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October 27, 2005 10:03 ET

LONDON ANNOUNCED AS HOST VENUE FOR 2006 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

Community set to showcase LPGA stars for first time in 13 years,Corporate hospitality, daily tickets and volunteer information now available Attention: News Editor, Sports Editor LONDON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - In a media event held earlier today, the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) officially announced that the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario, Canada has been selected as host venue for the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open. The RCGA also announced the appointment of London Hunt and Country Club's Doug Alexander and Susan Holliday as Host Club Co-Chairs, as well as RCGA Governor Kelly Roberts as Tournament Chairman.

"We are very excited to bring professional golf back to the city of London." said Richard W. Desrochers Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Championships Division. "London Hunt and Country Club and surrounding community hold a world-class reputation of supporting major league events. They will help us deliver a successful debut of the CN Canadian Women's Open."

Today's news builds on the momentum of last week's major announcement of CN agreeing to a five-year sponsorship agreement (3 years + 2 year option) to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open tournament, Canadian Women's Tour and Future Links program.

"CN is very pleased that the London Hunt and Country Club and the City of London have agreed to host the inaugural CN Canadian Women's Open," said James Foote, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. "We look forward to working with all members of the community to make this the best Canadian Women's Open ever."

Founded in 1885, the London Hunt Club will play host to the LPGA Tour for the second time in 2006. In 1993 Americans Brandie Burton and Betsy King battled in a playoff, with Burton proving victorious. Canadian Dawn Coe-Jones finished third, only one shot back.

"We are delighted to be selected as host club. Our golf course will provide a wonderful challenge and we look forward to welcoming the world's best women golfers." said Alexander. "Our tournament objective is to recruit over 1200 volunteers and I know our community will rally to make it a success."

The CN Canadian Women's Open will be part of a premier sports and entertainment lineup taking place in London for 2006. The always popular Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, February's Scott Tournament of Hearts Curling Championships, and July's World Lacrosse Championship form an exciting card of local attractions set to welcome the community.

"This wonderful opportunity for London to host the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open further demonstrates that we are indeed a can-do community," said London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco. "Thanks to Tourism London's work to distinguish The Forest City as an ideal place to stage major sporting events, as well as the Hunt Club's solid reputation as a superb venue, we are confident this Championship will be a huge success for avid golf enthusiasts and Londoners alike - as we showcase our city on a national scale."

About the CN Canadian Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the CN Canadian Women's Open from August 7-13, 2006 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario, Canada. The event will enter its 34th season on the LPGA Tour. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, and volunteer information please visit www.cncanadianwomensopen.com.

About CN:
Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For further information please visit www.cn.ca.

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 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 CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jim Feeny
Senior Manager, Public and Government Affairs CN Office: (780) 472-3023 Mobile: (780) 910-0098 feeny@cn.ca

Anthony Alfred Director, Media and Public Relations Royal Canadian Golf Association Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 227 Mobile: (416) 819-0286 aalfred@rcga.org IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Anthony Alfred, Director of Communications, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 227
    Secondary Phone: 416-819-0286
    E-mail: aalfred@rcga.org