Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Karine Icher Leads.

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Karine Icher, from France, leads the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open after the first round  at The Vancouver Golf Club.

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Karine carded a bogey free first round -7 under par 65 to lead the Canadian Pacific Women’ Open in Vancouver, Canada.

Karine needed only 24 putts today, and that’s what makes the difference;

“My putting was very good, and I think today I’ve seen the hole bigger than the other days.”

“So sometimes you have days like that where everything works, so I’m quite happy with this one.”

“When you make some birdies like that in a row, you have more and more confidence.”

“It’s always nice to have some rounds like that where you don’t have so much questions. You know the club, you take the club, you hit the shot, and it’s close to the pin.”

In second place, a couple of shots back is World number two Lydia Ko, at -5 under par, and she said she feels welcome here;

“I think the biggest difference is me. I don’t have the glasses, and I feel much older.”

“But it’s great to come back to a course where you’ve played well and the spectators have been great and they’ve been supporting me today, even in the practice rounds.”

“It’s definitely a great where you feel really welcome.”

With some of the greens, especially on the front nice, being a little sloppy, a three-footer might be just as hard as a 15-footer going straight up the hill.”

“You’re never going to get the straight putts, so, like I said, it’s definitely testing all elements of your game.”

“It’s great to get into a really good start, but you can see there are some other really good scores, and everybody’s playing their best.”

“It’s going to be tough. But I’ve just got to play my own game. I know that throughout the week there are going to be these 67s or maybe lower, so all I can do is just play my game and that’s really it.”

There are four ladies tied in third place at -4 under par; Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim,  Pernilla Lindberg and Dana Bordner.

LPGA CN Canadian Women’s Open. Kiwi Lydia Ko Shares the second round Lead

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The LPGA, CN Canadian Women’s Open has a surprise leader after the second round, Kiwi World number one amateur Lydia Ko shares the top spot with South Korean Chelia Choi. The 15 year-old Lydia, from the Gulf Harbour Country Club, New Zealand fired in a bogey free second round of  four-under 68 today, to climb into a share of the lead with Chelia Choi, who also had a wonderful second round, shooting a -8 under par, 64.

Lydia is playing in only her 10th professional event and her third tournament on the LPGA Tour, after her performances in the Australian Open and US Open, and she really desires to become the first Kiwi golfer to win on the LPGA Tour. Good Luck Lydia.

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko's family almost moved to Canada when she was younger but instead chose to settle in New Zealand.

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Lydia said there is no pressure really for her to play well and contend, not like her fellow professional competitors;

“I’m just here for the experience, but the professionals, on the other hand, it’s about how much money they’re going to get by each placing.”

Brian Alexander, is a longtime member of the Vancouver Golf Club and is this week caddying for Lydia. The pros travel with their own caddies, but Lydia has to get them wherever she goes, just two weeks ago, in the U.S Amateur which she won, Lydia had her mum on the bag;

” Two weeks ago at the U.S. Amateur, my mom caddied, and that is kind of a different feeling, because she’s your mom and you have to listen to her. It was really comfortable having my mom there, but it’s also really relieving and comfortable to have someone that knows the course off their hat, really. He’s been here for, I think 10 years, so he knows where not to go and where to go. There were quite a few tricky greens.”

Chelia Choi, who celebrates her 22nd birthday on Saturday, said she had been suffering from a sore shoulder in the first round, but a massage treatment paid off.

“I’m very happy, I don’t know how I made the putts.”

Defending Champion Brittany Linicome has dropped out of contention after rounds of 72 and 73 that have left her struggling at +1 over par for the tournament, in a share for 31st place.