Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. fired an opening round seven-under-par 65 to lead the CN Canadian Women’s Tour season-opening event by five at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen B.C.
Richdale, 29, posted eight birdies on the opening day to break the course record at Beach Grove Golf Club. She sank a birdie putt on her final hole to post a four under 31 on her closing nine.
“I hit 14 greens today and I putted really well,” said Richdale. “I think I only had 26 putts, but I hit some really good shots today that ended up really close to the pin and I had a couple of tap-in birdies, so that really helped.”
Richdale, who competes primarily on the Symetra Tour, is vying for an exemption into the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open and the $10,000 the champion receives from this event.
“I always try to make an effort to come up to these and it’s nice to be able to come back and play in my home province and have my parents come out. It’s the best part,” she said.
Three players are tied for second behind Richdale at two-under-par, including Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smiths Falls, Ont.
Henderson, playing as an amateur, is tied for second with Benjamina Lee, 23, of Los Angeles and amateur Simin Feng, 18, of Windermere, Fla.
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