Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

January 24, 2005 14:41 ET

RCGA ANNOUNCES 2005 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

- Amalgamation with CLGA adds three new championships to 2005 calendar - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 24, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association is pleased to announce the championship schedule for the upcoming 2005 season. In all, the RCGA will conduct 22 championships in 2005 including six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior Championships, 10 national Amateur Competitions, four BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championships, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open and the Bell Canadian Open.

The RCGA championship schedule will now include three additional women's national amateur championships as part of the association's recent merger with the former Canadian Ladies' Golf Association. The new events to be conducted by the RCGA include the Royale National Junior Girls Championship, the Royale National Women's Amateur Championship and the Royale National Women's Senior Championship.

"The RCGA is very excited to be entering the 2005 championship season fully amalgamated with our partners at the CLGA," said Rick Desrochers, RCGA Managing Director of Championships. "Coming off a tremendous year in 2004, we begin the next chapter of our storied history looking forward to shaping golf's future as one united national governing body."

The amalgamation between the former CLGA and the RCGA became official on January 15, 2005 when the board of governors for both associations signed the merger agreement. With the amalgamation, the RCGA will revamp its organizational structure to now feature a Women's Division.

Newly elected James J.A. Halliday of Victoria becomes the first president of the newly formed Royal Canadian Golf Association.

The following is the complete 2005 RCGA Championship schedule:

March 31 - April 3
BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship
Richmond Country Club
Richmond, British Columbia

May 8 - 10
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour
Cordova Bay Golf Course
Victoria, British Columbia
(purse $25,000 CDN)

June 5-8
BMO Financial Group Future Links Prairie Championship
Moon Lake Golf & Country Club
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

June 6-10
Canadian University / College Championship
Duncan Meadows Golf & Country Club
Duncan, British Columbia

June 19 - 21
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour
Club de golf Rivermead
Gatineau, Quebec
(purse $25,000 CDN)

June 20-24
Canadian Club Champions Championship
Crimson Ridge Golf Club
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

TBD
Bell Canadian Open Regional Qualifier
TBD / British Columbia

July 4-7
BMO Financial Group Future Links Ontario Championship
Bay of Quinte Golf Club
Belleville, Ontario

July 4-10
Canadian Senior Match Play Championship
Hecla Golf Course
Hecla Island, Manitoba

July 10-13
BMO Financial Group Future Links Quebec Championship
Club de golf d'Asbestos
Asbestos, Quebec

July 11
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open Qualifier
Glen Arbour Golf Club
Halifax, Nova Scotia

July 11-17
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open
Glen Arbour Golf Club
Halifax, Nova Scotia
(purse $1.3 million US)

July 18-21
BMO Financial Group Future Links Western Championship
Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club
Grande Prairie, Alberta

July 25-28
BMO Financial Group Future Links Atlantic Championship
Fairmont Algonquin Golf Course
St. Andrews, New Brunswick

TBD
Bell Canadian Open Regional Qualifier
TBD / Ontario

August 1-4
Royale National Junior Girls Championship
Arbutus Ridge Golf & Country Club
Cobble Hill, British Columbia

TBD
Bell Canadian Open Regional Qualifier
TBD / Quebec

August 7-11
Canadian Junior Boys Championship
Craigowan Golf & Country Club
Woodstock, Ontario

August 8-12
Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship
Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club
Squamish, British Columbia

August 12-19
Canadian Men's Amateur Championship
Bell Bay Golf Club
Baddeck, Nova Scotia

August 21-23
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour
Redtail Landing Golf Club
Edmonton, Alberta
(purse $35,000 CDN)

August 22-25
Royale National Women's Senior Championship
Cottonwood Golf & Country Club
DeWinton, Alberta

August 22-28
Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship
Belvedere Golf & Country Club
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

September 5
Bell Canadian Open Qualifier
TBD / British Columbia

September 5-11
Bell Canadian Open
Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club
Vancouver, British Columbia
(purse $4.9 million US)

September 11 - 14
BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship
Peterborough Golf & Country Club
Peterborough, Ontario
(purse $50,000 CDN)

Sept. 19-22
Canadian Men's Senior Championship
Le Club de golf Milby Inc.
Lennoxville, Quebec

2005 RCGA Championship Fast Facts:

• When the LPGA Tour descends on Halifax's Glen Arbour Golf Course for the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, it will mark the return of major professional golf to the east coast for the first time in 66 years.

• The 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour features five events with a total purse of $170,000, including two qualifiers for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, the Canadian PGA Women's Championship and the season-ending $50,000 Tour Championship.

• The RCGA has created the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award for the top finisher on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit. The 2005 Women's Tour will also feature a $5,000 Order of Merit purse for the top finishers upon conclusion of the Tour Championship.

• The 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour will offer six exemptions into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, Canada's only LPGA Tour event.

• The 2005 Bell Canadian Open at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club marks the first time in over forty years that Canada's national open golf championship has been held in Western Canada.

• 2005 marks the sixth year the RCGA has conducted the BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships. Since the inception of the regional championships in 2000, over 2,400 top juniors have competed through Canada's premiere national junior golf development program.

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, 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:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
Cell: 416-434-5525
E-mail: dpino@rcga.org
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  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, 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