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Golf Canada’s 2020 National Amateur Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

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Tsawwassen, BC – 03 August 2018 – Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, BC. (Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)

OAKVILLE, ONT. (Golf Canada) – Due to continued health concerns as well as government restrictions on travel and group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Golf Canada has cancelled all of its amateur golf competitions for the duration of the 2020 season.

The National Sport Federation had previously announced the cancellation or postponement of a number of its junior and amateur competitions scheduled through mid-June.

“National amateur competitions have been a proud focus throughout our 125-year history and while we share in the disappointment of competitors, our host clubs and event volunteers, the most important consideration is the health and safety of the people who come together at our championships,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “Ongoing travel restrictions—both international and across some provincial borders—in addition to continued restrictions on larger group gatherings and limitations on player training were significant contributors to this decision. We are also sensitive to the needs of our host clubs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their staff and members.”

The 107th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, one of the top-ranked women’s amateur events in the world that attracts many international athletes, was scheduled to begin in five weeks at The Royal Montreal Golf Club from July 21-24. In addition, the 116th Canadian Men’s Amateur which features a 264-player field was scheduled to take place at The Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alta. from August 3-6 – marking the 125th anniversary of this storied championship. The cancellations will mark the first time since the second World War where these two national championships will not be conducted.

Golf Canada has also announced that the National Orders of Merit will not be awarded in 2020. The purpose of the points-based rankings is to identify and give recognition top-performing male and female amateur and junior golfers across Canada who have achieved success in the golf season. The decision to not award the Orders of Merit was made recognizing the varying access Canadian golfers will have to domestic and international competitions, and the resulting difficulty in running an equitable ranking system. Golf Canada will look to resume the Orders of Merit on September 1st, 2020 for the 2021 rankings. For more information, please visit the National Orders of Merit page by clicking here.

Golf Canada and Golf Ontario previously announced the cancellation of the 7th annual World Junior Girls Championship, scheduled for September 30 – October 3, 2020 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

Golf Canada annually conducts more than 20 championships nation-wide which play host to more than 3,000 domestic and international athletes from all corners of the world. In partnership with our host clubs, thousands of volunteers, provincial golf associations and our proud sponsors, Golf Canada is dedicated to supporting player development through world-class competition since our inception in 1895. Officiated by certified Canadian Rules of Golf referees, Golf Canada’s amateur competitions are fully compliant with golf’s international governing bodies and include marquee events such as the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Amateur Championships as well as the Canadian Junior Girls and Junior Boys Championships. Golf Canada’s amateur championships are proudly supported by RBC, Canadian Pacific, Sport Canada, Levelwear, Titleist and FootJoy. For more information and scheduling visit www.golfcanada.ca/competitions.

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Judith Kyrinis wins Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship

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OSOYOOS, B.C. – If it wasn’t the chip of her life, it was certainly close.

Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., converted a clutch up-and-down birdie on the 18th hole Tuesday to win the 49th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Osoyoos Golf Club.

Faced with a challenging chip of about 80 feet, Kyrinis pulled off a near perfect shot with her ball settling just two feet behind the hole.

“It was a tough chip, there was nothing easy about it,” Kyrinis said. “I was just committed to getting it out and rolling it all the way up there and it worked out. I hadn’t been chipping all that great. So I am just thrilled.”

Kyrinis shot a one-under 72 Tuesday and finished the 54-hole event on Osoyoos Golf Club’s Park Meadows Course at two-under par. That was one shot better than Amy Ellertson of Free Union., Va. Ellertson was playing in the second to last group right in front of Kyrinis and birdied the 18th hole to finish the tournament at one-under.

Kyrinis knew where she stood as she prepared to play her second shot from the 18th fairway.

“I knew she made birdie on 18, so I knew I had to make birdie,” she said.

Her second shot ended up just short-left of the green, leaving her with that tricky chip. After pulling that shot off, she still had that little putt to contend with.

“The putt was short, but it still wasn’t a gimme, right,’ she said with a laugh. “I kept telling myself, ‘breathe, breathe.’”

Four individual trophies were awarded following Tuesday’s round. The Mid-Amateur competition was open to players aged 25 and older. The Mid-Masters title was open to players aged 40 and older. The Senior competition was for players aged 50 and older and the Super Senior title was contested by players aged 60 and older.

Kyrinis won the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles. Jackie Little of Procter, B.C. won the Super Senior Championship.

Kyrinis, a nurse in Toronto, won the same three championships in 2016. She said this win feels just as sweet as the first one.

“I think they are both equally exciting because you never know when you are going to get back here,” she said. “This is really special. Just because it is No. 2 doesn’t mean it is not as good as No. 1.”

Ellertson, who also closed with a 72, was lamenting a couple of missed birdie opportunities in her final found.

“I left some shots out there,” Ellertson said. “I had two six-foot birdie putts that were right in the jar and came up short. But that’s the way it goes. I am happy to finish under par on a beautiful golf course. I have nothing to complain about.”

Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C. and Nonie Marler of Vancouver tied for third at one-over par. Sarah Dunning of Waterloo, Ont., and two-time defending champion Sue Wooster of Australia shared fifth place at two-over.

Little didn’t play her best Tuesday, but still managed to comfortably defend the Super Senior Championship she won last year.

“That is the hardest I have had to work for an 81 in a long time,” Little said after her round.

She finished the event at 11-over par. That was five shots better than Ivy Steinberg of Stouffville, Ont., and Ruth Maxwell of Reno, Nev.

At age 61, Little knows every win now is something of a bonus.

“I have been complaining about how I have been hitting it and my husband says, well, remember, you are 61 now,” she said.

Little now has five national championships, in addition to her two Canadian Super Senior titles, she has two Canadian Senior championships and one Canadian Mid-Amateur title.

On Monday, Team Ontario won its sixth straight inter-provincial team title, registering a commanding 15-stroke victory over second-place Quebec in the 36-hole competition.

Full scoring can be found here.

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Wooster, Marler tied for lead at Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship

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OSOYOOS, B.C. – Two-time defending champion Sue Wooster of Australia shot the low round of the day, a four-under par 69, to move into a tie for lead at the 49th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship.

Wooster, who did not have a birdie in her opening round on Sunday, had six of them Monday at Osoyoos Golf Club. The difference was, she sunk some putts.

“You asked the question yesterday, what did I have to do, and I said hit the ball closer and sink some putts,” Wooster said. “I did that today.”

The Melbourne resident also put in some considerable time working on her putting and trying to get a better feel for the greens at Osoyoos Golf Club.

“I spent probably an hour and half last night on the putting green,” Wooster said. “I have come from the U.S. Amateur and the greens were running 13 and half. I think I was still in that mode. I was stroking it too soft and needed to get a bit of firmness.”

Wooster shares the lead with Nonie Marler of Vancouver at two-under par.

Four individual trophies will be awarded following Tuesday’s conclusion of the 54-hole event being played on Osoyoos Golf Club’s Park Meadows Course. The Mid-Amateur competition is open to players aged 25 and older. The Mid-Masters title is open to players aged 40 and older. The Senior competition is for players aged 50 and older and the Super Senior title is being contested by players aged 60 and older.

Wooster has the lead in the Mid-Master and Senior divisions.

Marler, the first-round leader, shot an even-par 73 Monday to remain at two-under. She chipped in for eagle on the par 5 18th hole — her ninth hole of the day — to exact some revenge on the hole. On Sunday, Marler three-putted the 18th green for a frustrating par.

Marler’s eagle came after her 8-iron approach rolled through the green and onto the back fringe.

“It put me in a bit of a precarious situation,” she said. “I would have had to go over the first cut and the upper part of the rough if I wanted to putt it. I couldn’t do that. I took out my wedge and I just committed to it and I figured if I land it where the rough sort of ends it will at least give me a shot at a birdie putt. And it turns out I didn’t need the birdie putt.”

Marler, a commercial realtor who is only eligible for the Mid-Amateur competition, felt she could have gone lower Monday given how well she struck the ball.

“My putter let me down a little bit,” she said. “I hit quite a few greens in regulation, so I was pleased with my iron play. I am going to do some work on my putting. That is sort of what was giving me a little bit of grief today. Some days you have it, some days you don’t have it.”

Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., who won the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles in 2016, is just one shot back of Marler and Wooster. She shot an even-par 73 Monday to remain at one-under for the tournament.

Jackie Little of Procter, B.C. leads the Super Senior division, which she won last year. Little fired a one-over 74 Monday and sits at three-over through two rounds. That is seven shots better than Holly Horwood of Vancouver and Ruth Maxwell of Reno, Nev., who share second place.

The Ontario team of Kyrinis, Mary Ann Hayward and Andrea Blackwell won the 36-hole inter-provincial team competition. Ontario’s team score of three-over par was 15 shots better than the runner-up team from Alberta. Quebec placed third. Ontario has won the team title six straight years.

Full scoring can be found here.

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Nonie Marler leads Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship

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OSOYOOS, B.C. – Nonie Marler recently returned to competitive golf after a lengthy hiatus and it hasn’t taken the Vancouver resident long to shake off the rust.

Marler shot a two-under par 71 Sunday to take the first-round lead at the 49th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Osoyoos Golf Club.

Marler, a commercial real estate specialist, just returned from Mississippi after qualifying to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She missed the cut, but called it one of the greatest experiences of her golfing life.

Her week in Osoyoos could be another one if she continues the fine play she displayed on Sunday.

“I hit the ball well today and tried to keep my wits about me,” Marler said of her round that included four birdies and two bogeys.

It also included a par on the par 5 18th hole that Marler wasn’t too happy about. After hitting the green in two, she three-putted from above the hole for par.

“I was a bit too aggressive on 18, but hey-ho, that’s how golf is, right?,” Marler said.

Four individual trophies will be awarded following conclusion of the 54-hole event being played on Osoyoos Golf Club’s Park Meadows Course. The Mid-Amateur competition is open to players aged 25 and older. The Mid-Masters title is open to players aged 40 and older. The Senior competition is for players aged 50 and older and the Super Senior title is being contested by players aged 60 and older.

Marler, only eligible in the Mid-Amateur competition, has a one-shot lead on five-time champion Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C., Amy Ellertson of Free Union, Va., and Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont. Proteau and Marler played in the same group Sunday and will again in Monday’s second round.

“Christina is a great golfer and competitor,” Marler said. “I learn so much every time I play with her.”

Marler played collegiate golf at the University of Guelph, but got away from competitive golf when she went to work in Great Britain for more than a decade. It wasn’t until she recently returned to Vancouver that she got serious about the game again.

“This is my first year back after a hiatus of 10-plus years,” she said.

Ellertson and Kyrinis are tied for the lead in the Mid-Master and Senior divisions.

Kyrinis, the 2016 Canadian Mid-Amateur and Senior champion, called her round boring.

“I kind of tend to play that way,” she said with a chuckle. “I am a pretty straight driver and I hit the irons well today. It was tough getting the ball to the hole today on the greens.”

Ellertson felt like she left some shots out on the course.

“I missed a four-footer and a six-footer for birdies,” she said. “I hit the ball great. I have no complaints about the way I hit the ball. Just a couple of putts that could have made it better.”

Holly Horwood of Vancouver was delighted with her one-over 74 that has her in the lead in the Super Senior Division.

“I am very happy because it started off extremely shaky with a drive that just bobbled off the tee blocks,” she said. “And it was like, oh dear.”

Horwood, who won the Super Senior Championship in 2016, shot 34 on her back nine.

“The front nine, which was my back nine, is something to be proud of,” she said.

Defending Super Senior champion Jackie Little of Procter, B.C. and Ivy Steinberg of Stouffville, Ont., are one back after opening with two-over 75s.

Australian Sue Wooster, who last year won the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles, opened with a two-over 75 and did not make a birdie.

“It was a pretty uneventful round today,” Wooster said. “I hit a lot of greens, but I couldn’t hole any putts. I wasn’t hitting it close enough, I guess.”

An inter-provincial senior team competition is being held in conjunction with the tournament. The Ontario team of Kyrinis, Mary Ann Hayward and Andrea Blackwell leads at one-over par. Team British Columbia is second at seven-over.

After Monday’s second round, the field of 141 players will be reduced to the low 70 player and ties from the Senior division. Further to that, all Mid-Amateurs and Mid-Masters posting a 36-hole score which is equal to the player(s) to qualify for the final round, will make the cut. A minimum of 10 Mid-Amateurs (aged 25-39), five Mid-Masters (40-49) and five Super Seniors (age 60+) will make the cut.

Full scoring can be found here.

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Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship heads to Osoyoos Golf Club

OSOYOOS, B.C. – One hundred and fourty-two golfers ranging from 25-73 years of age will descend on Osoyoos Golf Club in Osoyoos, B.C., from Aug. 17-20 for the 49th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship.

Four individual trophies are up for grabs at the 54-hole tournament in southern British Columbia.

Competitors over 25 will vie for the Mid-Amateur title, players over 40 will be eligible to compete in the Mid-Master competition and those over 50 will play for the Senior Championship. Finally, those 60-and-over will compete for the Super Senior title.

“The Mid-Am and Senior is a great opportunity for Canadian amateurs to find success and compete on a national stage,” added tournament director Adam Cinel. “We are very excited to bring this talented field to a spectacular host club in Osoyoos. The course’s beautiful layout will provide a tough, yet fair test for all the golfers here this week.”

In 2018, Australian Sue Wooster defended both her Senior and Mid-Masters titles, while also winning the Mid-Amateur Championship. Wooster won the Mid-Amateur in a playoff with Christina Proteau (Port Alberni, B.C.), while Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas, Ont.) came third.

Hayward finished one stroke behind Wooster in both the Mid-Masters and Senior competitions. The Super Senior competition was won by Procter, B.C., native Jackie Little, who finished one stroke ahead of Penny Baziuk (North Saanich, B.C.).

Wooster is returning in 2019 to defend her titles, as are Proteau, Hayward, Little and Baziuk.

In addition to the four individual competitions, an inter-provincial team competition will take place during the first two rounds.

Team Ontario, consisting of Hayward, Judith Kyrinis (Thornhill, Ont.) and Terrill Samuel (Etobicoke, Ont.) won the team competition in 2018 with a two-day score of 11-over-par 299.

After 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties from the senior division. Further to that, all Mid-Amateurs and Mid-Masters posting a 36-hole score which is equal to the last player(s) to qualify for the final round, will make the cut. A minimum of ten Mid-Amateurs (age 25-39), five Mid-Masters (age 40-49) and five Super-Seniors (age 60+) will make the cut.

The winner receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur being contested at Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from Aug. 24-29.

Established in 1973, Osoyoos Golf Club expanded to a 36-hole layout in 2006. Located in a picturesque setting adjacent to Osoyoos Lake overlooking the town with the mountains in the distance, the 2019 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship is the first Golf Canada championship conducted at the course.

“Our course is renowned for its spectacular views and very consistent turf conditions,” said Doug Robb, general manager of Osoyoos Golf Club. “It’s in great condition and we’re thrilled to share our course with these talented women.”

Additional information about the tournament, including the full field and tee times is available here.

NOTABLES

Sue Wooster, Australia
Wooster enters the tournament as the defending champion, currently holding the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles. The 57-year-old rode the exemption she earned at last year’s tournament all the way to the final of the U.S. Senior Amateur, finishing runner-up to Lara Tennant.

Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, Ont.
A four-time Canadian Women’s Amateur champion and member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Hayward won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Senior in 2013 and came in third last year. The 59-year-old has represented Canada internationally on numerous occasions, including eight times at the World Amateur Championship.

Alison Murdoch, Victoria
The 69-year-old Canadian Golf Hall of Famer has won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Senior four times, most recently in 2007. She had a pair of good results in 2018, finishing third at the British Columbia Mid-Amateur and fourth at the 2018 Alberta Senior Ladies Championship.

Jackie Little, Procter, B.C.
The reigning Canadian Super Senior champion won this event in 2008 and 2009. In 2018, Little won her sixth B.C. Senior Women’s Championship. She was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame in 2017 and played the U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship for the third time in 2018.

Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, Ont.
The 2016 Canadian Mid-Senior champion finished in fourth place at last year’s event. Kyrinis played both the Ontario Women’s Match Play and the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship in 2019, finishing in a tie for fifth and a tie for 19th, respectively.

FAST FACTS

Six Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members have won the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship; Marlene Streit, Gayle Borthwick, Alison Murdoch, Marilyn O’Connor, Margaret Todd and Mary Ann Hayward.

Streit (1985, 1987-88, 1993), Borthwick (1994-1995, 1999-2000) and Murdoch (2002, 2004-05, 2007) are tied for the most Canadian Women’s Senior Championship victories with four each.

Nancy Fitzgerald has the most consecutive Canadian Women’s Senior Championship victories – winning three straight titles from 1996-1998.

To date, Australian Sue Wooster is the only non-North American winner of the event.

The champion receives an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur at Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from Aug. 24-29.

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Defending Champ Sue Wooster rallies to win Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior

Sue Wooster
Sue Wooster(Photo: Claus Andersen)

FONTHILL, Ont.Australian Sue Wooster successfully defended her Senior and Mid-Master titles on Thursday, becoming only the 8th player to win back-to-back champions in the final round of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship at Lookout Point Country Club.

“I played pretty good today,” said the 56-year-old. “I got off to a rough start, so I was three over, so it felt hard to finish at that score so I’m really happy with my performance under pressure.

Wooster had quite the up-and-down round, starting the day with a bogey on the first hole and a double bogey on the par-3 second hole. After closing out the front-nine with a birdie, Wooster remained steadier after the turn, matching two more bogeys with two birdies to finish with a one-stroke victory over second-round leader Mary Ann Hayward.

Hayward – a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame started the day leading three divisions but could not capitalize on her momentum. A rough start, highlighted by four consecutive bogeys, seemed to be turned around when she registered two birdies before tackling the back-nine.

In the end, the 58-year-old could not recover, adding five more bogeys and a birdie across her final holes to fall to second place, while Terrill Samuel finished third in both the Mid-Master and Senior divisions.

The day would not be over for Wooster, who finished her 18 holes tied for the lead in the Mid-Amateur division to force a playoff against three-time Mid-Amateur Champion Christina Proteau. Wooster and Proteau matched each other shot for shot, keeping the crowd on their toes throughout the playoff.

“I haven’t had a playoff ever that long,” said Wooster with a laugh. “It was just a matter of playing it straight hoping that I got the distance right. We were having fun. Who can ask for more? Playing golf and people cheering you, we’re very privileged.

After spending most of the playoff neck-in-neck, the competition would come down to the wire on the fourth playoff hole. Proteau and Wooster both missed the fairway after their tee shots. With Wooster’s second stroke landing on the green and Proteau’s second shot taking her just short of the green, it looked as though the playoff would shortly come to an end. When Porteau’s third shot went right over the green, Wooster made a two-putt to emerge victorious.

Despite falling just short of the win, Proteau’s performance was nothing short of magnetic, helping to draw in the large crowd that had gathered to watch her battle it out with Wooster.

“It doesn’t get any better than that, that’s what you practice for. There’s always going to be someone that loses, and I just pushed it a hair on the last playoff hole and not a great lie but that’s just the way she goes, said the 35-year-old. “Sue played awesome, it was a super enjoyable day and to play with Mary Ann Hayward in there, it was an awesome day. “

By winning the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles, Wooster etches her name on a rare accomplishment as only the third player to win those divisions simultaneously next toTerrill Samuel (2015) and Judith Kyrinis (2016).

I’m overwhelmed. I just can’t believe it,” said Wooster when asked how it felt to win three of the four individual competitions. I think if I can do it, anyone can. You just need a bit of luck. I played pretty good today.”

In the Super Senior Division, Jackie Little rebounded to win at 23 over par. The Proctor, B.C., native will add this title to three others at the tournament, having won the Senior competition back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Mid-Amateur title back in 2007.

I really didn’t think that I had won and in my first year being 60, I was really happy about it, I have to admit, it wasn’t one of my best weeks for playing,” said Little, who reached the age of eligibly for the division in January. “The course is beautiful and a treat to play but it is definitely a tough course, you had to have your A-game.”

Penny Baziuk from North Saanich, B.C., finished one stroke shy of Little to finish in second place while Debbie Court of Mississauga, Ontario shares third with former Mid-Master champion Hélène Chartrand and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Alison Murdoch, who holds the record for most Senior titles (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007).

On Wednesday, Team Ontario captured their fifth consecutive inter-provincial team championship with a score of 11 over par, a commanding 20-shot victory over second-place British Columbia. Alberta finished in third at 39 over par.

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Mary Ann Hayward climbs into lead at Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship

Mary Ann Hayward
Mary Ann Hayward (Golf Canada)

FONTHILL, Ont. – Neither wind nor rain could keep Mary Ann Hayward from taking the lead in three out of four individual divisions during the second round of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Lookout Point Country Club on Wednesday.

The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured member shot the lowest score of the tournament so far with an even-par 72 to take sole possession of the lead in the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior competitions after 36 holes.

“Yesterday played really tough. I played pretty good yesterday, didn’t putt so well but hit the ball extremely well with the wind conditions,” said the St. Thomas,Ont. product. “We lucked out with the weather today, the prediction was a lot worse than what it was. It played quite differently so I had to play different clubs after different tees and didn’t have a howling wind in our face so little tough to figure out.” 

Hayward is no stranger to being in contention at this championship. Tomorrow, the 58-year-old will look to add a fourth Canadian Women’s Senior Championship to her trophy case and match her four Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship victories. 

“I think everyone struggles with the putting, the greens here are a bit difficult. It’s tricky and plays with your mind a little bit playing with something you can’t see so just trusting that it’s going to do what it should do,” added Hayward. “But if it was easy, they’d call it hockey.”

Gail Pimm of Uxbridge, Ont., started off the day leading the Senior and Mid-Master divisions but carded a second-round 78 to put her in a tie for second.

“It wasn’t as consistent today but I had some bad holes but I kept with it, I toughed it out so I didn’t give up,” said the 58-year-old. “I’m still in the hunt. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and think I could do better than today for sure.”

Defending Champion Sue Wooster struggled during the first round, but three bogeys against one birdie in the second round has her sitting in second alongside Pimm in the Mid-Master, Senior and Mid-Amateur divisions.

“I hit the ball pretty solid and I drove it good all day. I just think I wasn’t in tune with the speed but I’m pretty happy,” said the Australia native. “The course has a lot of tough holes so I think if you can manage those tough holes, you’ve got some good chances on some easier holes.”

Five-time Mid-Amateur Champion Christina Proteau shares a piece of second with Wooster and Pimm in the Mid-Amateur division.

On the strength of Hayward’s lead, Ontario won their fifth consecutive inter-provincial team championship at 11 over par, a commanding 20-shot victory over second-place British Columbia. Alberta finished in third at 39 over par.

In the 60-and-over Super Senior division, Penny Baziuk (North Saanich, B.C.) has a one-stroke lead over yesterday’s Super Senior leader Jackie Little (Procter, B.C.) and Ruth Maxwell (Reno, Nev.). 

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Pimm grabs early lead At Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship

Gail Pimm
Gail Pimm(Photo by: Golf Canada)

FONTHILL, Ont. – Uxbridge, Ont., native Gail Pimm fired a 1-over-par 73 on Tuesday to top the leaderboard in the Senior and Mid-Master divisions during round one of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship at Lookout Point Country Club.

Pimm, who also has a share of the lead in the Mid-Amateur division, had two birdies in blustery conditions during the opening round, including one on the par-5 9th hole.

“It was really windy, and it was very tough conditions to play in because of the wind and the heat,” said the 2018 Senior Women’s Champion of Champions. “I’m used to playing in windy conditions, but I was really surprised how windy it was.”

With wind speeds forecasted to be even stronger for tomorrow, Pimm plans on sticking to her routine and game plan to keep the ball in the fairway.

The competition is sure to be intense during Wednesday’s second round. Three players share a piece of second and chase the lead, all of whom are no strangers to winning the Women’s Senior Title. Defending champion Sue Wooster (Australia), three-time champion and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured member Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas, Ont.) and 2016 champion Judith Kyrinis (Thornhill, Ont.) carded matching 77s sit 4 back of Pimm.

Wooster, Hayward and Kyrinis also share second place in both the Mid-Amateur and 40-and-over Mid-Master division. If Wooster manages to pull ahead of the pack, she would be only the second player to successfully defend the Mid-Master title. Fellow competitor Hélène Chartrand is the only person to have accomplished that feat after winning the title in 2013 and 2014.

In the 25-and-over Mid-Amateur competition, Christina Proteau chases her sixth Mid-Amateur title, having won her last title in 2014 just before the Mid-Amateur Championship was amalgamated with the Senior Championship.

The Port Alberni, B.C., talent, who started on the back-nine, got off to a strong start after registering three back-to-back birdies across her first nine holes.

“Honestly if you would have offered me 73 on a silver platter on the driving range with the wind we had going on, I would have taken it in a second,” said the 35-year-old. “It’s been a couple of years since I played in this event and even a couple more years since I won  so to be under (on the front), I was feeling pretty awesome.”

However, Proteau struggled against the wind on the front-nine, finishing at 1 over to share the Mid-Amateur lead with Pimm.

“It’s kind of good to get that out of the system and hopefully I’m somewhere around the top of the leaderboard,” added Proteau. “At the end of the day this is just the starting day anyways, the real stuff happens the next couple of rounds.”

Jackie Little – who won this event in 2007 and 2008 – leads the 60-and-over Super Senior division, separated from Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member and three-time Women’s Senior Champion Alison Murdoch by one shot. Ruth Maxwell rounds out the top-three in the division at 8 over par.

The defending Ontario team — Judith Kyrinis (Thornhill, Ont.), Canadian Goll Hall of Famer Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas, Ont.) and Terrill Samuel (Etobicoke, Ont.) — leads the inter-provincial competition at 10 over par. British Columbia is six strokes behind them in second at 16 over par, while Alberta sits in third at 19 over par.

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Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior heads to Lookout Point

(Lookout Point)

FONTHILL, Ont. – 156 golfers ranging from 25-71 years of age will descend on Lookout Point Country Club from Aug. 27-30 for the 48th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship.

Four individual trophies are up for grabs at the 54-hole tournament in Fonthill, Ont.

Competitors over 25 will vie for the Mid-Amateur title, players over 40 will be eligible to compete in the Mid-Master competition and those over 50 will play for the Senior championship. Finally, those 60-and-over will compete for the Super Senior title over the tournament’s first 36 holes.

Designed in 1922 by one of the great pioneers of golf in North America, Walter J. Travis, Lookout Point Country Club boasts challenging greens, an unmatched landscape, and exceptional facilities. Lookout Point has hosted a number of championships, the oldest being the 1935 General Brock Open, which brought greats such as Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazen.

“Our course is renowned for its stunning views and challenging greens,” said Lookout Point’s Dan Greenwood. “It’s in great condition and we’re thrilled to share our course with these talented women.”

“The Mid-Am and Senior is such a great opportunity for Canadian amateurs to find success and experience on a national stage and we are excited to bring this talented field,” added tournament director Dan Hyatt. “The course’s beautiful layout and will provide a tough, yet fair test for all of the golfers here this week.”

In 2017, Australian Sue Wooster won both the Senior and Mid-Master titles at the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in a playoff over Canadian Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Hayward, becoming the first international player to win the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship since American Ginny Burkey in 2006.

Ashburn, Va., native Lauren Greenlief fired a tournament low 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish a convincing wire-to-wire win in the Mid-Amateur competition, winning by 19 strokes.

Canadian Diane Dolan won the 60-and-over Super Senior competition with a two-day score of 156 (+12).

In addition to the four individual competitions, an inter-provincial team competition will take place during the first two rounds.

In 2017, the Ontario team of Judith Kyrinis (Thornhill, Ont.), Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas, Ont.) and Marion Reid (Etobicoke, Ont.) won the team competition with a two-day score of 18-over-par 306.

After 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties from the senior division. Further to that, all Mid-Amateurs and Mid-Masters postings a 36-hole score which is equal to the last player(s) to qualify for the final round, will make the cut. A minimum of 10 Mid-Amateurs (Age 25-39) and 5 Mid-Masters (Age 40-49) will make the cut.

A tie for the championship will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff immediately following conclusion of play.

The winner receives an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur being contested at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club in Vero Beach, Fla., from Oct. 6-11.

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NOTABLES
Sue Wooster of Australia
The 56-year-old comes in as the defending champion in the Senior and Mid-Master divisions after defeating Mary Ann Hayward in a playoff. Wooster made it to the round of 32 at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur before being defeated by Brenda Pictor.

Diane Dolan of Gatineau, Que.
The 62-year-old won the 60-and-over Super Senior competition and tied for seventh overall at the event last year. Dolan recently came in second at the 2018 OVGA Senior Women’s Championship and fourth at the Women’s Provincial Championship at Golf Château-Bromont.

Mary Ann Hayward of St. Thomas, Ont.
The 58-year-old Canadian Golf Hall of Famer is a three-time winner of this event (2010-11, 2013). Hayward narrowly lost last year’s event, coming in second behind Wooster after being defeated in a playoff. Recently, Hayward won both the 2018 Women’s Champion of Champions and Eastern Provinces Match Play, in addition to coming in second at the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Senior Championship. She’s a four-time Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion (1993, 1996, 1999, 2004).

Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont.
The 54-year-old won this event in 2016 and finished fifth in 2017. Kyrinis won the 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Championship, making it her third victory at that event and only the seventh USGA champion from Canada and the first since 2005. She also won the 2018 Investors Group Ontario Women’s Senior Champion.

Jackie Little of Procter, B.C.
The 60-year-old won this event back-to-back in 2008-2009 and was tied for third last year. Little recently finished second at the 2018 Alberta Senior Ladies Championship.

Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C
The 68-year-old Canadian Golf Hall of Famer has won this event four times, most recently in 2007. She was third at the 2018 British Columbia Mid-Amateur and fourth at the 2018 Alberta Senior Ladies Championship. Murdoch is a four-time Irish Senior Women’s Open Champion and won the 2007 Senior Ladies’ British Amateur.

Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke, Ont.
The 57-year-old is a two-time champion at this event, most recently winning in 2015. She finished third in 2017 at this event. In 2017, Samuel competed in the first USGA championship match between two Canadian competitors at the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, eventually losing to Judith Kyrinis and finishing in second. She was third at the 2018 Investors Group Ontario Women’s Senior Championship.

FAST FACTS
Five Canadian Golf Hall of Famers have won the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship.

Marlene Streit, Gayle Borthwick, Alison Murdoch, Marilyn O’Connor, and Margaret Todd.

Streit (1985, 1987-88, 1993), Borthwick (1994-1995, 1999-2000) and Murdoch (2002, 2004-05, 2007) are tied for the most Canadian Women’s Senior Championship victories with four each.

Nancy Fitzgerald has the most consecutive Canadian Women’s Senior Championships wins – winning three straight titles from 1996-1998.

The last non-Canadian to win was Australian Sue Wooster last year.

The winner receives an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Ore., from Sept. 9-14.

COURSE FACTS
Walter J. Travis designed and completed the course in 1922.

Hosted a number of championships, the oldest being the 1935 General Brock Open, which brought greats such as Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazen.

Have had only four PGA Head Professionals in its history.

In 2013, Lookout Point was ranked 38th for the Top 100 Courses in Ontario.

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Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship

Australian Sue Wooster wins Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in playoff

(Golf Canada/Roxanne Ryland)

Australian Sue Wooster won the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in a playoff over Mary Ann Hayward from St. Thomas, Ont., after carding a 1-over-par 73 in the final round at Humber Valley Resort.

“It’s very exciting and I’m very proud,” said a smiling Wooster. “It’s an honour to come to another country and win a major event like this one.”

Wooster, 55, started her day with a birdie on the par-5 first hole and was a model of consistency the rest of the round hitting 17 greens in regulation – finishing at 12 over par for the championship.

Nothing changed in the playoff. Wooster stuck a hybrid to 15 feet on No. 10, the first playoff hole, and two-putted for par to capture the Ada Mackenzie Trophy.

“I’d actually been struggling with my ball striking recently,” added Wooster. “But today I put it all together. Golf’s a funny game like that, but I’m really happy with how I played today and thrilled with the result.”

With her win, Wooster becomes the first international player to win the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship since American Ginny Burkey in 2006.

She also earns an exemption into the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oreg., from Sept. 9-14, and the inaugural 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship.

“It would be great to take some momentum from here and play well at the U.S. Senior in a few weeks,” said Wooster. “But there’s a lot of good players there so we’ll see what happens.”

Hayward – a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – started strong with a birdie on No. 1 and led until the back nine where she bogeyed No. 10 and 11. A double-bogey on No. 13 put her in a hole she couldn’t climb out of.

“If I could have one shot back it would be my drive on No. 13. I put it in the hazard and it just wasn’t a good swing,” said Hayward. “If we were allowed mulligans in tournament golf that’s where I’d have taken mine.”

Jackie Little (Procter, B.C.) and Terrill Samuel (Etobicoke, Ont.) tied for third in the Senior division at 13 over par.

Wooster also won the 40-and-over Mid-Master competition by one stroke over Samuel.

Ashburn, Va., native Lauren Greenlief fired a tournament low 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish a convincing wire-to-wire win in the Mid-Amateur competition, winning by 19 strokes over Wooster.

“It’s a great feeling. I had my mom here all week and it was a great week of golf at a beautiful course,” said Greenlief. “I love coming up to Canada and I definitely plan on coming back.”

On Wednesday, Team Ontario captured their fourth consecutive inter-provincial team championship with a score of 18 over par. First-round leader Quebec fell into a tie for second with British Columbia at 22 over par.

Gatineau, Que., native Diane Dolan won the 60-and-over Super Senior competition with a two-day score of 156 (+12).

The 2018 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship will be played in Ontario at a yet to be determined location.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Click here to download champion photos from the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship. (Credit: Roxanne Ryland/Golf Canada)

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CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – SENIOR DIVISION – COMPLETE

1. Sue Wooster, Australia, *79-76-73-228 +12
2. Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, ON, *77-74-77-228 +12
3. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *75-81-73-229 +13
3. Jackie Little, Procter, BC, *75-75-79-229 +13
5. Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, ON, *81-74-77-232 +16
6. Marie-Thérèse Torti, Candiac, QC, *73-80-83-236 +20
7. Lynn Kuehn, Lacombe, AB, *79-83-76-238 +22
7. Diane Dolan, Gatineau, QC, *77-79-82-238 +22
9. Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB, *78-82-79-239 +23
10. Holly Horwood, Vancouver, BC, *80-80-80-240 +24
10. Leanne Richardson, Indian Mountain, NB, *80-76-84-240 +24

CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – MID-AMATEUR DIVISION – COMPLETE

1. Lauren Greenlief, Ashburn, VA, *68-73-68-209 -7
2. Sue Wooster, Australia, *79-76-73-228 +12
3. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *75-81-73-229 +13
4. Bri-Ann Tokariwski, Winnipeg, MB, *77-75-87-239 +23
5. Leanne Richardson, Indian Mountain, NB, *80-76-84-240 +24

CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – MID-MASTER DIVISION – COMPLETE

1. Sue Wooster, Australia, *79-76-73-228 +12
2. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *75-81-73-229 +13
3. Leanne Richardson, Indian Mountain, NB, *80-76-84-240 +24
4. Barbara Flaman, Sherwood Park, AB, *84-81-77-242 +26
5. Judy Dotten, New Liskeard, ON, *88-78-80-246 +30

CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – SUPER SENIOR – COMPLETE

1. Diane Dolan, Gatineau, QC, *77-79-156 +12
2. Holly Horwood, Vancouver, BC, *80-80-160 +16
3. Joey Bush, St. Thomas, ON, *82-80-162 +18
4. Ivy Steinberg, Stouffville, ON, *87-78-165 +21
5. Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC, *86-80-166 +22

CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AMATEUR AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – INTER-PROVINCIAL TEAM COMPETITION

1. ON – Judith Kyrinis, Mary Ann Hayward, Marion Reid, *158-148-306 +18
2. BC – Karen Pultz, Holly Horwood, Jackie Little, *155-155-310 +22
2. QUE – Marie-Thérèse Torti, Hélène Chartrand, Marlène Desbiens, *149-161-310 +22
4. AB – Kim Carrington, Lynn Kuehn, Joan Wilson, *157-163-320 +32
5. NB – Leanne Richardson, Kathy Grebenc, Paula Napke-Flanagan, *166-159-325 +37
6. MB – Rhonda Orr, Matty Leung, Kimberly Ross, *163-175-338 +50
7. SK – Jo-Anne Schiller, Tammy Bezaire , Sue Skinner, *176-165-341 +53
8. NS – Debbie Arsenault, Susan Tumblin, Joanie McCarville, *177-165-342 +54
9. PEI – Sherry White, Susan Allen, Brenda Ann McIlwaine, *180-165-345 +57
10. NL – Judy Gillam, Janet Mills, Gale Roberts, *192-168-360 +72