Amateur golfer Jessica Wallace of Langley carded a final round, even-par 72 and went on to defeat Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John in a one-hole playoff to capture the season’s third and final event on the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Tour at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ont.
Wallace, a member of Team Canada, carded three birdies on the day along with three bogeys to finish with a two-day total of +1 (145), earning her first CN Canadian Women’s Tour victory.
“When I was playing my actual round, I had no idea if I was in contention or not,” Wallace said.
“When I found out that there were only a couple of players tied at 1-over, and then that Kirby was the one I would play in the playoff … I played junior with her back in the day and I haven’t seen her in years. It means a lot to come out with a win over someone who has done so well on the pro circuit.”
With the victory, Wallace secured the Tour’s final champion’s exemption into the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open, August 22-28 at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que.
The 20-year old University of Colorado senior is ecstatic to have played her way into Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship.
“That was the whole reason why I came here, to play in this tournament so I could get into the CN Canadian Women’s Open,” added Wallace.
“My brother [Darren] played in the Canadian Open like seven years ago, so ever since he got in, I was like, that would be so awesome if I could play in my National Open too.
“I’m just so psyched. That was my goal all along.”
With the completion of the CN Canadian Women’s Tour schedule, a total of six players earned exemptions into the 2011 CN Canadian Women’s Open via Tour championship events.