Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 10, 2005 22:54 ET


-Matthews closes gap on Mexico's Retamoza- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SQUAMISH, B.C.--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - British Columbia broke an 18 year-drought capturing its first Florence Harvey Inter-provincial team title since 1987 at the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association on Wednesday in Squamish, B.C.

Team British Columbia consisting of Kira Meixner of Delta, Inah Park of Burnaby, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna and Christina Spence of Port Alberni improved on yesterday's round finishing with a final two-day total of 231-218-449 putting an end to Ontario's chance to repeat as champions. Ontario finished in second place at 464, while Alberta was third at 471. Heading into today's play British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta were all deadlocked at 231.

"I was only four years-old when B.C. last one at the women's amateur," said Spence, 22. "It's been a long time… a long long time. I'm really proud to have brought it home and I know the rest of the girls are too. It really is a credit to the caliber of play in this province."

British Columbia has faired well in inter-provincial team play in RCGA competitions already securing the Junior Girl's title last week and yesterday picking up the Junior Boys title. B.C. will also look to pick up a fourth consecutive senior inter-provincial title at the Royale Cup National Women's Senior Championship held August 22-25 in Calgary, Alta.

In individual stroke play, action heated up during the second round as Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. closed the gap on leader Violetta Retamoza of Mexico. Matthews carded an even-par 73 finishing with a two-day total of 71-73--144 while Retamoza lost a stroke on her lead finishing the second round at 69-74-143.

Winds which were reported at 20km/hr with gusts up to 25km/hr played a major role during today's play causing a swirling effect on course. The winds caused problems for several competitors including Retamoza and Matthews.

"The wind was killing me today," said the 22 year-old Retamoza. "I got into a lot of trouble because of [the wind] and I'm not happy with the way I approached my club selection. It wasn't a bad day, just a little disappointing. Yesterday I was in a better position to make birdies and today I didn't do that."

"It was nice and calm on the range this morning, but it really changed as the day progressed," said Matthews, a four-time runner up at the Canadian amateur. "The course played a lot tougher today and a lot of that was the wind. I'm still happy with how I did overall. I can't complain."

Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont. was the biggest mover of the day shooting the daily low score of 71 putting her into a four-way tie for third place, six strokes behind the leader. The three others joining Sherlock in third place at +3 include Spence, Richdale and Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Play continues tomorrow with the third round teeing off at approximately 7:00 am (PDT). Final round action is scheduled for Friday with the field cut to the low 48 plus ties.

The following are the second round scores for the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship on Wednesday, August 10, 2005 at Squamish Golf & Country Club in Squamish, BC.

1 Violeta Retamoza, Mexico City, MX--69-74--143
2 Laura Matthews, Essex, ON--71-73--144
T3 Christina Spence, Port Alberni, BC--77-72--149
Samantha Richdale, Kelowna , BC--76-73--149
Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie , ON--78-71--149
Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--76-73--149
7 Kira Meixner, Delta, BC--78-73--151
T8 Meaghan LeBlanc, Calgary, AB--75-77--152
Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, ON--76-76--152
Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, BC--78-74--152
T11 Veronique Drouin, Sts-Anges, QC--79-74--153
Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, ON--75-78--153
Ashley Hogg, Pitt Meadows, BC--76-77--153
T14 Susan Nam, Edmonton, AB--79-75--154
Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, NB--78-76--154
Kari Broshko, Calgary, AB--80-74--154
Erin Thorne, Bracebridge, ON--73-81--154
Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC--75-79--154
T19 Christina Yoon, Etobicoke, ON--78-77--155
Anita Gahir, Thornhill, ON--74-81--155
Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC--75-80--155
T22 Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON--78-78--156
Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--78-78--156
Jacqueline Little, Port Alberni, BC--80-76--156
Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--79-77--156
T26 Eom-Ji Park, Burnaby, BC--79-78--157
Sue Kim, Langley, BC--80-77--157
28 Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park, AB--77-81--158
T29 Kristy McLaughlin, Wasaga Beach, ON--80-79--159
Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--76-83--159
Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, ON--76-83--159
T32 Pamela Burneski, Surrey, BC--79-81--160
Tanis Hastmann, Omaha, NE--76-84--160
Ali Stinson, Prince George, BC--83-77--160
Morgan Lederhouse, Calgary, AB--82-78--160
Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--80-80--160
T37 Elizabeth Reid, Calgary, AB--83-78--161
Inah Park, Burnaby, BC--81-80--161
Eva Yoe, West Los Angeles, CA--82-79--161
Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--85-76--161
Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--78-83--161
T42 Marie Torti, Candiac, QC--81-81--162
Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB--79-83--162
Jennifer Sanders, Placentia, CA--77-85--162
Kirby Dreher, Fort St. John, BC--77-85--162
T46 Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, NS--80-83--163
Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--81-82--163
Margaret Matthews, Drumbo, ON--78-85--163
T49 Judi Lidstone, Winnipeg, MB--79-85--164
Michelle Williams, Wolfville, NS--81-83--164
Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC--84-80--164
Laeni Bendzik, Calgary, AB--79-85--164
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, TX--85-79--164
Dominique Pytlewski, West Vancouver, BC--82-82--164
Raman Saran, Calgary, AB--79-85--164
T56 Leanne Richardson, Moncton, NB--85-80--165
Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC--82-83--165
Carla Rae Dobchuk, Sasktoon, SK--84-81--165
Jan Davidson, Port Alberni, BC--79-86--165
T60 AJ Cunningham, Tatamagouche, NS--83-83--166
Isabelle Gendreau, St-Georges, QC--80-86--166
T62 Evelyne Lussier, Laval, QC--87-80--167
Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON--84-83--167
Helene Robert, Lac Brôme, QC--83-84--167
Whitney Cox, Edmonton, AB--79-88--167
Ivy Steinberg, Cedar Valley, ON--85-82--167
T67 Melissa Mabanta, Langley, BC--82-86--168
Heather Fudge, Charlottetown, PE--81-87--168
Sara McFadden, Grand-Bay Westfield, NB--84-84--168
Janey Deimling, Nanaimo, BC--86-82--168
Danielle Mills, Pointe-Claire, QC--83-85--168
T72 Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB--87-82--169
Val Westell, Coquitlam, BC--84-85--169
Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC--83-86--169
Margarita Ramos, Evans, GA--84-85--169
Danielle O'Reilly, Whistler, BC--83-86--169
Sara Ovadia, Santa Barbara, CA--84-85--169
Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--81-88--169
T79 Alexia Laplante, Ste-Thérèse, QC--85-85--170
Sandra Turbide, Surrey, BC--82-88--170
Melanie Grant, Kelowna, BC--85-85--170
T82 Margo McLeod, Woodstock, NB--85-86--171
Krista Bulow, Notre-Dame de l'île Perrot, QC--89-82--171
T84 Nathalie Chabot, Sherbrooke, QC--82-90--172
Katherine White, Dartmouth, NS--86-86--172
Ashley Olynick, Saskatoon, SK--82-90--172
Valerie Beer, N. Wiltshire, PE--87-85--172
Kali Gordon, Black Diamond, AB--87-85--172
Rosemary Wysocki, Georgetown, ON--87-85--172
T90 Josee Deslauriers, Candiac, QC--90-83--173
Kenzie Janzen, Duncan, BC--86-87--173
Elyse Kinley, Powell River, BC--88-85--173
Elaine Blatchford, Surrey , BC--86-87--173
Ahnna Kim, South Surrey, BC--84-89--173
Michelle Dance, Chilliwack, BC--92-81--173
T96 Kathleen Jean, Stephenville, NF--90-84--174
Karen Kloske, Lake Cowichan, BC--92-82--174
Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC--88-86--174
T99 Ashley Davis, Toronto, ON--83-92--175
Nari Kim, Surrey, BC--83-92--175
Carin Gallie, Victoria, BC--89-86--175
T102 Debi DeCoste, Bedford, NS--90-86--176
Jennifer Lochhead, Burlington , ON--86-90--176
Nancy Chow, Richmond, BC--85-91--176
T105 Isabelle Bernard, Repentigny, QC--85-92--177
Krystina Donkin, Red Deer, AB--84-93--177
107 Charlotte McGinnis, Edmonton, AB--92-86--178
T108 Kathryn McGarvey, North Vancouver, BC--83-96--179
Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB--88-91--179
110 Lacey Cribb, Marystown, NF--92-89--181
111 Makiko Scully, West Vancouver, BC--94-90--184
T112 Lorie Boyle, Moose Jaw, SK--92-93--185
Teri Fisher, White Rock, BC--89-96--185
114 Christine MacLauchlan, Stanhope York, PE--97-89--186
115 Ashlee Claydon, Parksville, BC--93-94--187
116 Brenda Massey, Kelowna, BC--91-98--189
117 Marie-Joseé Losier, St. John's, NF--95-96--191
118 Jessica Norris, St. John's, NF--97-98--195
119 Tammi Lowther, Charlottetown, PE--104-95--199
Par: 73 Yards: 6203

The following are the final provincial team scores for the Florence Harvey Inter-Provincial team champion scores on Wednesday, August 10, 2005. (Best 3 individual scores of four count towards team total).

British Columbia 231-218--449
Meixner, Kira-78-73
Park, Inah-81-80
Richdale, Samantha-76-73
Spence, Christina-77-72

Ontario 231-233--464
Davis, Ashley-83-92
Knowlton, Lindsay-75-78
Lapointe, Mary Ann-76-76
McLaughlin, Kristy-80-79

Alberta 231-240--471
LeBlanc, Meaghan-75-77
McMillan, Lindsay-87-82
Polonich, Jade-79-83
Swenson, Jil-77-81

Quebec 243-235--478
Bernier, Marie-Pierre-84-80
Drouin, Veronique-79-74
Robert, Helene-83-84
Torti, Marie-81-81

Manitoba 242-245--487
Bieber, Stacey-79-77
Daykin, Angela-84-83
Jones, Jamie Kathleen-88-91
Lidstone, Judi -79-85

New Brunswick 247-240--487
McFadden, Sara-84-84
McLeod, Margo-85-86
Richardson, Leanne-85-80
Vienneau, Kristi-78-76

Saskatchewan 242-254--496
Boyle, Lorie-92-93
Dobchuk, Carla Rae-84-81
Minchin, Amanda-76-83
Olynick, Ashley-82-90

Nova Scotia 249-252--501
Cunningham, AJ-83-83
DeCoste, Debi-90-86
Maxwell, Ruth-80-83
White, Katherine-86-86

Prince Edward Island 265-261--526
Beer, Valerie-87-85
Fudge, Heather-81-87
Lowther, Tammi-104-95
MacLauchlan, Christine-97-89

Newfoundland 277-269--546
Cribb, Lacey-92-89
Jean, Kathleen-90-84
Losier, Marie-Joseé-95-96
Norris, Jessica-97-98

The inaugural year of the Women's Amateur Championship in Canada was in 1901 and this year marks the ninety-second running of this event. Past winners include legendary golfers like Marlene Streit, Ada Mackenzie, Jocelyne Bourassa and Gayle Borthwick. Streit's name is all over the Amateur Championship record book having won the event 11 times as well as finishing runner up five times.

In addition to competing for the Duchess of Connaught Trophy, competitors will vie for the Royale 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.

The Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. The field is open to 120 players. After 54 holes, the field is cut to the low 48 and ties. An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

A Practice round was held Monday, August 8. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 72 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

A complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results for the 2005 Royale Cup National Women's Amateur 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, 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



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