Feb 17, 2011
Hamilton, Ont. native shoots 15-under 201 at 54-hole tournament

JEFF BROOKE

Published on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 09:40PM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 09:55PM EST

Alena Sharp has picked up her ninth win as a professional, cruising to victory at a Cactus Tour event in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The Hamilton native, who usually plays on the top-tier LPGA Tour, took apart the Red course at Wigwam Golf Resort with a 54-hole total of 15-under 201.

She finished four shots ahead of Jane Rah, a 20-year-old American who played last year on the LPGA Futures Tour, and six shots clear of 15-year-old amateur Julie Yang.

While the field was small, limited to just 36, and the first-prize payout of $2,250 (U.S.) modest, the victory represents a perfect start to Sharp’s 2011 season.

She didn’t get into the LPGA Tour’s season opener in Thailand this week so she used the Cactus Tour event as a tune-up for her LPGA debut in Singapore later this month.

Sharp, 29, has two previous wins on the Cactus Tour, a mini-tour based in Arizona, where Sharp makes her home now. It holds events through the year and its fields are often dotted with LPGA and Futures players.

LPGA regular Paige Mackenzie and up-and-comers Kimberly Kim and Sara Brown also teed it up at Wigwam this week.

Adrienne White of Red Deer, Alta., tied for fourth spot and Ashley Smith of Calgary shared 12th.