Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 15, 2005 15:44 ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB TO HOST FUTURE LINKS WESTERN

Eugene Wong and Cory Steger headline field of champions Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor GRANDE PRAIRIE--(CCNMatthews - July 15, 2005) - Many of Canada's top junior golfers will be gathering at Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club in Grande Prairie, Alta. to compete in the BMO Financial Group Future Links Western Championship from July 18-21, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

The fifth of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Western Championship features 56 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario will compete in three categories: Junior Boys (14-18 years), Junior Girls (14-18 years) and Bantam Boys (11-13 years).

"The field for this year's Future Links Western Championship is incredibly strong and should provide a true showcase of junior golf in Canada," said Nathan Brooks, RCGA Tournament Director. "Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club is an excellent venue that has us looking forward to a successful championship."

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships have established a reputation as the premier junior golf circuit in Canada. With more than 500 participants in six regional championships, Future Links continues to raise the bar for junior golf nationwide.

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org or on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org.

Tournament Fast Facts:

-- Leading the way at Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club is Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, B.C., who finished fourth overall and third in the Juvenile division at the 2004 Canadian Junior Boys Championship and 19th on the 2004 BMO Financial Group Junior Boys Order of Merit. Also competing is Cory Steger of North Vancouver, B.C. who finished second at the 2004 Future Links Western Championship and 19th at the 2005 Future Links Pacific Championship. Also leading the way is Mitch Ellis of Vancouver, B.C. who finished tied for fifth at the 2005 Future Links Pacific and 48th on the 2004 Order of Merit, as well as Jacob Patte of Oshawa, Ont. who finished tied for 14th at the recent 2005 Future Links Ontario championship.

-- The Junior Boys will also aspire to gain an exemption into the 2005 Canadian Junior Boys Championship and to collect points towards the BMO Financial Group Junior Order of Merit, Canada's national ranking system for boys.

--Among the favourites in the Junior Girls division is Heather Cronkwright of Calgary, Alta. who finished runner-up at the 2004 Future Links Prairie Championship and seventh at last years Future Links Western. Also leading the way is Rochelle Brown of Calgary, Alta. who finished eighth at the 2004 Future Links Western and Mary Beth McKenna of Fort McMurray, Alta. who finished close behind in ninth. Also vying for the Future Links title is local favourite Leanne Laverick of Grande Prairie, Alta.

-- The 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Western Championship features two brother/sister duos - Corey & Matthew Steger of North Vancouver, B.C. and Breanne & Denielle Neufeld of Lethbridge, Alta.

-- 2005 marks the first time Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club has hosted the Future Links Western Championship. More information on the host course can be found on the Internet at www.gpgolf.ca

-- Now in its sixth season, BMO Financial Group Future Links has helped develop a number of young Canadian talents, including B.C. sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, Eom-Ji Park, a four-time Future Links Junior Girls champion who has competed in both the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour and at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open and 2003 Canadian Amateur Champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.

About BMO Financial Group Future Links
BMO Financial Group Future Links is a national junior golf program spearheaded by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association and Canada's provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada's youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since its inception in 1996, more than 320,000 kids have taken part in Future Links programs. The program receives the generous support of its title sponsor BMO Financial Group, and official suppliers, Ford and ClubLink. For more information about BMO Financial Group Future Links, please visit www.future-links.org.

About BMO Financial Group's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of Future Links, BMO Financial Group is the title sponsor of the only Canadian stop of the LPGA tour, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. It is also the title sponsor of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women`s Tour, providing top Canadian women golfers with the opportunity to compete in high calibre tournaments and to qualify for the Canadian Women's Open. For more information, please visit www.bmogolf.com.

About the RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association 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.

About the CPGA
The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association was formed in 1911 and represents approximately 3,000 golf professionals actively pursuing the business of golf. The primary aim of the Association is to provide golf professionals with the educational tools necessary to direct and manage highly successful golf operations. Within its ranks are Master Professionals, Executive Professionals, Head Professionals, Associate Professionals, Teaching Professionals and Tournament Professionals. For more information please visit www.cpga.com.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Erin Mathany
RCGA Junior Communications Coordinator
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org

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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