Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 16, 2005 10:25 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BELOEIL--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 16, 2005) - Canadian golfing legend and two-time Canadian Senior champion Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. headlines a field of top male senior golfers set to gather at Beloeil Golf Club in Beloeil, Quebec from September 19-22 for the 44th Canadian Men's Senior Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

2005 marks the second year that Beloeil Golf Club has played host to the Canadian Men's Senior Championship having previously hosted in 1989.
Cooke, a seven-time Canadian Mid-Amateur champion and runner-up at the 2004 Canadian Men's Senior Championship, will be looking for his third title since becoming eligible for the senior event five years ago. Cooke headlines a field of champions looking to claim top honours at Beloeil Golf Club. Among the notables are 2003 Canadian Men's Senior Champion André Gagné of Boischatel, Que. and 2000 Champion Bud Bradley of Santa Monica, USA. Other past champions include 1999 Canadian Senior Match Play champion Robert Fugere of Gatineau, Que. and 1989 Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Pierre Archambault of Candiac, Que.
Leading the charge in the Super-Senior division (70 and older) is two-time Canadian Senior champion Patrick Suraj of Etobicoke, Ont. (1996-97). Other notables include past Super-Senior champions Chuck Ribelin of Dallas, USA (2003), Michael Harrington of Toronto (2002), Eamonn McCormack of St. Bruno, Que. (2001) and Ray Reid of Edmonton, Alta. (1995).

The event will also play host to the Senior Inter-provincial Team Championship being held in conjunction with the first two rounds of play. Nova Scotia will look to defend their title while the host Quebec comes in looking to claim the province's sixth Senior Team championship.

"We are very excited to bring the Canadian Men's Senior Championship back to Beloeil Golf Club where we had the event in 1989," said Tournament Director, Nathan Brooks. "The Canadian Senior is one of the most prestigious events of our championship season and the event promises to put a great finish to what has been a very successful tournament year."

The Canadian Senior Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 55th birthday by September 22, 2005. The winner will be awarded the John Rankin Memorial Trophy. The Canadian Super Senior Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have reached their 70th birthday by September 22, 2005, with the winner receiving the Governors Cup. The championship is conducted at stroke play over 54 holes. This year's field will feature 156 players with a cut to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.
Practice rounds will be held Monday, September 19. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, September 20 through Thursday, September 22, with 18 holes of stroke play each day.

A full field list as well as starting times and post-round results for the 44th Canadian Men's Senior Championship can be found at

About the RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association 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


Erin Mathany
RCGA Communications Coordinator
Cell: 905-467-8738

Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009