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Team Canada’s Maddie Szeryk wins Women’s Western


Team Canada Amateur Squad Golfer Maddie Szeryk def. Dylan Kim (Sacshe, Tex.) 3 and 1 in a 36-hole match to to become the first Canadian to win the Western Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst Ill.

The London, Ont, native built a 3-up lead through the first 18 holes that she never relinquished. Kim got within 2-down with three to play,  but a par-birdie finish by Szeryk secured her the victory.

“We still had 18 holes left so I could have gone 3-down but I stuck to my game plan and pretended it was a new match and that we were all square and tried to play my game and keep going,” said Szeryk

A junior at Texas A&M, Szeryk started the week strong and never looked back. She was the No. 2 seed in the 64-women match play bracket after opening 73-70 to sit 1-under-par after 36 holes of stroke play qualifying.

Through multiple weather delays Szeryk won six matches, only going the full 18 holes once, in the semi finals against Sophia Schubert (Oak Ridge, Tenn.).

The 20-year-old is coming off a record setting year with the Texas A&M. Her 71.24 season stroke average and 128 birdies were both Aggies records. She won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational and finished T13 at the NCAA Division I Championship, earning her First-Team All-American honours.

The 117th Women’s Western Champion Maddie Szeryk,  along with (Left to Right) River Forest CC president Dave Carlquist, Finalist Dylan Kim, Finalist and River Forest CC General Manager Jeff Schenkel.

Szeryk and her Team Canada Amateur Squad teammates Naomi Ko, Grace St-Germain, and Jaclyn Lee won the Maschmeyer Cup in Elmhurst this week for the best team score.

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