VICTOR, NEW YORK – The Ontario Senior Women’s Ada Mackenzie Matches Team retained their title on May 16 with an 11.5 to 8.5 win over their rivals from the New York State Golf Association. The matches are an annual two-day event and were hosted this year at the Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, New York.
Ontario’s championship team consisted of: Marion Reid, Chris Critelli, Judith Kyrinis, Mary Ann Hayward, Allyson Harrison, Nannette Cuddy, Diane Dolan, Theresa deLuis, Ivy Steinberg and Cheryll Damphouse.
The Ada Mackenzie Matches have been conducted since 1960 and are an annual team event with Upper New York State. The format for the competition consists of two match-play rounds. The first day consists of Chapman-format team matches. Chapman format is where both players drive, then hit each other’s tee shot for the second shot, before the best ball is selected and players play alternately on the selected ball for the remainder of the hole. The second day features Better-Ball matches.
Congratulations to the team and thanks to the New York State Golf Association and Ravenwood Golf Club for hosting this year’s Matches.
UXBRIDGE— Golf Ontario is proud to announce the two teams that will represent the province in the Senior Women’s Ada Mackenzie Matches, against the New York State Golf Association, and the Senior Men’s Ontario/Michigan Matches versus the Golf Association of Michigan.
Both sets of matches will take place in May beginning with the Ada Mackenzie Matches, May 14-16 at Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor, NY. The Men’s Ontario/Michigan Matches will take place May 24-25 at Pointe West Golf Club in Amherstburg, Ontario.
Ada Mackenzie Matches
The Ada Mackenzie team will be made up of: Mary Ann Hayward, Judith Kyrinis, Ivy Steinberg, Marion Reid, Cheryll Damphouse, Diane Dolan, Chris Critelli, Allyson Harrison, Theresa deLuis, and Nannette Cuddy. The team is made up of the top 10 from the 2016 Golf Ontario Senior Women’s Championship.
The Ada Mackenzie Matches have been conducted since 1960 and are an annual team event with Upper New York. The format for the competition consists of two match-play rounds. The first day consists of Chapman-format team matches. Chapman format is where both players drive, then hit each other’s tee shot for the second shot, before the best ball is selected and players play alternately on the selected ball for the remainder of the hole. The second day sees morning Better-Ball matches, followed by the trophy presentation to the victorious team. Ontario is the defending champion at the event.
Representing Ontario in the Ontario/Michigan Matches will be: Larry Cooper, Lars Melander, Christopher Kertsos, Robert Gibson, Jim Briggs, Rick Valin, Tim Southcott, and?John Husband. Players were selected based on finishes in the 2016 Golf Ontario Senior Men’s Order of Merit.
First contested in 2011, the format for the Ontario/Michigan Matches is a two-day Ryder Cup style, team event with the top eight senior men from Ontario competing against the top eight senior men from Michigan. The first day on will consist of four best-ball matches and the second day will consist of eight singles matches.
Golf Ontario wishes the teams the best of luck in both competitions and thanks them for representing their province.
SCARBOROUGH— The 2016 Ada Mackenzie matches took place May 9 and 10 from the Cedar Brae Golf Club in Scarborough. Ontario was looking to repeat as champions when the team from New York State came to Ontario for this year’s edition of the Matches. When all was said and done, Ontario would have little trouble defending the title as they took the 2016 championship by a total score of 17.5 to 2.5.
Day one began with Chapman format matches worth one point each. Ontario got out to an early advantage winning the first two matches outright. Gail Pimm and Debbie Court earned a point in their match, as did Mary Ann Hayward and Kelly Koselek. Jane Hedges-McKinnon and Allyson Harrison split their match, but Ontario would come back and take the remaining two. First, Judith Kyrinis and Marion Reid picked up a victory and then Sarah-Anne Smurlick and Ivy Steinberg closed out their contest with a win. It meant that Ontario had a 4.5-.5 lead heading into the second and final round.
The final round was Better-Ball matches each being worth three points, meaning the title was still very much up for grabs. Ontario continued to roll early on as they took the first two matches out right. The teams of Court and Reid and Pimm and Harrison each picked up three points to push the Ontario lead to 9.5-.5, meaning New York would have to win the remaining three out right to win the title. They would take the third match 2-1 over the team of Kyrinis and Steinberg, but the single point was enough to secure the title for Ontario. The Ontario teams of Hayward and Hedges-McKinnon and Koselek and Smurlick would go on to win the remaining two matches outright resulting in the 17.5-2.5 Ontario win.