Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

May 12, 2005 13:39 ET

RCGA NAMES CANADIAN TEAM TO COMPETE AT FOUR NATION TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - May 12, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) announced today the six golfers who will represent Canada at the upcoming Four Nations Team Championship, May 18-20 at Nikko Country Club in Japan.

This year's contingent - all members of the RCGA Player and Program Development program - include Michael Mezei of Lethbridge, Alta., Craig Doell of Victoria, Graham Delaet of Weyburn, Sask., James Allenby of Langley, B.C., Barrett Jarosch of Edmonton, and Keven Fortin-Simard of Roberval, Que.

Canada took home the championship in 2001 on home soil at Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto and heads into this year's event after finishing third behind Australia and New Zealand at the 2003 championship in New Zealand. The three-day, round-robin match play event uses a Ryder Cup style format with daily matches against each country and consists of foursomes playing alternate shot matches in the mornings and singles matches in the afternoons.

This year's team brings a mix of youth and experience with several players having previously represented Canada at international competitions. The team is lead by veterans Doell (33) and Mezei (23) who were both members of the 2003 Canadian Four Nations Cup Team. Doell was also a member of the 2004 Canadian World Amateur Team, the 2001 Tailhade Cup Team and is a three-time winner of the Canadian Club Champions Championship. Mezei represented Canada at the 2004 Mexican Amateur Championship and the 2004 Tailhade Cup and is also a former Canadian Junior Champion (2000) and runner-up at the 2002 Canadian Amateur Championship.

Delaet (23) recently represented Canada at the 2005 Australian Amateur, the 2004 Tailhade Cup and was the medalist at the 2004 Canadian Amateur Championship. Allenby (20) was a semi-finalist at the 2004 Canadian Amateur Championship and recently competed in the United States Golf Association (USGA) Men's Amateur (2004). Jarosch (21) has had a strong showing in NCAA golf championships with three Division I wins. Fortin-Simard (19) finished runner-up at the 2004 Canadian Junior Championship, won the 2004 Quebec Junior and represented Canada at the 2004 World Junior Golf Team Championship in Japan.

Team members were selected by the RCGA based on a number of criteria including championship results last year, college competition and previous international experience. Henry Brunton, RCGA Men's National Coach, will accompany the team as the non-playing captain.

"We are very fortunate to have such a talented pool of golfers in Canada," said Doug Roxburgh, RCGA Director of High Performance Programs. "We went with a tremendous mix of youth and experience on this year's team which should bode well for us not only this year in Japan, but in future international competitions as well. This is a great event with fierce competition from these strong golfing countries."

Now in its tenth year, the Four Nations Team Championship is a biennial team competition between Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Daily results will be available at www.rcga.org.

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 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 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:
Erin Mathany
RCGA Junior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
E-mail: emathany@rcga.org

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Contact Information

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