Female player shoots 78 in Canadian Tour debut

Isabelle Beisiegel shot a 7-over 78 on Thursday in her Canadian

Tour debut to fall 12 strokes behind the first-round leaders in the

ATB Financial Classic at Bearspaw Country Club.

The 32-year-old Beisiegel, from Montreal, became the first

female player to earn a playing card on a men’s professional golf

tour on May 27 when she tied for ninth in the Spring Qualifying

School.

”It was such a great experience for me today and I enjoyed the

challenge,” Beisiegel said. ”The conditions were tough and

totally different from what I experience on the women’s tours. …

I was really nervous just in warm up, I had so much energy.

Eventually, I found my rhythm but it took a couple of holes.”

Ryan Yip, Alex Coe, Hugo Leon, Brad Fritsch, Liam Kendregan,

Chan Kim, Chris Cunningham and Benjamin Alvarado opened with 66s to

share the lead.