Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 30, 2005 12:36 ET

BAY OF QUINTE COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST FUTURE LINKS ONTARIO CHAMPIONSHIP

Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon, Christopher Ross and Gabrielle Cyr headline field of champions Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BELLEVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 30, 2005) - Many of Canada's top junior golfers will be gathering at Bay of Quinte Country Club in Belleville, Ont. to compete in the BMO Financial Group Future Links Ontario Championship from July 4-7, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

The third of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Ontario Championship features 84 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario will compete in four categories: Junior Boys (14-18 years), Junior Girls (14-18 years), Bantam Boys (11-13 years) and Bantam Girls (11-13 years).

"We are thrilled to be heading to Bay of Quinte Country Club for what should be a very exciting Future Links Ontario Championship," said Adam LeBrun, RCGA Tournament Director. "The golf course is challenging and with the field we're expecting, it should be a true showcase of junior golf at its finest."

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships have established a reputation as the premier junior golf circuit in Canada. With more than 500 participants in six regional championships, Future Links continues to raise the bar for junior golf nationwide.

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org or on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org.

Tournament Fast Facts:

-- The 2005 Ontario Championship will feature a strong Junior Boys field with 12 of the top 21 competitors from 2004 back to contend for the Future Links title.

-- Leading the way at Bay of Quinte Country Club is Christopher Ross of Dundas, Ont. who finished fifth at the 2004 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, as well as Brian Lee of Oakville, Ont., Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau, Que., Cody Pickard of Thornhill, Ont. and Michael McKenzie of Cambridge, Ont. all of whom finished in the top ten at the 2004 Future Links Ontario Championship. Other favourites include 2004 Future Links Quebec champion Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon of St-Jerome, Que. who tied for sixth at last years Canadian Junior Boys championship.

-- Also competing is 2004 Ontario Junior champion Brad Revell of Kingston, Ont. who recently appeared in the 2005 Canadian Club Champions Championship, finishing tied for 25th.

-- The Junior Boys will also aspire to gain an exemption into the 2005 Canadian Junior Boys Championship and to collect points towards the BMO Financial Group Junior Order of Merit, Canada's national ranking system for boys.

--Among the favourites in the Junior Girls division are Gabrielle Cyr of Blainville, Que. who enters the competition fresh off a third-place finish at the 2005 Future Links Prairie Championship, along with 2003 Future Links Ontario Bantam Girls champion Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont. who finished tied for fifth at last year's event. Also vying for the title is local favourite Monica Skelton of Belleville.

-- The top three finishers in the Junior Girls division from the Future Links Ontario Championship gain an exemption into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour.

-- The 2005 Future Links Ontario features live scoring; all results will be available as they occur on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org.

-- 2005 marks the first time Bay of Quinte Country Club has hosted the Future Links Ontario Championship. More information on the host course can be found on the Internet at www.bayofquintegolf.com

-- Now in its sixth season, BMO Financial Group Future Links has helped develop a number of young Canadian talents, including B.C. sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, Eom-Ji Park, a four-time Future Links Junior Girls champion who has competed in both the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour and at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open and 2003 Canadian Amateur Champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.

About BMO Financial Group Future Links
BMO Financial Group Future Links is a national junior golf program spearheaded by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association and Canada's provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada's youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since its inception in 1996, more than 320,000 kids have taken part in Future Links programs. The program receives the generous support of its title sponsor BMO Financial Group, and official suppliers, Ford and ClubLink. For more information about BMO Financial Group Future Links, please visit www.future-links.org.

About BMO Financial Group's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of Future Links, BMO Financial Group is the title sponsor of the only Canadian stop of the LPGA tour, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. It is also the title sponsor of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women`s Tour, providing top Canadian women golfers with the opportunity to compete in high calibre tournaments and to qualify for the Canadian Women's Open. For more information, please visit www.bmogolf.com.

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 www.rcga.org.

About the CPGA
The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association was formed in 1911 and represents approximately 3,000 golf professionals actively pursuing the business of golf. The primary aim of the Association is to provide golf professionals with the educational tools necessary to direct and manage highly successful golf operations. Within its ranks are Master Professionals, Executive Professionals, Head Professionals, Associate Professionals, Teaching Professionals and Tournament Professionals. For more information please visit www.cpga.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Erin Mathany
RCGA Junior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org

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Contact Information

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