Monet Chun outlasts field to claim 2015 Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play Championship
TOTTENHAM— The Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) Junior Girls’ Match Play Championship started with 16 of the best junior girls in the province on June 29 at the Woodington Lake Golf Course in Tottenham. After two days and four rounds, it was Team Ontario member and Richmond Hill native Monet Chun who outlasted the field to claim the 2015 championship over fellow Team Ontario member Ruthven’s Alyssa Getty.
The two started the final match back and fourth with Chun, from the Summit Golf & Country Club, taking an early lead only to see it vanish on the second hole as Getty, from the Kingsville Golf & Country Club, evened the match. Chun would regain the lead on the fourth hole after leaving an approach shot inches from the cup. She continued to increase her lead and was 3up at the turn. Chun added to her lead by winning the 10th hole. She held her 4up advantage until the 14th where she sank a birdie putt to win the hole and the match 5&4.
For Chun, 14, the win was her first provincial championship after numerous runner-ups in both the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic and Investors Group Junior Girls’ Championship. She spoke about what finally getting over the hump meant to her. “It is really exciting! After the many years I have been playing competitive golf, I am so happy that I finally won a provincial championship.”
Chun also talked about what it was like to grind through the field and face a fellow Team Ontario member in the finals. “It was really tiring and I’m pretty sure that it was for most players. My game was really good these past two days; I hit a lot of greens, which I think was the biggest difference. I wasn’t putting all that well over the two days so hitting those greens really helped me win. Playing with Alyssa put a lot of pressure on me. I know that she is a great player and it was a great experience getting to play with her.”
The road to the title began with Chun being seeded third. She defeated Alexandra Demko in the first round 4&3, then Team Ontario’s Diana McDonald 3&2 in the quarterfinals. She met another Team Ontario member in the semifinals in Chloe Currie, but had a great match and took it 7&6.
As for Getty, 18, she began as the number one seed. She knocked out Kristen Giles in the opening round 6&5, before beating Claire Hernandez in the quarterfinals 4&3. In the semis, she matched up with Alexandra Naumovski and won the match 3&2.
ABOUT THE ONTARIO JUNIOR GIRLS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
The Junior Girls’ Match Play Championship has been contested since 1982. Female golfers under 19 years of age, before August 1, are eligible to compete. Seeding was determined by the results from the Investors Group Junior Girls’ Spring Classic, May 16-18 at Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo. Notable past champions include: Alena Sharp, Stefi Markovich, Christina Yoon, Elizabeth Tong and Grace St-Germain.
The GAO would like to thank all of the volunteers and the staff from the Woodington Lake Golf Club for all of their support in hosting the event and their support of junior golf.
Robyn Doig Repeats as GAO Women’s Match Play Champion over Christina Foster
TOTTENHAM, ON— The field battled rain and heavy winds at times during the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) Women’s Match Play Championship at Woodington Lake Golf Club’s Legacy Course, June 2-4, but when it was all said and done, a familiar name was the last one standing. Seaforth resident Robyn Doig capped off the week with a 1up victory over Concord’s Christina Foster.
The two were neck and neck throughout the front nine with Doig taking the lead on the second hole, only to see Foster square the match on five. The two traded the next two holes and after nine it was all square.
On the back nine, Doig, the Seaforth Golf Club and current University of Central Florida team member, fell behind after Foster, GAO Public Player, birdied the 11th hole, but a par on 12 allowed her to get the match back to even. On hole 15, Foster bogeyed the Par-3, while Doig pared, giving her the 1up lead. That lead lasted only one hole as Doig would bogey the 16th. Doig regained the advantage with a birdie on the 17, setting up a do or die for Foster on the 18th. Doig would hang on after she split the hole and earned her second-straight Match Play Championship.
After the match, the 22-year-old Doig talked about what it meant to win the event for the second year in a row. “I am really excited. It’s an honour to win this event because so many great players play in it and it is really cool to have my name on the trophy, twice.”
When asked about the turning point in the round she said she wasn’t sure if there was an exact moment. “We were pretty steady back and forth for basically the whole match. I guess the birdie on 17, it put me 1up with one to play so I knew I needed a couple good shots on the last hole but the birdie was really what I needed.”
Earlier in the day, Doig, who was ranked first after the qualifying round, defeated Uxbridge’s Gail Pimm, ranked fifth, in the semi-final 4&3, while Foster, the third seed, eliminated the number two seeded, Elizabeth Tong from Thornhill. Doig’s road to the championship also went through Pickering’s Meghan Bennett in the quarterfinals and Stouffville’s Ivy Steinberg in round one. Foster defeated Courtney Tolton of Mitchell in the quarters and Unionville’s Natasha Lehman in the first round.
Doig attributed her success during the week to her overall consistency. “All week I think I played very steady. I didn’t get myself into too much trouble that would cost me in the long run. I was happy with how I controlled how I was feeling throughout the matches. Even if I did lose a hole, I knew the next tee was a new hole so I was happy with how I played.”
For Doig the win is a nice addition to her provincial trophy case. In addition to last year’s Match Play Championship, she was also the 2013 Investors Group Women’s Amateur Champion, which she also won at Woodington Lake.
“It’s hard to say what it is that I like about playing here because the Old Course it totally different than the one we played here this week. So I guess it is just a great place to be.
The Ontario Women’s Match Play was first played in 1975 and has several notable past champions including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Streit, six-time champion Mary Ann Hayward, Terrill Samuel, and Heather Kuzmich. The Golf Association of Ontario would like to thank Woodington Lake for hosting the event and for their continued support of golf in Ontario.