Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 21, 2005 14:12 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 21, 2005) - The RCGA Foundation announced today its list of scholarship winners for the 2005/2006 academic year. Twenty-four Canadian students were awarded scholarships in recognition of their achievements on the golf course and in the classroom.

The RCGA Foundation scholarship program has been funding promising young golfers since 1982. The scholarships, which are valued at up to $5,000 per year, assist promising young golfers who are pursuing careers in business, in the professions, or in the golf industry with the cost of education while attending college or university.

Successful candidates must demonstrate success in golf at the local, provincial and national level, maintain a high academic standing, participate in extra-curricular activities and give back to the sport in some way. Since 2002, the distribution of RCGA Foundation funds has included scholarships and grants to support golf programs at institutions in Canada accredited by the Foundation.

In 2005, with the exception of the Geordie Hilton Academic Scholarship and the Nu-Gro Corporation Turfgrass Scholarship, applicants must be attending Canadian post-secondary institutions. For 2005, only the RCGA Foundation has renewed the scholarships of applicants attending college outside of Canada.

The scholarship program is funded by investment revenue from the RCGA Foundation's designated scholarship fund, as well as generous contributions from the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the former Canadian Ladies' Golf Association, the Callaway Golf Company, ClubLink Corp., the Canadian Seniors' Golf Association, the John Dobson Foundation, the Connor Family, Nu-Gro Corporation and other individual donors. A separate fund is established for the Geordie Hilton scholarship.

"These students have worked hard to maintain an excellent academic standing while achieving considerable success at a national level on the golf course," said Jim Fraser, RCGA Foundation Executive Director. "They represent the future of Canadian golf and we are pleased to honour their accomplishments and help them achieve their goals. With the generous support of Canadian golf associations, our corporate sponsors and individual private donors, the RCGA Foundation is proud to foster young talent and develop the game of golf in Canada."

RCGA Foundation 2005 Scholarships and Winners:

The Geordie Hilton Academic Scholarship
In memory of Geordie Hilton, a former executive director of the Royal Canadian Golf Association and a driving force in Canadian golf, in 1992 family and friends established the Geordie Hilton Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a university student with high academic standing who is pursuing a degree in business or sport administration. This year's proud recipient is Kevin Fortin-Simard of Roberval, Que., a student at the University of Memphis.

The Marlene Streit Scholarship
To celebrate her induction in 2004 to the World Golf Hall of Fame and to honour her as Canada's greatest female golfer, Marlene Streit, the former Canadian Ladies' Golf Association donated a large sum of money to establish an endowment, to be named the Marlene Streit Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to support the best female golfers attending Canadian universities with an accredited program. The first recipient of this prestigious award is Shay Yalowega of Regina, Sask., a student at the University of British Columbia.

The Lib and Hal Connor Scholarships
Lib Connor had a remarkable amateur golf career and Hal Connor had a distinguished business career and also distinguished himself as a golfer and golf administrator in Nova Scotia. Established in 2005 in memory of their parents by their son and two daughters, these annual scholarships will assist promising Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada men and women who elect to obtain a degree and participate in the golf program at an accredited university. Following are the 2005 recipients of Lib and Hal Connor Scholarships:

Sean Hurley, Cole Harbour, N.S.(University of British Columbia)
David Williamson, Halifax, N.S. (Simon Fraser University)

The Canadian Seniors' Golf Association Scholarships
The C.S.G.A. (established in 1918), has recognized the RCGA Foundation's program of supporting Canadian university and college golf. Beginning in 2005 the association donated money to establish scholarships to assist men and women obtain good academic and golfing experiences at an institution in Canada accredited by the RCGA Foundation. The 2005 recipients of The Canadian Seniors' Golf Association Scholarships are:

Shelby Dreher, Fort St. John, B.C. (University of Victoria)
Susan Gleeson, Peterborough, Ont. (University of Western Ontario)
Todd Halpen, Calgary, Alta. (University of Victoria)

The Callaway Golf Company Scholarships (established 2002)

Sarre Adams, Calgary, Alberta (University of Victoria)
Erica Bennett, Dieppe, New Brunswick (University of British Columbia)
Jade Dennill, Naksup, British Columbia (University of Victoria)

The John Dobson Foundation Scholarships (established 2003)

Julia Bobak, Fredericton, N.B. (University of Victoria)
Justin Fluit, Cambridge, Ont. (University of Waterloo)
Scott Markham, Winnipeg, Man. (University of Manitoba)

The Nu-Gro Corporation Turfgrass Scholarships (established 2003)

Undergraduate Program
Chris Patterson, Creston, B.C. (Olds College)

Graduate Program
Guillaume Gregoire, Beauport, Que. (Université Laval)

Mary Ellen Driscoll Scholarship (established 1997) Erica Bennett, Dieppe, N.B. (University of British Columbia)

RCGA Foundation Scholarships (established 1982)
Ronald Harvey Jr., Picadilly, N.B. (Brigham Young University)
Meaghan Leblanc, Calgary, Alta. (Bradley University)
Colby Lindsay, Abbotsford, B.C. (University of Texas at El Paso)
Kira Meixner, Delta, B.C. (Kent State University)
Bradley Moulton, Orangeville, Ont. (State University of New York)
Jessica Potter, Coquitlam, B.C. (University of San Francisco)
Matthew Rogers, New Minas, N.S. (Wingate University)

The RCGA Foundation supports the athletic and academic careers of promising Canadian golfers and students of the industry by offering financial assistance through scholarships and awards. The RCGA Foundation established its scholarship program in 1982 and has since awarded 252 promising young golfers, turfgrass scientists and landscape architects a total of 566 scholarships valued at over $1,500,000.

Students interested in applying for RCGA Foundation scholarships for the 2006/2007 academic year should contact the RCGA Foundation at 1-800-263-0009. For more information about the RCGA Foundation or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please visit

About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing over 1,600 member clubs and close to 400,000 individual members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, 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, ten national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit


Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 x 406
416-434-5525 (cell)


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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