PRIDDIS, Alta. - Anna Rawson has the clubhouse lead in the first round of the CN Canadian Women's Open.
The Australian set a course record at Priddis Greens with a 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Lorena Ochoa and a three-shot advantage over Louise Stahle, Il Mi Chung and Momoko Ueda.
Rawson has struggled with her confidence all season and even considered giving up the game earlier this year. However, some recent sessions with a sports psychologist have her rejuvenated.
The 28-year-old made nine birdies and two bogeys during a round that broke Dawn Coe-Jones' course record by one shot.
Amateur Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., and Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., posted the lowest score among early Canadian finishers by each shooting even-par 71.
Defending champion Katherine Hull, Charlottetown's Lorie Kane and American teenager Michelle Wie were among the players on the course in the afternoon.