Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 05, 2005 22:20 ET

FOUR PLAYERS EARN QUALIFIER BERTHS INTO BELL CANADIAN OPEN

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VANCOUVER--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 5, 2005) - The final four berths into the 2005 Bell Canadian Open were decided at today's 18-hole qualifying round at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C.

The quartet of Scott Dunlap of Duluth, GA (67), Chris Ming of Edgewood, WA (68), Steve Collins of Perth West, AL (69) and Paul Danielson of Anchorage, AK (69) completes the 156-player field set to challenge for the $5 million (US) purse from September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

The veteran Dunlap, 42, has played on the PGA, Nationwide and Canadian Tours, winning on the Nationwide Tour in 2004. Before playing on the PGA Tour, Dunlap won twice on the Canadian Tour and then finished tied for third at the 1996 Bell Canadian Open at Glen Abbey after firing a tournament-record 36-hole total of 129 (64-65).

Danielson was the final player to earn his spot outlasting Alan McLean of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Brian Unk of Lewis Centre, OH in a three-hole playoff.

The following players advanced into the 2005 Bell Canadian Open:
Scott Dunlap of Duluth, GA (67)
Chris Ming of Edgewood, WA (68)
Steve Collins of Perth West, AL (69)
Paul Danielson of Scottsdale, AZ (69)

Oh Canada:
Golf fans turned out early at Shaughnessy on Monday and were treated to an all-Canadian showcase as Mike Weir joined rising star Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont. and amateur sensations James Lepp of Abbottsford, B.C. and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.
With each coming in off their own successful respective season, the trio hope to follow in the footsteps of the 2003 Masters Earlier this year, Mills won the Canadian PGA Championship on the Nationwide Tour virtually guaranteeing himself a 2006 PGA Tour card. Lepp, the four-time reigning BC Amateur champion made golf history earlier this year as the first Canadian ever to win the NCAA Division I individual title. Scott recently won his second Canadian Amateur Championship and returns to Shaughnessy, site of his first Canadian Amateur title in 2003.

Monday Pro-Am:
Canadian David Moreland IV of Aurora, Ont. led his Pro-Am team to victory at Shaughnessy as the foursome fired a team-total 16-under 54. Moreland's teammates in the team net best-ball included amateurs Graham Maclaughlan, Paul Healey and Dave Mowat. Two-time Canadian Open champion Steve Jones' team was second at 55 while Roland Thatcher's squad finished third at 59. Kevin Sutherland (60) and Todd Hamilton (61) rounded out the top five.

Press Conference Schedule (Pacific time):
The following press conferences are confirmed for the on-site media centre at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club:

Tuesday, September 6
1:40 pm - Glen Hnatiuk
2:00 pm - Ian Leggatt
2:20 pm - John Mills
2:40 pm - Stephen Ames

Wednesday, September 7
1:30 pm - Mike Weir
TBD - Vijay Singh
TBD - Chris DiMarco

Note: Press conference transcripts will be available on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca.

Tickets
Tickets during the week can be purchased on-site at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and range from $20 to $80 a day, or $195 for a weekly pass. One junior age 15 and under will be admitted to the grounds free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For more information please call 1-866-571-OPEN.

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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, 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.

For more information contact:

Media Centre
(778) 328-9206

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-819-0286 (cell)
aalfred@rcga.org

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-434-5525 (cell)
dpino@rcga.org

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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
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org