Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

April 03, 2005 18:28 ET

NICK TAYLOR AND SUSAN NAM VICTORIOUS IN FUTURE LINKS PACIFIC

Brock Staller and Christine Wong take home the Bantam titles Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor RICHMOND--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2005) - After a postponed start to the final round of the BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship at Richmond Country Club, heavy rain and wet conditions made the course unplayable and shortened the championship to 36 holes.

"Unfortunately we battled inclement weather all week and today the course just became unplayable," said Nathan Brooks, Tournament Director. "Thankfully we got in two of the three rounds and were able to crown champions."

In Saturday's second round, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. carded a one-under-par 71 for a tournament-total two-under 142 and impressive five-stroke victory.

"I would have liked to have played my fellow competitors to see how I could have done," said the 17-year old Taylor, "but I feel great about the win and am looking forward to playing in another Future Links Championship this year."

The trio of Brandon Markiw of Edmonton, Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. and Richmond Country Club member Richard Conlin of Richmond, B.C. finished with a share of second at 147. Opening-round leader Richard Lee of Vancouver tied for fifth with fellow Vancouver native Mitch Ellis at 149, six shots back.

Susan Nam of Edmonton took home the Junior Girls title by two strokes with rounds of 75-74 for a tournament-total of 149.

"I would have been happier if I had been able to play today but overall I feel great," said the 18-year old Nam who has committed to attend Florida International University in the fall. "I found the course challenging over the last two rounds but my putting was on so I was able to keep my score low."

Runner-up in the Junior Girls division is Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C. who finished with 151 after two rounds of action. At 14-years old, first-round leader Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. shot a promising tournament-total 152 to receive third-place honours.

In the Bantam Boys division, Brock Staller of Surrey, B.C. shot a tournament-total 154 to become the 2005 Future Links Pacific Bantam Boys Champion. Opening-round leader Fu (Tom) Xue of Richmond B.C. and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. tied for second at 156 while Bryan Lichimo of North Vancouver, B.C. and Dylan Nixon of Victoria, B.C. rounded out the top five.

In the Bantam Girls division, Richmond, B.C. product Christine Wong shot a tournament-total 160 to claim her first Future Links title. 12-year old Nicole Zhang of Calgary shaved 12 shots off her opening-round score to shoot 81 on Saturday for a tournament-total of 174 and a second place finish.
The Future Links Pacific Championship also served as a qualifying event for the Canadian Junior Boys National Team selection. 2004 Canadian Amateur Champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. and 2004 Canadian Junior Champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. had already secured positions on the team, leaving two positions to be determined. Opening-round leader Richard Lee of Vancouver and 2004 Future Links Pacific Champion Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. secure spots on the prestigious team based on their play during the championship. These talented young golfers, who are consequently all native to British Columbia, will represent Canada at the World Junior Qualifier at Point Grey Golf & Country Club. They will compete with three other countries for a chance to go to the World Junior Championships in Japan.

The following are final results for the 2005 Future Links Pacific Championship:

Junior Boys (Par: 72 Yards: 6654)
1-Nick Taylor-Abbotsford, BC-71-71--142
T2-Richard Conlin-Richmond, BC-74-73--147
-Brandon Markiw-Edmonton, AB-74-73--147
-Roger Sloan-Merritt, BC-72-75--147
T5-Richard Lee-Vancouver, BC-69-80--149
-Mitch Ellis-Vancouver, BC-77-72--149
T7-Darren Wallace-Langley, BC-77-73--150
-Adam Hadwin-Abbotsford, BC-77-73--150
-Eugene Wong-North Vancouver, BC-75-75--150
T10-Riley Wheeldon-Comox Valley, BC-77-74--151
-Richard Choi-Abbotsford, BC-75-76--151
-Adam Cornelson-Langley, BC-76-75--151
-Kevin Spooner-West Vancouver, BC-73-78--151
T14-Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon-St-Jérome, QC-74-78--152
-Christopher Ross-Dundas, ON-78-74--152
T16-Jeff Langin-Cranbrook, BC-74-79--153
-Andrew Robb-Richmond, BC-75-78--153
-Thomas Hay-Langley, BC-77-76--153
T19-Michaël Bélanger-Sorel-Tracy, QC-80-74--154
-Corey Steger-North Vancouver, BC-79-75--154
T21-Jordan Orth-Cranbrook, BC-78-77--155
-Cody Pewarchuk-Victoria, BC-79-76--155
-Matt Hoffman-Thornhill, ON-78-77--155
-Rafael Lee-Burnaby, BC-79-76--155
-Dustin Zhang-Calgary, AB-82-73--155
T26-Will Porter-Coaldale, AB-83-73--156
-Tai Reynolds-Victoria, BC-80-76--156
-Taylor Willms-Victoria, BC-79-77--156
-Steven (Je) Her-Edmonton, AB-75-81--156
-Dong Su-Richmond, BC-79-77--156
-Justin Kim-Hamilton, ON-81-75--156
T32-Robin Buntain-Vancouver, BC-81-76--157
-Dale Stypula-Cranbrook, BC-79-78--157
-Brady Johnson-Mill Bay, BC-75-82--157
-Alex Wickett-Parksville, BC-76-81--157
T36-Brian Lee-Oakville, ON-77-81--158
-Thomas Petts-North Vancouver, BC-79-79--158
-Nick McNally-Dawes-Victoria, BC-78-80--158
-Jonnie Motomochi-White Rock, BC-78-80--158
T40-Nicholas McKnight-North Vancouver, BC-79-80--159
-Mitchell Fox-Okotoks, AB-82-77--159
T42-Dave Lauzon-St-Hippolyte, QC-79-81--160
-Terry Ishizaki-Victoria, BC-82-78--160
-Brad Larente-Cambridge, ON-76-84--160
T45-Dustin Yeager-Chemainus, BC-80-81--161
-Jean-Hubert Trahan-Lachenaie, QC-84-77--161
-Adam Gruber-Kamloops, BC-86-75--161
T48-Erik Swinburnson-Victoria, BC-79-83--162
-Eric Smith-North Soanich, BC-78-84--162
T50-Michael Crisanti-Calgary, AB-86-77--163
-Parker Lilly-Victoria, BC-83-80--163
T52-Brett Webster-Abbotsford, BC-82-82--164
-Jack Wesche-Calgary, AB-82-82--164
-Conor Zokol-South Surrey, BC-88-76--164
-Tyson Sauser-Kamloops, BC-85-79--164
56-Cameron Pappel-Nanaimo, BC-84-83--167
57-Jack Martyn-Calgary, AB-84-87--171

Bantam Boys (Par: 72 Yards: 5781)
1-Brock Staller-Surrey, BC-81-73--154
T2-Adam Svensson-Surrey, BC-77-79--156
-Fu (Tom) Xue-Richmond, BC-75-81--156
4-Bryan Lichimo-North Vancouver, BC-82-87--169
5-Dylan Nixon-Victoria, BC-86-88--174
6-Alex Sykora-Garibaldi Highlands, BC-94-91--185

Junior Girls (Par: 72 Yards: 5781)
1-Susan Nam-Edmonton, AB-75-74--149
2-Caroline Kim-Port Coquitlam, BC-75-76--151
3-Sue Kim-Langley, BC-72-80--152
4-Kristina Gargaro-Port Moody, BC-76-79--155
5-Lindsay Caljouw-Nanaimo, BC-79-79--158
T6-Anita Gahir-Thornhill, ON-80-79--159
-Ahnna Kim-South Surrey, BC-83-76--159
-Melissa Mabanta-Langley, BC-79-80--159
T9-Jessica Wallace-Langley, BC-76-85--161
-Dominique Pytlewski-West Vancouver, BC-79-82--161
11-Julie Kim-Poco, BC-80-82--162
12-Kirby Dreher-Fort St. John, BC-80-83--163
13-Laurenne Picard-White Rock, BC-86-81--167
14-Alyssa Human-Kamloops, BC-87-83--170
15-Kaitlin Troop-Brandon, MB-91-84--175
16-Pamela Burneski-Surrey, BC-92-86--178
17-Ashley Nantes-Calgary, AB-87-94--181
18-Laeni Bendzik-Calgary, AB-93-89--182

Bantam Girls (Par: 72 Yards: 5080)
1-Christine Wong-Richmond, BC-76-84--160
2-Nicole Zhang-Calgary, AB-93-81--174

Final 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 first of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Pacific Championship featured 83 of the country's best junior male and female golfers from Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, who 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).

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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