• Pacific Northwest Golf Association Selects 2019 Players of the Year

    Bellevue, WA's Ian Siebers Was Named PNGA Junior Boy's POY For The 2nd Straight Year - Image Courtesy PNGA

    For Immediate Release

    Federal Way, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) has announced the 2019 Players of the Year for the region. Those honored include Men's Player of the Year, Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash.; Women’s, Ellie Slama of Salem, Ore.; Men's Mid-Amateur, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Women's Mid-Amateur, Gretchen Johnson of Portland, Ore.; Senior Men's, Pat O’Donnell of Happy Valley, Ore.; Senior Women's, Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore.; Junior Boys', Ian Siebers of Bellevue, Wash.; and Junior Girls', Gihoe Seo of Mercer Island, Wash.

    Click here for a list of playing accomplishments of this year’s recipients, and here for a complete history of all past PNGA Player of the Year recipients. 

  • World Handicap System To Roll Out In 2020

    For Immediate Release

    (4 November 2019, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA): The World Handicap System (WHS) is ready to be launched from January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system for the first time.

    Though many countries are planning to adopt the new system in January, the system will go live in other parts of the world throughout the year to accommodate different implementation plans and variations in the golfing calendar.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces 2019 PNGA Players Of The Year Nominations

    (Delta, BC) – British Columbia Golf has announced their 2019 PNGA Player of the Year nominees. These are the players nominated for their respective categories for the PNGA annual awards this fall. 

    The category nominees are as follows: Men’s, Chris Crisologo of Richmond; Women's, Mary Parsons of Delta; Men's Mid-Amateur, Mike Aizawa of Richmond; Women's Mid-Amateur, Nonie Marler of Vancouver; Senior Men's, Doug Roxburgh of Vancouver; Senior Women's, Jackie Little of Procter; Junior Boys', Jace Minni of Delta ; and Junior Girls', Michelle Liu of Vancouver .

  • Folsom Wins PNGA Senior Women’s Amateur; BC's Horwood Repeats At Super Senior

    PNGA Senior Women's Champion Leslie Folsom (L) And Super Senior Champion Holly Horwood (R) - PNGA Photo

    Via Press Release

    Spokane, Wash. – Leslie Folsom of Tukwila, Wash. shot rounds of 73-76 to win the 33rd Pacific Northwest Senior Women’s Amateur; while Holly Horwood of Vancouver, B.C. successfully defended her title by winning the 8th Super Senior Women’s Amateur, her third consecutive title in this championship.

    Both 36-hole championships were held concurrently this week at Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Wash., and were conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

    Visit thepnga.org for complete final scoring of both championships.

  • Economic Survey On Golf In Canada Continues - Please Take Part

    RBC Canadian Open (Marcus Oleniuk/ Golf Canada)

    Whether you’re a club member, an avid public player or a new enthusiast to the game, spending on the sport of golf drives massive benefit to communities across Canada.

    The impact of golf on the Canadian economy is enormous—an economic impact in excess of $14B is only part of the story. Golf courses and the industry at large account for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Canadians and international visitors plan golf vacations to communities that market themselves as golf destinations and resorts offer golf packages that result in millions of tourism dollars.

  • Women In Golf Charter Update

    British Columbia Golf CEO Kris Jonasson And Board President Michelle Collens Were Two Of The First Signatories On Board From A Provincial Association In Canada For The Women In Golf Charter - BC Golf Photo

    Courtesy R & A/ British Columbia Golf

    (Friday, 27 September, 2019) - To date, 153 organizations have given their commitment to the Women in Golf Charter, pledging to build on current initiatives and develop new projects to increase the number of women, girls and families playing golf and becoming members of clubs, as well as giving women wider opportunities to enjoy careers and volunteering in the sport.

  • 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.