Christina Spence Proteau of Port Alberni, B.C. won the 2021 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship yesterday at Golf Château Bromont in Quebec in a playoff over Vancouver’s Nonie Marler.
Proteau has previously been named the PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year three times (2012, 2013, 2014) and won the 2017 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Proteau entered Thursday’s final round one stroke back of Marler, who held the Mid-Amateur lead for the first two rounds, and whose first-round 72 would end up being the lowest and only single-round score under par for the entire tournament.
The two B.C. golfers were tied at 5 over par after the final hole of the 54-hole tournament, forcing the division to go to a sudden-death playoff. Proteau came out victorious after a birdie on the first playoff hole.
“Feels unbelievable,” said Proteau. “I’ve had a few years – seven specifically – since my last win at the national level, and I’ve definitely had some doubts for the last few years if it would happen again. So, this one, by far, is the most meaningful and it ranks way up there just generally with anything I’ve achieved in Canadian golf.”
Proteau, the first golfer to ever be inducted into the University of Victoria’s Sports Hall of Fame back in 2020, collects her sixth career Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur title—she previously won in 2009 and four consecutive years from 2011-2014.
Nanoose Bay’s Shelly Stouffer wins both the Mid-Master and Senior Division titles
With a final score of 7 over par, Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C., captured both the Mid-Master and Senior division titles and finished third in the Mid-Amateur division.
Stouffer had previously won the 2012 PNGA Women’s Mid-Amateur.
“It feels amazing, it feels awesome,” said Stouffer, who led the Senior division through 36 holes. “I wanted to play last year and because of COVID, it never happened. So, it’s great to be here this year.”
By winning the Senior division, Stouffer receives an exemption into the 59th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala., from Sept. 10-15, 2021 and the fourth U.S. Senior Women’s Open at NCR Country Club (South Course) in Kettering, Ohio from Aug. 25-28, 2022.
Both Stouffer and Proteau receive exemptions into the 2022 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Westmount Golf & Country Club in Kitchener, Ont., July 19-22.
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