• Team B.C. Looking To Bring The PNGA Cup Back Home

    Team BC, Led By PNGA Cup Veterans Alison Murdoch (Above Left) And Craig Doell (Above Right) Will Be Looking To Use Home Field Advantage To Bring Home The PNGA Cup (Above Middle)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This is Year No. 11 of the PNGA Cup and Alison Murdoch can tell you about every one of the previous 10. Murdoch has played in them all and once again will be part of Team British Columbia when this year’s PNGA Cup matches are played Thursday and Friday at Richmond Country Club.

    “It’s a really, really good kickoff to the competitive season,” Murdoch said before she played her practice round Wednesday at Richmond. “You run into the really good people from around the region at the beginning of the season, so you have an idea of how your game is shaping up. I only get to play match play a couple of times a year, so I always enjoy this competition.”

  • Brooke Henderson Continues Top-10 Streak, Lands in Top Spot in Weekly Rankings

    Brooke Henderson

    Brooke Henderson continued her streak of Top-10 results on the LPGA Tour, finishing in a tie for sixth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. It was her eighth straight Top-10 finish this year – nine if you count the Ladies Masters event in Australia, which was a European Tour event back in February. The result moved the Smiths Falls, Ont., golfer up to a career-best No. 5 in the world. She is currently eighth on the Tour’s money list, fourth in scoring average and second on the Tour in birdies with 152 to date.

    Making the biggest move inside the Top-10 was Sara-Maude Juneau, who climbed 24 places in the world rankings, up to No. 9 in Canada, after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Symetra Tour’s Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay in Florida. It was her first Top-10 result in four tournaments this year

  • The April Issue Of 'The Scorecard' Is Now Live

    Inside This issue...
    Message From The Editor

    British Columbia Golf is very pleased to introduce their new President, Mr. Patrick Kelly, and the fine group of men and women who will comprise the association's Board for 2016 and into 2017.

    As we reported in last month's issue, the start of a new season is always signified by the Annual General Meeting. Some very significant presentations were made at this year's gathering at Tsawwassen Springs in Delta. Included in that list of presenters were USGA agronomist Larry Gilhuly, SCGA Executive Director Kevin Heaney, WCTA Executive Director Jerry Rousseau and BC Minister of Environment, the Honourable Mary Polak.

  • Patrick Kelly Elected As British Columbia Golf President

    via British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf is proud to announce the election of Patrick Kelly as the association's newest President. Kelly assumes the role from now immediate Past President David Atkinson, who has held the position since 2013.

    Patrick, who operates a consulting business, is a member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation.) and was elected their Treaty Representative for treaty negotiations, a role he held from 1998 to 2001. He has had a number of high level positions including a five-year term as Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of BC.

  • Video: Seminar Speakers Highlight British Columbia Golf AGM

    Clockwise From Top Left: Southern California Golf Association Executive Director Kevin Heaney, The Honourable Mary Polak, BC's Minister of The Environment, USGA agronomist Larry Gilhuly, Western Canada Turfgrass Executive Director Jerry Rousseau And British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson

    British Columbia Golf

    The highlight of the recent Annual General Meeting for British Columbia Golf, other than simply holding the event at the beautiful Tsawwassen Springs facility, was definitely the morning seminar and the presentations made by the distinguished guest speakers. 

    British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson assembled a very impressive lineup that included USGA agronomist Larry Gilhuly, whose talk was entitled 'Sustainability...And The Real Story of The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay', Southern California Golf Association Executive Director Kevin Heaney, Western Canada Turfgrass Executive Director Jerry Rousseau and the Honourable Mary Polak, BC's Minister of The Environment.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Wallace Continues To Sizzle On Symetra Tour

     Langley's Jessica Wallace Sits Fifth On The Symetra Tour Money List After Her Latest Top 10 Finish On The LPGA Tour's Developmental Circuit - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Langley’s Jessica Wallace recorded her second top-10 finish Sunday in three Symetra Tour starts this year at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial tourney in Fort Myers, Fla. Wallace closed with a one-under 71 to finish the 72-hole event at two-under par and tied for eighth place.

    The Chico’s tourney had a unique format that saw members of the LPGA’s Legends Tour play with Symetra Tour players on the weekend.

  • Curling, Golf & Tennis Participation SOARs Across B.C.

    SOAR — Which Stands For Sharing Our Activities And Resources—Combines Curl BC's Capital One Rocks And Rings, British Columbia Golf’s Playground To Fairway And Tennis BC’s Tennis For Schools Programs, Bringing A Three-Day Snapshot To Elementary Schools Across The Province - All Images Courtesy SOAR

    Three Provincial Sport Associations Have Collaborated To Reach Elementary Students In The Province’s More Remote Communities

    by Haley Cameron  

    “Left on what?” prompted Maureen Blaseckie to a gymnasium full of grade threes at Duncan, B.C.’s Alex Aitken Elementary School earlier this spring.

    “Lemon!” came the resounding response from the excited group of eight year olds. “And right on what?” asked Blaseckie, holding up an oversized golf club to show its colour-coded grip to the class.“Raspberry!” they replied. “The grip is the hardest part of the game,” Blaseckie explained. “But you guys are experts now, so the rest is easy.”

    Blaseckie, an avid curler out of the Archie Browning rink in Esquimalt, was in Duncan for three days at the end of March to lead the local SOAR delivery.

  • Comox Golf Club Stalwart Celebrates Being 90 Years Young

    Comox Golf Club's Edith Albrecht (R) Is Welcomed By Club Captain Sharon Crowe At The Zone 6 Spring Captains’ Meeting - Image Courtesy Comox Golf Club/Sharon Crowe

    by Sharon Crowe, Comox Ladies Club Capt. 

    Recently, Edith Albrecht celebrated her 90th birthday. She started her golfing career at age 25, hitting balls in her brother-in-law’s blackberry field. She was hooked by the game and started participating in tournaments in Zone 6, all over Vancouver Island and BC.

  • CN Future Links Mobile Golf Clinic Coming To Eaglequest Golf Centres

    The CN Future Links Mobile Golf Clinics are FREE and they're coming to Eaglequest Golf Centres in Coquitlam and Coyote Creek in Surrey.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces 2016 PNGA Cup Team

    The 2016 PNGA Cup is being held this year from May 4-6 at the Richmond Country Club in Richmond, British Columbia.

    This Ryder-Cup style championship features some of the most notable amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest region with 12-member teams representing the regional golf associations that makeup the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, which includes British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, and Washington State Golf Association.

    Teams play four-ball, foursome and singles matches to select a champion.

  • British Columbia Golf Receives Funding From viaSPORT And Province Of B.C.

    British Columbia Golf is a leader and steward of golf, building participation and supporting the sport by providing resources, education and competition for British Columbians.

    Thanks to the continued support from viaSPORT British Columbia and the Province of B.C.'s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the programs delivered by British Columbia Golf can continue to be made available throughout the province. The funding put forward from the Province of British Columbia is vital to these programs.

  • Gilhuly Sees Red About Over-The-Top Criticism Of Chambers’ Greens

    image credit Bryan Outram

    USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly Rebuked Many Of The Vicious Reports Regarding The Condition Of The Greens At Chambers Bay During The 2015 U.S. Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nearly 10 months later, Larry Gilhuly remains adamant that Chambers Bay did not get a fair shake. 

    Gilhuly, the west region agronomist with the United States Golf Association, told the recent annual general meeting of British Columbia Golf that there was a lot of misinformation from the media about the condition of the greens at the 2015 U.S. Open.

  • BCGSA Rounds 4 Research Auction Open Through April 10th

    image courtesy BCGSA via Twitter

    Bid On Rounds Of Golf To Support A Great Cause With Rounds 4 Research 

    Bid now to get great deals on great golf! Whether you choose to bid on courses that have challenged the greatest players in golf or whether you just want a great deal on a local gem, you are supporting the future of the game by funding turfgrass research programs.

  • British Columbia Golf Names Morse Cup Team For 50th Pacific Coast Amateur

    image courtesy GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)

    Simon Fraser University Sophomore Chris Crisologo Has Been Named To The British Columbia Golf Morse Cup Team For The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur 

    British Columbia Golf has named its Morse Cup team for the 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship being held at the Seattle Golf Club in Washington State from July 26-29. 

    The Morse Cup Team Competition has been held as part of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship since 1967. The last team from British Columbia to claim the title was in 2013 when the event was hosted by Capilano Golf & Country Club.

  • Vancouver Island Provincial ID Camp

    Image Credit Alfie Lau

    BC Provincial Coach Jody Jackson (Left) Will Help Lead The Vancouver Island Provincial ID Camp

    courtesy British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf will be hosting a Provincial-Regional ID Camp on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, home of the 2016 BC Junior Boys Championship.

    The training/ID camp will be led by two BC Provincial Golf Coaches, Jody Jackson and Matt Cella and is designed to identify juveniles and juniors on the competitive pathway for the "Introduction to Competition" and “Learn to Compete” stages of development under the Long Term Player Development Guide For Golf. The LTPD Guide can be found at www.golfcanada.ca

  • Golf Industry Comes Together As One To Work With Government

    By Brad Ziemer

    The golf industry in British Columbia has managed to get the attention of government by speaking with one clear voice. That was the message Kris Jonasson, executive director of British Columbia Golf, delivered to the association’s annual general meeting at Tsawwassen Springs.

    Jonasson, who is entering his 20th year as executive director of B.C. Golf, spoke about the success the Allied Golf Association of British Columbia has had working with government. That association represents a broad cross-section of the industry, from club pros to course superintendents, course owners and club managers.

  • Growing The Game With Golf Burnaby

    images courtesy Golf Burnaby

    Over The Past 15 Years, Golf Burnaby Has Worked With The Burnaby School Board To Introduce The Game Of Golf To Grade 5 & Grade 10 Students Throughout Burnaby

    Golf Burnaby is growing the game of golf through their 'Reach Out' school-based program. 

    Faced with declining numbers in golf participation, fifteen years ago Golf Burnaby’s Operations Department decided to take matters into their own hands and offer an introduction to golf in the community. The goal was to offer an opportunity for the children to experience various aspects of the game, all within an environment of fun.

    The Golf Burnaby Elementary School Lesson Program was developed and the ball started rolling to introduce elementary school children to the game of golf. In conjunction with the Burnaby School Board, Golf Burnaby introduced the game of golf to students at the grade 5 and grade 10 levels throughout the City of Burnaby via the schools’ physical education classes.

  • Less Water Means North American Courses Must Become Less Green

    Golfers Should Get Used To Seeing Less Green Grass On Golf Courses In The Near Future - For The Good Of The Game 

    by Brad Ziemer (British Columbia Golf)

    The Mark Twain quote most often repeated in golf circles is the one about the game being a good walk spoiled. But there is another quote from the noted American author that seems especially apropos for the golf industry these days: “Whiskey’s for drinking; water’s for fighting over.”

    Larry Gilhuly, the colourful west region agronomist with the United States Golf Association, has no doubt about what the biggest issue facing golf will be in the coming years. “It’s water,” Gilhuly said in a lively presentation to the annual general meeting of British Columbia Golf at Tsawwassen Springs.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces Hiring Brad Ziemer As Staff Writer & Reporter

    (Richmond, BC - April 1, 2016) - British Columbia Golf is very pleased to announce the addition of Brad Ziemer to their staff in the capacity of writer/reporter. If ever there was a person in their field who needed 'no introduction' it would be Mr. Ziemer, however we are going to take great pride in doing so.

  • The March AGM Issue Of British Columbia Golf's Digital Magazine Is Now Live!

    At British Columbia Golf the start of a new season is always signified by the Annual General Meeting. This year that will occur on Saturday, April 2nd at Tsawwassen Springs In Delta.

    This is the time when the composition of our volunteer Board of Directors is established... whose time and hard work helps maintain and keep the game of golf healthy and growing in this province. The AGM is also a time to recognize the achievements of those many volunteers so integral to the success of the programs overseen by British Columbia Golf as well as honouring our top amateurs for exemplary play last year.