Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific announced the field of competitors set to challenge for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, August 17-23 at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
In all, the 156 player field at The Vancouver Golf Club will feature the top 10, top 50 and 97 of the top 100 on the current LPGA Tour Official Money List marking it the strongest field on the LPGA Tour in 2015.
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu along with two-time winner Lydia Ko, world No. 1 Inbee Park and Canadian rising star Brooke Henderson headline a field that also includes LPGA stars Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Azahara Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, Sandra Gal, Charley Hull and Jessica Korda.
“We are thrilled to welcome the strongest field on the LPGA Tour to The Vancouver Golf Club with the top 10, top 50 and 97 of the top 100 players on the 2015 LPGA Tour money list confirmed to challenge for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open,” said Tournament Director Brent McLaughlin. “In addition to welcoming a world class field, together with our proud partners at CP, we look forward to raising significant charitable dollars in the community through the CP Has Heart campaign supporting BC Children’s Hospital.”
The winner’s share of the $2.25 million USD purse for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open will be $337,500 USD.
The event marks the return of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship to The Vancouver Golf Club for the first time since Lydia Ko’s historic win as a 15-year old amateur in 2012.
A full field list of players confirmed to compete in the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open can be found by clicking here.
Eleven Past Champions to Compete at The Vancouver Golf Club:
Eleven of the event’s former champions will be competing at The Vancouver Golf Club including defending champion So Yeon Ryu, two-time winner Lydia Ko (2012 & 2013); Brittany Lincicome (2011); Michelle Wie (2010); Suzann Pettersen (2009); Katherine Hull-Kirk (2008); Cristie Kerr (2006); Meena Lee (2005); Karrie Webb (1999); Laura Davies (1996) and Juli Inkster (1984).
Twelve Canadians and Four Team Canada Members in the Field:
Seventeen-year-old rising star and Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. leads a crop of 12 Canucks looking to become the first Canadian to win a LPGA Tour event on home soil since golf legend Jocelyne Bourassa’s historic victory in 1973 at La Canadienne Golf Championship. Joining Henderson are LPGA Tour players Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I., Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. and Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. as well as non-exempt LPGA Tour player Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. Other Canadians competing include Symetra Tour players Augusta James of Bath, Ont. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, Que., Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. and Brittany Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. who sit 4th, 10th, 16th, 24th and 34th respectively on the Symetra Tour money list. Rounding on the Canadian contingent are Team Canada Women’s Amateur Squad members Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont. and dual citizen Maddie Szeryk of Allen, Texas. Previously announced Canadian Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Toronto has withdrawn from the event with a hip injury.
On Monday August 17, 2015, the LPGA Tour will conduct an 18-hole stroke play qualifier at Pitt Meadows Golf Club to determine the final four exemptions directly into the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.