Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 10, 2005 19:27 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HALIFAX--(CCNMatthews - July 10, 2005) - Twenty Canadians are hoping to make a dream come true Monday as they attempt to land a spot in the field at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, Canada's only LPGA Tour event.

With the qualifier expanded from four spots to eight, odds are in the Canadians' favour as the 33-player event gets underway at 1:00 pm at Glen Arbour Golf Course.

BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open - Final Qualifying Field

Tara Bateman, Phoenix, Arizona
* Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, Quebec
Kelly Cavanaugh, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
* Stephanie Ceravolo, Beaconsfield, Quebec
* Anne Chouinard, Stratford, Prince Edward Island
* Erica Donovan, Ingonish, Nova Scotia
(a) Bridget Dwyer, Kailua, Hawaii
* Katie Ferguson, Minett, Ontario
Ashley Forbes, La Quinta, California
* Angie Green, London, Ontario
Anouk Guelidi, St. Cyr sur Mer, France
* (a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Logan Johnson, Houston, Texas
Veronica Karaman, Virginia Beach, Virginia
* Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, Ontario
* (a) Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, Quebec
* (a) Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, Nova Scotia
* (a) Laura McCallum, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
* Theresa McDermott, Scarborough, Ontario
* Lisa Meldrum, Kirkland, Quebec
(a) In-Bee Park, Las Vegas, Nevada
Ria Quiazon, Hayward, California
* (a) Leanne Richardson, Moncton, New Brunswick
* Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, Quebec
Laura Rowe, Bedford, New Hampshire
* Sylvie Schetagne, Chomeday, Quebec
* Jessica Shepley, Milton, Ontario
(a) Jaclyn Sweeney, Andover, Massachusetts
Perry Swenson, Boynton Beach, Florida
* (a) Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, New Brunswick
* Suzanne Walker, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Samantha White, Rangeley, Maine
* Sara Wilson, Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia

* denotes Canadian
(a) denotes Amateur

The following are scheduled starts times for the Monday qualifier at Glen Arbour Golf Course (all times in ADT):

# 1 TEE

Tara Bateman
* Lisa Meldrum
* (a) Erica Donovan

Logan Johnson
* Ruth Maxwell
* Stephanie Ceravolo

* Ann Chouinard
Bridget Dwyer
* Katie Ferguson

Veronica Karaman
* Jennifer Layman
* (a) Maude- Aimée Leblanc

Ria Quiazon
* Leanne Richardson
* Marie- Josée Rouleau

Jaclyn Sweeney
* Jessica Shepley
* (a) Kristi Vienneau

#10 TEE

* Claudia Beauchesne
Kelly Canvanaugh
* (a) Jill Hardy

* Suzanne Walker
Samantha White
Perry Swenson

Ashley Forbes
* Angie Green
Anouk Guelidi

* Laura McCallum
* Theresa McDermott
(a) In-Bee Park

Laura Rowe
* Sylvie Schetagne
* (a) Sara Wilson

* denotes Canadian
(a) denotes Amateur

Monday's schedule of events:

Downtown Kickoff Festival
(Monday, July 11, 11:30 am-2:00 pm - Grand Parade)
Join local professional and junior golfers, BMO Financial Group, the Royal Canadian Golf Association and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission at Grand Parade in Halifax to kick-off the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, Canada's only LPGA Tour event. The festival will include a series of golf activities and some expert advice from local pros and young golfers from the BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior Golf Program. There will also be live music, featuring Evans & Doherty with Dave McIssac and a BBQ lunch.

Women's Only Pro-Am
(Monday, July 11, Glen Arbour Golf Course)
On Monday, July 11, golf fans are invited to check out the Women's Only Pro-Am. The Women's Only Pro-Am will feature an LPGA pro playing alongside three amateur golfers and one junior girl.

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

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

For more information contact:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 ext. 227
416-819-0286 (cell)

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 ext. 406
416-434-5525 (cell)


Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009