Surrey’s Susan Xiao Sweeps Canadian Junior And Juvenile Titles

Surrey's Susan Xiao Holds The Trophy Alongside One Of Canada's Finest Following Her Victory In The Canadian Junior Girls Championship - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

Delta’s Mary Parsons Ties For Second; Two Other British Columbians In Top 10

By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Susan Xiao didn’t make a bogey Friday until it really didn’t matter. The only blemish on Xiao’s card in the final round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship came on the par 4 17th hole, where a bogey cut the 15-year-old Surrey resident’s lead to five shots from six. Xiao figured she could hang on from there.

She did just that, parring the 18th hole to win by five shots. She also captured the Juvenile Championship for players 16 and under, which was being contested at the same time at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont.

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The Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A to Merge

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Golf Canada with files from the Ladies’ Golf Union

The Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A have agreed to proceed with a merger of the two organizations.

Following an extensive consultation exercise, agreement has been reached on the merger of the two St. Andrews-based bodies with the process due to be completed in the coming months.

The LGU organizes a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the Curtis Cup.

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BC's Mandur, Thoroughgood Place 2nd In Canadian Junior/Juvenile Boys Championship

Tristan Mandur (L) Finished Second At The Canadian Junior Boys Championship While Fellow Vancouver Island Resident Nolan Thoroughgood R) Placed Fourth And Was The Runner-Up In The Juvenile Division - Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

Tristan Mandur and Nolan Thoroughgood both had to settle for silver on Thursday. Next week, they’ll try to strike gold. Mandur finished second at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship that wrapped up Thursday at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club in Kingston, Ont. Thoroughgood finished second in the Juvenile division for players 16 and under. He was solo fourth overall in the Junior championship.

It was a terrific result for the two Vancouver Island golfers, who next week will be part of an all-southern Vancouver Island B.C. team at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.

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FAQ on New Handicap Rules

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Craig Loughry, Director of Handicap & Course Rating/Golf Canada

The 2016 golf season will see the implementation of a new Handicap cycle. This two-year cycle is effective March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2018. Below you will find information regarding the changes that have been made in the Golf Canada Handicap Manual for a quick reference Six significant changes are seen in the upcoming edition of the Golf Canada Handicap Manual, which will impact approximately 3.3 million golfers who hold a Handicap Factor® issued throughout Canada and 10 provincial associations. Those highlighted changes include:

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NGCOA Canada Acquires Vancouver Golf & Travel Show, Event Re-Branded As Vancouver GOLFEXPO

Vancouver GOLFEXPO Becomes The 7th Consumer Golf Show Owned And Operated by The National Golf Course Owners Association

Vancouver, BC [July 28, 2017] - The British Columbia Chapter of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA Canada) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Lower Mainland’s consumer golf exposition from previous owners Owen Hoskinson and John Tipping of Cascadia Events (Seattle, WA) which will be re-branded as Vancouver GOLFEXPO.

This recent acquisition marks the seventh consumer golf show owned and operated by NGCOA Canada and its over 1,300 members across Canada.

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Playing Golf Alone

Craig Loughry, Director of Handicap & Course Rating, Golf Canada

Why will scores made while playing alone no longer be eligible for handicap purposes?

Peer Review is a key principle of the Golf Canada Handicap System and these changes have been made in part to support this. This change helps golfers form a better basis to support or dispute scores that have been posted to a player’s scoring record, which in turn assists with the integrity of the Handicap System.

The majority of handicapping authorities around the globe have employed this policy for some time. With them, Golf Canada believes it provides a more accurate view of a golfer’s ability, supporting integrity, fairness and equitable play among all golfers.

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GM Brings New Focus to the Fernie Golf & Country Club

Fernie, British Columbia – Max Sherwood is the new General Manager and Head Pro at the Fernie Golf & Country Club and he brings with him some new ideas about growing golf in the community. He is implementing a number of initiatives in an effort to make the Club more enticing for young players, women, families and seniors. Initiatives include reduced early morning and twilight green fees and offering a very affordable new one-hour short loop. As an incentive to get young players out, children of adult members golf for free and adult club members can sponsor any junior in the community to a free full membership and driving range pass. This July the club is hosting the Future Links Western Canadian Championships Golf Tournament for the top 17 and under boys and girls in Western Canada.

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Inaugural Allied Golf Association BC Newsletter Now Available

Recently the Allied Golf Association of British Columbia (AGA-BC) distributed its inaugural industry newsletter.

The Allied Golf Association of British Columbia is a provincial organization that contains representation from each of the Regional Golf Industry Associations that are dedicated to providing one cohesive voice for the golf industry of British Columbia.

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Learning to Be a Better Person Through Golf

Golf in Schools

Ted McIntyre (Golf Canada Magazine)

It is an inspired program that has the power to change lives—to send youngsters on a path to golfing stardom or to simply introduce them to a previously unforeseen athletic pursuit; to nurture confidence in a withdrawn individual and to instill the game’s greatest virtues at a key time in a student’s personal growth.

The (GIS) program has signed up more than 2,700 schools representing more than 315,000 students, but there are gaps that need to be filled as the program prepares for its next stage of evolution, the most prominent being with the end user.

For most of the year—and in many cases for years following a program’s initial implementation—equipment and teachers’ manuals sit dormant in gymnasium storage rooms. That’s not to say the responsibility lies entirely with the schools.

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