For Immediate Release:
August 21, 2015

CANDIE KUNG SHOOTS 64 TO LEAD CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN

- News and notes from The Vancouver Golf Club for Friday, August 22 -

Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) - Candie Kung shot a bogey-free 64 to jump into the 36-hole lead at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

“I’ve been working pretty hard lately,” Kung admitted. “I guess it was a slump that I had back in 2010, 2011, I just got caught up in life a little bit. Now I feel like I can get back into it again, play some golf, have some fun.”

Kung started her day in style with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, her first two holes of the day, and then added a tap-in eagle at the par-5 13th to take her score to 7-under for the tournament. Eight pars followed before Kung closed strong with birdies on four of her last six holes to post the low round of the tournament which also tied the course record.   

“I just went out there, played one shot at a time, and I knew that I was putting pretty good,” Kung said. “I missed a few out there from about 10 feet. I was hitting them pretty close all day and then made some key putts coming in.”

The four-time LPGA Tour winner is coming off of her best finish of the year with a tie for second at the Cambia Portland Classic last week.

“I’ve been playing well,” Kung said of her recent strong play. “Just the putter has to go and so far, it’s been going pretty good the last six tournament days.”

Chasing Kung will be first round leader Karine Icher and 2012 and 2013 champion Lydia Ko ,who each sit two shots back at 9-under par.

“I really don’t care who is behind me,” Kung said confidently. “I’m just going to go out there, play my one shot at a time. I’m hitting it good, I’m putting it good, and let’s see what happens.”

Seventy-six players made the cut at 1-over par 145. Notables to miss the cut included - Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Karrie Webb.

Alena Sharp heads into weekend action as the low Canadian after shooting even-par 72 to grab a share of 32nd.  Sharp came to The Vancouver Club riding momentum from a top-10 finish last week in Portland.  The Hamilton native, who made her first cut at Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship since 2009, fed off support from the Canadian crowd and looks forward to making a charge on the weekend.

“If you look around, there's so many people here. The crowds are amazing and it's always like that at the Canadian Open and everybody is always cheering for you. It's that little extra pressure you put in your mind because you want to play well for the hometown crowd,” said Sharp.  “I feel great. I haven't made the cut at the Canadian Open I think since 2009, so it's been a long time. I played well the last two days. Left some shots out there, but I have lots to look forward to on the weekend.”

Teenage sensation Brooke Henderson began the day with a share of 13th position at 2-under but stumbled Friday to a 3-over 75 to make the cut at plus-1 on the number.  The Smith Falls, Ont., native acknowledged the extra expectation to perform in front of the home crowd and the need to channel that energy.

“It's pretty cool that so many people are watching and wanting me to do so well. And I think it is a much different atmosphere than if I was playing across the border. Same conditions just different crowd,” said Henderson.  “You know, it's fun, though, and I have to really learn to enjoy it and just build off their energy, because it is pretty cool that they are cheering for me.”

Rounding out the Canadian contingent advancing to weekend play was Maude-Aimee LeBlanc. The Sherbrooke, Que., native shot a 1-under 71 Friday and sits tied with Henderson at 1-over for the championship.

Third-round action gets underway Saturday at 8:30 am PT with the final pairing teeing-off at 2:40pm PT. Tickets are still available at the gate and kids 17 and under are free.

Canadian Leaderboard:
The following are second-round Canadian scores for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

T32. Alena Sharp – 71-72--143 (-1)
T58. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc - 74-71--145 (+1)
T58. Brooke Henderson – 70-75---145 (+1)
--- MISSED CUT ---
MC. Brittany Henderson - 76-73--149 (+5)
MC. Maddie Szeryk – 75-74--149 (+5)
MC.  Augusta James – 75-74-- (+5)
MC. Sue Kim – 77-72--149 (+5)
MC. Jessica Wallace – 73-77--150 (+6)
MC. Jennifer Kirby – 77-75--152 (+8)
MC. Tiffany Kong - 76-77--153 (+9)
MC. Samantha Richdale – 77-77--154 (+10)
MC. Brittany Marchand – 78-76--154 (+10)
MC. Lorie Kane – 76-79--155 (+11)
MC. Elizabeth Tong – 78-82--160 (+16)

Media Centre Interview Streaming:
Media not onsite at The Vancouver Golf Club may stream media centre interviews and scrums live by clicking here.

Player Interview Transcripts, Audio Files and Video:
Interview transcripts as well as audio MP3 files for all media interviews and scrums are available online here, while videos are available here.

Pairing and Start Times:
Pairings and start times for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open are available here.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Media Guide:
Download the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Media Guide by clicking here.

Broadcast Schedule:
See below for the broadcast schedule for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. The schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, Aug. 22 – Third Round Coverage

  • Golf Channel: 4:00pm – 7:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 10:00pm EDT
  • TSN2: 8:00pm – 11:00pm PDT / 11pm – 2am EDT
  • RDS2: 4:00pm – 7:00pm PDT / 7pm – 10pm EDT

Sunday, Aug. 23 – Fourth Round Coverage

  • Golf Channel: 4:00pm – 7:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 10:00pm EDT
  • TSN2: 4:00pm – 7:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 10:00pm EDT
  • RDS2: 8:00pm –11:00pm PDT / 11:00pm – 2:00am EDT

What to do Onsite
The Canadian Pacific Women's Open offers something for everyone to do onsite. Fun and interactive partner programs enhance the fan experience and add to the prestige of Canada's National Open Championship. For a full listing of all the activities taking place at The Vancouver Golf Club during tournament week, click here.

CP Has Heart Campaign in Support of BC Children’s Hospital:
The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open is proud to have BC Children’s Hospital as the official tournament charity for 2015. CP and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation have partnered at a variety of events to help raise funds and awareness for the amazing care being given to children across the Province.

Funds raised this year will be dedicated to the pediatric cardiology research program at BC Children’s Hospital. Heart defects and disease are all too common - even among the youngest of children. Last year alone, 378 children were born with heart defects in BC. In 2014, BC Children’s cardiac surgeons performed 337 heart procedures, including 201 open heart surgeries. To find out more about the fundraising activities, click here.

Free Admission for Juniors…
Golf Canada and CP are proud to offer free admission to the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to any spectator aged 17 and under.

Tickets…
Juniors – 17 & Under                         Free
Anyday Grounds (Thurs-Sun)                     $40
Weekly (Mon-Sun)                                       $100
Clubhouse Badge Single                       $175
Clubhouse Badge Twosome                 $300
Clubhouse Badge Foursome                 $550

First conducted in 1973, Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship has allowed the brightest stars of the LPGA Tour to shine on Canadian soil and inspire the nation’s next generation of female golfers.

ABOUT THE 2015 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open from August 17-23 at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open is proud to name BC Children’s Hospital as the official tournament charity for 2015. Funds raised will be dedicated to the pediatric cardiology research program and are being matched by Canadian Pacific (CP) through its CP Has Heart community program. The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by Canadian Pacific, RBC, WestJet, Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, Shaw, TY KU, Santa Carolina Wines, Coca-Cola, Executive Hotels & Resorts, Ford Motor Company, CVS Controls LTD, Sony and the City of Coquitlam. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.CPwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.

ABOUT CP HAS HEART
At CP, we know that a railroad may serve as the arteries of a nation, but at its heart is community. That’s why, through CP Has Heart, we’ve already committed more than $5 million dollars to help improve the heart health of men, women and children across North America. And along the way, we're showing heart whenever we can. Find out more on www.cpr.ca or @CPhasHeart.

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
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