Woodstock, P.E.I. – One hundred and thirty-one of Canada’s top senior-aged golfers will descend on Mill River Golf Resort from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 for the playing of the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO.
Six players from Saskatchewan are in the field including the trio that will make up Team Saskatchewan led by two-time amateur champion Kathy Ziglo. Joining her is Prince Albert’s Pauline McDougall and Robin Acton.
Saskatoon’s Maureen Bowerman, Regina golfer Bev Bellerose, and Jo-Anne Schiller of Lloydminster will also be in the field.
The Canadian Women’s Senior Championship will consist of 54 holes of stroke-play with a cut after 36 holes. Players over 50 are eligible to compete in the Senior Championship and those 60 and over will compete for the Super Senior title.
After 36 holes the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties, based off the Senior division. A minimum of five Super Seniors will make the cut and anyone within ten shorts of the Super Senior leader.
An event previously combined with the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur competition, the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship will be conducted as a stand-alone championship.
A practice round will be conducted Tuesday, August 29th prior to the championship’s opening round on Wednesday, August 30.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship at Mill River Resort as a stand-alone event for the first time in recent history,” said Golf Canada Tournament Director Daniel Suppa. We are excited to have competitors from Canada and the United States showcase their skills at a great venue here in Atlantic Canada. Golf Canada’s Amateur Championships and more specifically, the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship wouldn’t be possible without the support of the host club committee, volunteers, and national partners.”
Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, BC., won last year’s Senior Division by one stroke over Terrill Samuel of Etobicoke, Ont., who won the Super Senior Division. Stouffer and Samuel will return this year to try and defend their titles. Also competing is two-time winner Judith Kyrinis of Thornhill, Ont., fresh off a T6 finish at last week’s USGA Senior Open Championship.
Constructed between 1969-1970 under the direction of Robbie Robinson, the well-established Mill River Golf Resort features 18 unforgettable holes that cater to both high and low handicap players. Its expansive, rolling fairways, bunkered greens and water elements combine to present a premier championship experience. Between 1992-1996, Graham Cooke designed multiple changes to the course including six new greens at holes 2,3,4,5,6, and 17.
“Hosting a National Championship is something that doesn’t happen very often, so we are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Golf Canada,” said Sean Joyce, Director of Golf at Mill River. “Mill River is proud to have the best players from across the country here in our corner of the province enjoying our resort and golf course, we wish them all the best this week.”
An inter-provincial team championship will be played in conjunction with the first 36 holes of the competition, with three-player teams vying for the inter-provincial title. Team British Columbia including Shelly Stouffer, Jackie Little, and Sandra Turbide won last year’s title.
Conducted since 1971, the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship has featured the country’s most accomplished senior golfers including Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members Marlene Streit, Gayle Borthwick, Marilyn O’Connor and Margaret Todd who all own senior championship titles.
The champion of the 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Competition will earn exemptions into the 2023 U.S Women’s Senior Amateur Championship, 2024 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, 2024 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2024 U.S Women’s Senior Open.
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