CONWAY (Univ. of Central Ark)- Former University of Central Arkansas golfer Nicole Forshner qualified Monday for the LPGA's CN Canadian Women's Open, which will be her first LPGA tournament.
Forshner, 29 and a native of Banff, Alberta, Canada, was a two-time All-Southland Conference golfer at UCA and was the league's Player of the year in 2008 and 2009. She was also the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year in 2006.
Forshner earned one of four tournament berths at Edmonton Petroleum Golf and Country Club, shooting a one-under 71. She beat out 22 others for one of four spots in the $2-million tournament, which will be held at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club, beginning Thursday. Forshner was a two-time Alberta amateur champion, with one of those triumphs coming at the Petroleum Club in 2007.
A total of 20 Canadians will compete for Canada's National Women's Open Championship, while Forshner is the only Albertan in the field. All 10 players ranked in the Rolex LPGA Top 10 rankings are scheduled to compete, including No. 1 Inbee Park and No. 2 Stacy Lewis.
Past winners of the Canadian Open include Michelle Wie (2010), Suzann Pettersen (2009), Lorena Ochoa (2007), Meg Mallon (2002, 2004) and Annika Sorenstam (2001).