For the third time this year, a Canadian has advanced to the final of a USGA championship.
After Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., made it to the final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., did the same at the U.S. Amateur, Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., is hoping to win the the U.S. Senior Women’s Championship.
Playing in her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur, Kyrinis will play Joan Higgins of Glendora, Calif., in Thursday’s final in Deal, N.J., after beating two former champions.
Kyrinis posted a 2&1 victory over Terri Frohnmayer, the 2011 winner, in the afternoon after taking a 3&2 triumph over 2010 champion Mina Hardin earlier in the day.
“It’s awesome,” said Kyrinis, who advanced to the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur semifinals in 2000.
“It’s been awhile for me to get back here and play some good golf. I didn’t want to go out in the semi-finals again because nobody remembers that,” she added.
Higgins, the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur winner in 2008, defeated 2014 Canadian Women’s Senior Amateur champion Helene Chartrand, 1 up, in the morning and beat Kareen Markle, 3&2, in the semi-finals.
The 18-hole final on Thursday, Sept. 18, begins at 8:30 a.m. local time.
Frohnmayer, from Salem, Ore., went ahead in the middle portion of her match with Kyrinis. She squared the match on the ninth hole with a two-putt par from 45 feet and then got up and down from the back fringe to win the par five 10th.
Kyrinis was in more trouble on No. 11 when her tee shot found the left fairway bunker. She pitched sideways safely to the short grass and hit her third shot to within 14 feet below the hole.
Kyrinis then found her touch on the green by holing the par putt to halve the hole.
“It was a tremendous four,” said Kyrinis, who had missed short-to medium-range putts on the previous three holes. “My mojo wasn’t coming, I wasn’t feeling real good, but that pumped me up there.”
Kyrinis used that momentum to win three consecutive holes and take a 2-up lead.
She made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par five 12th, a five-and-a-half-footer on 13 and a five-footer for par to win No. 14 when Frohnmayer found the hazard in front of the green with her approach shot.
In the quarterfinals, Kyrinis jumped out to a big lead against Mexico’s Hardin. She made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 349-yard, par four third and won holes seven and eight with pars to grab a three-hole advantage.
Kyrinis later bogeyed 11 and 13 to give Hardin a glimmer of hope, but each time she came back with a birdie. She sank a 30-footer on the par five 12th and struck a 78-yard wedge to within two feet at the par four 14th.
“Absolutely, (Kyrinis) can win (the championship) if she plays like she did today,” said Hardin. “Her wedges were good, her driving was good. She’s a good player.”
Should she win Thursday, she would become the first Canadian since Marlene Streit in 2003 to win the title.