Lorie Kane, who will play in the Legends Tour field this week at the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial, is in part responsible for the 11 Canadians in the Symetra Tour field. Kane won three times on the LPGA Tour in 2000 and once in 2001.
“Lorie Kane was always someone I loved watching when I first starting playing golf,” said Symetra Tour player Natalie Gleadall of Stratford, Ontario. “After meeting Lorie in Toronto, I knew golf was what I wanted to do for a living. Lorie is an incredible ambassador for Canadian golf, she is a kind person, a great competitor and not only a great role model for me, but for all the Canadian women’s golfers.”
Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ontario echoed the same sentiment.
“I remember watching the win and that is when I realized someone from Canada can be successful at golf,” said Vandermade. “Over the past couple of years we have developed a friendship and she is definitely one of my mentors.”
On the Symetra Tour’s early Volvik Race for the Card money list, four of the top 12 after three events are Canadians (No. 1 Sue Kim, No. 5 Brittany Henderson, No. 10 Maude-Aimee Leblanc and No. 12 Brogan McKinnon). The top three finishers at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic were all Canadians.
All that said, there is still work to do for Canadian golf. The top ranked Canadian in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings is 17-year-old Brooke Henderson who is No. 203. Alena Sharp is the only other Canadian in the top 300 at No. 251.
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