Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 16, 2005 14:29 ET


- Five exemptions available for Canadian Women's Open - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor GATINEQU, QUE.--(CCNMatthews - June 16, 2005) - Gatineau, Que. - Five exemptions into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open will be ready for the taking as some of Canada's top women golfers head to the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event from June 19-21, 2005 at Club de Golf Rivermead in Gatineau, Q.C.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour features five championships with the first two serving as qualifiers for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Top golfers on the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit and champions of the first two Women's Tour stops will earn exemptions into Canada's only LPGA Tour event, July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S. In total, five exemptions will be awarded following final round play on June 21.

Already guaranteed an exemption to compete in Halifax is Leila Chartrand of Victoria, who captured the BMO Financial Group Women's Tour event held at Victoria's Cordova Bay Golf Club in May. Chartrand sits atop the Order of Merit standings and will be in the field at Gatineau looking to win her second career Canadian Women's Tour event.

Among the 48 player field in search of exemptions is Kareen Qually of Olds, Alta., Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta., American Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Mich., and Amateur Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver. All including Chartrand presently rank in the top five on the BMO Financial Group Women's Tour Order of Merit.

Outside contenders for the Order of Merit exemptions included Big Break III competitor Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont. and three-time Canadian Amateur champion Lisa Meldrum of Kirkland, Que., who are just one good performance away from pushing into the top five.

Also confirmed to play in next week's BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event will be Gatineau-native Claudia Beauchesne and Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Ont., who plays out of the host Rivermead Club.

"We're excited to bring the Tour to a fabulous course like Rivermead," said Tournament Director Jeff Moore. "With several exemptions still available, we should see some very competitive golf over the next couple of days on what is a truly challenging golf course."

Players competing on the Canadian Women's Tour will also earn points towards the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit. The winner of the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit will receive $3,000 and take home the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.

The following is a listing of players competing in the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Event at Club de golf Rivermead in Gatineau, Que. from June 19 to 21, 2005.

Vicki Appleton, Halifax, N.S.
(a) Christine Arsenault, Rimouski, Que.
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, Que.
(a) Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, Que.
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, Ont.
(a) Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, Man.
(a) Krista Bulow, Notre-Dame de L'ile Perrot, Que.
Julie Cashaback, Ottawa, Ont.
Stephanie Ceravolo, Beaconsfield, Que.
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, B.C.
Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, Que.
Jan Dowling, Bradford, Ont.
(a) Veronique Drouin, Sts. Anges, Que.
Jelana Duncan, Scarborough, Ont.
(a) Lindsey Edmunds, London, Ont.
Katie Ferguson, Minett, Ont.
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, Ont.
(a) Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, Que.
(a) July Fraser, La Tuque, Que.
Anouk Guelidi, St. Cyr sur Mer, Fra.
(a) Brittany Henderson, Smiths Falls, Ont.
Kari Hilton, London, Ont.
(a) Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, Ont.
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, B.C.
(a) Louise Hotte, Buckingham, Que.
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, Alta.
Nicole Keller, Hillsboro, Ore.
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, Ont.
Heather Lee, Edmonton, Alta.
Stefi Markovich, Welland, Ont.
Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, Ita.
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, Ont.
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, Que.
Rebecca Mulville, Smith Falls, Ont.
(a) Eom Ji Park, Burnaby, B.C.
(a) Susan Pearl, Ottawa, Ont.
Kareen Qually, Olds, Alta.
Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, Mich.
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, Vt.
Anne Rogerson, Dorval, Que.
Marie-Josée Rouleau, St. Lambert, Que.
Nisha Sadekar, Stouffville, Ont.
Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, Que.
Linda Shephard, Brighton, Ont.
Suzanne Walker-Nicoletta, Dartmouth, N.S.
Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, Ill.
Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, Alta.
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, Ont.

(a) denotes amateur

More information about the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at

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

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 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

For more information:
Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 230
Cell: (905) 467-2944


Contact Information

  • 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