The Field Struggles but Dunning Overcomes Deficit to Win Mid-Amateur, Thibault Still Leads Amateur
BELLEVILLE, ON – The third day of the 104th annual Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships got underway from Black Bear Ridge Golf Course on a cool beautiful morning. This was the final round for the Mid-Amateur and the third round for the Amateur, with the final round coming tomorrow.
The Mid-Amateur final round did not disappoint for excitement under some hot and tough conditions producing higher scores.
Sarah Dunning (Westmount G&CC) would come from behind and then overcome the see-saw battle with Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club) to claim the Mid-Amateur Championship. Dunning shot a +4 (76) to better Hayward who struggled today in her third round with a +9 (81). Julia Hodgson (Donalda Club), the 2018 Mid-Amateur Champion captured third place after firing a +8 (80) on the day.
A very excited Dunning spoke of her game after the round. “Today was a bit of a struggle and I was nervous playing against Mary Ann” she said. “However the turning point of the day came on 12 where I hit the fairway and green where she didn’t and that provided some momentum.” She also mentioned what a thrill it was to win this particular trophy. “Well Mary Ann’s name is on there a few times and some other big ones and I can’t wait to look at them.”
Almost all the Amateur leaders struggled as well but second round leader Brigitte Thibault, a member of Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad, hung on to lead the way again with a +4 (76) despite not being happy with her round. “I lot of the round didn’t go as planned but I stayed patient because I knew it was an off day.” said Thibault afterwards. “I’m very happy the day is over but I’m looking forward to analyzing my day and learn for tomorrow.”
Emily Zhu (National Pines Golf Club), shot a solid even par (72) to jump into second place, 4 strokes back of Thibault. Hailey McLaughlin (Granite GC), the leader after round one, came in with a +5 (77) to now sit in third place.
Final round action of the Women’s Amateur gets underway Thursday morning at 7:30am with split tee starts. Spectators are always welcome at the beautiful host course.
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About the Women’s Amateur Championship
First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is being contested for the 104th time in 2019. The event features the best female golfers from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format, with the field cut to the low 54 golfers and ties after 36 holes. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Championship winner Sandra Post (1964), LPGA player Alena Sharp (1989), Team Canada members Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012) and Brooke Henderson (2014). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).
About the Women’s Mid Amateur Championship
Open to female golfers aged 25 and over, the Women’s Mid-Amateur event was first contested in 1989. Past champions of the event include Samuel (1991, 2000 and 2010), Borthwick (1992 and1993) and Hayward, who has won the event a record 14 times. The event consists of 54 holes of stroke play competition with the field cut after 36 holes.
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