Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lorie Kane Eager to Promote Canadian Women's Open Coming to London

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lorie Kane Eager to Promote Canadian Women's Open Coming to London

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Kane eager to promote Canadian Women's Open

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Lorie Kane has more than 20 appearances in the Canadian Women's Open under her belt, and her heart is still in it.

This year the veteran LPGA professional is trying to build support for the tournament before taking her swings at the London Hunt and Country Club. Kane is working as an ambassador for the Open's title sponsor, Canadian Pacific, to try to sell tickets with proceeds going to the Children's Health Foundation in support of pediatric heart health.

Each $30 ticket carries a $100 donation from Canadian Pacific, and with some of the best players in the world on display, Kane figures it's an easy sell for golf fans and those who want to get into the sport.

"The London community and that part of Ontario is golf-crazy," Kane said in a phone interview Tuesday morning. "The average fan can feel a part of something and know that by purchasing a ticket their money has gone to help not only run the tournament but also help with the funding of equipment and research and all kinds of things for kids with cardiac health."

As of Tuesday, Kane said $470,000 had already been raised. She was optimistic that number was just the start with a few more days left in the "CP Ticket Rally for Heart."

Beyond the fundraising, Kane knows what kind of effect this tournament can have on spectators, especially young ones with a future in golf. World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, defending champion Lydia Ko and 16-year-old Canadian amateur phenom Brooke Henderson are in the field, which also includes Canadians Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Alena Sharp, Jennifer Kirby and Sue Kim.

"Let's say a young family comes out to the golf course and mom and dad are keen to get their little girl into golf," Kane said. "That might not be the thing that pushes them over the edge. The thing that will push them over the edge is that they make a connection to someone at this tournament, be it Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson, Jen Kirby, myself, Lydia Ko -- any of the young girls that are out there playing -- that's what drives you to the game, and that's what will keep them in the game. …

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