McLaughlin moves into lead of Investors Group Mid-Amateur Championship; Hayward tops Senior leaderboard
Golf Ontario – SUTTON WEST— Temperatures dropped and the wind remained as the second round of the Investors Group Women’s Senior and Mid-Amateur Championships continued on June 8, from The Briars Golf Club in Sutton West.
With the temperatures falling, it made for a difficult round for the competitors. The field was down to 99 players for the round and would get even smaller with the cut at the end of the day. For the championship, all senior aged players are eligible for both titles, while a field of 13 were exclusively competing for the Mid-Amateur.
Heading into the day, Etobicoke’s Marion Reid held the lead at three-under in both the Senior and Mid-Amateur Championships. However, the Islington Golf Club member would fall back during the second round, which opened the door for new leaders to emerge.
Taking the lead in the Mid-Amateur Championship was Wasaga Beach’s Kristy McLaughlin. McLaughlin, 30, from the Mad River Golf Club, entered the day in third place after an opening round of two-over (74). She followed it up with an even better second round, carding a one-over (73) to have a two-day total of three-over (147). McLaughlin started the round strong by eagling the first hole and rode that momentum throughout the round.
Sitting in second place, in the Mid-Amateur, and now leading the Senior Championship is St. Thomas’ Mary Ann Hayward. Hayward, from the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, entered the day at one-under but finished the day six-over (78). She was still able to hang on and leads the senior event by two shots at five-over (149).
Two back of Hayward is Thornhill’s Judith Kyrinis. Kyrinis, from the Thornhill Golf & Country Club, finished the first round three-over (75) and remained consistent during the second round as she ended the round at four-over (76). She sits second in the Senior Championship and third in the Mid-Amateur at seven-over (151).
Rounding out the top three in the senior division is Reid. Reid ended the day at 12-over (84) and sits at nine-over (153) for the tournament.
After the round, the field was cut to the lowest 54 scores and ties. In addition, for any exclusive Mid-Amateur eligible players who made the cut, an extra spot was made available for a player in the senior event. The cut was set at 40-over (184) and a total of 62 players advanced to the final round.
For full tournament information, including leaderboards, see the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao16/event/gao1610/index.htm
Tee times for the final round begin at 7:30 a.m. and spectators are welcome to check out the action at The Briars.
About the Investors Group Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
The Investors Group Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship has been contested annually since 1989 and features the province’s best female amateurs over 25. Past champions of the event include: Gayle Borthwick, Terrill Samuel, Stefani Markovich and Mary Ann Hayward who has captured the trophy 14 times.
About the Investors Group Senior Women’s Championship
The Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur Championship has been contested annually since 1962 and features the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over. Past champions of the event include: Ada Mackenzie, Kay Helleur, Gayle Borthwick, Mary Ann Hayward and World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit.
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