Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

March 08, 2005 16:07 ET

GOLF FEATURED FOR FIRST TIME AT 2009 CANADA SUMMER GAMES

merger between RCGA & CLGA acknowledged Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - March 8, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is pleased to announce that golf - for the first time ever - will be a part of the 2009 Canada Summer Games competition.

The Canada Games Council (CGC) confirmed recently that golf will be among 12 sports to participate in the 2009 Summer Games hosted by Prince Edward Island.

"This is an extremely important announcement for our sport," said Jeff Thompson, RCGA Managing Director of Player and Program Development. "This offers our athletes a chance to showcase their talents on the national stage and is a key component to increasing our profile and awareness among youth participating in sport in Canada."

The announcement by the CGC culminates almost 12 months of effort by the RCGA and its recently merged partner - The Canadian Ladies' Golf Association. As a direct result of the merger, golf was able to apply and receive approval to join the Canada Summer Games roster.

"This is absolutely a benefit of the recent merger," says Thompson. "Without the two association's coming together to form one governing body for the game we would not be in a position to have our sport recognized by the Canada Games Council."

"Our focus is to continue to profile golf among Canadians and build the best golf player development program in the world. Having our sport recognized and played during Canada's national summer games is an important step as we move forward towards attaining this goal."

Although full details have yet to be confirmed, teams of three men and three women from each province will make up the competition. The RCGA will work directly with the Games Host Committee advising on technical aspects surrounding the venue and tournament organization.

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. Since it's inception in 1967, the Canada Games has played a prominent role in developing some of Canada's premier athletes. Some of the more notable alumni's to count the Canada games as one of their first multi-sport experience include NBA super-star Steve Nash, World Curling Champion Colleen Jones and Olympic Gold Medallist & former Super Heavyweight Champion of the World Lennox Lewis.

This summer the 2005 Canada Summer Games will be hosted by Regina, Saskatchewan in August while the next Canada Winter Games are to be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, in 2007.

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, 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 contact:

Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association

Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
Cell: 905.467.2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org
IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org