Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 20, 2005 16:47 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 20, 2005) - The next wave of LPGA Tour stars are about to emerge and the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and Canadian Women's Tour will be cheering on several hopefuls with Canadian golfing ties as the first of two LPGA Qualifying Tournaments gets underway September 20-23 at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, California.

This year's field at Mission Hills will have a uniquely Canadian feel to it as a group of 23 Canadian Women's Tour players including 11 Canadians get set to challenge 173 other golfers, all with aspirations of earning a spot on the LPGA Tour.

Among the Canadian hopefuls include:

Kim Adams, Tide Head, N.B.
Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, Que.
Kim Brozer, Red Deer, Alta.
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, Alta.
Theresa McDermott, Toronto
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal
Salimah Mussani, Burlington, Ont.
Jessica Shepley, Milton, Ont.
Cindy Pasechnik, Calgary
Marie Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, Que.
Kareen Qually, Olds, Alta.

Among the 12 International-born Canadian Women's Tour players competing is Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Michigan, who recently took home the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit title and Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award at the recent Canadian Women's Tour Championship in Peterborough, Ont.

The other International-born Canadian Women's Tour players competing this week are:

Taya Battistella
Kelly Cavanaugh
Jo Clingan
Nicole Keller
Perry Swenson
Sam White
Shayne Wilde
Claire Dury
Bridget Keala Dwyer
Mollie Fankhauser
Ria Quiazon.

For a full listing of regional qualifying results, please visit

The second of two LPGA regional qualifying tournaments is scheduled for October 4-7 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.

The top 30 players and ties from each of the regional qualifiers will advance to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, November 30 to December 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The Canadian Women's Tour, conducted by the RCGA is one of North America's premiere developmental Tours attracting up and coming Canadian and International female golf professionals as well as top Canadian female amateur golfers. For more information, please visit the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at

About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing over 1,600 member clubs and close to 400,000 individual members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, 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, ten 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:

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
Cell: 416-434-5525


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