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Woodstock, P.E.I., – Mill River Golf Resort proved to be a solid test for the top competitors from Canada and the United States with only one golfer out of a field of 131 finishing with an even par 72 after Wednesday’s opening round at the 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO.

Judith Kyrinis, two-time winner of the Canadian Women’s Senior and this year’s Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, finds herself atop the leaderboard after round one. Kyrinis, of Thornhill, Ont. carded a total of five birdies for the day and made two double bogeys on the front.

Amy Ellertson of Free Union, Va., shot a two-over 74 to sit in second place after round one. Ellertson carded three birdies and is two strokes behind Kyrinis.

Team Ontario’s Mary-Ann Hayward of St. Thomas, Ont., carded a total of two birdies to sit in third place at 3-over after round one.

There is a two-way tie for fourth place, all three players are four strokes behind Kyrinis and a three-way tie for sixth all five strokes behind the leader.

Defending champion Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, BC., sits tied for fourth place at 4-over heading into round two.

In the Super Senior division Ellertson holds the lead at 2-over with Hayward one-shot behind in second place and Rhonda Orr of Winnipeg, sits in third after shooting a 4-over 76 on Wednesday.

Following the conclusion of round two, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties, based off the Senior division. A minimum of five Super Seniors will make the cut and anyone within ten shorts of the Super Senior leader.

Team Ontario consisting of Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke, Ont., Hayward and Kyrinis hold a six-stroke advantage in the Inter-Provincial Team Championship over British Columbia. Kyrinis and Hayward’s scores contributed to the total team score of 3-over par from play on Wednesday.

The champion of the 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Competition will earn exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, 2024 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2024 U.S. Women’s Senior Open.

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