Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

April 01, 2005 20:58 ET

RICHARD LEE SHOOTS OPENING-ROUND 69 TO LEAD THE FUTURE LINKS PACIFIC

Sue Kim shoots even par to take three-stroke lead in Junior Girls Division Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor RICHMOND--(CCNMatthews - April 1, 2005) - Vancouver native Richard Lee shot a three-under-par 69 to take the opening-round lead under wet conditions at the 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship at Richmond Country Club.

"My short game went well today, especially my putting," said the 14-year old Lee, who is competing for his first time as a junior after winning the 2004 Future Links Pacific Bantam Boys title. "I had a lot of birdies and bogeys and the first nine was the turning point of my game."

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford B.C. sits two stokes back in second at 71, while Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. shot even-par 72 to sit alone in third place. Tied for fifth at 74 are Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon of St-Jerome, Que., Brandon Markiw of Edmonton, Jeff Langin of Cranbrook, B.C., and local favorite Richard Conlin of Richmond, B.C. 2004 Canadian Amateur Champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. is tied for 17th at 77 while 2004 Canadian Junior Champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. is tied for 29th at 79.

In the Junior Girls division, 14-year old Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. shot a scorching even-par 72 to take a three-stroke lead into Saturday's second round. Caroline Kim of Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Susan Nam of Edmonton sit tied for second at 75, just one shot ahead of three-time Bantam Girls champion Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. and Kristina Gargaro of Port Moody, B.C. Defending Junior Girls champion Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C. sits at 80, eight shots off the lead.

In the Bantam Boys division, 13-year old local favorite Fu (Tom) Xue of Richmond, B.C. sits two shots ahead of Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., while Brock Staller of Surrey sits alone in third at 81.

In the Bantam Girls division Christine Wong, another local Richmond, B.C. product opened up a commanding first-round lead shooting 76 to head into second-round action 17 shots ahead of Calgary native Nicole Zhang.

Richmond Country Club is hosting the BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship for the first time. After a wet practice round on Thursday, the course is proving to be a solid test for many of Canada's top junior golfers as rolling greens force competitors to play with extreme accuracy and precision.

The following are opening-round scores for Friday, April 1, 2005.

Junior Boys -Par: 72 Yards: 6654
1-Richard Lee-Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-69
2-Nick Taylor-Abbotsford, BC-Ledgeview Golf & Country Club-71
3-Roger Sloan-Merritt, BC-Merritt Golf Club-72
4-Kevin Spooner-West Vancouver, BC-Capilano Golf and Country Club-73
T5-Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon-St-Jérome, QC-Val-des-lacs (Club de golf)-74
-Brandon Markiw-Edmonton, AB-Mayfair Golf and Country Club-74
-Richard Conlin-Richmond, BC-Richmond Country Club-74
-Jeff Langin-Cranbrook, BC-Cranbrook GC-74
T9-Eugene Wong-North Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive GC-75
-Brady Johnson-Mill Bay, BC-Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club-75
-Andrew Robb-Richmond, BC-Richmond Country Club-75
-Steven (Je) Her-Edmonton, AB-River Ridge Golf Club-75
-Richard Choi-Abbotsford, BC-Ledgeview Golf and Country Club-75
T14-Brad Larente-Cambridge, ON-Galt Country Club-76
-Alex Wickett-Parksville, BC-Morning Star International-76
-Adam Cornelson-Langley, BC-Vancouver Golf Club-76
T17-Mitch Ellis-Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-77
-Thomas Hay-Langley, BC-Newlands G & CC-77
-Adam Hadwin-Abbotsford, BC-Ledgeview Golf & Country Club-77
-Riley Wheeldon-Comox Valley, BC-Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community-77
-Darren Wallace-Langley, BC-The Redwoods Golf Course-77
-Brian Lee-Oakville, ON-Rattle Snake Point Golf Club-77
T23-Christopher Ross-Dundas, ON-Hamilton Golf & Country Club-78
-Jonnie Motomochi-White Rock, BC-Mayfair Lakes G & CC-78
-Nick McNally-Dawes-Victoria, BC-Royal Colwood Golf and Country Club-78
-Eric Smith-North Soanich, BC-Gorge Vale-78
-Matt Hoffman-Thornhill, ON-Thornhill Country Club-78
-Jordan Orth-Cranbrook, BC-Cranbrook Golf & Country Club-78
T29-Rafael Lee-Burnaby, BC-Richmond Golf & Country Club-79
-Dong Su-Richmond, BC-Mayfair Lakes Golf Course-79
-Corey Steger-North Vancouver, BC-Seymour G & CC-79
-Thomas Petts-North Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-79
-Dale Stypula-Cranbrook, BC-Cranbrook Golf & Country Club-79
-Erik Swinburnson-Victoria, BC-Oak Bay Club-79
-Dave Lauzon-St-Hippolyte, QC-Val-des-lacs (Club de golf)-79
-Nicholas McKnight-North Vancouver, BC-Vancouver Golf Club-79
-Taylor Willms-Victoria, BC-Gorge Vale Golf Club-79
-Cody Pewarchuk-Victoria, BC-Royal Colwood Golf & Country Club-79
T39-Michaël Bélanger-Sorel-Tracy, QC-Sorel-Tracy Les Dunes'-80
-Tai Reynolds-Victoria, BC-Gorge Vale Golf Club-80
-Dustin Yeager-Chemainus, BC-Arbutus Ridge Golf and Country Club-80
T42-Justin Kim-Hamilton, ON-Chedoke GC-81
-Robin Buntain-Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-81
T44-Dustin Zhang-Calgary, AB-Silver Springs G & CC-82
-Mitchell Fox-Okotoks, AB-Highwood Golf & Country Club-82
-Terry Ishizaki-Victoria, BC-Gorge Vale Golf Club-82
-Jack Wesche-Calgary, AB-Country Hills Country Club-82
-Brett Webster-Abbotsford, BC-Ledgeview Golf Club-82
T49-Parker Lilly-Victoria, BC-Uplands Golf Club-83
-Will Porter-Coaldale, AB-Cranbrook Golf and Country Club-83
T51-Jean-Hubert Trahan-Lachenaie, QC-Blainvillier (Club de golf Le)-84
-Cameron Pappel-Nanaimo, BC-Nanaimo Golf Club-84
-Jack Martyn-Calgary, AB-Pridd Greens-84
54-Tyson Sauser-Kamloops, BC-Rivershore Golf Links-85
T55-Adam Gruber-Kamloops, BC-The Dunes at Kamloops-86
-Michael Crisanti-Calgary, AB-Bearspaw Country Club-86
57-Conor Zokol-South Surrey, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-88

Bantam Boys - Par: 72 Yards: 5781
1-Fu (Tom) Xue-Richmond, BC-Mayfair Lakes Golf Course-75
2-Adam Svensson-Surrey, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-77
3-Brock Staller-Surrey, BC-Beach Grove/Delta GC-81
4-Bryan Lichimo-North Vancouver, BC-The Redwoods Golf Course-82
5-Dylan Nixon-Victoria, BC-Olympic View Golf Club-86
6-Alex Sykora-Garibaldi Highlands, BC-Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club-94

Junior Girls - Par: 72 Yards: 5781
1-Sue Kim-Langley, BC-The Redwoods Golf Course-72
T2-Caroline Kim-Port Coquitlam, BC-Meadow Gardens Golf Club-75
-Susan Nam-Edmonton, AB-River Ridge Golf Club-75
T4-Kristina Gargaro-Port Moody, BC-Meadow Gardens Golf Club-76
-Jessica Wallace-Langley, BC-The Redwoods Golf Course-76
T6-Melissa Mabanta-Langley, BC-Seymour Golf Club-79
-Dominique Pytlewski-West Vancouver, BC-Marine Drive Golf Club-79
-Lindsay Caljouw-Nanaimo, BC-Nanaimo G & CC-79
T9-Julie Kim-Poco, BC-Swan-E-Set Bay Resort & Country Club-80
-Anita Gahir-Thornhill, ON-Ladies Golf Course of Toronto-80
-Kirby Dreher-Fort St. John, BC-Lakepoint Golf & Country Club-80
12-Ahnna Kim-South Surrey, BC-Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club-83
13-Laurenne Picard-White Rock, BC-Peace Portal Golf Course-86
T14-Alyssa Human-Kamloops, BC-Kamloops Golf & Country Club-87
-Ashley Nantes-Calgary, AB-Willow Park Golf Club-87
16-Kaitlin Troop-Brandon, MB-Clear Lake Golf Course-91
17-Pamela Burneski-Surrey, BC-The Redwoods Golf Course-92
18-Laeni Bendzik-Calgary, AB-Bearspaw Country Club-93

Bantam Girls - Par: 72 Yards: 5080
1-Christine Wong-Richmond, BC-Quilchena Golf & Country Club-76
2-Nicole Zhang-Calgary, AB-Silver Springs G & CC-93

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org and on the RCGA website at www.rcga.org.

The first of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Pacific Championship features 83 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, will compete in four categories: Junior Boys (14-18 years), Junior Girls (14-18 years), Bantam Boys (11-13 years) and Bantam Girls (11-13 years).

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links Junior Championships have established a reputation as the premier junior golf circuit in Canada. With more than 500 participants in six regional championships, Future Links continues to raise the bar for junior golf nationwide.

About BMO Financial Group Future Links
BMO Financial Group Future Links is a national junior golf program spearheaded by the Royal Canadian Golf Association, the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association and Canada's provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada's youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since its inception in 1996, more than 320,000 kids have taken part in Future Links programs. The program receives the generous support of its title sponsor BMO Financial Group, and official suppliers, Ford and ClubLink. For more information about BMO Financial Group Future Links, please visit www.future-links.org.

About BMO Financial Group's Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of Future Links, BMO Financial Group is the title sponsor of the only Canadian stop of the LPGA tour, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. It is also the title sponsor of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour, providing top Canadian women golfers with the opportunity to compete in high calibre tournaments and to qualify for the Canadian Women's Open. For more information, please visit www.bmogolf.com.

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.

About the CPGA
The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association was formed in 1911 and represents approximately 3,000 golf professionals actively pursuing the business of golf. The primary aim of the Association is to provide golf professionals with the educational tools necessary to direct and manage highly successful golf operations. Within its ranks are Master Professionals, Executive Professionals, Head Professionals, Associate Professionals, Teaching Professionals and Tournament Professionals. For more information please visit www.cpga.com.

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