Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 18, 2005 14:37 ET


Frank Van Dornick returns to defend title Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor CHARLOTTETOWN--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown, P.E.I. will play host to the top Canadian mid-amateur-aged golfers from August 22-28 for the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Leading the charge is defending Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. Van Dornick comes in off a stellar year in 2004 that also saw him win the Alberta Mixed Team Championships with his wife Cheryl.

A pair of notables who will be looking to challenge for the title include 2004 Canadian Mid-Amateur runner-up Alexandre Lauzon of St-Eustache, Que. and 2003 Mid-Amateur Champion Garth Collings of Matlock, Man. The field will also include past Canadian Mid-Amateur champions - Dave Webber of Dartmouth, N.S. (1995) who also won the 2004 Canadian Men's Senior Championship and David Shultz of Calgary (1999), as well as seven-time Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. (1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002) who also won the 2001 and 2002 Canadian Men's Senior Championships.

Graham Cooke is one of Canada's most successful golf course architects and was the architect for the renovation of Belvedere Golf Club in 1998. Cooke will use his inside knowledge of Belvedere to try and claim his eighth Canadian Mid-Amateur title. Cooke was also the course architect of Glen Arbour Golf Course, the site of this year's BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in Halifax.

Now in its 19th year, the championship consists of both stroke and match play. The stroke play portion of the event will be contested over 54 holes. The field will be reduced to the low 32 players for match play. The field is open to a maximum of 156 entrants, including up to 20 foreign entrants and is open to all male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 40 by August 23, 2005.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship to Belvedere Golf Club," said RCGA Tournament Director Nathan Brooks. "This is a unique golf course that will be very enjoyable for the players. There is an incredibly strong field and they should be challenged by this championship layout".

An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play. Four-member provincial teams will compete with the best three of four individual scores counting towards the team total. Defending champion New Brunswick will be looking for the province's second team title while the host Prince Edward Island team will be looking to claim their first R. Bruce Forbes trophy.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 22. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 23 to Thursday, August 25, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players for match play with a competitor's position in the draw determined by his qualifying score. The first and second round of matches will take place Friday, August 26, with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches held Saturday, August 27. The 18-hole championship match will take place Sunday, August 28.

A complete list of players, starting times, match play pairings and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Mid-Amateur 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
905-467-8738 (cell)

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