(TOTTENHAM, ON) – Seaforth Golf Course member Robyn Doig fired a one-under 71 at Woodington Lake Golf Club on Tuesday to open the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship at the top of the leaderboard.
Doig, who recently captured the Ontario Women’s Match Play title and won the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur in 2012, started her day with a clean front nine featuring a pair of birdies on the 2nd and 8th hole. She stumbled on 14 and 15, carding bogey and double bogey, but recovered nicely by dropping in an eagle on the 470-yard 17th hole to close out the round leading the field of the province’s best female amateurs.
Players had soaring temperatures to contend with at the Tottenham course, which is playing at 6045 yards for competitors this week. Woodington Lake generously stepped up to host the event last week after planned hosts Markland Wood Golf Club were unfortunately damaged by the July 8 floods in Toronto.
Kincardine Golf and Country Club member Taylor Schmidt is in second place, a single stroke off the lead. The recent University of Oklahoma graduate marked an even four birdies and four bogeys to sit at 72 with 36 holes left to play.
Three golfers are tied for third place; Barrie resident Addison Wallwin, Picton’s Casey Ward and Mississauga resident Jamila Jaxaliyeva. The trio all came in with matching 75’s (+3) on Tuesday to sit four strokes off the pace.
Team Ontario’s Grace St-Germain of Orleans, the recent Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play champion, is tied for sixth at 76 (+4) alongside Newmarket resident Delaney Howson, Alina Rogers of Richmond Hill, and Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill.
The second round of competition gets under way at 7:30 am on Wednesday with tee times running through 12:50 pm. Following 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 54 golfers and ties with the champion to be crowned following play on Thursday. Gates are open at Woodington Lake Golf Club and spectators are welcome to attend.
First played in 1904, the Investors Group Ontario Women’s amateur championship is being contested for the 98th time this summer, and for the first time at Woodington Lake. Past champions include 1968 LPGA championship winner Sandra Post (1964), LPGA Tour player Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010) and Augusta James (2011), and World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, who holds the record for the most number of titles with 11.