Big-pressure chip shot wins
women’s title for Ontario golfer

The shot: Judith Kyrinis leaves an 80-foot chip shot close enough to score birdie and win the 2019 Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur title.

Judith Kyrinis came more than 3,800 km to participate in the 2019 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship.

But that was nothing compared to the distance she had to travel to actually win the thing.

Tied with American Amy Ellertson after 53 holes of play, Kyrinis needed a birdie on the 402-yard par-five 18th to win.

Two shots found her on the apron with about all of the green’s real estate between her and the cup.

“I’m not a pacer; I’m a feeler,” she said, recalling just how long that chip shot was. “But, it was a long way off.”

As Judith describes it, “she got it up there to make the birdie to win.”

What she doesn’t say is her ball had a good look at the hole before it gently rolled to a stop about two feet past.

“Under that type of pressure — yeah: shot of the tournament for me. We chose the right club today, so it was a good up and down.”

After playing partners Sue Wooster and Nonie Marler dropped their putts, Kyrinis calmly sunk her two-footer to claim the title.

Kyrinis, who won the title in 2016, birdied three of the first six holes she played this afternoon, including the par-five first hole that brought her in to a tie with two-time defending champion Sue Wooster and Vancouver’s Nonie Marler.

After birdie at the 11th that gave her a two-stroke lead, Kyrinis made it interesting when she bogeyed both the 15th and 17th.

But the steady Ellerston — who came all the way from Alexandria, Va., to compete — also bogeyed the 17th before scoring birdie on the 18th.

Ellerston said she expected Kyrinis to birdie the 18th and added she no sense of preparing for a playoff.

“I was just happy to be here; I had a great time,” said Ellerston. “Judy’s a great gal; I’ll get her next year.”

Two-time defending champion Sue Wooster, tied with Vancouver’s Nonie Marler after 36 holes of play, ran into trouble on the course’s front-side, bogeying both par threes. She added bogeys on the 11th, 12th, 14th and 17th to fall out of contention.

“I had a contrast today from yesterday with my putter,” said Wooster. “I just couldn’t get anything to drop.”

Marler also had trouble early, bogeying the third, fourth and sixth holes before finally finding a birdie on the 11th.

Ellertson, meanwhile, moved into second place with birdies on five and seven after dropping a stroke on the par-three third.

Kirinis, a nurse at Toronto General Hospital, captured the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior championships.

The Super Senior title was won by Procter, BC’s Jackie Little.

Mid-Amateur Standings

1 Canada Judith Kyrinis  Thornhill, ON -2 F -1 72 73 72 217
2 United States Amy Ellertson  Free Union, VA -1 F -1 72 74 72 218
T3 Canada Christina Proteau  Port Alberni, BC +1 F E 72 75 73 220
T3 Canada Nonie Marler  Vancouver, BC +1 F +3 71 73 76 220

 

Mid Master Results

1 Canada Judith Kyrinis  Thornhill, ON -2 F -1 72 73 72 217
2 United States Amy Ellertson  Free Union, VA -1 F -1 72 74 72 218
3 Australia Sue Wooster  Australia +2 F +4 75 69 77 221
4 Canada Mary Ann Hayward  St. Thomas, ON +6 F +2 75 75 75 225
5 Canada Tina Papatolis  Issaquah, WA +8 F +1 76 77 74 227

 

Senior Results

1 Canada Judith Kyrinis  Thornhill, ON -2 F -1 72 73 72 217
2 United States Amy Ellertson  Free Union, VA -1 F -1 72 74 72 218
3 Australia Sue Wooster  Australia +2 F +4 75 69 77 221
4 Canada Mary Ann Hayward  St. Thomas, ON +6 F +2 75 75 75 225
5 Canada Marie-Thérèse Torti  Candiac, QC +10 F +4 74 78 77 229

 

Super Senior Results

1 Canada Jackie Little  Procter, BC +11 F +8 75 74 81 230
T2 Canada Ivy Steinberg  Stouffville, ON +16 F +3 75 84 76 235
T2 United States Ruth Maxwell  Reno, NV +16 F +6 79 77 79 235
4 United States Patty Moore  Pinehurst, NC +20 F +6 81 79 79 239
T5 Canada Penny Baziuk  North Saanich, BC +21 F +6 79 82 79 240
T5 Canada Joey Bush  St. Thomas, ON +21 F * +2 84 81 75 240

 

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