Leblanc, Sharp, 10 other Canadians all miss cut at national open

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PRIDDIS, Alta. - The most painful moments of a heartbreaking CN Canadian Women's Open were saved for the fading light on Friday.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Alena Sharp each came to their final hole of the day with a chance to bring some homegrown flavour to the weekend at the national championship and came up just short.
Leblanc, the 20-year-old amateur from Sherbrooke, Que., was unlucky when her second shot at the par-5 ninth found a divot. She chunked the approach into a pond that guards the green and three-putted for a triple-bogey 8 that left her two shots below the cut.
Sharp was even closer than that.
The LPGA Tour regular from Hamilton watched helplessly as a birdie putt at No. 18 lipped out - leaving her one shot short of making the weekend.
The late near-misses basically summed up the week that was, with all 12 Canadians missing the cut. It's the first time since the tournament began in 1966 that no homegrown players made it.
"You try hard to find it and not think about (the pressure), but it's always there," said Sharp. "Whenever you come to the golf course, when you tee it off on the first hole, when you come up the 18th hole, it's there for sure."
Sharp shot a pair of 72s that could have been much better.
"I hit too many good shots to miss the cut this week," she said.
The feeling of disappointment was shared by many of the players wearing the Maple Leaf this week. Charlottetown's Lorie Kane continues to be a crowd favourite every time she plays at home, but couldn't summon any magic.
She followed an opening-round 75 with a 76 and was well off the pace.
"I'm very disappointed," said Kane. "I don't know what to say other than I gave it all I had and made some very bad golf swings out there."
Among the others missing the weekend: Nicole Vandermade (70-145) of Brantford, Ont.; Adrienne White (75-146) of Red Deer, Alta.; Jessica Shepley (73-147) of Oakville, Ont.; Canadian amateur champion Jennifer Kirby (76-149) of Paris, Ont.; amateur Stephanie Sherlock (78-154) of Barrie, Ont.; amateur Sue Kim (76-155) of Langley, B.C.; Kira Meixner (78-159) of Richmond, B.C.; and Ashley Sholer (80-164) of Hamilton.
Kane is one the veterans now and offered some advice that should be of comfort to all of the players that came up short.
"You know, there's no one who wants to play more on the weekend than me," said Kane. "(But) it's part of sports and I'm not dying. So I will survive this and it'll make me stronger."

Organizations: CN Canadian Women

Geographic location: Sherbrooke, Maple Leaf, Charlottetown Brantford Red Deer Oakville Paris Barrie Langley Richmond

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