Golf

Vancouver's Lucy Lin becomes youngest player ever to qualify for CP Women's Open

12-year-old Lucy Lin of Vancouver earned one of four spots into this week's 2022 CP Women's Open with a steady round of golf in Monday's final qualifier at the Marshes Golf Club.

12-year-old earns spot at prestigious Canadian tournament in Monday's final qualifier

12-year-old Lucy Lin of Vancouver, seen in 2020 on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, earned one of four spots into this week's 2022 CP Women's Open with a 2-over, 74 in Monday's final qualifier Marshes Golf Club. (Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour)

12-year-old Lucy Lin of Vancouver earned one of four spots into this week's 2022 CP Women's Open with a steady round of golf in Monday's final qualifier at the Marshes Golf Club.

Lin, the youngest player to ever qualify for the prestigious Canadian tournament, shot a 2-over-par 74, two shots behind top qualifiers Michelle Liu of Vancouver and Gianna Clemente of Estero, Fla. Vanessa Zhang of Vancouver was one shot back.

"I'm pretty excited," Lin said on Tuesday. "No words to describe it. Feeling pretty awesome."

Lin said she only started playing golf about two-and-a-half years ago. Her mom Amanda will serve as caddie.

"I'm just going to try to play my game and do the best I can do," she said.

Lin added that she's excited to be next to many players she's looked up to, and she hopes to snag an autograph or two. Her goal now is to make the cut and play into the weekend.

"It's a dream come true. And definitely being here at a very young age, but super excited. Going into Monday, I wasn't really knowing I would be here, but I did my best I could. And so I'm really excited about it.

The final qualifier consisted of 22 golfers playing one round with the four best scores advancing to Thursday's tournament. Play was suspended several times Monday due to afternoon inclement weather.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko and Canadian star Brooke Henderson headline the field for the CP Women's Open.

The 13-time LPGA Tour winner Ko leads a stellar field that includes 82 of the top-100 players on the CME Globe standings, including 18 of the top-20. The field will also include 18 Canadians.

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CP ambassador Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I. will be in Ottawa competing in her record 30th and final career appearance as a player at the CP Women's Open.

A member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Kane made her debut at Canada's National Women's Open Championship in 1991 and has played in each of the 29 tournaments since.

With files from CBC Sports' Myles Dichter

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