• ‘We Are Golf’ Releases Economic Impact Of Golf In Canada (2019)

    Written by National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA)/Courtesy Golf Canada

    The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

    According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rivalry Series to continue after winter break; Sloan posts season-best result in Bermuda; Handicap scoring season nearing end; Vancouver courses tee it forward

    UBC Thunderbirds Golf Coach, Chris Macdonald - Image Credit Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Having just completed a successful fall schedule, the B.C. Rivalry Series will return in mid-February with several more one-day events. “I don’t think it could have gone any better than it did,” says UBC golf coach Chris Macdonald, who created the series when the regular collegiate golf season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

    “We were very lucky, the weather was fantastic, the courses were all really supportive of us being there and it was a great experience for the students.” Eight one-day events were held in the fall, with the final two tournaments played last week at Chilliwack Golf Club and Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey.

  • Handicapping: Active seasons

    By Golf Canada

    The World Handicap System stipulates every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores into one’s scoring record from rounds played on courses observing their active season, which is part of the golf season when courses have acceptable playing conditions.

    Ultimately, it is the responsibility of authorized provincial golf association to declare active and inactive periods, and it is the responsibility of the area club and golfers to observe these dates for posting purposes.

    Each year, provincial associations analyze numerous factors to determine their active seasons. This ensures consistency of when scores would be posted by the majority of golfers to help keep Handicap Indexes accurate.

  • Rules Of Handicapping Education Opportunities From Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    As the golf season begins to wind down across Canada, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the educational opportunities available to you as a Golf Canada member.

    RULES OF HANDICAPPING
    With the release of the World Handicapping System (WHS) in January, it is important to understand the changes and how it impacts you – the golfer!

    For those that are interested in learning more about the World Handicapping System, we have created an online presentation that highlights the major changes to the Rules of Handicapping.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Tobiano puts wrap on record year; Close call for du Toit in Sedona; UFV’s Jackson Jacob goes low at Northview

    Tobiano GC In Kamloops Was One Of Many Courses In BC That Found A Way To Flourish During 2020 And The Covid-19 Pandemic - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    You will have to forgive British Columbia golf course operators if they happen to be humming a hit song by country music artist Eric Church from a couple of years ago.

    After all, many of them have had a Record Year. Take Tobiano in Kamloops, for example. General manager Terry Smith and his staff recently closed the facility for the winter and Smith reports it was a year like no other in the resort’s 12-year history. “We had our best year ever,” Smith says.

  • BC Golf Performance Coaches Rewarded For Excellence In Their Field

    Recently two of British Columbia Golf's Performance Team coaches, Jennifer Greggain and Colin Lavers, were recognized by the PGA of BC for their outstanding contributions to the advancement, education and betterment of junior golf. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: COVID forces du Toit to hit the road; Hadwin, Taylor off to another big-money, no-cut event; Allenby-Stinson BC Match Play champs; UBC-Okanagan brings the Heat

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit, Is Shown Here During The Golf Canada Camp At Bear Mtn - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One of Jared du Toit’s lasting memories of 2020 will be of the long hours spent in his car, alone with his golf clubs, in search of somewhere to play. 

    When the PGA Tour Latino-America circuit went on hiatus after just one event in March, du Toit had nowhere to play. He went back home to Kimberley for a time before venturing out on the road.

    “It has been super weird,” du Toit says. “I had a work visa in the U.S. and I was allowed to enter the country so I kind of made a plan for the summer to just travel around in my car and play as many events as I could.”

  • Video: Team British Columbia Golf Performance Program

    As part of British Columbia Golf's mandate "...building participation and supporting the sport by providing resources, education and competition for British Columbians" a Performance Program is in place to offer assistance to aspiring competitive golfers. 

    A recent Performance Camp held at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond provided an opportunity to speak with the program's leader, Colin Lavers, along with some of the players participating in the camp.

    The following video gives us a good insight as to what the program offers and what its participants see as the benefits of such a program.

     

  • BC's Jennifer Greggain Named Coach Of National Junior Squads

    by Golf Canada

    PGA of Canada member Jennifer Greggain has been named coach of the National Junior Squads by Golf Canada.

    Working alongside head coach Robert Ratcliffe, Jennifer Greggain will help guide mental performance, physiotherapy, biomechanics and nutrition for the Canada’s top athletes.

    Coaching will be based at the national training centre at Bear Mountain in Victoria, B.C., featuring a centralized component from March through June which provides accommodation and education for athletes during their high school second semester.

  • Survey Indicates Golf's Mental Wellbeing Benefits

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    Courtesy Golf Business News

    BASEL, Switzerland — New members at golf clubs say stress relief has been an important reason to join during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10), a snapshot survey of 250 golfers in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, indicated that more than half (55%) of those who had joined a club in the past six months cited ‘mental wellbeing’ as their primary reason for joining.

  • Golf Community Saddened By The Loss Of Former Golf Canada President Findlay Young Of Prince George, BC

    courtesy Golf Canada/PGGCC Board of Directors

    Golf Canada is saddened to share the news that former President and Honorary Life Governor Findlay Young of Prince George, B.C. passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the age of 92.

    For many of our volunteers and past Presidents, Findlay was a great friend and mentor whose passion for golf and contributions to the game left a lasting impact on our organization and our sport.

    Below is a message that was shared by the Prince George Golf & Curling Club and here is a link to the bio that was included with his induction into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame. 

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    "The Club lost a great friend of golf and its last lifetime member with the passing of Mr. Findlay Young on Friday. Findlay's contributions to the Club and game in general were immeasurable over the 50+ years he shaped golf in our area."

     

    Photo from the 1992 World Amateur Golf Team Championships

    Always prioritizing junior golf, he successfully mentored many skilled amateurs locally, provincially, and nationally, including captaining the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Junior Teams. Findlay’s rules proficiency and diplomatic skills eventually led to the presidency of Golf Canada as the first ever elected from Northern BC.

    As president he attended the World rules conference and served as Canada’s golf ambassador to the 1994 Masters and Canadian, U.S., and British Opens. A lethal wedge player and scratch golfer for many years, Findlay dominated golf in the Northern interior, holding 11 club championships at the Prince George Golf & Country Club, a record that will never be equaled.

    "Fin" significantly influenced all aspects of our club's development, and on behalf of the board, our condolences and best wishes go out to the Young family.

    "scíth a ligean"

    Respectfully
    Don McDermid
    General Manager On Behalf of the PGGCC Board of Directors

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rivalry Series gets rolling; Sunday struggles cost Hadwin; Davison advances to PGA Europro Q-school finals; Svensson finishes strong in Korn Ferry season-finale

    The Chris Macdonald-Led UBC Women's Golf Team Swept The First Two Events Of The BC Rivalry Series - Image Credit: Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The BC Rivalry Series continues this week with one-day events scheduled for Wednesday at Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills and Thursday at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond.

    The series, featuring the UBC, University of the Fraser Valley and UBC-Okanagan men’s and women’s golf teams, got started earlier this month with two one-day events played at Okanagan Golf Club Bear Course in Kelowna.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison goes back to (Q) school; Hadwin looking for more good Vegas vibes; Taylor buoyed by Tour’s COVID response; Wong wins PGA of BC women’s title

    BC's Callum Davison Is Headed Across The Pond To Attend The PGA EuroPro Tour Q-School - Image Credit: Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Duncan’s Callum Davison has headed to England to try and earn a spot on the PGA EuroPro Tour. The 20-year-old Davison, a former B.C. Bantam Boys champion, will tee it up Tuesday and Wednesday at a first-stage Q-school site at Donnington Grove Golf Club in Newbury, England, about 80 kilometres west of London.

    He hopes to advance to the final stage of Q-school which goes next week in Oxford, England. “It’s a tour I played on when I was 18,” Davison says. “With COVID I just want to make sure I have somewhere to play full-time next year. I’d rather play on the Mackenzie Tour but the way I look at it, if you don’t have a full schedule you don’t have a chance to go anywhere.”

  • Ideas To Make Your Course More Accessible

    image credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Written by Leslie Dunning/Courtesy Golf Canada & CSCM

    The Invictus Games, held in Toronto in September 2017, included a golf event hosted by St. George’s Golf Club where spectators were treated to outstanding performances by the athletes. Those of us fortunate enough to attend the event could not help but imagine the opportunities of engaging more people with disabilities in golf.

    “This was the most memorable and inspirational event we have been a part of,” said Jason Clarke, CCM, who was general manager at St. George’s during the Games.

  • New Evidence Indicates Golf Improves Muscle Strength And Balance

    image courtesy Golf Canada/R&A 

    Written by The R&A/Courtesy Golf Canada

    An international research study backed by The R&A has found new evidence to suggest golf can provide significant health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance.

    Muscle strength and balance exercises form an important part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended guidelines to tackle physical inactivity in older people about which little was previously known for golf.

    The Strength and Balance Study, carried out with two sample groups over two years by Professor Maria Stokes OBE at the University of Southampton and Dr George Salem at the University of Southern California (USC), has indicated that older golfers have and develop strength and balance benefits.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Bootleg Gap back on market; Taylor plans four in a row to start fall; Roxburgh’s junior reunion

    An Aerial Shot Of Bootleg Gap GC In Kimberley, BC - Image Credit bootleggapgolf.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A year after putting it on the market, the City of Kimberley is still trying to sell Bootleg Gap Golf Course. Scott Sommerville, chief administrative officer with the City of Kimberley, says a deal with a prospective purchaser appears to be dead.

    “I think because of the pandemic the deal with the preferred proponent that we had identified is falling apart,” Sommerville said in a recent interview. “It's kind of in-camera with (city) council right now.”

  • Ruby and Pals - A Children's Book About Golf And More

    Ruby and Pals is a fun read where children, parents and grandparents can relate to different characters. This series is for children of all ages. Ruby and Pals has 25 Book titles with different concepts in each. Of course, golf lingo, golf rules and etiquette will be described and explained.

    This book not only teaches the values of etiquette, manners, and sportsmanship, but also demonstrates conflict resolution and instills problem solving techniques that readers can use in their everyday life.

    The creators/writers of this series believe that learning to be a good friend and competitor is just as important as learning the rules and options of golf.

  • 9 Different Games To Play On The Golf Course

    Written by Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada

    Golf is both thrilling and maddening, a way to have a singular escape or meet with friends, and a game for a lifetime that can be played by both the health-conscious and those who take it as an opportunity to raise a Steamwhistle and crush a hot dog.

    But, when you’re looking for something even more for your next 18 holes, we’ve got you covered with an explainer of some fun games you could play with your group.

  • Norm Bradley Finally Wins His Big One In Dramatic Fashion

    Kelowna's Norm Bradley Beat Mike Mannion On The First Hole Of A Playoff To Capture The B.C. Senior Men’s Championship - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley had a feeling that when he finally broke through and won his first British Columbia Golf championship it would not come easy. 

    But no one could have possibly imagined it would be quite this hard.

    For the first 16 holes of the final round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship, the 62-year-old Kelowna resident seemed to have it on cruise control. He stepped up to the 17th tee at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club with a five-shot lead.

    But like Yogi Berra once said, it’s never over ’til it’s over.

  • POSTPONED

    By 2021 Canada Games Host Society

    The Canada Games Council and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society have decided to postpone the 2021 Canada Summer Games until the summer of 2022

    September 16, 2020 (Niagara, ON) – The Canada Games Council (CGC) and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, after consulting with the Niagara Region, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Government, have made the difficult decision to postpone next year’s Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    The Games were originally scheduled to take place in August 2021 but, due to continued public health concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic, they will be rescheduled to the summer of 2022.

    ANY PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO ATTENDING THE BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF CANADA SUMMER GAMES ID CAMPS, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER FROM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, DEBBIE PYNE, ADDRESSING THOSE CAMPS, WHICH ARE BEING SCHEDULED TO GO AHEAD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.