• Recognize Greatness In The #ThanksBCcoach Contest

    National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. From September 21 - 29, 2019, encourage yourself to say thanks to the coaches who call B.C. home.

    To celebrate National Coaches Week, viaSport is giving away $1000 through our Coaches Week Contest! See below for more details.

  • The BC Games Coach Mentorship Program Is Back

     Courtesy viaSport

    August 27, 2019 - It's no secret that coaches are a crucial source of support, encouragement and inspiration to sport participants at every stage of the game. While they're often used to building into others, coaches too can always benefit from a bit of motivation and leadership.

    The BC Games Coach Mentorship Program is a partnership between viaSport and the BC Games Society designed to support the development of key mentors within sports, thereby increasing the current capacity of sport leaders in BC.

    The program supports Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) in targeted coach development, through mentorship; builds capacity in coaching leaders in the province and introduces a basic mentorship model in sport that can be used to develop a variety of roles.

  • BC Provincial Titleist Jr Boys Performance Camp Coming To Westwood Plateau G&CC

    A BC Provincial Titleist Jr. Boys Performance Camp will be taking place in early October at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club for junior aged males who are members in good standing with BC Golf/Golf Canada. 

    The details of this camp can be found below along with a link to registration and further information. 

  • Ashley & Dave Zibrik Managed To Marry Their Two True Loves...Golf And Each Other

    Ashley & Dave Zibrik Have Risen To The Top Of Their Profession While Forging A Life Together At The Same Time - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Before they fell in love with each other, Dave Zibrik and Ashley Hogg had already fallen in love with golf. It was the summer of 2005 when they met -- at a golf course, naturally.

    Ashley had come home for the summer after completing her junior year at Boise State University, where she played collegiate golf, and had landed a summer job at Swaneset Bay in Pitt Meadows. Dave had just turned pro, was also working at Swaneset and was in the midst of completing the golf management program at Camosun College. Both were 21 and soon they were in love with more than just golf.

  • BC Golf Fantasy Golf Challenge Bear Mountain Grand Prize Winner Drawn

    Following a free 6 event Fantasy Golf series contest which included The Players Championship, The Masters, The PGA Championship, the RBC Canadian Open, U.S. Open and the Open (British) Championship, the top 10% of finishers in each event was entered into a random draw to determine who would win the Grand Prize of a 2-day trip for two to Bear Mountain Resort (see details below).

    The original plan was to have all qualifiers compete in a Fantasy Golf Challenge during the TOUR Championship at East Lake this past weekend but due to unforseen technical difficulties with the content providers for Fantasy Golf Inc., we were unable to hold that final contest.

    As a result it was determined that the fairest way to select a winner was to have a random draw from all the series qualifiers. Each contestant was assigned a number in the order in which each had qualifed throughout the 6 events and the winner was drawn Sunday night.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crunch Time For Svensson; Strong Field Gathers For Vancouver Open; Crisologo Goes Low At Marine Drive; Astor Trophy Set For Royal Colwood

    BC's Adam Svensson Has His Work Cut Out For Him This Week In Order To Keep His Status On The PGA TOUR - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Surrey’s Adam Svensson needs a big week if he is to regain his PGA TOUR playing privileges. Heading into this week’s finale of the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, Svensson is in 36th place. He needs to move inside the top 25 after this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship to earn a PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season that starts next month.

    If not, he will be fully exempt on next year’s Korn Ferry Tour. Svensson tied for 61st place at the Albertson’s Boise Open on Sunday. That dropped him from a tie for 19th into 36th heading into this week’s Tour Championship in Newburgh, Ind.

  • Rossland’s Xander Bankes, Langley's Erin Lee Come From Behind To Win B.C. Bantam Championships

    Langley's Erin Lee (L) And Rossland's Xander Bankes (R) Are The 2019 B.C. Bantam Girls' And Boys' Champions - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    They both shot 68 and, not surprisingly, they both won. Xander Bankes of Rossland and Erin Lee of Langley played clutch final rounds in less than ideal conditions Wednesday afternoon to win the B.C. Bantam Boys and Girls Championships at Belmont Golf Course in Langley.

    The two 14-year-olds both overcame three-shot deficits heading into the final round to win the 36-hole competition. Lee’s win achieved a rather lofty goal she set for herself earlier this summer. “This year I really wanted to win at least one provincial championship,” Lee said. “I didn’t play my best at Juveniles, so I am happy I played well today.”

  • BC Golf Fantasy Golf Challenge Grand Prize Final To Be Awarded By Random Draw

    All six qualifying events of the British Columbia Golf Fantasy Golf Tour Challenge contest have been held and we have our list of qualifiers for the Grand Prize Final Draw to award the Bear Mountain Resort Grand Experience 2-day Resort Vaction for two.

    We regret that the winner of our contest will not be arrived at through the Fantasy Golf Challenge process of picking players for the TOUR Championship as was originally planned, due to technical circumstances beyond our control with the content providers for our supplier Fantasy Golf Tour Challenge Inc., we will not have the necessary programs in place to run a Fantasy Golf event for the TOUR Championship.

    Meanwhile, we still have a Grand Prize to give out and as we stated throughout the contest, the top 10% finishers from each event have qualified and will now be put into a random draw to receive the terrific Golf & Stay Package from Bear Mountain Resort

    The draw will take place this weekend and the winner will be announced on Monday, August 26th

  • We Are Golf Launches Economic Impact Of Golf In Canada Study

    The 2019 Economic Impact of Golf in Canada study is underway.

    The research and economic analysis is being led by We Are Golf, a coalition of golf associations that includes the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers, Golf Canada, PGA of Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association.

    The goal of the study is to understand the impact of golf on Canada’s economy. We Are Golf is working to get the word out through multiple channels to golfers across Canada to invite them to participate in a short survey.

    If your course or business could share the survey links to your patrons or post the survey link to your website and social media channels, that would greatly enhance the overall effectiveness of the survey.

    The English link is here and the French link here

    Should you be a golfer, please complete the survey as well.

    Take the survey HERE.

    Répondez au sondage ICI.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Can’t Beat Long Odds; Crunch Time On Mackenzie Tour; Busy Summer For Parsons

    From L-R: Adam Hadwin, Mary Parsons, Jared du Toit - File Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    They were long odds and Adam Hadwin wasn’t able to beat them. The Abbotsford native’s PGA TOUR season ended with a tie for 43rd at the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago on Sunday.

    Hadwin faced a difficult challenge in trying to sneak into the top 30 and qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. He entered the BMW Championship at No. 51 on the FedEx Cup points list and would have needed a top three or four finish to moved inside the top 30.

    For a while, things looked promising. Hadwin began the week well, shooting scores of 67 and 68 to put himself close to the lead. But Hadwin closed with a 71 on Saturday and a four-over 76 on Sunday to fall well back. He ended the season ranked 52nd on the points list.

  • Burnaby’s Leo Harper Takes Charge On Front Nine And Wins B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship

    2019 BC Juvenile Boys Champion Leo Harper - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PEMBERTON -- Leo Harper came from behind to win the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship and it didn’t take him long to take control in Thursday’s final round. The 16-year-old Burnaby resident blitzed the front nine at The Meadows at Pemberton, making the turn in just 31 strokes.

    After starting his round with a birdie on the par 5 first hole -- which Harper birdied all three days -- Harper kept his foot on the gas. He added a birdie on No. 3, made a bogey on the fourth hole, but then ended his front nine by playing the final three holes in four-under par.

  • Surrey’s Alyssa Chang Feeling ‘Blue’ After Winning B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    2019 BC Juvenile Girls Champion Alyssa Chang Hoists The Winner's Trophy - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PEMBERTON -- Alyssa Chang has decided she’ll keep the blue hair for a little while longer. After all, it seems to be a good luck charm of sorts.

    The 16-year-old from Surrey got the biggest win of her young golfing life Thursday when she captured the B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship at The Meadows at Pemberton. Afterwards, she gave partial credit to her blue hair, which she has been thinking about dying back to its original colour.

    “My parents are not super strict but my mom said she didn’t want me dying my hair until I was 16,” Chang said with a laugh after her round. “So when we got to my 16th birthday I’m like, I kind of want to do something crazy this year and come out of my shell, so I dyed it blue.

    "The craziest thing I have ever done. I feel like this year it has been kind of like a good luck charm . . .so I think I am going to keep the blue hair for a while.”

  • William Bishop, Alyssa Chang Lead Heading Into Final Round Of B.C. Juvenile Boys & Girls Championships

    Surrey's Alyssa Chang Has The Lead In The Juvenile Girl's Championship After Two Rounds At The Meadows In Pemberton - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    Victoria’s William Bishop carded his second straight two-under 70 Wednesday and will carry a two-shot lead into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at The Meadows at Pemberton. Alyssa Chang of Surrey leads the Juvenile Girls Championship after she shot an even-par 72 on Wednesday.

    The 15-year-old Bishop, who plays out of Victoria Golf Club, had four birdies in his round Wednesday. He stands at four-under par through 36 holes. Leo Harper of Burnaby and Daniel Bennett of Victoria share second place at two-under par. Harper shot a two-under 70 Wednesday, while Bennett had the day’s best round, a three-under 69.

    The 16-year-old Chang, who plays out of Meadow Gardens Golf Course, birdied her first two holes Wednesday en route to her 72 and sits at one-over par through two rounds. She has a three-shot lead on Martina Yu of Coquitlam. Yu also shot a 72 on Wednesday. Sherri Yang of Richmond and Katherine Hao of Burnaby share third place at six-over par.

    The B.C. Juvenile Championships are open to players aged 16 and under. A two-person best-ball competition is being held in conjunction with the Juvenile tourney. Bishop and Bennett combined for an eight-under 64 Wednesday to move to 15-under par through two rounds.

    They have a four-shot lead on the teams of Harper and Andy Luo of Burnaby and Joe Mireault and Adrian Murray, both of Delta. A 36-hole zone competition concluded Wednesday with Zones 4 (Greater Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Squamish) and 5 (Victoria) tied at 10-over par.

  • Five Birdies Propel William Bishop To First-Round Lead At B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship

    The Meadows At Pemberton GC - Photo Courtesy Facility

     Alyssa Chang And Katherine Hao Share The Girls Lead

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    William Bishop of Victoria opened with a two-under 70 Tuesday to grab the first-round lead at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at The Meadows at Pemberton.

    Alyssa Chang of Surrey and Katherine Hao of Burnaby are tied for the lead in the Girls division after firing one-over 73s.

    Bishop had five birdies in his round and has a one-shot lead on Niklas Jaakkola of North Vancouver, Luke Quanson of Coquitlam and Chase Basanta of VictoriaLeo Harper of Burnaby is alone in fifth spot after his even-par 72 on Tuesday.

    Chang and Hao have a three-shot cushion on Martina Yu of Coquitlam, who opened with a 76 to sit in third place. Hyeji Yang and Erin Lee, both of Langley, are tied for fourth place after shooting 77s. 

    The Juvenile Championships are open to players aged 16 and younger. Seventy boys and 16 girls are competing in the 54-hole event that ends on Thursday. 

    A two-person best-ball competition is being held in conjunction with the Juvenile tourney. Bishop and partner Daniel Bennett of Victoria combined for a seven-under 65 and have a one-shot lead on Harper and Andy Luo.

    Click HERE for complete scoring. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Parsons Earns Bronze Medal At Pan-Am Games; Hadwin Moves On, While Taylor And Sloan Eliminated From PGA TOUR Playoffs; Crisologo, Mandur Tee It Up At U.S. Amateur

    Delta, BC's Mary Parsons (3rd From Left) Was Part Of The Bronze Medal Winning Team From Canada In The Mixed Team Golf Event At The Peru Pan American Games. L-R: Austin Connelly, Brigitte Thibault, Parsons, Joey Savoie - Image Credit: David Jackson/ COC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta’s Mary Parsons won a medal Sunday and came close to earning a second one at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Parsons, Brigitte Thibault of Rosemere, Que., Joey Savoie of La Prairie, Que., and Austin Connelly of Lake Doucette, N.S., combined to win the bronze medal in the mixed team event on Sunday.

    The Canadians finished with a team score of 552, just three shots behind the silver medalists from Paraguay. The United States took the gold medal with a team score of 544. “I think all four of us grinded out every shot to kind of get to where we are,” Parsons said. “We knew coming down the stretch we had to keep pushing because it wasn’t going to be over until it’s over.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin, Sloan & Taylor Off To Playoffs; Vancouver’s Victoria Liu Second At Canadian Juniors; Strong Showing By Roxburgh In Scotland

    Three B.C. Boys Will Tee It Up In The FedEx Cup Playoffs Beginning This Week. L-R: Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan & Nick Taylor - File Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A record five Canadians, including three British Columbians, have qualified for the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup playoffs. Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both of Abbotsford, and Merritt’s Roger Sloan will join Ontario natives Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes in this week’s first of three playoff events, The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

    Hadwin enters the playoffs at No. 46 on the FedEx Cup points list and is in good position to be among the top 70 players who will advance to next week’s second playoff event, the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. Taylor and Sloan will need big finishes in Jersey City to advance. Sloan enters the playoffs at No. 91, while Taylor is 117th.

  • Liu Leads Following Round 2 Of Canadian Junior Girls Championship As BC Wins Inter-Provincial Title

    Vancouver's Victoria Liu Rode Her Second Straight Round In The 60's To A 3-Shot Lead At The Halfway Mark Of The Canadian Junior Girls Championship - (Photo credit: Golf Canada)

    BC Takes Inter-Provincial Team Title For The 3rd Time In 5 Years

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – YanJun (Victoria) Liu of Vancouver carded her second straight round in the 60s, opening a three-stroke lead at the 65th Canadian Junior Girls Championship held at Lethbridge Country Club.

    Liu shot 3 under 69, moving herself to 10 under for the tournament. Her 65 yesterday tied the old course record at Lethbridge Country Club – the record was broken by Euna Hanof Coquitlam, BC only minutes earlier. Liu has only committed a single bogey through 36 holes.

    “Today was a different round from yesterday,” said Liu. “Yesterday I had lots of birdie opportunities. Today was more of a regular day – lots of up-and-downs and some birdies too. I kept it real consistent today and made many great putts.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Roger Sloan’s Super Summer Continues; Amateur A.J. Ewart Wins Golden Ears Men’s Invitational; 12-year-old Michelle Liu Plays Her Way Into CP Women’s Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It is turning into a 'super summer' for Merritt’s Roger Sloan, who posted another top-10 finish Sunday on the PGA TOUR . Sloan tied for seventh at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev.

    In his last four events, Sloan has finished tied for 21st, T15, T10 and T7. He seems to have his game in solid shape with the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup playoffs set to start in two weeks.

    Sloan finished with 37 points at the Barracuda, an event that uses the Stableford scoring system. That was 10 points behind winner Collin Morikawa, a rookie from Los Angeles. The nice finish in Reno moved Sloan up 13 spots on the FedEx Cup points list to 91st.  Surrey’s Adam Svensson finished 65th in Reno, but dropped five spots on the FedEX Cup list to 171st.

    The PGA TOUR regular season wraps up at this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The four British Columbians who are PGA TOUR regulars -- Sloan, Svensson, Adam Hadwin (No.41 on FedEx list) and Nick Taylor (No. 114) -- are all scheduled to play at the Wyndham.

  • The Legend Continues As Doug Roxburgh Wins His Fifth B.C. Senior Men’s Title

    The 2019 B.C. Senior & Super-Senior Champion, Doug Roxburgh - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    VERNON -- This can’t last forever, but in a way it seems like it already has. Doug Roxburgh keeps adding to his incredible amateur record that began way back in 1969, when he won both the B.C. Amateur and B.C. Junior Boys Championships as a 17-year-old.

    A half-century later, the Marine Drive Golf Club legend is still winning provincial championships. On Thursday evening at Vernon Golf & Country Club, the 67-year-old Roxburgh captured his fifth B.C. Senior Men’s title. Roxburgh closed with an even-par 72 to finish the 54-hole event at five-under par, two shots better than Jim Shaw of Sooke.

  • Roxburgh Carries Two-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Vancouver's Doug Roxburgh Is Seeking His Fifth B.C. Seniors Title As He Heads Into Thursday's Final Round At Vernon G&CC  - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    VERNON -- Doug Roxburgh has a battle on his hands at the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship and he’s okay with that. 

    The 67-year-old Roxburgh will carry a slim two-shot lead into Thursday’s final round of the 54-hole championship at Vernon Golf & Country Club after his one-under 71 Wednesday left him at five-under for the tournament.

    Jim Shaw, a longtime Mission-area resident who now calls Sooke home, is second at three-under. Shaw fired a two-under 70 on Wednesday. Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper and Victoria’s Neil O’leary are tied for third at two-under.