Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 19, 2005 09:00 ET


Cottonwood Golf & COuntry Club Set For Royale National Women's Senior Championship Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor DEWINTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 19, 2005) - Canada's top female senior golfers are set to compete next week at the 2005 Royale National Women's Senior Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) from August 22-25 at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club in DeWinton, Alta.

Defending champion, Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. headlines the field of competitors which also features all 10 provincial champions and a contingent of international competitors. Murdoch whose first senior title came in 2002 will be seeking her third Canadian senior title in four seasons.

Joining Murdoch as contenders will be past Senior Women's Champion and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Marilyn O'Connor of Calgary Alta. as well as the United State's Jo-Anne Lindsay of Edna, Minn. O'Connor was a champion in 2001 and runner up in 1999 and 1997 while Lindsay earned her only Canadian senior victory in 1991.

Other top competitors include 2004 runner-up Judi Lidstone of Winnipeg, Man., Jane Kirkpatrick of Woodbridge, Ont., Cathy McMillan of Ponoka, Alta., Diane Williams of Calgary, Alta. and Susan Wickware, Pickering, Ont.

As an added bonus the winner and runner-up of the championship will receive a coveted exemption to play at the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship held September 17-22 in Rye, New York.

In Inter-provincial team play, British Columbia will be looking to capture its fourth consecutive team title. Last season Alberta nearly captured the provincial team title falling to B.C. in a three-hole playoff.

"Cottonwood Golf & Country Club is an excellent test for our countries top senior golfers," said Tournament Director Cortney Joyce. "We have an outstanding field featuring a number of past contenders. We're in for an exciting championship."

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.

In addition to competing for the Ada Mackenzie Trophy, competitors will vie for the Royale Cup Champions Trophy. This commemorative trophy honours each of the three women's Canadian amateur champions (junior, amateur and senior) crowned each season by the RCGA.

Lindsay Caljouw of Nanaimo, B.C. and Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont., have already etched their names on the Royale Cup Champions Trophy earlier this month by claiming the junior and amateur championships respectively.

The Royale National Women's Senior Championship is contested over three rounds of stroke play (54-holes). The field is open to 96 players who have reached the age of 50 by August 22, 2005. An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 22. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 23 through Thursday, August 25 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 54 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

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

Irving Tissue, the makers of Royale, is proud to be the official title sponsor of all three of the Canadian Women's amateur competitions; Royale National Junior Girl's Championship, Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship and the Royale National Women's Senior Championship.

Irving Tissue is committed to the health and well being of Canadians and continues to support activities that promote active living as part of a balanced & healthy lifestyle. There are few sports whose growth has been as impressive, whose appeal is as universal and whose tie to active living is as strong as the game of golf.

The Irving Group, which is the parent company of Irving Tissue is not new to the golf industry having already established a foundation with golfing partners in Eastern Canada. In 2004, The Irving Group - Moncton played a large roll in the Heather Wilbur Scholarship Scramble Tournament in Moncton, N.B. This tournament was held as a tribute to Heather Wilbur, who lost her life due to cancer; the tournament featured Heather's peers from the United States based FUTURES Golf Tour.

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, 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



Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Cell: 905-467-2944

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  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009