Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 13, 2005 19:47 ET

MEG MALLON SET TO DEFEND AT 2005 BMO CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HALIFAX--(CCNMatthews - July 13, 2005) - Defending champion Meg Mallon will look to etch her name in Canadian golf's record books as the opening round of the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open gets underway Thursday at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

The three-time Canadian Women's Open champion and 19-year LPGA Tour veteran currently sits tied with Pat Bradley for most career Canadian victories. Mallon had a stellar season in 2004 that saw her become the first player to win both the US and Canadian Women's Open in the same year. She is currently competing in a stretch that will see her defend her title at three of four championships. Always a fan of competing in front of Canadian golf fans, Mallon admits she'll be in tough against the many up and coming young stars on the Tour.

"This is my 19th year on Tour and it's probably been one of the most fun years as far as watching how the Tour has developed. A lot of great young players have come up that not only have game, but personalities, a lot of drive and passion for the Tour. What you consider to be the big names and what's considered to be a little change of the guard this year, you'll get to know a lot of our great new young players that are eager to win this week."

Wednesday Pro-Am Results
The teams hosted by LPGA Tour professionals Meena Lee and Beth Bauer came out on top at today's Championship Pro-Am. In the morning portion, Lee teamed with amateurs Paul Sandhu, Peter Vanhoon and Remi Roger while Bauer joined amateurs Judson Whiteside, Alf Peneycad and Blair McArthur to take home the afternoon draw.

Round One Tees Off Thursday
Canada's only LPGA event officially begins Thursday with round one teeing off at 7:10 am at Glen Arbour. Pairings and start times are available on-line at www.bmogolf.com. Opening round coverage is scheduled to air on TSN from 3:30 - 5:30 pm Atlantic.

Thursday is also Military Day at Glen Arbour with representatives from the Armed Forces of Canada set to be on-site throughout the golf course celebrating Halifax's proud military ties. The day will feature live entertainment, prizing and on-course giveaways that will showcase the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open as more than just a golf championship.

Spectator Information
Tickets for Canada's only LPGA Tour stop are available and may be purchased on-site at Glen Arbour at the spectator entrance. Public parking and free shuttle to the golf course is available on Walker Road near Wheaton's in Lower Sackville next to the intersection of Beaverbank Connector and Old Sackville Road.

Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $35 each while weekend rounds are $45 each day. Juniors 15 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. For more information please call 1-866-571-LPGA.

Spectators are reminded that cell phones, pagers, cameras and video cameras are NOT permitted on the tournament grounds and will be confiscated by security.

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, 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.

For more information contact:

Media Centre
(902) 832-2064

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-819-0286 (cell)
aalfred@rcga.org

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
416-434-5525 (cell)
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