Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 13, 2005 18:17 ET

SHARP AND MUSSANI SHARE LEAD AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

-Sharp shoots 68 as Mussani falters early to loose four stroke lead - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor PETERBOROUGH, ONT.--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 13, 2005) - Tuesday marked a tale of two different rounds as Salimah Mussani of Burlington, Ont., faltered from her record setting pace yesterday and Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. climbed the leaderboard to share the lead heading into the final round at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Championship.

After two-rounds of play, Sharp and Mussani are tied at two-under par at 140 while Liz Early of St. Catharines, Ont. sits in third place just one-stroke behind the leaders at 141.

Mussani, 26, saw her record seven-under score evaporate quickly, as she started the first-hole with a double bogey and ended the day carding only one birdie en route to a disappointing score of 76.

"I started off on the wrong foot today and put myself in some bad spots off the tee which didn't help," said Mussani, a two-time Canadian junior champion. "I got a little too aggressive and I guess I was trying to make something happen."

On the other hand, Sharp started eight-strokes behind Mussani and reeled off six birdies and a daily-low round of 68 to put her even at two-under with Mussani.

"I thought I could shoot a good round, even maybe a 65, but I just didn't get all the shots," said Sharp. "I'm not upset with a 68 because I set myself up for a good position to be in tomorrow. I'm not looking to change anything, but I may play a little more aggressive when I have to.

Despite her tough round today, Mussani remained optimistic about her chances tomorrow.

"It's a whole new tournament now… a lot can happen. I'm going to put this round behind me just like I did yesterday's round. I've never been in this position before, so I've got nothing to lose."

Yesterday, Mussani fired a record seven-under 64 which was the lowest score ever recorded on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour and shattered the course record at Peterborough Golf & Country Club.

Claire Dury of Palmerston North, New Zealand and Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Michigan are currently tied for fourth place at 143 while Marie-Josée Rouleau of St-Lambert, QC sits alone in sixth place at 146.

Reno needs only a ninth place finish or better to clinch the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit receiving an additional $3,000 bonus and earn the inaugural Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year award. Bourassa will be in Peterborough to present the award tomorrow in person.

Peterborough's Vicki Appleton broke into the top-ten shooting a two-over 73 to put her in ninth place. Appleton is the defending champion of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship.

Mussani and Sharp are both seeking their first BMO Financial Canadian Women's Tour Championship title which is considered the second most prestigious championship in Canadian women's professional golf after the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Last year Sharp lost to Appleton in a playoff at the Canadian Women's Tour Championship in Halifax.

Final-round action at Peterborough Golf and Country Club gets underway the final group set to tee off at 9:30 am (EST).

The following are the second-round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship for Tuesday, September 13 at Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Peterborough, Ont. (Purse: $50,000 Par: 71 Yardage: 6177).

T1 Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON--72-68--140
Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON--64-76--140
3 Liz Earley, St. Catharines, ON--68-73--141
T4 Claire Dury, Palmerston North, NZ--72-71--143
Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--73-70--143
6 Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--75-71--146
T7 Jessica Shepley, Oakville, ON--77-70--147
Shayne Wild, Greenville, NC--75-72--147
9 Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON--75-73--148
T10 Angie Green, London, ON--75-74--149
Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, ON--74-75--149
Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--71-78--149
T13 Nisha Sadekar, Stouffville, ON--76-74--150
Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, ON--75-75--150
Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, ON--72-78--150
T16 Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON--79-72--151
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC--76-75--151
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--75-76--151
T19 Aileen Robertson, Kelowna, BC--77-75--152
Perry Swenson, Charlotte, NC--75-77--152
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--75-77--152
Natalie Tucker, Jupiter, FL--72-80--152
23 Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA--76-77--153
T24 Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC--79-75--154
Samantha White, Atlanta, GA--74-80--154
Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--72-82--154
T27 Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON--80-75--155
Lanie Cahill, Brockville, ON--79-76--155
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, VT--78-77--155
T30 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON--81-75--156
Heather Dobbin, Peterborough, ON--81-75--156
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--79-77--156
T33 Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--80-77--157
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--79-78--157
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--78-79--157
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--77-80--157
Marianne Morris, Middletown, OH--77-80--157
Mary Ritchie, Hudson, QC--73-84--157
T39 (a) Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--79-79--158
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--76-82--158
Melissa Keller, Temecula, CA--75-83--158
T42 Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB--81-78--159
(a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--82-77--159
Christina Monacelli, Palm Beach Gardens, FL--80-79--159
45 Stefi Markovich, Port Colborne, ON--79-81--160
46 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--78-83--161
47 (a) Stephanie Simich, Clarkson, ON--74-88--162
48 (a) Gabrielle Cyr, Blainville, QC--78-85--163
49 Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--80-84--164
50 Jelana Duncan, Scarborough, ON--85-80--165
51 Jo Anne Grove, Kelowna, BC--80-86--166
52 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL--84-83--167
53 Kari Hilton, London, ON--84-85--169
54 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA--86-84--170

(a) denotes amateur

The BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship marks the conclusion of the 2005 season with competitors vying for a $50,000 purse. Following play on Wednesday year-end awards for the Order of Merit leader, top club / teaching professional and top amateur will be awarded in addition to the weekly awards.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the Canadian Women's Tour is the only women's developmental tour in Canada. Open to professionals, top amateurs and elite junior golfers the Canadian Women's Tour offers top championship play and competitive purses.

More information about the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at www.rcga.org.

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

-30-
For more information:
Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 230
Cell: (905) 467-2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org

IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org