Brooke Henderson’s win at the CP Canadian Women’s Open at the Wascana still has people talking. However, they are not talking about the historic win by the 20-year-old as much as the tournament itself and how successful Regina and Saskatchewan golf fans made it.
Tournament director Ryan Paul says it was the second-most attended tournament in history with 47000 people coming to the Wascana for the event in its first ever visit to Saskatchewan. Paul says they spoke to many people throughout the week who came from outside southern Saskatchewan including two bus-loads of fans from North Dakota who wanted to check out the LPGA for themselves seeing it was so close.
Paul says there was one moment in particular that stood out for him and that was at the end of the tournament moments after Henderson had made her last putt.
“We’re trying to prepare our closing ceremonies and we have a guy that is going to sing Oh Canada, it’s the first time we have ever done this, so we’ve got it all set, and everyone starts singing it on their own.” Paul commented. ” That was pretty special, and made you proud to be a Canadian,”
As many left the Wascana after their time at the course, they wondered if it would ever come back seeing the tournament criss-crosses the country. Paul wouldn’t say yes, but he isn’t saying no either.
“As long as I am here, I would say yes,” Paul says with a chuckle. “The first time we talked I couldn’t tell you why this was the first time the event had come to Saskatchewan, but it definitely won’t be the last because it was such a positive for us. We came in with high expectations and those expectations were exceeded.”