Casey Ward Wins Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur

Casey Ward of Picton G&CC won the 2015 Ontario Women's Amateur Championship and is contending on th United States Women's Mid-Amateur (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Casey Ward of Picton G&CC wins the 2015 Ontario Women's Amateur Championship (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Casey Ward of Picton G&CC wins the 2015 Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)

When you’re 25, facing off against a Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member to try and win your first provincial golf title is not exactly a comfortable situation.

That was exactly what Casey Ward of the Picton Golf & Country Club was dealing with on July 23rd at the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

The former Queen’s University golfer and recent Masters graduate from Cal-State Fullerton held a one stroke lead over Mary Ann Hayward after 36 holes over the Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario.  Hayward, the Manager of Sport Performance for the Golf Association of Ontario,  was gunning for her 15th title in the tournament.

She had Ward’s attention.

“With Mary Ann behind you it’s a little bit of a threat there,” a relieved Ward mentioned after receiving the trophy that actually bears the name of the player she was trying to fend off.

Uncharacteristically Hayward would double bogey the very first hole of her final round at the course that also hosts the Mackenzie Tour’s The Great Waterway Classic.

“It was surprising that she started out that way,” said Ward who tried to keep her focus on her own play rather than being comforted by her opponents demise.  “Obviously she missed a lot of putts today and didn’t have her ‘A’ game.  I expected her to be quite a few under given her back nine yesterday when she was four under. I expected that to continue today.”

It was not the case through and Ward quickly opened a massive lead that she would hold all the way to the finish, ultimately winning the title by eight strokes with a three under par total, (71,72,70-213)

“I got a little bit of a gap right at the start and I didn’t really look back,” conveyed Ward who also won the prestigious Eastern Provinces Championship in June at Cataraqui GC. “I was thinking of just moving forward knowing the back nine would give up a lot of birdies which it didn’t…for any of us.”

In her first year of eligibility for the Mid-Amateur Championship Ward says she is a proud winner but also enjoyed the atmosphere. “It’s great to play the Mid-Amateur.  It’s a completely different atmosphere and a lot of fun.  I was just enjoying the week.”

A trophy made it just a little bit better.

Full Leaderboard
Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Casey Ward  Picton Golf & Country Clu -2 F -3 71 72 70 213
T2 Debbie Court  Toronto Golf Club -1 F +5 74 76 71 221
T2 Gail Pimm  Whitevale GC -2 F +5 73 78 70 221
T2 Mary Ann Hayward  The Club at North Halton +5 F +5 74 70 77 221
5 Judith Kyrinis  Thornhill G&CC +5 F +10 72 77 77 226
T6 Theresa deLuis  Brockville CC +5 F +14 81 72 77 230
T6 Jane Hedges-Mckinnon  Bear Creek GCC +5 F +14 79 74 77 230
8 Angella Lee  Whistle Bear Golf Club +10 F +15 74 75 82 231
T9 Ivy Steinberg  Granite GC +2 F +17 80 79 74 233
T9 Sarah-Anne Smurlick  Ladies GC of Toronto +3 F +17 84 74 75 233
11 Kelly Koselek  Cedar Brae G & CC +5 F +18 79 78 77 234
T12 Marion Reid  Islington GC -2 F +19 81 84 70 235
T12 Allyson Harrison  Glen Lawrence Golf Club +9 F +19 77 77 81 235
14 Audrey Akins  Public Player(GAO Member) +5 F +20 78 81 77 236
15 Sue Postian  Sunningdale GC +7 F +21 79 79 79 237
T16 Joanne Noble  Weston G&CC +3 F +22 79 84 75 238
T16 Lynn Morrison  Kedron Dells Golf Course +13 F +22 78 75 85 238
T18 Barbara Wellard  North Bay G & CC +10 F +23 78 79 82 239
T18 Stefani Markovich  Lookout Point Country Clu +10 F +23 79 78 82 239
20 Natasha Lehman  York Downs Golf & Country +5 F +24 84 79 77 240
21 Cheryll Damphouse  Kingsville Golf & Country +9 F +26 76 85 81 242
22 Jeanne Beaith  Dalewood GC +9 F +28 82 81 81 244
23 Lynne Owen  Trafalgar Golf & Country +12 F +29 82 79 84 245
T24 Cathy Welsand  Galt Country Club +6 F +30 84 84 78 246
T24 Kathy Pilkey  Sleepy Hollow CC +12 F +30 82 80 84 246
T26 Mary Lou Henderson  Kingsville Golf & Country +10 F +31 83 82 82 247
T26 Nanette Cuddy  Credit Valley Golf & Coun +13 F +31 81 81 85 247
T28 Kristy McLaughlin  Mad River GC +7 F +33 89 81 79 249
T28 Cathy E. Koszman  West Haven G & CC +10 F +33 86 81 82 249
T28 Kathryn Swierzewski  Rattlesnake Point GC +11 F +33 82 84 83 249
31 Jennie Gauthier  Timberwolf Golf Club +10 F +35 87 82 82 251
T32 Jennifer Smith  Coppinwood +10 F +36 85 85 82 252
T32 Janelle Fairgrieve  Islington GC +13 F +36 80 87 85 252
T32 Debbie McDonald  Sleepy Hollow CC +14 F +36 80 86 86 252
T32 Judy Oryniak  Riverbend Golf Community +14 F +36 80 86 86 252
T32 Linda Burroughsford  Cherry Hill Club +15 F +36 85 80 87 252
T37 Jan Atkinson Hall  Mad River GC +9 F +37 88 84 81 253
T37 Sylvia Taus  North Bay G & CC +10 F +37 86 85 82 253
T37 Denise Schaefer  Elmira Golf Club +14 F +37 86 81 86 253
T37 Cindy Jonescu  Deer Ridge Golf Club +15 F +37 80 86 87 253
T41 Vanessa Dupuis  Meadowbrook Golf & Countr +10 F +38 86 86 82 254
T41 Becky Ostrom  Riverbend Golf Community +12 F +38 91 79 84 254
T41 Margaret Lockhart  Oaks of St. George Golf C +13 F +38 84 85 85 254
T41 Kelly Bertrand  Kedron Dells Golf Course +16 F +38 84 82 88 254
45 Margot Gillespie  Kingsville Golf & Country +12 F +39 87 84 84 255
T46 Diane Higgins  Deer Ridge Golf Club +17 F +40 87 80 89 256
T46 Susan Gaston  Meadowbrook Golf & Countr +17 F +40 83 84 89 256
T48 Julie Jarvis  Public Player(GAO Member) +12 F +41 89 84 84 257
T48 Connie McRae  Glen Lawrence Golf Club +12 F +41 82 91 84 257
50 Megan Farrow  Roundel Glen GC +15 F +42 84 87 87 258
T51 Karen Rockliff  Pointe West GC +12 F +44 89 87 84 260
T51 Catherine Butler  Georgian Bay Club +13 F +44 87 88 85 260
T51 Marianne Vardon  Devil’s Pulpit Golf Assoc +20 F +44 87 81 92 260
T54 Deborah Reimer  Garrison Golf & Curling C +13 F +45 89 87 85 261
T54 Joey Bush  Sleepy Hollow CC +14 F +45 86 89 86 261
T56 Karen Vamplew  Twenty Valley Golf & Coun +16 F +47 87 88 88 263
T56 Julie Green  The Club at North Halton +17 F +47 86 88 89 263
58 Kathie Houghton  Georgian Bay Club +16 F +49 85 92 88 265
59 Kim Rutherford  Fox Glen Golf Club +23 F +50 87 84 95 266
T60 Lori Christie  Garrison Golf & Curling C +19 F +51 89 87 91 267
T60 Cindy Dunham  Northridge Public Golf Co +23 F +51 87 85 95 267
T62 Shelley Bauer  Sparrow Lakes Golf Club +19 F +52 88 89 91 268
T62 Cindy Wegg  Public Player(GAO Member) +21 F +52 87 88 93 268
T64 Roma Harris  Woodlands Links +21 F +53 90 86 93 269
T64 Sharon Blaxall  St. Thomas Golf & Country +23 F +53 83 91 95 269
66 Carol Cort  Rockway Vineyards +23 F +56 92 85 95 272