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Ladies prefer to stick to their golf game

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They came, they played, they slept.

As the LPGA CN Canadian Women's Open comes to a close today, Winnipeg has hosted more than 150 golfers from around the world. While they've become well acquainted with the 18 holes at St. Charles Country Club, when asked about their activities off the course, the players' answers came up a bit short.

"Other than eat or sleep, not too much," said Canadian Lorie Kane of her off-course activities as she stepped off the 18th hole Saturday.

Friday night, Kane attended a Mardi Gras-themed party put on by CN at the Delta hotel. Despite live music and fortune-tellers, the 45-year-old golf legend tucked in early.

"We were well entertained," said Kane. "But again, I had an early tee time this morning, a 4:30 (a.m.) wake-up call. It wasn't too late a night."

The four-day championship has a total purse of $2.25 million. The winner walks away with $337,500. The woman who finishes last wins $4,585.

For these pros, one night of too much fun can lead to an expensive hangover.

Leave it to the uninhibited world of Twitter for golf's superstars to open up a bit more. A day after her 181-yard hole-in-one, top contender Michelle Wie shared her Friday night plans over the social-networking site: "Ready for a shower, dinner, and maybe some Guitar Hero?? Hehe"

Two hours later, Wie's plans came crashing down, so the 20-year-old from Hawaii posted on Twitter her new plans to watch a horror flick: "Noooo!! the cn suite with the Guitar Hero is closedd!! le sigh... so now im watching seven. never watched it before... but it looks good!"

Reigning champ Suzann Petterson tweeted Tuesday evening following her day at St. Charles: "A nice evening workout after a long day at the course!! i will sleep good tonight!! glad to be back in Canada"

Australian golf pro Anna Rawson was a little more adventurous in the River City. Asked Thursday about her time in Winnipeg, the 29-year-old seemed to be looking for a little fun. "I walked around last night (Wednesday)," Rawson said. " We've been out to restaurants and things. But now I've got the afternoon and could go for a drive. What should I go see?"

Rawson missed the cut the next day.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2010 A12

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