Samantha Richdale was among select company after the opening round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open.


The second-year LPGA player from Kelowna fired a career-best 6-under 66 to sit alone in third place, one stroke behind co-leaders Ai Miyazato and Pernilla Lindberg in excellent afternoon scoring conditions Thursday at the Hillsdale Golf Club in Mirabel, Que.


“Just over a month ago I went to see (coach) Dave Stockton to work on my putting and today, my caddie (Tom Konopacki) and I just read some really good and I made them,” the 27-year-old Richdale said.


“It’s special. I had my brother (Josh) in the crowd, which was really nice. We had great weather in the afternoon and it’s a nice ending to the day.”


Richdale had made the cut in only two of seven events this year and her best round was a 70 in March when she finished tied for 19th at the LPGA Founders Cup.

Richdale started the week strong as part of the winning group with 1973 Canadian Open champ Jocelyne Bourassa in the pro-am tournament on Monday.

The five-time winner in lower-tier events will start the second round Friday in an unfamiliar spot near the top of an LPGA leaderboard.

Five players were tied for fourth at 5-under 67, including defending champion Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford, Jenny Shin, Song-Hee Kim and Mi Hyun Kim.

There were nine tied at 4-under 66.