Strong Canadian and International field to compete at 100th Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship

07/22/2013

- Champion to earn exemption into the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open and the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur-

Beloeil, Que. (Golf Canada) - The top Canadian and international female amateur golfers will compete July 22-26 in the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Club de golf Beloeil in Beloeil, Que. 

Conducted by Golf Canada, the Championship is a 72-hole event and will feature 148 of the top Canadian and international female amateurs contending for the Duchess of Connaught Trophy In the 100th playing of the Championship.

“We are very excited about the 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship as it features an extremely talented field with many international top ranked amateurs,” said Golf Canada Tournament Director Madeline Small. “Beloeil will be a great host for the 100th anniversary of the event.”   

Team Canada’s Women’s National Squad will be out in full force at Club de golf Beloeil as all five members will vie for the title, including Brooke Henderson, 15, of Smiths Falls, Ont., Augusta James, 20, of Bath, Ont., Brittany Marchand, 21, of Mono, Ont., Jisoo Keel, 17, of Coquitlam, B.C., and Christine Wong, 21 of Richmond, B.C.

Henderson, Canada’s top female amateur, enters the event as the 15th ranked amateur player in the world and will look to improve on her fifth-place finish at the 2012 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at the Lethbridge Country Club in Lethbridge, Alta. Already in 2013, she has captured the South American Amateur Championship and CN Future Links Pacific Championship. In addition, she finished in second and third place at the CN Women’s Tour B.C. and Quebec events earning herself her second straight Amateur of the Year honours on the tour. The 15-year-old also made the cut at two LPGA events, finishing in 59th at the U.S. Women’s Open and T35 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Keel has also been impressive of late, finishing runner-up for both of Henderson’s 2013 victories. In addition, she captured the 2012 CN Women’s Tour B.C. title at Richmond County Club in Richmond, B.C. Marchand and James both started 2013 off strong, finishing in the top-10 at both the CN Women’s Tour B.C. and Quebec events. Marchand already has an amateur championship under her belt having won the 2012 Ontario Amateur Championship, while Wong was the 2012 B.C. Women’s Amateur Champion.

Also competing in Beloeil will be Team Canada Development Squad members, Taylor Kim, 18, of Surrey, B.C., Naomi Ko, 15, of Victoria, B.C., Kathy Lim, 15, of Langley, B.C., Valerie Tanguay, 17 of St-Hyacinthe, Que, and Jennifer Ha, 19,  of Calgary, Alta.

Notable Development Squad highlights from the 2013 season include – Tanguay’s Quebec Junior Championship and victory at the Vertdure Spring Open; Kim’s third-place finishes at the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship and CN Future Links Pacific Championship ; Tanguay and Ko’s top five finishes at CN Future Links Ontario; Kim, Ko and Ha’s top 20 finishes at CN Canadian Women’s Tour B.C.; and Ha’s top 20 finish at CN Women’s Tour Quebec.         

Headlining the long list of international players in the field is Alison Lee, 18 of Hermosa Beach, California, currently ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Lee finished in a tie for third at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and has won two events so far in 2013 – the Rolex Girls Championship and AJGA ClubCorp Mission Hills Desert Junior Championship.

Joining Lee is fellow American Annie Park, 18 of of Levittown, New York, who currently sits in sixth place on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Park helped lead her top-ranked University of Southern California Trojans to their third NCAA team title. Individually, she was named the Pac-12 Player and Freshman of the Year in her first year at USC.

The Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship will also feature a Mid-Amateur competition and a Mid-Master competition. The Mid-Amateur Championship will be awarded to the lowest player over 25 years of age while the Mid-Master competition will be open to players over 40 years of age.

The Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 70 and ties. An inter-provincial team championship will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play. The 2013 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion earns an exemption in to the 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open at Royal Mayfair Club in Edmonton, Alta., and the 2013 USGA women’s Amateur Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the 2012 Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur at the Lethbridge Country Club in Lethbridge, Alta. Team Ontario took home the 2012 Royale Canadian Women’s Amateur Inter-Provincial Championship with a team consisting of Brittany Marchand, Augusta James, and Jennifer Kirby. Last year’s event also saw Christina Proteau win her second straight Royale Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, and Kim Carrington win the Royale Canadian Women’s Mid-Master Championship.

Practice rounds will be held Monday, July 22, and the championship play will be conducted Tuesday, July 23 through Friday, July 26 with 18 holes of stroke play each day. Any tie after 72 holes will result in a hole-by-hole play-off.

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