18 year-old Augusta James is your new Ontario Women’s Amateur Champion. The Loyalist Country Club (Bath, Ontario) member posted a final round 73 on thursday, July 7 to complete three rounds at Cutten Fields in Guelph at 213, even par for the championship.
That gave her a three shot win over Taylor Schmidt of Kincardine Golf & Country Club and yet another Golf Association of Ontario Title. Her last big Ontario win was the 2010 Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship at the Rivendell Golf Club in Verona.
“I haven’t played in the Women’s Amateur in the last couple of years, and it has kind of turned out to be a good thing, sort of like saving the win for this year,” said James of her back-to-back junior and amateur titles.
“It’s really special to have won both events, and the next step is to win Canadian championships. That’s the goal.”
In the Fall the standout player will be off to Raleigh, North Carolina to being her talents to North Carolina State University and the even play she showed at the amateur will serve her well in NCAA competition.
“My golf was steady the last few days, I didn’t feel like it was anything exceptional today at two over par, but it was good enough,” said James, who had brother and Team Ontario golfer Austin alongside as her caddy in the final round. “The goal was to win, and I had been trying to prepare myself for this as much as possible.”
The third place finishers included 13 year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls.
Also notable was the low round of the final day by Patricia Hogeboom of Kingston. The Augusta State grad who is now studying to be a Chartered Accountant, fired a 69 on Thursday to move all the way up to 6th place alone.