Australian Sue Wooster made the most of “moving day” Monday, shooting a four-under-par 69 to take a share of the lead at the 49th playing of the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship, being held at the Osoyoos Golf Club.
The two-time defending champion, who did not have a birdie in her opening round on Sunday, had six of them Monday.
The difference, she said, was she sunk some putts.
“You asked the question yesterday, what did I have to do, and I said hit the ball closer and sink some putts. I did that today.”
The Melbourne resident also put in some considerable time working on her putting and trying to get a better feel for the greens at Osoyoos Golf Club.
“I spent probably an hour and half last night on the putting green,” Wooster said. “I had come from the U.S. Amateur and the greens were running 13 and half. I think I was still in that mode. I was stroking it too soft and needed to get a bit of firmness.”
Wooster shares the lead with Nonie Marler of Vancouver at two-under par.
Four individual trophies will be awarded following Tuesday’s conclusion of the 54-hole event being played on Osoyoos Golf Club’s Park Meadows Course.
The Mid-Amateur competition is open to players aged 25 and older. The Mid-Masters title is open to players aged 40 and older. The Senior competition is for players aged 50 and older and the Super-Senior title is being contested by players aged 60 and older.
Wooster has the lead in the Mid-Master and Senior divisions.
Marler, the first-round leader, shot an even-par 73 Monday to remain at two-under. She chipped in for eagle on the par 5 18th hole — her ninth hole of the day. On Sunday, Marler three-putted the 18th green for a frustrating par.
Marler’s eagle came after her 8-iron approach rolled through the green and onto the back fringe.
“It put me in a bit of a precarious situation,” she said. “I would have had to go over the first cut and the upper part of the rough if I wanted to putt it.
“I couldn’t do that. I took out my wedge and I just committed to it and I figured if I land it where the rough sort of ends it will at least give me a shot at a birdie putt. And it turns out I didn’t need the birdie putt.”
Marler, a commercial realtor who is only eligible for the Mid-Amateur competition, felt she could have gone lower Monday given how well she struck the ball.
“My putter let me down a little bit,” she said. “I hit quite a few greens in regulation, so I was pleased with my iron play. I am going to do some work on my putting. That is sort of what was giving me a little bit of grief today. Some days you have it, some days you don’t have it.”
Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., who won the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior titles in 2016, is just one shot back of Marler and Wooster. She shot an even-par 73 Monday to remain at one-under for the tournament.
Jackie Little of Procter, B.C. leads the Super-Senior division, which she won last year. Little fired a one-over 74 Monday and sits at three-over through two rounds. That is seven shots better than Holly Horwood of Vancouver Ruth Maxwell of Reno, Nev., who share second place.
One local playing in the senior division will play today as well, although she’ll start well back of Wooster.
Christine Jurgenson goes out at 9:50 on Hole 10 after rounds of 84 Sunday and 88 Monday. The OGC’s Caludia Wood, shooting 86-89 over the first two days, missed the cut.
The leaders will also hit the links at 9:50, teeing off on Hole 1.