• Having A Golf Canada Membership – “A no-brainer for me”

    Written by Clark Stork (reprinted with permission)

    Regina’s Chad McCormick is very pleased he has a Golf Canada membership.

    McCormick was in Kelowna last year for a family wedding celebration when a vehicle in the parking lot at the course he was playing was broken into. The vehicle was “cleaned out” according to McCormick with many wedding gifts being swiped as well as clubs belonging to several players, including McCormick.

  • Seminar: Nutrition For The Tournament Golfer

    British Columbia Golf and Pacific Sport - Fraser Valley are presenting a two-part seminar series entitled "Nurtrition for the Tournament Golfer," taking place Monday April 19th and Monday April 26th, both at 7pm.

    The  sessions will be via Zoom with the link for each session being sent out prior to the scheduled date. The main speaker is Registered Dietitian Claudia Lemay with additional hosts Colin Lavers, Head Performance Coach, BC Golf and Nick Mueller, Kinesiologist, Strength and Conditioning, BC Golf.

    See more information and the link to register for this FREE event below.

  • Golf Canada Will Tee It Up For 2021 National Amateur Championships

    Media Release

    Golf Canada will tee it up in 2021 to conduct national amateur championships and is working with public health authorities in host communities to finalize operational protocols so that the competitions may proceed safely. 

    Following a 2020 season that saw the cancellation of all Golf Canada competitions due to the pandemic, the 2021 schedule will feature nine National Amateur Championships, eight NextGen Championships for junior-aged golfers, and several USGA qualifiers which will be hosted at member clubs across Canada, starting with the NextGen Pacific Championship at Bear Mountain G&CC in Victoria, BC on May 5th.

  • Sport BC Announces 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

    Among The Awards Presented At The Sport BC AOY Virtual Event Was The Inaugural 'Delivering On Diversity' Award, Won By British Columbia Golf

    For Immediate Release – March 25, 2021 – (Vancouver, BC) 

    Sport BC celebrated the 54thAnnual Athlete of the Year Awards virtually on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The event was hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell recognizing the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2019 season.

    Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College, or University. The Selection Committee, led by long-serving Chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.

  • Titleist & FootJoy Parent Company Acushnet Commits To R&A's Women In Golf Charter

    Acushnet, the parent company of global golf brands Titleist and FootJoy, has demonstrated its commitment to creating a more inclusive culture within golf by becoming a signatory of The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

  • Video: What Does it Mean to be a Woman Working in Golf?

    Recently, in celebrating International Women's Day, The R & A asked women working in golf - inside and outside of The R&A - to talk about their work and why having more women in the industry is essential for the future success of the sport.

    British Columbia Golf joins The R&A in being committed to broadening the appeal of the sport for women and girls in all forms whether that is playing the sport or working within it. The Women in Golf Charter and #INVITEHer​ campaign aims to improve inclusivity of golf for women and girls.

    Read more on The R&A's efforts https://www.randa.org/en/theranda/ini...

     

  • An Invitation To Canadians: GOLF IS CALLING…

    (March 23, 2021 – Golf Canada) – Canadians needing a social outlet and a sense of recreational normalcy during the uncertainty of the pandemic in 2020 turned to golf in a major way.

    Now Golf Canada, with the support of industry partners, will build on the excitement, increased interest, and elevated levels of play with a national golfer retention campaign to welcome new and returning players back to the golf course in 2021.

  • Morgan Creek Missing A Familiar Face As Wayne Vollmer Retires

    Wayne Vollmer Accepts A Plaque In Recognition Of His Club's Hosting The 2017 BC Amateur From Past President David Atkinson - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a long and accomplished career in the golf business, Wayne Vollmer acknowledges that retirement feels a little different. “It’s been a couple of weeks now and I am trying to get over the overwhelming feeling of not going into work every day,” Vollmer says with a chuckle.

    Vollmer, 75, had been director of golf and head professional at Morgan Creek Golf Course since the Surrey club opened in 1995. But his golf career stretches back much farther than that.

  • Register Now For World Handicap System (WHS) Seminars

    2021 World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Webinars

    Please find below information and the registration link for upcoming WHS Webinars. Please pass this information on to all members who you think would be interested in attending. Members who have already registered using the Golf Genius link do not need to re-register.

    Golf Canada requires member-based clubs to certify at least one Handicap Official and have a Handicap Committee in place at their club to manage the Handicap Indexes issued to each member. These webinars last for approximately 2 hours and there is no fee to register and attend.

    WHO CAN ATTEND: club members, handicap committee members, golf professionals, superintendents, general managers, and any golf-minded individual interested in learning more about Handicapping/Course Rating in general.

    FORMAT: all webinars will be via Zoom meetings; a good speaker and microphone are ideal. Video is optional.

    QUESTIONS? support@britishcolumbiagolf.org

    Registration link:http://bit.ly/3rjBdrQ

    Date & Time(all times PST):

    1. Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am - COMPLETED

    2. Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm - COMPLETED

    3. Saturday, March 20th, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am - COMPLETED

    4. Thursday, April 15th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    5. Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 6:30pm – 8:30pm

    World Handicap System (WHS) Online Training Seminar Videos

    http://bit.ly/2MM7pVE

    Click on the link below to register for one or more of the seminars: 

    Register Now for WHS Seminars

  • British Columbia Golf 2021 Annual General Meeting - Second Notice

    ALL BCGA VOTING MEMBERS

    ALL SECRETARY/TREASURER OF ZONES

    ALL ZONE CHAIRS

    SECOND NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    The 18th Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Golf Association will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The meeting will take place virtually utilizing Zoom technology. Details as to how to attend the meeting will be circulated  to voting members prior to the meeting. All supporting documents can be found on our website at the bottom of this page. 

    • For the benefit of the delegates, the AGM registration desk will be open at 6:45pm.

    DATED:  the 17th day of March 2021

                                                                                                                   Sheila Van Gisbergen, Secretary

                                                                                                   On behalf of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS

     ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AGENDA

    6:45 – 7:00 PM           Registration

    7:00 – 7:30 PM           Annual General Meeting

    7:30 PM on                 Distinguished Service Award presentation

    • Barb Silvester
    • Trevor Brown
    • Michael Parker

    The following order of business must be observed at the Annual General Meeting:

    1. call to order, welcoming remarks;
    2. reading notice of meeting and proof of mailing same;
    3. approval of agenda;
    4. report as to quorum;
    5. appoint scrutineers;
    6. reading and disposition of any unapproved minutes;
    7. elections of Directors to the board;
    8. review of financial statements and auditor’s report;
    9. general business;

    Second Notice of Meeting

    • Minutes from the 17th Annual General Meeting dated March 28, 2020
    • Nominating Committee Memo (As no candidates for director at large positions were nominated by voting members, the three candidates proposed by the nominating committee are elected by acclamation)
    • Bios of those nominated by the Committee
    • Number of Delegates Per Club
    • Elected Delegates for 2020 AGM
    • 2020 Audited Financial Report

    Details on how to access the meeting will be circulated prior to the meeting. 

    Distinguished Service Awards:

    Barb Silvester
    Trevor Brown
    Michael Parker

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    The following information is available by clicking on the links:

     

  • Participate In The Golf & Health Survey – Win A £200 Voucher For St. Andrews!

    via Golf Canada and The R&A

    The R&A is keen to understand the importance of health messaging and how to best communicate health benefits to existing and potential golfers.

    We would very much appreciate your feedback on your experiences and perceptions of the health benefits of playing golf and your thoughts for promoting this in the future.

    As a thank you for your time you will have an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £200 voucher for Auchterlonies golf shop in St Andrew’s (worldwide shipping)

    To take part in the survey please click on the survey link below:

    The survey is being undertaken by independent research agency Sports Marketing Surveys. Please be assured that the information that you provide will remain confidential.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Morgan Creek missing a familiar face as Wayne Vollmer retires; Top-30 finish for Hadwin at Players Championship; Mackenzie Tour hopes to salvage season

    Longtime Morgan Creek Head Pro & Director Of Golf Wayne Vollmer Accepts A Plaque Of Appreciation At His Course During The 2017 BC Amateur From BC Golf Director David Atkinson - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a long and accomplished career in the golf business, Wayne Vollmer acknowledges that retirement feels a little different. “It’s been a couple of weeks now and I am trying to get over the overwhelming feeling of not going into work every day,” Vollmer says with a chuckle.

    Vollmer, 75, had been director of golf and head professional at Morgan Creek Golf Course since the Surrey club opened in 1995. But his golf career stretches back much farther than that.

  • 'The Sihota Line': Playing TPC's 18th up No. 9 isn't Bryson DeChambeau's idea

    Victoria, BC's Jeevan Sihota - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By  BRENTLEY ROMINE/golfchannel.com

    Bryson DeChambeau's thought of driving it over the lake and into the ninth fairway while playing No. 18 this week at TPC Sawgrass isn't unprecedented.

    The aggressive line is already known as “The Sihota Line.”

    Last September at the AJGA Junior Players Championship, Jeevan Sihota, a high-school junior from Victoria, British Columbia, played the Stadium Course's par-4 finishing hole down the ninth all three days.

    “It’s a lot wider target to hit,” Sihota told GolfChannel.com on Tuesday. “I knew I had speeds capable of doing it, so I figured why not? It leaves you a better angle into the green and basically takes the water out of play.”

    Click HERE to read complete story...

  • 2021 RBC Canadian Open Cancelled Due To Ongoing COVID-19 Challenges

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA AND TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Due to logistical challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR, title sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Golf Canada announced today that the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, scheduled for June 7-13 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, has been cancelled.

    “Even with an extensive health and safety plan in place, we faced a number of significant logistical challenges that led us to this decision,” said PGA TOUR President Tyler Dennis. “While we are disappointed to cancel Canada’s National Championship, we are thankful to our partners RBC and Golf Canada – along with our Canadian fans — for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout this process. We look forward to the RBC Canadian Open returning to our schedule next year.”

  • British Columbia Golf Covid-19 Information

    COVID-19 Resources for the British Columbia Golf Industry

    The most recent comprehensive provincial update, as provided on February 5th, extends the orders as announced on November 17th indefinitely and until further notice. The PHO’s guidance continues to have a significant impact on the golf industry – the biggest impact continues to be the continuation of province-wide travel advisories to limit movement to essential travel and the updated restrictions on public gatherings.

    Please Click HERE to see AGA-BC Covid-19 resources page

    AGA-BC Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19
    (These are still in effect and current as of February 2021)

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.

     

    With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and regional health authorities.

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses

    Please click HEREto see British Columbia Golf's Return to Sport Guideline and illness policy which is still in effect as of March 1, 2021

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    Golf Canada COVID-19 Resource Page

    Health information for BC residents

    The best source for accurate and up-to-date health information on the COVID-19 pandemic in BC is the BC Centre for Disease Control website.

    Visit http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

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    B.C.  COVID-19 Support App

    The B.C. government has a COVID-19 support app to help provide residents with the latest information on the ongoing pandemic.

    The app can be downloaded through Apple Store or Google Play and is also available as a website online here

    Besides acting as a platform for posting information and alerts, the app also features the B.C. government’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool that can help residents decide if they need to seek coronavirus testing.

    The self-assessment tool can also be found as a standalone test online here

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  • NEW Tournament Site Launch

    Beginning in 2021, British Columbia Golf along with Golf Canada and the other provincial associations have changed Tournament Management Software.

    British Columbia Golf will be using Golf Genius for the foreseeable future starting in 2021.

  • The R&A And The USGA Modernize Amateur Status Rules

    For Immediate Publication

    22 February 2021, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

    These proposals result from a modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

    The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on www.RandA.org and www.usga.org and the organisations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until Friday, 26 March 2021 with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on 1 January 2022.

  • Playing By The Rules: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker To Receive Distinguished Service Awards

    From L-R: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Trevor Brown chuckles as he recalls the moment he decided to get serious about learning the rules of golf.

    Brown was playing a round with a close friend many years ago and they had a few dollars riding on the match. Brown hit a shot that ended up in a penalty area and that’s where the trouble started and ended with Brown reaching into his wallet to pay his buddy.

    “I was in a penalty area and started hitting the grass with my practice swings and he said, ‘hey, you just lost the match’ to me,” Brown says. “And I was like, ‘what do you mean, I'm your friend.’ He said, ‘that doesn’t matter, this is golf. You owe me five bucks.’ So I said to myself, you know what, I am going to learn the rules.”

  • Happy Chinese New Year

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021. See the full calendar.

    Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 11th–17th, 2021).

    Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox; 2020 the year of the Rat.

  • "Elevate To The Next Level" - BC Golf Education Summit - Planning For Performance

    The 2021 BC Golf Education Summit series continues Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM. This next session features Colin Lavers and Matt Cella, two coaches from the BC Golf Performance program, who will be heading the 'Planning for Performance' webinar.

    Anyone can learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada on how to succeed along the path to becoming the best possible golfer you can be.