Burlington’s Mussani is as hot as the weather on Women’s Tour

OTTAWA – Salimah Mussani’s favourite pasttime is birdie watching. Which is how she spent Tuesday at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

Mussani, 26, used a string of seven birdies during the second round of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour to fashion a six-under 66 that won her a second consecutive tour title this season. The Burlington golfer’s closing round score matched her opening round effort and gave her an eight-stroke margin over her nearest challenger.

Her twin 66s on the par 72, 6164 yard long course were one stroke off the course record set in 1994 by Martha Nause during the Canadian Women’s Open.

And if the seven birdies on their own weren’t impressive enough, Mussani birdied all four of the course’s par-5’s on Tuesday.

Mussani, who had already earned an exemption into next month’s Canadian Women’s Open by virtue of last month’s tour win at Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club in Barrie, left Ottawa with the $5,000 winners share of the $30,000 CDN purse.

“This has been such an incredible run,” said Mussani, who also won at the Duramed Futures Tour this year. “I’ve really worked hard on my putting to develop a feel for my distances and I guess everything just clicked again this week.”

She wants everything “clicking” on August 7-13 at the London Hunt and Country Club when the LPGA Tour visits for the Women’s Open. While she will be up against some elite company, Mussani isn’t giving in to pressure.

“Every week you see players on Tour dealing with so much pressure and I really try not to do that to myself. I’m fortunate that my play this year has allowed me to test myself against these top players to see where I stand and what it takes to compete on the LPGA Tour. I just try to avoid the added pressure and let my golf take care of itself.”

Competing against some of the LPGA’s top players isn’t new territory for Mussani. She qualified for the 2003 US Women’s Open.

Montreal native Lisa Meldrum carded a three-under 69 to finish runner-up at four-under for the championship followed by 2005 Canadian Women’s Amateur champion Laura Matthews of Essex (Ontario). (three-under) and Jessica Shepley of Oakville (two-under). Shepley also earned a trip to the London tournament.

Mary Anne Lapointe of Georgetown, finished tied for 12th.

Final scores and purse breakdowns for the CN Women’s Tour at Ottawa:

1 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, 66-66–132 $5,000
2 Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, 71-69–140 $3,500
3 (a) Laura Matthews, Essex, Ont., 70-71–141
4 Jessica Shepley, Oakville, 71-71–142 $2,860
5 (a) Kira Meixner, Delta, BC, 71-72–143
T6 (a) Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie, Ont., 75-70–145
Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, Ont., 70-75–145 $2,400
8 Michelle Simpson, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 78-69–147 $2,025
T9 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, CA., 76-72–148 $1,700
Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwack, B.C., 77-71–148 $1,700
(a) Karly Pinder, Exeter, Ont., 76-72–148
T12 (a) Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, 79-71–150
Taya Battistella, Bend, OR., 78-72–150 $1,200
Marlene Davis, Lancaster, N.Y., 72-78–150 $1,200
Lanie Cahill, Brockville, Ont., 73-77–150 $1,200
T16 Marina Choi, Los Angeles, 75-76–151 $850
Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC, 74-77–151 $850
T18 (a) Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, B.C., 78-74–152
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, B.C., 75-77–152 $700
T20 Allie Blomquist, Afton, MN, 78-75–153 $495
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, Ont., 78-75—153 $495
(a) Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, 76-77–153
Lorna Miedema, Calgary, 74-79–153 $495
Cindy Pasechnik, Calgary, 72-81–153 $495
T25 Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC, 77-77–154 $315
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, VT, 73-81–154 $315
T27 (a) Jacklynn Miller, North Bay, Ont., 79-76–155
Vicki Appleton, Halifax, N.S., 79-76–155 $222
Linda Shephard, Brighton, Ont., 80-75–155 $222
Jillian Wyne, Calgary, 79-76–155 $222
Katie Ferguson, Minett, Ont., 80-75–155 $222
Jeannine Fiorito, Las Vegas, 79-76–155 $222
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC, 78-77–155 $222
34 Angie Green, London, Ont., 78-78–156 $185
T35 Kim Kouwabunpat, Upland, CA, 80-77–157 $173
Jan Kleiman, Lakeland, FL, 79-78–157 $173
Dixie Eckes, Santa Barbara, CA, 76-81–157 $173
Jan Dowling, Bradford, Ont., 75-82–157 $173
T39 Marcela Leon, Monterrey, MX, 79-79–158
Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, Ont., 83-75–158
T41 (a) Tamara Harasen, Regina, SK, 79-80–159
(a) Paige Esford, Kingston, Ont., 77-82–159
T43 Jessica Carafiello, Coral Springs, FL, 79-81–160
Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, 83-77–160
Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA, 83-77–160
(a) Inah Park, Kaleden, B.C., 78-82–160
T47 Aileen Robertson, Kelowna, B.C., 82-80–162
Lindsey Edmunds, London, Ont., 84-78–162
T49 (a) Lisa Maunu, St.Thomas, Ont., 83-80–163
Santie Koch, Potgietersrus, South Africa, 85-78–163
T51 (a) Maggie Steciuk, London, Ont., 81-83–164
Wendy Posillico, Huntington, N.Y., 82-82–164
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, 82-82–164
Susan Lippitt, Calgary, 83-81–164
(a) Natalie Desjardins, Haileybury, Ont., 85-79–164
Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB, 86-78–164
57 (a) Brooke Mallory, Brockville, Ont., 84-81–165
58 (a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, 80-86–166
59 (a) Louise Hotte, Rivermead, QC, 85-83–168
T60 (a) Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, 81-88–169
Julie Cashaback, Ottawa, 84-85–169
Danielle Nadon, Ottawa, 88-81–169
T63 Melissa Keller, Scottsdale, AZ, 85-85–170
Marie-Josée Desbiens, Loretteville, QC, 86-84–170
T65 (a) Alysa Few, London, Ont., 85-86–171
Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, Ont., 89-82–171
67 Rebecca Mulville, Smith Falls, Ont., 90-83–173
68 Jessica Blackley, Barrie, Ont., 90-84–174
69 (a) Stephanie Brown, Ottawa, 87-89–176
70 Alexis Mihelich, New Lenox, IL, 94-84–178
71 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL., 88-96–184

(a) denotes amateur