• Richmond’s Brycen Ko leads B.C. Junior Boys Championship After A Tournament-Best Three-Under 68

    Richmond's Brycen Ko Holds The Halfway Lead In The 2019 B.C. Junior Boys Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Fairwinds Golf Club continues to be a riddle many of the best junior golfers in British Columbia are having difficulty solving, but Brycen Ko seemed to figure it out Wednesday.

    Ko shot a tournament-low three-under par 68 to grab the halfway lead at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship. The 15-year-old from Richmond stands at one-under par through 36 holes and has a one-shot lead on Fort Langley’s Jackson Jacob

    “After my round yesterday, I came into today just thinking put yourself in a good spot,” Ko said. “And I think I accomplished that. I just think I have to be patient. My main focus was just to hit fairways and greens. It is that kind of golf course where positioning is important.”

  • ModGolf Podcast Season 6 Episode 6: Larry Gilhuly - TEE IT FORWARD To Increase Enjoyment And Participation In Golf

    Courtesy Colin Weston/ModGolf

    In Larry Gilhuly’s opinion, the three biggest issues facing the game of golf are pace of play, player enjoyment and economic sustainability. Larry believes he has the solution for all three: “The answer for all of these, in my opinion, are properly placed forward tees.”

    This week host Colin Weston speaks with Larry Gilhuly, who is an Agronomist with The United States Golf Association and a passionate advocate of the TEE IT FORWARD program.

  • Victoria’s Cindy Koira Leads Angela Arora Of Surrey By 3 At Halfway Mark Of B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Victoria’s Cindy Koira Is Your Halfway Leader In The 2019 B.C. Junior Girls Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Halfway through just her second B.C. Junior Girls Championship, Surrey’s Angela Arora likes her position. The 14-year-old Surrey resident, who just finished Grade 9, shot her second straight four-over 75 at Fairwinds Golf Club and is alone in second place. She trails leader Cindy Koira of Victoria by three shots.

    “I feel like I am in a perfect position,” Arora said after Wednesday’s round. “I am feeling confident. There is a lot of golf left and I feel pretty good about my game.”

  • Fort Langley’s Jackson Jacob Preaches Patience After Grabbing First-Round Lead At B.C. Junior Boys Championship

    Jackson Jacob Of Fort Langley Is The First Round Leader In The BC Junior Boys Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Don’t judge a book by its cover and, as competitors at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship are learning, don’t judge a golf course by its scorecard. Fairwinds Golf Club, all 6,200 yards of it, proved to be a stiff challenge for the boys in Tuesday’s opening round of the event.

    When the day was done, only one player -- Jackson Jacob of Fort Langley -- was under par.  Fairwinds’ deceptively challenging layout inflicted many casualties among the 114 boys who teed it up. There were lots of 8s and 9s and even some 10s, 11s and at least one 12 recorded.

  • Vancouver’s Angela Zhang And Cindy Koira Of Victoria Share Lead After First Round Of B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Angela Zhang Is Tied For The Lead After Round One Of The BC Junior Girls Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Angela Zhang has come up with a simple game plan for how to play Fairwinds Golf Club at this week’s B.C. Junior Girls Championship. “Stay patient,” Zhang said. “Don’t let the course beat you up. You just have to stay patient and let the putter do the talking.”

    Unfortunately, Zhang’s putter didn’t do as much talking as she would have liked in Tuesday’s first round of the 72-hole event. The 17-year-old Vancouver resident only managed one birdie despite hitting 17 greens in regulation. Still, she salvaged a two-over 73 that gave her share of the lead with Victoria’s Cindy Koira.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ilirian Zalli Defends Junior Boys Title At Fairwinds; Oliver Tubb Second At PGA of Canada Championship; Sandra Turbide Wins Washington Senior Women’s Crown

    Ilirian Zalli Will Attempt To Get His Hands On The B.C. Junior Boys Championship Trophy For The 2nd Year In A Row This Week At Fairwinds GC - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Burnaby’s Ilirian Zalli will defend his title at this week’s B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay. Zalli clinched last year’s championship at Kamloops Golf & Country Club with a brilliant eight-under 64 in the final round. Zalli finished the 72-hole event at 16-under par and won by four shots.

    Vancouver’s Song Bai, who finished second last year, is also in the field at Fairwinds. The tournament begins Tuesday and runs through Friday.

    The B.C. Junior Girls Championship is being run concurrently at Nanoose Bay. A new champion will be crowned as last year’s winner, West Vancouver’s Phoebe Yue, is no longer age-eligible.

  • Community Coach Workshop Coming To Mayfair Lakes GC

    image courtesy PGA of Canada

    Looking at getting more involved in junior golf at your facility? Want to help your PGA of Canada professional with his or her Junior Golf Programming?

    This fall Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond will be the site of a workshop designed to help prepare YOU to be competent in the skills required by a community coach.

    This is a great workshop for people looking to get involved in the community teaching junior golf as a volunteer, people who are going to be coaching or helping out with a high school golf team, or just people in general who want some experience with coaching.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces Morse Cup Team For 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur

     Representing British Columbia Golf In The Morse Cup At This Year's Pacific Coast Amateur Are (L-R), Henry Lee, Jeevan Sihota And Chris Crisologo - Images Courtesy UW/PNGA/BC Golf

    The 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship tees off Tuesday, July 23rd at the Championship Course at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. This will be the first time in history that the Pacific Coast Amateur will be played in New Mexico.

    All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965, 1969), won the inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur title at Seattle Golf Club in 1967 and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA.

    Taking place concurrently with the first and second rounds will be the battle for the Morse Cup, a 36-hole stroke play team competition using predetermined rosters representing the 15 member associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. The Morse Cup team trophy was donated by Samuel F. B. Morse, founder and developer of Pebble Beach Company and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Minni wins Vancouver City Amateur; Du Toit low Canadian in Lethbridge; Past champs Rutledge, Parry in field for PGA Championship of Canada

    Jace Minni Holds The Trophy As The Vancouver City Amateur Champion - Image Courtesy Scott Minni/Facebook

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta’s Jace Minni, the reigning B.C. Juvenile Boys champion, added another title to his collection by winning the Vancouver City Amateur on the weekend.

    The 17-year-old Minni, who just completed Grade 11 at South Delta Secondary School, finished the 36-hole event at six-under par to edge Trevor Yu of Vancouver by one shot.

    Minni, who plays out of Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, fired a three-under par 69 in the first round held at Kings Links Golf Course in Delta and then added a three-under par 70 in Sunday’s final round at Quilchena Golf Club in Richmond.

  • Come Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

    Friday, June, 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by participating in the many activities happening across Canada!

    As part of the celebrations British Columbia Golf is hosting a Future Links golf booth among the many other activities taking place at The Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, 4000 Musqueam Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Tee It Forward And Have More Fun

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In Larry Gilhuly’s opinion, the three biggest issues facing the game of golf are pace of play, player enjoyment and economic sustainability.

    Gilhuly likes to think he has the solution for all three. “The answer for all of these, in my opinion, are properly placed forward tees,” Gilhuly told the Annual General Meeting of British Columbia Golf at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club.

    For much of his 35-year career with the United States Golf Association, Gilhuly was all about agronomy. His formal title with the USGA is Agronomist, West Region. In other words, Gilhuly is an expert on growing grass. But in recent years, Gilhuly has become passionate -- very passionate -- about teeing it forward. And by forward, he means way forward. “This topic that I am talking about has got me fired up,” Gilhuly told his audience.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Knapp Makes It A B.C. Double With Win At GolfBC Championship; Sigg Fires 59; Kelowna Junior Cooper Humphreys Impresses At Gallagher’s Canyon

    It's Two Out Three In B.C. For California's Jake Knapp As He Took The GolfBC Championship Title To Go Along With His Win In The Season Opener At Point Grey G&CC - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The guy who shot 59 didn’t win. Greyson Sigg of Augusta, Ga., had to settle for third place after he scorched Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club with a 12-under 59 in Sunday’s final round of the GolfBC Championship.

    It was only the second 59 recorded since the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit started in 2013. Sigg finished the final event of the Mackenzie Tour’s British Columbia Swing at 17-under par. That was three shots behind winner Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., who closed with an eight-under 63.

  • Carrington Credits Mom’s Inspiration After winning B.C. Senior Women’s Title

    No Stranger To Winning Championships, Calgary's Kim Carrington Accepts The B.C. Senior Women's Trophy From BC Golf's Doug Hastie - Image Courtesy St.Eugene Resort/Cindy Soukoroff

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Inspired by daily inspirational messages from her mother, Calgary’s Kim Carrington completed her wire-to-wire victory Thursday at the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship.

    Each morning, Carrington received an email from her mom, Shelley. The one she received before Thursday’s final round read in part: “Enjoy the moment. Play fearlessly. Breathe, inhale confidence. Feel your powers, feel your energy. Trust, commit. Love surrounds you. Play happy.” 

    “She was my 15th club,” a tearful Carrington said after winning the B.C. Senior title at St. Eugene Golf Resort in Cranbrook.

  • Carrington Extends Lead After 2nd Round Of B.C. Senior & Super-Senior Championships In Cranbrook

    Kim Carrington Of Calgary Continues To Lead The B.C. Senior And Super-Senior Women’s Championship At St. Eugene Golf Resort In Cranbrook - Image Courtesy Alberta Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    First-round leader Kim Carrington of Calgary extended her lead in Wednesday’s second round and carries a five-shot cushion into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Senior and Super-Senior Women’s Championship at St. Eugene Golf Resort in Cranbrook.

    Carrington, the 2017 Alberta Senior Women’s champion, fired a four-over 76 on Wednesday and sits at seven-over par through 36 holes. Penny Baziuk of North Saanich, BC is alone is second at 12-over after firing a 77 on Wednesday.

  • Calgary’s Kim Carrington Grabs Three-Shot Lead At B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    Calgary's Kim Carrington (L) Is No Stranger To Winning Golf Tournaments And She Has The First Round Lead At The B.C. Senior and Super-Senior Women’s Championship - Image Credit Alberta Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Albertans always flood the Kootenays during golf season and on Tuesday, three of them settled in at the top of the leaderboard of the B.C. Senior and Super-Senior Women’s Championship at St. Eugene Golf Resort in Cranbrook.

    Kim Carrington of Calgary fired a three-over 75 to grab a three-shot lead after the first round of the 54-hole event. Carrington, the 2017 Alberta Senior Women’s champion, had one birdie and four bogeys in her round.

  • Make Your Picks For The U.S. Open In The BC Golf Fantasy Golf Challenge

    The first four legs of the British Columbia Golf Fantasy Golf Tour Challenge are in the books and we have our up to date group of qualifiers for the Grand Prize final event in the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup Championship.

    Next up...The U.S. Open.

    The contest is easy, fun, flexible...and free. Pick your team in any, or all, of four remaining qualifying tournaments through the summer. If you finish in the top 10% of entrants in any one of them you are immediately qualified for the season-ending Championship playoff.

    Emerge victorious there and you will be crowned BC Golf Fantasy Challenge champion. And that title comes with a terrific golf & stay package from Bear Mountain Resort

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Earns Open Spot; Allenby Takes Positives From MC; Little Set To Defend Sr. Title; Parsons 4th At Porter Cup

    Abbotsford's Adam Hadwin Can Now Eye The Claret Jug After His Finish At The RBC Canadian Open - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    He did not get the ultimate prize, but Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin did earn something else of note with his solo sixth-place finish Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. 

    Hadwin claimed one of three spots that were up for grabs at Hamilton Golf & Country Club into next month’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Hadwin also hoisted his fourth Rivermead Cup as low Canadian in the Canadian Open. He had high hopes of ending the long Canadian victory drought when he began Sunday’s final round just one shot out of the lead.

    But no one was going to catch Rory McIlroy, who closed with a nine-under 61 to finish 22-under, seven shots clear of the field.

  • BC's Legendary Little To Let It Fly With LPGA Legends At White Horse GC

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is Set To Tee It Up With The LPGA Legends This Week At White Horse GC As One Of Four Amateurs In The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    By Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    If ever there was an aptly named professional event for amateur great Jackie Little to appear in it has to be this one.

    The LPGA Legends Cup taking place at the White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA this Friday and Saturday will feature several of the best known and accomplished LPGA stars over the last few decades. 

    With an amateur record that has her already in both the BC Golf Hall of Fame and the PNGA Hall of Fame, Little is looking forward to teeing it up with and against some of the players she looked up to as an amateur player growing up.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Frenchman Barjon Triumphs In Victoria; Free Admission At GolfBC Championship; Hadwin Focused On Canadian Open

    Paul Barjon Won The PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour Bayview Place DCBank Open Presented By Times Colonist In Victoria - Image Credit Kevin Light/Mackenzie Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Canadian drought on the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit officially reached three years Sunday when Frenchman Paul Barjon won the Bayview Place DCBank Open in VictoriaLangley’s Adam Cornelson, at the 2016 Bayview Place tourney, was the last Canadian to win a Mackenzie Tour event.

    Barjon closed with a five-under 65 at Uplands Golf Club to edge American Doc Redman, the 2017 U.S. Amateur champion, by a single shot. Barjon, who previously won the 2016 Canada Life Championship on the Mackenzie Tour, finished the 72-hole event at 19-under par.

  • Magical Back Nine Gives Dan Swanson His First Provincial Title

    Abbotsford Resident Dan Swanson (R), With Tournament Chair Tom Hall (L), Claimed The B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur And Mid-Master Championships At Ledgeview Golf Club - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ABBOTSFORD -- It was moments like this that Dan Swanson envisioned when he decided a couple of years ago to apply to regain his amateur status. A couple times on the back nine of Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship the 40-year-old found himself thinking back to past battles he’d had in provincial championship events in his late teens and early 20s. Those ones didn’t always end well.

    He’d come close, losing a heartbreaker at the 1999 B.C. Amateur Championship at Storey Creek in Campbell River, for example. This time, 20 years later, Swanson sealed the deal with a brilliant back nine at Ledgeview Golf Club to finally claim that elusive provincial title.