(TOTTENHAM, ON) – After two rounds in the scorching heat at Woodington Lake Golf Club, Seaforth resident Robyn Doig is tied at the top of the leaderboard alongside Kincardine’s Taylor Schmidt at the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship.
Doig, the first round leader and recent winner of the Ontario Women’s Match Play Championship, carded a one-over 73 on Wednesday, adding to her opening 71 for a 36-hole tally of 144, even par. She carded three birdies against a single bogey and despite a triple-bogey on the par four 8th hole, managed to stay at the top of the field of Ontario’s best female amateur golfers alongside Schmidt.
Schmidt delivered her second even-par 72 of the tournament to match Doig’s total and share the lead heading into Thursday’s third and final round. The University of Oklahoma women’s golf team member marked five birdies against an equal number of bogeys on her second day to earn a five-stroke lead over the rest of the field, and set the stage for a battle with Doig for the title tomorrow.
Sitting alone in third place is Picton resident Casey Ward. The 23-year-old carded six bogeys against four birdies on Wednesday to better her opening 75 by a single stroke for a two-day total of 149 (+5).
Mississauga’s Jamila Jaxaliyeva, a native of Kazakhstan, sits in fourth place, seven strokes off the pace with a total score of 151 (75-76), followed by North Carolina State Wolfpack women’s golf team member Vivian Tsui of Markham who is fifth with a total of 152 (77-75, +8).
A highlight of the day came from Burlington resident Lorelle Weavers when she aced the 149-yard 6th hole, the first hole-in-one of the tournament.
Following play on Wednesday, the field was cut to the low 54 golfers and ties with the cut falling at 170 (+26) and 55 players advancing to Thursday’s final round.
Final round tee times get under way at 7:30 am on Thursday at Woodington Lake with the lead grouping of Doig, Schmidt and Ward teeing off at 10:30 am. Spectators are welcome and admission is free to watch the final day of the tournament.