• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Gorbahn eagles his way to Vancouver Open win; Hadwin, Taylor out of FedEx Cup race; Air Canada Championship pins at Northview

    Vancouver Open Winner Kaleb Gorbahn (R) Poses With The Big Cheque And VGT Commissioner Fraser Mulholland - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A pair of early eagles propelled Kaleb Gorbahn to his victory at the Vancouver Open on Sunday. 

    The big-hitting Smithers native birdied the second and fourth holes -- both par 5s -- at Fraserview Golf Course en route to a seven-under par 65. Gorbahn finished the 54-hole tourney held at the three City of Vancouver golf courses at 11-under par.

    That was two shots ahead of runner-up Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver. Gorbahn earned $10,000 for winning the Vancouver Golf Tour’s marquee event.

  • Vancouver’s 13-Year Old Michelle Liu Becomes Youngest Winner Of B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    13-Year Old Michelle Liu Became The BC Women's Amateur Youngest-Ever Winner After Her 7-shot Victory At Campbell River G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Nonie Marler Of Vancouver Wins Mid-Amateur Title

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- The way it normally works is that a young player wins the B.C. Bantam Girls title and then a few years later contends and maybe even wins the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship.

    Michelle Liu had a different approach. The 13-year-old from Vancouver won both titles in a matter of eight days.

    Liu won the Bantam Girls title (for players 14 and under) last week at Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. On Thursday she added the prestigious B.C. Women’s Amateur title at Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

  • Shelley Stouffer Wins Big In Her Senior Debut

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- It was not a question of whether she would win, but rather by how much. The answer turned out to be 12 shots.

    Shelly Stouffer made her senior debut a runaway as she captured the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Campbell River Golf & Country Club on Thursday.

    Stouffer, a Nanoose Bay resident who plays out of Fairwinds Golf Club, finished the 54-hole competition at six-over par. Diane McFarlane of Surrey and Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge tied for second at 18-over par.

  • British Columbia Golf Joins In Mourning The Passing Of Past President Stan Nixon

    British Columbia Golf and the BC golf community wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former BCGA President & Board Member, Stan Nixon, who recently passed away.

    NIXON, Barlow Stanley

    February 4, 1928 - May 16, 2020

    Stan passed on May 16, 2020 and is survived by his loving wife Loraine, their three sons and families: Ron (Penny), David (Lana), Steve (Helen).

    Ten Grandchildren, Ryan (Jazzmin), Kristy-Lee, Dylan, Corey (Chelsea), James (Jen), Shawn (Candace), Claire, Tom, Jessica and Pat. Nine Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, Hendrix, Noah, Parker, Tyler, Brady, Cole, Kash and Kylan.

    Stan is predeceased, by his Father (Ronald) and Mother (Florence), Brother Edward (Muriel) and Sister June and Grand Daughter (Kristy-Lee).

    Stan was born in Coutts, Alberta and moved to Victoria as a young child. He spent much of his childhood in the family's James Bay home and spent his youth honing his golf game as a junior at Uplands Golf Course.

    He met his wife Loraine in Victoria and they spent much of their time dancing on the weekends at the Empress Hotel. They were married in Victoria on April 20, 1951 and they celebrated their 69th Wedding anniversary in April, a loving and caring marriage we can all aspire to.

    As a young man, Stan took his Apprenticeship as a Dental Technician and graduated in 1950. Stan and Loraine moved to Courtenay to take over the vacated Dental Technician position and purchased all his Dental supplies for $1250 through an estate sale of Samuel James Evans in October 1952.

    He had a successful career and trained multiple individuals in the trade. Eventually owning Nixon Dental Laboratories in Courtenay, Campbell River and Powell River. In the later years of his profession he decided to take further training and obtained his Dental Mechanic designation so he could work directly with all those customers he supported over the years.

    He was a well-respected businessman and he had a passion for his community and family. He spent many years with the Kinsmen Club of Courtenay before he joined the Rotary Club of Courtenay where he held President and past President positions.

    His main passion other than family was golf. Stan had 9 Hole-In-One's, one for each decade of his life. A member of Uplands as a junior, member of Comox Golf Club, Sunnydale Golf Club and Crown Isle Golf Club.

    He supported the development of golf for many years and became involved with the BC Golf Association and served as the President and on the Board of Directors, involved in the development of Amateur Golf in the Province of BC.

    His family and friends were an important part of his life. You would often hear Stan express, "How lucky he was and how he loved his home". He always ensured that the family growing up around him had the opportunity, to play sports (Skiing, Baseball, Sailing) Fishing (salt or freshwater) or just having family and friends at home in the beautiful pool at the Cook St. home.

    For Sixty Years they had their regular "birthday group" (Law's, Gansner's, Davies, Bollio's, Gordon's, Harder's and Bossum's) and he also loved his regular bridge and poker groups. Stan would also be known to sidle up to a piano bar and sing along or even sidle up to the unknown and sing a lyric or two.

    A testament to the free spirit and lover of life he possessed. Stan (Dad) we will love you forever. Thank-you to the team of healthcare providers at Glacier View Lodge that looked after Stan in his final days.

  • Now Two Years Old, Campbell River Golf & Country Club Continuing To Wow Visitors

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- There are lots of things general manager Amanda Raleigh takes pride in about what she and her team have created at Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

    The par-70 Graham Cooke-designed course is in immaculate condition and a pleasure to play. The Velocity Lounge and Driving Range with its Top Tracer technology has become a hit with golfers and given many non-golfers their first taste of the game.

    The lounge has eight bays, each equipped with comfortable sofas and TV monitors to track your shots. Lots of good food and beverages are available to accompany your swings. A couple of weeks ago, the course opened its new pro shop and clubhouse that features about 2,500 square feet of retail space. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

  • Surrey’s Lauren Kim, Michelle Liu Of Vancouver Share Lead Heading Into Final Round Of B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Lauren Kim Overcame A Sore Neck Issue To Shoot 69 And Sits Tied For The Lead In The 2020 B.C. Women's Amateur - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- Lauren Kim came close to withdrawing after injuring her neck while warming up, but decided to play hurt. And, it turns out, to play well. Beware the wounded golfer.

    The 15-year-old from Surrey sucked it up and shot a one-under 69 Wednesday and shares the lead with Vancouver’s Michelle Liu heading into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

  • Collegiate Golfers Juggle Online Classes While Competing At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Vancouver's Leah John Is Competing In The B.C. Women's Amateur This Week...And Taking Online Classes For University - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- Leah John is not only contending for the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship this week at Campbell River Golf & Country Club, she’s attending the first week of her classes at the University of Nevada. Talk about multi-tasking.

    “Monday was my first day of class,” said John, a 20-year-old from Vancouver who is starting her sophomore year at Nevada.

    Those classes are being held on-line and John was told she could not be skipping them to compete this week. So John has tried to arrange her tee times so she can rush back to her hotel, dial up Zoom and ‘attend’ her class.

  • Leah John And Bonnie Zhai Share Lead At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Bonnie Zhai Shares The First Round Lead Of The 2020 BC Women's Amateur With Leah John -Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    - Diane McFarlane of Surrey leads Senior Championship, while Christina Proteau of Port Alberni and Nonie Marler of Vancouver share Mid-Amateur lead -

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- Leah John shot an even-par 70 Tuesday, which seemed odd because at times it felt like she wasn’t making many pars in the first round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship.

    John called her roller-coaster round at Campbell River Golf & Country Club “crazy.”

    It turned out to be more like crazy good as it earned the 20-year-old Vancouver native a share of the lead with Surrey’s Bonnie Zhai.

  • 2020 BC Blind Golf 'Cloud' Championships A Big Success

    Blind Golfers Have A Coach/Guide Who Can Line Up The Club Behind The Ball For The Player - Image Courtesy Western Canadian Blind Golf Association

    An inaugural 'Cloud' Blind Golf Championship took place at various golf courses across the country last week and proved to be well received.

    With the hard work of Creston, BC's Darren Douma, who is the President of the Western Canadian Blind Golf Assoc. and the Vice President of Blind Golf Canada, along with Doug Hastie from British Columbia Golf, sight-impaired golfers from BC to Ontario were able to play rounds at a home course or one near to their residence and submit scores to be compared on the basis of the course rating.

  • Ten To watch At B.C. Women’s Amateur, Mid-Am & Senior Championships

    The B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship begins Tuesday at Campbell River Golf & Country Club. This year’s event is 54 holes, not the normal 72, with no cut.

    The Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Women’s championships are also being contested at Campbell River. The tournament will adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols that include no caddies and no spectators.

    BC Golf's Brad Ziemer looks at 10 players who figure to contend in their respective categories. Here they are in no particular order:

  • Vancouver’s Michelle Liu's Brilliant Bogey Leads To B.C. Bantam Girls Championship

    Michelle Liu Is The 2020 BC Bantam Girls Champion - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CHEMAINUS -- There is such a thing as a good bogey and Michelle Liu made one of those on the first hole of the final round of the B.C. Bantam Girls Championship.

    The 13-year-old from Vancouver hit her second shot out of bounds but managed to escape with a bogey she was, “pretty proud of.”

    That OB shot was about the only mistake Liu made Wednesday at Mount Brenton Golf Club as she shot a one-under par 70 to win by six shots.

  • Saanichton’s Daniel Bennett Closes With 64 To Win B.C. Bantam Boys Championship

    Daniel Bennett Holds The Trophy High After Winning The  2020 BC Bantam Boys Championship - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CHEMAINUS -- When his eagle landed on  the second hole of Wednesday’s final round, Daniel Bennett figured he might be in for a good day. Make that a great day.

    The 14-year-old from Saanichton scorched Mount Brenton Golf Club with a seven-under 64 to win the B.C. Bantam Boys Championship by six shots.

  • Golf Canada And PGA Of Canada Announce Women In Coaching Program

    Image Credit PGA of Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    This year has been a unique one – to say the least – but a big positive that’s come from the lengthy break from event-planning has seen Golf Canada accelerate meaningful initiatives that will benefit the future of the sport.

    The Golf Canada Women in Coaching Program, launching this week, is one of those initiatives – an exciting partnership between Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada that will put the sport on the path to further balance between sexes at a high level, coaching-wise.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Holmes looks to go back-to-back at Bear Mountain; Hadwin, Taylor begin PGA TOUR playoffs; Sloan’s season ends with tie for 31st at Wyndham

    Victoria's Nolan Thoroughgood (L) Took Home The Royal Colwood Club Championship Over Oregon State Teammate Keaton Gudz On The Weekend - Images credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Evan Holmes won the opening event of the Canada Life Series with a score of eight-under par on the Bear Mountain resort’s Mountain Course. He thinks he’ll need to go lower than that as the series shifts this week to Bear Mountain’s Valley Course.

    “I would say the Valley course is definitely easier,” said Holmes, a former standout with the University of B.C. golf team. “You can get some big numbers on almost every hole on the Mountain course. I feel like you can have a few different strategies on some of the holes on the Valley Course. The Mountain is more target golf. I think the Valley is a really good test. It should be fun.”

  • Angela Arora Wins BC Girls Juvenile & Junior Championships To Complete Her ‘Triple Crown’

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- Surrey’s Angela Arora knew she needed a birdie and some help. She got both on the 18th hole to win the B.C. Juvenile and Junior Girls Championships at Cowichan Golf & Country Club. After a bogey on the par 4 17th hole, Arora walked to the 18th tee trailing Luna Lu of Burnaby by two shots.

    Lu put her drive into the right rough, while Arora found the fairway. Then things got interesting.

  • 2020 CP Women’s Leadership Summit To Be Held Virtually

    - Third annual business summit to inspire empowerment will be held online Tuesday, September 1, with complimentary admission -

    - Panelists include CP Ambassadors Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane; Olympians Marnie McBean and Perdita Felicien; as well as executive and educator, Candy Ho and CP executive Pam Arpin -

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) — Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) has announced the third annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, with complimentary access.

    The intent of the CP Women’s Leadership Summit is to bring together like-minded female business leaders for an opportunity to network, as well as inspire empowerment and philanthropy among women. This year’s Summit will feature four sessions, running from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, and will be hosted by TSN anchor Lindsay Hamilton.

    The CP Women’s Leadership Summit will also help raise funds for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, the primary charity partner of the 2021 CP Women's Open, with online donations supporting the health and wellness of children at the BC Children’s Hospital.

  • Victoria’s William Bishop Rides Hot Putter To B.C. Juvenile Boys Title

    Victoria's William Bishop Is The 2020 BC Boys Juvenile Champion - All Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- William Bishop rolled in six birdie putts, made a couple of great par saves and won going away Thursday at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

    The 16-year-old from Victoria has had quite the summer. Thursday’s win followed his triumph at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship in late July at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course in Kelowna.

    “Oh yeah, it’s been an enjoyable summer,” said Bishop, who shot three rounds in the 60s at Cowichan’s A.V. Macan-designed layout and beat North Vancouver’s Niklas Jaakkola by four shots.

  • British Columbia Golf Blind Open 'Cloud' Championship Set To Go

    image courtesy Blind Golf Canada

    The British Columbia Golf Blind Open 'Cloud' Championship tees off from various locales this weekend around the country.

    Organized with the hard work of Western Canada Blind Golf Association President and Blind Golf Canada Director, Darren Douma from Creston, BC, the event will allow players who qualify within the categories recognized for Blind Golf to play at their home course or one they choose and still compete against one another using scoring comparisons from the facility's slope rating.

  • Victoria’s William Bishop Looks For Junior-Juvenile Double; Abby Chow Of Coquitlam & Michelle Liu Of Vancouver Share Girls’ Lead

    Victoria's William Bishop Is Looking For His Second Provincial Title In As Many Months At Cowichan G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- Young golfers normally win the B.C. Juvenile Championship before adding the B.C. Junior Championship to their resumés. William Bishop is taking a different approach.

    The 16-year-old from Victoria won the B.C. Junior Boys Championship last month at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course in Kelowna. On Thursday, he has an opportunity to hoist the B.C. Juvenile Boys’ trophy at Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

  • Niklas Jaakkola And Michelle Liu Grab First-Round Lead At B.C. Juvenile Championships

    Niklas Jaakkola Is The 1st Round Leader In The BC Juvenile Boys Championship In Cowichan - JKam Photos/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- Despite a swing and a miss from a difficult lie on the final hole, North Vancouver’s Niklas Jaakkola shot a three-under 67 Tuesday to grab the first-round lead at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

    Jaakkola, a 16-year-old who plays out of Seymour Golf & Country Club, was five-under for his round when he arrived on the 18th tee. But a wayward tee shot led to something of an adventure and an eventual double-bogey to end his round.