Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 12, 2005 19:49 ET

LAURA MATTHEWS CAPTURES CANADIAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

-Royale Cup wraps up at Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SQUAMISH, B.C. --(CCNMatthews - Aug. 12, 2005) - After finishing as a runner-up four times, Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. finally broke through and captured her first Canadian title at the 2005 Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Golf Championship in Squamish, B.C. on Friday.

Matthews cruised through the closing round carding a final day one-under par 72 which enabled her to prove critics wrong and capture the Canadian women's amateur title she has sought for eight years. Coming into the championship Matthews had finished as a runner-up in 1998, 1999, 2000 and in 2003.

"Finally… it's been a long time coming," said an elated Matthews. "I wanted this really bad. It's just a wonderful feeling knowing you've accomplished something you've really wanted for a long time."

Her one-under par closing round was good for today's low score and she finished with a four-day total of 71-73-74-72-290, (-2).

"This course was set up really well for my game. You had to drive it straight and keep the ball in play, I did that all week. I knew yesterday it was mine to take. If I played a solid round with lots of pars it was there. I felt good today."

The 25 year-old Matthews overtook Mexico's Violeta Retamoza during the third-round yesterday and never looked back. Retamoza, who shot a course record 69 on Monday, struggled over the final two-days posting a four-day final total of 69-74-78-75-296, six strokes behind Matthews.

18 year-old Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ont., was the top junior earning third position finishing at 297. A pair of B.C. natives rounded out the top-five with Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, in fourth and Samantha Richdale of Kelowna in fifth.

With the win, Matthews avoids the distinction of joining Mary Gay as the only Canadian with most runner-up finishes ever without wining a Canadian title. Gay finished second a record five times.

On Wednesday in Inter-provincial team play, British Columbia claimed its first team title since 1987. B.C. finished with a two-day score of 449 while Ontario was second at 464 and Alberta was third at 471.

The following are the final round scores for the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship on Friday, August 12, 2005 at Squamish Golf & Country Club in Squamish, BC.

Par: 73 Yards: 6203
1 Laura Matthews, Essex, ON--71-73-74-72--290
2 Violeta Retamoza, Mexico City, MX--69-74-78-75--296
3 Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie, ON--78-71-74-74--297
4 Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--76-73-73-76--298
5 Samantha Richdale, Kelowna , BC--76-73-77-75--301
6 Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, ON--75-78-75-75--303
7 Kira Meixner, Delta, BC--78-73-78-75--304
T8 Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC--75-79-80-74--308
Sue Kim, Langley, BC--80-77-73-78--308
T10 Eom-Ji Park, Burnaby, BC--79-78-79-74--310
Meaghan LeBlanc, Calgary, AB--75-77-81-77--310
12 Susan Nam, Edmonton, AB--79-75-77-80--311
T13 Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC--75-80-83-74--312
Erin Thorne, Bracebridge, ON--73-81-82-76--312
Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON--78-78-78-78--312
Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, BC--78-74-79-81--312
Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, ON--76-76-81-79--312
18 Veronique Drouin, Sts-Anges, QC--79-74-84-76--313
T19 Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--76-83-79-76--314
Ali Stinson, Prince George, BC--83-77-76-78--314
T21 Kari Broshko, Calgary, AB--80-74-83-78--315
Christina Spence, Port Alberni, BC--77-72-84-82--315
23 Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--79-77-81-79--316
T24 Christina Yoon, Etobicoke, ON--78-77-85-77--317
Inah Park, Burnaby, BC--81-80-79-77--317
Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, ON--76-83-77-81--317
T27 Tanis Hastmann, Omaha, NE--76-84-81-77--318
Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB--79-83-78-78--318
29 Ashley Hogg, Pitt Meadows, BC--76-77-86-80--319
30 Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--78-78-80-84--320
T31 Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park , AB--77-81-86-77--321
Kristy McLaughlin, Wasaga Beach, ON--80-79-83-79--321
Jennifer Sanders, Placentia, CA--77-85-80-79--321
Elizabeth Reid, Calgary, AB--83-78-81-79--321
Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--78-83-79-81--321
T36 Raman Saran, Calgary, AB--79-85-81-77--322
Anita Gahir, Thornhill, ON--74-81-82-85--322
38 Sara Ovadia, Santa Barbara, CA--84-85-75-79--323
T39 Helene Robert, Lac Brôme, QC--83-84-78-79--324
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, TX--85-79-79-81--324
T41 Eva Yoe, West Los Angeles, CA--82-79-84-80--325
Carla Rae Dobchuk, Sasktoon, SK--84-81-80-80--325
Isabelle Gendreau, St-Georges, QC--80-86-78-81--325
44 Jacqueline Little, Port Alberni, BC--80-76-84-86--326
45 Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--80-80-82-85--327
T46 Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--85-76-84-83--328
Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, NB--78-76-88-86--328
48 Morgan Lederhouse, Calgary, AB--82-78-84-88--332

--Missed Cut--
T49 Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON--84-83-79--246
Dominique Pytlewski, West Vancouver, BC--82-82-82--246
Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, NS--80-83-83--246
T52 Evelyne Lussier, Laval, QC--87-80-80--247
Kirby Dreher, Fort St. John, BC--77-85-85--247
T54 Melissa Mabanta, Langley, BC--82-86-80--248
Leanne Richardson, Moncton, NB--85-80-83--248
Laeni Bendzik, Calgary, AB--79-85-84--248
Judi Lidstone, Winnipeg, MB--79-85-84--248
Marie Torti, Candiac, QC--81-81-86--248
T59 Kali Gordon, Black Diamond, AB--87-85-77--249
Danielle Mills, Pointe-Claire, QC--83-85-81--249
Jan Davidson, Port Alberni, BC--79-86-84--249
Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC--84-80-85--249
Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--81-82-86--249
Margaret Matthews, Drumbo, ON--78-85-86--249
Pamela Burneski, Surrey, BC--79-81-89--249
T66 Heather Fudge, Charlottetown, PE--81-87-82--250
Ivy Steinberg, Cedar Valley, ON--85-82-83--250
Michelle Williams, Wolfville, NS--81-83-86--250
T69 Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--81-88-82--251
Janey Deimling, Nanaimo, BC--86-82-83--251
Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB--87-82-82--251
Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC--82-83-86--251
73 Margarita Ramos, Evans, GA--84-85-83--252
T74 Val Westell, Coquitlam, BC--84-85-84--253
Sara McFadden, Grand-Bay Westfield, NB--84-84-85--253
T76 Jennifer Lochhead, Burlington , ON--86-90-78--254
Josee Deslauriers, Candiac, QC--90-83-81--254
Sandra Turbide, Surrey, BC--82-88-84--254
Melanie Grant, Kelowna, BC--85-85-84--254
Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC--83-86-85--254
Whitney Cox, Edmonton, AB--79-88-87--254
82 Kenzie Janzen, Duncan, BC--86-87-82--255
T83 Katherine White, Dartmouth, NS--86-86-84--256
Ashley Olynick, Saskatoon, SK--82-90-84--256
T85 Kathleen Jean, Stephenville, NF--90-84-83--257
Margo McLeod, Woodstock, NB--85-86-86--257
Danielle O'Reilly, Whistler, BC--83-86-88--257
T88 Nancy Chow, Richmond, BC--85-91-82--258
Nari Kim, Surrey, BC--83-92-83--258
Michelle Dance, Chilliwack, BC--92-81-85--258
AJ Cunningham, Tatamagouche, NS--83-83-92--258
T92 Charlotte McGinnis, Edmonton, AB--92-86-81--259
Karen Kloske, Lake Cowichan, BC--92-82-85--259
Elaine Blatchford, Surrey , BC--86-87-86--259
Nathalie Chabot, Sherbrooke, QC--82-90-87--259
T96 Carin Gallie, Victoria, BC--89-86-85--260
Alexia Laplante, Ste-Thérèse, QC--85-85-90--260
T98 Isabelle Bernard, Repentigny, QC--85-92-84--261
Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC--88-86-87--261
Elyse Kinley, Powell River, BC--88-85-88--261
T101 Ashley Davis, Toronto, ON--83-92-87--262
Valerie Beer, N. Wiltshire, PE--87-85-90--262
103 Ahnna Kim, South Surrey, BC--84-89-90--263
104 Krista Bulow, Notre-Dame de l'île Perrot, QC--89-82-93--264
105 Debi DeCoste, Bedford, NS--90-86-89--265
106 Kathryn McGarvey, North Vancouver, BC--83-96-87--266
107 Krystina Donkin, Red Deer, AB--84-93-90--267
108 Lorie Boyle, Moose Jaw, SK--92-93-86--271
109 Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB--88-91-95--274
110 Makiko Scully, West Vancouver, BC--94-90-93--277
111 Christine MacLauchlan, Stanhope York, PE--97-89-92--278
T112 Ashlee Claydon, Parksville, BC--93-94-92--279
Lacey Cribb, Marystown, NF--92-89-98--279
114 Teri Fisher, White Rock, BC--89-96-96--281
115 Brenda Massey, Kelowna, BC--91-98-94--283
116 Marie-Joseé Losier, St. John's, NF--95-96-95--286
117 Jessica Norris, St. John's, NF--97-98-96--291
118 Tammi Lowther, Charlottetown, PE--104-95-95-294
WD - Rosemary Wysocki of Georgetown, Ont.

The inaugural year of the Women's Amateur Championship in Canada was in 1901 and this year marks the ninety-second running of this event. Past winners include legendary golfers like Marlene Streit, Ada Mackenzie, Jocelyne Bourassa and Gayle Borthwick. Streit's name is all over the Amateur Championship record book having won the event 11 times as well as finishing runner up five times.

In addition to competing for the Duchess of Connaught Trophy, competitors competed for the Royale Champions Trophy. This commemorative trophy honours each of the three women's Canadian amateur champions (junior, amateur and senior) crowned each season by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

The Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship was conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. The field was open to 120 players. After 54 holes, the field was cut to the low 48. An Inter-provincial Team Championship also took place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

A complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results for the 2005 Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

ABOUT ROYALE TISSUE AND GOLF
Irving Tissue, the makers of Royale, is proud to be the official title sponsor of all three of the Canadian Women's amateur competitions; Royale National Junior Girl's Championship, Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship and the Royale National Women's Senior Championship.

Irving Tissue is committed to the health and well being of Canadians and continues to support activities that promote active living as part of a balanced & healthy lifestyle. There are few sports whose growth has been as impressive, whose appeal is as universal and whose tie to active living is as strong as the game of golf.

The Irving Group, which is the parent company of Irving Tissue is not new to the golf industry having already established a foundation with golfing partners in Eastern Canada. In 2004, The Irving Group - Moncton played a large roll in the Heather Wilbur Scholarship Scramble Tournament in Moncton, N.B. This tournament was held as a tribute to Heather Wilbur, who lost her life due to cancer; the tournament featured Heather's peers from the United States based FUTURES Golf Tour.

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 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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Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
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E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org

EDITORS NOTE: One-on-one interviews with 2005 champion Laura Matthews can be arranged by contacting Michael Grobe at 905.467.2944 or mgrobe@rcga.org
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  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
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    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org