Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke, Ont., won the triple crown at the 2015 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior championships at Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa in Camlachie, Ont.
Samuel, 54, was crowned the Senior (50+), Mid-Master (40+) and Mid-Amateur (25+) champion after going three-under for the competition.
“It feels great. It was a wonderful tournament and I had a great time. It’s very exciting to win the championship,” said Samuel, who also won the 2012 Canadian Senior championship.
“I think it really helps that you’ve done it before because you can believe in yourself, but it also relaxes you because you have won and you’re not trying to do your first,” she said.
A member of Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Samuel entered the final round tied with Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., and edged the competition with a one-over 72 in Friday’s final round. Samuel opened the tournament with a three-under 68 followed by a 70 on day two.
“I played with Judith Kyrinis for three days and she played absolutely flawlessly. She barely missed a shot and every time I would hit a bad shot, it seemed I had a horseshoe and had a good break,” said Samuel, who was in a draw with Kyrinis heading into the final hole on Friday.
“I actually didn’t feel good at first because I thought she probably deserved to win the tournament as opposed to myself, but I guess it’s good to be lucky sometimes,” said Samuel.
Kyrinis shot a final round 74 to finish two strokes behind as runner-up. She had a double-bogey on the 18th hole to finish second in the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior divisions.
Mary Ann Hayward of Aurora, Ont., rounded out the top three in all three divisions after going two over for the tournament.
The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, who has three Canadian Women’s Senior titles, rebounded from a four-over front nine during the final round with an eagle-birdie-par to finish one over for the final round.
With the victory, Samuel will play at the 2015 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur at Hillwood Country Club in Nashville, Tenn., beginning in late September.
In the Super Senior division, Joey Bush of Aurora, Ont., captured the over-60 Super Senior Championship title after finishing 11-over par through the opening 36 holes.
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