Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 17, 2005 13:06 ET

EDMONTON WELCOMES BMO FINANCIAL GROUP CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR

-RedTail Landing hosts top women golfers next week- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor EDMONTON, ALTA.--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - Edmonton will welcome some of Canada's top women golfers next week as the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour tees off August 21-23 at RedTail Landing Golf Club.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the Canadian Women's Tour is the only women's developmental tour in Canada. Open to professionals, top amateurs and elite junior golfers the Canadian Women's Tour offers top championship play and competitive purses.

Among the 62 player field vying for the $35,000 purse in Edmonton will be 2005 Canadian PGA Women's Champion Lorna Miedema of Calgary, Alta., as well as two previous winners on this year's Canadian Women's Tour, Linda Shephard of Brighton, Ont. and Leila Chartrand of Victoria, B.C. Chartrand opened the Canadian Women's Tour with a victory in Victoria, B.C., while Shephard claimed the second stop in Gatineau, Que.

The race for top spot on the Canadian Women's Tour's Order of Merit is also heating up as Shephard and Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta. look to overtake Cortney Reno of Grosse, Ile, Mich. for the overall lead. Reno, who recently won on the LPGA's developmental FUTURES Tour, is ranked in first position at 825.00 points while Shephard is in second at 707.50 and Kelepouris in third at 625.00.

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.

Also a part of the field will be eleven competitors looking to capitalize on their experience earned at this year's BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in Halifax. Three of those competitors Kareen Qually of Olds, Alta., Angie Green of London, Ont. and Marie-Josee Rouleau of St. Lambert, Que., made the cut during the Canadian Women's Open with Qually getting the opportunity to play her third round with Canadian LPGA standout Lori Kane.

Edmonton is the final stop on the Canadian Women's Tour before the $50,000, BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship held in Peterborough, September 11-14.

"RedTail Landing is a competitive setting and should offer these golfers a significant challenge," said Assistant Tournament Director Jeff Moore. "With only this event left before the Canadian Women's Tour Championship it should be a fierce battle among our top competitors."

The Western Canadian Women's Championship is also taking place in conjunction with the Canadian Women's Tour event. Amateur players from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan will battle for the championship with four players from each representing their province. Each day three-scores of four will count towards the team's overall total.

Action begins at RedTail Landing on Sunday, August 21st with BMO Financial Group hosting a clinic and pro-am for selected clients and guests. Tournament play begins Monday, August 22nd and concludes on the 23rd. Start times and pairings will be available online at www.rcga.org as of Sunday, August 21st.

The following is a listing of players competing in BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Event at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. from August 21 to 23, 2005.

Angie Ause, Red Wing, MN (a) Shannon McGeady, Regina, SK
Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA (a) Mary Beth McKenna, Fort McMurray, AB
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC (a) Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB
Bobbi Brandon, Saskatoon, SK Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC
(a) Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB
Kelly Cavanaugh, Palos Verdes, CA (a) Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC Christina Monacelli, Ocean Ridge, FL
(a) Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON (a) Courtnay Montgomery, Palm Beach, FL
(a) Carla Rae Dobchuk, Saskatoon, SK (a) Susan Nam, Edmonton, AB
Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB (a) Melissa Newman Gillespie, Kamloops, BC
Claire Dury, Palmerston North, NZ (a) Jade Polonich, Edmonton, AB
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON (a) Dominique Pytlewski, North Vancouver, BC
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON Kareen Qually, Olds, AB
Angie Green, London, ON Ria Quiazon, San Francisco, CA
(a) Tamara Harasen, Regina, SK Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI
(a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA
Kari Hilton, London, ON Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC
(a) Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB Lauren Schreel, Orlando, FL
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON
Jeanette Kerr, Edmonton, AB (a) Katie Snell, Victoria, BC
(a) Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC (a) Sarah Stebeleski, Lorette, MB
(a) Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC (a) Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park, AB
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON
(a) Carolyn Learmonth, Brandon, MB Lisa Vlooswyk, Calgary, AB
(a) Christina Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB (a) Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC
Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB (a) Gisselle Willimus, Edmonton, AB
Susan Lippitt, Calgary, AB Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB
Stefi Markovich, Welland, ON Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB
Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IT Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB

(a) denotes amateur

More information about the BMO Financial Group 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 www.rcga.org.

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 www.bmogolf.com.

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 www.rcga.org.

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For more information:
Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 230
Cell: (905) 467-2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org