Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

May 16, 2005 19:25 ET

SINGHS PRAISES SHAUGHNESSY AS HOST OF 2005 BELL CANADIAN OPEN

1600 volunteers confirmed for Canada's national open championship Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2005) - With the 2005 Bell Canadian Open less than four months away, the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is hoping that 2004 Bell Canadian Open champion Vijay Singh's first impression of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club will have a lasting influence on PGA Tour players considering the trip to Vancouver this fall.

Singh was in Vancouver Monday taking part in a function at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and came away impressed with the traditional layout of the course and feels his fellow PGA Tour players will be in for a treat should they make their way west this September 5-11.

"It has that traditional old-style feel and as players, those are the kind of courses we really enjoy playing," said Singh. "With the way the course is laid out you really have to be a shot-maker to get your way around and I think any players who decide to compete this year will really enjoy the golf course."

Joining Singh at the corporate outing were three of his fellow PGA Tour players - 2005 Masters runner-up Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk, winner of the 2005 Players Championship as well as 2003 Masters champion and Canada's own Mike Weir who echoed Singh's sentiments about the Shaughnessy layout that last hosted the Canadian Open in 1966.

"It really is a great golf course and I think that's the consensus feedback you'll get from the players during tournament week," said Weir. "Today was a good opportunity to get a feel for the layout and I think by the time September rolls around, the golf course will really be up for the challenge."

The RCGA is also excited with the response thus far from the Vancouver community to volunteer recruitment as well as corporate hospitality for the event and the advanced public ticket campaign. To date, all of the 1,600 volunteer positions for Canada's national open championship have been filled which has RCGA officials excited about the long-awaited return of Canada's national open championship to the west coast.

"This is a particularly exciting year to be involved as a volunteer with the Bell Canadian Open," said Bill Paul, Tournament Director, Bell Canadian Open. "We're taking the Canadian Open back to western Canada for the first time in almost 40 years and you can feel the energy starting to build as everyone prepares for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic week."

With only a few thousand tickets remaining for each of the championship rounds, the RCGA is expecting this year's Bell Canadian Open to once again sell out. The daily capacity is 22,000 spectators - the maximum number of spectators Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club can accommodate to ensure a quality experience for players and fans.

Daily tickets continue to sell quickly with the majority of corporate packages having already sold out. Limited quantities of corporate product are still available including Marquee Tables, Champions Tables and Skyboxes with more information available on the Bell Canadian Open website at www.bellcanadianopen.ca.

Advanced ticket prices for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open are as follows:

DAILY
Monday, September 5 Monday Pro-Am $20
Tuesday, September 6 Practice Rounds $20
Wednesday, September 7 Championship Pro-Am $30
Thursday, September 8 First Round $55
Friday, September 9 Second Round $55
Saturday, September 10 Third Round $60
Sunday, September 11 Final Round $60

WEEKLY
Weekly Grounds Badge (All seven tournament days) $145

(Advanced ticket prices in effect until August 15, 2005)

For all rounds, juniors 15 years of age and under are admitted to the grounds free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be ordered on-line at www.bellcanadianopen.ca or by phone at 1-800-571-OPEN.

The RCGA also announced today the dates for its regional Bell Canadian Open Qualifiers. Hazelmere Golf and Tennis Club in Surrey, B.C. will host the first qualifier on June 20th. The Ontario qualifier will be held July 25th at Legends on the Niagara (Ushers course) in Niagara Falls, Ont. while Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Que. will host the final regional qualifier on August 8th. The final qualifying round will take place Monday, September 5th at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C. More information about Qualifiers for the 2005 Bell Canadian Open can be found on the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

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:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: (905) 849-9700 x 406
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