Media Advisory and Photo Op: Top Amputee Golfers Tee Up at Canadian Amputee National Open in Saskatoon



    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ -

    
    What:     The Canadian Amputee Golf Association (C.A.G.A.) is set to host
              the 2007 Canadian Amputee National Open golf tournament,
              presented by Scotiabank. This three-day, 54-hole tournament for
              golfers of all ages and abilities is being held in Saskatoon
              for the first time from August 21 - 23.

    Where:    Moon Lake Golf & Country Club
              905 Valley Road
              Phone: (306) 382-5500

    When:     Monday, August 20, 2007
              Practice Round Start Times: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
              Photo Opportunity: 1:00 p.m.
              Golfers and members of the volunteer organizing committee will
              be available for demonstrations and interviews. Background
              information and selected player bios are attached.

    Who:      49 amputee/physically challenged golfers from Canada and the
              United States, including: Gwen Davies of Calgary, President and
              a founding member of C.A.G.A. and the current Canadian Ladies
              Amputee Golf Champion; and Glenn Cassidy of Saskatoon,
              secretary of C.A.G.A. and a member of the organizing committee
              for this year's tournament.

    Why:      The Canadian Amputee Golf Association encourages amputees to
              get involved with sport and recreation as part of their
              rehabilitation and teaches them that they are not alone in
              their challenges. This championship event supports this overall
              goal while providing an opportunity for participants to share
              ideas, discuss their successes and concerns, view new
              prosthetic advances and enjoy a great tournament with others
              who share a love of golf. This approach of encouraging
              recreation to support rehabilitation goals has made the
              Canadian Amputee National Open a success and encouraged major
              corporations, like Scotiabank, to sponsor this unique cause.


                       CANADIAN AMPUTEE NATIONAL OPEN
                             August 20 - 23, 2007
                  Moon Lake Golf & Country Club - Saskatoon
    

    Background Information:

    The Canadian Amputee National Open (CANO) is an annual tournament and the
highlight event of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association (CAGA). This 54-hole
tournament for golfers of all ages and abilities is being held in Saskatoon
for the first time in 2007.
    The Canadian Amputee Golf Association believes that disability need not
get in the way of ability, and becoming involved in sport and recreation can
enhance rehabilitation after the loss of a limb. Golf can support
rehabilitation goals as well as being part of the process of going forward in
life. CAGA encourages and supports recreational amputee golf tournaments as
well as providing a format for building support networks with other amputees.

    Player Biographies:

    Gwen Davies from Calgary is President and a founding member of the
Canadian Amputee Golf Association. Gwen became a below knee amputee at the age
of three due to birth defects and then became an above knee amputee in 2005
due to residual limb concerns. She is very active in amputee golf, playing in
tournaments at the local, provincial, national and international level and
believes the camaraderie that is found at amputee tournaments around the world
goes a long way to providing moral support to amputees. Gwen is the current
Canadian Ladies Amputee Golf Champion, a title she has held 11 times in the
last 15 years. She won the Ladies British Amputee Open in 1995, was the Ladies
runner-up at the First World series of Golf in Australia in 1996 and won the
Second World series event in 2002. Gwen competes in many able-bodied golf
events in addition to amputee tournaments.

    Glenn Cassidy of Saskatoon has been an avid golfer since his early 20's
when he was introduced to the game by his uncle, Patrick Cassidy. His love of
the game continued to grow, even after the below knee amputation of his right
leg in 1997 due to complications caused by a hereditary blood condition.
Within two months he was back on the golf course. In 2003, after becoming a
member of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association, he golfed in his first
tournament held in Winnipeg. Glenn was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and love
of the game demonstrated by the members. He was inspired by both the level of
the game as well as the players he met.
    Today Glenn is secretary of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association and is
employed by the newly formed Prairie Spirit School Division as a Network
Administrator. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and, of
course, golfing. As a member of the Moon Lake Golf & Country Club, as well as
a member of the organizing committee for this year's tournament, he knows that
everyone can look forward to an outstanding week of golf.

    Stan Holcomb of Saskatoon was born with one leg missing but has never let
that stand in the way of his activities. He has competed in a variety of
sports at a high level in addition to attending two Paralympics as a Team
Canada prosthetist. Stan is an avid golfer, having taken the game up when he
was 16 years old. He attended his first CANO tournament in 2003 in Winnipeg
and in 2004 he won the Above Knee Senior flight at the CANO tournament in
Kelowna. Stan works as a Certified Prosthetist at the Saskatchewan Abilities
Council and is Chairman of the local organizing committee for this year's
event. This tournament offers the opportunity for a great week of golf and the
chance to renew old acquaintances and meet new amputees interested in the
sport.

    Bob MacDermott is a Director at Large from Alberta on the Canadian
Amputee Golf Association. He is a triple amputee, having lost his left arm
below the elbow, his leg below the knee and his right thumb when he was
injured in an electrical accident and an ambulance accident on route to the
hospital. Bob was a golfer prior to the accident, but has improved his game
even more since then and he currently sports a 2 golf factor.

    Ranjeet Wallia from Markham, Ontario is Vice-president of the Canadian
Amputee Golf Association. He lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident in
India in 1973, prior to which he had been an avid national hockey player. In
1981, following one of his surgeries, he was invited to play golf with some
fellow amputees which was the start of his involvement in the sport. In 1985
he started a family business trading in International Commodities that today
is one of the leading companies in the world for edible nuts and dried fruits.
Ranjeet believes competing in sport has made him stronger to attend to his
business and family.





For further information:

For further information: Stan Holcomb, Tournament Chairman, (306)
244-6549, s.r.holcomb@sasktel.net; Kim Struthers, Scotiabank Public Affairs,
(778) 327-5451, kim.struthers@scotiabank.com


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