Lindsey Smith is living the dream this week.

The product of London, Ontario will play in her first LPGA event when she tees off in the inaugural Manulife LPGA Classic at Grey Silo in Waterloo on Thursday.

She will also be the first Canadian to tee off in the tournament, 7:15am from the first hole.

The former LPGA Futures Tour member turned pro in 2006, but two years later, was hit by a vehicle while out for a jog.

That ended her full-time playing career, even after over a year of rehab.

“My knee and my ankle never full recovered.” said Smith.

“I kind of lost that dream of playing on the LPGA until Paul Rooney from Manulife (President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division) kind of stepped in and said he wanted to help me fulfill that dream…I couldn’t be more excited to be here this week.”

Smith is playing on a sponsorship exemption.

She will also have a large group of family, friends and co-workers in the gallery watching her every more.

Smith’s sister is flying all the way in from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to watch her play.

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