Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 19, 2005 18:54 ET

GOLFERS RAISE OVER $185,000 IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

-Golf Fore The Cure sees record high participation - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor INGLEWOOD, ONT.--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 19, 2005) - Female golfers from across the country hit the links on Monday at Caledon Country Club to celebrate the success of the 'Golf Fore The Cure' program which raised $185,000 this season in support of breast cancer research and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) Women's Division, Golf Fore The Cure is a turn-key participation and fundraising program where Golf Clubs across the country can take part and participants are encouraged to fundraise in various ways to support the cause. The end goal is to promote female participation in the game of golf while raising funds for a future without breast cancer.

Additionally, the RCGA hosts a one-day national golf tournament in a scramble format to celebrate the conclusion of the season and it's fundraising efforts. This one-day event honours supporters, sponsors and top fundraisers from all aspects of the program.

"It has been another successful year in terms of participation and funds raised for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation," said Jeff Thompson Managing Director of the RCGA Women's Division. "We are encouraged by the numbers this season but we still know we can do more to grow this unique fundraising and participation program for women."

In total the 2005 season saw 42 community and club Golf Fore The Cure events held across the country, as well as two corporate tournaments coordinated by partner Women of Influence Luncheon Series and the final national event. Altogether women's participation in golf has raised a total of $185,000 for breast cancer research, almost tripling last year's donation of $68,000.

In its third season Golf Fore The Cure has raised over $300,000 for breast cancer research and organizers believe it is only just the beginning.

"We have seen growth every year since our initial kick-off in 2003," said Thompson. "Our goal is to see every golf club in Canada host an event and raise $1000 through our pledge program. This would translate into an annual contribution well over 1.6 million dollars, something that female golfers could be very proud of."

The top fundraising sites this season did more then their share to meet the $1000 goal. The entire province of New Brunswick combined their efforts during a one-day tournament a raised a total of $30,994 while Women of Influence Luncheon Series corporate events held in Calgary and Toronto gathered upwards of $15,000. One ambitious team of four women from St. George, Ont., raised a total of $8,300 in individual pledges alone.

Representatives from New Brunswick, the corporate event in Calgary and the St. George, Ont. team were all on hand at the National Event. In recognition of their outstanding efforts each was awarded an all expense paid trip to participate in the Golf Fore The Cure National Event.

During Monday's play, two teams tied for first place earning the title of 2005 Golf Fore The Cure National Event winners. The team of Kim Carrington, Michelle Crone, Brenda Caron and Gwen Becker all of Calgary, Alta., tied Paula Napke-Flanagan, Sharon Case, Clare Babineau and Pat Davis all of Miramichi, N.B. shooting a seven-under best ball score.

Golf Clubs or interested volunteers are already being encouraged to contact the Royal Canadian Golf Association to inquire about hosting an event in their community for the 2006 season.

"It's an easy process to get involved and start making a difference," says Golf Fore The Cure program coordinator Cortney Joyce. "There are several ways to raise funds in your community and the RCGA will help tailor our program to make your local event a success."

For more information or to learn about how you can get involved in Golf Fore The Cure visit: www.golfforethecure.ca

ABOUT THE CANADIAN BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Established in 1986, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. CBCF works collaboratively to fund, support and advocate for: relevant and innovative research; meaningful education and awareness programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer. Our fundraising - through our annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, special events, corporate sponsorship and donations - has enabled the Foundation to allocate millions of dollars in grants for breast cancer projects and services since our inception.

Addressing the needs of Canadians from coast to coast, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has chapters in British Columbia/Yukon Territory, Prairies/NWT, Ontario and the Atlantic Region, as well as several other community-based branch offices. The CBCF National Office is located in Toronto. Visit www.cbcf.org

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) 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 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

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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