MacLauchlan, Yorke claimed two titles during amateur championship at Stanhope
Chris MacLauchlan recovered after slicing her tee shot to win the Cooke Insurance women’s amateur golf championship on the first playoff hole Sunday at Stanhope Golf Course.
She didn’t let the first shot rattle her. She shrugged it off and went to work.
“I pushed my tee ball but I still wasn’t panicking because I’ve played this course so often,” said MacLauchlan, a member of the north shore course for more than 40 years. “Maybe that’s experience, maybe its just state of mind.”
She hit her second shot from the ninth hole back to the trees, her third shot through the trees and her fourth left her with, what she described as, a reasonable putt for par.
“I felt confident I could make the putt from there and I gave myself a chance, so that’s all one can hope for at that point,” MacLauchlan said.
MacLauchlan sunk the putt and won the three-round championship when Fiona Thompson missed her putt for par.
“This is huge for me,” said MacLauchlan, who acknowledged the importance of the support from members of her home course throughout the competition.
“This is my backyard,” she said, noting she grew up nearby. “This is home.”
MacLauchlan fired a 4-over 78 on Sunday after opening rounds of 79 and 81, respectively, for a three-round score of 16-over 238.
It not only won her the amateur women’s title, but also the senior championship.
It was her second amateur title. She won her first at Stanhope in 2006.
Sunday also saw a double winner on the men’s side, as Tim Yorke repeated as both the men’s amateur and mid-amateur champ.
Yorke won the amateur for a fifth time with a 1-under 215, one shot better than local favourite Jeremy Stevenson. He opened with a 4-under 68, followed by 75 and 72 to finish the tournament.
“Three different days,” Yorke said. “The first day really (is) as good as I can play golf. The second day was ‘Wow, what happened?’ Today was more of a grind with two really good players” in Martin O’Brien and Jason Campbell.
While Yorke had a tough finish to his first round, he was sharp at the end on Sunday, including birdies on 16 and 17.
He hit a big bunker shot on No. 16, had a good shot on 17 to allow for a two putt and almost birdied 18 with a long putt.
He finished the front nine with birdies on 8 and 9. He needed every one of them to fend off Stevenson, who was looking to win on his home course.
“He’s going to win his share, no question,” Yorke said, calling him a top-quality golfer and person. “We are fortunate. We have so many nice, young people to play with right now.”
The Kensington native and a member at the P.E.I. Ocean View Resort and Golf Club in Summerside got off to a slow start to the season.
Yorke confirmed after the third round Sunday he has been dealing with a bit of a medical issue.
“Luckily, I have a good doctor that fixed me up on Tuesday,” he said.
“It’s a big plus when you have a doctor that’s on your side.”
Yorke suggested Thursday he expected the winning score was going to be in the range of 7- to 12-under.
“I didn’t really anticipate the golf course playing as difficult as it was — firm and fast and hard,” he said.
“The golf course really was the winner. . . It was in fantastic shape. It beat us up pretty good.”
Chris MacLauchlan, left, and Tim Yorke will soon have their names engraved on these plaques after winning the 2017 Cooke Insurance Amateur Golf Championship Sunday in Stanhope.