Stratford, ON – Aurora resident and Canadian amateur standout Mary Ann Hayward captured her third Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur title on Thursday (Aug. 1) 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 halls 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.
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.
Two golfers playing in their first Ontario Senior Women’s provincial championship finished tied for second place at eight-over par; Kingston’s Andrea Blackwell and Gatineau, QC resident Diane Dolan.
Earning the gold medal in the women’s 60+ division was Theresa deLuis of Brockville, who finished ninth overall with a total score of 232 (76-76-8), +16.
Leading the field from the Golden Horseshoe was Chris Critelli of St. Catharines Golf & Country Club with rounds of 77, 77, and 84 for a total of 238 and a share of 17th place.
Tied for 34th were Oakville’s Hariet Corlett of the Mississaugua G&CC with scores of 81, 90, 83 and Susan McGuigan of Trafalgar G&C with rounds of 84, 82, and 88 for 254s.
Smithville resident Karen Vamplew (Twenty Valley) tied for 38th (83, 83, 89 – 255); Welland’s Nancy Bridgeman (Peninsula Lakes GC) finished at 49th (87, 85, 89 – 261); and Fort Erie’s Linda Burroughsford (Cherry Hill GC) tied for 53rd (88, 85, 93 – 266).
The Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is contested annually and features the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over. Past champions of the event include Ada Mackenzie, Kay Helleur, Gayle Borthwick Hitchens and World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit.