Creemore, Ont. – There is a familiar name atop the leaderboard after round one of the 2023 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur, presented by BDO.
Two-time champion, Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont. shot an opening round of 3-under, 69 to lead both the Women’s Mid-Amateur division and Women’s Mid-Master division at The Mad River Golf Club in Creemore, Ont. on Tuesday.
Kyrinis started her round with four consecutive pars and was 2-under through seven. She headed to No.15 at even par and closed with birdies on 15, 17 and 18, a stretch of holes known as “The Mad Mile” to finish her round with six birdies.
“Putter was solid, made some pretty long ones. Got it around the hole, no three putts. It’s a tough golf course, you got to grind your way around out there and you cannot take one shot off or you could make a big number,” said Kyrinis. “I certainly had some misses, but they were decent misses, made a lot of nice up and downs so it was solid.”
Kyrinis who won the 2019 and 2016 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships has consistently been around the top of the leaderboard every year of the tournament and said getting off to a good start is key in a national championship.
“When you don’t, it makes it really tough to kind of get back in the game, so at least I’ll be in the game but there’s still a lot of golf out there left with two days on this golf course, it’s tough.”
Kyrinis leads the Mid-Amateur division by five shots over Isabella DiLisio of Hatfield, Pa. and Samantha Perrotta of Bordentown, N.J. who both shot 74 and sit at 2-over. In the Mid-Master division, Kyrinis holds an eight-stroke lead over defending champion, Shelly Stouffer who shot a 5-over, 77 on Tuesday.
In the Mid-Amateur Inter-Provincial Team Championship, Team Quebec sits at 11-over and leads by one-shot over Team Manitoba after the opening round. Team Quebec consists of Natacha Brossard and Suzanne Ricard from Montreal and Marie-Thérèse Torti of Candiac, Que. Defending champions, Team British Columbia sit five shots back at 16-over. Seven provinces with three players per team are competing for the team championship over the first 36-holes of the tournament.
This year’s championship marks the first time that the Women’s Mid-Amateur division is being held as a stand-alone competition. The 54-hole stroke play championship was previously held in conjunction with the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, as well as the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. In addition, the Women’s Mid-Master Championship (players aged 40-and-over as of July 25, 2023) is being contested over three championship rounds this week.
Female golfers (aged 25-and-over as of July 25, 2023), with a handicap index of 12.0 or less are eligible to compete in the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The individual winner of the Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship will receive an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, taking place from September 9-14 at Stonewall (North Course) in Elverson, Pa. In addition, the champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.
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