Dalewood, ON – Teeing off the start of August, Golf Ontario is excited to welcome the Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship to Dalewood Golf Club from August 4th to 7th.
Designed by renowned Canadian architect C.E. Robbie Robinson, Dalewood Golf Club is a premiere 18-hole championship golf course. The par 71 course offers a well-groomed, picturesque setting with over 50 bunkers and 3 ponds located on the course, with Gages Creek coming into play on several holes. As a first-time host of the Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship, Head Golf Professional of Dalewood Golf Club, Brad Pemberton, said “it’s always a privilege to host championships on our property and we are thrilled to welcome the top Women players in the province here”. Pemberton continued to say “it’s a challenging course, especially with the creek that passes through about a dozen times. The greens are big, some as large as 50 yards back to back, so accurate iron play and putting will be key”.
Due to a limitation to field sizes with Golf Ontario safety protocols, a maximum of 90 players will be battling for the top spot. The field is expected to be exceptionally strong with winner of the 2018 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Julia Hodgson (Donalda GC), and 2017 champion, Judith Kyrinis (Granite GC), expected to return to defend the title. Team Ontario members to keep an eye on include: Sarah Beqaj (Toronto GC), Bo Brown (Blue Springs GC), Katie Cranston (Oakville GC), Nicole Gal (Oakville GC), Sarah Gallagher (Blue Springs GC), Alexis McMurray (Glen Abbey GC), and Ella Weber (Rattlesnake Point GC).
We are also excited to have introduced a Front Line Workers donation program this year as part of our registration process, to give back to the local communities we will be playing in. The Front Line Workers donations from the Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship will be donated to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.
First tee off of the day for round 1 on August 4th is set for 7:30 a.m. To follow the leaderboard, click here.
About the Ontario Women’s Am & Mid Am Championship
First played in 1904, the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship is Ontario’s oldest provincial championship and is the pinnacle of women’s golf in the province. The event features the best female golfers from across Ontario in a 72-hole stroke play format.
The Women’s Amateur has produced a rich history of champions throughout the tournaments long and cherished existence. Past winners include 1968 LPGA Tour players Sandra Post (1964), Alena Sharp (1989), Jennifer Kirby (2009, 2010), Augusta James (2011), Brittany Marchand (2012), Brooke Henderson (2014), Maddie Szeryk and Team Canada standout Brigitte Thibault (2019). World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member, Marlene Stewart Streit, holds the record for the most titles with 11 (’51, ’56, ’57, ’58, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’72, ’74, ’76, and ’77).
First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The event is contested annually in a 54-hole competition. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000 and 2010), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).
Key Provincial Competitions Protocols/Restrictions (subject to change)
- No caddies permitted. (all events)
- No spectators, including coaches and media, permitted. (**Exception: Players 18 & Under may have one accompanying adult)
- No motorized carts permitted. (**Exception: Single rider carts only for Senior & Disability Championships)
- All events will be a single tee start – no shotguns or split tees.
- Restricted field numbers. (see individual championships)
- Qualifiers had limited field sizes. Entries were accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Click here for the full version of the Championship protocols. **These protocols are subject to change as new guidance is received from the government.
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