By Darren Matte
(LaSALLE, ON) – Round two of the 2016 Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship from Ambassador Golf Club saw a new leader emerge from the pack as Ottawa’s Grace St-Germain now holds a three-shot lead.
St-Germain, 17, a member of Golf Canada’s National Development Squad, entered the day in third place, just one-shot back of the leaders. She wasted little time in making up the gap with birdies on the second and third holes.
That moved her into the lead and, while others joined her in a share of the lead during the round, she would end the day with it outright thanks to a two-under 70. St-Germain now sits at five-under, 69-70-139, for the tournament.
Alone in second place is Richmond Hill’s Jessica Ip, from the Station Creek Golf Club. Ip was part of a five-way tie for fourth heading into the day after an opening round of one-under 71. She remained consistent during round two carding another 71.
Ip found trouble early but, thanks to back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes 6, 7, and 8, she was able to get back on track and is now two-under, 71-71-142, for the championship.
In a tie for third are the opening round co-leaders, Richmond Hill’s Monet Chun and Guelph’s Rachel Pollock, who both shot a three-over 75.
For Chun, 68-75-143, a Team Ontario and Summit Golf and Country Club member, she was even through nine, but settled for three bogeys on the back nine to end the day three-over.
Pollock, 68-75-143, also carded three bogeys on the back nine after playing the front one over. She did sink a birdie on 18 to help her finish at three-over. Both players are now one-under for the event, four back of the lead.
Rounding out the top five is the 2016 Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, Thornhill’s Judith Kyrinis, from the Thornhill Club. She was also part of the five-way, fourth place tie after round one, at one-under 71.
Kyrinis had a great front nine and was three-under at the turn. However, she was unable to maintain that pace, finishing the back nine four-over to end the day one-over. She is now even for the tournament, 71-73-144.
In total 64 players began the four-day, 72-hole tournament. After the round, the field was cut to the lowest 54 scores, including ties. The cut was set at 25-over 169 and 55 players made the cut to play the final two rounds.
In addition to playing for the Marlene Stewart Streit Trophy, the top three finishers will earn the right to represent Ontario in the team competition at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship from July 26 through 29, at the Ken-Wo Golf Club in New Minas, NS.
The third round begins tomorrow at 7:30am and spectators are invited to Ambassador Golf Club to take in the action. For full tournament information, including the leaderboard and pairings, see the tournament site.
LOCAL PLAYERS RESULTS
Alyssa Getty – 11 – 74-73-147
Cordelia Chan – T12 – 72-76-148
Jasmine Ly – T28 – 78-79-157
Brooke MacKinnon – T43 – 81-81-162
Kelly Riccardi – T46 – 82-81-163