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November 14, 2005 16:59 ET

RCGA AND CN ANNOUNCE $1.7 MILLION PURSE FOR CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

Increased prize money ranks top-10 on LPGA Tour Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2005) - In a teleconference held earlier today, the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and CN have announced that the purse for the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open has been increased to $1.7 million (US).

The announcement marks a $400,000 jump from the $1.3 million awarded at the 2005 Canadian Women's Open and vaults the event into the top-10 for purses on the LPGA Tour.

"We are very excited to announce an increase to our purse that is sure to showcase the CN Canadian Women's Open as one of the premier events on the LPGA Tour," said Richard W. Desrochers, RCGA Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Championships Division. "In the short time since coming on board as our partner, CN has reinforced its commitment to the Canadian Women's Open and we look forward to delivering our most successful Canadian Women's Open ever."

"We are pleased to increase the purse to a level that will attract the LPGA's best players," said James Foote, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing. "We hope this will also generate momentum for community involvement, and set the stage for developing community and charitable organization components to enhance the overall CN Canadian Women's Open experience."

The 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open is scheduled for August 7-13 at the storied London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont.

The increased purse builds on the momentum of last month's announcement of CN's five-year sponsorship agreement (3 years + 2 year option) with the RCGA to become title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Open tournament, Canadian Women's Tour and Future Links program.

The winner's share of the $1.7 million purse for the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open will be $255,000 (US), up from $195,000 in 2005.

Founded in 1885, the London Hunt and Country Club will play host to the LPGA Tour for the second time in 2006. In 1993 Americans Brandie Burton and Betsy King battled in a playoff, with Burton proving victorious. Canadian Dawn Coe-Jones finished third, only one shot back.

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 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 CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

About CN:
Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For further information please visit www.cn.ca.

About the CN Canadian Women's Open
The stars of the LPGA Tour will be featured at the CN Canadian Women's Open from August 7-13, 2006 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ontario, Canada. The event will enter its 34th season on the LPGA Tour. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, and volunteer information please visit www.cncanadianwomensopen.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jim Feeny
Senior Manager, Public and Government Affairs
CN
Office: (780) 472-3023
Mobile: (780) 910-0098
feeny@cn.ca

Anthony Alfred
Director, Media and Public Relations
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Office: 1-800-263-0009 ext. 227
Mobile: (416) 819-0286
aalfred@rcga.org IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Manager, Media and Public Relations, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org