Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 11, 2005 21:09 ET

10 PLAYERS EARN QUALIFER BERTHS INTO 2005 BMO CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

All-Canadian playoff on Tuesday to determine final qualifying spot Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HALIFAX--(CCNMatthews - July 11, 2005) - Six Canadians will be among the final eleven to earn berths in the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open after an 18-hole qualifying round today at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

The first 10 of 11 available spots were decided in regulation at Glen Arbour with the final spot going to a playoff between Canadians Angie Green of London, Ont. and Kristi Vienneau of Bathurst, N.B. who fired matching 79's. The playoff went three holes before tournament officials postponed due to darkness. The playoff will resume Tuesday morning at 8:00 am at Glen Arbour Golf Course.

Among the Canadians earning their spot in the event is Claudia Beauchesne, of Gatineau, Que. whose 72 was the low round of the day. Fellow Canucks advancing were Marie-Josee Rouleau of St-Lambert, Que. (75), amateurs Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Windsor, Que. and Jill Hardy of Winnipeg, Man. (76) and Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que. (78).

After a 45-minute rain delay, play got underway with each of the competitors in the 33-player field having a one in three chance of advancing into Canada's only LPGA Tour stop as the number of qualifying spots was raised from 8 to 11.

The additional six Canadian players boosts the total number of Canadians entered in the championship field to 26, the largest ever in the Canadian Women's Open.

The following players advanced into the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open:

(CAN) Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, Que. - 72
Perry Swenson, Boynton Beach, Fla. - 73
(a) In-Bee Park, Las Vegas, Nev. - 74
Laura Rowe, Bedford, N.H. - 74
(CAN) Marie-Josee Rouleau, St-Lambert, Que. - 75
Samantha White, Rangeley, Maine - 76
(a) (CAN) Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Windsor, Que. - 76
(a) (CAN) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, Man. - 76
Kelly Cavanaugh, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. - 76
(CAN) Lisa Meldrum, Kirkland, Que. - 78

Final spot into the field to be determined by a playoff on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am (Atlantic Time):
(CAN) Angie Green, London, Ont. - 79
(CAN) Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, N.B. - 79

(CAN) denotes Canadian
(a) denotes amateur

Tuesday is Family Day
Family Day, presented by BMO Financial Group, is a series of fun-filled family activities taking place at Glen Arbour Golf Course. Activities include a series of Future Links Junior Skills Clinics (putting, chipping, driving) geared to young golfers, followed by a Skins Team Challenge where LPGA Pros Lorie Kane, A.J. Eathorne and defending champion Meg Mallon are paired NHL hockey players Brad Richards, Rick Vaive and Jody Shelley for a few holes of golf. Other golf-related activities for fans of all ages will be available during the week as well.

Press Conference Schedule:
The following press conferences are confirmed for the on-site media centre at Glen Arbour:

Tuesday, July 12
Lorie Kane 3:00 pm (Atlantic Time)

Wednesday, July 13
Meg Mallon (defending champions) TBD

Tickets
Tickets during the week can be purchased on-site at Glen Arbour Golf Course and range from $10 - $45 a day, or $125 for a weekly pass. One junior age 15 and under will be admitted to the grounds free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For more information please call 1-866-571-LPGA.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open is Canada's only LPGA Tour event, promising a full week of world-class golf and family fun July 11-17 at the picturesque Glen Arbour Golf Course. Highlights include a downtown kick-off festival at the Grand Parade, a Women's Only Pro-Am and open qualifier on the Monday, Family Day with junior clinics and a celebrity skins challenge with NHL stars Brad Richards, Jody Shelly and Rick Vaive on Tuesday, Championship Pro-Am on Wednesday with special guest Anne Murray and four championship rounds running Thursday through Sunday.

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

For more information contact:

Media Centre
(902) 832-2064

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-819-0286 (cell)
aalfred@rcga.org

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-434-5525 (cell)
dpino@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
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    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org