• Trammell Named New IAGA President; Andrew Named To IAGA Board Of Directors

    At The IAGA Conference At Amelia Island, Fla., PNGA CEO Troy Andrew (L) Was Named To The IAGA Board Of Directors And Oregon Golf Association CEO Barb Trammell (R) Was Elected To A One-Year Term As IAGA President - Image Courtesy PNGA/IAGA

    Courtesy PNGA News By PNGA Site Administrator

    At a conference for the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) in early November at Amelia Island, Fla., Barb Trammell was named the new president of the IAGA. She will serve a one-year term.

    An industry veteran with over 30 years’ experience in the golf business, Barb has served as CEO of the Oregon Golf Association since November 2007, a position she will continue to serve.

    The IAGA is made up of golf administrators from state, regional, provincial and national golf associations, and serves as a means of exchanging information, techniques and communication among the world’s golf organizations.

  • BC’s du Toit, Ko named As PNGA Players Of The Year

    BC's Jared du Toit Of Kimberley And Victoria's Naomi Ko Are The 2016 Men's And Women's PNGA Players Of The Year - Images Courtesy Golf Canada & Jurgen Kaminski

    Courtesy Golf Canada with files from the Pacific Northwest Golf Association

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) has announced the 2016 Players of the Year. Those honoured include Men’s Player of the Year, Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C.; Women’s, Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C.; Men’s Mid-Amateur, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Women’s Mid-Amateur, Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore.; Senior Men’s, Pat O’Donnell, Happy Valley, Ore.; Senior Women’s, Anita Wicks of Roseburg, Ore.; Junior Boys’, Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver, Wash.; and Junior Girls’, Ellie Slama of Salem, Ore.

  • Memorandum Regarding Election Of 2017 BC Golf Board Members

     

      Click HERE to see PDF version of memorandum

  • British Columbia Golf Mourns Passing Of Past Honorary Director Joyce Woodruff

    Published in Victoria Times Colonist

    On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Joyce Millicent Woodruff (Bader) passed away peacefully in Kamloops, BC at the age of 82. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Woody, her daughters, Marilee (Greg), Marcia (Alan) and her grandsons, Jordan, Daren (Lexi) and Corey (Brooke), brother, Gerry, niece, Larinda and her children, Heather (Joel), Jeffery (Natalie), Haley (Kyle) and Hannah, as well as numerous family and friends.

    Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Dick and Charlotte and her sister-in-law Phyllis. Joyce was born on October 6, 1934, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Woody and Joyce were married in 1956 and settled in Victoria where Woody was in the Navy. They raised two daughters and then retired to Vernon and Kamloops to be closer to their grandchildren.

    Joyce was an avid sports fan and golfer, active in the BCLGA in her retirement. She was a wonderful piano player and singer and enjoyed taking part in the choir. She loved animals of all kinds but her main loves in life were her three grandchildren. She didn't miss a single sports game that they played.

    A Celebration of Joyce's life will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Gathering Place at Overlander Extended Care, 953 Southill Street, Kamloops, BC, with Celebrant Glen Peter officiating.

    Should friends desire, donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the British Columbia Lung Association in memory of Joyce would be greatly appreciated.

    Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

  • Congratulations To Tom Cade, 2016 NWGMA Distinguished Service Award winner

    The 2016 Distinguised Service Award winner, as honoured by the Northwest Golf Media Association, is Tom Cade.

    Cade is the long-time editor of Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, which is published by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). He is also the senior director of communications for the PNGA and the Washington State Golf Association.

  • Wanted: An Investor For Golf’s Future

    Image credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    by John Gordon/ courtesy Golf Canada

    Some would call it sponsorship. I prefer to call it an investment in the future of the game.

    Specifically, I am talking about Golf Canada’s Future Links programming.

  • Canadian Golf Mourns The Loss Of Arnold Palmer

    Image Courtesy Canadian Golf Hall Of Fame

    It is with great sadness that Golf Canada joins the international golf community in mourning the loss of golf legend Arnold Palmer who passed away on September 25, 2016 at the age of 87.

    Affectionately known as ‘The King’, Palmer, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, will be remembered as one of the most influential figures in the history of golf.

  • USGA To Host 2017 Golf Innovation Symposium In Vancouver

    (Photo/USGA)

    FAR HILLS, New Jersey (USGA) — The United States Golf Association will host the 2017 North American Golf Innovation Symposium on March 6-7 at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown in Vancouver, BC, gathering leaders in sustainable facility management and sports research to share knowledge and advance the game.

    Symposium attendees will discuss how research, science, and data can help golf facilities around the world reduce their costs, operate more efficiently and provide a better experience for golfers. Over two days, the USGA and other contributing innovators will share details of their ongoing work in areas such as resource management, golf operations, revenue management, pace of play and equipment standards.

  • Golf Strikes Gold In Inaugural Americas Masters Games

    British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson (Middle) Took Some Time From His Extremely Busy Schedule To Win A Gold Medal In The Men's Golf Competition Of The Americas Masters Games. The Silver Medal In This Flight Went To George Franko (L) And The Bronze To Cameron Kusch (R) -Image Credit British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy British Columbia Golf

    The inaugural Americas Masters Games held in the city of Vancouver from August 25th - September 4th are now complete and by all accounts the event was a tremendous success, bringing together Masters Athletes from across North America and around the world.

    As was the case at this year's Rio Olympics in Brazil, golf was a featured medal event and provided not only some great play from both the men and the women, it accomplished one of its primary goals, to foster friendship and camaraderie while continuing to promote the sport as a most worthy component in these type of competitions.

  • Coaches Week Celebrates Coaches Coast To Coast

    For Immediate Release

    National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

    September 17 - 25, 2016 marks the second annual National Coaches Week and organizations such as viaSport British Columbia are asking Canadians everywhere for their help celebrating. Whether you are from a National Sport Organization, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization, club, or you are a coach, parent, or athlete, they want your help saying ‘thanks!’ to coaches from coast to coast.

  • Bring Your Clubs Back To School?

    By Matthew Steinbach (British Columbia Golf: Manager, Golf Participation)

    As the bell rings and children head back to school, I am reminded that the summer golf season is gone and fall is here. The end of summer holidays signals the start of a new school year and our little golfers trade in their clubs for hockey sticks and soccer balls.

    Too often, our little golfers, who just a few weeks ago were hitting balls daily, won’t touch a golf club until next spring. Returning to School, however, doesn’t need to mean the end of the golf season.

  • BC’s Lee & Parsons Among Six Selected To Represent Canada At 3rd Annual World Junior Girls Championship

    Surrey's Hannah Lee (L) And Mary Parsons Of Delta Are Both On The Canadian World Junior Girls Team Competing Later This Month At Mississauga Golf & Country Club - Images BC Golf

    Courtesy - Herb Fung/ Golf Canada

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The world’s top female junior golfers will head to Mississauga for the third edition of the World Junior Girls Championship from September 25-30 at Mississauga Golf & Country Club.

    Two teams of three athletes will don the red and white of the host nation as Canada competes for the title of World Junior Girls champion. Among those representing Canada will be two oustanding juniors from British Columbia, Delta's Mary Parsons and Surrey's Hannah Lee.

  • Behind the Scenes: The CN Future Links Mobile Clinics

    Passing On The Love Of The Game And What It Can Also Do For Life Skills Off The Course Is A Major Motivator For BC Golf Intern Stephanie Wong - Image Credit British Columbia Golf 

    By Stephanie Wong (British Columbia Golf Participation Coordinator)

    Golf is a lifelong sport that teaches values such as integrity, honesty and sportsmanship. I have been fortunate enough to have participated in the game of golf from a very young age.

    Along with these life skills, the game of golf has provided me with opportunities I otherwise would never have received. I have travelled around the world representing myself, my province, and my country playing tournaments from the Girls Junior America’s Cup in Reno, Nevada to the Aaron Baddeley international Junior Championship held in Guangzhou, China.

  • Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez & Mark O’Meara Commit To 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

    The 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Organizers Have Announced Commitments From (L-R): Mark O'Meara, Vijay Singh, Miguel Angel Jimenez And Colin Montgomerie

    Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Craig Stadler And John Cook Round Out The Latest Legends Commitments

    VICTORIA, B.C. (September 7, 2016) – Tournament Organizers announced today that World Golf Hall of Fame members Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie, as well as four-time European Ryder Cup team member Miguel Angel Jimenez, have committed to play the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

    The PGA TOUR Champions event will be contested at Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 19-25, 2016. The tournament will feature a US$2.5 million purse, with 81 players competing for a winner’s share of $375,000.

  • Zalli Hangs On, Hayashi Charges Back In BC Bantam Boys' & Girls' Championships At Bowen Island GC

    The 2016 BC Bantam Champions Ilirian Zalli (L) And Akari Hayashi (R) Receive Their Trophies From Tournament Director Greg Moody At Bowen Island GC

    By Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    It was a tale of two different days for the two winners in the 2016 British Columbia Golf Bantam Boys' & Girls' Championships held at picturesque and often demanding Bowen Island Golf Club.

    The 9-hole course provided plenty of challenges for the young competitors in the 14 & under competition. First round leader in the Boy's division, Vancouver's Ilirian Zalli, was a little more conservative in round two on the heels of his course record-setting 63 as he settled for a 4-over 74 but it was still good enough for a three shot win over Markus Yiu, also from Vancouver. 

    Victoria's Akari Hayashi rebounded from an opening round 6-over 76 to record the only under par round in the tournament by the girls at 1-under 69 and a 7-shot win over her closet competitor, Claire Lovan of Surrey.

  • Canadians Stephen Ames, Rod Spittle And Jim Rutledge Commit To 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

    The Latest Canadian Representatives In The 2016 Pacific Links Championship Coming To Bear Mountain Next Month: L-R: Stephen Ames, Rod Spittle And Jim Rutledge

    Trio Of Canadian Golfers Add To Strength Of Upcoming PGA TOUR Champions Event Field

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Canadians Stephen Ames, Rod Spittle and Jim Rutledge committed to play the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, to be contested on Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 19-25, 2016.

    The event will feature a US$2.5 million purse, with 81 players competing for a winner’s share of $440,000.

  • Zalli Fires 63 To Take Boy's First Round Lead In BC Bantam Championships, Baek Leads Girls By Three

    Ilirian Zalli (L) Set A Non-Professional Course Record Shooting 63 In The First Round Of The BC Bantam Boy's Championship At Bowen Island GC. Chaewon Baek (R) Leads The Girls By Three

    By Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    Vancouver's Ilirian Zalli not only survived a long, hot day in the opening round of the British Columbia Golf Bantam Boy's Championship at Bowen Island Golf Club, he shot the de facto non-professional competitive course record carding 6 biridies and an eagle to go along with only 1 bogey for a 7-under par score of 63.

    According to the pro shop at Bowen Island GC, North Vancouver Professional Bryn Parry recorded a similar score in a Pro-Am not long ago, but nobody in Zalli's age group has ever come close to that number on the 9-hole 6,006-yard par 70  layout. 

  • Khan Lee & Hannah Lee Win Boys' & Girls' BC Juvenile Championships

    The 2016 British Columbia Golf Juvenile Boys' & Girls' Champions: Khan Lee (L) And Hannah Lee (R) - Image Credit Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    By Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    The 2016 British Columbia Golf Juvenile Boys' & Girls' Championships are in the books and the trophy engraver will only have to learn one last name, Lee.

    Langley's Khan Lee took the boy's title with a 5-under par total of (211) while Surrey's Hannah Lee (no relation) was the girl's champion also posting a 5-under par total of (211).

    Each went about securing their trophies in slightly different fashions at the Chilliwack Golf Club, however.

  • It's Home Sweet Home for Victoria's Jim Rutledge

    When Victoria's Jim Rutledge Tees It Up At Bear Mountain Next Month In The Pacific Links Championship It Will Be Like A Home Game - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    by Gino Cutri/ British Columbia Golf

    There’s nothing quite like putting your head down on your own pillow after a long day’s work, and that’s exactly what Jim Rutledge will get to experience next month when he competes in the PGA tour Champions Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

    The star studded tournament will run from September 23rd-25th at Victoria’s Bear Mountain Golf Resort. As a professional Rutledge has never left a stone unturned competing for many years on the Canadian, Web.com, Asian, European, and PGA TOUR. But he knows there is nothing like being back at home.

  • Sihota Leads BC Juvenile Boys By One, Lee & Hayashi Tied Atop Juvenile Girls

    Surrey's Hannah Lee Is Tied For The Lead At The BC Juvenile Girls Championship Being Held At Chilliwack Golf Club - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    After 36 holes at the 2016 BC Juvenile Championships Victoria's Jeevan Sihota sits at 3-under par and leads the Boy's competition by one shot over Vancouver's Ilirian Zalli with another Victoria resident, current BC Amateur Champion Nolan Thoroughgood just one shot further back along with fellow Vancouver Islander, Aidan Goodfellow of Parksville.

    The Girls Division has Surrey's Hannah Lee tied at the top of the leaderboard with 13-year old Akari Hayashi from Victoria's Uplands GC. The final round is slated for tomorrow starting at 9:30am with the leaders teeing off at 1:10pm at the scenic and challenging Chilliwack Golf Club.