Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

March 29, 2005 12:25 ET

RICHMOND COUNTRY CLUB SET TO HOST FUTURE LINKS PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIP

- Darren Wallace, Rafael Lee and Lindsay Caljouw headline field of champions - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor RICHMOND--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2005) - Many of Canada's top junior golfers will be gathering in Richmond, B.C. from March 31-April 3 as BMO Financial Group Future Links kicks off its sixth championship season with the Future Links Pacific Championship at Richmond Country Club.

The first of six regional BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships, the 2005 Pacific Championship features 84 of the country's best junior male and female golfers in a three-day, 54-hole stroke play competition.

Young golfers from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec 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).

"As the BMO Financial Group Future Links Championships continue to grow, we've seen a tremendous jump in terms of talent and strength of our fields," said Nathan Brooks, RCGA Tournament Director. "The calibre of play at these events is very impressive and judging by the unbelievable field we're expecting at Richmond, I'd say we're in for another fantastic showcase of talent."

Now in its sixth year, the BMO Financial Group Future Links 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.

Starting times, post-round results and a full field list are available through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org or on the Future Links website at www.future-links.org.

Tournament Fast Facts:

-- Richmond Country Club will host a stellar field featuring three of Canada's most successful golfers from 2004. Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. made Canadian golf history by winning the Canadian Amateur Championship at 15-years old to become the youngest champion ever to hoist the Earl Grey Cup. Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. took home both the Canadian Junior and Juvenile titles as a 16-year old while Lindsay Caljouw of Nanaimo, B.C. won the 2004 Junior Girls Order of Merit.

-- This year's event will also feature all four Future Links Pacific champions from 2004 including Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. (Junior Boys), Kirby Dreher of Fort St. John, B.C. (Junior Girls), Richard Lee of Vancouver (Bantam Boys) and Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. (Bantam Girls). Lee and Wallace have moved up the ranks and will now both compete in the junior division.

-- Besides Adam Hadwin, Kirby Dreher, Richard Lee and Jessica Wallace (three-time Future Links Bantam Girls champion), the 2005 Pacific Championship will also see a number of past Future Links champions compete including Darren Wallace (2004 Future Links Prairie champion), Rafael Lee (2004 Future Links Western champion), Hugo Chamberland-Lauzon of St-Jerome, Que. (2004 Future Links Quebec champion), Susan Nam of Edmonton, Alta. (2004 Future Links Western Junior Girls champion), Dustin Zhang of Calgary, Alta. (three-time Future Links Bantam Boys champion), Pamela Burneski of Surrey, B.C. (2004 Future Links Prairie Bantam Girls champion), and Nicole Zhang of Calgary, Alta. (two-time Future Links Western Bantam Girls champion).

-- The junior boys will also aspire to collect points towards the BMO Financial Group Junior Order of Merit, Canada's national ranking system for boys. Rafael Lee won the 2004 Junior Order of Merit.

-- Among the favourites in the Junior Girls division are Kirby Dreher, Susan Nam and Lindsay Caljouw who finished first and tied for second respectively at the 2004 Future Links Pacific Championship. In all, four of the top six finishers from the 2004 Pacific Championship will battle for the Junior Girls title. Also looking to make a charge are 2003 Canadian Junior Girls Champion Anita Gahir of Thornhill, Ont. and three-time Future Links Bantam Girls Champion Jessica Wallace, who will now compete as a junior.

-- The top three finishers in the Junior Girls division from the Future Links Pacific Championship gain an exemption into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour.

-- With three bantam titles already under their respective belts, Dustin Zhang and Jessica Wallace need only one more victory to tie Vancouver native Eom-Ji Park's career record of four Future Links titles. Both are now competing in the junior division.

-- The 2005 BMO Financial Group Future Links Pacific Championship features two brother/sister duos - Dustin and Nicole Zhang of Calgary and Darren and Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. The Zhang's have combined for five career Future Links titles while the Wallace duo has tallied four combined titles.

-- Now in its sixth season, BMO Financial Group Future Links has helped develop a number of young Canadian talents, including B.C. sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, Eom-Ji Park, a four-time Future Links Junior Girls champion who has competed in both the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour and at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open and 2003 Canadian Amateur Champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont.

-- 2005 marks the first time Richmond Country Club has hosted the Future Links Pacific Championship. More information on the host course can be found on the Internet at www.richmond-cc.ca.

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, total participation in Future Links programs has eclipsed 320,000 kids. 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 over 1,600 member clubs and 385,000 individual members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating , 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, ten 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Erin Mathany
RCGA Junior Communications Coordinator
Phone: 905.849.9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
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
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-8738
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org