CORINA KELEPOURIS WINS BMO FINANCIAL GROUP CANADIAN WOMEN’S TOUR AT ELMHURST

06/08/2004

Winnipeg, Man. – In spite of grey skies and cold gusty winds, Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alta. managed to heat up Winnipeg’s Elmhurst Golf & Country Club today, shooting a final round 71 to win the second stop on the 2004 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Tour. Her two-day total of three-over 147 gave her a two stroke victory over amateurs Laura Matthews of Essex, Ontario, and Jessica Luciuk of Barrhead, Alta., earning Kelepouris a $5000 cheque and 600 points on the Tour’s Order of Merit.

Kelepouris’ one-under 71 was one of only two sub-par rounds of the tournament, matched by Matthews. With a chip in for birdie on No. 8 and a 25-foot birdie putt on 10, Kelepouris was delighted with her effort and the results in the face of some challenging conditions.

“I played terrific today,” she said. “I really didn’t make any mistakes. I had one bogey, but it basically bounced in and out of the cup. I really managed myself well considering the conditions, and just didn’t let the wind and the winterkill get in my way. I feel like I’ve been playing well this season but just not scoring well so it’s nice to turn the corner.”

With a total of 862.5 points, the 31-year old, who also competes on the Futures Tour and alternates her time between California and her Alberta home, now moves to second place on the Tour’s Order of Merit, and is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open, Canada’s only LPGA Tour event. While admittedly excited about the prospect, she is determined to maintain her focus.

“In the past I’ve been really worked up about it and got ahead of myself thinking about it and I’ve learned that just doesn’t work,” she said. “We’ll just see what happens. It’s certainly an exciting prospect. The opportunity to play this tour, earn some money along the way and maybe earn an exemption into the Open is fabulous. What could be better than representing your country at your Open championship?”

Luciuk and Matthews, both members of the CLGA national amateur team, started their rounds well – Matthews with a two-under 34 on the front and Luciuk out in 35. Matthews carded two bogeys and a birdie on the back to finish one under on the day, a two day total 78-71-149. Though Luciuk was within one stroke of the lead for a time, four bogeys and one birdie on the back put an end to her chances and she turned in a score of two-over 74 for a total 75-74-149.

Rounding out the top 10 are (4th) Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, BC, (T5) Leila Chartrand of Victoria, BC and Jennifer Greggain of Chillwack, BC, (7th) Eom-Ji Park of Vancouver, (8th) Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, Que., (9th) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, (T10) Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, Ont., Katie Ferguson, Minett, Ont., Bobbi Brandon, Dauphin, Man., and Alena Sharp, Hamilton, Ont.

After two events Stouffer leads the Tour’s Order of Merit with 950 points, followed by Kelepouris at 862.5. Top-20 standings are as follows:

1 Shelly Stouffer, Nanoose Bay, BC 950.00
2 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, AB 862.50
3 Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON 577.50
4 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC 550.00
T5 Marina Marselli, Settimo Vittone, Italy 425.00
(a) Laura Matthews, Dacula, GA 425.00
(a) Jessica Luciuk, Barrhead, AB 425.00
8 Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwck, BC 372.50
9 Liz Earley, St. Catharines, ON 350.00
10 Kareen Qually, Olds, AB 284.50
11 Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON 282.50
12 Salimah Mussani, Burlington, ON 262.50
13 (a) Eom Ji Park, Vancouver, BC 250.00
14 (a) Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC 225.00
T15 Jennifer Wyatt, Richmond, BC 200.00
(a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB 200.00
17 Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB 175.00
18 Taronne Atley, Ladner, BC 160.00
T19 Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON 152.50
Bobbi Brandon, Dauphin, Manitoba 152.50
Bianca Clark, Langley, AB 152.00

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association and sanctioned by the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association, the 2004 Canadian Women’s Tour encompasses five tournaments, with the first three serving as qualifiers for the 2004 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open. The Tour travels to Peterborough, Ontario, June 20-22, and at the conclusion of the event, the top six golfers on the Tour’s Order of Merit will be awarded exemptions into the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open, July 5-11 at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Tour continues after the Open with the Canadian PGA Women’s Championship in Toronto, Ontario, August 9-10, and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Tour Championship in Halifax, N.S., August 22-25. The winners of the final two events will each receive an exemption into the 2005 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open at Glen Arbour Golf Course in Halifax, N.S.

About BMO’s Involvement with Golf
In addition to being the proud title sponsor of the Canadian Women`s Tour and the Canadian Women’s Open, the only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour, BMO Financial Group is also the title sponsor of Future Links, a national development program for junior golfers. The program is designed to make the game more accessible for young golfers aged 5 to 18. For more information please visit www.bmogolf.com.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
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 and 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 our regional junior championships, 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.

Final Results
Par: 72 Yardage: 6185
Weather: mostly cloudy, cool and windy
Player-Hometown-Score-Points-Money
1 Corina Kelepouris, Drayton Valley, Alberta--76-71--147 600.00 $5,000
T2 (a) Laura Matthews, Essex, ON--78-71--149 425.00
(a) Jessica Luciuk, Barrhead, AB--75-74--149 425.00
4 Shelly Stouffer, Nanoose Bay--72-78--150 350.00 $3,500
T5 Leila Chartrand, Victoria, BC--74-77--151 287.50 $2,630
Jennifer Greggain, Chilliwack, BC--72-79--151 287.50 $2,630
7 (a) Eom Ji Park, Vancouver, BC--74-78--152 250.00
8 (a) Christine Boucher, Rouyn-Noranda, QC--75-78--153 225.00
9 (a) Jill Hardy, Winnipeg, MB--76-79--155 200.00
T10 Rhonda Fleury, Stouffville, ON--78-78--156 152.50 $1,706
Katie Ferguson, Minett, ON--75-81--156 152.50 $1,706
Bobbi Brandon, Dauphin, MB--75-81--156 152.50 $1,706
Alena Sharp, Hamilton, ON--75-81--156 152.50 $1,706
T14 Louise Zylstra, Toronto, ON--78-79--157 101.67 $1,033
Laura Witvoet, Ponoka, AB--77-80--157 101.67 $1,033
Angie Green, London, ON--75-82--157 101.67 $1,033
T17 (a) Veronique Drouin, Sainte-Agnès, QC--80-78--158 75.00
(a) Kari Broshko, Calgary, AB--77-81--158 75.00
T19 Samantha White, Atlanta, GA--82-77--159 22.00 $658
Kareen Qually, Olds, AB--81-78--159 22.00 $658
Susan Wright-Amendt, Edmonton, AB--79-80--159 22.00 $658
Bianca Clark, Langley, BC--77-82--159 22.00 $658
(a) Marie-Pierre Bernier, St-Sébastien, QC--76-83--159 22.00
T24 Theresa McDermott, Scarborough, ON--77-83--160 $425
Natalie Tucker, Jupiter City, FL--77-83--160 $425
26 (a) Jade Polonich, Calgary, AB--79-82--161
T27 (a) Stacey Bieber, Winnipeg, MB--78-84--162
Mary-Lee Cobick, Amos, QC--76-86--162 $315
Kelly Cavanaugh, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA--77-85--162 $315
T30 Heather Lee, Edmonton, AB--84-79--163 $253
Mary-Pat Quilty, Midland, ON--81-82--163 $253
(a) Jillian Wyne, Calgary, AB--81-82--163
(a) Katrina Leckovic, Burnaby, BC--79-84--163
T34 Vicki Appleton, Peterborough, ON--82-82--164 $218
Carrie Vaughan, Rothesay, NB--80-84--164 $218
36 Sylvie Schetagne, Laval, QC--84-82--166 $200
T37 Rana Macleod, Teulon, MB--85-82--167 $190
(a) Ashley Bickerton, Ottawa, ON--82-85--167
T39 Lorna Miedema, Calgary, AB--85-84--169 $185
(a) Tiarra Honce, Kelowna, BC--84-85--169
(a) Kirby Dreher, Fort St. John, BC--83-86--169
(a) Kaitlin Troop, Brandon, MB—83-86--169
43 Stephanie MacKinlay, Sarnia, ON--81-90--171 $180
44 Shelley Thomsen, Invermere, BC--80-92--172 $175
T45 (a) Christin Thomson, Fort Frances, ON--87-88--175
Tracy Kibsey, Grande Pointe, MB--86-89--175 $170
47 Traci Zonneveld, Morden--90-88--178 $165
48 Donna Mathieson, Winnipeg--90-90--180


(a) denotes amateur

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