Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 19, 2005 19:22 ET

NICHOLAS GAGNÉ TAKES OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT FUTURE LINKS WESTERN

Julie Kim takes four-stroke lead in Junior Girls Division Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor GRANDE PRAIRIE--(CCNMatthews - July 19, 2005) - Nicholas Gagné of Richmond, B.C. shot an even-par 72 to take the opening-round lead at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Western Championship at Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club.

"I played a bit more conservatively today because of the weather," said Gagné who is a student at the University of British Columbia. "I bogeyed the last couple holes but overall I feel good, there should be some better scores if the weather clears up."

Sitting one-stroke back in second is Andrew Robb of Richmond, B.C. who shot a one-over-par 73. Tied for third and two-strokes back of lead are Connor Elekes of Calgary, Alta., Riley Wheeldon of Comox Valley, B.C. and Corey Steger of North Vancouver, B.C. Eight competitors are currently tied for sixth going into the second round.

In the Junior Girls division, Julie Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C. shot a six-over-par 78 to lead by four strokes over Mary Beth McKenna of Fort McMurray, Alta. who shot an opening-round 82. Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. shot 86 to sit in third.

In the Bantam Boys division, 13-year old Carson Kallis of Red Deer, Alta. shot an opening-round 85, nine-shots ahead of local favourite Daniel Bishop of Grande Prairie, Alta. who opened with a 94.

Running in conjunction with the Future Links Western Championship is the Western Canada Juvenile Team Matches. In the Juvenile Boys division three scores count toward the team total with British Columbia holding the lead 229 followed by Alberta with a team-total 234. In the Juvenile Girls division two scores count toward the team total. Alberta holds the lead with a team-total 181 while Saskatchewan follows close behind with a 183.

Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club is hosting the BMO Financial Group Future Links Western Championship for the first time. After a rain-soaked opening-round the course proved to be a solid test for many of Canada's top junior golfers. Spectators are invited to come out and watch the next two rounds free of charge on Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 7:30am.

The following are opening-round scores for Tuesday, July 18, 2005:

Junior Boys (Par: 72 Yardage: 6741)
1 Nicholas Gagné, Richmond, BC--72
2 Andrew Robb, Richmond, BC--73
T3 Connor Elekes, Calgary, AB--74
Riley Wheeldon, Comox Valley, BC--74
Corey Steger, North Vancouver, BC--74
T6 Lewis Chong, Lethbridge, AB--76
Steven (Je) Her, Edmonton, AB--76
Erik Swinburnson, Victoria, BC--76
Roger Sloan, Merritt, BC--76
Mitch Ellis, Vancouver, BC--76
Nolan Hamilton, Calgary, AB--76
Brett Webster, Abbotsford, BC--76
Will Porter, Coaldale, AB--76
T14 Darren Hupfer, Edmonton, AB--77
David Lawrence, Calgary, AB--77
Thomas Petts, North Vancouver, BC--77
Chris Newton, Merritt, BC--77
T18 Matt Albinati, Grande Prairie, AB--78
Tristan Schneider, LaSalle, MB--78
Joon Lee, Langley, BC--78
Mark Schurer, Calgary, AB--78
Daniel Pow, Calgary, AB--78
T23 Gregory Doll, Peace River, AB--79
Joey McInnes, Red Lake, ON--79
Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, BC--79
Kolby Kniel, Beaverlodge, AB--79
Tai Reynolds, Victoria, BC--79
T28 Scott Thompson, St. Walburg, SK--80
Kevin Spooner, West Vancouver, BC--80
Nathan Wazney, Dugald, MB--80
Jordan Orth, Cranbrook, BC--80
Thomas Hay, Langley, BC--80
Cameron Harris, Maple Ridge, BC--80
Kevin Bredy, Calgary, AB--80
T35 Garrett Scott, Red Deer, AB--81
Morgan Beaupre, Grande Prairie, AB--81
Stephan Sedor, Calgary, AB--81
Adam Novakowski, Grande Prairie, AB--81
T39 Andrew Funk, Edmonton, AB--82
Jacob Patte, Oshawa, ON--82
Travis Kemp, Lethbridge, AB--82
T42 Steven Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB--83
Brendan Hubbard, Grande Prairie, AB--83
Eric Smith, North Soanich, BC--83
Brad Thompson, Calgary, AB--83
Rhys Royer, Calgary, AB--83
47 Cody MacAulay, Killarney, MB--84
48 Tim Acaster, North Battleford, SK--85
T49 Jeff Lucyk, Balcarres, SK--86
Matt Procyshen, Yorkton, SK--86
Matthew Steger, North Vancouver, BC--86
52 Darcy Charrois, High Prairie, AB--87

Bantam Boys (Par: 72 Yardage: 6021)
1 Carson Kallis, Red Deer, AB--85
2 Daniel Bishop, Grande Prairie, AB--94

Junior Girls (Par: 72 Yardage: 6021)
1 Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--78
2 Mary Beth McKenna, Fort McMurray, AB--82
3 Sue Kim, Langley, BC--86
4 Rochelle Brown, Calgary, AB--88
T5 Heather Cronkwright, Calgary, AB--89
Breanne Neufeld, Lethbridge, AB--89
Kyla Reay, Saskatoon, SK--89
Jessica Witzaney, Penticton, BC--89
9 Denielle Neufeld, Lethbridge, AB--90
T10 Ashley Nantes, Calgary, AB--92
Brittany Piché, Brandon, MB--92
12 Kelsey Klatt, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK--94
13 Bethany Goran, Dauphin, MB--97
14 Alyssa Human, Kamloops, BC--101
15 Leanne Laverick, Grande Prairie, AB--108

The following are opening-round team scores for the Canadian Juvenile Team Matches:

BOYS:

British Columbia
Riley Wheeldon-74
Eric Swinburnson-76
Eugene Wong-79
Kevin Spooner-80
Day 1 Team Total-229

Alberta
Lewis Chong-76
Steven Her-76
Andrew Funk-82
Steven Lecuyer-83
Day 1 Team Total-234

Manitoba
Tristan Schneider-78
Joey McInnis-79
Nathan Wazney-80
Cody MacAuley-84
Day 1 Team Total-237

Saskatchewan
Scott Thompson-80
Tim Acaster-85
Jeff Lucyk-86
Matt Procyshen-86
Day 1 Team Total-251

GIRLS:

Alberta
Breanne Neufeld-89
Ashley Nantes-92
Day 1 Team Total-181

Saskatchewan
Kyla Reay-89
Kelsey Klatt-94
Day 1 Team Total-183

British Columbia
Sue Kim-86
Alyssa Human-101
Day 1 Team Total-187

Manitoba
Brittany Piché-92
Bethany Goren-97
Day 1 Team Total-189

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org and on the RCGA website at www.rcga.org.

The fifth of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Western Championship features 69 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario compete in three categories: Junior Boys (14-18 years), Junior Girls (14-18 years) and Bantam Boys (11-13 years).

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior 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.

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 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.

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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RCGA Communications Coordinator
RCGA Tournament Office: 780-532-7098
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org

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