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CJGA Team Canada Gets Out to Early Lead at Stephen Ames Cup

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Calgary, Alta. (August 17, 2011) – Day one of the 7th annual Stephen Ames Cup presented by RBC concluded today at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary with CJGA Team Canada jumping out to an early lead. The two nations faced off in exciting four-ball matches and spectators were greeted with spectacular golf. Both teams came out firing early in the morning, but it was the Canadians pulled ahead to earn a one-point lead heading into day two.

“It was a great day out on the golf course today” said tournament host Stephen Ames. “It was a good day for the Canadian players today, but there is still plenty of golf left to play.”
“I’m happy with the way the team played today,” said John Lawrence, CJGA Team Canada Manager. “Trinidad & Tobago always plays strong and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s foursome format.”
In Match one, Kieran Standen of Edmonton and Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont. dominated their match from start to finish. Taking a five up lead through the turn, the Canadian boys cruised to a 6 &5 victory to put the first point of the tournament on the board.
Matthew Marquez and Wan Ju Lee of Trinidad & Tobago defeated Patrick Murphy of Crossfield, Alta. and Kyle MacDonald of Oakville, Ont. 3&1 in the second match to put Trinidad & Tobago on the board. “The boys played well together and had strong communication throughout their round” said Robert Llanos, Trinidad & Tobago Team Manager.
Match three came down to the final hole of the day as Natalya Rahamatula and Aleema Jack of Trinidad & Tobago went head-to-head against Ottawa natives Marlies Klekner-Alt and Grace Howie. With the Canadian pair 1UP on the 17th hole and their backs up against the wall, Jack sunk a 30-foot putt to win the hole and extend the match. With a full point up for grabs, both teams played the final hole in a conservative manner, finishing the match all square.
In the final match, Hometown favourite Sabrine Garrison and Alyssa Getty of Leamington, Ont. won convincingly over their Trinidad & Tobago counterparts Ysabelle Lawrence and Christina Ferreira, 5&3. “Alyssa and I complemented each other really well today,” said Garrison. “Whenever one of us was struggling on a hole, the other one would come through and finish strong. We’re excited about our foursome match tomorrow.”
“The greens were tricky today,” said Llanos. “The team had a good attitude and never quit today. Our spirits are still high and were ready to come out tomorrow and compete.”

CJGA Team Canada
Team Trinidad & Tobago
Match 1
Kieran Standan    
Blair Hamilton    
Talin Rajendranath           Jessel Mohammed
CAN 6&5
Match 2
Patrick Murphy                  
Kyle MacDonald
Matthew Marquez             Wan Ju Lee
T&T 3&1
Match 3
Marlies Klekner-Alt        Grace Howie
Natalya Rahamatula          Aleema Jack
Match 4
Sabrine Garrison             Alyssa Getty
Ysabelle Lawrence          Christina Ferreira
CAN 5&3


Overall Results
          2 ½
                    1 ½

The 7th annual Stephen Ames Cup continues tomorrow at Canyon Meadows G&CC with foursome matches. Tee times will run from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
About RBC
RBC proudly supports golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGA TOUR, the PGA of America and Golf Canada. RBC is the Official Banking and Financial Services partner of touring professionals Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Anthony Kim, Mike Weir, Luke Donald, Stephen Ames, Fred Couples, and Morgan Pressel. As the Official Bank of the PGA of America and title sponsor of the RBC Canadian Open, RBC supports emerging Canadian golfers through Golf Canada’s grassroots developmental programming, their Canadian Amateur Golf Championships and high performance national team. Outside of golf, RBC sponsors amateur sport, from grassroots to national sport associations. RBC is one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies and among the largest banks in the world, as measured by market capitalization.
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The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a registered Canadian amateur athletic association (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is dedicated to providing Canada's junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf. Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer. The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information please visit
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Founding Partner, LEXUS.
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