It’s been quite a summer for Casey Ward of Picton, Ontario and the Fall is off to a pretty good start for the 25 year-old.
The graduate of Queen’s University and Cal State Fullerton earned stroke play medalist honours on Sunday at the United States Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. She will be the #1 seed when match play begins on Monday.
Ward kicked off her year with a big win at the Eastern Provinces Championship and added another significant trophy with a victory at the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur later in the summer. It was her first event as a mid-amateur.
Similarly her appearance this week in Choudrant, Louisiana is her first try at a USGA event.
It’s going well so far.
Ward added a 2 under par, 70, on Sunday to her opening 74 over the Squire Creek Country Club to earn medalist honours. She joins Mary Ann Hayward as the second Canadian to ever accomplish the feat. Not surprisingly it was Hayward who Ward had to hold off to win her Ontario title this summer.
Her round on Sunday included four birdies tempered by two bogeys.
It continues a streak of play for her where she seems to be just feeling out play but ends up near the top of the pack.
“I’m really excited. I didn’t really have too many expectations coming into this week,” said Ward in an interview with the USGA. “That’s how I have approached things all summer, not going in with any expectations and just playing my game. It’s nice to see my name at the top.”
“I was in the right position all day, for the most part,” she said. “I had a lot of good looks at birdie. I only got a few to fall, but I was right on the edge all day.”
Two other Canadians, Shelly Stouffer and Christina Proteau, also advanced to match play.