Hamilton, Ont. – The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and Bell Canada have announced that the Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. will be the site of the 2006 Bell Canadian Open.

“We are excited about returning to the prestigious Hamilton Golf & Country Club in 2006,” said Stephen Ross, RCGA Executive Director. “The championship was a huge success in 2003 and we once again look forward to working with the club membership, the City of Hamilton, and Bell Canada in conducting Canada’s premier golf championship.”

The Hamilton Golf & Country Club is one of Canada’s most historic clubs and is also one of the 10-founding clubs of the RCGA. Over the years it has played host to many of Canada’s premier golf events including three Canadian Opens and six Canadian Amateur championships.

“Bell is committed to supporting the great events Canadians care about, such as the Bell Canadian Open. We are excited to be hosting and showcasing our national championship at a course that is widely admired by many of the top PGA Tour players around the world,” said Pierre Blouin, Group President, Consumer Markets, Bell Canada. “We look forward to bringing the Bell Canadian Open to other key markets for the benefit of golf fans across the country.``

The original 18 holes were designed in 1894 by noted English golf course architect Harry Colt and the course was located next to the Hamilton Jockey Club. A year later the club moved to the base of the escarpment in the western part of Hamilton, then moved again in 1916 to its current home.

“The City of Hamilton is pleased to, once again, be the host city for this prestigious national event. Our Council and staff are committed to doing everything we can, working in partnership with the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, the RCGA and their sponsors, to ensure that the golfers and spectators enjoy their experience in Hamilton,” said His Worship Larry Di Ianni, Mayor of the City of Hamilton.

Established in 1904, the Bell Canadian Open is the third oldest national championship in the world, behind the Brisish Open and the US Open. The Bell Canadian Open is currently scheduled to be hosted at the following clubs:
• 2005 - Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, Vancouver B.C.
• 2006 – Hamilton Golf and Country Club, Hamilton, Ont.
• 2007 – Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ont.
• 2008 – CCQ, Terrebonne, Que.

About Bell Canada
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About the RCGA
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 300,000 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, 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, nine 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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Victor Cui
RCGA, Director of Communications
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 227
Cell: 647-226-9700 email: vcui@rcga.org