Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

January 17, 2005 16:27 ET


- Environmental initiatives to also benefit from RCGA support - Attention: News Editor, Sports Editor OAKVILLE, ONT--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2005) - Oakville, Ont. -The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) general membership voted to approve a merger with the Canadian Ladies' Golf Association (CLGA) at their Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Victoria, British Columbia. This concludes a formal agreement by both organizations to create one unified body governing golf in Canada.

Last spring, both the CLGA and RCGA Board of Directors accepted the merger agreement pending membership approval at their respective Annual General Meetings. The CLGA voted unanimously in agreement to merge with the RCGA at their Annual General Meeting on November 27th, 2004.

"Both associations have worked hard to get to this point and we are looking forward to the future as a unified organization governing golf in Canada," said David Shaw, outgoing RCGA President. "By sharing our resources and expertise, we will be able to better serve our members and further our mutual goal of protecting and growing the game of golf in Canada."

"This is a historic moment for women's golf in Canada," said CLGA President, Carole Mix. "I know that our membership is excited about our future and we believe that it is not only women's golf that will benefit but that the entire game will thrive under this new mandate."

In addition to the merger, a women's division has been created with the RCGA to maintain and expand existing services for women's golf in Canada.

In a ceremony following acceptance of the merger James J.A. Halliday of Victoria, B.C. was inducted as the 100th President of the RCGA. Halliday succeeds Shaw while Wayne Petersen of Lethbridge, Alta. becomes 1st Vice-President and Garry West of Kitchener, Ont. becomes 2nd Vice-President. For a complete list of all RCGA Governors visit

The RCGA also donated $75,000 to the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF). The cheque was presented during the RCGA's annual general meeting this past weekend. Over the last 12 years the RCGA has donated a total of $885,000 to the CTRF.

The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation funds turfgrass and environmental research at various universities and research facilities across Canada. The foundation's goal is to reduce maintenance requirements by improving turfgrass species and management practices. The program has funded numerous research projects at six different Canadian universities and research facilities across Canada.

The RCGA also made the following donations during their Annual General Meeting, for more details please contact Victor Cui.

RCGA Foundation $1,000,000
Future Links $150,000
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame $50,000
Provincial Grants $20,000
RCGA Internship Program $28,000

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, 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, twelve national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women`s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit

Victor Cui
Director of Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 227 Cell: 647-226-9700

Contact Information

  • Victor Cui, Director of Communications, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 227
    Secondary Phone: 647-226-9700