Samuel rallies after tough start to win Canadian Senior Women's Golf Championship

Jason Malloy
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Debby Beck of Montague finishes as the top player from P.E.I.

Mary Ann Hayward tees off on the fourth hole Thursday during the Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women's Golf Championshp at the Belvedere Golf Club.

Terrill Samuel got off to a tough start Thursday but quickly bounced back to win the Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women’s Golf Championship.

The Etobicoke, Ont., resident four-putted the first hole leading to a double bogey. Her putter had been giving her trouble all week.

“I said, ‘Oh, here we go again,’” she said after the round.

“Then I just started making them,” she added. “All my three-footers started going in dead centre.”

And before she knew it, Samuel was putting out on No. 18 to complete a 3-under 71 final round. She birdied the fourth, sixth, 10th, 12th, 15th and 17th holes while bogeying No. 8.

Samuel, who finished third last year, entered the day tied for fifth, two strokes off the pace. She ended the three-day competition 2-over 224 for a one-stroke victory over Quebec’s Helene Chartrand (225) and Chicago’s Mary Kay Thanos-Zordani (227).

“I’ve never won a Canadian event. I’ve won a few provincial events, so this is a lifetime goal,” said Samuel, 51. “I am very happy to have won.”

Montague’s Debby Beck was the top Islander in the field, finishing tied for 62nd. She shot an 89 Thursday after firing 85s the first two days.

Charlottetown’s Susan Allen finished one stroke back of Beck with 88s on Tuesday and Thursday and an 84 Wednesday. She finished tied for 64th.

Charlottetown’s Pam Ling was 70th with a 96 Thursday to go with opening rounds of 85.

Lynda Palahniuk of Kelowna, B.C., won the two-day Super Senior Division by two strokes over Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C.

“Ten years ago my non-golfing friends couldn’t understand why I was so excited to turn 50,” she said to a round of laughter at Thursday afternoon’s presentations. “This year, kind of a similar situation, not only do I get a government cheque, but I’m a super champion.”

The golfers were appreciative of the club staff for their work on the course and those who made the event possible.

“There was an incredible amount of volunteers this week,” Palahniuk said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many volunteers.”


The following are final round results from the 2012 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Senior Championship Thursday at the Belvedere Golf Club:

1. Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, 74-79-71-224

2. Helene Chartrand, Pincourt, QC, 76-75-74-225

3. Mary Kay Thanos-Zordani, Chicago, IL, 81-71-75-227

4. Mary Ann Hayward, Aurora, ON, 74-77-79-230

5. Alison Murdoch, Victoria, BC, 78-79-75-232

5. Lynda Palahniuk, Kelowna, BC, 74-81-77-232

5. Lynn Kuehn, Lacombe, AB, 70-81-81-232

8. Diane Williams, Calgary, AB, 79-80-74-233

8. Allyson Harrison, Kingston, ON, 73-81-79-233

10. Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC, 77-83-74-234

11. Sue Postian, London, ON, 77-79-79-235

11. Barbara Flaman, Sherwood Park, AB, 76-80-79-235

13. Penny Baziuk, North Saanich, BC, 82-76-78-236

14. Margaret Matthews, Drumbo, ON, 75-78-85-238

15. Melanie Grant, Kelowna, BC, 78-83-79-240

15. Gail Pimm, Uxbridge, ON, 82-77-81-240

17. Teri deLuis, Brockville, ON, 80-83-78-241

17. Kathy Grebenc, Bathurst, NB, 81-80-80-241

17. Diane Dolan, Gatineau, QC, 83-77-81-241

20. Cheryll Damphouse, Amherstburg, ON, 77-84-81-242

20. Susan Tumblin, Fall River, NS, 75-81-86-242

22. Holly Horwood, Vancouver, BC, 80-83-80-243

22. Kathy Pilkey, Claremont, ON, 79-83-81-243

22. Debbie Court, Toronto, ON, 78-78-87-243

25. Lauraine Letarte, Boucherville, QC, 76-87-81-244

25. Lindsay Wortham, Richmond, VA, 79-83-82-244

27. Susan Pearl, Ottawa, ON, 83-79-83-245

27. Robin Lee Monroe, Vancouver, BC, 80-80-85-245 +23

27. Boodie McGurn, Richmond, VA, 82-87-76-245

30. Susan Podolsky, Alexandria, VA, 84-79-83-246

30. Louise Hotte, L'Ange-Gardien, QC, 81-82-83-246

30. Ginny Marshall, Waterloo, ON, 85-82-79-246

30. Ivy Steinberg, Stouffville, ON, 76-85-85-246

34. Cheryl Brayman, East Hills, NY, 80-85-82-247

34. Linda Sharpe, Fort Saskatchewan, AB, 85-81-81-247

34. Josée Deslauriers, Brossard, QC, 86-81-80-247

34. Carole Letendre, Gracefield, QC, 82-86-79-247

34. Joan Wilson, Calgary, AB, 78-82-87-247

34. Joey Bush, Aurora, ON, 84-86-77-247

40. Angela Colm, Ajax, ON, 81-82-85-248

40. Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC, 82-83-83-248

40. Tammy Gibson, Winnipeg, MB, 79-88-81-248

40. Barbara Wellard, North Bay, ON, 82-85-81-248

40. Julie Green, Georgetown, ON, 81-88-79-248

45. Leslie Houde, Kingston, NS, 82-84-83-249

45. Karen Saunders, Calgary, AB, 86-80-83-249

45. Marian Bennis, Oyster Bay, NY, 78-92-79-249

48. Karen Saarimaki, Geraldton, ON, 81-83-86-250

48. Debbie McDonald, Claremont, ON, 82-85-83-250

50. Deborah Karrel, Bedford, NS, 85-84-82-251

51. Beverly McGladery, Vancouver, BC, 83-81-88-252

51. Susan Wright Cassan, Murillo, ON, 79-83-90-252

51. Donna Brownridge, Winnipeg, MB, 86-82-84-252

51. Cheryl Van Dornick, Camrose, AB, 85-87-80-252

55. Nancy Horne, North Gower, ON, 87-83-83-253

56. Linda Burroughsford, Fort Erie, ON, 85-83-86-254

57. Pam Cossey, Saint John, NB, 84-84-88-256

57. Ellenora Horton, Collingwood, ON, 83-86-87-256

57. Judy Sefton, Melfort, SK, 83-87-86-256

60. Catherine Burgess, Lombardy, ON, 85-82-90-257

61. Kris Harvey, Fredericton, NB, 87-85-86-258

62. Debby Beck, Montague, PE, 85-85-89-259

62. Connie Walker, Fall River, NS, 78-92-89-259

64. Laura Small, Casa Rio, SK, 86-81-93-260

64. Monique Taylor, Lower Coverdale, NB, 84-87-89-260

64. Susan Allen, Charlottetown, PE, 88-84-88-260

67. Pamela Burnside, Nepean, ON, 83-87-91-261

67. Cindy Beaudet, Calgary, AB, 84-87-90-261

69. Rosemary Salvatore, Etobicoke, ON, 84-84-96-264

70. Pamela Ling, Charlottetown, PE, 85-85-96-266


Organizations: Royale Cup Canadian Senior Women, Super Senior Division

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown, Quebec Chicago Kelowna Victoria

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