Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 09, 2005 22:43 ET

MEXICAN TAKES LEAD AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

-Laura Matthews two shots back- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SQUAMISH, B.C. --(CCNMatthews - Aug. 9, 2005) - Violeta Retamoza of Mexico opened up the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association by carding seven birdies en route to a blistering 69, as the first round play concluded in Squamish, B.C. on Tuesday.

Retamoza, a senior at the University of Tennessee, sits at four-under par leading Canadian favorite Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. by two strokes. Matthews, a four-time runner up and attempting to win her first Canadian championship carded a 35-26--71 two-under on the par 73 course.

In third place, shooting even on the day is Erin Thorn of Bracebridge, Ont. while Anita Gahir of Thornhill, Ont. is in fourth at 74. Four others are tied for fifth position hitting 75 today.

"It felt pretty good all day long," said Retamoza. "My caddie was great and he really knew the course which helped me read the greens on some of the holes. Tomorrow I'm going to do more of the same as I did today. Look for pars on each hole and if I'm in a position to birdie, I'll go for them."

Matthews, a member of the RCGA National Women's Amateur Team program was pleased with her play and remained focused on her game plan tomorrow.

"I hit lots of fairways, lots of greens and it was pretty consistent," said Matthews "I'm happy where I sit right now and I plan to do more of the same tomorrow. It's just the first day of a four round tournament; still a long way to go."

Retamoza's mark of 69 establishes a new course record at the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club. The old record of 73 was set during the B.C. Provincial Team trials by Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. in July.

2004 defending champion, Mary Ann Lapointe of Georgetown, Ont. struggled off the tee during her opening round to card a 76, tied for ninth position on the leader board.

"I played ok but it was a struggle," said Lapointe. "My ball striking comes and goes. It's pretty tough to trust when you're not always hitting it down the middle of the fairway. I'll regroup tonight and try it again tomorrow."

The opening pairing to start the championship was a glimpse of the past, present and future of Canadian women's golf. The grouping included Lapointe, a four-time Canadian Amateur Champion Lapointe, Matthews, a four-time runner-up, primed to make a charge this week for her first Canadian title, as well as 16 year-old Maude-Aimée Leblanc of Windsor, Q.C. LeBlanc just came off a runner-up finish at the 2005 Royale National Junior Girls Championship and competed at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in Halifax in mid-July.

"I was a little nervous playing with players like them," said LeBlanc, who carded a 75 during the opening round. "Their talk gave me plenty of encouragement."

The veteran Lapointe said she was surprised by that comment saying, "If she was nervous she hides it well. She looked pretty good out there."

In the Florence Harvey Inter-Provincial Championship team play, three provinces are deadlocked for the lead. Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta are all tied for first place shooting 231 for the opening round. Ontario is the 2004 defending champion.

Play continues tomorrow with the second round teeing off at approximately 7:00 am (PDT). Following tomorrow's play the RCGA will crown the Florence Harvey Inter-provincial team champion. The third and fourth rounds are scheduled for Thursday and Friday respectively.

The following are the opening-round scores for the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at Squamish Golf & Country Club, Squamish, BC.

1 Violeta Retamoza, Mexico City, MX--69
2 Laura Matthews, Essex, ON--71
3 Erin Thorne, Bracebridge, ON--73
4 Anita Gahir, Thornhill, ON--74
T5 Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Windsor, QC--75
Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC--75
Meaghan LeBlanc, Calgary, AB--75
Lindsay Knowlton, Toronto, ON--75
T9 Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown, ON--76
Caroline Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--76
Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, ON--76
Ashley Hogg, Pitt Meadows, BC--76
Samantha Richdale, Kelowna , BC--76
Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--76
Tanis Hastmann, Omaha, NE--76
T16 Kirby Dreher, Fort St. John, BC--77
Jennifer Sanders, Placentia, CA--77
Christina Spence, Port Alberni, BC--77
Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park , AB--77
T20 Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, BC--78
Stephanie Sherlock, Barrie , ON--78
Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--78
Margaret Matthews, Drumbo, ON--78
Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--78
Kira Meixner, Delta, BC--78
Kristi Vienneau, Bathurst, NB--78
Terrill Samuel, Etobicoke, ON--78
Christina Yoon, Etobicoke, ON--78
T29 Jan Davidson, Port Alberni, BC--79
Raman Saran, Calgary, AB--79
Whitney Cox, Edmonton, AB--79
Veronique Drouin, Sts-Anges, QC--79
Judi Lidstone, Winnipeg, MB--79
Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--79
Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB--79
Laeni Bendzik, Calgary, AB--79
Susan Nam, Edmonton, AB--79
Eom-Ji Park, Burnaby, BC--79
Pamela Burneski, Surrey, BC--79
T40 Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--80
Isabelle Gendreau, St-Georges, QC--80
Jacqueline Little, Port Alberni, BC--80
Kari Broshko, Calgary, AB--80
Ruth Maxwell, Halifax, NS--80
Sue Kim, Langley, BC--80
Kristy McLaughlin, Wasaga Beach, ON--80
T47 Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--81
Marie Torti, Candiac, QC--81
Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--81
Inah Park, Burnaby, BC--81
Heather Fudge, Charlottetown, PE--81
Michelle Williams, Wolfville, NS--81
T53 Sandra Turbide, Surrey, BC--82
Morgan Lederhouse, Calgary, AB--82
Dominique Pytlewski, West Vancouver, BC--82
Eva Yoe, West Los Angeles, CA--82
Ashley Olynick, Saskatoon, SK--82
Nathalie Chabot, Sherbrooke, QC--82
Melissa Mabanta, Langley, BC--82
Karen Pultz, Surrey, BC--82
T61 Danielle Mills, Pointe-Claire, QC--83
Danielle O'Reilly, Whistler, BC--83
Nari Kim, Surrey, BC--83
Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC--83
Ali Stinson, Prince George, BC--83
Helene Robert, Lac Brôme, QC--83
Ashley Davis, Toronto, ON--83
Kathryn McGarvey, North Vancouver, BC--83
AJ Cunningham, Tatamagouche, NS--83
Elizabeth Reid, Calgary, AB--83
T71 Krystina Donkin, Red Deer, AB--84
Sara Ovadia, Santa Barbara, CA--84
Ahnna Kim, South Surrey, BC--84
Margarita Ramos, Evans, GA--84
Val Westell, Coquitlam, BC--84
Carla Rae Dobchuk, Sasktoon, SK--84
Sara McFadden, Grand-Bay Westfield, NB--84
Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON--84
Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC--84
T80 Ivy Steinberg, Cedar Valley, ON--85
Melanie Grant, Kelowna, BC--85
Alexia Laplante, Ste-Thérèse, QC--85
Isabelle Bernard, Repentigny, QC--85
Nancy Chow, Richmond, BC--85
Kathy Crumley, Dallas, TX--85
Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--85
Margo McLeod, Woodstock, NB--85
Leanne Richardson, Moncton, NB--85
T89 Jennifer Lochhead, Burlington , ON--86
Elaine Blatchford, Surrey , BC--86
Janey Deimling, Nanaimo, BC--86
Katherine White, Dartmouth, NS--86
Kenzie Janzen, Duncan, BC--86
T94 Rosemary Wysocki, Georgetown, ON--87
Kali Gordon, Black Diamond, AB--87
Valerie Beer, N. Wiltshire, PE--87
Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB--87
Evelyne Lussier, Laval, QC--87
T99 Phyllis Laschuk, Vancouver, BC--88
Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB--88
Elyse Kinley, Powell River, BC--88
T102 Krista Bulow, Notre-Dame de l'île Perrot, QC--89
Carin Gallie, Victoria, BC--89
Teri Fisher, White Rock, BC--89
T105 Debi DeCoste, Bedford, NS--90
Kathleen Jean, Stephenville, NF--90
Josee Deslauriers, Candiac, QC--90
108 Brenda Massey, Kelowna, BC--91
T109 Michelle Dance, Chilliwack, BC--92
Karen Kloske, Lake Cowichan, BC--92
Lacey Cribb, Marystown, NF--92
Charlotte McGinnis, Edmonton, AB--92
Lorie Boyle, Moose Jaw, SK--92
114 Ashlee Claydon, Parksville, BC--93
115 Makiko Scully, West Vancouver, BC--94
116 Marie-Joseé Losier, St. John's, NF--95
T117 Christine MacLauchlan, Stanhope York, PE--97
Jessica Norris, St. John's, NF--97
119 Tammi Lowther, Charlottetown, PE--104
Par: 73 Yards: 6203

The following are the provincial team scores for the Florence Harvey Inter-Provincial team champion scores Tuesday August 9, 2005. (Best 3 individual scores of four count towards team total).

Ontario 231--231
Davis, Ashley-83
Knowlton, Lindsay-75
Lapointe, Mary Ann-76
McLaughlin, Kristy-80

British Columbia 231--231
Meixner, Kira-78
Park, Inah-81
Richdale, Samantha-76
Spence, Christina-77

Alberta 231--231
LeBlanc, Meaghan-75
McMillan, Lindsay-87
Polonich, Jade-79
Swenson, Jil-77

Manitoba 242--242
Bieber, Stacey-79
Daykin, Angela-84
Jones, Jamie Kathleen-88
Lidstone, Judi -79

Saskatchewan 242--242
Boyle, Lorie-92
Dobchuk, Carla Rae-84
Minchin, Amanda-76
Olynick, Ashley-82

Quebec 243--243
Bernier, Marie-Pierre-84
Drouin, Veronique-79
Robert, Helene-83
Torti, Marie-81

New Brunswick 247--247
McFadden, Sara-84
McLeod, Margo-85
Richardson, Leanne-85
Vienneau, Kristi-78

Nova Scotia 249--249

Cunningham, AJ-83
DeCoste, Debi-90
Maxwell, Ruth-80
White, Katherine-86

Prince Edward Island 265--265
Beer, Valerie-87
Fudge, Heather-81
Lowther, Tammi-104
MacLauchlan, Christine-97

Newfoundland 277--277
Cribb, Lacey-92
Jean, Kathleen-90
Losier, Marie-Joseé-95
Norris, Jessica-97

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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Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Cell: 905-467-2944
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org

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  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
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    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org