The pro-am will be held Monday, with competition kicking off the following day in the first CN Canadian Women’s Tour event of 2011 at Squamish Valley Golf Club in Squamish, B.C.
The winner of the event, which concludes on Wednesday, will earn the season’s first tour exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open, August 22-28 at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que.
Names in the the field for the season opener, include Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., and Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta.
“The field is set and we’ve got 90 players competing for our first tour exemption into the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open,” said Adam Helmer, tournament director for the tour.
“The talent and depth competing at the season opener in Squamish is arguably the strongest we’ve had on tour, which speaks to how competitive the CN Canadian Women’s Tour has become in recent years,” he added.
The total season prize money for the tour is $180,000 Cdn. Each 36-hole purse is $60,000, with each champion being awarded a $10,000 winners’ cheque, as well as up to three special invitations to compete in LPGA Futures Tour events in 2011.
In addition, the top three players on the tour’s season-ending order of merit will be awarded direct entry into the second stage of LPGA Qualifying School. All entry fees will be paid for stage two and, if applicable, stage three (up to a value of $4,000 each).
New for 2011, CN and Golf Canada have added priority status and exemptions for CN Canadian Women’s Tour competitors, affording players direct entry into tournament fields.
Applicants on the priority status and exemption list will be accepted automatically into the field of competition for a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event.
After the Squamish event, the tour will head to Club de golf Beloeil for the second event, June 13-15 in Beloeil, Que.
The final event takes place June 27-29 at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ont.