It would be hard to call it a classic match but it ended in the result Casey Ward was looking for.
On Monday the 25 year-old from Picton, Ontario advanced from the first round of match play at the United States Golf Association’s Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Being played at the Squire Creek Golf Club in Choudrant, Louisiana, par was at a premium on the tricky layout where member and PGA Tour major winner David Toms has reportedly compared the greens to a little ‘ol place called Augusta National.
It’s high praise for the Tom Fazio design but based on the scoring this week, it seems reasonable. Ward was the medalist in stroke play qualifying at even par and her -2 score on day two was the only round under par recorded all week. The average score? More than 83 blows in round one and over 82 the next day.
Ward did manage a few birdies in her round of 64 match-up with American Mimi Hoffman but did not take a lead in the battle until the 9th hole. She worked her way to two up by the tenth and held the lead until the 16th when she closed out Hoffman by a score of 3&2.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of matches, but I’m going to put that behind me,” conveyed Ward, who recently graduated with a Masters in Science (Biomechanics) from Cal State Fullerton, in messages with Flagstick.com.
The 2015 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion admits she may have thought a little too much about her opponent and the match play aspect on Monday but intends to turn her attention to her own game more as she faces fellow Canadian Christina Proteau of B.C. on Tuesday.
The pair tee off at 9:00 eastern time.
The third Canadian left in the field, Shelly Stouffer, also advanced to the round of 32 and will face American Ashley Tonore at 10:10 a.m.