Shepley, Vaughan challenge for lead at CN Women’s Golf Tour stop


Oakville’s Jessica Shepley is in a log-jammed five-way tie for fifth place after the opening round of the Canadian Women’s Tour Championship playing out at the Summerlea Golf and Country Club near Montreal.

Shepley had a first round 74 that leaves her and four others three strokes back of leader Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que.
Meldrum’s 71, a one-under-par effort, leaves her one stroke up on Jennifer Greggain of Chilliwack, B.C. In total, seven golfers are within three strokes of Meldrum and 22 are within six swings going into Thursday’s second round on the 6,313-yard course.

Burlington’s Carrie Vaughan carded a 76 to sit five strokes back.

Up for grabs is a prize pool of $50,000 and desirable points for the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit standings. The leader at the end of play on Friday will earn Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year honours and an additional $3,000 payout. Meldrum is chasing Burlington’s Salimah Mussani and Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alberta for top position.

Mussani leads the standings with 1,200 points while Kelepouris is in second at 865.83. Meldrum is third at 825.00 points with a whopping 900.00 points available to this week’s winner.

Kelepouris shot a four-over par 76 and is tied for 10th place heading into the second round. Mussani, a regular on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, is not attending this week’s event because she earned a coveted exemption to compete this week on LPGA Tour at the State Farm Classic.

“It’s too bad she’s not here to defend her lead, but it gives the girls down the list a chance at it,” said Meldrum who plays out of The Royal Montreal Golf Club. “It’s a three-day tournament and it’s pretty early, but it’s an advantage to start out in front.”

In the amateur ranks, 2006 Canadian Junior Girls’ champion Maude-Aimée LeBlanc of Windsor, Que., opened with a two-over par 74, to sit tied with four others in fifth position. LeBlanc is playing well as of late having won the Royale National Junior Girls’ Championship and finishing fourth at the Royale Cup National Women’s Amateur Championship in early August.

NOTES:

  • Summerlea Golf and Country Club hosted the 2002 Canadian Women’s Open where LPGA star Meg Mallon won her second of three titles. She earned a three stroke win over Catriona Matthew, Michelle Ellis and Michele Redman on the very course the competitors are playing this week
  • Marie-Josée Rouleau of St. Lambert, Que., withdrew due to a neck injury on Tuesday.
  • Nine players who competed at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in early August are apart of the field competing this week at Summerlea.
  • In Tuesday’s Pro-Am event Lorna Miedema of Calgary, Alberta used a 7-wood to ace the par-3, 17th hole.

    Opening round scores:

    1 Lisa Meldrum, Kirkland, QC–71
    2 Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwack, BC–72
    T3 Kim Brozer, Red Deer, AB–73
    Michelle Simpson, New Smyrna Beach, FL–73
    T5 Jessica Shepley, Oakville, ON–74
    Taya Battistella, Bend, OR–74
    Carmen Hajjar, Mesa, AZ–74
    (a) Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC–74
    9 Cindy Pasechnik, Calgary, AB–75
    T10 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB–76
    Marcela Leon, Monterrey, MX–76
    Allie Blomquist, Afton, MN–76
    Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON–76
    T14 Kim Kouwabunpat, Upland, CA–77
    Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, ON–7
    Liz Earley, St. Catharines, ON–77
    Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC–77
    Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON–77
    (a) Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB–77
    Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB–77
    Caroline Goasguen, Montpellier, FR–77
    T22 Sarah Tiller, Portland, OR–78
    Maggie Steciuk, London, ON–78
    T24 Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA–79
    Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON–79
    Kareen Qually, Olds, AB–79
    Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON–79
    T28 Lanie Cahill, Brockville, ON–80
    Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB–80
    Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC–80
    (a) Judy Dotten, New Liskeard, ON–80
    Jeannine Fiorito, Las Vegas, NV–80
    (a) Ivy Steinberg, Cedar Valley, ON–80
    T34 Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON–81
    Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC–81
    Jessica Carafiello, Coral Springs, FL–81
    Kim Adams, Tide Head, NB–81
    Carmen Bandea, Atlanta, GA–81
    (a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB–81
    T40 Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB–82
    Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON–82
    42 Marlene Davis, Lancaster, NY–83
    43 Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON–84
    T44 Jennifer Jaszek, Brantford, ON–85
    Santie Koch, Potgietersrus, ON–85
    Shayne Wild, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, NC–85
    Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC–85
    Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB–85
    (a) Marie-Therese Torti, Candiac, QC–85
    50 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL–86
    51 Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, ON–87
    T52 Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK–89
    Julie Cashaback, Ottawa, ON–89
    T54 Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC–92
    (a) Destiny Whitney, Calgary, AB–922
    56 Susanne Westwood, Midland, ON–95
    (a) denotes amateur