Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 21, 2005 17:42 ET

SHEPHARD RALLIES TO WIN BMO FINANCIAL GROUP CANADIAN TOUR EVENT

- Seven receive exemptions into BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open – Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor GATINEAU, QUE.--(CCNMatthews - June 21, 2005) - With an exemption on the line for the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open, Linda Shephard from Brighton, Ont., catapulted into the lead to capture the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour event at Club de golf Rivermead in Gatineau, Que. on Tuesday.

Shephard, a 40 year-old club pro, took an early lead vaulting over amateur Catherine Fortin of Beauceville, Que., and held on despite bogeys on the final two-holes to capture the event. Shephard carded a one-under par 71 in her second round to finish with a two-day total of 74-71-145.

Five others tied for second two strokes back including, Cortney Reno of Grosse Ile., Mich., Jan Dowling of Bradford, Ont., Leila Chartrand of Victoria, B.C., Nisha Sadekar of Stouffville, Ont., and Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, Que.

Fortin, an amateur playing in her first Tour event faltered early and finished tied for 11th at 72-82-154.

Shephard, in an addition to her first place earnings of $4,167.00, claimed one of the seven exemptions into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open played July 11-17 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax N.S.

"This will be my fourth time playing at the Open and I've worked hard on my game to get to this point," said Shephard. "I can't really describe how I feel about getting back…it's just awesome!"

Overall the Royal Canadian Golf Association awarded seven BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour exemptions today into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Receiving exemptions based on the 2005 Order of Merit Standings are:

Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, Mich., USA
Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, Alta.
Jan Dowling, Bradford, Ont.
Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, B.C.
Eom-Ji Park, Vancouver, B.C. (amateur)
Kareen Qually, Olds, Alta.

"This was my goal from the start of the year, I wanted to qualify for the Open," said Dowling who is most known for her appearance on the Big Break III, television reality series. "I played Glen Arbour last year and I am pretty excited to be back to play with the best golfers in the world."

Leila Chartrand of Victoria, B.C. already earned an exemption by winning the BMO Financial Group Women's Tour event in May at Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, B.C. Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont., and Vicky Appleton of Peterborough, Ont. also qualified to play at the Open with previous exemptions from the 2004 Tour events.

Canadian players still have one more chance to earn their way into the Open, with four Monday qualifying spots up for grabs. The open qualifying round takes place Monday, July 11 at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax.

The BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour continues after the Open with the Canadian PGA Women's Championship in Burlington, Ontario, August 8-10, the Women's Tour stop in Edmonton, August 21-23 and the Women's Tour Championship in Peterborough, September 11-14.

The following are opening-round scores from the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour for Tuesday, June 21, 2005 in Gatineau, Que. (Purse: $25,000 - 6,087 yards, par 72)

Name/Scores/OM Points/Prize Money
1 Linda Shephard, Brighton, ON--74-71--145 600.00 $4,167
T2 Cortney Reno, Grosse Ile, MI--76-71--147 355.00 $2,098
Jan Dowling, Bradford, ON--76-71--147 355.00 $2,098
Nisha Sadekar, Stouffville, ON--74-73--147 355.00 $2,098
Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--75-72--147 355.00 $2,098
Marie-Josée Rouleau, St-Lambert, QC--74-73--147 355.00 $2,098
7 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB--76-72--148 250.00 $1,333
T8 Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--76-76--152 212.50 $1,167
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--75-77--152 212.50
10 (a) Véronique Drouin, Ste-Agnès, QC--81-72--153 175.00
T11 Claudia Beauchesne, Gatineau, QC--79-75--154 137.50 $861
Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--77-77--154 137.50 $861
(a) Catherine Fortin, Beauceville, QC--72-82--154 137.50
Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON--73-81--154 137.50 $861
T15 Susan Wright-Amendt, Breton, AB--82-73--155 80.00 $583
(a) Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--80-75--155 80.00
(a) Eom-Ji Park, Burnaby, BC--77-78--155 80.00
Theresa McDermott, Toronto, ON--77-78--155 80.00 $583
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--77-78--155 80.00 $583
T20 Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, IT--79-77--156 25.00 $413
Nicole Keller, Hillsboro, OR--78-78--156 25.00 $413
T22 Vicki Appleton, Peterbrough, ON--79-78--157 $283
Kari Hilton, London, ON--78-79--157 $283
Holly Reynolds, Morrisville, VT--79-78--157 $283
25 Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--76-82--158 $221
26 Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB--80-79--159 $200
27 Lisa Meldrum, Montréal, QC--76-84--160 $188
28 Anouk Guelidi, St. Cyr sur Mer, FR--81-80--161 $175
T29 Jelana Duncan, Scarborough, ON--83-79--162 $163
Stefi Markovich, Welland, ON--77-85--162 $163
31 Suzanne Walker, Dartmouth, NS--82-81--163 $154
T32 (a) Patti Hogeboom, Kingston, ON--84-81--165
Jennifer Layman, Pembroke, ON--82-83--165 $150
T34 Sylvie Schetagne, Delson, QC--86-80--166 $146
(a) Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC--84-82--166
(a) July Fraser, La Tuque, QC--81-85--166
T37 (a) Louise Hotte, Buckingham, QC--85-83--168
(a) Krista Bulow, Notre-Dame de l'île Perrot, QC--83-85--168
T39 Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC--89-81--170 $142
(a) Christine Arsenault, Rimouski, QC--86-84--170
(a) Lindsey Edmunds, London, ON--83-87--170
42 (a) Susan Pearl, Ottawa, ON--86-85--171
43 Jennifer Wiegand, Fairdale, IL--83-90--173 $138
44 Stephanie Ceravolo, Beaconsfield, QC--91-83--174
45 Rebecca Mulville, Smith Falls, ON--90-85--175
46 Julie Cashaback, Ottawa, ON--96-87-183
WD- Anne Rogerson, Dorval, QC

(a) denotes amateur

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association, the 2005 Canadian Women's Tour features five championships with the first two (Victoria and Gatineau) serving as qualifiers for the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open.

More information about the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour including a full listing of competitors and post-round results is 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
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