Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

September 02, 2005 19:40 ET

SINGH, WEIR HEADLINE FIELD FOR 2005 BELL CANADIAN OPEN

96th edition of storied championship set to begin Monday with qualifying round Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VANCOUVER--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 2, 2005) - The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and Bell Canada announced today the complete field that will compete at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

Headlining the list are defending Bell Canadian Open champion Vijay Singh and Canadian and 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, who battled Singh through three playoff holes before bowing out at last year's championship.

Other notables include 2004 Masters runner-up Chris DiMarco, 2004 Players Championship winner Fred Funk, Stuart Appleby and 2001 Bell Canadian Open champion Scott Verplank, all of whom, along with Singh and Weir will be competing at the Presidents Cup in two weeks at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia.

Adding to the international flair of this year's field will be Justin Rose of England, Shigeki Maruyama of Japan, Rory Sabbatini of South Africa and Jesper Parnevik of Sweden, as well as Americans Mark Calcavecchia, Hank Kuehne, Rich Beem, Chris Riley, Mark O'Meara, Craig Stadler and Jason Gore.

Joining Weir will be 15 other Canadians including fellow PGA Tour players Stephen Ames of Calgary, Ian Leggatt of Cambridge, Ont., and Glen Hnatiuk of Selkirk, Man., as well at PGA Tour rookie David Hearn of Brantford, Ont. Nationwide Tour members Jon Mills of Brooklin, Ont., David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont. and Jim Rutledge of Victoria, B.C. will also be competing.

Other Canadians include Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C., who will join fellow B.C. golf legend Richard Zokol of Vancouver as sentimental favourites as the Canadian Open makes its first trip to Western Canada in 39 years.

Also competing will be amateur sensation James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. as well 2005 Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. and 2005 Canadian Amateur runner-up Jay Snyder, a member of the host Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

"We are extremely excited to welcome such phenomenal athletes, rising stars and past PGA champions to the 2005 Bell Canadian Open," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director. "This year's event will be a true international showcase featuring many of the top players competing on Tour today. We are thrilled they will be joining us in Vancouver as we celebrate the return of Canada's national open championship to the west coast."

"The 2005 Bell Canadian Open promises great entertainment for golf fans," said Stephen Wetmore, Group President, National Markets, Bell Canada. "Bell is privileged to be a part of building on this championship's distinguished heritage by bringing it back to the west coast - and to be able to share this great national championship with all Canadians."

The full field for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open is available on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca and on the PGA Tour website at www.pgatour.com.

On Monday, September 5, 33 competitors will vie for four (4) qualifying spots into first round which action begins Thursday. The qualifier will take place at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C.

The world's best professional golfers will be competing for $4.9 million U.S. at the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club. Limited tickets still remain for all tournament rounds with the RCGA expecting this year's event to once again sell out.

Tickets for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be ordered on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca or by phone at 1-800-571-OPEN.

About Bell Canada
Bell Canada, Canada's national leader in communications, provides connectivity to residential and business customers through wired and wireless voice and data communications, local and long distance phone services, high speed and wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, e-business solutions and satellite television services. Bell Canada is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For more information please visit www.bell.ca.

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:

Anthony Alfred
Director, Communications
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Media Centre: 778-328-9206
Cell: 416-819-0286
E-mail: aalfred@rcga.org

Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Media Centre: 778-328-9206
Cell: 416-434-5525
E-mail: dpino@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org