National Amateur Squad Member Sarah-Eve Rhéaume leads ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada at Chateau Bromont after first-round 69
(BROMONT, QC) – During the first round of the ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada at Chateau Bromont, Golf Canada National Amateur Squad member Sarah-Eve Rhéaume rolled in seven birdies and leads by one stroke following a first-round 69.
“I started off a little rough, but made a few really good birdies early in my nine, and another good birdie on nine when I got up-and-down from the bunker,” said Rhéaume, who placed T5 at the 2021 Canadian Women’s Amateur. “I’ve played a ton of junior events here, so it always feels nice to come back to Bromont, especially to play in this event.”
Though Rhéaume got out of the starting gate slowly with back-to-back bogeys to begin her round, she hit her stride mid-way through her opening nine with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 fifth and sixth holes.
Following a bogey on eight, she rattled off four birdies in her next five holes to propel herself into the lead, which she added to with another birdie on her final hole of the day.
Rhéaume, a native of Québec City, is set to enter her fifth season with the Furman University Women’s Golf Team in South Carolina. The 22-year-old (as of yesterday) looks to be the first amateur to win the Women’s Championship of Canada since Brooke Henderson in 2015.
“That would be so great,” said the 2019 Quebec Women’s Amateur Champion. “It is so amazing any time you can compare your name alongside Brooke.”
This year’s championship was combined with the Bromont Invitational and is being run alongside Golf Québec to help ease player’s schedules throughout the country. Along with a cheque for $15,000 (should a professional win), the winner of the event will receive an exemption into this year’s CP Women’s Open.
The leaderboard is jam-packed after 18 holes, with South Korea’s Min-G Kim folding into second place as the low professional with a seven-birdie first-round 70.
In addition to playing for the regular purse, there is also $15,000 reserved exclusively for PGA of Canada members. Chateau Bromont Apprentice Professional, and recent winner of the Glencoe Invitational as well as the past two Bromont Invitationals, Caroline Ciot, was the low PGA of Canada member, and is two-strokes back.
The second round of the 54-hole ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada will begin at 7:30 A.M. on Thursday morning.
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