Australian Sue Wooster won the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in a playoff over Mary Ann Hayward from St. Thomas, Ont., after carding a 1-over-par 73 in the final round at Humber Valley Resort.
“It’s very exciting and I’m very proud,” said a smiling Wooster. “It’s an honour to come to another country and win a major event like this one.”
Wooster, 55, started her day with a birdie on the par-5 first hole and was a model of consistency the rest of the round hitting 17 greens in regulation – finishing at 12 over par for the championship.
Nothing changed in the playoff. Wooster stuck a hybrid to 15 feet on No. 10, the first playoff hole, and two-putted for par to capture the Ada Mackenzie Trophy.
“I’d actually been struggling with my ball striking recently,” added Wooster. “But today I put it all together. Golf’s a funny game like that, but I’m really happy with how I played today and thrilled with the result.”
With her win, Wooster becomes the first international player to win the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship since American Ginny Burkey in 2006.
She also earns an exemption into the 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oreg., from Sept. 9-14, and the inaugural 2018 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship.
“It would be great to take some momentum from here and play well at the U.S. Senior in a few weeks,” said Wooster. “But there’s a lot of good players there so we’ll see what happens.”
Hayward – a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – started strong with a birdie on No. 1 and led until the back nine where she bogeyed No. 10 and 11. A double-bogey on No. 13 put her in a hole she couldn’t climb out of.
“If I could have one shot back it would be my drive on No. 13. I put it in the hazard and it just wasn’t a good swing,” said Hayward. “If we were allowed mulligans in tournament golf that’s where I’d have taken mine.”
Jackie Little (Procter, B.C.) and Terrill Samuel (Etobicoke, Ont.) tied for third in the Senior division at 13 over par.
Wooster also won the 40-and-over Mid-Master competition by one stroke over Samuel.