Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 05, 2005 20:02 ET

SQUAMISH SET TO HOST ROYALE CUP NATIONAL WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHI

- Mary Ann Lapointe returns to defend title - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2005) - Squamish, B.C. - Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club is set to host the countries finest female amateur golfers as the Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship gets underway next week from August 8-12 in Squamish, B.C.

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) the championship will be contested over four rounds of stroke play (72-holes) featuring 120 of the nation's top female amateur golfers.

Mary Ann Lapointe of Georgetown, Ont. looks to defend her victory from last season and claim her fifth Canadian amateur title. Last season, Lapointe not only became the oldest Canadian Women's Amateur champion, but is now one of four women to have won four or more Canadian Amateur titles.

Joining Lapointe will be all 10 provincial champions as well as all eight members from the RCGA National Women's Amateur team, including Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont., Lindsay Knowlton of Toronto, Veronique Drouin of Sainte-Agnès, Que., and 2004 runner-up Jil Swenson of Sherwood Park, Alta.

Matthews, who finished as the top Canadian at the 2005 US Women's Amateur, hopes to claim her first national championship title next week. To date, Matthews has finished second at the Canadian championship four times; another second place finish would tie her with Mary Gay for the most runner-up finishes without ever winning a Canadian championship.

Also a part of this year's field will be three former junior champions including Inah Park of Burnaby, B.C. (2004), Anita Gahir of Thornhill, Ont. (2003) and Eom Ji Park of Vancouver (2002).

The inaugural year of the Women's Amateur Championship in Canada was in 1901 and this year marks the ninety-third running of this event. Past winners include legendary golfers like Marlene Streit, Ada Mackenzie, Jocelyne Bourassa and Gayle Borthwick. Streit's name is all over the Amateur Championship record book having won the event 11 times as well as finishing runner up five times.

In addition to competing for the Duchess of Connaught Trophy, competitors will vie for the Royale Champions Trophy. This commemorative trophy honours each of the three women's Canadian amateur champions (junior, amateur and senior) crowned each season by the RCGA.

The Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. The field is open to 120 players. After 54 holes, the field is cut to the low 48 and ties. An Inter-provincial Team Championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, August 8. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 9 through Friday, August 12 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 72 holes will result in a sudden-death playoff.

A complete list of competitors, starting times and full post-round results for the 2005 Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

ABOUT ROYALE TISSUE AND GOLF
Irving Tissue, the makers of Royale, is proud to be the official title sponsor of all three of the Canadian Women's amateur competitions; Royale National Junior Girl's Championship, Royale Cup National Women's Amateur Championship and the Royale National Women's Senior Championship.

Irving Tissue is committed to the health and well being of Canadians and continues to support activities that promote active living as part of a balanced & healthy lifestyle. There are few sports whose growth has been as impressive, whose appeal is as universal and whose tie to active living is as strong as the game of golf.

The Irving Group, which is the parent company of Irving Tissue is not new to the golf industry having already established a foundation with golfing partners in Eastern Canada. In 2004, The Irving Group - Moncton played a large roll in the Heather Wilbur Scholarship Scramble Tournament in Moncton, N.B. This tournament was held as a tribute to Heather Wilbur, who lost her life due to cancer; the tournament featured Heather's peers from the United States based FUTURES Golf Tour.

ABOUT THE RCGA
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: 250-743-5100 ext 21
E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Michael Grobe, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 230
    Secondary Phone: 905-467-2944
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: mgrobe@rcga.org