Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Ariya Crowned Champion.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, was crowned Canadian Pacific Women’s Open champion at  Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Ariya and Mountie Escort./ getty

Ariya won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title with a final round -6 under par 66, to post the winning total of -23 under par, and a four shot victory;

“I think today, like before today I felt like I wanted to have fun and be happy on the course. No matter what’s going to happen, I can handle it.”

“I feel really happy with myself right now.”

“After I won my first tournament, after that, I feel like I reached my goal, and after that I feel like I don’t care like what my ranking going to be.”

 “I don’t care if I’m going to win the tournament or not. The only thing I want to be, is I really want to be happy on the course.”

“That’s the only key I want to be right now.”

In second place, from South Korea, was Sei Young Kim, her last round -7 under par 65 was a great effort, she held second on her own at -19 under par.

Another South Korean, In Gee Chun, was third, at -18 under par, a -3 under par 69 last round giving her that spot alone.

Top Canadian was Alena Sharp, putting in a good performance for her country, a -5 under par 67 last round handing her fourth spot with a -16 under total.

World number one Lydia Ko was T7, at -13 under par;

 “I think I was a little far away going into today.”

“I needed to maybe shoot eighteen under by the looks of where the other girls are playing.”

“But no, it’s been a great week. I played solid all week, and there’s a lot of positives to take from this week.”

“I’m happy with it, and especially when I’m defending and I’m still able to have a top-10 finish. I think it was a great week, and I really appreciate all the support from the crowds here.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ariya Still In Control.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is still in control of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Pretty in Pink Ariya Jutanugarn / getty

Ariya will take a two shot lead into the final round of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open following her third round score of -5 under par 67 to post -17 under par at the top of the leaderboard.

Four times this year Ariya, from Thailand, has converted a 54 hole lead into a victory, and I see no reason she will not continue that happy trend;

“I keep the eye on me. I’m not really care like who the leader is, like what I say yesterday.”

“I really want to play my game and be happy on the course.”

“Tomorrow I really want to have fun, and I really want to be happy on the course. That’s all I want for tomorrow.”

Chasing the leader all the way will be In Gee Chun, who carded -6 under 66 today, to move into second place at -15 under par, she played alongside Ariya today and said she was happy with her putting;

“Today I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good at rolling the ball on those lines, and I made really good up-and-downs today.”

“Those really got my game going.”

“Tomorrow I’m going to just focus on my game against the golf course and see where I am later.”

Sharing fourth place, and too far back to challenge are, Sei Young Kim,  South Korea, -4 under 68 today and Stephanie Meadow, from Ireland, with -3 under 69. Both ladies have -12 under par tournament totals.

World number one, and three time winner of this tournament, and defending Champion, Lydia Ko -2 under third round, struggled today, especially with her putting, and at T10 and -10 under is a long way from retaining her title;

“You know, I hit the ball really solid and I gave myself so many looks at birdies, but really not one of them dropped.”

“You know, when you’re having those kind of days, it’s really hard for you to go low.”

“It was a little bit of a struggle with the putter, but I feel like there’s still a lower round in me tomorrow. All I’ve got to do is just be confident and trust my game.”

 

 

Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya Jutanugarn / getty

Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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Stephanie Meadow / getty

“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Round One Suspended, Due to Darkness.

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Round one of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open has been suspended due to darkness, with Chella Choi leading.

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Chella Choi / getty

Chella was at -7 under par after playing 14 holes of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club in Canada.

The threat of lightning held up play early on, leading to the suspension of play when it became too dark to play.

Stephanie Meadow shared second place at -6 under par, a completed first round. Karine Archer is also at -6 under, after 14 first round holes.

Stephanie, from Ireland relished the windy conditions found normally at home, and is coming off a  good finish at the Rio Olympics;

‘It was gray and it looked like it was rain and windy, so that’s pretty much Ireland in a nutshell.”

 ”But definitely I think it’s nice to know that I can play in those conditions.”

“I’ve done it a lot, even though it’s when I was little. But I’ve still done it and scored, so I know I can do it.”

“I think Rio was a huge adrenaline rush for everyone that was there. I know all of us had a fantastic experience.”

“I played pretty good in the second round there, too. I think I definitely took some confidence and am rolling it into this week.”

“I’m here to compete and win no matter what week, so I think any tournament gives me a little bit of a rush. Maybe not as much as the Olympics but mostly all the time.”

Lydia Ko, the world number one is at -5 under par with her completed round of 67, she talked about the delays, and lunch, and putting well;

”I had lunch like three times and I had fro-yos,.”

‘I wish there could be a switch where we could put out the sun or put some overcast.”

“But when it comes to weather, we can’t control it, so when it’s that case, you just have to go with it.”

“I played really solid, birdied the first hole straight off the bat.”

”I was putting really well and hit the ball pretty good throughout the round.”

 

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Gold For Inbee, Lydia Silver.

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Inbee Park claimed the Gold Medal for South Korea at the Rio Olympics, while Lydia Ko got the Silver.

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Lydia, Inbee and Shanshan

Inbee shot a last round -5 under par to win the Rio Olympic Gold Medal with a -16 under par total, and a whopping 5 stroke winning margin;

 “This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life.  It feels great.”

” Obviously representing your country and winning the gold is so special.  It’s just really all I’ve wanted.”

“I had to overcome a lot of obstacles.  I was able to make my body, physically and mentally, strong enough to compete this week.”

“I looked for the results, but didn’t really expect much of a result. I just wanted to do what I can do.”

 

Lydia, from New Zealand, could only manage to produce -2 under 69 in her last round, but the -11 under par total gave her the Silver Medal;

“I didn’t have a great start, but I just tried to hang in there.”

” I can’t believe I’m holding a medal on the podium, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since 2009.”

” To actually be there beside Inbee and Shanshan, is a dream come true. This has been just an amazing week.”

Shanshan Feng from China completed the podium picking up the Bronze Medal, a final round -2 under 69 giving her a -10 under par tournament total;

“Coming in, I actually did not expect to have a medal at the end of the week, but what I was trying to do was to enjoy and try to focus on shot by shot.”

“At the end, I got a medal, so all the hard work has paid off and I’m really happy about it.”

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee Park / getty

Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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The Final Group, Inbee, Lydia and Gerina / getty

Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Fairway Watering Upgrade

White Dragon Golf Very happy to pass on the report from the General Manager of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Leo Barber, of the upgrade to fairway the watering system. If you enjoyed playing here before, next summer will be a real treat.

It is only fair to also report that Leo himself has devote many hours of hard labor to this project.

Irrigation Upgrade, Progress Report

We have enjoyed a great week with good support from our volunteers and accordingly have completed the majority of the planned

work with sprinklers and mainlines installed to 6, 7, 13 and 15 and other associated connections complete. With the surplus pipe

from our planned work, we intend to continue the mainline around to the 12th fairway where it will terminate awaiting the next stage.

Testing and flushing of the lines will be undertaken next week and a couple of minor tidy ups.

The finishing touches being applied to the 13th fairway by staff and the many volunteers