• Long Time BC Golf Contributor Peter Dobson Passes Away

    Former BC Golf Zone 3 Chair And Long-Time Contributor To The Game In British Columbia Peter Dobson (December 21, 1931 ~ January 5, 2017)

    Peter Dobson, a long-time resident of Abbotsford and Mission, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 5, at Menno Home in Abbotsford. He was 85. 

    Peter was an avid, low-handicap golfer throughout his adult life as well as maintaining an interest in boxing.

    He received the Sports BC Award of Community Sports Hero for his decades as community advisor and leader: mentoring youth in the Restorative Justice program, training young golfers, Chairing British Columbia Golf Zone 3, volunteering for the Western Canada Summer Games and serving as Director of the BC Amateur Boxing Association.

  • Shelly Stouffer A Finalist In The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards

    Shelly Stouffer's Strong 2016 Season Sees Her Nominated For Female Athlete Of The Year By The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards - Image Courtesy GaugeDesigns.com/Shelly Stouffer 

    Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay has been announced as a finalist for the Female Individual Athlete of the Year by the Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards.

    The Nanaimo Sport Achievement Awards were established in 2006. The awards recognize those within the sport community who, during the course of the year, have made a significant contribution to the community in which he or she lives.

    The nominee must be a resident of the Nanaimo area (Ladysmith to Nanoose).

  • Stand Together To #ERASEBULLYING In #Sport

    A sport environment in which participants - athletes, coaches, volunteers, and officials - are exposed to negative experiences such as bullying can be harmful and cause individuals to quit.

    55% of BC sports organizations surveyed know of athletes who have dropped out of #sport because of bullying. 

    That’s why viaSport and the Government of B.C. have launched a new #ERASEbullying initiative for every provincial and local sport organization, and all B.C. citizens.

    Click HERE or on the image above to take the online Erase Bullying in Sport pledge. 

    On February 22, 2017, provincial sport organizations will celebrate the Province’s first Declaration of Commitment to erase bullying in sport across B.C.

    Learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved as an organization or individual at www.viaSport.ca./erasebullying

  • CAN - Canucks Autism Network Supporting Individuals With Autism In Sport

    The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, high- quality sports, recreational, arts, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while increasing awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia.

    The Canucks Autism Network team consists of a diverse group of trained staff, experienced support workers and dedicated volunteers who administer programs for families and individuals living with autism in our province.

  • Jared du Toit Nominated For Sport BC Senior Male Athlete of The Year

    Jared du Toit of Kimberley has been nominated for the Sport BC Senior Male Athlete of The Year Award.

    Du Toit, who had an outstanding 2016 season, has been the number one ranked amateur male golfer in Canada for over 44 weeks straight as well as being ranked as high as number 23 in the world, will find out on March 8th, 2017 during the awards ceremony dinner being held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, whether he will be adding another honour to his name.

  • B.C. Golf Community Mourns The Passing Of Ward Stouffer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Ward Stouffer, who spent more than 20 years as head professional and director of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay, passed away Thursday, January 5th. He was 56.

    Friends and playing competitors remember Stouffer, who stood about 6-feet, 8 inches, as a gentle giant with a heart of gold who hit the ball a mile.

  • Victoria's Naomi Ko Nominated For Sport BC Senior Female AOY Award

    Naomi Ko of Victoria has been nominated for the Sport BC Senior Female Athlete of The Year Award.

    Ko, who had an outstanding 2016 season with 2 significant victories to go along with medallist honours in two other high profile events, is the number two ranked amateur female golfer in Canada and will find out on March 8th, 2017 during the awards ceremony dinner being held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, whether she will be adding another honour to her name.

  • Szeryk, du Toit, Ewart And Parsons Named Canada’s 2016 Players Of The Year

    Canada's Players Of The Year From L-R: Mary Parsons, Maddie Szeryk, Jared du Toit And A.J. Ewart - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    Team Canada athletes Maddie Szeryk and Jared du Toit finished first in the women’s and men’s National Order of Merits, respectively, to claim honours as the top amateur athlete in each division and be named Canada’s 2016 Players of the Year.

    On the Junior Order of Merits, two-time Development Squad athlete A.J. Ewart captured the boys’ title, while Development Squad rookie Mary Parsons took home the honours for the girls.

    “We’re pleased to recognize the outstanding accomplishments that these athletes have worked so hard to achieve through this past season,” said Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s Chief Sport Officer.

  • Merry Christmas

  • Community Golf Coach Program Gearing Up For Musqueam In January

    Dear Golf Clubs,

    BC Golf has a great opportunity for your members. We are hosting a Community Golf Coach Course, January 13th - 15th at the Musqueam Community Centre.

    Two days will be at the Musqueam Community Centre with one day at the BC Sport Conference, registration included in the course.

    If you would like to pass this information on to your members there is a poster attached that can be emailed or printed. If you choose to email, the registration link is active on the poster. Registration is now open on the BC Golf website.

  • Golf Canada Launches Search For New CEO

    By Dan Pino/ Golf Canada

     

    Lighthouse has been selected as the firm to lead the CEO search

    Chief Sport Officer Jeff Thompson has been appointed as interim CEO effective January 9, 2017

    With the recent announcement that CEO Scott Simmons will be leaving the organization, Golf Canada’s Board of Directors is engaged in the process to search for a new CEO.

    Golf Canada wishes to take an inclusive and comprehensive approach with this CEO search. The process will involve garnering input from key stakeholders in the golf industry to design the optimal CEO profile.

    Proposals were sought from executive recruitment firms that expressed interest in participating in the search for Golf Canada’s new CEO.

  • Vancouver To Host 2017 Tournament Administration And Referees’ School

    (Image credit - Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)

    Courtesy Adam Helmer/ Golf Canada

    Golf Canada’s second installment of the Tournament Administration and Referees’ School (TARS) will be held at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, B.C., from April 27th to 30th.

    New for 2017, they are extending the invitation to all certified level 2 rules officials and PGA of Canada professionals!

    The objective of the Tournament Administration and Referees’ School is to get championship volunteers and staff members from key golf associations/clubs in Canada assembled to discuss important topics related to tournament administration and competitions.

  • Matthew Steinbach Named Interim Golf Coach At SFU With John Buchanan On Medical Leave

     Matthew Steinbach (Inset) Will Become SFU's New Golf Coach Beginning In January Of 2017, Taking Over From John Buchanan (Pictured With SFU Golf Bag)

    Courtesy Steve Frost/ SFU Athletics

    BURNABY, BC – Former Simon Fraser University men’s golf captain, Matthew Steinbach, has been appointed Interim Head Coach of the men’s and women’s golf programs while long-time coach John Buchanan is on medical leave from the University, Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation Theresa Hanson announced today.

    Buchanan, the legendary SFU Athletics Hall of Fame coach, who started the Clan men’s soccer and golf programs, has worked at the University for almost 50 years until recently.

  • Golf’s Governing Bodies Announce New Local Rule

    Adam Helmer/ Golf Canada

    As golf’s governing body in Canada, Golf Canada, in conjunction with the R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), today announced a new Local Rule which will come into effect January 1, 2017.

    Along with the R&A and USGA, Golf Canada holds a unique position as the only other governing body that sits on the Joint Rules Committee.

    Golf Canada will be implementing this Local Rule as part of their Standard Local Rules which will be formally ratified at our annual general meeting by the Rules and Amateur Status Committee.

  • Delta's Mary Parsons Nominated For Sport BC Junior Female AOY Award

    Mary Parsons of Delta has been nominated for the Sport BC Junior Female Athlete of The Year Award.

    Parsons, who had an outstanding 2016 season with 4 significant victories and is the number one ranked junior female golfer in Canada, will find out on March 8th, 2017 during the awards ceremony dinner being held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, whether she will be adding another honour to her name.

  • Focus On Player Development Paying Big Dividends For B.C. Golfers

    BC's Amateur Golfers Hold The Top Spot In The Country's Rankings In Three Of Four Categories And Are Second In The Other. Clockwise Top L-R: Jared du Toit, Naomi Ko, A.J. Ewart And Mary Parsons

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Golf, at the competitive level, is all about the leaderboard. After all, that is ultimately how players are judged.

    Right now, British Columbia amateur golfers are enjoying the view from the top. As we head down the 18th fairway and prepare to put a wrap on another year, it is not a stretch to say that 2016 has been a very good one for British Columbia Golf. No wonder Debbie Pyne is smiling.

  • Jessica Wallace Trading In Her Clubs For A Calculator

    Two-Time B.C. Junior Girls Champion Jessica Wallace Is Stepping Away From Professional Golf And Hopes To Become A Certified Public Accountant - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was Jessica Wallace’s best year on the Symetra Tour and it will also be her last. Wallace, the two-time B.C. Junior Girls champion from Langley who has spent the past four and half years chasing her professional golfing dream, has decided to step away from the game she loves.

    “It’s something that has been in the back of my mind for a couple of years,” says Wallace. “I have always been someone who has had a backup plan in my head even through I had my primary goal. I have always been thinking what would I like to do outside of golf.”

  • Coquitlam's AJ Ewart Nominated For 2016 Sport BC Junior Male AOY Award

    Canada’s longest-running sport recognition event is back, and on the heels of an amazing Olympic and Paralympic Games Sport BC is excited to honour BC’s best athletes, coaches and officials in 18 different categories. See who will follow in the footsteps of Steve Nash, Rick Hansen, and Maëlle Ricker as Athlete of the Year Award winners.

    The 51st Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards will be held March 8, 2017 and British Columbia Golf is proud to announce the nomination of Coquitlam's AJ Ewart, a student of Gleneagle Secondary School, as Junior Male Athlete of the Year.

  • 3rd Annual BC Sport Conference Set For January 2017

    North America’s Top Coaching Minds Share Multi-Sport Winning Attitudes And Practices

    The BC Sport Conference is a one-day multi-sport coaching conference being held on Saturday, January 14th 2017. It is designed to help coaches perform at their best level for each athlete and team that they work with. 

    The conference is bundled together with an optional sport-specific Coaching Symposium (Sunday, January 15th), making for a full weekend of professional development.

    Presented by Volleyball BC, BC Sport Conferencewill feature top coaches, athletes, and consultants who have worked and excelled at the provincial, national, and international levels. British Columbia Golf is also proud to be a supporting partner in the BC Sport Conference.

  • BC's Hannah Lee And Mary Parsons Among 5 Team Canada Members To Sign On With NCAA Programs

    Surrey's Hannah Lee (L) And Delta's Mary Parsons (R) Have Signed With Oklahoma And Indiana's Women's Golf Programs Respectively For The 2017-18 Season - Images/ British Columbia Golf

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    During the mid-November early signing period, five Team Canada Development Squad athletes signed National Letters of Intent to commit to NCAA golf programs for the 2017-18 season.

    On the women’s side, three athletes made their official announcements to join NCAA Div I programs next year.