Doig wears Ontario Women’s Amateur golf crown

Robyn Doig (Photo: GOA)

Robyn Doig (Photo: GAO)

Seaforth Golf Club’s Robyn Doig ran away with the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur title on Thursday (July 18), winning Ontario’s most prestigious female amateur golf championship by a six stroke margin.

The 21-year-old put together three solid rounds amidst unrelenting heat and humidity at Tottenham’s Woodington Lake Golf Club, carding 71, 73, and 73 to close out the tournament with a score of 217(+ 1).

Doig teed up her final round tied at the top of the leaderboard alongside Kincardine’s Taylor Schmidt, with both golfers five strokes ahead of the rest of the field at even-par. The pair made it to the 8th green still tied at even before lightning in the area halted play for 3.5 hours

“I wasn’t quite making anything happen, I was just kind of going along steady until the weather delay, which gave me a lot of time to think,” said Doig.

“I made a 30-foot putt my first shot back after the delay for birdie, and then after that I was playing pretty steady and hitting the ball really well.”

Doig delivered birdies on holes 8 and 10, while Schmidt hit a rough patch that ultimately drove her out of contention by carding a string of double-bogeys on 8, 9 and 11. By the time Doig stepped up to the 12th tee, she had an eight stroke lead and more than enough breathing room for a few bogeys down the stretch.

“The last few holes are a bit tricky so I was a little shaky, but I was able to keep my composure and control the mental side of the game and not get ahead of myself,” explained Doig.

As Doig rolled in her final putt in front of the gallery of cheering spectators it was clear she’s having a season to remember, earning her second provincial title of the year. She has also proven her mettle in the match play format, handily winning the Ontario Women’s Match Play title with six straight birdies back in June, as well as the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur in 2012.

Doig is the first person to hoist the new Women’s Amateur trophy, named the Marlene Streit trophy after the Canadian golf legend and World Golf Hall of Fame member that holds the record for the most number of Ontario Amateur wins, with 11.

Doig will now prepare for the national championship taking place next week in Quebec before returning to the University of Central Florida as a member of the Knights women’s golf team in the fall.

Second place went to Kazakhstan native Jamila Jaxaliyeva, a GAO Public Player. The 23-year-old has been playing in events across North America, determined to become the first prominent Kazakh golfer and ultimately represent her country at the Olympics when golf makes its return in 2016. Jaxaliyeva put together rounds of 75, 76 and 72 to finish at +7 and earn the silver medal.

Schmidt ultimately finished tied for third place alongside Picton’s Casey Ward. Schmidt carded rounds of 72, 72 and 80, while Ward finished with a 75, 74, 75. Both golfers closed out the tournament with matching totals of 224, +8.

In the District Team competition, the Kingston District team of Ward, Andrea Blackwell and Allyson Harrison swept both the Gross and Net division titles, delivering a combined net total score of 465 (+33) and gross total score of 477 (+18).

The championship also determines Team Ontario in the inter-provincial team competition at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, set to take place next week at Club de Golf Beloeil in Quebec. Representing the province will be Doig, Schmidt and Ward.

Scores of golfers from the Golden Horseshoe area included:

Paula DiFrancesco Burlington, ON, GAO Public Player, 83-76-79 – 238 (+22), tied for 12th.
Laura Hildebrandt Ancaster, ON, Brantford G&CC, 80-77-82-239 (+23), tied for 17th.
Stefani Markovich Welland, ON, Lookout Point CC, 78-84-80- 242 (+26), tied for 22nd.
Madison Easterbrook Burlington, ON, Beverly G&CC, 81-81-84-246 (+30), tied for 31st.
Kendra Bishop Niagara Falls, ON, Rolling Meadows GC, 77- 84- 87- 248 (+32), tied for 37th.