O Canada -- four golfers from 'up there' crash U.S. Senior Women's Amateur quarterfinals
The U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Waverley Country Club looked a lot like a Canadian Women's Senior Championship on Tuesday.
Four of the eight golfers advancing to the quarterfinals are from Canada.
And, with none of the Canadians matched up against a countrywoman on Wednesday morning, the Wednesday semifinals could be all Canada.
"That would be awesome," said Judith Kyrinis, one of the survivors from the country just north of the U.S.
Kyrinis, Mary Ann Hayward, Terrill Samuel and Jackie Little will represent Canada in the quarterfinals. All four won twice in Tuesday's rounds of match play, and they stuck around or went back out on the course when possible to root for the others.
"We're really excited," Little said.
"We've been pushing each other the past few years," Hayward said.
"We're pretty proud Canadians," Kyrinis said, "and we play some really good golf up there — LPGA, PGA, we're coming on strong."
Little is from Proctor, British Columbia. The others are from Ontario.
Hayward was born in Quebec, and in Tuesday's morning round of 32, she defeated another Canadiana, Marie-Therese Torti, on the 20th hole. Torti, from Quebec, then caddied for Hayward in the afternoon as she decisioned Sherry Smith of Irvine, California, 7 and 6.
Another Canadian just missed crashing the quarterfinals party. Helene Chartrand, who was co-medalist along with Portland's Lara Tennant, lost in the round of 32 on the 19th hole to Carolyn Creekmore of Dallas.
Hayward, 57, is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, along with legendary players such as George Knudson, Al Balding, Moe Norman, Dave Barr and others.
Last month, Hayward made it to a playoff in the Canadian Women's Senior Championship, a stroke-play event, before losing to Australian Sue Wooster, who fell Tuesday morning at Waverley.
Hayward won that Canadian championship in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Kyrinis (now age 53) won that tournament in 2016. Samuel (56) was the champion in 2015 and 2012. Little (59) captured the crown in 2008 and 2009.
Hayward said Kyrinis has inspired her to keep plugging away in recent years.
"She got me working on my game harder," Hayward said.
The entire Canada clan keeps tab on one another, even when they are not physically together on a golf course.
"We all hang around and are very close on Facebook and social media," Kyrinis said. "Mary Ann and I battle day in and day out in Ontario, and Terrill also.
Two Hall of Famers from Canada have won the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur — Gayle Borthwick in 1996 and 1998, and Marlene Streit in 2003.
Could the winner at the end of the 56th championship match on Thursday be wearing red?
On Wednesday morning, Kyrinis will tee off first, facing 58-year-old Lisa McGill of Philadelphia in a match that starts at 8 a.m. Next up will be Hayward versus Tara Fleming, 50, of Jersey City, New Jersey, who was born in Toronto. The third quarterfinal will pit Samuel against Patricia Cornett, a 63-year-old Stanford Hall of Famer who lives in Mill Valley, California. The final pairing will have the 4-foot-8 Little going up against Patricia Schremmer, 52, of Honolulu.
As a long day of golf came to a close Tuesday at Waverley, the Canadians connected in the parking lot and finalized their rendezvous plans for a dinner out in Portland — for Italian food.