CP Women’s Open showcases the past, present and future of Canadian golf – Sports
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OTTAWA — Lorie Kane will hear nothing of her legacy as she competes in the CP Women’s Open for one last time.
Kane will start the national women’s golf championship for the 30th and final time on Thursday, one of 18 Canadians on the course at the national championship. The 57-year-old Charlottetown athlete insists the future of sport in Canada has already arrived and she had nothing to do with it.
“We have a great group of young women who are on their way. I’ve heard a lot about passing the torch. There’s no torch,” Kane said. “I think every woman who has played golf in this country has raised the flag as high as they can to make it better.
“I learned that from Jocelyne (Bourassa). I learned that from Sandra Post. I learned that from Dawn Coe-Jones, Gail Graham, Lisa Walters, Nancy Harvey. Alena Sharp came on board. Now, we have Brooke Henderson.”
Asked specifically about her legacy and how she inspired subsequent generations of Canadian golfers, Kane was always hesitant.
“I try not to think about it because, like I said, I love what I do and I love sharing. I never want it to be anything other than the best I can be,” said Kane, adding that the concept of “lifting and climbing” had an influence on how she handled herself on and off the course.
“What that means is that on your path, you bring someone with you.”
Henderson, Canada’s most successful professional golfer, politely disagreed with Kane’s self-assessment. Henderson, 24, said Kane had been a huge influence on her.
“Lorie is amazing. You know growing up she was a female golfer in Canada. I looked up to her and she was a great friend and mentor,” Henderson said. “I think all of Canada loves him very much, so it’s sad that this is his last.”
Kane said she originally intended to pull out of the tournament when it was scheduled for Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in 2020. But it was canceled that year due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 and again in 2021, making the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club the setting for its farewell rounds.
Although Kane remains modest about his contributions to golf, his impact is undeniable. She is a member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. On Wednesday, Golf Canada named two awards in his honor for individuals who have used golf as a platform to positively impact their communities.
Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ont., is a real gift from golf. She enters this week’s tournament as the world No. 5 and second in the Race to CME Globe rankings on the LPGA Tour. She has won twice this season, including the Evian Championship for her second major title.
She said she was thrilled to be back on her home run and chasing her 13th LPGA Tour title and second as CP Women’s Open champion.
“Every year it’s circled on my calendar and I’m always very motivated, especially as the weeks get closer,” Henderson said. “It’s been so long since I’ve been able to play in front of my hometown crowd.
“Even in practice rounds yesterday and today, there were so many people watching. It’s just amazing to have so much love and support from home.”
Vancouver’s Lucy Lin may be the future of Canadian golf. She qualified for the tournament on Monday and, at 12 years, seven months and 12 days, is the youngest player to ever take part in the event.
“It’s a dream come true, being here at a very young age. But I’m super excited,” Lin said. “At the start of Monday, I didn’t really know I would be here, but I tried my best. But I ended up here, so I’m really excited about it.”
Other notable Canadians who teeed off Thursday included Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Ont., Hamilton’s Sharp, Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., amateur Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Brigitte Thibault of Rosemère, Que., who announced Tuesday that she was turning pro after a successful career in the NCAA.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 24, 2022.