Lorie Kane’s improved play of late paid off on the weekend as she won the Wendy’s Charity Challenge, an 18-hole event on the Legends Tour.
The 46-year-old from Charlottetown blitzed the Country Club of Jackson in Jackson, Mich., with nine birdies en route to a seven-under-par 65.
Her score and five-shot margin of victory over Rosie Jones and Kris Tschetter set tournament records.
Kane has been working with Canadian swing coach Sean Foley and has seen improvements in her play this year.
She’s missed just one cut in 2011 and has put up some good scores, especially last month. At the Ricoh Women’s British Open, for example, she opened with a 69, her first sub-70 score of the year on the LPGA Tour.
On Sunday in Jackson, she was over par after five holes but turned it on through the turn and especially on the back nine, where she piled up five birdies.
“It’s been in me, I just haven’t been able to get it out of me,” Kane told the Jackson Citizen Patriot. “I’ve had a lot of positive things happen in the last month, especially at the British Open, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to get out and play with all these great players.”
The Legends Tour is a circuit for women aged 45 and over. This was Kane’s first win.
“A win is a win and to be out here with all the legends is an honour,” she said in an lpga.com post.
Wearing a shirt with a CN Canadian Women’s Open logo on it and a CN visor, promoting the tournament of which she's become the face, the 14-year LPGA Tour veteran collected $15,000 (U.S.) and a crystal vase for her performance.
Fellow Canadian Gail Graham of Winnipeg was also in the field of 24 women. She tied for 17th place at four over.