Golf Canada CEO excited ahead of second CP Women’s Open

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan (left) and Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum spoke to the media Wednesday at the CP Women’s Open.

On the eve of the CP Women’s Open at Regina’s Wascana Country Club, Golf Canada’s boss is expecting a fantastic event.

Laurence Applebaum is nearing the one-year mark of his tenure as the chief executive officer for Golf Canada and his second LPGA event in the country. Applebaum was in the position last year when the tournament was held in Ottawa. He said Wednesday during a media conference alongside LPGA commissioner Mike Whan at the Wascana Country Club that expectations are high for the first ever event in Saskatchewan.

“It’s obviously Wednesday of this year, but I already feel all of our metrics for the CP Women’s event 2018 is going to exceed. It’ll be a record on many, many fronts here, so I’m excited about this week. I’m excited about 16 Canadians in the field. I’m excited about our prospects for a great weekend,” Applebaum said.

Among the 16 Canadians in the field are Saskatoon’s Anna Young who was exempted into the event via a sponsorship. Moon Lake Golf and Country Club professional Bobbi Brandon got in through the Monday qualifier at the Royal Regina Golf Club. Young is making her debut, Brandon played an LPGA event in 1998. Applebaum was part of a media day event in early June. At that time the Wascana was facing some challenges but Applebaum said the grounds crew and staff have worked tirelessly to get the course into ready shape.

“The CEO and general manager, Greg Dukart, is here. Just what his team has been able to do in the last 60 days in a challenging. It’s a challenging weather environment and a challenging summer, they’ve put their hearts and their minds, and they’ve put their resources into making this a great event,” he said.

Brandon will tee off at 7:22 a.m. in a group with Jesse Tang and Jackie Stoelting. Young is playing in a group with fellow Canadian Brittany Marchand and Daniela Iacobelli, they will tee off on hole 10 at 12:15 p.m.