Taya Battistella of Bend, Ore., carded a final-round one-over-par 73 to win the season-opening event on the 2009 CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Seymour Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver, B.C.
Battistella, 29, carded two birdies, three bogeys and 13 pars to sit even par for the tournament, giving her a two-stroke win over second place finisher Courtney Erdman of Altadena, Calif.
It all came down to the final two holes where Battistella finished her round making clutch shots, while Erdman had some difficulties finding the bottom of the cup.
Battistella hit a 118-yard eight iiron approach shot to five feet from the pin on 17. The shot proved to be the difference as Erdmun parred the 316-yard par four to go two back with only one hole to go.
“Knocking it tight on 17 and making the birdie putt was key,” said Battistella. “It helped me to relax and really took the edge off for the last hole. I just kept the ball down the middle on No. 18, knowing par would be good enough for the win.”
Erdmund’s saw two lengthy putts narrowly miss the cup, which could have changed the outcome.
“It just killed me to see those putts lip out No. 17 and 18,” said Erdman, who shot a final-round, two-over par 72.
“I haven’t played a tournament in eight months as I’ve been busy teaching, but I thought this tour is a great way to try to qualify for an LPGA Tour event and hope to grab a couple of top-10s or a win so that I can play at the CN Canadian Women’s Open in Calgary.”
Erdman, who was a participant on the Golf Channel’s The Big Break: Ka’anapali in 2005, only plans to play on the Canadian circuit this year.
Battistella took home top spot at the tour’s western event in 2006 at Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club on Vancouver Island.
That win earned her entry into the 2006 CN Canadian Women’s Open at London Hunt and Golf Club in London, Ont. where she tied for 70th.
With her win at Seymour, she has earned an exemption into this year’s $2.75-million (US) CN Canadian Women’s Open, which will be played Sept. 3-6 at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Calgary. She plans to retire from professional golf after this season
Top Canadian at Seymour was Calgary’s Cindy Pasechnik, who finished in a tie for sixth at five-over. Jisoo Keel, an amateur from Coquitlam, B.C., and Hamilton’s Ashley Sholer tied for eighth at six-over.
The next stop on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour takes place at the Cutten Club in Guelph, Ont., June 7-9.