The Casino de Montréal gives four Québec golfers a new Elan

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - During the closing ceremonies of the
Omnium de Montréal Desjardins, Casino de Montréal's director of public
relations Richard Morency has presented a grant of 4 000$ to the four Québec
professional golfers who have posted the lowest scores for the tournament.
This grant, given by the Casino de Montréal's Elan support program will help
Christophe Bélair, Johann Benson, Carl Desjardins and Mathieu Rivard cover
qualification expenses for an international tour.

    A surprise

    Young Mathieu Rivard, from Granby, who will turn 20 on August 30th, has
caused quite a surprise by turning Pro on the first day of the tournament,
relinquishing his amateur status. This decision along with his final result
has allowed young Rivard to be eligible for the Casino de Montréal's Elan
support program thus confirming the pertinence of such an initiative.

    A high profile presence

    During the Open, the Casino de Montréal's Elan zone was "news central"
for key information on Québec golfers in the competition. Fans were able to
leave messages for their favorite players and even meet them during
autographing sessions.
    The Casino de Montréal understands the beneficial effects that
international success of our own athletes can have on local sports. With the
unique L'Elan concept, the Casino makes a real contribution to the development
of golf in Québec. Local players now have a helping hand to assist them in
carving out a place for themselves on the international tour and adding reach
to their swing!

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For further information:

For further information: Marilyne Desrochers, Corporate communications,
Loto-Québec, (514) 499-7114,

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