Two local golfers finish strong on start of CN women’s tour

Richmond, B.C. – Jisoo Keel of Coquitlam, B.C., a member of Team Canada, carded a final round even-par 72 to capture the season-opening event on the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Richmond Country Club in Richmond, B.C. Keel converted three birdies on her last five holes of the day, including a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to seal the victory with a two-day total of 1-under 143. Keel, 16, bested Vancouver’s So Yeon Park and Renee Skidmore of Everett, Wash. by a single stroke for the win as the pair finished at even-par 144.

Jessica Shepley of Oakville, last season’s Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award winner on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, tied for 19th at 5-over 149. She had rounds of 72 and 77. Finishing in a tie at 22nd with a six over par 150 was Hamilton’s Ashley Sholer after shooting rounds of 73 and 77.

With the victory, Keel earned an exemption into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open which will be held at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. from Aug. 20-26.

The next CN Canadian Women’s Tour stop takes place June 11-13 at Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Que., while the final Tour event is scheduled for June 25-27 at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls.

Players competing on the Tour also earn points towards the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit. The player with the most points at the end of the season earns the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award. The top three players on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour season-ending Order of Merit will be awarded direct entry into Stage 2 of LPGA Qualifying School. All entry fees will be paid for Stage 2 and, if applicable, Stage 3 (up to a value of $4,000 each).

In addition, the top two competitors on the season-ending Order of Merit not otherwise exempt also earn entry into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.