Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

May 10, 2005 22:07 ET

LEILA CHARTRAND WINS BMO CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR EVENT AT CORDOVA BAY

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VICTORIA--(CCNMatthews - May 10, 2005) - Leila Chartrand gave Vancouver Island golf fans what they came to see Tuesday at Cordova Bay Golf Course as the 25-year old Victoria native held on for a two-stroke victory at the first event on the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour.

Chartrand, who one day earlier tied the competitive course record of 68, began the day with a three-stroke lead over Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta. struggled on the day with a four-over 76 to let the field back into contention. The round shifted in her favour with a birdie on the par-five 12th as Kelepouris found trouble off the tee that lead to a double-bogey.

The champion estimated she had played nearly 300 rounds at the host course throughout her career and had to dig deep and draw on her past experiences to get her through. In the end her home course advantage was her knowledge of the greens as she held on for the victory and the sent the gallery of nearly 600 home happy.

"I was a little tight when I woke up and didn't get off to a great start," said Chartrand. I was playing Corina and looking at the leaderboard and not really playing my own game. Once I got in the groove at twelve and regained my focus, things just seem to roll from there."

Afterwards, Chartrand - who has battled back troubles for the past few seasons - admitted that she wanted to redeem herself from the last national championship she played at Cordova Bay where she lost as a 14-year old to current LPGA Tour player A.J. Eathorne at the B.C. Junior.

I wanted to prove that I could play, not just to everyone here at home and at Cordova, but to myself especially," said Chartrand. To be able to do it here in front of so many family and friends and qualify for the (Canadian Women's) Open is just a huge thrill for me and I'm just really looking forward to getting out to Halifax and competing."

With the victory, Chartrand earned $ 4,167 and an automatic exemption into the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S. Her two-day total of 144 was the lone score at or below par and she also earned 600 points on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit.

American Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Mich. shot a final-round 72 to finish alone in second at two-over 146. Kelepouris, who finished with a final-round 76 finished in a tie for third with Kareen Qually of Olds, Alta. and Amateur Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver at three-over. With her finish, Park, a former junior standout and current member of the RCGA's National Amateur Team took home honours as the event's low-amateur.

The following are final-round scores for Tuesday, May 10, 2005.

(6,143 yards, par 72)
Scores-- Prize Money-- OM Points
1 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC 68-76--144 $4,167-- 600
2 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI 74-72--146 $2,917 --450
T3 Kareen Qually, Olds, AB 76-71--147 $2,192 --350
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB 71-76--147 $2,192-- 350
(a) Eom Ji Park, Vancouver, BC 75-72--147 --350
T6 Ria Quiazon, Union City, CA 76-73--149 $1,422 --237.5
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC 74-75--149 $1,422 --237.5
Jan Dowling, Bradford, ON 75-74--149 $1,422 --237.5
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna , BC 74-75--149 $1,422 --237.5
T10 Angie Green, London, ON 79-71--150 $917 --152.5
Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC 78-72--150 $917 --152.5
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON 74-76--150 -- 152.5
(a) Courtney Clark, Del Rey Oaks, CA 73-77--150 --152.5
T14 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON 76-75--151 $709 --107.5
Cindy Pasechnik, Calgary, AB 76-75--151 $709 --107.5
T16 Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB 79-73--152 $477 --58.33
Gail Graham, Kelowna, BC 78-74--152 $477 --58.33
Bridget Dwyer, Kailua, HI 76-76--152 $477 --58.33
Jo Anne Grove, Kelowna, BC 75-77--152 $477 --58.33
(a) Caroline Kim, Tri Cities, BC 79-73--152 -- 58.33
(a) Ashley Jo Smith, Calgary, AB 76-76--152 --58.33
T22 Kari Hilton, London, ON 79-74--153 $283
Jo Clingan, Gloucester, EN 79-74--153 $283
Nicole Keller, Hillsboro, OR 78-75--153 $283
(a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB 77-76--153
(a) Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park , AB 76-77--153
T27 Kim Adams, Tide Head, NB 80-74--154 $196
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC 79-75--154 $196
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON 79-75--154 $196
Katrina Leckovic, Burnaby, BC 76-78--154 $196
T31 Taya Battistella, Bend, OR 79-76--155 $160
Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IY 77-78--155 $160
Samantha White, Atlanta, GA 75-80--155 $160
34 Shelly Stouffer, Nanoose Bay, BC 80-76--156 $150
T35 Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON 82-75--157 $142
Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON 81-76--157 $142
Sandra Comadina, Prince Rupert, BC 79-78--157 $142
T38 Sylvie Schetagne, Laval, QC 78-80--158
Jennifer Kern, Durango, CO 77-81--158
T40 (a) Sue Kim, Langley, BC 78-81--159
(a) Lindsay Caljouw, Nanaimo, BC 77-82--159
T42 (a) Penny Baziuk, Sidney, BC 83-77--160
Vivan Phosomran, Long Beach, CA 81-79--160
(a) Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB 80-80--160
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON 80-80--160
Debbie Dahmer, Escondido, CA 78-82--160
(a) Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC 78-82--160
T48 Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB 81-80--161
(a) Elise Brandt, Langley, BC 81-80--161
T50 Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON 86-76--162
Maggie Sakamoto, Vancouver, BC 81-81--162
T52 Lori Sutherland, DeSoto, TX 84-79--163
Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB 79-84--163
T54 Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON 86-78--164
(a) Inah Park, Burnaby, BC 83-81--164
Stephanie Hayes, Concord, CA 78-86--164
57 (a) Aurora Davila, Mexico City, MX 82-84--166
T58 (a) Pamela Burneski, Surrey, BC 86-81--167
Shelbie Jasper, Chico, CA 85-82--167
60 (a) Nari Kim, South Surrey, BC 83-85--168
T61 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA 82-87--169
(a) Ahnna Kim, South Surrey, BC 80-89--169
63 Kimberly Coleman, San Diego, CA 84-86--170
T64 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL 84-87--171
Debbie Janes, Sydney, BC 83-88--171
66 Erin Szekely, Bothell, WA 90-82--172
67 (a) Louise Hotte, Buckingham, QC 89-86--175
68 Jennifer Knight, Whistler, BC 89-88--177
69 (a) Katie Walker, Regina, SK 83-95--178
70 Donna Bell, Victoria, BC 94-85--179
71 (a) Courtnay Montgomery, Palm Beach, FL 92-92--184
72 Jody Jackson, Victoria, BC 92-95--187

(a) denotes amateur

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour features 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 post-round results 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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  • 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