Lorie Kane went from Canada’s smallest province to the biggest stage in women’s golf, the LPGA Tour, and in the process found the confidence to achieve her dreams.
That career as one of Canada’s most successful golfers was recognized on Wednesday when Kane was named as part of the 2020 class for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. This adds to the long list of awards that include inductions to the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and investment into the Order of Canada.
“I’m humble and totally overwhelmed,” said Kane from Charlottetown, where she was in the middle of quarantine after arriving home from Florida. “I would not be where I am today without sports in my life. School and academics are a big challenge for me. To be able to enter any sport gives me the confidence to be who I am today. “
Kane became a professional in 1996 and won four times on the LPGA Tour. Over the years he posted 99 finishes in the top 10 and eight top 10 in major championships. He also lost five times in the playoffs. On the Legend Tour, the circuit for golfers 45 and older, he won five times.
While she remained active, Kane only played three events in 2018, and only one, CP Women’s Open, last year.
He is also very active in charity activities throughout his career. In recent years, she has been at the forefront and center of CP, a sponsor of the Canadian Women’s Open, helping the CP Has Heart railroad campaign, which raises funds for children’s heart health.
When playing time is reduced, Kane takes on the role of mentor for young Canadian professionals and spends time inspiring young people to take up the game.
“The giving part was very easy for me,” Kane said. “Sometimes it’s easier than hitting, honest with you. I hope I encourage girls and other boys to get involved in sports. “
He hopes his inauguration will give him a greater foundation to show how important sport is in Canadian society and how it can build great people.
On his way to greatness, Kane was assisted by some of Canada’s best players, including Jocelyne Bourassa and Sandra Post, both of whom were also in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, as well as Dawn Coe-Jones and Lisa Walters, fellow Canadian Golf Hall members of fame.
As they did for him, Kane has provided assistance to the next generation of Canadian players, including Brooke Henderson. There was not as much help on how to hit golf as about life as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour.
When his playing career ended, Kane had a few regrets, but admitted losing one milestone.
“I have achieved most of what I want,” he said. “I really, really want to win the Canadian Open. I let it pass the tip of my finger a week after I won my first event at St. Louis. “
That was in 2000, when the tournament was known as du Maurier Classic. The sponsor ended his support for the championship that year and no new supporters were found. Kane spent most of the week searching for potential replacements and pleading for his case for new support in the media.
The event was held at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club and Kane went to the final round to lead along with Annika Sorenstam. But a busy week finally caught up with him and he ran out of gas at nine, posted 76, still finished with an honorable tie for fifth.
Kane has played in the national championship with a record 26 times with the best result being the third series in 2001.
Although he spends a lot of time at his residence in Florida, Kane feels most comfortable in Charlottetown, where, even in quarantine, he can look out the window at the red beach and ocean waves on Prince Edward Island. This is his home and place of being the biggest supporter.
“I cannot thank people enough on Prince Edward Island,” said the 55-year-old man. “They push me up, they make me grounded, they make me very honest, and that’s how I like it.”
Induction ceremonies for this year’s class have been postponed until 2021. That’s when Kane will join the inaugurated list of colleagues that includes Diane Jones-Konihowski, Steve Nash, Sheldon Kennedy and Willie O’Ree. An honor that seems fitting.
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