Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

February 08, 2005 15:42 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 8, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is pleased to congratulate BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour player, Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont., on her selection to The Golf Channel's "Big Break - Ladies' Only" reality television series.

Dowling, a former Canadian Women's Amateur Champion, will compete against nine others competitors in front of an international television audience for an exemption into select LPGA events during the 2005 season. The Golf Channel will air the series beginning tonight at 9:00pm (EDT).

"This is an excellent opportunity for Jan to showcase her tremendous talent," said Sean Van Kesteren, RCGA Tournament Director, Women's Championships. "I know the RCGA and all of Canada will be behind Jan and her quest to win this competition. We wish her the best of luck."

The Golf Channel's reality television show pits golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that will test their physical skills and mental toughness. One golfer will be eliminated from the series each week with the last woman standing awarded her "Big Break".

If Dowling is successful, she will receive entry into select LPGA Tournaments including the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill May 5-8 and the LPGA Corning Classic, May 26-29.

The twenty-four year old Bradford native won the Canadian Women's Amateur Championship in 2000. Two years later in 2002 she represented Canada at the World Amateur Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then she has played frequently on the FUTURES Golf Tour and on the BMO Financial Group Women's Tour.

Dowling is the second Canadian to appear on the hit series "Big Break" and the only Canadian among the 10 women competitors. Shelby Chrest of Olds, Alta., appeared in the second installment of the series.

Full information about the "Big Break" television series can be found at:

About the RCGA
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


For more information contact:

Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
Cell: 905-467-2944

Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009