Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 25, 2005 22:08 ET

ALISON MURDOCH CONTINUES REIGN AS CANADIAN SENIOR WOMEN'S CHAMPION

-Victoria native wins third title in four seasons- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor DEWINTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 25, 2005) - Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. reeled in another Canadian senior championship capturing her third title in four seasons as play concluded at the Royale National Women's Senior Championship on Thursday outside of Calgary.

Murdoch carded a two-over 74 final round to finish with a score of 73-74--147(+3) five shots ahead of Cheryll Damphouse of Amherstburg, Ont. Damphouse finished at eight-over par for a two-day total of 75-77--152. Gloria Sinclair of Georgtown, Ont. was third at 154.

"It feels very good." said Murdoch. "It's even better then last year which was a vindication for me to know I can do it more then once. This is even sweeter now that I've won it three times. It means much more then last year."

"This one sticks out and people will look it say, 'Look at her. She's got her name here a few times.' That is a special kind of feeling, especially with the strong field we've had at all three."

Murdoch earned her first Canadian senior title in 2002 in Saint Johns, N.B and then notched her second victory last season in Steinbach, Manitoba.

The 55 year-old Murdoch was never really tested throughout the rain-shortened championship leading wire-to-wire. During both rounds Murdoch was clearly the best golfer posting the daily low round each day. The closest anyone came to overtaking Murdoch was Damphouse who inched within one stroke after the first hole.

The determined and focused Murdoch is quietly building legendary status and is just one win behind Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick and Marlene Streit for most Canadian women senior victories. She is currently tied with Edie Creed and the Nancy Fitzgerald at three wins a piece.

In addition to her Canadian titles, Murdoch is also the reigning 2004 Ireland Senior Ladies' Open Champion and with her win this year has earned a coveted exemption to play at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship held September 17-22 in Rye, New York.

Due to scheduling of the Ireland event she will not be able to utilize her exemption into the senior. Murdoch had already made plans to defend her title across the pond as well as attend the British Ladies' Senior.

Yesterday, play was cancelled due to inclement weather with over 60 millimetres of rain accumulating at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club. Organizers made a decision to shorten competition to a 36-hole (three rounds) stroke play competition. Weather was not an issue on Thursday as clear, sunny skies prevailed with a high of 20 C.

In Inter-provincial team play, British Columbia needed one extra hole to win its fourth consecutive championship in a playoff. After 36-holes of play, British Columbia and Ontario finished tied at 475 with Manitoba finishing a close third at 476. In the playoff, Murdoch as well as Tia Chisholm of Coquitlam, Phyllis Laschuk of Vancouver and Marcia Littlewood of Victoria edged Ontario for a one-stroke victory. Last season British Columbia disposed of Alberta in a three-hole playoff.

The following are the final scores for the Royale National Women's Senior Championship on Thursday, August 25, 2005

Par: 72 Yardage: 5898
1 Alison Murdoch, Victoria, BC--73-74--147
2 Cheryll Damphouse, Amherstburg, ON--75-77--152
3 Gloria Sinclair, Georgetown, ON--79-75--154
T4 Diane Williams, Calgary, AB--80-75--155
Karen Saarimaki, Geraldton, ON--79-76--155
T6 Susan Wickware, Pickering, ON--80-76--156
Mary Kraus, St. Catharines, ON--78-78--156
Jane Kirkpatrick, Woodbridge, ON--79-77--156
T9 Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, NS--80-77--157
SusieQ Conklin, Sunnyvale, CA--79-78--157
11 Angela Colm , Ajax, ON--76-82--158
12 Judi Lidstone, Winnipeg, MB--78-81--159
T13 Marilyn O'Connor, Calgary, AB--84-76--160
Alyson Martin, Vancouver, BC--82-78--160
T15 Jean-E Boudreau, Dartmouth, NS--80-81--161
Penny Macdonald, Surrey, BC--79-82--161
T17 Donna Brownridge, Winnipeg, MB--86-76--162
Jo-Ann Lindsay, Edina, MN--85-77--162
T19 Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC--83-80--163
Lyn Mckeeman, Calgary, AB--77-86--163
T21 Joanne Saunders, Calgary, AB--85-79--164
Pamela Welsh, Courtice, ON--77-87--164
T23 Susan Pearl, Nepean, ON--88-77--165
Catherine Burgess, Rothesay, NB--84-81--165
Holly Horwood, Vancouver, BC--84-81--165
T26 Mary Anne Bennett, Osoyoos, BC--86-80--166
Jeanne Beaith, Port Hope, ON--85-81--166
Cathy McMillan, Ponoka, AB--84-82--166
Bonnie Zaoral, Calgary, AB--83-83--166
T30 Debbie McDonald, Claremont, ON--89-78--167
Sharon Peart, Red Deer County, AB--86-81--167
Andree O'Doherty, St-Jérôme, QC--85-82--167
Tia Chisholm, Coquitlam, BC--84-83--167
Sherry Schletz, Calgary, AB--83-84--167
Sue JoySobota, Madison, WI--81-86--167
T36 Carin Gallie, Victoria, BC--89-79--168
Mireille Beauregard Shaughnessy, Vaudreuil Dorion, QC--87-81--168
Pat Peters, Calgary, AB--83-85--168
Carol Stevens, Edmonton, AB--81-87--168
T40 Leslie Houde, Borden, ON--86-83--169
Lenore Davis, Victoria, BC--85-84--169
Kathleen Meagher, Hanwell, NB--84-85--169
T43 Vicki Young, Calgary, AB--89-81--170
Barb Wilson, Saskatoon, SK--88-82--170
Diane Drury, Ile Bizard, QC--85-85--170
Marilyn Daku, Calgary, AB--84-86--170
T47 Bonnie Stephenson, Winnipeg, MB--87-84--171
Annette Durica, Winnipeg, MB--85-86--171
T49 Judy Gillam, Cornerbrook, NF--88-84--172
Raelene Robertson, DeWinton, AB--85-87--172
T51 Monique Taylor, Lower Coverdale, NB--89-84--173
Terry McNaughton, Calgary, AB--87-86--173
Olga Wright, Calgary, AB--83-90--173
Debbie Cook, Calgary, AB--80-93--173
T55 Carole Letendre, Gracefield, QC--91-83--174
Ena Spalding, Calgary, AB--90-84--174
Jan Peters, St. John's, NF--90-84--174
Gaylene Donald, Calgary, AB--87-87--174
Elly Van Bergen Walraven, Vlaardingen, NE--87-87--174
Brenda Cahill, Priddis, AB--87-87--174
Sharon Bowditch, Calgary, AB--86-88--174
T62 Carolyn Radomsky, Bragg Creek, AB--91-84--175
Joey Bush, Mississauga, ON--87-88--175
Wendy Wiltzen, Red Deer, AB--87-88--175
Marcia Littlewood, Victoria, BC--82-93--175
T66 Fay Gunter, Dartmouth, NS--91-85--176
Lill Andrews, Cranbrook, BC--89-87--176
Charlotte Carrier, Edmonton, AB--85-91--176
T69 Carol Spanks, Saskatoon, SK--89-88--177
Tracye Osler, Calgary , AB--88-89--177
Ann L. Dalgleish, Calgary, AB--84-93--177
T72 Brenda Samis, Calgary, AB--96-82--178
Laura Small, Casa Rio, SK--93-85--178
Penelope Dickeson, Fredericton, NB--92-86--178
75 Barb Atnikov, Calgary, AB--92-87--179
T76 Diane Semchuk, Calgary, AB--97-83--180
Joyce Obrigewitsch, Saskatoon, SK--89-91--180
T78 Judy Lang, Winnipeg, MB--94-87--181
Sonja Gottschalch, 3100 Hornbaek, DM--89-92--181
80 Marian Zuk, Calgary, AB--87-95--182
81 Connie Nixon, Calgary, AB--92-91--183
82 Ann Rafuse, Chelsea, QC--94-90--184
T83 Theresa Mac Donald, Souris, PE--94-91--185
M. Dianne Johnstone, Calgary, AB--94-91--185
Sherrin Forster, Sherwood Park, AB--93-92--185
T86 Linda Marasco, Calgary, AB--99-88--187
Peggy Wright, Victoria, BC--94-93--187
T88 Joyce MacLellan, Indian River, PE--98-90--188
Joyce Carrington, Edmonton, AB--94-94--188
90 Shirley Newman, Calgary, AB--94-95--189
T91 Jean White, Halifax, NS--98-92--190
Marg Bromley, St. John's, NF--96-94--190
T93 Terri Leonard, St. John's, NF--100-91--191
Eileen Fulford, Stratford , PE--96-95--191
T95 Brenda Green, Summerside, PE--102-96--198
Jean Wilmshurst, Victoria, BC--98-100--198

The following are the final scores for the Royale National Women's Senior Inter-provincial Team Championship on Thursday, August 25, 2005. (Best three individual scores of four counts toward team total).

* Needed one extra play-off hole to win Inter-Provincial Team Championship.

*British Columbia - 238-237--475
Chisholm, Tia-84-83
Laschuk, Phyllis-83-80
Littlewood, Marcia-82-93
Murdoch, Alison-73-74

Ontario - 243-232--475
Beaith, Jeanne-85-81
Kraus, Mary-78-78
McDonald, Debbie-89-78
Wickware, Susan-80-76

Manitoba - 243-233--476
Brownridge, Donna-86-76
Lang, Judy-94-87
Lidstone, Judi -78-81
Saarimaki, Karen-79-76

Alberta - 248-233--481
Donald, Gaylene-87-87
McMillan, Cathy-84-82
O'Connor, Marilyn-84-76
Williams, Diane-80-75

Nova Scotia - 251-243--494
Boudreau, Jean-E-80-81
Gunter, Fay-91-85
Maxwell, Ruth-80-77
White, Jean -98-92

Quebec - 266-241--507
Beauregard Shaughnessy, Mireille-87-81
Letendre, Carole-91-83
Pearl, Susan-88-77
Rafuse, Ann-94-90

New Brunswick - 257-250--507
Burgess, Catherine-84-81
Dickeson, Penelope-92-86
Meagher, Kathleen-84-85
Taylor, Monique-89-84

Saskatchewan - 266-255--521
Obrigewitsch, Joyce-89-91
Small, Laura-93-85
Spanks, Carol -89-88
Wilson, Barb-88-82

Newfoundland - 274-259--533
Bromley, Marg-96-94
Gillam, Judy -88-84
Leonard, Terri-100-91
Peters, Jan-90-84

Prince Edward Island - 288-276--564
Fulford, Eileen-96-95
Green, Brenda-102-96
Mac Donald, Theresa-94-91
MacLellan, Joyce-98-90

Conducted since 1971, the Canadian Senior Women's Championship has featured many of the countries top senior golfers. Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members, Marlene Streit, Gayle Borthwick, Marilyn O'Connor and Margaret Todd all own senior titles.

Originally scheduled for three rounds of stroke play, the rain-shortened Royale National Women's Senior Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, was contested over two rounds of stroke play (36-holes). An Inter-provincial Team Championship also took place in conjunction with the championship.

For a complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results for the 2005 Royale National Women's Senior Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

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ABOUT THE RCGA
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 www.rcga.org.

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