Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 28, 2005 12:11 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor COBBLE HILL, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - July 28, 2005) - Canada's finest junior girl's golfers will square off next week battling for national supremacy as the Royale National Junior Girls Championship takes place August 1-4 at Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cobble Hill, British Columbia.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) the Championship will be contested over three rounds of stroke play (54-holes) featuring 102 of the nation's top female junior aged golfers under 18.

The championship will feature the top names in Canadian junior girl's golf including all 10 provincial junior champions. Highlighting the field of competitors will be last year's Junior Girl's Order of Merit winner Lindsay Caljouw of Nanaimo, B.C. and 2003 Canadian Junior Girl's Champion Anita Gahir of Thornhill, Ont.

Quebec sensation Maude-Aimée LeBlanc of Windsor, Que., who just weeks ago competed at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in Halifax as well as the US Girls Junior Championship will also make the trip to British Columbia. Other top competitors include, Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C., Laura Harris of New Minas, N.S., Melissa Mabanta of Langley, B.C., Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., and Susan Nam of Edmonton, Alta.

The Neufeld family of Lethbridge, Alta. will have double the excitement as 18-year old Danielle will square off against her younger 16-year old sister Breanne for sibling bragging rights.

In addition to individual stroke play, the Inter-Provincial Junior Girl's Team Championship will be conducted at Arbutus Ridge Golf & Country Club. Four-member provincial teams will compete in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play with the top three of four scores from each round counting towards the overall team total. Last season, British Columbia captured their third title in four seasons besting Alberta by eight strokes.

"This season we have received an overwhelming response to junior girl's golf in Canada and in particular athletes wishing to compete during our national championship," said Cortney Joyce, RCGA Tournament Director. "It is a very deep field and the course at Arbutus Ridge will challenge these girls. It should provide for an exciting week for spectators, parents and volunteers."

In addition to competing for the Brokenshire Trophy, given annually since 1955 to Canada's junior girl's champion, 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 National Junior Girl's Championship is open to female golfers who have not reached their 19th birthday by August 4, 2005.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 1. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 2 through Thursday, August 4 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 54 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

On Monday the RCGA and Arbutus Ridge Golf & Country Club will also host a free junior girl's golf clinic during the practice round from 2:00pm to 4:30pm prior to the official Opening Ceremonies.

As part of the BMO Financial Group Future Links Girls' Club program, the clinic is open to girls from 5-15 years old, and will include instruction in putting, chipping, and the full swing. The program is designed to be a comfortable and fun introduction to the game of golf. Participants will receive instruction from local CPGA professionals. Equipment, prizes, and snacks will be provided.

A complete list of players, starting times, post-round results, and daily wrap-ups for the 2005 Royale National Junior Girl's 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



Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905.849.9700 ext 230
Cell: 905-467-2944
E-mail: IN: SPORTS

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