Candace Schepperle of Birmingham, Ala. carded an even-par 72 and went on to defeat Carmen Bandea of Atlanta, Ga. in a three-hole playoff to capture the final event on the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Schepperle, a product of Auburn University who competes primarily on the Symetra Tour, carded three birdies along with three bogeys to finish with a two-day total of five-under par 139 to capture her second CN Canadian Women’s Tour event victory.
“Today felt like forever because of the playoff, but I got my money’s worth,” said Schepperle, whose first Canadian Women’s Tour win came in Gatineau, Que., as an amateur in 2010. “To be honest, I’m glad it’s over and that it came out alright in the end.”
With the victory, Schepperle earned the tour’s final champion’s exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open which will be held August 23-26 at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. She also took home the $10,000 winners’ cheque.
“I’m super excited,” said Schepperle. “I absolutely love Canadian tournaments. You go there and the following and the crowds and the setup — I just love tough courses. I’m looking forward to it.”
Natalie Gleadall of Stratford, Ont. finished third and was the low amateur for the tournament with a two-day four-under par 140, while Hye-Min Kim of San Diego, Calif., Kim Welch of Roseville, Calif., and Jody Fleming of Australia were tied for fourth at three-under par 141.
With the completion of the 2012 tour schedule, five players earned exemptions into the Women’s Open.
Jisoo Keel of Coquitlam, B.C., earned the first of three champion’s exemptions with a victory at Richmond Country Club in Richmond, B.C., while Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. captured the second event at Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Que.
Schepperle rounded out the champion’s exemptions with her victory in Niagara Falls.
Hye-Min Kim and Vancouver’s So Yeon Park also secured exemptions into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open based on the tour’s season-long Order of Merit, which offered exemptions to the top two point-getters, not otherwise exempt.
Schepperle captured the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year award, topping the Tour’s Order of Merit points list, while Henderson was the Low Amateur of the Year.
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