National women's amateur golf tournament gets underway at Ken-Wo in New Minas

Published on July 26, 2016

A practice round was held to kick off the Canadian Women's Amateur Golf Championships at Ken-Wo in New Minas July 25. Pictured, from left, are members of Team Canada: Jaclyn Lee from Calgary, AB; Maddie Szeryk from London ON;  and Michelle Kim from Surrey, BC.


NEW MINAS, NS - Practice rounds got underway July 25 for the 103rd annual Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, hosted by Ken-Wo in New Minas.

Thirteen of the Top-100 players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking will take part in the championship’s return to Ken-Wo, which previously hosted the tournament in 2002.

“This tournament has proven to be a stepping stone for many amateurs working towards joining the professional ranks,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “Eight of our past nine winners, including 2013 champion Brooke Henderson, have gone on to find success as professionals. We are very excited to write the next chapter of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Ken-Wo.”

Read more about the tournament here. 

Hye-Jin Choi of Paju-si, Korea, who is ranked 17th in the world, will compete alongside No. 40 Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, Calif., No. 45 Hannah Green from Perth, Australia and No. 60 Maria Fassi of Pachuca, Mexico. Choi, Green and Fassi represented their countries at the 2015 World Junior Girls Championship at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, with Choi collecting medallist honours in leading Korea to the team title.

Also competing are Port Williams sisters Heather and Meghan McLean.

The two practice rounds on July 25 reduced the field of play to golfers who finished in the low-70s and ties. Both McLean sisters secured their spots.

Other Nova Scotia competitors include Katherine Brine of Truro, Darcy Fuller of Avonport, Jennifer Comeau of Lake Loon, Cristal Romero of Dartmouth, Mireille LeBlanc of Meteghan River and Anne Balser of Digby.

Highlights from the practice round on July 25 included two birdies, an eagle and a hole-in-one from Brine.

Nikki Dolbaczuk of Halls Harbour failed to finish the practice rounds and will not move forward in the competition.

Heavy rain July 26 pushed tee off times for the first day of competition back by an hour, but golfers were expected to hit the greens in a staggered start at 8:30 a.m.