Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 11, 2005 23:40 ET

MATTHEWS TAKES LEAD AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

-Mexico's Retamoza falters early during third round play at Royale Cup- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SQUAMISH, B.C. –--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 11, 2005) - Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. positioned herself for her first career Canadian amateur title tomorrow as she took the lead at the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Golf Championship on Thursday in Squamish, B.C.

Matthews, already a four-time runner-up at the Canadian women's amateur championship, overtook Mexico's Violeta Retamoza and now leads by three-strokes. Matthews overall sits at one-under par notching a three-day score of 71-73-74-218, while Retamoza is in second place at 69-74-78--221.

Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C. is four shots back of the lead in third place at 222 and Stephanie Sherlock is fourth at 223.

Matthews, who has been in this position before, remained calm and cool with a focus on her end goal of winning.

"Overall I'm satisfied. I played 14 holes really well today and I'm happy where I'm at," said Matthews. "A lot can happen tomorrow and I really don't think my lead means anything. I still need to go out and put up a good number."

If Matthews prevails tomorrow, she will earn her first Canadian championship after finishing as a runner-up in 1998, 1999, 2000 and in 2003. She would need one more runner-up finish to tie Marlene Streit and Mary Gay for most runner-up finishes ever.

Heading into today's play, Retamoza held a slim one-stroke lead over Matthews, but that soon evaporated as Retamoza faltered early allowing Matthews to make a move. When all was said and done, Retamoza carded five birdies off-set by three bogeys, two doubles and one triple.

To add insult to injury, Retamoza was charged a penalty stroke when her caddie accidentally stepped on her ball trying to locate it in the rough on the 13th hole. The laid back Retamoza classified the accident as a fluke and something that occasionally happens.

"It didn't really affect my game; it was something that just happened. I had a rough day period! I'm just happy to be here right now and focusing on what I have to do tomorrow."

Fourteen year-old Sue Kim of Langley B.C was the talk of the club as she moved from 26th position into eighth place, carding an even-par 73 round. The young junior, who claimed her first provincial crown just weeks ago, has a three-day total of 80-77-73--230.

Like yesterday, competitors continued to struggle with the wind conditions at the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club course. Winds ranged from 15 to 20 kilometers per hour with several directional changes throughout the day.

Following today's play the field was cut to 48 players with scores of 245 or better surviving. Play concludes tomorrow with Matthews, Retamoza and Caroline Kim teeing off at approximately 10:00am (PDT).

The following are the third round scores for the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at Squamish Golf & Country Club in Squamish, BC.

1 Laura Matthews, Essex, ON--71-73-74--218
2 Violeta Retamoza, Mexico City, MX--69-74-78--221
3 Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--76-73-73--222
4 Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie , ON--78-71-74--223
5 Samantha Richdale, Kelowna , BC--76-73-77--226
6 Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, ON--75-78-75--228
7 Kira Meixner, Delta, BC--78-73-78--229
8 Sue Kim, Langley, BC--80-77-73--230
T9 Susan Nam, Edmonton, AB--79-75-77--231
Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, BC--78-74-79--231
T11 Meaghan LeBlanc, Calgary, AB--75-77-81--233
Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, ON--76-76-81--233
Christina Spence, Port Alberni, BC--77-72-84--233
T14 Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON--78-78-78--234
Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC--75-79-80--234
T16 Ali Stinson, Prince George, BC--83-77-76--236
Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, ON--76-83-77--236
Eom-Ji Park, Burnaby, BC--79-78-79--236
Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--78-78-80--236
Erin Thorne, Bracebridge, ON--73-81-82--236
T21 Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--79-77-81--237
Anita Gahir, Thornhill, ON--74-81-82--237
Kari Broshko, Calgary, AB--80-74-83--237
Veronique Drouin, Sts-Anges, QC--79-74-84--237
T25 Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--76-83-79--238
Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC--75-80-83--238
27 Ashley Hogg, Pitt Meadows, BC--76-77-86--239
T28 Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB--79-83-78--240
Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--78-83-79--240
Inah Park, Burnaby, BC--81-80-79--240
Jacqueline Little, Port Alberni, BC--80-76-84--240
Christina Yoon, Etobicoke, ON--78-77-85--240
33 Tanis Hastmann, Omaha, NE--76-84-81--241
T34 Jennifer Sanders, Placentia, CA--77-85-80--242
Elizabeth Reid, Calgary, AB--83-78-81--242
Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--80-80-82--242
Kristy McLaughlin, Wasaga Beach, ON--80-79-83--242
Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, NB--78-76-88--242
39 Kathy Crumley, Dallas, TX--85-79-79--243
T40 Sara Ovadia, Santa Barbara, CA--84-85-75--244
Isabelle Gendreau, St-Georges, QC--80-86-78--244
Morgan Lederhouse, Calgary, AB--82-78-84--244
Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park , AB--77-81-86--244
T44 Helene Robert, Lac Brôme, QC--83-84-78--245
Carla Rae Dobchuk, Sasktoon, SK--84-81-80--245
Raman Saran, Calgary, AB--79-85-81--245
Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--85-76-84--245
Eva Yoe, West Los Angeles, CA--82-79-84--245

--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

Par: 73 Yards: 6203

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 will vie 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 RCGA.

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

A Practice round was held Monday, August 8. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 72 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

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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