Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 23, 2005 20:54 ET

RENO RALLIES TO WIN CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR IN EDMONTON

-Italy's Marina Marselli breaks course record shooting 66 - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 23, 2005) - Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile., Michigan overtook first-day leader Marie-Josée Rouleau of St. Lambert, Que. to capture the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Reno was all business during the final round, chasing down the first place cheque of $5,833.00, carding an even-par closing round to finish at 69-72--141 (-3). Rouleau, who was the first day leader by one-stroke, lost the lead mid-way through the final round and finished tied for second place with Marina Marselli of Italy at 142.

The 25 year-old Reno pulled even on a Rouleau bogey during the first-hole and then notched an eagle on the fifth-hole to take a two-stroke lead. At one point Reno secured a three-shot lead, but admits that she may have become a little nervous.

"I got a little too excited when I was three-up and I had to keep telling myself to stay calm and be patient," said Reno. "It's a mental thing for me and coming into the last five-holes I started to think about what I did at the FUTURES Tour."

Just three weeks ago, Reno secured her first victory on the LPGA's developmental FUTURES TOUR in Maryland.

"I left a lot out on the course and the weather was rough, but it feels good to put another victory under my belt as I get ready for the Women's Tour Championship in Peterborough."

Marselli was the talk of the day breaking the women's competitive course record of 68 set by Rouleau yesterday. Marselli fired a six-under par round 66 under difficult playing conditions today finishing with a two-day total of 76-66-142 (-2).

"When I teed off this morning I was very aggressive," said Marselli. "I took all the risks I could and made all the right decisions. Thankfully I didn't make a lot of mistakes and my risks paid off."

Although scores improved during the second round, weather made play very difficult for competitors. Temperatures hovered around a cool 10 degrees with overcast skies and light rain scattered throughout the day.

Second year professional and three-time Canadian Women's Amateur Champion Lisa Meldrum of Montreal finished tied with Kelly Cavanaugh of Palos Verdes, CA. in fourth place at 144, while Kim Carrington of Calgary, Alta. was the low amateur shooting a two-day score 77-73-150 (+6) to tie for 11th place finish.

With 1425.00 points, Reno takes a stranglehold on the top position on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit Standings. With only the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship remaining, Rouleau sits in second place with 800 points 625 points back of Reno.

The winner of the Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit will receive $3,000 and take home the Jocelyne Bourassa Player of the Year Award.

In the Western Canadian Women's Team Championship held in conjunction with the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour, Alberta toppled British Columbia by 15 strokes. Led by Carrington, Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Jade Polonich of Edmonton and Lindsay McMillan of Calgary the Alberta squad shot a combined two-day overall score of 460 to take the team crown.

Sixteen amateur players from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were battling for the Western Canadian Women's Team Championship. Four players represent their province with the top three of four scores counting towards the team's overall total score.

The BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour now moves to Peterborough, Ont., September 11-14 for the Canadian Women's Tour Championship. Players will compete for a $50,000 purse, the Canadian Women's Tour Championship title as well as vie for top position on the Order of Merit Standings.

The following are the final round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour for Tuesday, August 23 at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta.

(Purse: $35,000 - 6,297 yards, par 72)
Name/Scores/OM Points/Prize Money
1 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--69-72--141 600.00 $5,833
T2 Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IY--76-66--142 425.00 $3,710
Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--68-74--142 425.00 $3,710
T4 Kelly Cavanaugh, Palos Verdes, CA--75-69--144 325.00 $2,582
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC--73-71--144 325.00 $2,582
6 Claire Dury, Palmerston North, NZ--70-75--145 275.00 $2,100
T7 Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB--74-74--148 237.50 $1,750
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--73-75--148 237.50 $1,750
T9 Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON--75-74--149 187.50 $1,284
Angie Green, London, ON--71-78--149 187.50 $1,284
T11 (a) Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--77-73--150 137.50
Lauren Schreel, Orlando, FL--77-73--150 137.50 $933
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--74-76--150 137.50 $933
Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC--73-77--150 137.50 $933
15 Ria Quiazon, San Francisco, CA--79-72--151 100.00 $700
16 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--75-77--152 90.00 $618
T17 Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB--76-77--153 70.00 $496
(a) Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park, AB--74-79--153 70.00
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--74-79--153 70.00 $496
T20 Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--78-76--154 16.67 $348
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--77-77--154 16.67 $348
Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB--74-80--154 16.67 $348
T23 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA--81-74--155 $263
(a) Sarah Stebeleski, Lorette, MB--80-75--155
Jeanette Kerr, Edmonton, AB--78-77--155 $263
Stefi Markovich, Welland, ON--77-78--155 $263
(a) Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--77-78--155
T28 (a) Melissa Newman Gillespie, Kamloops, BC--82-74--156
Bobbi Brandon, Saskatoon, SK--78-78--156 $228
Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB--77-79--156 $228
T31 Susan Lippitt, Calgary, AB--78-79--157 $216
(a) Jade Polonich, Edmonton, AB--78-79--157
T33 Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA--80-78--158 $207
Angie Ause, Red Wing, MN--78-80--158 $207
T35 Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--80-79--159 $196
Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--77-82--159 $196
37 Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--80-80--160
T38 (a) Christina Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB--82-79--161
(a) Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB--79-82--161
T40 (a) Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON--83-79--162
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--79-83--162
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--79-83--162
T43 Kari Hilton, London, ON--82-81--163
(a) Carla Rae Dobchuk, Saskatoon, SK--83-80--163
(a) Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--82-81--163
(a) Gisselle Willimus, Edmonton, AB--82-81--163
Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB--78-85--163
T48 (a) Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC--82-82--164
Lisa Vlooswyk, Calgary, AB--82-82--164
T50 (a) Shannon McGeady, Regina, SK--89-76--165
(a) Dominique Pytlewski, North Vancouver, BC--83-82--165
52 (a) Mary Beth McKenna, Fort McMurray, AB--87-79--166
53 (a) Katie Snell, Victoria, BC--82-85--167
54 (a) Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--87-81--168
55 (a) Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB--81-88--169
56 (a) Tamara Harasen, Regina, SK--86-84--170
57 (a) Carolyn Learmonth, Brandon, MB--94-87--181

(a) denotes amateur

The following are the final scores for the Western Canadian Women's Championship taking place in conjunction with the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. on Tuesday, August 23.

Alberta - 229-231 -- 460
Swenson, Jil - 74-79
Carrington, Kim - 77-73
Polonich, Jade - 78-79
McMillan, Lindsay - 79-82

British Columbia - 241-234 -- 475
Kim, Julie - 77-78
Kirk-Owen, Alison - 82-82
Newman-Gillespie, Melissa - 82-74
Pytlewski, Dominique - 83-82

Manitoba - 244-241--485
Stebeleski, Sarah - 80-75
Jones, Jamie Kathleen - 81-88
Daykin, Angela - 83-79
Learmonth, Carolyn - 94-87

Saskachewan - 256-237-- 493
Dobchuk, Carla Rae - 83-80
Harasen, Tamara - 86-84
Minchin, Amanda - 87-81
McGeady, Shannon - 89-76

(a) denotes amateur

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the Canadian Women's Tour is the only women's developmental tour in Canada. Open to professionals, top amateurs and elite junior golfers the Canadian Women's Tour offers top championship play and competitive purses.

More information about the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors, post-round results and championship start times will be available on the Canadian Women's Tour section of the Royal Canadian Golf Association at www.rcga.org.

About BMO's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women's Tour and the Canadian Women's Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

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.

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