• Swanson, Wilson Share More Than lead At Mid-Amateur; Little Leads By One Shot On Women’s Side

    Cobble Hill's Brent Wilson, The 2015 PNGA Men's Mid-Amateur Champion, Is Tied For The Lead Going Into The Final Round Of The BC Men's Mid-Amateur At Hyde Mountain GC - Image Courtesy PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SICAMOUS -- Brent Wilson and Dan Swanson have more in common than the fact they happen to share the lead heading into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Mid-Amateur Championship at Hyde Mountain Golf Course.

    Swanson and Wilson have also both suffered heartbreak at Storey Creek Golf Course in Campbell River during British Columbia Golf championships.

  • Hyde Mountain Proud To Showcase Itself As Host Of B.C. Mid-Amateur And Mid-Master Championships

    Hyde Mountain GC On Mara Lake - Image Courtesy Golf BC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SICAMOUS -- Here in the Houseboat Capital of Canada, it makes perfect sense that Hyde Mountain Golf Course would have its own marina.

    There’s no need to drive your car to the scenic course that sits on Mara Lake. Just pull your boat up to the dock located on Hyde Mountain’s fourth hole, pick up the courtesy phone and a shuttle will be there in minutes to take you to the newly renovated clubhouse.

    And once you see the views from the huge triple-tiered patio outside that clubhouse, you will likely play your round in anticipation of some time spent at the 19th hole.

  • Follow Live Scoring For BC Golf Mid-Master & Mid-Amateur Championships

    The 2018 British Columbia Golf Women's and Men's Mid-Master and Mid-Amateur Championships are taking place at the Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous.

    BC Golf's Brad Ziemer previewed the event here:

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Last year’s champions will be in the field to defend their titles this week when Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous plays host to the B.C. Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters Championship.

    Last year at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford BayVictoria’s Craig Doell won both the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters titles. Doell beat Cameron Powell of Fernie in a playoff to win the Mid-Am category, which is for players 25 and over. Doell edged Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper by one shot to win the Mid-Masters crown, which is for players 40 and older.

    Abbotsford’s Dan Swanson, recently reinstated as an amateur, should be a player to watch this week. On the women’s side, Parksville’s Josee Deslauriers won both of the Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters titles last year at Kokanee Springs by four shots over Jackie Little of Procter. Little won her sixth B.C. Senior Women’s title last week at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay and is in the field this week at Hyde Mountain.

    The 54-hole competition goes Tuesday through Thursday.

    Tournament Information 

    Both the Men's and Women's Championships have two primary championships (54-hole stroke play – no cut), outlined as follows: Players will be playing in all championships in which they are age eligible. Maximum field size is 156 players made up of 120 men and 36 women. 

    Mid-Amateur – age 25 and older (as of the first day of the National Championship)
    Mid-Master – age 40 and older (as of the first day of the National Championship)

    Additionally, there is a "Best-Ball Competition"- Players may make up their own 2-person team from the field (may be mixed gender). This championship is a best ball conducted over 54 holes.

    Tournament Director: Greg Moody greg@britishcolumbiagolf.org

    Click HERE for live scoring

  • Swanson Keeps It On Straight And Narrow And Grabs First-Round Lead At B.C. Mid-Amateur Championship

    Recently Reinstated Amateur Dan Swanson Took The First Roud Lead In The Men's Division At The B.C. Mid-Amateur At Hyde Mountain GC In Sicamous - Image Courtesy VGT

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SICAMOUS -- The views of Mara Lake from Hyde Mountain Golf Course are sublime, but the competitors at this week’s B.C. Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master Championships can’t really enjoy them during their rounds.

    They’re too busy focusing on their next shot and avoiding the trouble that seems to be ever present. “It’s not easy,” said Abbotsford’s Dan Swanson, who grabbed the first-round lead with a two-under par 70.

    “It is kind of claustrophobic on some holes. It kind of makes it easy. You can’t go left, you can’t go right, so there’s only one place to go -- right down the middle. Just pick your line and trust your swing because if you don’t that’s when it starts to go sideways on you.

  • Proteaus Keep It All In The Family At Golf Tournaments

    Team Proteau Is At It Again As Christina And Husband Jim Along With Their Sons Jameson And Thatcher Are All Pulling Together Toward Another BC Golf Title For Mom - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SICAMOUS -- They are not just golf tournaments, they are more like family adventures when Christina and Jim Proteau hit the road these days.

    They are packing much more precious cargo than Christina’s clubs, which happen to have won a collection of provincial titles. The Proteaus are also bringing along their two young sons -- Jameson, who is three and a half, and eight-month-old Thatcher -- and that makes things interesting.

    Proteau, who grabbed the first round lead in the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday, insists she and her husband wouldn’t change a thing.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hyde Mountain Welcomes Mid-Amateur Championship; Big Payday For Spooner; B.C. Teens Off To U.S. Junior Championships

    2017 Mid-Am Champs Craig Doell (L) And Josee Deslauriers Are In Sicamous At Hyde Mountain GC This Week To Defend Their Titles - Images: Hyde Mtn./BC Golf/PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Last year’s champions will be in the field to defend their titles this week when Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous plays host to the B.C. Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters Championship.

    Last year at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay, Victoria’s Craig Doell won both the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters titles. Doell beat Cameron Powell of Fernie in a playoff to win the Mid-Am category, which is for players 25 and over. Doell edged Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper by one shot to win the Mid-Masters crown, which is for players 40 and older.

  • 17 Collegiate Golf Scholarships Being Made Available Through Golf Canada

    Golf Canada is offering 17 scholarships this year to assist aspiring young Canadian golfers. See the information below for details and either click on the Apply Now button in the poster or HERE to be taken to the scholarship page.

  • Little’s Legend Grows As She Wins Her Sixth B.C. Senior Women’s Title

    The Legend Of Little Continues To Grow With The 6th B.C. Senior Women's Title Won By Procter's Jackie Little At Crown Isle Resort In Courtenay - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She has one of the most impressive resumes in the history of British Columbia amateur golf and Jackie Little added yet another line to it on Thursday.

    Little won her sixth B.C. Senior Women’s Championship, going wire-to-wire at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay. She closed with a five-over 77 to finish the 54-hole event at eight-over par. That was good for a six-shot win over Kim Evans of Vancouver and Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe, Alta.

  • Little Carries Five-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is One Round Away From Securing Her 6th B.C. Senior Women's Championship -  British Columbia Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jackie Little gave the rest of the field an opening, but no one took advantage in Wednesday’s second round of the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

    Little fired a four-over 76 Wednesday. That was five shots higher than the one-under 71 she recorded in Tuesday’s opening round that had given Little a three-shot cushion.

  • Little Goes Low To Grab First-Round Lead At B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is Chasing Her Sixth B.C. Senior Women's Championship Crown This Week At, Appropriately Enough, Crown Isle Golf Resort In Courtenay - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She is one of British Columbia’s most accomplished players and Jackie Little served notice Tuesday that she has lots of competitive golf left in her. Little already has five B.C. Senior Women’s Championships and could be on her way to a sixth after opening this year’s tourney with a one-under par 71 at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

  • Victoria Golf Club's Legendary Margaret Todd Celebrates Age 100

    Margaret Todd Is Shown Here With Two Other BC Golf Legends, Doug Roxburgh And Alison Murdoch At Murdoch's 2013 Hall Of Fame Induction In Victoria - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    On the occasion of one of British Columbia's and indeed Canada's all-time great Amateur Golfers reaching a milestone birthday, British Columbia Golf, its staff and membership would all like to join in celebrating and congratulating Margaret Todd who turned the magical age of 100 on May 31st.

  • Shot Clock Lights A Fire Under Competitors

    The Shot Clock Masters 2018 Cover Photo - Image Courtesy European Tour

    In this week's edition of the Globalgolfpost.com, contributing writer Lewine Mair's column The Take, offers an eye-opening perspective on some of the European Tour's efforts at addressing slow play, a topic that has become a very hot issue in recent years. 

    A major proponent of 'actions speak louder than words' Canada's Keith Pelley, the European Tour's Chief Executive, has put into action some new ideas to test the waters as far as effecting change in the way the game of golf has appeared to slow to a snail's pace. Case in point is the recently played Shot Clock Masters at the Diamond Country Club in Austria

    Mair goes in depth in her story on not only the event itself but the overall reaction and possible ramifications of golf tournaments where players are timed in 50 seconds or less for each shot, depending on certain circumstances, with the threat of an immediate penalty hanging over them should they fail to pull the trigger in time. 

    Read the complete story HERE.

    Click HERE to see a video of Keith Pelley discussing the effects of this type of event. 

  • Duncan Meadows GC Holding Canadian Amateur Exemption Qualifier For 2 Spots On June 23rd

    Duncan Meadows Golf Course Is Co-Hosting The 2018 Canadian Men's Amateur 

    In advance of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship being held this August 6th - 9th at Duncan Meadows Golf Club in Duncan and Pheasant Glen Golf Club in Qualicum Beach, Duncan Meadows is holding an Exemption Qualifier at their course on Saturday, June 23rd at 10 a.m.

    This is in addition to the Golf Canada Qualifier taking place on Friday, August 3rd at Duncan Meadows. Information on that event can be found HERE.

    For information on the June 23rd Exemption Qualifier at Duncan Meadows please refer to the poster below. 

  • BC Golf Board Member Michelle Collens Part Of New Tourism Council To Work With Government On Sustainable Growth

    British Columbia Golf Director Michelle Collens (Inset) Has Been Named As A Council Member Of The Newly Formed Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council - Image Courtesy (flickr.com)

    BC Government News Release

    A new Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC), with a diverse membership to help guide government's tourism policy, strategy and program implementation, has been announced by Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

    Beare made the announcement to media and tourism industry stakeholders prior to the first official gathering of the council last Friday (June 1st).

    “This council brings a fresh approach to tourism industry discussions in B.C., drawing on expertise from a wide range of sectors, across all tourism regions of the province, and giving arts, culture and sport a greater voice,” Beare said.

  • B.C. Junior Girls Look To Capitalize On Home Course Advantage At National Championships

    BC Team Coach Matt Cella Works With Emma Yang In Advance Of The Canadian Junior Girls Championship July 31-Aug. 3 At Beach Grove Golf Club In Tsawwassen - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Debbie Pyne is determined to do everything she can to give British Columbia’s top players an edge when they play in this summer’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship. That event is not being held until July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, but Pyne and her team of coaches from British Columbia Golf have been preparing for the championship for months.

    Pyne, the managing director of player development with British Columbia Golf, has arranged for a select group of B.C’s top juniors to attend a series of camps designed to help them become intimately familiar with Beach Grove.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Second Last Year, Niebrugge A Winner This Year At Point Grey; Jones WDs In Pro Debut; Sloan Finishes Strong On Web.com Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jordan Niebrugge hopes his win Sunday at the Freedom 55 Financial Open will be his Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada swansong. The 24-year-old Oklahoma State University graduate has conditional status on the Web.com Tour, where he will play this week in Illinois, and hopes he won’t be making a return trip north.

    “If I can get on a roll and keep playing well my focus will probably be down there a little more,” he said.

  • Kerr And Nathu To Represent BC In Mexican Amateur

    Scott Kerr (L) And Ziggy Nathu (R) Are Headed To Mexico To Represent British Columbia In The 2018 Mexican International Amateur - Images BC Golf/VGT

    British Columbia Golf has announced that Vancouver's Scott Kerr and Zaahidali (Ziggy) Nathu of Richmond will be BC's representative team at this year's prestigious Mexican Amateur taking place this week, June 7-10th in Mexico City at the Club de golf México.

    The event is a 72 hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes. It draws an international field from North, South and Central America.

  • Adopt A School Week Is Underway

    Adopt a School Week is a Golf Canada junior initiative to drive interest and fundraising efforts to support the Future Links, driven by Acura Golf in Schools program.

    Key points about the program:

    • Provides golf curriculum and equipment to grades 1-12
    • Your donation can be directed to the school of your choice
    • The program reaches 420,000 students annually coast-to-coast
    • Since inception in 2009, 50% of the 3,500 registered schools were adopted
    • In 2017, 266 new schools were adopted

    You can contribute to the continued growth of the program and help us reach the remaining 85% of schools yet to be a registered as a Golf in Schools site. Invest in the health of our sport by adopting a school in your community!

    Donate now as the first 30 adoptions will be matched with a second school of your choice!

    Please visit golfcanada.ca/adoptaschool to donate or learn more about Future Links Golf in Schools.

  • The R&A Unveils New 'Women In Golf' Charter

    Speakers Chyloe Kurdas (Golf Australia), Hazel Irvine (BBC), Sarah Stirk (Sky Sports), Nick Pink (England Golf), Liz Dimmock (Moving Ahead) and Martin Slumbers (The R&A) At The Launch Of The Women In Golf Charter Staged At The View From The Shard, London - Image Courtesy R&A/Twitter

    The R&A today unveiled a new Women in Golf Charter as part of the organization’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry.

    The Women in Golf Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and to enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.

  • Getting Into The ‘Swing’ Of Things On Parliament Hill

    Representatives Of Golf Associations From Across Canada Including BC Golf President Patrick Kelly (7th from left) And Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum (8th from right) Participate In “National Golf Day” On The Front Lawn Of Parliament Hill - Image Credit Kris Jonasson/BC Golf

    (OTTAWA), May 29, 2018 – Today, to mark Canada’s first annual National Golf Day, Canadians are invited to take a swing on Parliament Hill with a number of We Are Golf interactive golf activities.

    As well, PGA of Canada professionals will be on hand to provide golf tips and share their enthusiasm for the game with golfers and Ottawa-area school students.

    The event is aimed at raising awareness among the public and government decision-makers on the many positive health, economic, social, environmental and charitable impacts of the golf industry across Canada.