Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 16, 2005 10:17 ET

CANADIAN GOLF CLUB CHAMPIONS TO BATTLE FOR NATIONAL TITLE

Crimson Ridge Golf Club in S.S.M. to host national championship Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 16, 2005) - Golf club champions from across Canada will battle for bragging rights when they gather at Crimson Ridge Golf Club in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. from June 20-24 for the 2005 Canadian Club Champions Championship.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), this prestigious event will name a National Champion among the champions of RCGA member clubs across Canada. This year marks the first time in the 20-year history of the championship that a Northern Ontario golf course has hosted the event.

This year's championship will feature 115 players, including 53 from Ontario and 16 apiece from British Columbia and Alberta. In all, nine of 10 provinces as well as the Yukon Territories will be represented at Crimson Ridge.

Among the notables competing this year are 2004 Ontario Junior champion Brad Revell of the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont. and two-time BMO Financial Group Future Links champion David Markle of the Shelburne Golf and Country Club in Shelburne, Ont. Local hopes will ride on Sault Ste. Marie natives Frank Kucher of the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club as well as Greg McLellan, host club representative from Crimson Ridge who will be looking to cash in on his home-course familiarity.

Crimson Ridge Golf Club is a 6,827-yard, par-72 resort-type layout carved into the scenic landscape of Sault Ste. Marie that will require precise shot making and strategic course management.

"We are very excited about bringing this championship to Northern Ontario for the first time," said Brent McLaughlin, RCGA Director of Amateur Competitions. "Crimson Ridge is an ideal venue for this type of event and will provide a challenging test for this field of champions."

To qualify for entry into this national championship, a player must have won either his club's stroke or match play championship. The 20th Canadian Club Champions Championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. After 54 holes, the field is cut to the lowest 70 scores and ties. The champion will receive the Club Champions Trophy, a commemorative medallion, an RCGA limited edition watch and an exemption into the 2005 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, August 12-19 at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S.

The four-day stroke-play championship moves to a different course in Canada each year, allowing top golfers from each region to participate in a national championship close to home. The first championship was held in 1986 at Gallaghers Canyon Golf Club in Kelowna, B.C.

A full list of participants, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Club Champions Championship can be found on the Internet at www.rcga.org.

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 www.rcga.org.

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For More Information:
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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  • 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