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October 19, 2005 10:51 ET

CN SPONSORS CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

North American rail leader ensures LPGA Tour remains in Canada Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor MONTREAL, QUE.--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 19, 2005) - Montreal (RCGA) - In a joint press conference held with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), CN has agreed to a multi-year sponsorship agreement to become title sponsor of the LPGA Tour Canadian Women's Open tournament, Canadian Women's Tour and Future Links. Financial details and terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

The CN Canadian Women's Open will debut from August 7-13, 2006. The event enters its 34th season on the LPGA Tour. An official announcement on the host venue for the championship is expected in the coming weeks.

"This is an exciting day for golf in Canada. We would like to thank CN for stepping up to support three very important programs," said Stephen D. Ross, RCGA Executive Director. "Thanks to the support of CN we will continue to operate and grow these vital national programs over the next five years. It's exciting that two storied Canadian institutions have partnered for the continued growth of golf in this country."

"CN is delighted to become the title sponsor of Canada's top women's golf tournament," said James Foote, CN Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. "At CN, we believe in being the best at what we do. The Canadian Women's Open features those who are the best at what they do. It's a natural fit."

CN's commitment to golf will extend beyond the Canadian Women's Open. As part of its partnership with the RCGA, the 86-year-old company will also become title sponsor of the successful Canadian Women's Tour and Future Links program.

CN Canadian Women's Tour, conducted by the RCGA is one of North America's premier developmental tours attracting rising Canadian and international female golf professionals as well as top Canadian female amateurs. The only women's developmental tour in Canada, the CN Canadian Women's Tour will offer premier championship play at locations across Canada, competitive purses and the opportunity to earn exemptions into the CN Canadian Women's Open, Canada's only LPGA Tour event. LPGA Tour professionals such as Lorie Kane and Isabelle Beisiegel competed on the Canadian Women's Tour, and used their experiences on Tour as a springboard to future success.

CN Future Links is Canada's national junior golf development program designed to ensure the future of golf. Conducted by the RCGA in partnership with the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association (CPGA) and Canada's provincial golf associations, the program consists of multi-level instruction and rewards, clinics, camps, support materials and special programs to raise awareness of junior golf and address the issues of accessibility and affordability. More than 323,000 boys and girls across Canada have participated in the program since its inception in 1996. In 2004 alone, more than 78,000 children participated in Future Links.

Note: A full audio replay of Wednesday morning's press conference will be available at approximately 12:30 p.m. (EST). To access the audio replay, please dial 1-800-408-3053. The password code is 3165354 followed by the pound/number sign. The replay will be available from October 19 at 12:30 p.m. to midnight on October 26.

About CN:
Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For further information please visit www.cn.ca.

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 CN 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 CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

About the CN Canadian Women's Open
For updated ticket and tournament information for the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open please visit www.cncanadianwomensopen.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Media and Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 227
Mobile: (416) 819-0286
aalfred@rcga.org

Jim Feeny
Senior Manager, Public and Government Affairs
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Office: (780) 472-3023
Mobile: (780) 910-0098
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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Manager, Media & Public Relations, 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