Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

February 15, 2005 12:43 ET


New year-round program to develop elite Canadian golfers Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 15, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today the names of the athletes who have been selected to join the 2005 RCGA Men's and Women's National Amateur Golf Team.

Craig Doell of Victoria, B.C, James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C., and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., headline the men's team while Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont., and Lindsay Knowlton of Toronto highlight the women's team rosters. All five players represented Canada at the World Amateur Team Championships held last year in Puerto Rico.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association National Amateur Team program is new this year to the RCGA but was modeled after the Women's National Amateur Team program initially created by the Canadian Ladies' Golf Association (CLGA). Since it's inception in 2002, the Women's National Amateur Team has grown in scope and results of the program were proven in Canada's second place finish at the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships

"As part of the RCGA-CLGA merger we recognized that this program was a valuable asset in which both men and women would benefit," said Jeff Thompson, RCGA Managing Director of Player & Program Development. "We are implementing a model that is utilized by many high performance sports and will allow us to provide full time support for our elite athletes. We feel strongly that a program of this design will yield strong international results for our players."

The National Amateur Team program is designed to offer athletes a year-round environment which incorporates state of the art coaching and sport science expertise. The intent of this aggressive program is to aid Canada's top up and coming amateur players in all areas of their development to produce the best golfers in the world.

The program is year round in scope and will encompass fitness, sports psychology, nutrition, technique development and exposure in international competition. Leaders in the field of sport science are an integral aspect of building and executing the program from the perspective of mental management, strength and conditioning as well as planning and periodization.

"We have put together an outstanding program and support staff to help our athletes in achieving top results not only in national competitions, but in international competition," says Thompson. "Our main focus will be to assist the players in their development and provide them with the tools and resources to compete at the highest level and achieve their individual goals."

Overseeing this program will be Doug Roxburgh, RCGA Director of High Performance Programs. Dean Spriddle will lead the women's team, in his role as Women's National Team Head coach while Henry Brunton will act as the Men's National Team Head coach and serve as both team's equipment specialist. Brunton was named one of Golf Magazines top-100 teachers earlier this year. An important element to the National Team program is the sport science support team that is being created to enhance the performance of the players. World renowned sports psychologist, Dr. Dana Sinclair who has worked with several Olympic and professional sports teams will work with the team as a sport science consultant in the area of mental management. Dr. Greg Wells, an Exercise Physiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Canadian Sport Centre in Toronto, will manage each athlete's strength and conditioning program.

The following athletes have been selected to the 2005 Royal Canadian Golf Association National Amateur Team program:


Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Ont.; Veronique Drouin of Sts-Anges, Que.; Jillian Hardy of Winnipeg, Man.; Lindsay Knowlton of Toronto, Ont.; Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont.; Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver, B.C.; Jade Polonich of Calgary, Alta.; Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Alta.


James Allenby of Langley, B.C.; Marc Bourgeois of Dieppe, N.B.; Graham Delaet of Weyburn, Sask.; Craig Doell of Victoria, B.C.; Peter Laws of Mississauga, Ont.; James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C., Andrew Parr of London, Ont.; Marc-Andre Roy of Blainville, Que.; Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., and Ryan Yip of Calgary, Alta.

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


Erin Mathany
Junior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 232

Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009