Samuel Captures Women’s Mid-Am, Final Round of Women’s Am Goes Tomorrow
Amherstburg, ON – While it was moving day at Pointe West Golf Club for round three of the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, the final round of the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship portion concluded with Terrill Samuel (Weston G&CC) capturing the 2021 crown.
Firing a 75 to leave her two strokes ahead of the silver medalist, Samuel secures her fourth Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Having won the title in 1991, 2000, and 2010, Samuel also holds the 1991 and 2004 Women’s Amateur and 2011 and 2020 Senior Women’s Championship titles. In second place with the silver medal after her lowest round of the championship, is 2021 Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, Judith Kyrinis (The Thornhill Club). Defending champion, Nonie Marler (Marine Drive GC), tried to make a run for the title today as well with a low round of 74 to leave her in the bronze medalist position.
In the post-round interview, Samuel expressed that “anytime you can win your provincial championship it feels good. It’s amazing, it just feels like such an accomplishment so I was very happy to do so.” Approaching the eighteenth green, Samuel felt pretty calm. “I was leaking oil the whole back nine, so I was just trying to hang on. I remember Tiger Woods once saying it doesn’t matter, you’re in the lead, so I was focusing on that. I had the lead so I didn’t worry about it. I kept trying to self-talk that way.” In closing, Samuel noted how “unbelievable this course is. It’s so nice that we got to play on such a great course. There’s not a hole out there that’s bad and that’s unusual. Every hole is absolutely amazing and the course is in great shape. Anytime that you can have great greens, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the course is like. But Pointe West Golf Club has both. It has great greens and it’s also superb strategy wise.”
With the final round taking place for the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship tomorrow, Jasmine Ly (Public Player) leads the pack with a three-stroke lead at five-under. Ella Weber (Rattlesnake Point GC) of Team Ontario sits at two-under, with the 2021 Canadian Junior Girls Champion, Nicole Gal (Oakville GC), and USGA Junior Girls qualifier medalist, Ashley Lafontaine (Royal Ottawa GC), trailing just one stroke back in a tie for third.
The final round gets underway at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, with the eighteenth green being live-streamed on Instagram for all to witness the final putt of the next 2021 Ontario Women’s Amateur Champion. For pairings and tee times, pin locations, and leaderboard information, check out our Golf Genius webpage here.
About the Ontario Women’s Am & Mid Am Championship
First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. The event features the best female golfers from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.
The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournaments long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Team Canada standout Brigitte Thibault (2019). 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).
First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The event is contested annually in a 54-hole competition. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000 and 2010), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).
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