Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 14, 2005 15:11 ET

JAMES LEPP OFFERED EXEMPTION INTO 2005 BELL CANADIAN OPEN

Richard Zokol also invited to compete in Vancouver Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 14, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is please to announce that amateur golfing sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. has been granted an exemption to compete with the world's best professional golfers at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

Lepp, a two-time Canadian Junior champion and the reigning three-time B.C. Amateur champion recently made history becoming the first Canadian to ever win the NCAA Division I Individual title. The University of Washington junior battled from six shots back on the final round to force a playoff before winning the title on the third playoff hole.
"We are delighted to offer James an exemption into this year's Bell Canadian Open," said Tournament Director Bill Paul. "James has proven himself as one of this country's finest up and coming Amateur players and winning the NCAA title only solidified his selection to compete at Shaughnessy."

The 21-year old will be competing in his third consecutive Bell Canadian Open and should be a fan-favourite when the championship makes its way to the west coast this September. Lepp, currently a member of the RCGA's National Amateur Golf Team, is a graduate of the Future Links Junior Golf Program and the two-time reigning National Order of Merit winner.
Vancouver golf fans will also set their hopes on local legend Richard Zokol who was also offered an exemption into this year's Bell Canadian Open. The Surrey, B.C. native's storied career has seen him become one of Canada's most accomplished golfers with success at both the amateur and professional level. This year's event should be extra special for the former PGA Tour winner as 2005 marks the return of Canada's National Open Championship to the west coast and more specifically Vancouver for the first time since 1966.
"Throughout his career Richard has become synonymous with Canadian golf and it is with great pride that we welcome him to this year's championship," said Paul. "With the event coming to practically his back yard this year, we are honoured to offer this exemption to one of Canada's greatest golf ambassadors."

The world's best professional golfers will be competing for $4.9 million U.S. at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Limited tickets still remain for all tournament rounds with the RCGA expecting this year's event to once again sell out. Tickets for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be ordered on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca or by phone at 1-800-571-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 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:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 406
Cell: (416) 434-5525
E-mail: 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