Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

April 11, 2005 16:56 ET

CITY OF EDMONTON TO HOST 2007 CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), the LPGA Tour and the city of Edmonton announced today that the Canadian Women's Open will be conducted in Edmonton in 2007.

Edmonton had been selected to originally host the 2006 Canadian Women's Open, however scheduling conflicts with the 2006 LPGA Tour schedule and the unavailability of a suitable championship date forced RCGA officials to change Edmonton's host date to 2007.

"As one of Canada's premier national championships, it is our top priority to secure a date that logistically ensures as high a quality a field as possible," said Richard Desrochers, RCGA Chief Operating Officer. "Based on our discussions with the LPGA Tour and city of Edmonton, we felt that the available 2006 dates would limit our ability to recruit the best possible field to Edmonton.
We will now direct our full efforts into securing a new host city and venue that better fits the LPGA Tour dates available in 2006."

"There is no question that Edmonton will be a fantastic host city for an LPGA Tour stop but given the nature of the Tour dates we had available and the location of the events prior to and after, our recommendation was to delay a stop in Western Canada by one year," said LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw. "The Canadian Women's Open has always been a very important event on the LPGA Tour and we will continue to work with the RCGA on a more feasible date for 2007."

"We are still very excited about the opportunity to host this premier professional golfing event and showcase the city of Edmonton in 2007," said Allan Scott, President and CEO, Edmonton Economic Development Corp. "We understand the scheduling challenges and logistical considerations in hosting an LPGA Tour event and appreciate that this decision was made in the best interests of securing a date that would deliver the best possible field to Edmonton's golf community."

In its 33-year championship history, Canada's only LPGA Tour event has twice been conducted in the province of Alberta. In 1996, the Edmonton Country Club hosted what was then the du Maurier Classic with Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club in Priddis, Alta. playing host in 1999. A golf course for the 2007 event has not as yet been confirmed.

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

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.

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
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
Cell: 416-434-5525
E-mail: dpino@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

  • 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