Kane Says She’s Not Going Away

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Reed On The Greens, by Jeffrey Reed
Lorie Kane Says Her Best Golf Is Yet To Come
December 11, 2013

The 2014 CP Canadian Women’s Open at London Hunt and Country Club is still eight months away, but Charlottetown, PEI’s Lorie Kane can’t wait to return to London – one of her favourite golf destinations.

That desire to get back on the golf course alone speaks volumes about Kane’s character. She recently finished tied for 44th at LPGA Tour Qualifying School. Kane will compete again as a full-time member of the tour in 2014, but she was looking to improve her priority standing in order to get into more tournaments.

Kane, who turns 49 on December 19, said when needed she’ll reach out to sponsors and tournament organizers, and will consider playing abroad in order to keep a full schedule in 2014. Rest assured, she will be welcomed at London Hunt with open arms.

“Back in 1993 (at the duMaurier Ltd. Classic) I competed as an amateur,” said Kane of her first London Hunt experience. “I remember they ran the dogs, and Tammie Green was on horseback. I thought, good Lord, what is this?” said Kane, laughing at her fellow competitor’s high jinks.

Lorie Kane and Brooke Henderson. File photo: Jeffrey Reed/LondonOntarioGolf.com.

“I fell in love with the golf course, and it has continued to get better with age,” said Kane. Now, as she approaches age 50, Kane said she, too is like a fine wine.

For the better part of two decades, Kane has been the face of Canadian women’s golf. She has four LPGA Tour victories – three in 2000, and a two-stroke win over all-time great Annika Sorenstam in 2001. Yet this Acadia University graduate, who in 2006 was named to the Order of Canada, says there is still a lot of fire in her belly.

“I can honestly say I really love what I do. That’s why I’m continuing to do it. I’m sure there are some people out there who think it’s time for me to do something else (but) I’m so far from that,” said Kane.

“I don’t think that my best golf has been played yet. I get better with age!” said Kane, laughing at 50 because it’s “just a number,” but at the same time dangling a carrot which she said may be incentive for her to win her fifth LPGA Tour event.

“I just had a sneak peak of the 2015 Mustang. And I bought my first Mustang when I turned 40 (in 2004) when the car turned 40. I’m trying to decide whether I should get another one. But I will only buy one when I win a golf tournament,” said Kane.

Since age 5, when her dad, Jack, introduced her to the game, Kane has impressed on the links with an amiable personality and gleaming smile both as big as her talents. As for her current game, Kane said, “I really have nothing to prove to anyone but myself. I have the ability to play this great game. And I have the ability to win.

“But I have to do it. It can’t be done for me. That tests you every day. That’s what gets me up at 5 a.m. with my trainer at the gym. And that’s what drives me,” Kane said.

Kane can think of no better place where she would like to win than London Hunt next August.

“(London) is such a golf mecca, and you know your golf in that area,” said Kane. “(London Hunt) membership appreciates good golf. They obviously appreciate the women’s game.

“Now I just have to go out and play. Look at (veterans) Laura Davies and Juli Inkster. They’re not going away. And Lorie Kane is definitely not going away.”

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