By Darren Matte
(LaSALLE, ON) – Heading into the final round of the 2016 Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship, July 15 at Ambassador Golf Club, it was anyone’s tournament to win as eight players were all within five strokes of the lead.
The final group consisted of co-leaders Ridgeway’s Madeline Marck-Sherk, Guelph’s Rachel Pollock, and Ottawa’s Grace St-Germain, who was just one back. St-Germain got out to a good start with a birdie on the opening hole and would add three more on the front nine, along with a pair of bogey’s, to head to the turn at two-under.
Meanwhile, Marck-Sherk, a member at the Bridgewater Country Club, and Pollock, from Whistle Bear Golf Club, had their share of struggles on the front nine. Both players finished the front nine three-over resulting in a big swing in St-Germain’s favour, on the leaderboard.
St-Germain, 17, a member of Golf Canada’s National Development Squad, would close things out on the back nine finishing it at one-over to end the round with a one-under 71. That brought her tournament total to two-under (69-70-76-71-286), good enough for a four-stroke victory.
“It feels amazing to win the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship,” said St-Germain. “To have my name on this trophy with all of these great players is fantastic!”
Ambassador Golf Club and the elements were tough on the players this week but, for St-Germain, her putting kept her in it.
“My putting was the strongest part of my game this week,” she said. “I was putting really well, which helped on these greens.”
Like most players, St-Germain had her ups and downs during the week, especially during the third round. However, she ended that round with birdies on two of the final three holes.
She talked about how that late charge helped her mind frame heading into the final round.
“Getting those birdies at the end of round three gave me a lot of confidence, because I wasn’t playing very well,” said St-Germain. “It gave me momentum coming into [Friday].”
There was a tie for the silver medal between Marck-Sherk and Richmond Hill’s Monet Chun resulting in a podium swept by current and former Team Ontario members. Marck-Sherk went on to play the back nine one-over and ended the round at a four-over 76, bringing her tournament total to two-over (74-71-69-76-290).
As for Chun, a Summit Golf and Country Club member, she finished the day at an even par 72. Chun followed up a one-over front nine by carding a one-under on the back nine to end the tournament in a tie at two-over (68-75-75-72-290).
In addition to crowning the winners, the top three also earned 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. With some players opting out of the event, Ontario will be represented by St-Germain, Chun, and Pollock, who finished the tournament at five-over (68-75-71-79-293).
LOCAL PLAYER RESULTS
Alyssa Getty – T5 – 74-73-71-74–292 +4
Cordelia Chan – T11 – 72-76-74-75–297 +9
Jasmine Ly – 26 – 78-79-74-80–311 +23
Brooke MacKinnon – 42 – 81-81-83-80–325 +37
Kelly Riccardi – T43 – 82-81-79-84–326 +38