Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 01, 2005 11:02 ET

MIKE WEIR HEADLINES CANADIANS SET TO COMPETE IN BELL CANADIAN OPEN

- Canadian golf legend Dave Barr set to make 27th appearance at Canada's Open Championship - Attention: News Editor, Sports Editor VANCOUVER, B.C.--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 1, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and Bell Canada announced today that 16 Canadian golfers are confirmed to compete with many of the world's best professional golfers at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

Today's announcement includes a solid Canadian contingent made up of established PGA Tour players, up and coming Canadian professionals and some of our nation's hottest young amateurs.

Headlining the list of confirmed Canucks is 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir who will be looking to avenge a heartbreaking playoff loss to Vijay Singh at last year's Bell Canadian Open. Joining Weir will be fellow PGA Tour players Stephen Ames of Calgary, Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, Ont., and Glen Hnatiuk of Selkirk, Man., as well at PGA Tour rookie David Hearn of Brantford, Ont.

Other notables announced today include David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont. and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C., who will join fellow B.C. golf legend Richard Zokol of Vancouver as sentimental favourites as the Canadian Open makes its first trip to Western Canada in 39 years. Barr, who now competes on the Champions Tour, will add to his impressive record for most career Canadian Open appearances when he makes his 27th start at Canada's national open championship.

Included in the mix to challenge Shaughessy Golf and Country Club is Jon Mills of Oshawa, Ont., who is enjoying a stellar year on the Nationwide Tour, as well as Canadian Tour players Jim Rutledge of Victoria, Stuart Anderson of Edmonton, Alta. and Adam Short of Vineland, Ont., who earned an exemption through a Canadian Open regional qualifier held in May. Ian Doig of Newmarket will also participate as the first champion to take advantage of the RCGA's newly created Canadian PGA Club Pro Champion exemption offered to the Canadian Professional Golf Association (CPGA).

Also joining the field are three of Canada's top Amateur players, led by 2005 Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingville, Ont. Scott, a two-time Canadian Amateur champion, is anxious to return to the Shaughnessy Club that played host to his first Canadian Amateur victory in 2003. Joining Scott will be 2005 Canadian Amateur runner-up and Shaughnessy member Jay Snyder of Vancouver, as well as amateur sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. who made headlines in 2005 as the first Canadian ever to win the NCAA Division I individual title.

"We are delighted that these Canadian golfers will join us at this year's Bell Canadian Open," said Bill Paul, RCGA Tournament Director. "These players are representative of the depth of talent we have in Canada and they are all looking forward to competing at our national open championship. I know they will be favourites with the fans at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club."

"Bell is proud to support Canadian golfers like Mike Weir," said Pierre Blouin, Group President, Consumer Markets, Bell Canada. "This year's Bell Canadian Open will not only feature top players from around the world but the top players from right here at home as well. Golf fans from across the country will have a chance to cheer on Canadian favourites like Richard Zokol and Dave Barr and new talent rising up the ranks like James Lepp."

Four more exemptions into this year's field will be available through the Monday qualifier set for Monday, September 5 at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C.

Canadian players competing in the 2005 Bell Canadian Open are:

Stephen Ames - Calgary, Alberta
Stuart Anderson - Edmonton, Alberta
Dave Barr - Kelowna, British Columbia
Ian Doig - Newmarket, Ontario
David Hearn - Brantford, Ontario
Glen Hnatiuk - Selkirk, Manitoba
Ian Leggatt - Cambridge, Ontario
(a) James Lepp - Abbotsford, British Columbia
Jon Mills - Oshawa, Ontario
David Morland IV - North Bay, Ontario
Jim Rutledge - Victoria, British Columbia
(a) Richard Scott - Kingsville, Ontario
Adam Short - Vineland, Ontario
(a) Jay Snyder - Vancouver, British Columbia
Mike Weir - Brights Grove, Ontario
Richard Zokol - Surrey, British Columbia

(a) indicates amateur

The world's best professional golfers will be competing for $4.9 million U.S. at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Limited tickets still remain for all tournament rounds with the RCGA expecting this year's event to once again sell out.

Tickets for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be ordered on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca or by phone at 1-800-571-OPEN.

About Bell Canada
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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 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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For more information:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 1-800-263-0009 x 227
Cell: 416-819-0286
E-mail: aalfred@rcga.org

Gina Gottenberg
Associate Director, Media Relations
Bell Canada
Phone: 1-866-539-4221
Cell: 403-461-6859
E-mail: gina.gottenberg@bell.ca

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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