Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 23, 2005 22:02 ET

DEFENDING CHAMPION EARNS LEAD AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S SENIOR CHAMONSHIP

-Competitors struggle as heavy rain falls during first round- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor DEWINTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2005) - Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C. has found herself in familiar territory as she sits atop the leader board after first-round play concluded Tuesday at the Royale National Women's Senior Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

The 2004 defending champion carded a one-over par round of 73, in wet conditions setting the opening round pace, two-strokes ahead of Cheryll Damphouse of Amherstburg, Ont. Damphouse carded a three-over par opening round 75. Angela Colm of Ajax, Ont. is in third place at 76.

"You never know how you're going to play until you're here," said Murdoch, who is attempting to win her third Canadian Senior title in four seasons. "I don't want to be over confident at this point. I was just trying to put in a good round today, a good round in tomorrow and a good round on Thursday. Hopefully it will work out the way I want in the end."

Competitors struggled with the less then ideal weather conditions which moved into the Calgary area early morning and worsened as the day continued.

"It was pretty nasty out there today," said Murdoch, who had the honours of teeing off first today. "Wind is a factor no question. It's moving the ball sideways and spitting rain. It's not nice."

Rain fell throughout the day at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club with winds gusting up to 37 kilometers per hour. Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for the Calgary area and is calling for up to 30-50mm of rain on Wednesday with gusts of wind reaching 60km/hr.

In Inter-provincial team play, three-time defending champion British Columbia opened up play posting a score of 238 good enough for a five-stroke lead. Ontario and Manitoba currently sit tied for second place at 243.

Play continues tomorrow with the second round teeing off at approximately 7:30 am (MDT). Following second round play the RCGA will crown an Inter-provincial team champion. The final round of competition is scheduled for Thursday August 25.

The following are the opening-round scores for the Royale National Women's Senior Championship on Tuesday, August 23, 2005.

Par: 72 Yardage: 5898
1 Alison Murdoch, Victoria, BC--73
2 Cheryll Damphouse, Amherstburg, ON--75
3 Angela Colm , Ajax, ON--76
T4 Lyn Mckeeman, Calgary, AB--77
Pamela Welsh, Courtice, ON--77
T6 Judi Lidstone, Winnipeg, MB--78
Mary Kraus, St Catharines, ON--78
T8 Jane Kirkpatrick, Woodbridge, ON--79
Penny Macdonald, Surrey, BC--79
Gloria Sinclair, Georgetown, ON--79
SusieQ Conklin, Sunnyvale, CA--79
Karen Saarimaki, Geraldton, ON--79
T13 Debbie Cook, Calgary, AB--80
Susan Wickware, Pickering, ON--80
Jean-E Boudreau, Dartmouth, NS--80
Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, NS--80
Diane Williams, Calgary, AB--80
T18 Carol Stevens, Edmonton, AB--81
Sue JoySobota, Madison, WI--81
T20 Alyson Martin, Vancouver, BC--82
Marcia Littlewood, Victoria, BC--82
T22 Olga Wright, Calgary, AB--83
Bonnie Zaoral, Calgary, AB--83
Pat Peters, Calgary, AB--83
Sherry Schletz, Calgary, AB--83
Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC--83
T27 Marilyn Daku, Calgary, AB--84
Holly Horwood, Vancouver, BC--84
Ann L. Dalgleish, Calgary, AB--84
Kathleen Meagher, Hanwell, NB--84
Catherine Burgess, Rothesay, NB--84
Tia Chisholm, Coquitlam, BC--84
Cathy McMillan, Ponoka, AB--84
Marilyn O'Connor, Calgary, AB--84
T35 Raelene Robertson, DeWinton, AB--85
Charlotte Carrier, Edmonton, AB--85
Jo-Ann Lindsay, Edina, MN--85
Andree O'Doherty, St-Jerome, QC--85
Diane Drury, Ile Bizard, QC--85
Lenore Davis, Victoria, BC--85
Joanne Saunders, Calgary, AB--85
Annette Durica, Winnipeg, MB--85
Jeanne Beaith, Port Hope, ON--85
T44 Sharon Peart, Red Deer County, AB--86
Sharon Bowditch, Calgary, AB--86
Leslie Houde, Borden, ON--86
Mary Anne Bennett, Osoyoos, BC--86
Donna Brownridge, Winnipeg, MB--86
T49 Bonnie Stephenson, Winnipeg, MB--87
Marian Zuk, Calgary, AB--87
Wendy Wiltzen, Red Deer, AB--87
Elly Van Bergen Walraven, Vlaardingen, NE--87
Brenda Cahill, Priddis, AB--87
Terry McNaughton, Calgary, AB--87
Joey Bush, Mississauga, ON--87
Gaylene Donald, Calgary, AB--87
Mireille Beauregard Shaughnessy, Vaudreuil Dorion, QC--87
T58 Tracye Osler, Calgary , AB--88
Judy Gillam, Cornerbrook, NF--88
Barb Wilson, Saskatoon, SK--88
Susan Pearl, Nepean, ON--88
T62 Sonja Gottschalch, 3100 Hornbaek, DM--89
Carin Gallie, Victoria, BC--89
Lill Andrews, Cranbrook, BC--89
Vicki Young, Calgary, AB--89
Monique Taylor, Lower Coverdale, NB--89
Debbie McDonald, Claremont, ON--89
Joyce Obrigewitsch, Saskatoon, SK--89
Carol Spanks, Saskatoon, SK--89
T70 Ena Spalding, Calgary, AB--90
Jan Peters, St. John's, NF--90
T72 Carolyn Radomsky, Bragg Creek, AB--91
Fay Gunter, Dartmouth, NS--91
Carole Letendre, Gracefield, QC--91
T75 Connie Nixon, Calgary, AB--92
Barb Atnikov, Calgary, AB--92
Penelope Dickeson, Fredericton, NB--92
T78 Sherrin Forster, Sherwood Park, AB--93
Laura Small, Casa Rio, SK--93
T80 M. Dianne Johnstone, Calgary, AB--94
Joyce Carrington, Edmonton, AB--94
Peggy Wright, Victoria, BC--94
Shirley Newman, Calgary, AB--94
Theresa Mac Donald, Souris, PE--94
Judy Lang, Winnipeg, MB--94
Ann Rafuse, Chelsea, QC--94
T87 Brenda Samis, Calgary, AB--96
Eileen Fulford, Stratford , PE--96
Marg Bromley, St. John's, NF--96
90 Diane Semchuk, Calgary, AB--97
T91 Jean Wilmshurst, Victoria, BC--98
Joyce MacLellan, Indian River, PE--98
Jean White, Halifax, NS--98
94 Linda Marasco, Calgary, AB--99
95 Terri Leonard, St. John's, NF--100
96 Brenda Green, Summerside, PE--102

The following are the Provincial Team scores for the Royale National Women's Senior Inter-provincial Team Championship on Tuesday August 23, 2005. (Best 3 individual scores count towards team total).

British Columbia--238
Chisholm, Tia-84
Laschuk, Phyllis-83
Littlewood, Marcia-82
Murdoch, Alison-73

Ontario--243
Beaith, Jeanne-85
Kraus, Mary-78
McDonald, Debbie-89
Wickware, Susan-80

Manitoba--243
Brownridge, Donna-86
Lang, Judy-94
Lidstone, Judi -78
Saarimaki, Karen-79

Alberta--248
Donald, Gaylene-87
McMillan, Cathy-84
O'Connor, Marilyn-84
Williams, Diane-80

Nova Scotia--251
Boudreau, Jean-E-80
Gunter, Fay-91
Maxwell, Ruth-80
White, Jean -98

New Brunswick--257
Burgess, Catherine-84
Dickeson, Penelope-92
Meagher, Kathleen-84
Taylor, Monique-89

Saskatchewan--266
Obrigewitsch, Joyce-89
Small, Laura-93
Spanks, Carol -89
Wilson, Barb-88

Quebec--266
Beauregard Shaughnessy, Mireille-87
Letendre, Carole-91
Pearl, Susan-88
Rafuse, Ann-94

Newfoundland--274
Bromley, Marg-96
Gillam, Judy -88
Leonard, Terri-100
Peters, Jan-90

Prince Edward Island--288
Fulford, Eileen-96
Green, Brenda-102
Mac Donald, Theresa-94
MacLellan, Joyce-98

Conducted since 1971, the Canadian Senior Women's Championship has featured many of the countries top senior golfers. Canadian Golf Hall of Fame members, Marlene Streit, Gayle Borthwick, Marilyn O'Connor and Margaret Todd all own senior titles.

The Royale National Women's Senior Championship is contested over three rounds of stroke play (54-holes). The field is open to 96 players who have reached the age of 50 by August 22, 2005. An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 22. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 23 through Thursday, August 25 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 54 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff. An Inter-provincial Team Championship also takes place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

For a complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results for the 2005 Royale National Women's Senior Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

ABOUT ROYALE TISSUE AND GOLF
Irving Tissue, the makers of Royale, is proud to be the official title sponsor of all three of the Canadian Women's amateur competitions; Royale National Junior Girl's Championship, Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship and the Royale National Women's Senior Championship.

Irving Tissue is committed to the health and well being of Canadians and continues to support activities that promote active living as part of a balanced & healthy lifestyle. There are few sports whose growth has been as impressive, whose appeal is as universal and whose tie to active living is as strong as the game of golf.

The Irving Group, which is the parent company of Irving Tissue is not new to the golf industry having already established a foundation with golfing partners in Eastern Canada. In 2004, The Irving Group - Moncton played a large roll in the Heather Wilbur Scholarship Scramble Tournament in Moncton, N.B. This tournament was held as a tribute to Heather Wilbur, who lost her life due to cancer; the tournament featured Heather's peers from the United States based FUTURES Golf Tour.

ABOUT THE RCGA
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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Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Cell: 905-467-2944
Onsite: 403-938-7200

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