Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 30, 2005 15:12 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HECLA ISLAND, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - June 30, 2005) - Hecla Golf Course is poised and ready as some of the top senior male amateur golfers from North America are set to battle next week for the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship on July 6-10, 2005, in Hecla Island, Man.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the prestigious national championship enters its ninth year and has quickly become one of the most coveted tournaments among senior golfers across Canada and the United States. This year's championship will feature a total of 86 competitors with 57 Canadians and 29 Americans making up the field.

Leading the list of contenders is 2004 runner-up Russ Berkoben of Perrysburg, OH. Berkoben will return hungry to claim his first Canadian Senior Match Play title after being topped 4&2 by three-time champion Bill Graham of Pensacola, Fla. Graham withdrew from the competition earlier this season citing an injury as the reason for not defending his title.

Other returning contenders included 2004 Senior Match Play semi-finalists J. David Carroll of Napa, Calif. and Rick Weihe of Bellingham, Wash. Three former Senior Match Play runner-ups will also aim to land on top including Richard Anderson of Bloomington, Minn. (2000), Brian Jeffery of Collingwood, Ont. (1999) and James Scissons of Saskatoon, Sask. (2001).

Also in the hunt are seven players who finished in the top-10 at the 2004 Canadian Senior Men's Championship including Samuel Adelman San Antonio, TX., Pierre Archambault of Candiac, Que., Ross Ellison of West Vancouver, B.C., Real Gamache of Quesnel, B.C., Dwight Sandquist of Calgary, Alta., Fred Silver of Lewiston, N.Y. and Tom Walinski of Scottsdale, Ariz.

"We're set to have an excellent championship with a competitive field all searching to claim their first Canadian Senior Match Play title," said Tournament Director Nathan Brooks. "Hecla Golf Course is a fantastic setting and a tremendous course to challenge our top senior players; we should be in for an exciting week."

The winner of the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship will be granted a exemptions into the 2005 Canadian Senior Championship held September 19-22 at Le Club de golf Milby, Lennoxville, Que., and/or the 2005 USGA Senior Men's Championship, September 17 - 22 in Rocky Face, Ga.

The competition is open to male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 55 by July 6th, 2005 and who are members of a golf club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations. A golfer must also have a handicap factor of 8.0 or less on the date of filing the application.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, July 4th. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, July 7th, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players after 54 holes for match play. A competitor's qualifying score will determine his position in the draw. The first two rounds of 18-hole matches will take place Friday, July 8th with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches on Saturday, July 9th and the championship final on Sunday, July 10th.

A full list of participants, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship can be found on the Internet at

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 and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, 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
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John Tenpenny
RCGA, Communications
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 230
Cell: 905-741-4251


Contact Information

  • John Tenpenny, Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 218
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009