The final stop of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour featured a battle of amateurs and, in the end, if was Candace Schepperle of Birmingham, Ala., winning on the last hole at Club de golf Rivermead in Gatineau, Que. to take home top spot and the title of low amateur.
Schepperle, 19, dueled with Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., before posting a 72 in the final round to finish four-under-par for the tournament. Kim and Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., tied for second at two-under.
“It just tops everything, I was so excited that I pulled it off, I’m thrilled. With the rain this afternoon, going back out, I was more motivated and I was able to stretch before. I really think that it helped me today,” said Schepperle.
Shepley earned an exemption to this year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open as the champion of the 2009 Canadian PGA Women’s Championship. She was also the champion of the first CN Canadian Women’ s Tour event held at Quilchena Golf and Country Club in Richmond, B.C., earlier this year.
With 1025 points on the Order of Merit, Shepley is also the winner of the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.
Kim also earned an exemption into this year’s Women’s Open with 617.08 points on the Order of Merit. Kim Brozer of Red Deer, Alta., and Darquise Leduc of Orleans, Ont., were named the top club/ teaching professional for the event.
Also earning Order of Merit exemptions into this year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open are Lisa Ferrero of Lodi, Calif., Seema Sadekar of Las Vegas and Ryann O’Toole of San Clemente, Calif.