Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

April 02, 2005 22:49 ET

NICK TAYLOR TAKES LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND AT FUTURE LINKS PACIFIC

18 year old Susan Nam shoots 74 to take lead in Junior Girls Division Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor RICHMOND--(CCNMatthews - April 2, 2005) - Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. carded a one-under-par 71 and tournament-total two-under 142 at Richmond Country Club for an impressive five-stroke lead at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship.

"My short game and putting worked well for me today," said the 16-year old Taylor who moved up from second place in the opening round. "I will try to stay consistent tomorrow and continue to hit the fairways."

The trio of Brandon Markiw of Edmonton, Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. and Richmond Country Club member Richard Conlin of Richmond B.C. sit five shots back at 147 with a share of second place heading into final-round play on Sunday. Opening-round leader Richard Lee of Vancouver shares fifth position with Mitch Ellis, also of Vancouver, who both sit six shots off the lead with a tournament-total 149. 2004 Canadian Amateur Champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. increased his standing with a one-over par 73 for a share of seventh at 150 while 2004 Canadian Junior Champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. sits 13 shots off the lead at 155.

In the Junior Girls division, Susan Nam of Edmonton shot a second-round 74 to take a two-stroke lead with a tournament-total of 149 heading into Sunday.

"The course was hard and long," said the 18 year-old Nam. "I have changed my swing significantly and have used these first two rounds to practice so I should be ready for the final round tomorrow."

Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C. sits two shots back at 151 after a second-round 76. First-round leader Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. sits at 152 after a second round 80 to drop to third place. Defending Junior Girls champion Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C. sits at 163, fourteen shots off the lead.

In the Bantam Boys division, Brock Staller holed out with a brilliant 5-iron from 164 yards to eagle the challenging 13th hole and take the lead with a tournament-total of 154. Opening-round leader Fu (Tom) Xue of Richmond B.C. and Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C. are tied for second at 156.

In the Bantam Girls division, Richmond, B.C. product Christine Wong held onto her first-round lead shooting an 84 to post a tournament-total 160. Closing the gap is 12- year old Nicole Zhang of Calgary who shaved 12 shots off her opening-round score to shoot 81 on Saturday for a tournament-total of 174.

Richmond Country Club is hosting the BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship for the first time. Another wet round has created challenging playing conditions and the course is proving to be a solid test for many of Canada's top junior golfers. The Richmond Country Club has recently hosted the 2004 BCPGA Assistants Championship and the 2002 B.C. Men's Amateur Championship.

The following are opening-round scores for Saturday, April 2, 2005.

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

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 first of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Pacific Championship features 83 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, 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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