Twelve months and one more LPGA event under her belt, Kelowna’s Megan Osland is heading into the CP Canadian Women’s Open this summer brimming with confidence.
The 26-year-old Kelowna Golf and Country Club professional received a sponsor's exemption on Tuesday into next week’s national championship event.
“I’m super excited about it,” she said from London, Ont., where she’s practising.
Osland made her LPGA Tour debut at the CP Open last August in Regina but missed the cut.
Because it was her first appearance on golf’s biggest stage, the atmosphere, spotlight and razor-sharp competition were new.
It led to some forgettable moments on the course and a 13-over 157 total.
Osland said this year she knows what to expect and is anticipating a return to the big leagues.
“Last year was my first-ever LPGA Tour event, so that comes with a lot of nerves. ... That was a brand-new experience for me. I’ll be a lot more comfortable this time.”
She started with a respectable 75, but ballooned to 82 in the second round.
Osland is also entering this year’s CP Open with more championship experience.
She played her way into the LPGA’s U.S. Women’s Open this summer and represented herself admirably.
Her late charge in Round 2 came up just shy and she missed the cut at Country Club of Charleston by a mere two strokes.
Her South Carolina weekend ended with a 75-72–147 total against the best in the world.
“It was awesome,” said Osland. “I had such a great week there. It was the most fun I’ve ever had in a golf tournament. ... I really like that golf course. I really liked the layout of the course a lot.”
Osland said she’s starting to enjoy high-stakes golf, and is looking forward to playing next week at Magna Golf Club and the Women’s Open. The Aurora, Ont., country club may be Canada’s most exclusive course—membership is limited to some 200 golfers and fees top $100,000.
Getting access to Magna is part of the fringe benefits of playing the Canadian Open.
“They do a great job for the hospitality of the players,” said Osland.
It’s also a leap from her current tour. Osland is slugging it out in the LPGA’s minor leagues.
After graduating from Kelowna Secondary, Osland earned a golf scholarship to San Jose State University where she starred with the Spartans for four years before turning pro in 2016.
Osland has played 12 Symetra Tour events this season, making the cut twice. She was 5-over at the Zimmer Biomet Championship in late May. She won $1,418 in a tie for 46th.
Two weeks earlier, she finished tied for 38th at the IOA Invitational thanks to a 1-over 217. that was good enough for $930.
It’s a tough life for a professional athlete, criss-crossing the continent searching for consistency. Osland said she’s undaunted by the trials and tribulations. It’ll be another challenge when the Women’s Open begins Aug. 19.
“It’s always a good test of your game,” she said.
NOTES — Lorie Kane is set to make a record-setting 29th appearance at the Women’s Open. Kane, a winner of four LPGA events over her career, was one of 13 exemptions into the event announced by Golf Canada on Tuesday. The Charlottetown native is set to pass JoAnne Carner (28) for most appearances at Canada’s women’s golf championship. … Twelve-year-old Michelle Liu of Vancouver, who finished as the low Canadian at the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, also earned an exemption. … Also on the list are Brigitte Thibault and Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C., who helped Canada to its first Pan American Games golf medal last week, joining with Austin Connelly and Joey Savoie for a bronze medal in the mixed team event in Lima, Peru.
With files from The Canadian Press