Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

May 04, 2005 15:34 ET


Former champions and Big Break III competitors headline field for Tour opener Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2005) - Victoria, B.C. - Vancouver Island will welcome many top Canadian and international women golfers as the first event on the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour tees off May 8-10 at Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour will feature five championships with the first two serving as qualifiers for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Top golfers on the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit and champions of the first two Women's Tour stops will earn exemptions into Canada's only LPGA Tour event, July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

The Canadian Women's Tour makes its second-ever stop on Vancouver Island as Cordova Bay gets set to host the largest field of competitors in Tour history. Among the 78 players in the hunt for the $25,000 purse and champion's exemption into the 2005 Canadian Women's Open are Big Break III competitors Debbie Dahmer of Escondido, California and Canadian Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont. as well as former LPGA Tour players Gail Graham of Kelowna, B.C. and Jennifer Wyatt of Richmond, B.C.

Other notables include former Canadian Women's Tour champions Kim Adams of Tide Head, N.B., Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta., Kareen Qually of Olds, Alta., Louise Zylstra of West Hill, Ont., Susan Wright-Amendt of Breton Alta. and Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Three-time Canadian Amateur champion Lisa Meldrum of Montreal, Que., 2004 Canadian Junior Girls champion Inah Park of Burnaby, B.C. and National Women's Amateur Team members Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver, Jade Polonich of Calgary, Jill Hardy of Winnipeg and Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Alta. will also be competing while Vancouver Island golf fans will be cheering on local Victoria products Leila Chartrand and Jody Jackson of the host Cordova Bay club.

"We are thrilled to bring the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour back to Vancouver Island," said Sean Van Kesteren, the RCGA's Director of Women's Championships. "We're expecting our strongest field ever and with some of the best women golfers from B.C. and across Canada and the United States, it should be an exciting start to the season and a tremendous golf showcase at Cordova Bay."

Players competing on the Canadian Women's Tour will also earn points towards the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit. The winner of the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit will receive $3,000 and take home the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.

More information about the Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit

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 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

For more information:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 406
Cell: (416) 434-5525

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