Mary Ann Hayward of Aurora

Mary Ann Hayward of Aurora

Hayward hoists third Royale Cup in four years

Mary Ann Hayward wins Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women’s Golf Championship Thursday at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Mary Ann Hayward is already a Canadian Hall of Famer on the women’s golf scene.

The Aurora, Ont. native cemented her legacy a little bit more Thursday afternoon as she collected her third Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women’s Championships in four years at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Hayward, who also won titles in 2010 and ‘11, followed up a steady 4-over-par 75 on her opening round Tuesday with a scorching 4-under 67 Wednesday. Her Round 2 scorecard included seven birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey.

She then eagled the par-5 11th hole en route to an even-par 71 Thursday, which left her at par for the week, and five strokes ahead of runner-up, and four-time Royale Cup winner, Alison Murdoch of Victoria (74-72-72).

“I knew I had to put together a good round to get back in it after a sloppy round on the Tuesday,” said Hayward.

“Everything clicked, I was seeing those lines on the putts. I made a ton of 10- to 12-footers.

“I’ve worked quite hard this year in preparing for this, knowing that the competition would be strong. It’s very rewarding to have it all come together.”

Hayward, who stayed at a friend’s condo on Okanagan Lake, had plenty of praise for the Spall course, the organizing committee and the 140 volunteers who helped make the tournament a success.

“Spall was absolutely fantastic,” she said. “They were such a good venue for the tournament. The course was magnificent and what was most impressive was all the volunteers.”

A pair of Quebec golfers – Gatineau’s Diane Dolan (73-75-72) and Candiac’s Marie Torti-Therese – shared third place at 7-over.

Vancouver’s Holly Horwood, who held the lead after Day 1, finished fifth at 8-over after carding rounds of 71-76-74.

Port Alberni’s Jackie Little, formerly of Vernon, slipped a little on her final day to earn sixth at 11-over (74-72-78).

Hayward has earned an exemption into the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, Sept. 21-26 at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.

n Vernon’s Jesse Crowe and Keith Vandenbrink shot identical rounds of 79-72 to finish in a group of six at 7-over, good enough for 30th at the Titleist/Footjoy PGA of B.C. Championship Tuesday at the Salmon Arm Golf Club.

Greg Machtaler, head pro at the Summerland Golf & Country Club, claimed the title and $6,000 after outlasting Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek Golf Centre and Eddward Boudreau of Victoria’s Gorge Vale Golf Club on a second playoff hole.

Machtaler carded a pair of 3-under 69s to match Parry (68-70) and Boudreau (73-65) at 6-under.

n Coldstream’s Austin Bosquet, a member of the Vernon Golf & Country Club, finished in a tie for 12th at the B.C. Juvenile Championships Tuesday at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay.

Bosquet carded rounds of 72-74-75 to sit at 5-over, 11 strokes back of champion Alex Francois of Burnaby (70-69-63).