Wasaga Beach native Kristy McLaughlin carded a four-over par 75 in Tuesday’s (Aug. 21) opening round to take the early lead at the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur championship hosted by Galt Country Club.
McLaughlin, a two-time Ontario Women’s Match Play champion (2005, 2006) and former Ontario Women’s Amateur runner-up (2007), carded a pair of birdies against six bogeys to earn a single stroke lead over the field. The Batteaux Creek Golf Club member will look to retain her lead through to the end of the 54-hole competition, with the winner set to be crowned on Thursday afternoon.
Currently in second place is Hamilton Golf and Country Club member Jayne Chalmers. The Mount Hope resident is a stroke off the pace after delivering a five-over par 76 to sit in runner-up position heading into Wednesday’s second round. Three golfers are tied for third place at 77; Lynn Morrison of Oshawa, Marion Reid of Etobicoke, and Morag Mitchell of Ingersoll. Defending champion Patricia Hogeboom of Kingston is four back at 79.
In sixth place is Jennifer Lochhead of Ancaster. The HG&CC player shot a 78 to sit 7 over par. Sharing 10th place is Stefani Markovich of Welland. The Lookout Point CC member had an 80 and was 9-over par. Carlisle’s Ginny Parks shares 18th place the HG&CC shot an 83. Tied in 29th place is Kimberlee Ruzycki of Oakville and HG&CC with an 87. Jennifer Kuntz of Burlington, a public player carded an 88 for a share of 33rd place. Tied for 39th is Cheryl Wakefield of Hamilton, Playing out of the Brantford G&CC she had an while Gloria Sinclair of Georgetown and The Club at North Halton had 9 for a share of 41st.
Tied at 44th was Anne McClure of and the Oakville Golf Club with a 93 while Lynn Wagner of Dundas and the Dundas Valley G&CC had a 94 and a share of 46th place.
The Investors Group Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur championship is contested annually and is open to female golfers age 25 and over. First contested in 1989, the championship trophy is named after Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Hayward, who has captured the title 14 times.