Aylmer, Que. (Golf Canada) – Y.J. Jin of Houston, Tex., and Candace Schepperle of Birmingham, Ala., each fired opening rounds of four-under 68 to tie for the lead at the third and final stop on the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Club de golf Rivermead in Aylmer, Que.
Jin, 19, has only been in Canada twice, both times playing in a tour event this year. At Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ont., earlier this year, she was six over and came to Gatineau with hopes of improving.
“I started on the back nine, where I had a double on the third hole on the par three, but I had two birdies following that and I had four birdies on the front nine,” said Jin.
“The conditions are really great and the weather has been nice, too. We only had one practice round, so I needed to concentrate on getting the ball in the fairways, hitting every green possible and putting well.”
Schepperle, an amateur who is considering turning pro later this season, is a worthy opponent for Jin. She is remaining consistent with her shots, and calm in her demeanor.
“I had a good game today and I felt that I played well throughout,” said Schepperle. “I’m not thinking about the competition, I’m just trying to have fun and be relaxed. I’m looking forward to (Tuesday’s) round.”
With five exemptions into the CN Canadian Women’s Open on the line, only seven players managed to shoot even par or better in the first round.
In addition to the winner’s exemption, four more exemptions will be awarded after (Tuesday’s) final round from the Order of Merit. The player with the most Order of Merit points following play will also earn the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.
Amateur Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. is third at three-under, followed in fourth by Ashley Sholer of Hamilton, Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., and Szu-Hsuan Huang, an amateur from Qualicum, B.C., all at even par 72.