News From The CPGA: Summer 2005

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Tournament to Feature Big Break III Contestant

Burlington Golf and Country Club will set the stage for the 18th annual Canadian PGA Women’s Championship August 9 – 10. This year’s field will feature the top Canadians on the professional golf tours, female CPGA club professionals from across the country and a select group of elite amateur players. The tournament has been the host of many LPGA Tour regulars such as five-time CPGA champion Lorie Kane, Nancy Harvey, Gail Graham, A.J. Eathorne and Liz Earley.

The Golf Channel’ Big Break III contestant Jan Dowling of Bradford, ON is also a regular in the National Championship. “I always enjoy competing in this tournament,” stated Dowling, a viewer fan favourite on the hit TV reality show this past winter.  “Knowing that there’s an exemption for next year’s LPGA event makes the competition so much more intense.  It should be another great year.” The Championship is one of five events on the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Tour, conducted by the RCGA. The winner of this year’s tournament will receive an exemption to the 2006 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open.  Last year’s champion Alena Sharp will compete next month in Nova Scotia in Canada’s only LPGA event.

Ricky Barnes to Make Canadian Debut at CPGA Championship
The Canadian PGA has announced that 24-year-old Ricky Barnes  will receive a sponsor’s exemption and make his Canadian debut at the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship presented by MasterCard, July 18-24 at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, ON. Barnes was the Ben Hogan award winner in 2003 & the US Collegiate Player of the Year. Since Barnes has established himself as one of the top young talents to emerge in golf. In 2003, Barnes made the cut at the Masters finishing as the low amateur in 21st place. The 2005 Championship is a part of a 31-tournament schedule on the Nationwide Tour.  

The historic tournament is offering a $450,000 USD purse where the winner will take home $81,000. Kitchener’s Grand River Hospital Foundation will be the official charity of the event again for 2005. Canadian content already confirmed for this year’s championship includes Nationwide Tour members Jon Mills, of Brooklin, ON, David Morland IV of Aurora, ON, Jim Ruteledge of Victoria, BC and Carl Desjardins of Ste-Catherine, QC.  Other Canadian’s in the field include l2004 Canadian PGA Assistants’ Champion Phil Jonas of Vancouver, BC.

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