Royale Cup tees up at Spallumcheen

A field of 107 to compete for Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, Aug. 19-22, at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

A total of 107 players will compete for the Ada MacKenzie Trophy in the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, Aug. 19-22, at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Headlining this year’s field will be Victoria’s Alison Murdoch. She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame earlier this summer and is looking to win her record fifth Canadian Senior Championship (2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007 winner).

Also playing is Canadian Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Hayward of Aurora, Que., who won titles in 2010 and ‘11.

“The golf course should prove to be an excellent test for Canada’s top senior women’s talent and we’re looking forward to crowning a new champion on Aug. 22,” said tournament director Mary Beth McKenna, of Golf Canada.

Hayward captured her third Investors Group Ontario Senior Women’s Amateur title last Thursday by a phenomenal 15-stroke margin at Stratford Country Club.

Hayward, the 2010 and 2012 champion, went wire-to-wire across 54 holes of competition, dominating the field of Ontario’s best female amateurs age 50 and over. She opened with the low round of the tournament, a four-under 68 before following up with a 70 and 71 for a 7-under 209.

“The first day was absolutely awesome,” Hayward told Golf Ontario, of her birdie-filled 68. “I think I miss-hit only one shot all day. It was probably closest to the most perfect round I’ve ever had.”

Hayward will also defend her inter-provincial team title at Spallumcheen with Team Ontario. Hayward and returnee Ivy Steinburg of Stouffville will be joined by Andrea Blackwell of Kingston.

Hayward became the first Canadian to win the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2005.

“I’m just really happy to be scoring again, I haven’t scored that well the last couple of years so I’ve been working on playing more and just scoring – so it’s nice to see it pay off.”

Team B.C. includes Lynda Palahniuk of Kelowna, former Vernonite Jackie Little, now of Port Alberni, and Karen Pultz of Surrey.

The nationals are open to female amateur golfers who turn 50 by the first day of the tournament. The Super Senior division is open to ages 60 and over.

The winner receives an exemption into the U.S. Golf Association’s Senior Women’s Amateur Championships at Cordvale Golf Club, Sept. 21-26, in San Martin, Calif.

Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke, Ont. won the 2012 Royale Cup in Charlottetown, carding 74-79-71-224 for a one-stroke victory over Helene Chartrand of Pincourt, Que.

There will be a practice round on Monday, Aug. 19 with first-round tee times starting Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Afternoon slots begin at 12:30 p.m.

Round 2 times will be the same with Thursday’s third round being cut to the low 70 players and ties with action going at 7:30 a.m. and the last group going out at 9:42 a.m.