Thomson triumphs in Manitoba amateur

In the end, integrity and Chrissy Thomson both won out.
The 20-year-old Fort Frances golfer was the beneficiary of the honesty of playing partner Jill Hardy from Winnipeg, as a twostroke penalty accepted by Hardy gave Thomson a one-stroke victory in the Golf Manitoba amateur ladies’ championship in Winnipeg yesterday—the first ever won by a local competitor.
“It showed what kind of a person she is,” said Thomson about Hardy, who admitted to knocking loose some branches from a nearby tree during a practice swing before her second shot on yesterday’s 18th hole, thus garnering the penalty.
Hardy was leading by a stroke heading into the final hole, and when both players double bogeyed, Thomson settled into the gracious loser’s role—but only temporarily.
“I congratulated her when we walked off the 18th green,” said Thomson, who shot 223 over the three-round event. “We knew we both deserved to win it.
“But when she sat down at the scorer’s table, she turned and said I deserved the congratulations, because I had really won it. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’” Thomson held a one-stroke lead after Tuesday’s second round, having carded scores of 74 and 72.
Leading by three shots on the 15th hole, Thomson knocked her tee shot out of bounds, and wound up double bogeying to have her lead cut to one.
After both parred the 16th, Hardy’s birdie and Thomson’s subsequent bogey put the Manitoban into the driver’s seat heading to No. 18.
But Hardy’s tree trouble led to both players ending up with finalround scores of 77 to give Thomson the title.
The win ensured Thomson a spot on two provincial teams which will travel to different parts of the country for major competitions in the upcoming weeks.
Thomson and teammates Heather McMunn, Stacey Bieber, Donna Mathieson, Kathleen Zeweniuk, and Angela Daykin will compose the Manitoba Western Canadian squad that will journey to Vernon, B.C. for interprovincial team matches against B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan July 26-28.
Then it’s off to Montreal for Thomson, Hardy, McMunn and Bieber as part of a Manitoba amateur team that will compete in an interprovincial event Aug. 12-13.
“I was looking forward to entering those competitions as an individual, anyway,” said Thomson, who was a three-time member of the Manitoba junior team.
“But to go in as the Manitoba amateur champion is a whole different feeling. It will give me much more confidence going in.”