Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

January 31, 2005 13:59 ET

CITY OF EDMONTON TO HOST 2006 CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

– LPGA Championship makes first trip to Alberta since 1999 - Attention: News Editor, Sports Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today that the city of Edmonton has been selected to host the 2006 Canadian Women's Open.

The announcement marks the return of Canada's only LPGA Tour event to the province of Alberta for only the third time in the championship's 33-year history. In 1996, the Edmonton Country Club hosted what was then the du Maurier Classic, won by Laura Davies while in 1999, Karrie Webb took home the title at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Priddis, Alta.

Selection of a host club for the 2006 Canadian Women's Open will be announced by the RCGA at a later date.

"We are delighted to announce the 2006 Canadian Women's Open will be played in Edmonton," said Richard Desrochers, RCGA Chief Operating Officer. "As one of Canada's premier national championships it is fitting that this event should be hosted in the City of Champions. As we get closer to announcing a host golf course for the event, we know Edmonton golf fans will embrace this unique opportunity to see a showcase of the world's best female golfers."

"As a premier golf destination with over 70 area golf courses, Edmonton is proud to host this premier professional golfing event," says Allan Scott, President and CEO, Edmonton Economic Development Corp. "It will showcase Edmonton on a national and international level and generate an estimated economic impact of $14.2 million. This is also a major success for Edmonton Events International - our new initiative designed to attract major events to Edmonton."

Edmonton has already established a reputation as one of Canada's premier hosting cities. In 2003, the city hosted the Heritage Classic outdoor NHL hockey games and in 2004 hosted the Juno Awards. In 2001, Edmonton became the first city in North America to host the World Championships in Athletics. The city has also hosted Grey Cups, world figure skating championships, numerous concerts and countless sporting and cultural events. In March 2005, Edmonton will host Canada's national curling championships and the Tim Hortons Brier, while this July will see two major international sports competitions, the World Masters Games and the Champ Car World Series.

This summer, the stars of the LPGA Tour will battle for $1.3 million US at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S. Tickets can be ordered by calling 1-866-571-LPGA or online through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org or the BMO Golf website at www.bmogolf.com.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Edmonton Tourism, a division of Edmonton Economic Development Corp., is responsible for marketing Greater Edmonton as a preferred destination for business and leisure travel, and film production. Edmonton Events International is a partnership between Edmonton Tourism and key community leaders to strategically position Edmonton as the premier host city for significant events that create an economic, social and cultural legacy for Greater Edmonton.

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.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Victor Cui
Director of Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 227
Cell: 647-226-9700
E-mail: vcui@rcga.org

Jim Rudolph
Communications
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Phone: (780) 917-7894, Cell: (780) 722-3788
E-mail: jrudolph@edmonton.com

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Contact Information

  • Victor Cui, Director of Communications, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 227
    Secondary Phone: 647-226-9700
    E-mail: vcui@rcga.org