For one Canadian, the second round of the CN Canadian Women's Open in Vancouver ended in tears of joy. For another, it was tears of pain for two different reasons.
Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., needed to make a 10-foot bogey putt on the final hole to ensure at least one of the 15 Canadians who started the tournament Thursday would get into the weekend. It's only the third time in nine LPGA starts this year that she's made cut and the first since late April.
A year ago in Montreal, Shepley finished as the top Canadian in a tie for 45th. No Canadian has won tournament since Jocelyne Bourassa.
It's the lowest number of Canadians to make the cut at the national championship since 2009 when none advanced to weekend play.
One by one, the remaining contenders who were hovering around the cut line faltered.
Toronto's Rebecca Lee-Bentham had moved to 3-over par with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14. However a low approach into the 16th found its way into the sand trap and led to a bogey and after just missing a birdie putt on No. 17, she bogeyed the final hole to finish at 5-over.
Lorie Kane of Charlottetown started the day at even par, but Friday was far more difficult, professionally and personally. On Thursday, she learned that a close family friend had died. On Friday, Kane struggled on the course and on the final hole, she found a fairway bunker off the tee. After flubbing her chip shot into the green, she found herself putting for bogey - which she needed to make in order to stay above the cut line. Kane missed by barely an inch and her double bogey left her at four-over and, ultimately, outside the cut line.
"I’m kind of feeling like [Canadian Olympic relay sprinter] Jared Connaughton, I touched the line,” she told reporters before turning and leaving the course in tears.
Brooke Henderson, the 14-year-old phenom who came into the week under the intense media glare of expectations, couldn't extend her history making appearance. The youngest player ever in Canadian Open history struggled to make up for an opening round 77, following up Friday with a 4-over 76 and a two-day total of 9-over par.
Five B.C. golfers - Samantha Richdale (Kelowna), Christine Wong (Richmond), Kirby Dreher (Fort St. John), Jisoo Keel (Coquitlam) and A Ram Choi (Surrey) - all missed the cut as well.
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