Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 06, 2005 13:52 ET

RCGA NATIONAL AMATEUR TEAM TO COMPETE AT LADIES' BRITISH AMATEUR

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor OAKVILLE--(CCNMatthews - June 6, 2005) - Oakville, Ont. - Seven members of the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) National Women's Amateur Team will represent Canada at the Ladies' British Amateur Championship June 7 to 11 at Littlestone Golf Club in Kent, England.

Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont., will return looking to improve on her performance in last year's championship where she made it to the round of 16 in match play. Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Véronique Drouin of Sts. Anges, Que. and Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver will also return to the United Kingdom for their second appearance in the prestigious championship. Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Alta., Jade Polonich of Calgary and Jill Hardy of Winnipeg will all be competing in the event for the first time.

Last year's Canadian team fared well in the competition with five players qualifying for match play and Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Q.C. becoming the first non-British player to earn stroke-play medalist honours. Christine has since turned professional and plays on the Futures Tour.

Accompanying the team to England to assist with training and preparation will be Women's National Amateur Team Coach Dean Spriddle as well as team physiologist Dr. Greg Wells and team psychologist Dr. Dana Sinclair.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our national team to train and gain valuable international experience against a very strong field of European players," says Spriddle. "We've got most of our team competing next week and I think it will be an excellent opportunity for our players to challenge themselves against some of the finest amateur golfers in the world."

The seven Canadian members will also be vying for a coveted exemption into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open held July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Club in Halifax, N.S. The Canadian that advances the furthest in the match play portion will be awarded the exemption.

Play will begin Tuesday with the first two rounds of stroke play acting as a qualifier for the match play which begins Thursday. World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Streit is the only Canadian to ever win the Ladies' British Amateur Championship having claimed the title in 1953.

Post-round results for the 2005 Ladies' British Amateur can be found at www.rcga.org.

About The Royal Canadian Golf Association
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.

For More Information:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
(905) 849-9700 ext. 406
(416) 434-5525 (cell)
dpino@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • 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