Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 26, 2005 11:22 ET

TEAM CANADA SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS TITLE AT 2005 COPA DE LAS AMERICAS

- Canada's Richard Scott wins individual title - Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO --(CCNMatthews - June 26, 2005) - Canada held onto its lead in the combined team competition to successfully defend the overall title at the 2005 Copa de las Americas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Team Canada posted a combined four-day-total of 1156, two strokes ahead of second place Mexico in the overall team championship (men and women). Colombia finished in third with a four-day-total of 1163, seven shots off Canada's lead. Team U.S.A finished fifth after a second place showing in 2003. The overall team championship is decided on the basis of aggregate scoring of each country's four representatives over 72 holes.

The Men's team of James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. and Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. came out on top with a combined four-day team-total of 559, holding on for the win in the men's division two-strokes ahead of Mexico. Scott shot 68-69-72-68 for a four day total of 277 to take the individual men's competition. Lepp finished five shots off the lead in fourth position with a tournament-total 282.

In women's play, Laura Matthews of Essex, Ont. and Lindsay Knowlton of Toronto, Ont. finished second, six-shots back of Argentina. Matthews came a close second in the individual women's competition, finishing two shots back of Mexico's Violeta Retamoza with a 73-72-73-72 giving her a tournament-total 290. Knowlton shot 72-81-77-77 for a tournament-total 307, finishing in eighth position.

The second bi-annual Copa de las Americas was held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from June 22-25 at the El Tigre Golf and Country Club. Teams made up of representatives (two women and two men) from nations in North, Central and South America, along with the Caribbean competed over four rounds with team and individual titles up for grabs.

For more information, including a full field of competitors and post-round results please visit the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

Below are the final team scores:

Canada -281-292-295-288--1156
Mexico -290-291-292-285--1158
Colombia -287-301-288-287--1163
Argentina -302-291-282-297--1172
United States -300-308-302-304--1214
Peru -322-309-311-304--1246
Puerto Rico -316-321-307-305--1249
Trinidad y Tobago-318-330-320-307--1275

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
Erin Mathany
Junior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
Cell: 905-467-8738
emathany@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: emathany@rcga.org