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Playing against men gave Beisiegel a boost 0

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency
Canadian Isabelle Beisiegel hits the ball during second round action of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo June 22, 2012. (QMI Agency/DAVE ABEL)

Canadian Isabelle Beisiegel hits the ball during second round action of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo June 22, 2012. (QMI Agency/DAVE ABEL)

WATERLOO, Ont. - 

Coming off the course Friday at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Isabelle Beisiegel seemed shocked to learn she was holding down top spot among the Canadian contingent.

"Oh, my goodness, I could not be further from top Canadian, ranking-wise," said the bubbly 33-year-old native of Sainte Hilaire, Que., who plays occasionally on the second-tier Symetra Tour and got into this event as an alternate.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que, also finished at one-under just before play was called because of darkness at 9:22 p.m., shooting a three-under 68.

Hamilton's Alena Sharp, Richmond Hill, Ont.'s Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Charlottetown's Lorie Kane all finished at one-over par and made it to the weekend on the projected cut number with a handful of players having to finish their second round early Saturday.

While six of her compatriots missed the cut Beisiegel's one-under par total through two rounds was good enough to get her into the weekend at Grey Silo.

"I'm just excited to have had a couple of good days and I'm just enjoying it," she said, adding the crowd has been great to her.

"It has been awesome, that's what's really neat. It does feel like a Canadian Open. It's such a boost."

Beisiegel is best known for becoming the first woman to qualify to play on a professional men's tour and even though the campaign on the 2011 Canadian Tour didn't result in much, she said the experience was a good one.

"The guys were great," she said. "Everybody I played with was really awesome. Having qualified, going through that route, I did what they did, so I think that helped as far as respect."

Beisiegel skipped Canadian Tour qualifying this season because her husband was recovering from thyroid cancer, but she said she would continue to try to tee it up with the guys.

"I definitely want to try," she said. "I tried for the (men's) U.S. Open this year. I'll keep trying because I enjoy it."

tim.mckay@sunmedia.ca


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