(TOTTENHAM, ON) – Seaforth Golf Club’s Robyn Doig ran away with the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur title on Thursday, winning Ontario’s most prestigious female amateur golf championship by a six stroke margin.
The 21 year-old put together three solid rounds amidst unrelenting heat and humidity at Tottenham’s Woodington Lake Golf Club, carding 71, 73, and 73 to close out the tournament with a total score of 217(+ 1).
Doig teed up her final round tied at the top of the leaderboard alongside Kincardine’s Taylor Schmidt, with both golfers five strokes ahead of the rest of the field at even-par. The pair made it to the 8th green still tied at even before lightning in the area halted play for 3.5 hours
"I wasn’t quite making anything happen, I was just kind of going along steady until the weather delay, which gave me a lot of time to think," said Doig. "I made a 30-foot putt my first shot back after the delay for birdie, and then after that I was playing pretty steady and hitting the ball really well."
Doig delivered birdies on holes 8 and 10, while Schmidt hit a rough patch that ultimately drove her out of contention by carding a string of double-bogeys on 8, 9 and 11. By the time Doig stepped up to the 12th tee, she had an eight stroke lead and more than enough breathing room for a few bogeys down the stretch.
"The last few holes are a bit tricky so I was a little shaky, but I was able to keep my composure and control the mental side of the game and not get ahead of myself," explained Doig.
As Doig rolled in her final putt in front of the gallery of cheering spectators it was clear she’s having a season to remember, earning her second provincial title of the year. She has also proven her mettle in the match play format, handily winning the Ontario Women’s Match Play title with six straight birdies back in June, as well as the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur in 2012.
Doig joins an elite company of many of Canada’s best-ever female golfers with her Ontario Women’s Amateur victory.
"There aren’t really any words," said an elated Doig when asked to describe her feelings after the win. "But driving in here today and seeing the signs listing all the past champions, it’s just amazing to think of all these incredible people that have played in and won this event, and now I’m going to be among them."
Doig is the first person to hoist the new Women’s Amateur trophy, named the Marlene Streit trophy after the Canadian golf legend and World Golf Hall of Fame member that holds the record for the most number of Ontario Amateur wins, with 11.
"To have my name on the trophy alongside Marlene Streit is just amazing. She’s definitely a role model so winning the same tournament that she has and now having my name on her trophy is incredible."
Doig will now prepare for the national championship taking place next week in Quebec before returning to the University of Central Florida as a member of the Knights women’s golf team in the fall.
She considers her stellar play at home to be a boost ahead of the upcoming collegiate season. "I’m just happy to be playing consistently because I know I can play well, but when you can put together three good rounds in one tournament that’s how you know you’re getting better," she said. "In school I played well a lot, but I’d have one off round that would take me out of contention – so put three good rounds together, it’s a good feeling."
Second place went to Kazakhstan native Jamila Jaxaliyeva, a GAO Public Player. The 23 year-old has been playing in events across North America, determined to become the first prominent Kazakh golfer and ultimately represent her country at the Olympics when golf makes its return in 2016. Jaxaliyeva put together rounds of 75, 76 and 72 to finish at +7 and earn the silver medal.
Schmidt ultimately finished tied for third place alongside Picton’s Casey Ward. Schmidt carded rounds of 72, 72 and 80, while Ward finished with a 75, 74, 75. Both golfers closed out the tournament with matching totals of 224, +8.
North Carolina State women’s golf team member and former Ontario Juvenile Girls’ champion (2010) Vivian Tsui of Markham finished tied for fifth at 230 (+14) alongside former Ontario Women’s Match Play champion (1998) Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill.
The event marks the first time that Woodington Lake has hosted a major GAO provincial championship, and the club generously stepped forward to host the tournament with less than a week’s notice after Markland Wood Golf Club was unfortunately damaged by the July 8 flooding in Toronto.
In the District Team competition, the Kingston District team of Ward, Andrea Blackwell and Allyson Harrison swept both the Gross and Net division titles, delivering a combined net total score of 465 (+33) and gross total score of 477 (+18).
The championship also determines Team Ontario in the inter-provincial team competition at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, set to take place next week at Club de Golf Beloeil in Quebec. Representing the province will be Doig, Schmidt and Ward.