Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 05, 2005 16:32 ET

CRAIGOWAN G&CC SET TO HOST 2005 CANADIAN JUNIOR BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor WOODSTOCK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2005) - The top male junior amateur golfers will battle for Canadian junior golf supremacy as they prepare to gather at Craigowan Golf and Country Club in Woodstock, Ont. from August 7-11 for the 2005 Canadian Junior Boys Championship.

The RCGA has conducted the Canadian Junior Boys Championship for more than half a century, naming the top junior and juvenile golfers in Canada. Many of Canadian golf's biggest names both past and present have been crowned champions including Canadian Golf Hall of Famers Doug Silverberg (1950), George Knudson (1955), Gary Cowan (1956) and Doug Roxburgh (1970) as well as rising stars James Lepp (2001-02) and Rafael Lee (2004).

Once again, the championship will feature the top names in Canadian junior golf including all ten 2005 provincial junior champions. Headlining this group will be the reigning 2004 Canadian Junior Boys Champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. who joined an elite group as one of only four juvenile-aged players to win both the Junior and Juvenile (16 and under) titles. Also competing at Craigowan will be 2004 Canadian Amateur Champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. who made golf history in 2004 as a 15-year old becoming the youngest player ever to win the Canadian Amateur title.

Also among the favourites are 2005 Ontario Junior champion Matt Graham of Lowbanks, Ont. as well as a number of current and past BMO Financial Group Future Links champions. The field will also feature all four members of Junior Team Canada including Lee, Wallace, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. and Richard Lee of Vancouver.

In the juvenile division, 14-year old Richard Lee of Vancouver will return to attempt to better his second place showing from 2004. Lee will need to be on top of his game as a number of golfers could challenge for the crown including 2004 third place finisher Eugene Wong of North Vancouver. Lee and Wong finished second and third respectively in the juvenile division, as well as third and fourth overall in the junior division. Other juvenile-aged notables include three-time BMO Financial Group Future Links Bantam champion Dustin Zhang of Calgary as well as 16-year old Darren Wallace.

Craigowan Golf and Country Club will also play host to the Canadian Junior Inter-provincial Team Championship. Four-member provincial teams will compete in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play with the top three of four scores from each round counting towards the overall team total. British Columbia comes in as the defending champion and looks to claim the province's 16th Junior Team Championship.

"We are very excited about bringing the Canadian Junior Boys Championship to Craigowan Golf and Country Club," said RCGA Tournament Director Nathan Brooks. "It is a true championship golf course that is sure to challenge Canada's top juniors and with the incredible field of champions we're expecting, players, parents and spectators will be treated to an absolute showcase of junior golf at its finest."

The Royal Canadian Golf Association is also pleased to announce that the Canadian Junior Championship will once again feature live on-line scoring. The championship will feature hole-by-hole volunteer scorers with handheld Kyocera units, provided by BAKA Communications, inputting player scores to upload directly to the RCGA website at www.rcga.org.

The Canadian Junior Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have not reached their 19th birthday by midnight, August 11, 2005. The Canadian Juvenile Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have not reached their 17th birthday by midnight, August 11, 2005. The scores of the Juvenile golfers will also count for the Junior Championship. The championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. The field is open to 162 players. After 54 holes, the field is cut to the low 70 and ties. An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

The 2005 Canadian Junior Boys Champion will earn an exemption into the Canadian Amateur Championship August 12-19 at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S.

The practice round will be held Sunday, August 7. Championship play will be conducted Monday, August 8 through Thursday, August 11 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties after Wednesday's third championship round. Any tie after 72 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

A complete list of players, starting times and post-round results, as well as live scoring for the 2005 Canadian Junior Boys Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

About the RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing over 1,600 member clubs and close to 400,000 individual members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating , 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, ten 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
Erin Mathany
RCGA Communications Coordinator
905-467-8738 (cell)
emathany@rcga.org
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  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
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    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org