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).