News and notes from Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club for Saturday, August 26th

 OTTAWA (Golf Canada) –– On a day when Brooke Henderson thrilled hometown crowds, it was an LPGA Tour rookie and former major champion who sat atop the leaderboard heading into Sunday’s finale at the CPKC Women’s Open.

Henderson got things started in a big way early Saturday, birdieing three of her first six holes. She was bogey-free during the third round, and ended up shooting a course-record 8-under 63, topping the previous 64 record set by Yani Tseng in 2008.

Henderson sits three shots back of LPGA Tour rookie Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin, whose only win on Tour came at the 2014 RICOH Women’s British Open.

What a difference 24 hours makes. On Friday, Henderson needed a birdie just to make the 36-hole cut. On Saturday, she’s just three strokes off the lead.

To quote Henderson – “I moved.”

The Canadian darling absolutely lit up Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club during Saturday’s Moving Day, dropping eight birdies en route to a course-record 63 and ensuring her adoring fans would again flock to the course Sunday.

“It was just like the perfect day,” said Henderson, whose 63 ties her career-low round on the LPGA Tour. “I hit the ball extremely well. Mentally I was right on. I felt in the zone as a lot of athletes call it. I felt like I was in the best place of mind for me to play my best.”

It was a seemingly effortless morning for Henderson, who teed off at 8:50 a.m., with Brittany Altomare. She made the turn in 4-under 32, and closed out the round with back-to-back birdies in front of crowds five or six people deep around the green.

“I felt like I could make something happen,” said Henderson, who will tee of Sunday at 12:53 p.m. with Cristie Kerr and Mirim Lee. “I made putts that I didn’t even know I could make, and I made shots that were just great.”

Canadian Scores – Round 3
Brooke Henderson – 74-69-63–206 (-7)
Brittany Marchand – 73-67-72—212 (-1)
Maddie Szeryk * – 79-70–149 (+7)
Jaclyn Lee * -75-74–140 (+7)
Augusta James – 73-76–149 (+7)
Anne-Catherine Tanguay – 76-73–149 (+7)
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc – 73-77-150 (+8)
Alena Sharp – 78-73–151 (+9)
Grace St-Germain – 80-72–152 (+10)
Jennifer Ha – 74-80–154 (+12)
Hannah Hellyer – 78-78–156 (+14)
Samantha Richdale -77-80–157 (+15)
Naomi Ko * -83-75–158 (+16)
Lorie Kane – 80-81–161 (+19)

* Denotes Amateur

Pairing and start times – Rounds 4…
Pairings for the final round of the 2017 CPKC Women’s Open are available here.

Interview transcripts, audio files and video…
Interview transcripts, audio MP3 files, as well as downloadable royalty-free images and broadcast quality videos for all media interviews and scrums will be available online here.

CP Birdies for Heart – 39 birdies raise $195,000…
Title sponsor CP has stepped up to encourage players to make birdies on the 15th green during tournament play by offering a donation of $5,000 for each birdie made in support of pediatric cardiac care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. During Saturday’s round, 10 birdies by LPGA Tour players raised $50,000 for charity. Through 54 holes, 39 birdies at Ottawa Hunt have raised $195,000.

Media Guide
Note to Media: Download the 2017 CPKC Women’s Open Media Guide by clicking here.

CP Has Heart charity campaign to benefit Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario…
Now in its fourth year, CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, is committed to raising funds in support of children’s heart health in the host community of the CPKC Women’s Open. The 2017 edition of Canada’s National Women’s Open is proud to have the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as the beneficiary charity.

The CP Has Heart fundraising activities tied to the CPKC Women’s Open and CHEO are part of CP’s overarching “Beautiful Hearts” campaign across the Ottawa region which will also run during the CFL regular season, playoffs and Grey Cup.

The “Beautiful Hearts” campaign will support the refurbishment of facilities that patients use every day at CHEO and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and celebrate the resiliency and spirit of the human heart.

Through August 27, 2017, CP will match all donations made towards pediatric cardiac at www.cheoheart.com. CP will also donate $5,000 to CHEO for every birdie made by a player on the 15th hole at Ottawa Hunt during this year’s championship. The 15th hole will also feature the 15th Green CP Fan Zone where golf fans can donate $20 to upgrade their grounds pass to access a covered greenside bleacher and viewing area with all proceeds to benefit CHEO.

Since 2014, the CP Has Heart charity campaign has raised more than $4.5 million in support of children’s heart health.

Kids 17-and-under Get in Free…
Golf Canada and CP are committed to offering a fan friendly, family event with the CPKC Women’s Open. To introduce more juniors to the sport, children aged 17-and-under get FREE admission to the CPKC Women’s Open for the entire week.

Juniors – 17 & Under Free
Anyday Grounds (Thurs-Sun) – $39.55

Television coverage…
Sunday, August 27 – Golf Channel – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

NOTE: All times listed are in Eastern Time. Times are approximate and are subject to change without notice.