Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 22, 2005 20:30 ET

ROULEAU HOLDS SLIM LEAD AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR IN EDMONTON

-Alberta has commanding lead at Western Canadian Team Championship- Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor EDMONTON, ALTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2005) - Marie Josée Rouleau of St-Lambert, Que. fired an opening round four-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at RedTail Landing Golf Club on Monday in Edmonton.

Rouleau remained consistent all day hitting 15 greens in regulation and carding five brides to earn a slim one-stroke lead over Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Michigan. Reno finished the day in second at three-under-par with a 69.

The 34 year-old Rouleau is having a solid season after recovering from an off-season injury which caused her to take the entire winter off. Last month Rouleau made the cut at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open in Halifax and she also earned a second-place finish at the Canadian Women's Tour in Gatineau, Que.

"It was a good sound day today; I had a really consistent day," said Rouleau. "The wind was a bit of a problem and I had to adjust my targets, but I was patient with my game which helped.

"I had a long seven month break after hurting myself in October, but I'm proud and excited with the way the season has gone so far. The support I've received from sponsors and friends this year has been encouraging. I'm very fortunate and lucky."

Rouleau's mark of 68 sets a new women's competitive course record at the RedTail Landing Club which opened in summer of 2003.

Reno, who collected a victory on the LPGA developmental FUTURES Tour just two weeks ago, is excited to play with Rouleau heading into the final-day.

"Marie-Josée is an awesome player and I'm looking forward to it," said Reno "I'm ready and I've got nothing to lose. So I'll be playing aggressive and patient most of the day."

Claire Dury of Palmerston North, New Zealand sits in third place, two-back of Rouleau with a 70 while Angie Green of London, Ont. is fourth at 71. Three others are tied for fifth at 73.

Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Alta., holds the lead for the low amateur posting a two-over par 74. Swenson is a member of the RCGA National Women's Amateur team and lives in the greater Edmonton area.

In the Western Canadian Women's Team Championship held in conjunction with the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's tour, Alberta opened up with a 12-stroke lead over British Columbia. Alberta is first at 229 while British Columbia is second at 241

Sixteen amateur players from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are 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.

Action at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at RedTail Landing Golf Club will conclude tomorrow with the leaders set to tee off at 10:30am (MST).

The following are the opening-round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour for Monday, August 22 at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta.

(Purse: $35,000 - 6,297 yards, par 72)
1 Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--68
2 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--69
3 Claire Dury, Palmerston North, NZ--70
4 Angie Green, London, ON--71
T5 Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC--73
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--73
Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC--73
T8 Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB--74
Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB-74
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--74
(a) Jil Swenson, Sherwood Park, AB--74
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--74
T13 Kelly Cavanaugh, Palos Verdes, CA--75
Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON--75
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--75
T16 Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB--76
Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IY--76
T18 Lauren Schreel, Orlando, FL--77
Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB--77
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--77
(a) Kim Carrington, Calgary, AB--77
Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--77
Stefi Markovich, Welland, ON--77
(a) Julie Kim, Port Coquitlam, BC--77
T25 Bobbi Brandon, Saskatoon, SK--78
Jeanette Kerr, Edmonton, AB--78
Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB--78
Angie Ause, Red Wing, MN--78
(a) Jade Polonich, Edmonton, AB--78
Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--78
Susan Lippitt, Calgary, AB--78
T32 Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--79
Ria Quiazon, San Francisco, CA--79
(a) Lindsay McMillan, Calgary, AB--79
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--79
T36 Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA--80
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--80
(a) Sarah Stebeleski, Lorette, MB--80
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--80
T40 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA--81
(a) Jamie Kathleen Jones, Winnipeg, MB--81
T42 (a) Gisselle Willimus, Edmonton, AB--82
(a) Katie Snell, Victoria, BC--82
(a) Christina Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB--82
Lisa Vlooswyk, Calgary, AB--82
(a) Jessica Wallace, Langley, BC--82
(a) Melissa Newman Gillespie, Kamloops, BC--82
(a) Alison Kirk-Owen, West Vancouver, BC--82
Kari Hilton, London, ON--82
T50 (a) Dominique Pytlewski, North Vancouver, BC--83
(a) Carla Rae Dobchuk, Saskatoon, SK--83
(a) Angela Daykin, Thunder Bay, ON--83
53 (a) Tamara Harasen, Regina, SK--86
T54 (a) Mary Beth McKenna, Fort McMurray, AB--87
(a) Amanda Minchin, Estevan, SK--87
56 (a) Shannon McGeady, Regina, SK--89
57 (a) Carolyn Learmonth, Brandon, MB--94

(a) denotes amateur

The following are the opening-round scores from Western Canadian Women's Championship taking place in conjunction with the Canadian Women's Tour event at RedTail Landing Golf Club in Edmonton, Alta. on Monday, August 22.

Alberta - 229
(a)Swenson, Jil - 74
(a)Carrington, Kim - 77
(a)Polonich, Jade - 78
(a)McMillan, Lindsay - 79

British Columbia - 241
(a)Kim, Julie - 77
(a)Kirk-Owen, Alison - 82
(a)Gillespie, Melissa Newman - 82
(a)Pytlewski, Dominique - 83

Manitoba - 244
(a)Stebeleski, Sarah - 80
(a)Jones, Jamie Kathleen - 81
(a)Daykin, Angela - 83
(a)Learmonth, Carolyn - 94

Saskachewan - 256
(a)Dobchuk, Carla Rae - 83
(a)Harasen, Tamara - 86
(a)Minchin, Amanda - 87
(a)McGeady, Shannon - 89

(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.

Edmonton is the final stop on the Canadian Women's Tour before competitors compete for a $50,000 purse at BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship held in Peterborough, Ont. September 11-14.

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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For more information:
Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Cell: (905) 467-2944
Onsite: 780-890-7404
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org

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  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
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    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org