By Darren Matte
(WINDSOR, ON) – Three-time champion Mary Ann Hayward is at it again looking to defend her 2013 title at the Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. Hayward, the Aurora resident and North Halton member, began the first round two-under (70), on July 29 at the Ambassador Golf Club.
The 2010, 2012 and 2013 champion began the round with a dominant front nine carding a four-under (33) thanks to three birdies and an eagle. However, the Canadian, Ontario and Quebec Golf Hall of Famer would bogey the 10th and 16th holes, but her finish was good enough to end the day with the lead over the field of 94 of the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.
That lead is just one shot up on Etobicoke’s Terrill Samuel. The 2011 champion and Weston Golf and Country Club member fired a one-under (71) during the opening round. Samuel was one-over through 11 holes, but birdies on 14 and 16 helped her finish the round under par.
In a tie for third are Etobicoke’s Marion Reid and Uxbridge’s Gail Pimm at one-over (73). For Pimm, she began and ended the day with birdies to earn her share of third, while Reid’s birdie on the 18th hole was a pleasant finish after bogies on 16 and 17.
Rounding out the top five is another tie between Stouffville’s Ivy Steinberg and Oshawa’s Lynn Morrison at two-over (74). Steinberg, a two-time winner in 2008 and 2009, had a strong front nine and was one-under at the turn, however, she finished with bogies on the final three holes to drop back to two-over. Morrison was also one-under through nine holes but bogeys early on the back nine brought her to a finish of two-over.
In the district team competition, the team from York leads the gross by one shot, at 15-over, ahead of Scarboro who are at 16-over. In the net, it is Scarboro leading the way at five-over ahead of Peterborough and York who are tied at seven-over.
Tee times for round two get under way at 7:30 am and spectators are welcomed to check out the action at the Ambassador Golf Club.
The Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is contested annually and features the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.