Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 29, 2005 16:01 ET

BRITTANY LANG SET TO COMPETE AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

- 1,375 Volunteers confirmed for Glen Arbour - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 29, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that 2005 US Women's Open runner-up Brittany Lang will compete at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open July 11 - 17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

The 19-year old Texan was tied for the lead after the opening round of the US Women's Open and carded a final-round, even-par 71 to share runner-up honours with fellow American amateur sensation Morgan Pressel. The pair finished two shots back of US Women's Open champion Birdie Kim, who will also be competing in Halifax. Lang makes her professional debut in this weekend's LPGA Tour stop in Toledo before heading to Halifax to compete at Glen Arbour.

The RCGA is also pleased to announce that 2004 US Women's Amateur champion Jane Park has also accepted an invitation to compete for the Canadian Women's Open title. The 18-year old is one of five amateurs set to challenge the world's best golfers at Glen Arbour Golf Course.

"Brittany Lang had an incredible run at the US Women's Open and we are excited that she will compete at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open as a professional," said Sean Van Kesteren, RCGA Director of Professional Women's Championships. "We're also pleased that Jane Park will be joining us in Halifax and I'm sure golf fans will really embrace watching two of the games brightest stars showcase their talents on the LPGA Tour."

In other tournament news, the RCGA and the host club tournament committee are also pleased to announce that almost 1,400 volunteers have been recruited for Canada's only LPGA Tour stop. In all, 1,375 volunteers will assist tournament organizers in delivering the most successful Canadian Women's Open ever.

"We are extremely happy to announce that we've reached our goal for volunteer numbers," said Van Kesteren. "The response from the Halifax community has been truly overwhelming thus far and I think the volunteers realize that they've signed up to be a part of something really special."

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