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.

Read more: GM Brings New Focus to the Fernie Golf & Country Club

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.

Read more: Inaugural Allied Golf Association BC Newsletter Now Available

BC’s Jared du Toit Begins His 12th Consecutive Week at the No. 1 Ranked Canadian

Adam Hadwin picked up 32 spots in the world rankings after coming within five strokes of his first career PGA Tour victory. The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer finished tied for sixth at the PGA’s CareerBuilder Challenge after beginning the final round in third, three back of leader and eventual champion Jason Dufner. Three straight birdies to close out the front nine put Hadwin in a tie for the lead with Dufner, who then rallied for three birdies of his own to reclaim the lead. Hadwin went in the other direction with three bogeys which all but spelled the end of his chances for victory. The result was good for 7.20 world ranking points, his first points paying finish since the Frys.com Open last fall. It was also his best world ranking result since finishing tied for fifth at the Crowne Plaza event last May. The $194,300 paycheque was the biggest of his two-year PGA career.

Read more: BC’s Jared du Toit Begins His 12th Consecutive Week at the No. 1 Ranked Canadian

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

(Facebook/Ladies’ Golf Union)

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.

Read more: The Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A to Merge

FAQ on New Handicap Rules

(Golf Canada/Chuck Russell)

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:

Read more: FAQ on New Handicap Rules

Golf Canada Heads to Halifax for 2016 Annual General Meeting

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Golf Canada’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is set for February 25-27, at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax.

The event will bring together Golf Canada’s Board of Directors, committee volunteers and staff, as well as representatives from Canada’s provincial golf associations and stakeholders from within the golf industry. The group will assemble for three days of meetings, presentations and discussion in preparation for the upcoming golf season.

Read more: Golf Canada Heads to Halifax for 2016 Annual General Meeting

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.

Read more: Playing Golf Alone

YMCA Of Greater Vancouver Employment Opportunity

Date Posted: February 5, 2016

Position Title: Program Leader, The First Tee of Greater Vancouver

Location: Various

Terms: Temporary Part Time; 12-16 hours/week

Shift: Monday to Friday 3:30-6:00pm

Salary: $14.00 - $16.50 per hour

Start Date: April 2016

End Date: June 2016 (must be available to work full contract; no exceptions)

Reports To: Manager, The First Tee of Greater Vancouver

Situation: The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community, by nurturing the potential of children, teens & young adults, promoting healthy lifestyles, fostering a sense of social responsibility and delivering lasting personal & social change. We are building a community in which a generation of children and families reach their full potential. Our values guide our decision-making and behaviour—we do the right thing, put people first, keep our promises and lead by example.

Read more: YMCA Of Greater Vancouver Employment Opportunity

BC’s David Rose Claims Medallist Honours At PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School

West Vancouver's David Rose Has Earned Full Status On PGA Tour Latinoamérica For 2016 As He Tries To Work His Way Toward The PGA TOUR Dream - Image Courtesy PGA Tour Latinoamérica

Courtesy Herb Fung/Golf Canada

MAZATLAN, Mexico — West Vancouver, B.C., native David Rose shot a final-round 70 to claim medallist honours and earn full status on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica in 2016.

The 26-year-old began the day with a two-stroke lead over American William Kropp. Rose finished at 15-under, posting under par scores all four days to claim a one-stroke victory over Mexico’s Gerardo Ruiz. Rose – a former Lynn University Fighting Knight and the 2011 B.C. Amateur champion – becomes the second Canadian in as many weeks to finish atop the leaderboard at PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School.

Read more: BC’s David Rose Claims Medallist Honours At PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School