with Childs shoot a bogey free final round of 65 to earn her spot into the playoff.

For her win the Almeida, CA golfer picked up a cheque for $10,000 and a spot in the CN Canadian Women’s Open later this summer at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta.

“It feels so awesome, I can’t believe it,” said the recent University of California graduate. “It’s great, I didn’t expect this at all.”

“I just wanted to play well this week,” she continued. “My round yesterday I thought was pretty good and I’ve been striking the ball really well and I just wanted to come in with some good rounds and it ended up being a really good round.”

Shepley, 30, carded a bogey-free final round 5-under 66 that included five birdies. Her runner-up finish earned her just under $7000 and left her one stroke clear of Lisa Ferrero, 30, of Palm Harbor, Fla, and Jennifer Kirby, 22, of Paris, Ont., who finished tied for third at 7-under par.

Local favourite Erica Rivard, 23, of Tecumseh, Ont., Anya Sarai Alvarez of Tulsa, Olka., and Hillary Packard of Thousand Oaks, Calif., finished tied for fifth at 4-under par, while Michelle Piyapattra of Corona, Calif., earned low amateur honours at 1-over 143 for the championship.

Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario posted the lowest score for golfers from Eastern Ontario.  Henderson, a 2-time NCAA Big South Conference Champion, tied for 27th. Hanna Hellyer of Stirling, ON tied for 39th while Alison Timlin of Ottawa tied for 66th. Victoria Thompson of Akwesasne, ON finished in 84th.

At the conclusion of the event, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., was awarded the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year award after capturing the CN Women’s Tour B.C. stop and finishing runner-up to Kirby in Cowansville last week at CN Canadian Women’s Tour Quebec.

Amateur standout and Team Canada’s Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smiths Falls, Ont., clinched her second straight Amateur of the Year award. Along with the award she also earned one of the two final exemptions into the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open based on the final Order of Merit standings. Team Canada’s Augusta James of Bath, Ont., earned the second exemption after her play as an amateur this season at the last two events.   Both Brooke and Augusta did not play the Ontario stop but were both victorious Wednesday in their first round matches at the Women’s Western Amateur in Dayton, Ohio.

The following are final round scores from the CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ont. (6,148 yards / par 71):


1    Emily Childs                 Alameda, CA           69-65--134 -8 (Playoff Winner) 
 2    Jessica Shepley              Oakville, ON          68-66--134 -8  
 T3   Lisa Ferrero                 Palm Harbor, FL       66-69--135 -7  
 T3   Jennifer Kirby               Paris, ON             66-69--135 -7  
 T5   Erica Rivard                 Tecumseh, ON          72-66--138 -4  
 T5   Anya Sarai Alvarez           Tulsa, OK             69-69--138 -4  
 T5   Hillary Packard              Thousand Oaks, CA     67-71--138 -4  
 T8   Candace Schepperle           Birmingham, AL        70-69--139 -3  
 T8   Min Lee                      Taiwan                69-70--139 -3  
 10   Natalie Gleadall             Stratford, ON         69-71--140 -2  
 11   Kristin Walla                Aspen, CO             74-67--141 -1  
 12   Brooke Baker                 Simpsonville, SC      71-71--142 E   
 T13  Amy Anderson                 Oxbow, ND             72-71--143 +1  
 T13  Elena Robles                 Redondo Beach, CA     72-71--143 +1  
 T13  Michelle Piyapattra (a)      Corona, CA            71-72--143 +1  
 T13  Corie Hou                    Australia             72-71--143 +1  
 T13  Becca Huffer                 Denver, CO            70-73--143 +1  
 T13  Tessa Teachman               Baton Rouge, LA       69-74--143 +1  
 T19  Alexandra White              Cary, NC              73-71--144 +2  
 T19  Carmen Bandea                Atlanta, GA           77-67--144 +2  
 T21  Lindsey Edmunds              Kitchener, ON         75-70--145 +3  
 T21  Noriko Nakazaki              Hanover Park, IL      75-70--145 +3  
 T21  Heather Angell               Winston-Salem, NC     73-72--145 +3  
 T21  Elise Swartout               Ann Arbor, MI         73-72--145 +3  
 T21  Ginny Brown                  Austin, TX            72-73--145 +3  
 T21  Milena Savich                Carmel, IN            72-73--145 +3  
 T27  Brittany Henderson           Smiths Falls, ON      75-71--146 +4  
 T27  Kyla Inaba                   Kelowna, BC           74-72--146 +4  
 T27  Lisa Maunu                   St.Thomas, ON         73-73--146 +4  
 T30  Jody Fleming                 Australia             75-72--147 +5  
 T30  Emily Flanigan               Windermere, FL        77-70--147 +5  
 T30  Chelcia Petersen             Calgary, AB           77-70--147 +5  
 T30  Ashley Sholer                Hamilton, ON          73-74--147 +5  
 T30  Kate Scarpetta               Moosic, PA            73-74--147 +5  
 T30  Kirby Dreher                 Fort St. John, BC     72-75--147 +5  
 T30  Christina Stockton           Los Angeles, CA       69-78--147 +5  
 T37  Kristi OBrien                Fishers, IN           75-73--148 +6  
 T37  Brogan McKinnon (a)          Mississauga, ON       79-69--148 +6  
 T39  Sydney Cox                   Edmond, OK            75-74--149 +7  
 T39  Natalia Ghilzon              Windsor, ON           75-74--149 +7  
 T39  Seema Sadekar                Toronto, ON           75-74--149 +7  
 T39  Amy Meier                    Rochester Hills, MI   74-75--149 +7  
 T39  Hannah Hellyer               Stirling, ON          76-73--149 +7  
 T39  Maiya Tanaka                 San Diego, CA         74-75--149 +7  
 T45  Michele Chun (a)             Huntington Beach, CA  75-75--150 +8  
 T45  Brittany Johnston            Akron, OH             75-75--150 +8  
 T45  Lindsay Aho                  Brush Prairie, WA     76-74--150 +8  
 T45  Rebecca Samuelsson           Sweden                73-77--150 +8  
 T45  Alyssa Getty (a)             Leamington, ON        77-73--150 +8  
 T45  Jill Briles-Hinton           Midlothian, VA        79-71--150 +8  
 T51  Sabrina Sapone (a)           Montreal, QC          76-75--151 +9  
 T51  Jillian Fraccola             Jamesville, NY        81-70--151 +9  
 T53  Naomi Ko (a)                 Victoria, BC          74-78--152 +10 
 T53  Brittany Bomar               Anchorage, AK         77-75--152 +10 
 T53  Alexandra Gibson             Windermere, FL        77-75--152 +10 
 T53  Lindsey Bergeon              Sarasota, FL          77-75--152 +10 
 T53  Danielle Mills               Pointe-Claire, QC     78-74--152 +10 
 T53  Jessica Hauser               Hartland, WI          78-74--152 +10 
 T53  Patricia Beliard             Houston, TX           78-74--152 +10 
 T53  Melissa Mabanta              Langley, BC           80-72--152 +10 
 T61  Lucy Davies                  Los Angeles, CA       75-78--153 +11 
 T61  Megan Leineweber             Sarasota, FL          76-77--153 +11 
 T61  Charlotte Mayorkas           Las Vegas, NV         74-79--153 +11 
 T61  Sylvie Schetagne             Delson, QC            80-73--153 +11 
 T61  Julie Shutler                Manteca, CA           81-72--153 +11 
 T66  Alison Timlin (a)            Ottawa, ON            75-79--154 +12 
 T66  Amanda Robertson             Bakersfield, CA       75-79--154 +12 
 T66  Mari Chun                    Alpharetta, GA        78-76--154 +12 
 T66  Ashley Edwards               Oakley, CA            80-74--154 +12 
 T66  Jennifer Brumbaugh           Scotts Valley, CA     80-74--154 +12 
 T66  Josée Doyon (a)              Beauceville, QC       81-73--154 +12 
 T66  Ashley Malaska               Mesa, AZ              81-73--154 +12 
 T73  Christie Branch              Sandston, VA          76-81--157 +15 
 T73  McKenzie Jackson             Scottsdale, AZ        77-80--157 +15 
 T73  Sarah Dunning (a)            Kitchener, ON         79-78--157 +15 
 T76  Amanda McPhee                Winchester, MA        76-82--158 +16 
 T76  Cheryl Mitchell              Walpole Island, ON    79-79--158 +16 
 T78  Marion Reid (a)              Etobicoke, ON         77-82--159 +17 
 T78  Minhee Park                  Richland, WA          81-78--159 +17 
 T80  Stephanie Liu (a)            St. Albans, MO        80-80--160 +18 
 T80  Alexis Bennett               Rockford, IL          80-80--160 +18 
 T82  Grace Chung (a)              Richmond Hill, ON     82-79--161 +19 
 T82  Kathleen Robinson            Alexandria, VA        85-76--161 +19 
 84   Victoria Thompson            Akwesasne, ON         85-78--163 +21 
 85   Whitney Hobbs                Puyallup, WA          84-82--166 +24