Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

May 09, 2005 21:16 ET

LEILA CHARTRAND TAKES OPENING-ROUND LEAD BMO CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VICTORIA--(CCNMatthews - May 9, 2005) - Vancouver Island golf fans were treated to a show on Monday as hometown favourite Leila Chartrand of Victoria tied the competitive course record of 68 to take a three-stroke lead at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at Cordova Bay Golf Course.

Chartrand, the former USC collegiate standout, finished with six birdies on the day to tie the course record previously held by Canadian LPGA Tour player A.J. Eathorne and Penny Baziuk of Sidney, BC, who is also competing this week at Cordova Bay. Having battled back injuries over the past couple seasons, Chartrand, who estimates she has played the host Cordova layout 250 to 300 times, is confident heading into Tuesday's final round and hoping to capitalize on a home course advantage.

"I'm so competitive and I really expect myself to do well out there," said the 25-year old Chartrand. As a player you get yourself into a set routine and when you're playing at home, sometimes that routines gets thrown off a bit so you really have to focus on your competitive mindset. I came here with a set plan on where I can be aggressive so hopefully I can ride that through again tomorrow and see where it takes me."

Sitting alone in second behind Chartrand at one-under-par 71 is Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta. The 31-year old fired five birdies on the day and heads into final-round action aware of Chartrand's home edge but confident in her chances of making a strong run on Tuedsay.

"I think it's what you make of it and how you handle the pressure," said Kelepouris about Chartrand's opening-round showing at Cordova Bay. "I really admire someone who can focus through all the distractions of playing at home in front of friends and family but at this point, I'm only focused on my own game and I think with the way I'm playing, I'm in a good position to make a move tomorrow."

The host Cordova Bay club is proving a stiff test of golf to the 74-player field looking for a share of the $25,000 (CDN) purse as Chartrand and Kelepouris are the lone golfers to find themselves below par after the opening round. Amateur Cortney Clark of Del Rey Oaks, Calif. sits alone in third after shooting an opening-round one-over 73. Four golfers including amateur Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa hold a share of fourth at 74 while amateur Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver and Big Break III competitor Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont. are tied with two others in eighth spot at 75.

As it challenges the top players on the Canadian Women's Tour this week, Cordova Bay has set its sights on developing the next wave of Canada's top female players through its Junior Girls Golf Academy and University Prep Program. With a mandate to develop golf and educational opportunities, this unique "girls only" program targets young women dedicated to elevating their skill level and furthering their personal development with an ultimate goal of obtaining a university golf scholarship.

The following are opening-round scores for Monday, May 09, 2005.

(6,143 yards, par 72)

1-Leila Chartrand-Victoria, BC-68
2-Corina Kelepouris-Drayton Valley, AB-71
3-(a) Courtney Clark-Del Rey Oaks, CA-73
T4-Cortney Reno-Grosse Ile, MI-74
-(a) Ashley Bickerton-Ottawa, ON-74
-Tiarra Honce-Kelowna , BC-74
-Lisa Meldrum-Montreal, QC-74
T8-Samantha White-Atlanta, GA-75
-Jan Dowling-Bradford, ON-75
-(a) Eom Ji Park-Vancouver, BC-75
-Jo Anne Grove-Kelowna, BC-75
T12-Cindy Pasechnik-Calgary, AB-76
-(a) Ashley Jo Smith-Calgary, AB-76
-Linda Shephard-Brighton, ON-76
-Ria Quiazon-Union City, CA-76
-(a) Jil Swenson-Sherwood Park , AB-76
-Bridget Dwyer-Kailua, HI-76
-Katrina Leckovic-Burnaby, BC-76
-Kareen Qually-Olds, AB-76
T20-(a) Jill Hardy-Winnipeg, MB-77
-(a) Lindsay Caljouw-Nanaimo, BC-77
-Jennifer Kern-Durango, CO-77
-Marina Marselli-Settimo Vittone, IT-77
T24-Nicole Keller-Hillsboro, OR-78
-Jennifer Wyatt-Richmond, BC-78
-Stephanie Hayes-Concord, CA-78
-Gail Graham-Kelowna, BC-78
-Debbie Dahmer-Escondido, CA-78
-(a) Julie Kim-Port Coquitlam, BC-78
-(a) Sue Kim-Langley, BC-78
-Sylvie Schetagne-Laval, QC-78
T32-Jo Clingan-Gloucester, EN-79
-Angie Green-London, ON-79
-(a) Caroline Kim-Tri Cities, BC-79
-Susan Wright-Amendt-Breton, AB-79
-Louise Zylstra-Toronto, ON-79
-Jillian Wyne-Calgary, AB-79
-Sandra Comadina-Prince Rupert, BC-79
-Kari Hilton-London, ON-79
-Taya Battistella-Bend, OR-79
-Claudia Beauchesne-Gatineau, QC-79
T42-(a) Ahnna Kim-South Surrey, BC-80
-Theresa McDermott-Toronto, ON-80
-(a) Jade Polonich-Calgary, AB-80
-Kim Adams-Tide Head, NB-80
-Shelly Stouffer-Nanoose Bay, BC-80
T47-(a) Elise Brandt-Langley, BC-81
-Carrie Vaughan-Burlington, ON-81
-Maggie Sakamoto-Vancouver, BC-81
-Vivan Phosomran-Long Beach, CA-81
-Lorna Miedema-Calgary, AB-81
T52-(a) Aurora Davila-Mexico City, MX-82
-Donna Basil-San Francisco, CA-82
-Katie Ferguson-Minett, ON-82
T55-(a) Katie Walker-Regina, SK-83
-(a) Nari Kim-South Surrey, BC-83
-(a) Penny Baziuk-Sidney, BC-83
-(a) Inah Park-Burnaby, BC-83
-Debbie Janes-Sydney, BC-83
T60-Lori Sutherland-DeSoto, TX-84
-Jennifer Wiegand-Fairdale, IL-84
-Kimberly Coleman-San Diego, CA-84
63-Shelbie Jasper-Chico, CA-85
T64-(a) Pamela Burneski-Surrey, BC-86
-Rhonda Fleury-Stouffville, ON-86
-Jennifer Layman-Pembroke, ON-86
T67-(a) Louise Hotte-Buckingham, QC-89
-Jennifer Knight-Whistler, BC-89
69-Erin Szekely-Bothell, WA-90
T70-Jody Jackson-Victoria, BC-92
-(a) Courtnay Montgomery-Palm Beach, FL-92
72-Donna Bell-Victoria, BC-94
-Taronne Atley-Richmond, BC-WD
-Kelly Cavanaugh-Palos Verdes, CA-DQ
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(a) denotes Amateur--

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour will feature five championships with the first two serving as qualifiers for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Top golfers on the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit and champions of the first two Women's Tour stops will earn exemptions into Canada's only LPGA Tour event, July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

Players competing on the Canadian Women's Tour will also earn points towards the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit. The winner of the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit will receive $3,000 and take home the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.

More information about the Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at www.rcga.org.

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

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