Canadian Women's Open

The inaugural Canadian Women’s Open was organized by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and held at Montreal Municipal in 1973, when home favourite Jocelyne Bourassa held off the challenge of Americans Judy Rankin and Sandra Haynie in a playoff. Back then it was a 54-hole tournament called La Canadienne and the format remained as three stroke play rounds of 18 holes for the first six years before it was changed to the present 72-hole set up.

Sponsorship from Imperial Tobacco Canada began in 1974 and the event ran for ten years as the Peter Jackson Classic before it became the du Maurier Classic. Canadian tobacco restrictions brought the Imperial patronage to an end in 2000 and this was also the year when the tournament lost its status as one of the LPGA’s four major championships in favour of the Women’s Open in Great Britain.

Canadian Women's Open Championship Trophy

A number of different title sponsors have featured in the new millennium, starting with the Bank of Montreal in 2001. The Canadian National Railway company then came on board in 2006 and this arrangement lasted until 2013, with Canadian Pacific Railway taking over the following year. Prize money has risen from US$1,200,000 in 2000 to US$2,250,000 in 2019, with the winner receiving 15% of the prize pot.

The current Canadian Women’s Open trophy was designed in the UK by master craftsman Nicolas Winton, who has also produced trophies for the R&A and USGA. Two other awards are presented in addition to the trophy: the Canadian professional with the lowest score wins the Sandra Post Medal and the Canadian Amateur with the lowest score is given the Marlene Streit Medal.

Three women have won the Women’s Open three times: Americans Pat Bradley (...

Canadian Women's Open host courses

Edmonton

16th Alberta - Best in Area

Edmonton Country Club celebrated its centenary in 1996 by hosting the twenty-fourth edition of the LPGA du Maurier Classic, which Laura Davies won...

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Glen Abbey

35th Ontario - Best in Area 59th Canada Ranking

Glen Abbey Golf Club, the first solo design from Jack Nicklaus, who was ably assisted by architect Bob Cupp, opened for play in 1976 and it's one of Canada’s most famous golf courses...

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Glen Arbour

7th Nova Scotia - Best in Area

The Annapolis property development company operates the Glen Arbour golf course on a site close to the city of Halifax that was once owned by the Jodrey family...

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Hillsdale (Laurentien)

22nd Québec - Best in Area

Howard Watson designed both courses at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club and the premier Laurentien layout hosted the Canadian Women’s Open in 2011 and the Canadian Amateur Championship in 1998.

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Islesmere (Bleu & Blanc)

18th Québec - Best in Area

The Bleu and Blanc nines at the 27-hole Club de golf Islesmere were laid out by Willie Park Junior back in 1919 and this fine old course has hosted both the Canadian Open (in 1959) and Canadian Women’s Open (in 1987).

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Legends on the Niagara (Battlefield)

94th Ontario - Best in Area

The Legends on the Niagara golf facility extends to more than 1,000 acres, encompassing 45-holes in three different layouts. Battlefield, the flagship 18-hole course, is a Doug Carrick production which played host to the Canadian Women’s Open in 2004.

London Hunt

17th Ontario - Best in Area 34th Canada Ranking

Opening in 1959, London Hunt Country Club is the site of one of the very few Robert Trent Jones designs in Canada and – keeping it in the family – Jones’s son Rees renovated the layout 40 years after it debuted.

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Canadian Women's Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Gary Slatter PGA Courses Played 20
2 John Neville Courses Played 16
3 Dax Brewster Courses Played 14
4 David Harak Courses Played 12
5 Ryan Courses Played 9
= Steve Dranfield Courses Played 9
7 Brian Jones Courses Played 8
= Matthew Bryce Courses Played 8
9 Joshua Asher Courses Played 7
= Marty Courses Played 7