Team Canada’s Maddie Szeryk wins Women’s WesternWritten by Austin Stanton / Golf Canada
Team Canada Amateur Squad Golfer Maddie Szeryk def. Dylan Kim (Sacshe, Tex.) 3 and 1 in a 36-hole match to to become the first Canadian to win the Western Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst Ill.
The London, Ont, native built a 3-up lead through the first 18 holes that she never relinquished. Kim got within 2-down with three to play, but a par-birdie finish by Szeryk secured her the victory.
“We still had 18 holes left so I could have gone 3-down but I stuck to my game plan and pretended it was a new match and that we were all square and tried to play my game and keep going,” said Szeryk
A junior at Texas A&M, Szeryk started the week strong and never looked back. She was the No. 2 seed in the 64-women match play bracket after opening 73-70 to sit 1-under-par after 36 holes of stroke play qualifying.
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117th WWGA National Amateur Champion
MADDIE SZERYK! Maddie def. Dylan Kim, 3 & 1 pic.twitter.com/92fcIXpVMt
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Through multiple weather delays Szeryk won six matches, only going the full 18 holes once, in the semi finals against
The 20-year-old is coming off a record setting year with the Texas A&M. Her 71.24 season stroke average and 128 birdies were both Aggies records. She won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational and finished T13 at the NCAA Division I Championship, earning her First-Team All-American honours.
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