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In their own words

LORIE KANE

Lorie Kane of Canada hits her tee shot on the 8th hole during day one of the 2015 Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort on February 12, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Lorie Kane of Canada hits her tee shot on the 8th hole during day one of the 2015 Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort on February 12, 2015 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

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The Prince Edward Island native, 51, has four LPGA tour victories and a lifetime of memories thanks to a two-decade professional career

My first set of golf clubs was a set of right-handed Powerbilt Junior Clubs when I was around 5 and my dad represented Powerbilt. My older sister Mary Lynn and I shared them because I had started out playing left-handed and my dad wanted to switch me to right-handed. I wanted to fight with her about who would get to break into the box first.

I shouldn't be back in Qualifying School at this point in my career, but I was, and it didn't go as well as I had hoped. There was a level of frustration because I've been on the LPGA Tour for nearly 20 years, and now it's like being in a week-long job interview, which can be painful. You know what you have to do, and the more you want something, sometimes the more difficult it can be to reach.

Someone I have always admired is my older sister Mary Lynn. She's been my sister, best friend, and lawyer. She gives me a kick if I need one and she's always there for me.

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I have a song that really makes me happy. You know September, like "Do you remember the 21st night of September?" Well way back when Ally McBeal was a good show, she said you had to have a song that gets you going, and that's my song. I put it on replay on my iPod.

I think it's good to have friends on Tour, and in any walk of life. It was once said that I was too nice to win. Well, my response to that is that if you can't be nice when you're winning, then you've got a problem.

I really want to own a hockey team. I would truly love to be involved in hockey, I love how it brings Canadians together. My dad was a university hockey coach, and I have lots of friends in the NHL. It definitely intrigues me.

One rule I have for myself is to be honest.

I was the happiest I've been on a golf course when Mary Lynn and I would play as kids at Brudenell in PEI. While Dad was closing up the shop, he'd send us out to play holes one and 18 side by each. We'd go out at dusk and finish at dark. Then my first win on Tour was a very different kind of happiness, standing on the 18th green in St. Louis being doused in Michelob Light.

The best meal I ever had on Tour was in Halifax when the 2005 BMO Canadian Women's Open was at Glen Arbour. They had a lobster party with enough lobster to feed an army. If you surveyed the women on the LPGA Tour, I bet you'd find that was the best meal anyone ever had.

Golf can be tough when one doesn't trust oneself.

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I always travel with a special loonie. The latest one I carry has an inukshuk from the Vancouver Olympics. I carry it in my pocket on the golf course. I've had four of them over my career, all given to me by my nieces.

The type of athlete I really respect is someone like Arnold Palmer, Nancy Lopez or Juli Inkster – athletes who have sheer grit and determination and they attract people to the sport. I've spent time with Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier too, and they're like that too.

I wish so much that I could have met Babe Didrikson Zaharias, because I hear she was an incredible personality.

A hole in one is so much fun. I once had two of them in one week – in a Pro Am, and then in the tournament in the 2002 Kraft Nabisco. Then the most significant one was in a team event in Japan. First, my partner that day, Janice Moodie, put one three feet from the hole, and then I put one right in and then we noticed a sign that said one million yen, so it was like a $10,000 hole-in-one as it happened!

I teed it up being naive and just going out and playing. But the more you play golf, the more it can consume you. I'm trying to get back to the person that enjoys the game for the love of the game.

I'm nowhere near ready to transition into the next phase of Lorie Kane. I'm trying to find a place to play. My schedule won't be as easy as if I'd had better status on Tour, but I'm willing to be flexible.

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– As told to Rachel Brady

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