Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 02, 2005 14:29 ET

MOONLAKE G&CC SET TO HOST 2005 FUTURE LINKS PRAIRIE CHAMPIONSHIP

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SASKATOON--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2005) - Many of Canada's top junior golfers will be gathering in Saskatoon, Sask. from June 5-8 at Moonlake Golf and Country Club to compete for the BMO Financial Group Future Links Prairie Championship.

The second of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships features 85 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia as well as 16 players from Saskatchewan will 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).
"As the BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships continue to grow, we've seen a tremendous jump in terms of the talent and strength of our fields," said Adam LeBrun, RCGA Tournament Director. "The golf course should prove to be an excellent test for the very best in Canadian junior golf talent."
Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links 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.

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org or on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org.

Tournament Fast Facts:

-- The 2005 Prairie Championship will feature a strong Junior Boys field including Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C, who made golf history in 2004 by winning the Canadian Amateur Championship at 15 years of age, Wallace will be looking to defend his 2004 Future Links Prairie title. Also leading the way are Richard Conlin of Richmond, B.C. and Brandon Markiw of Edmonton who both finished tied for second at the 2005 Future Links Pacific Championship in Richmond, B.C. as well as three-time Future Links Bantam Boys champion Dustin Zhang of Calgary.

-- The Junior Boys will also aspire to collect points towards the BMO Financial Group Junior Order of Merit, Canada's national ranking system for boys. Darren Wallace and Richard Conlin of Richmond, B.C. finished second and eighth respectively on the 2004 Junior Order of Merit.

-- The early favourite in the Junior Girls division is Kaitlin Troop of Brandon, Man., the defending Future Links Prairie champion. Also leading the way is three-time Future Links Bantam Girls champion Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C.

-- The 2005 Future Links Prairie features the largest Junior Girls field (20) in the history of the Future Links championships.

-- The top three finishers in the Junior Girls division from the Future Links Prairie Championship gain an exemption into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour.

-- With three bantam titles already under their respective belts, Dustin Zhang and Jessica Wallace need only one more victory to tie Vancouver native Eom-Ji Park's career record of four Future Links titles. Both are now competing in the Junior Division.

-- The 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Prairie Championship features two brother/sister duos - Dustin & Nicole Zhang of Calgary and Darren & Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. The Zhang's have combined for five career Future Links titles while the Wallace duo has tallied four combined titles.

-- Now in its sixth season, BMO Financial Group Future Links has helped develop a number of young Canadian talents, including B.C. sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, Eom-Ji Park, a four-time Future Links Junior Girls champion who has competed in both the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour and at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open and 2003 Canadian Amateur Champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.

--2005 marks the first time Moonlake Golf and Country Club has hosted the Future Links Prairie Championship. The scenic and traditional Scottish Links design will prove challenging as it holds one of the highest slope ratings in Saskatchewan. More information on the host course can be found at www.moonlakegolf.com.

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 over 1,600 member clubs and close to 400,000 individual members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating , 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, ten 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Erin Mathany
RCGA Junior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org
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Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org