REBECCA LEE-BENTHAM SHOOTS FINAL-ROUND 63 TO CAPTURE DCM PGA TITLE
After a riveting final round, Rebecca Lee-Bentham emerged as the winner of the 2019 DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada. Lee-Bentham trailed last year’s champion, Jessica Porvasnik, but pulled ahead in the final holes to claim the title by four shots. The 27-year-old, from Markham, Ontario, posted a final round of 9 under par and a score of 63, making 11 birdies and two bogeys on the day. It marked a personal best for Lee-Bentham and set two new course records for the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.
A few short years ago, Lee-Bentham had officially left the world of competitive golf. It was only recently, while teaching with the PGA of Canada, that she began to feel a renewed excitement for the game, and see improvements in her swing. In December 2018, after a sponsorship to the LPGA’s Q-School, she began training seriously again and decided to make the return to competition.
Lee-Bentham credits her success to the constant positivity she was able to channel into herself and her game—alongside the huge impact of her caddy TJ Rule. With this win, Lee-Bentham earns entrance to this year’s CP Canadian Women’s Open and is clearly back on track for competing at golf’s highest level.
For other female athletes trying to make it competitively, Lee-Bentham advises them to “Trust the process and enjoy each moment!”
DCM’S COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING WOMEN’S GOLF
DCM signed on to become the title sponsor of the Women’s Championship in 2017. The event was first played in 1987 and has hosted some of the top names in women’s golf, including Lorie Kane, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, and Jessica Shepley. This was the fifth time the tournament has taken place at the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.
“We’re proud to be a part of this very special event,” says DCM CEO Greg Cochrane.
“This sponsorship is part of DCM’s commitment to supporting female golfers and creating more opportunities for these athletes to pursue their dreams.”
In 2018 DCM established the DCM Power Up Bursary Program, which provides financial assistance and professional support for up-and-coming female golfers on their way to the LPGA. We were excited to see all five of last year’s bursary recipients compete at this year’s DCM PGA Women’s Championship.
Congratulations again to this year’s winner—we wish Rebecca all the best on her exciting LPGA journey!
A very special thanks to the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto for hosting this year’s championship.