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Golf Canada – Sue Wooster becomes the third player to simultaneously win the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior division 

British Columbia’s Jackie Little earns her first Super Senior victory

FONTHILL, Ont. – Australian Sue Wooster successfully defended her Senior and Mid-Master titles on Thursday, becoming only the 8th player to win back-to-back champions in the final round of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship at Lookout Point Country Club.

“I played pretty good today,” said the 56-year-old. “I got off to a rough start, so I was three over, so it felt hard to finish at that score so I’m really happy with my performance under pressure.”

Wooster had quite the up-and-down round, starting the day with a bogey on the first hole and a double bogey on the par-3 second hole. After closing out the front-nine with a birdie, Wooster remained steadier after the turn, matching two more bogeys with two birdies to finish with a one-stroke victory over second-round leader Mary Ann Hayward.

Hayward – a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – started the day leading three divisions but could not capitalize on her momentum. A rough start, highlighted by four consecutive bogeys, seemed to be turned around when she registered two birdies before tackling the back-nine. 

In the end, the 58-year-old could not recover, adding five more bogeys and a birdie across her final holes to fall to second place, while Terrill Samuel finished third in both the Mid-Master and Senior divisions.

The day would not be over for Wooster, who finished her 18 holes tied for the lead in the Mid-Amateur division to force a playoff against three-time Mid-Amateur Champion Christina Proteau. Wooster and Proteau matched each other shot for shot, keeping the crowd on their toes throughout the playoff.

“I haven’t had a playoff ever that long,” said Wooster with a laugh. “It was just a matter of playing it straight hoping that I got the distance right. We were having fun. Who can ask for more? Playing golf and people cheering you, we’re very privileged.”

After spending most of the playoff neck-in-neck, the competition would come down to the wire on the fourth playoff hole. Proteau and Wooster both missed the fairway after their tee shots. With Wooster’s second stroke landing on the green and Proteau’s second shot taking her just short of the green, it looked as though the playoff would shortly come to an end. When Porteau’s third shot went right over the green, Wooster made a two putt to emerge victorious. 

Despite falling just short of the win, Proteau’s performance was nothing short of magnetic, helping to draw in the large crowd that had gathered to watch her battle it out with Wooster.

“It doesn’t get any better than that, that’s what you practice for. There’s always going to be someone that loses, and I just pushed it a hair on the last playoff hole and not a great lie but that’s just the way she goes,” said the 35-year-old. “Sue played awesome, it was a super enjoyable day and to play with Mary Ann Hayward in there, it was an awesome day. “

By winning the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles, Wooster etches her name on a rare accomplishment as only the third player to win those divisions simultaneously next to Terrill Samuel (2015) and Judith Kyrinis (2016).

“I’m overwhelmed. I just can’t believe it,” said Wooster when asked how it felt to win three of the four individual competitions.  “I think if I can do it, anyone can. You just need a bit of luck. I played pretty good today.”

In the Super Senior Division, Jackie Little rebounded to win at 23 over par. The Proctor, B.C., native will add this title to three others at the tournament, having won the Senior competition back-to-back in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Mid-Amateur title back in 2007.

“I really didn’t think that I had won and in my first year being 60, I was really happy about it, I have to admit, it wasn’t one of my best weeks for playing,” said Little, who reached the age of eligibly for the division in January. “The course is beautiful and a treat to play but it is definitely a tough course, you had to have your A-game.”

Penny Baziuk from North Saanich, B.C., finished one stroke shy of Little to finish in second place while Debbie Court of Mississauga, Ontario shares third with former Mid-Master champion Hélène Chartrand and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Alison Murdoch, who holds the record for most Senior titles (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007).

On Wednesday, Team Ontario captured their fifth consecutive inter-provincial team championship with a score of 11 over par, a commanding 20-shot victory over second-place British Columbia. Alberta finished in third at 39 over par.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Click here to download photos from the final round of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship. (Credit: Claus Andersen/Golf Canada)

2018 CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AM AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – SENIOR DIVISION 
1. Sue Wooster, Australia, *77-74-75-226 +10
2. Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, ON, *77-72-78-227 +11
3. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *79-73-76-228 +12
4. Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, ON, *77-76-76-229 +13
5. Amy Ellertson, Free Union, VA, *78-74-79-231 +15

2018 CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AM AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – MID-AMATEUR DIVISION 
1. x-Sue Wooster, Australia, *77-74-75-226 +10
2. Christina Proteau, Port Alberni, BC, *73-78-75-226 +10
3. Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, ON, *77-72-78-227 +11
4. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *79-73-76-228 +12
5. Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, ON, *77-76-76-229 +13

2018 CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AM AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – MID-MASTER DIVISION 
1. Sue Wooster, Australia, *77-74-75-226 +10
2. Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, ON, *77-72-78-227 +11
3. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *79-73-76-228 +12
4. Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, ON, *77-76-76-229 +13
5. Amy Ellertson, Free Union, VA, *78-74-79-231 +15

2018 CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AM AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – SUPER SENIOR DIVISION RESULTS
1. Jackie Little, Procter, BC, *78-81-80-239 +23
2. Penny Baziuk, North Saanich, BC, *83-75-82-240 +24
3. Debbie Court, Mississauga, ON, *84-79-80-243 +27
3. Hélène Chartrand, Pincourt, QC, *81-82-80-243 +27
3. Alison Murdoch, Victoria, BC, *79-81-83-243 +27

2018 CANADIAN WOMEN’S MID-AM AND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – INTER-PROVINCIAL TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS
1. Ontario: Judith Kyrinis, Thornhill, ON, Mary Ann Hayward, St. Thomas, ON, Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, *154-145-299 +11
2. British Columbia: Jackie Little, Procter, BC, Kim Evans, Vancouver, BC, Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC, *160-159-319 +31
3. Alberta: Barbara Flaman, Sherwood Park, AB, Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB, Gail Barros, Edmonton, AB, *163-164-327 +39
4. Manitoba: Rhonda Orr, Winnipeg, MB, Gail Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Tammy Gibson, Winnipeg, MB, *178-159-337 +49
5. Quebec: Marie-Thérèse Torti, Candiac, QC, Jocelyn Smith, Sherbrooke, QC, Lauraine Letarte, Boucherville, QC, *177-161-338 +50
6. New Brunswick: Allison Chisholm, Rothesay, NB, Leanne Richardson, Indian Mountain, NB, Pam Cossey, Saint John, NB, *180-169-349 +61
7. PEI: Chrissie MacLauchlan, Stanhope, PE, Sherry White, Stratford, PE, Susan Allen, Charlottetown, PE, *187-163-350 +62
8. Nova Scotia: Susan Tumblin, Fall River, NS, Debbie Arsenault, Dartmouth, NS, Deborah Karrel, Bedford, NS, *185-169-354 +66
9. Saskatchewan: Jo-Anne Schiller, Lloydminster, AB, Judy Sefton, Melfort, SK, Robin Acton, Lloydminster, SK, *192-180-372 +84

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