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Alena Sharp makes it three

Alena Sharp captured her third PGA Women’s Championship of Canada presented by Nike Golf Thursday at Legends on the Niagara-Ussher’s Creek Course in Niagara Falls, Ont. 

The Hamilton, Ont., native fired an 8-under-par 65 Thursday, bringing her 36-hole total to 12 under, besting the field by 10 shots.

“I was a little nervous to start and it was tight the first five or six holes and the collar got a little tight,” Sharp says. “But I started to strike the ball really well and putted really well, so it was really nice to see.”

With the victory, Sharp now holds three PGA Women’s Championship titles, winning in 2004 at Lambton Golf & Country Club and again last year at Bayview Golf & Country Club. Also with three PGA Women’s Championship wins is Nancy Harvey of Swift Current, Sask., while Charlottetown’s Lorie Kane has five wins, the most of all time.

“It’s a great group to be in that’s for sure,” Sharp says. “I’m only 31-years old and I’ll come and play in this championship whenever I can because it’s a nice two days for me to come and play, stay competitive and be at home with my family.”

Symetra Tour player Emma Jandel from Dayton, Ohio 2010 PGA Women’s Championship winner Laura Bavaird finished T2 at 2 under, while LPGA Tour player Lisa Ferrero and Mississauga’s amateur sensation Brogan McKinnon finished T4 at even par.

Ashley Sholer of Hamilton, Ont., Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., and Inhong Lim of Melbourne, Australia, finished T6 at 2 over, with Brittany Johnson of Akron, Ohio rounded out the top 10 at 3 over.

Lapierre took home the Legends Division with a two-day total of 2 over (78-70). Maggie Steciuk was the low PGA of Canada Professional, finishing at 6 over.

Canadian golf legend and World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit of nearby Fonthill, Ont., was on hand for Thursday’s final round, congratulating many of the championship’s competitors.

The PGA of Canada’s next national championship takes place Sept. 16-19 at Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alta., for the PGA Assistants' Championship of Canada presented by Titleist & FootJoy.

For the championship's full leaderboard, click here.

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