Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 27, 2005 17:38 ET

BIRDIE KIM TO COMPETE AT BMO FINANCIAL GROUP CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

2005 US Women's Open Champion looks to add Canadian title in Halifax Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that 2005 US Women's Open Champion, Birdie Kim will play at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open held July 11 - 17 in Halifax, N.S.

The 23-year old Korean claimed her first LPGA victory Sunday with a bunker chip-in for birdie on the 18th to outlast American amateur sensations Morgan Pressel and Brittany Lang by two strokes.

"Birdie Kim put on a sensational performance to win the US Open and we are delighted that she will compete at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open," said Sean Van Kesteren, RCGA Director of Professional Women's Championships. "The US Women's Open proved that the on any given day, new stars are emerging on the LPGA Tour and I think that Canadian golf fans will be in for more memorable performances this year in Halifax."

The RCGA is also pleased to announce that 11 of the top 20 finishers at the recent US Women's Open have confirmed their intention to compete in Canada's only LPGA Tour event.

Joining Kim are Candie Kung of Chinese Taipei (T6), Karen Stupples (T10) of England, Americans Angela Stanford (T10), Tina Barrett (T13), Heather Bowie (T13), Jamie Hullett (T13), Soo-Yun Kang of Korea (T13), defending Canadian Women's Open champion Meg Mallon (T13) as well as Leta Lindley of the US (T19).

The RCGA would also like to congratulate Canadian Lorie Kane on finishing tied for fourth this past weekend. The Charlottetown native fired a final-round 69 for the low round of the day to vault herself into a top-five finish.

Complete LPGA statistics and player bios are available on the LPGA website at www.lpga.com.

Conducted by the RCGA, the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open is Canada's only LPGA Tour event, promising a full week of world-class golf and family fun. Highlights include a women's pro- am and open qualifier on the Monday, Family Day with junior clinics and a celebrity skins challenge on Tuesday, championship pro-am on Wednesday and four championship rounds running Thursday through Sunday. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 1-866-571-LPGA or visit www.bmogolf.com.

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
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, 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.

For more information contact:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 ext. 227
416-819-0286 (cell)
aalfred@rcga.org

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 ext. 406
416-434-5525 (cell)
dpino@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org