Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 12, 2005 17:37 ET

MUSSANI HAS RECORD ROUND AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

- Ontario native has four stroke lead after first round - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor PETERBOROUGH, ONT.--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 12, 2005) - Salimah Mussani of Burlington, Ont., fired her way into the record books shooting a 64 to take the opening round lead on Monday at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Mussani, 26, carded seven birdies and an eagle en route to shooting the lowest ever recorded score at Peterborough Golf & Country Club in its 108 year history. Her seven under-par score is also the lowest recorded round on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour.

"I don't know what happened," said Mussani of her record breaking round. "It's been such a long time since I've had a great round. I guess someone just looked down and said today's your day."

"I really tried to stay patient and clear my mind. It's amazing when your body and mind are in sync and your head gets out of the way. I've had so many expectations of my game for so long and I'm learning to let those go. This [round] really helps my confidence."

Liz Earley of St. Catharines, Ont., is in second place, four strokes behind Mussani shooting an opening round three-under par 68. Earley actually established the women's course record first and held it for a total of 14 minutes before Mussani signed her scorecard.

2005 Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit leader Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Michigan shot a 73 in her opening round and currently sits tied for ninth. Reno, who has a substantial 625 point lead on Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC., for top spot on the Order of Merit standings, needs only a ninth place finish or better to clinch the award. The winner of the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit will receive an additional $3,000 bonus and earn the inaugural Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year honours.

Clarkson, Ontario's Stephanie Simich was the low amateur posting a three-over par 74.

Play continues tomorrow at Peterborough Golf & Country Club with the second round teeing off at approximately 8:00 am (EDT). The final round of competition is scheduled for Wednesday.

The following are the opening-round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship for Monday, September 12 at Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Peterborough, Ont.

Par: 71 Yardage: 6177
1 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON--64
2 Liz Earley, St. Catharines, ON--68
3 Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--71
T4 Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--72
Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, ON--72
Natalie Tucker, Jupiter, FL--72
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON--72
Claire Dury, Palmerston North, NZ--72
T9 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--73
Mary Ritchie, Hudson, QC--73
T11 Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, ON--74
(a) Stephanie Simich, Clarkson, ON--74
Samantha White, Atlanta, GA--74
T14 Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, ON--75
Melissa Keller, Temecula, CA--75
Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON--75
Angie Green, London, ON--75
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--75
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--75--75
Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--75
Shayne Wild, Greenville, NC--75
Perry Swenson, Charlotte, NC--75
T23 Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA--76
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--76
Nisha Sadekar, Stouffville, ON--76
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC--76
T27 Marianne Morris, Middletown, OH--77
Jessica Shepley, Oakville, ON--77
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--77
Aileen Robertson, Kelowna, BC--77
T31 (a) Gabrielle Cyr, Blainville, QC--78
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, VT--78
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--78
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--78
T35 (a) Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--79
Stefi Markovich, Port Colbourne, ON--79
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--79
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--79
Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON--79
Lanie Cahill, Brockville, ON--79
Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC--79
(a) Stephanie Lam, Toronto, ON--79
T43 Christina Monacelli, Palm Beach Gardens, FL--80
Jo Anne Grove, Kelowna, BC--80
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON--80
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--80
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--80
T48 Heather Dobbin, Peterborough, ON--81
Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON--81
Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB--81
51 (a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--82
T52 Kari Hilton, London, ON--84
Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL--84
54 Jelana Duncan, Scarborough, ON--85
55 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA--86

(a) denotes amateur

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the Canadian Women's Tour is the only women's developmental tour in Canada. Open to professionals, top amateurs and elite junior golfers the Canadian Women's Tour offers top championship play and competitive purses.

The BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship marks the conclusion of the 2005 season with competitors vying for a $50,000 purse. Following play on Wednesday year-end awards for the Order of Merit leader, top club / teaching professional and top amateur will be awarded in addition to the weekly awards.

More information about the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at www.rcga.org.

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 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:
Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 230
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