Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 14, 2005 17:17 ET

SHARP CRUISES TO VICTORY AT CANADIAN WOMEN'S TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

- Cortney Reno captures Jocelyn Bourassa Player of the Year Award - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 14, 2005) - Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. made up for last year's heartbreaking loss firing, a final round 69 on her way to capturing the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship on Wednesday at Peterborough Golf and Country Club.

Sharp, who lost the Canadian Women's Tour Championship in a playoff last season, remained focused and finished with a three-day total of 72-68-69--209 good enough for a four-under par score and the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour Championship title.

Salimah Mussani of Burlington, Ont., who started the day tied for the lead with Sharp, couldn't keep pace and fell to second place carding a 74 and a one-over par for the championship.

"I admit I was a little worried after I bogeyed the first hole, but I calmed down and started making the shots I needed to make," said the 24 year-old Sharp. "I really just tried to stay patient out there and play my game."

"This is a confidence builder for me. I haven't won anything in a year and it's pretty special to win in Canada. I've been in this position before and couldn't pull it off so it's a big boost heading into Q-school."

Last season Sharp earned the 2004 Player of the Year award on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour by finishing first in the Order of Merit standings. This season she has concentrated mainly on the LPGA's developmental FUTURES Tour having played in 16 events.

Sharp who won't compete until early November at the LPGA Q-school, takes home an $8,333 winners share of the overall $50,000 purse available at the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship.

Liz Early finished the championship in third place with a three-day total of 218 while Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile, Michigan finished fourth at 219.

Reno secured the inaugural Jocelyn Bourassa Player of the Year Award by clinching the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit with a fourth place finish. The 25-year old finished with 1950 points securing a $3,000 bonus. Marie-Josée Rouleau of St-Lambert, QC finished in second place with 1,175 points earning $1,000.

The low amateur of the championship was Ashley Bickerton of Ottawa, Ont. who finished with a three-day total of 232. Eom Ji-Park of Vancouver, B.C. who did not play this week captured the overall low amateur honours for the season.

The low Club / Teaching Professional competing this week in Peterborough was Lorna Miedema of Calgary, Alta., who finished in 12th place. Linda Shephard, who captured the Canadian Women's Tour stop in Gatineau, Q.C., earned an additional $500 by winning the overall low Club/Teaching Professional for 2005 season

Several players have made a point to thank organizers of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour for a job well done this season. Throughout the Canadian Women's Tour Championship players have commented on the high calibre of events and many consider it one of the best developmental women's tours in North America.

"I always look forward to coming to these events," said Reno, who was a recent winner on the LPGA's developmental Futures Tour. "It's a nice change of pace and the organization of these events is some of the best I've ever seen. It really feels like a big time tournament and we are treated like stars. The volunteers and crowds are always very supportive."

2005 has been an excellent year for the Canadian Women's Tour. With a 25% increase in participation from last season it's clear that the Canadian Women's Tour is on the rise. Five events comprised the Canadian Women's Tour schedule in 2005 with stops in Victoria, B.C., Gatineau, QC, Burlington, Ont., Edmonton, Alta., and Peterborough, Ont.

Next season the Canadian Women's Tour will return with a full scheduled of events slated to be released in early January 2006.

The following are the final-round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Championship for Wednesday, September 14 at Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Peterborough, Ont. (Purse: $50,000 Par: 71 Yardage: 6177).

Rank/Player/Order of Merit/Money Earned
1 Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON--72-68-69--209 900.00 $8,333
2 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON--64-76-74--214 675.00 $5,833
3 Liz Earley, St. Catharines, ON--68-73-77--218 600.00 $4,767
4 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--73-70-76--219 525.00 $4,000
5 Cheryl Mitchell, Walpole Island, ON--75-75-72--222 450.00 $3,375
6 Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--75-76-72--223 412.50 $3,000
7 Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--75-71-78--224 375.00 $2,667
T8 Samantha White, Atlanta, GA--74-80-71--225 318.75 $2,167
Shayne Wild, Zimbabwe --75-72-78--225 318.75 $2,167
T10 Natalie Tucker, Jupiter, FL--72-80-74--226 251.25 $1,584
Angie Green, London, ON--75-74-77--226 251.25 $1,584
T12 Cuyler Hedley, Cobourg, ON--74-75-78--227 183.75 $1,096
Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--71-78-78--227 183.75 $1,096
Jessica Shepley, Oakville, ON--77-70-80--227 183.75 $1,096
Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON--75-73-79--227 183.75 $1,096
T16 Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--72-82-74--228 120.00 $661
Kathleen Robinson, Alexandria, VA--76-77-75--228 120.00 $661
Aileen Robertson, Kelowna, BC--77-75-76--228 120.00 $661
T19 Marianne Morris, Middletown, OH--77-80-73--230 41.25 $425
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--75-77-78--230 41.25 $425
Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC--76-75-79--230 41.25 $425
Nisha Sadekar, Stouffville, ON--76-74-80--230 41.25 $425
T23 Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, VT--78-77-76--231 $322
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON--80-75-76--231 $322
Melissa Keller, Temecula, CA--75-83-73--231 $322
Carrie Vaughan, Burlington, ON--79-72-80--231 $322
Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, ON--72-78-81--231 $322
T28 Heather Dobbin, Peterborough, ON--81-75-76--232 $283
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--80-77-75--232 $283
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--78-79-75--232
Perry Swenson, Charlotte, NC--75-77-80--232 $283
32 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON--81-75-77--233
T33 Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--77-80-78--235
Mary Ritchie, Hudson, QC--73-84-78--235
T35 Lanie Cahill, Brockville, ON--79-76-81--236
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--79-78-79--236
Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC--79-75-82--236
Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--76-82-78--236
(a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--82-77-77--236
40 Christina Monacelli, Palm Beach Gardens, FL--80-79-78--237
T41 Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--79-77-84--240
(a) Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--79-79-82--240
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--78-83-79--240
T44 Stefi Markovich, Port Colborne, ON--79-81-81--241
(a) Stephanie Simich, Clarkson, ON--74-88-79--241
T46 (a) Gabrielle Cyr, Blainville, QC--78-85-81--244
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--80-84-80--244
48 Stephanie Donkin, Edson, AB--81-78-86--245
49 Jelana Duncan, Scarborough, ON--85-80-81--246
50 Donna Basil, San Francisco, CA--86-84-78--248
T51 Jo Anne Grove, Kelowna, BC--80-86-84--250
Kari Hilton, London, ON--84-85-81--250
53 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL--84-83-93--260

(a) denotes amateur

The following are the final standings for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour Order of Merit (Top-ten).

Rank/Player/Points
1 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI 1,950.00
2 Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC 1,175.00
3 Kareen Qually, Olds, AB 1,091.00
4 Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON 900.00
5 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON 707.50
6 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB 695.00
7 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC 690.00
8 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON 675.00
9 Jan Dowling, Bradford, ON 612.50
10 Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC 603.75

The following is the final Money List for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour (Top-ten).

Rank/Player/ Total
1 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI $14,997
2 Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC $8,624
3 Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON $8,333
4 Kareen Qually, Olds, AB $7,609
5 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON $5,833
6 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON $4,876
7 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC $4,785
8 Liz Earley, Toronto, ON $4,767
9 Lisa Meldrum, Montreal, QC $4,629
10 Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IY $4,341

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 are 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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Michael Grobe
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 230
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  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
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