Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 26, 2005 17:13 ET

MARK POTHIER TAKES LEAD AT FUTURE LINKS ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP

Laura Harris shoots 74 to lead in Junior Girls division Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor ST. ANDREWS--(CCNMatthews - July 26, 2005) - Mark Pothier of Meteghan, N.S. shot a two-under-par 70 to take a one-stroke opening-round lead at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Atlantic Championship at the Fairmont Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews, N.B.

Sitting one-stroke back tied for second is Mark Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont. and Mathieu Gingras of Moncton, N.B. who both shot one-under-par 71's. Sitting alone in fourth and two-strokes back of the lead is Michael Goldberg of Winnipeg, Man. while Paul Chamberland of Grand Falls, N.B., Nic Banfield of Halifax, N.S. and Dax Phillips of New Maryland, N.B. currently sit tied for fifth going into the second round.

In the Junior Girls division, Laura Harris of New Minas, N.S. shot a two-over-par 74 to lead by three strokes going into the second round.

"I played well today and putted pretty good," said Harris who will contend for the Royale National Junior Girl's Championship next week at the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club in Cobble Hill, B.C. "I've played a lot of big tournaments in the last month and it always seems like I'm working on something different so I want to get everything together before the Junior."

Following in second is Michelle Vienneau of Bathhurst, N.B. who shot an opening-round 77 while Jennifer Brine of Truro, N.S. shot 81 to sit in third, seven-shots off the lead.

In the Bantam Boys division, 13-year old Neil Roberts of Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B. shot an impressive opening-round 76, nine-shots ahead of Todd Eckstein of Durham, North Carolina who shot 85. Anthony LeBlanc of Metegahan, N.S. finished the day in third with an opening-round 86.

Courtney Balcome of Lawrencetown, N.S. is the lone participant in the Bantam Girls division, shooting a commendable opening-round 100.

Also running in conjunction with the Future Links Atlantic is the Atlantic Provincial Team Championship. Three four-player provincial teams in three age divisions - junior boys and girls (17-18 years old), juvenile boys (15-16 years old), and midget boys (13-14 years old) - began competition today. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are tied for the lead in the Junior Boys division at 220, sixteen strokes better than Prince Edward Island. The Nova Scotia Juvenile Boys lead by one stroke over both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island while the New Brunswick Midget Boys lead by nineteen strokes over Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia leads the Junior Girls division by twenty-six strokes over New Brunswick.

The Fairmont Algonquin Golf Course is hosting the BMO Financial Group Future Links Atlantic Championship for the first time. The picturesque course is proving to be a solid test for many of Canada's top junior golfers. Spectators are invited to come out and watch the next two rounds free of charge on Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 7:30am.

The following are opening-round scores for Tuesday, July 26, 2005:

Junior Boys (Par: 72 Yardage: 6673)
1 Mark Pothier, Meteghan, NS--70
T2 Mark Hoffman, Thornhill, ON--71
Mathieu Gingras, Moncton, NB--71
4 Michael Goldberg, Winnipeg, MB--72
T5 Paul Chamberland, Grand Falls, NB--73
Nic Banfield, Halifax, NS--73
Dax Phillips, New Maryland, NB--73
T8 Mike Nicholson, Dartmouth, NS--74
Alex MacDonald, Loch Broom, NS--74
Darren Roach, Quispamsis, NB--74
T11 Toven Crockett-Allen, Windsor, NS--75
Bradley Regan, Miramichi, NB--75
13 Jason Campbell, New Heaven, PE--76
T14 Nicholas Clark, Riverview, NB--77
David Freeman, Salisbury, NB--77
Thomas Corkum, Wolfville, NS--77
Matthew Wood, Bloomfield, PE--77
Cory Pothier, Truro, NS--77
Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, ON--77
Eric Moreau, Grand-Falls, NB--77
Mark Metcalfe, Hunts Point, NS--77
Stéphane Boudreau, Dieppe, NB--77
T23 Corey Bourque, Grand Bay - Westfield, NB--78
Jon Banfield, Halifax, NS--78
Gavin Duffy, Charlottetown, PE--78
T26 Matthew Besaw, Lincoln, NB--79
Andrew Wallace, Bedford, NS--79
T28 Tanner Gayton, Shubenacadie, NS--81
Patrick R. Roberts, Grand Bay - Westfield, NB--81
Brandon Irving, Alberton, PE--81
Jean-Marc D'Entremont, Lower W. Pubnico, NS--81
Brodie MacGregor, Stratford, PE--81
T33 Luc Leblanc, Memramcook, NB--82
Trevor Drisdelle, Fredericton, NB--82
Will O'Connell, Saint John, NB--82
T36 Andrew MacPherson, Elmsdale, NS--83
Andrew Brown, Charlottetown, PE--83
Greg Stewart, Rothesay, NB--83
Alex Whelan, Rothesay, NB--83
Jeremy Stevenson, Charlottetown, PE--83
Andrew Bonner, Rothesay, NB--83
T42 Corey Ryan, Stittsville, ON--85
Amit Vadi, Quispamsis, NB--85
Jacques Lombard, Saulnierville, NS--85
T45 Devin DeBay, Halifax, NS--86
Karsten Rogers, Coleman, PE--86
Kyle Campbell, New Heaven, PE--86
Jeffrey Beckingham, Rothesay, NB--86
Marc-André d'Entremont, Saulnierville, NS--86
T50 David Chubb, Quispamsis, NB--87
Brennan Stewart, Rothesay, NB--87
Marc Lombard, Saulnierville, NS--87
T53 Thomas Speare, Charlottetown, PE--88
Ryan Chapman, Murray Harbour, PE--88
55 Brandon MacKenzie, Irishtown, NB--90
56 Pierre-Yves McLaughlin, Dieppe, NB--91
T57 Brian Affleck, Sutherlands River, NS--95
Justin Birt, Charlottetown, PE--95
59 Xavier Foley, Centerville, NS--96

Bantam Boys (Par: 72 Yardage: 6673)
1 Neil D. Roberts, Grand Bay - Westfield, NB--76
2 Todd Eckstein, Durham, NC--85
3 Anthony LeBlanc, Meteghan, NS--86
4 Édouard Rousseau, Outremont, QC--104

Junior Girls (Par: 72 Yardage: 6097)
1 Laura Marie Harris, New Minas, NS--74
2 Michelle Vienneau, Bathurst, NB--77
3 Jennifer Brine, Truro, NS--81
T4 Mireille LeBlanc, Meteghan River, NS--84
Angela Drane, Vernon River, PE--84
6 Anne Balser, Digby, NS--85
T7 Morgan Bell, Charlottetown, PE--87
Stephanie Chubb, Quispamsis, NB--87
9 Sarah Ready, Charlottetown, PE--88
10 Allison Praught, Dartmouth, NS--89
11 Julia Bobak, Fredericton, NB--91
T12 Ashley Roulston, Picadilly, NB--95
Katherine Beamish, Saint John, NB--95
14 Brittany Cluett, Garnish, NF--101
15 Lindsay Lowther, Charlottetown, PE--103
16 Catherine Kenway, Winterland, NF--107
T17 Brittany Mackenzie, Irishtown, NB--109
Erin Lundrigan, Burin, NF--109
19 Janeil Parrot, Goose Bay, NF--125

Bantam Girls (Par: 72 Yardage: 6097)
1 Courtney Balcome, Lawrencetown, NS--100

The following are opening-round results from the Atlantic Provincial Team Championship:

Junior Boys Division

New Brunswick
Paul Chamberland-73
David Freeman-77
Dax Phillips-73
Darren Roach-74
Day 1 Team Total-220

Nova Scotia
Nic Banfield-73
Jon Banfield-78
Thomas Corkum-77
Mark Pothier-70
Day 1 Team Total-220

Prince Edward Island
Andrew Brown-83
Jason Campbell-76
Karsten Rogers-86
Matthew Wood-77
Day 1 Team Total-236

Juvenile Boys Division

Nova Scotia
Brian Affleck-95
Jacques Lombard-85
Mark Metcalfe-77
Andrew Wallace-79
Day 1 Team Total-241

New Brunswick
Andrew Bonner-83
Trevor Drisdelle-82
Eric Moreau-77
Alexander Whelan-83
Day 1 Team Total-242

Prince Edward Island
Kyle Campbell-86
Gavin Duffy-78
Brandon Irving-81
Jeremy Stevenson-83
Day 1 Team Total-242

Midget Boys Division

New Brunswick
Jeffrey Beckingham -86
Boudreau, Stephane-77
O'Connell, Will-82
Roberts, Neil-76
Day 1 Team Total-235

Nova Scotia
Xavier Foley-96
Jean-Marc d'Entremont-81
Marc-Andre d'Entremont-86
Marc Lombard-87
Day 1 Team Total-254

Prince Edward Island
Justin Birt-95
Ryan Chapman-88
Brodie MacGregor-81
Thomas Speare-88
Day 1 Team Total-257

Junior Girls Division

Nova Scotia
Courtney Balcome-100
Anne Balser-85
Jennifer Brine-81
Laura Harris-74
Mirielle LeBlanc-84
Allison Praught-89
Day 1 Team Total-324

New Brunswick
Michelle Vienneau-77
Julia Bobak-91
Stephanie Chubb-87
Ashley Roulston-95
Katherine Beamish-95
Brittany Mackenzie-109
Day 1 Team Total-350

Prince Edward Island
Morgan Bell-87
Angela Drane-84
Lindsey Lowther-103
Sarah Ready-88
Day 1 Team Total-362

Newfoundland
Brittany Cluett-101
Catherine Kenway-107
Erin Lundrigan-109
Janeil Parrot-125
Day 1 Team Total-442

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org and on the RCGA website at www.rcga.org.

The final of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Atlantic Championship features 83 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario compete in four categories: Junior Boys (14-18 years), Junior Girls (14-18 years), Bantam Boys (11-13 years) and Bantam Girls (11-13 years).

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior Championships have established a reputation as the premier junior golf circuit in Canada. With more than 500 participants in six regional championships, Future Links continues to raise the bar for junior golf nationwide.

About BMO Financial Group Future Links
BMO Financial Group Future Links is a national junior golf program spearheaded by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association and Canada's provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada's youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since its inception in 1996, more than 320,000 kids have taken part in Future Links programs. The program receives the generous support of its title sponsor BMO Financial Group, and official suppliers, Ford and ClubLink. For more information about BMO Financial Group Future Links, please visit www.future-links.org.

About BMO Financial Group's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of Future Links, BMO Financial Group is the title sponsor of the only Canadian stop of the LPGA tour, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. It is also the title sponsor of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour, providing top Canadian women golfers with the opportunity to compete in high calibre tournaments and to qualify for the Canadian Women's Open. For more information, please visit www.bmogolf.com.

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.

About the CPGA
The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association was formed in 1911 and represents approximately 3,000 golf professionals actively pursuing the business of golf. The primary aim of the Association is to provide golf professionals with the educational tools necessary to direct and manage highly successful golf operations. Within its ranks are Master Professionals, Executive Professionals, Head Professionals, Associate Professionals, Teaching Professionals and Tournament Professionals. For more information please visit www.cpga.com.

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