DEFENDING CHAMPION MICHELLE WIE ALONG WITH YANI TSENG, SUZANN PETTERSEN AND CRISTIE KERR CONFIRMED FOR 2011 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

CN Miracle Match fundraising campaign launched in support of Montreal Children's Hospital and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation

Volunteers needed - be a part of Canada's only LPGA Tour event

MIRABEL, QC, May 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - CN and Golf Canada are pleased to announce that five of the top 10 players on the LPGA Tour's Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings have confirmed their intention to challenge for the $2.25 million (all figures US) purse at the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open being held August 22-28 at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club.

Leading the way is defending champion Michelle Wie, currently the 10th ranked player in the world. Wie, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had eight top-10 finishes in 2010 highlighted by her victory at the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open at St. Charles Country Club in Winnipeg.

Wie will be joined by a pair of former CN Canadian Women's Open champions - world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen and world No. 4 Cristie Kerr. Pettersen is a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour including the 2009 CN Canadian Women's Open while Kerr's victory at the 2006 CN Canadian Women's Open was one of 14 career LPGA Tour victories. This past weekend, Pettersen defeated Kerr in the finals of the Sybase Match Play Championship to move from No. 3 to No. 2 on the LPGA Tour's Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.

Also confirming her intention to compete is world No. 1 Yani Tseng, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour and a three-time major winner. Tseng is a winner of both the 2008 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award and the 2010 Rolex Player of the Year Award. In 2007, Tseng won a CN Canadian Women's Tour event to earn an exemption into the 2007 CN Canadian Women's Open where she eventually finished tied for sixth.

Tseng, Pettersen, Kerr and Wie will be joined at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club by a trio of previously confirmed stars - world No. 3 Jiyai Shin and world No. 11 Paula Creamer as well as fan favourite Christina Kim.

"Three months out from the championship, we are very pleased with how our field is coming together and expect that all of the world's best players will be at Hillsdale," said Sean Van Kesteren, Tournament Director, CN Canadian Women's Open. "Yani Tseng, Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr are tremendous talents and I'm sure together with Paula Creamer, Jiyai Shin and Christina Kim will be among the crowd favourites during this year's championship."

A field of 156 competitors will vie for the $2.25 million CN Canadian Women's Open. The deadline for players to confirm their intention to compete at the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open in Mirabel, Que. is Tuesday, August 16.

Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp, Samantha Richdale, Lisa Meldrum and LPGA rookie Stephanie Sherlock will also compete at Hillsdale this August and look to become the first Canadian to win an LPGA Tour event on home soil since Jocelyne Bourassa did in 1973. Oakville, Ont., native Jessica Shepley will also compete for the national title after earning an exemption last week with her victory at the CN Canadian Women's Tour event in Squamish, B.C. Additional Canadian competitors will be announced in the coming weeks.

CN MIRACLE MATCH PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS

The 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open will help to raise money for both the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation and The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation, the official charitable beneficiaries of the CN Miracle Match campaign.

Today CN announced the official launch of the 2011 CN Miracle Match fundraising campaign. Individuals and corporations looking to support the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation and Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation can visit www.cnmiraclematch.ca to make their donation.

"At CN, we recognize our civic responsibility to the communities in which we operate and we are especially proud of the assistance we were able to provide to paediatric care in Canada thanks to the CN Miracle Match program," said Claude Mongeau, CN President and Chief Executive Officer. "We hope the money raised in the course of the 2011 CN Miracle Match campaign in Montreal, where CN has strong roots, will exceed the sums we raised over the past years."

CN Miracle Match is a national charitable initiative designed to rally communities across Canada behind a very worthy cause, supporting children's hospitals. Each year since 2006, CN and Golf Canada have raised funds to support a children's hospital by matching funds raised through various initiatives that are connected with the CN Canadian Women's Open. In the past five years, the CN Miracle Match program has raised $4.35 million for children's hospitals.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The CN Canadian Women's Open is also looking for volunteers to fill the a number of committee positions including Scoring, Player Transportation, Caddies for the Pro-Am, Corporate Hospitality, Marshals and Volunteer Security. Each year more than 1,400 volunteers from within the host community contribute to the success of the CN Canadian Women's Open.

TICKETS - DAILY, WEEKLY AND CLUBHOUSE PACKAGES

Tickets for the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open are now on sale with pricing as follows:

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    Junior Grounds Ticket (17 & under)                              FREE
    Early Week Daily Grounds Ticket (Monday -Wednesday)             $10
    Anyday Grounds Ticket (Thursday-Sunday)                         $25
    Weekly Grounds Badge                                            $75

    Family Pack                                                     $99
    (incl. 4 Anyday tickets; 2 parking passes; a $20 food voucher; and a 15%
    merchandise discount coupon)

    Clubhouse Single (Monday-Sunday, incl. parking)                 $150
    Clubhouse 2-Some (Monday-Sunday, incl. parking)                 $250
    Clubhouse 4-Some (Monday-Sunday, incl. parking)                 $475
    >>

ABOUT THE 2011 CN CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN

Stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the 2011 CN Canadian Women's Open, with a US$2.25 million prize purse, from August 22 to 28 at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec. The CN Canadian Women's Open is proudly sponsored by CN, CVS Controls Ltd., TaylorMade adidas Golf, Corona Extra, The Globe and Mail, Mike Weir Wine, The Glenlivet, BlackBerry, Delmar and CBC. For updated corporate hospitality, tickets, volunteer and sponsorship information please visit www.cncanadianwomensopen.com or call 1-800-571-LPGA (5742).

ABOUT CN

CN -- Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

GOLF CANADA-LOVE THE GAME. GROW THE GAME.

Golf Canada - a member-based organization governed by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) - is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 350,000 members at almost 1,500 clubs across the country. Recognized by Sport Canada as the National Sports Organization (NSO) for golf in this country, Golf Canada is responsible for promoting participation in and a passion for the game of golf in Canada.

Golf Canada actively conducts championships, programs and services to help shape the present and future of golf in Canada. High performance athlete development, National Golf in Schools, Golf Fore the Cure, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program, are only some of the initiatives the association leads for golf in Canada. As the authority for golf in Canada, the association also administers the Rules of Golf, amateur status and handicapping and course rating under the respected RCGA brand.

In addition, Golf Canada conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The RBC Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while regional junior and national amateur championships provide world class competitive opportunities for Canada's top golfers to showcase their talents.

For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit us online at www.golfcanada.ca.

SOURCE CN

For further information: Media Contacts: Dan Pino, Director, Media & Public Relations, Golf Canada, (p) 905-849-9700 ext. 406, (c) 416-434-5525, (e) dpino@golfcanada.ca; Louis-Antoine Paquin, Manager, Corporate Communications, CN, (p) 514 399-6450, (c) 514 971-6450, (e) louisantoine.paquin@cn.ca


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