A Saskatoon golfer had not won the Saskatchewan Amateur women’s golf championship since Cortney Joyce in 2002.
Ashley Olynick changed that, not to mention her own tee trend.
Olynick tossed a 300-pound gorilla off her back, winning her first provincial Amateur title after being the runner-up three years in a row.
“It’s a big win,” Olynick said after shooting a 3-over 75 Friday for a four-day total of 16-over 304. “I mean it’s provincials. Now I’m like ‘OK, now I can go out and win more.’ Nationals is my next goal.
“It didn’t really bother me getting second. It’s in the back of mind, of course, but I just want to shoot low scores, whatever the outcome. Obviously, a win is good.”
YOUNG ONLY 14 YEARS OLD
Olynick leads the provincial women’s team for the Royale Cup national women’s Amateur championships July 28 to Aug. 1 at Elmhurst Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg. The Willows golfer is joined by Moon Lake’s Kyla Reay (78–309), The Willows’ Ginelle Giblett (81–322) and Riverside youngster Anna Young (82–325) on an all-Saskatoon team. Riverside’s Kim Brown (84–321) was the third lowest qualifier, but she won’t be able to play at nationals, so Young was bumped up to fill the vacancy.
“Good team,” said Olynick, a 2004 provincial junior champion. “Anna’s just a new up-and-comer junior, but she’s really good. She’s really accurate. She’ll be a good asset to the team. Kyla is always real consistent and a good player. Ginelle, too. She went to school (in the United States), so she knows what serious, competitive golf is all about.”
Giblett, at 22, is the oldest, followed by Olynick, 21, Reay, 19, and Young, a mere 14.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Young, who’s going into Grade 10 at Holy Cross High School. “I’m going to try and make the team for junior, too. I’ve been to some out-of-town tournaments the past couple of years, so I don’t really get intimidated very easily.”
GIBLETT PLAYS AT U.S. COLLEGE
Reay, a three-time provincial junior champion, played it close to Olynick, but her hopes faded by going 3-over during the final holes compared to 1-under for Olynick.
“I tied it up around 14 and then I didn’t do too good after that,” Reay said. “The last hole I went into the bush (for a double-bogey). Other than that I was par-par. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Reay has played on four provincial junior teams. This is her second Amateur team.
Giblett, a native of Bengough, moved to Saskatoon in June after completing the school year at Chicago’s Robert Morris College on a golf scholarship.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I haven’t played too much. To be able to make the team is great. It’s all I could ask for.”
Brown, 27, is disappointed at missing nationals. She is scheduled to go to Ottawa for work.
“I haven’t been playing a lot of golf the last four years,” said Brown, who played on the Saskatchewan junior team in 1999 and the provincial Amateur team in 2001. “It was nice to come out. Overall, it was a good tournament.”
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