Mary Ann Hayward Dominates Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur
Stratford, ON – Aurora resident and Canadian amateur standout Mary Ann Hayward captured her third Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur title on Thursday by a phenomenal 15-stroke margin at Stratford Country Club.
Hayward, the 2010 and 2012 champion, went wire-to-wire across 54 holes of competition, dominating the field of Ontario’s best female amateurs age 50 and over. The Canadian, Ontario and Quebec Golf Hall of Famer opened with the low round of the tournament, a 68 (-4), before following up with a 70 and 71 to close out the championship with a three-day total score of 209, seven-under par.
“The first day was absolutely awesome,” said Hayward of her birdie-filled 68. “I think I miss-hit only one shot all day. It was probably closest to the most perfect round I’ve ever had.”
Wednesday was a bumpier ride, with Hayward carding a mixed bag of five birdies, three bogeys, an eagle and a double bogey for a one-under 70.
“The only thing I didn’t do very well (on day one) was my wedge play, which is normally pretty good but it was a little off. Then the second day, the wedge play was the only thing I did well. My hitting was all over the place, so it was a complete reversal,” she explained. “My putting was great all week so that saved me.”
Hayward teed up her final round with a seven-stroke advantage, and was in fine form as she steadily made her way around the course, widening her lead as the day went on.
“It was tougher conditions today, the course played much harder so the 71 today was probably every bit as good as the 68 on the first day,” she said after picking up the trophy for a third time.
With the win, Hayward notches another victory on her long and impressive list of accomplishments in amateur golf. She is a four-time Canadian Amateur champion, a six-time Quebec Amateur champion, a five-time Ontario amateur champion, and in 2005 became the first Canadian to win the US Women’s Mid-Amateur.
“I’m just really happy to be scoring again, I haven’t scored that well the last couple of years so I’ve been working on playing more and just scoring – so it’s nice to see it pay off,” she explained when asked how the win stacked up against her previous victories.
After what she considered to be a disappointing year in 2012, Hayward came into 2013 with a clear game plan; more golf, more often. She has made a concerted effort to get out on the course several times a week, and also put her game to the test earlier this year at the PGA of Canada Women’s Championship where she finished T27 against some of Canada’s best professionals and up-and-coming amateurs.