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2011 Fan Diary: CN Canadian Women’s Open

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Glen writes the fan diary from the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open.

 

First Round – August 25, 2011

Welcome to Mirabel, Quebec and the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open. My name is Glen and I will endeavor to tell you how my annual holiday has been going at Canada’s only stop on the LPGA tour. This year’s edition is being hosted by the Hillsdale Golf & Country Club, a 36 hole complex about 35 minutes from downtown Montreal. Hillsdale was created in July 1953 when the charter for the club was formed and an area in the Ste. Therese region was chosen for the course. The original eighteen hole layout was opened in September 1954 with the official grand opening of the course and original clubhouse in July 1955. The initial Howard Watson designed course, The Laurentien, is the venue for this week’s tournament. Listed at 6600+ yards, the consensus this week is that it is playing longer than the scorecard states. It is a traditional layout, featuring numerous elevated greens which are mostly large and quite undulating. Fairways are generous but the changing slopes can make approach shots quite difficult depending on pin placement. Throw in a couple of little streams hidden to the eye from the tees and some water hazards on par 3’s, and you have a challenging, picturesque test of your golfing abilities. The potential for risk/reward play is definitely present. A majority of the greens have an overall back to front slope to them. One of the most unique features is along the 6th hole, where a neighboring emu farm provides some very curious onlookers to the golf action!

Pernilla Lindberg

As the week got underway on Monday, players, caddies, officials and fans from all points of the globe began to congregate at Hillsdale. Since this is an annual event for me, it is always welcoming to see the same great people from Golf Canada and the LPGA no matter where in Canada the tournament is held. True professionals who love the game and the fans. And that brings me to the fans. it is so much fun to re-acquaint with people from all over and to meet new fans as well. We all have one thing in common. Our love for the LPGA. I’m sure more will be coming about the awesome people here in Montreal.

At 7:10 AM, as I board the shuttle the sky is looking very threatening. Rain has been forecast as a certainty today. Oh well. That’s what a golf rain suit is for. After arrival, the rain begins at 7:30. But it is warm and very humid. Just an extended summer shower maybe? As the early groups enter the tee box, officials perform the club and bag inspection. rules are rules, you know. By 8:30, the rain has stopped. It is now feeling like a sauna that smells better. Off goes the rain suit.

As the time hits 8:40, off of the 10th tee, Yani Tseng, Mika Miyazato and Se Ri Pak head out to begin their tournament. It has now begun in my mind. The big girls are going to work. This is a good opportunity to tell you all about the excellent layout at Hillsdale. If you were standing on the balcony of the clubhouse, this is what you would see. Directly below you is the main practice green. Using a clock analogy, looking off to ten o’clock you will see the path to the 10th tee. Eleven o’clock is the 18th green. Twelve noon is the 9th green. Two o’clock is the 1st tee. And half past three o’clock is the driving range.

Since I have not headed

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