• Golf Is All In The Family For New Juvenile Boys Champion Jace Minni Of Delta

    Jace Minni Is The 2018 BC Juvenile Boys Champion - Image Credit Ron Tate/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    He wasn’t quite swinging golf clubs before he learned how to walk, but it was close. Golf runs in the family for Jace Minni, the new B.C. Juvenile Boys Champion. His dad Scott is a four-time PGA of BC Champion and noted instructor. His mom Mellodee is the current Women’s Club Champion at Beach Grove´Golf Club in Tsawwassen and his older sister Amanda plays collegiate golf for Oregon State University.

    So it’s safe to say Jace caught the golf bug early. “Yeah, I was right into the game from when I was born holding clubs,” the 16-year-old said after beating Vernon’s Ryan Vest in a playoff Thursday at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club in Kelowna.

  • Victoria's Hayashi Snaps Slump With Win At B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    Victoria's Akari Hayashi Added The B.C. Juvenile Girls Title To Her B.C. Bantam Win 2 Years Ago With This Victory At Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Akari Hayashi is only 15, but that is apparently old enough to be in a slump. The Victoria teen wasn’t happy with her game as she headed to Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club for the B.C. Juvenile Girls  Championship. Hayashi hadn’t played to her considerable potential in 2018 and hoped that might change in Kelowna. She got her wish.

    The Mount Douglas Secondary School student came from behind Thursday to win the Juvenile Girls title. “I have been struggling quite a bit this past year and I am very happy to show what I am capable of at the Juvenile tournament and once again win another B.C. championship,” a happy Hayashi said after her round. “I am so excited about this win.”

  • Vest, Yang Lead Heading Into Final Round Of B.C. Juvenile Boys & Girls Championships

    Ryan Vest, Shown Here In An Event From The Maple Leaf Junior Tour In Whistler Last Year, Is The 36-hole Leader In The B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship - Photo Submitted

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vernon’s Ryan Vest shot the day’s best score, a three-under par 69 that moved him into the lead heading into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna.

    Vest, who plays out of the Predator Ridge Golf Resort, had six birdies and three bogeys on his card in Wednesday’s second round. He stands at three-under par through 36 holes and has a one-shot lead on Jace Minni of Delta.

  • Gallagher’s Canyon Yields Few Low Rounds On Opening Day Of B.C. Juvenile Boys & Girls Championship

    Emma Yang (Pictured) Of Langley Leads The Girls’ Race With Surrey’s Kyle Chang Leading The Boys Division In The B.C. Juvenile Boys & Girls Championships At Kelowna's Gallagher’s Canyon - File Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club played tough for nearly everyone in Tuesday’s opening round of the B.C. Juvenile Boys & Girls Championships. The Kelowna course yielded only two sub-par rounds on the first day of the 54-hole championship for players 16 years old and younger. 

    Kyle Changof Surrey was the only player to really have his way with Gallagher’s, as he opened with a four-under 68 that gave him a three-shot lead heading into Wednesday’s second round. Chang, who plays out of Meadow Gardens Golf Club, had six birdies and two bogeys in his round. Cooper Humphries of Kelowna had the only other round below par. Humphries, who plays out of Okanagan Golf Club, opened with a one-under 71.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor Delivers Clutch Performance; Svensson Gets PGA TOUR Card; Kong Ready For Second LPGA Tour Start

    Abbotsford's Nick Taylor Came Through Big In The Clutch On Sunday With A Final Round 63 At The Wyndam Championship To Keep His Exempt Status On The PGA TOUR For 2019 - File Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    With his job on the line Sunday, all Nick Taylor did was shoot the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career. Taylor’s seven-under 63 in the final round of the Wyndam Championship in Greensboro, N.C., -- the final event of the PGA TOUR regular season -- personified clutch.

    His tie for eighth place finish moved the Abbotsford native from 129th to 119th on the FedEx Cup points list, allowing Taylor to retain his exempt status for next year by finishing inside the top 125.

    That 63 is the lowest round Taylor has shot in his four years on the PGA TOUR. It certainly could not have come at a better time. “It was a stressful week,” a relieved Taylor said in a telephone interview Sunday night. “Not having to deal with that uncertainty now is a huge relief.”

  • Golf Canada Looking For Volunteers For 2019 Season

    Golf Canada, the governing body for the sport in our country, is looking for interested applicants for volunteer positions for 2019 with the deadline coming up soon on September 14, 2018.

    They are seeking to engage a more diverse volunteer workforce, and will be looking for opportunities to do so in 2019.

    Golf Canada’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy is part of the information letter/package in Golf Canada President Leslie Dunning's letter below along with how to apply.

    They are also seeking to expand their Duty Roster volunteers through the Provincial Golf Associations and other referrals.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Big Week for Taylor; Hadwin Not Happy; Crisologo Looks To Bounce Back At Pebble Beach

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Is Eyeing A Big Finish This Week To Maintain His Exempt Status On The PGA TOUR Next Year - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The PGA TOUR’s regular season ends with this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., where Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor needs a big finish to retain his exempt status for next year.

    Taylor enters the Wyndham at No. 129 on the FedEx Cup points list. He must move inside the top 125 to remain fully exempt for the 2018-19 season that begins this fall. Taylor currently has 340 FedEx Cup points. Tyron Van Aswegen currently sits at No. 125 with 364 points. Martin Piller, presently No. 124, has 371 points, and Seamus Power, at No. 123, has 377 points.

    Taylor must finish no worse than 32nd this week -- which would be worth 25 points -- just to pass Aswegen. But in reality he likely needs a top-20 finish to have a chance of cracking the top 125. A 20th-place finish is worth 45 points, which would move Taylor to 395 points.

  • It's Back-To-Back For Zach At Canadian Men's Amateur

    Virginia Native Zach Bauchou Beat Florida’s Philip Knowles By Three Shots To Win His Second Consecutive Canadian Men's Amateur Title - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- The Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship is no longer decided via match play, but apparently no one told Zach Bauchou and Philip Knowles.

    There were 69 other competitors on the course, but right from the start of Thursday’s final round at Duncan Meadows Golf Course it was Bauchou versus Knowles. Everyone else, it seemed, was playing for third place. Bauchou ultimately prevailed and became the 13th player to win back to back Canadian Amateur titles. 

    “I think the feelings are a lot different for me this year because last year I kind of came up here to try and get into the U.S. Amateur and I felt a lot of pressure to win coming down the stretch,” said the 22-year-old Bauchou. “Today I was kind of playing to defend and I was a lot less nervous today than I was last year.”

  • BC's Kaleb Gorbahn Proud To Be Low Canadian Heading Into Final Round Of Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

    Smithers Native Kaleb Gorbahn (L), Whose Father Dana Is Caddying For Him This Week, Is Tied For Third Place After Shooting A Six-Under 65 On Thursday - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    DUNCAN -- There’s a lot of red and white on the leaderboard at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Duncan Meadows Golf Club. And blue. The stars and stripes outnumber the Maple Leafs by a considerable margin through three rounds of the 114th playing of the Canadian Amateur.

    Defending champion Zach Bauchou of Forest, Va., leads the way at 13-under par after shooting a four-under 67 in Thursday’s third round. Philip Knowles of Jacksonville, Fla., moved into second place thanks to a seven-under 64 that left him at 11-under.

    The top Canadian -- and proud to be that -- is Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers, who is in a three-way tie for third at eight-under par.

  • Zach Bauchou Making A Spirited Defence Of His Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

    Oklahoma State University Senior Zach Baucho Has A Three-Shot Lead At The Halfway Mark Of The 2018 Canadian Men's Amateur - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    QUALICUM -- They are trying to catch a cowboy at the Canadian Men’s Amateur ChampionshipZach Bauchou is halfway to defending his title after a three-under 68 in Tuesday’s second round moved him to nine-under par. Bauchou, a Virginia native who is heading into his senior year with the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, has a three-shot lead on Julien Sale of Gatineau, Que.

    After opening with a six-under 65 at Duncan Meadows, Bauchou moved 45 minutes north and played his second round at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum. The tight Pheasant Glen layout reminded him of his home track, Karsten Creek, at Oklahoma State. It seems like there is trouble everywhere at both courses.

  • Follow Live Scoring For The 114th Canadian Men's Amateur At Duncan Meadows & Pheasant Glen

    The 114th Canadian Men's Amateur is underway on Vancouver Island at Duncan Meadows GC and Pheasant Glen GR

    The championship was first held in 1895, making it one of the most storied sporting events in Canada and third oldest amateur championship in the world.

    Duncan Meadows will play host to 252 players from nine countries over four stroke play rounds, while Pheasant Glen will co-host for the first two rounds prior to the 36-hole cut.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo Has High Hopes At Canadian Amateur; Eric Church Falls For Victoria Golf Club; Hadwin Returns For PGA Championship; Taylor Takes It Down To The Wire

    Victoria Golf Club Head Professional Lindsay Bernakevitch Entertained A Special Guest At The Venerable Layout This Past Weekend When Country Music Star Eric Church Paid A Visit For A Round Before Playing The Sunfest Country Music Festival on Sunday night in the Cowichan Valley - Image Courtesy Lindsay Bernakevitch Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Crisologo of Richmond anchors a strong B.C. Team that has high hopes of bringing the Willingdon Cup back to the West Coast.

    Crisologo, Victoria’s Kevin Carrigan and Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers will represent B.C. in the inter-provincial team competition that is held the first two days of this week’s Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Duncan Meadows Golf Course and Pheasant Glen Golf Resort.

    Crisologo, who has to be considered one of the favourites to win the 114th playing of the Canadian Amateur, is excited about the prospects of winning the Willingdon Cup team competition. “It seems those two guys (Carrigan and Gorbahn) have always been top five in the province the last few years, so to finally have all of us together is exciting,” Crisologo said. “We are definitely excited as a team to hopefully play well and bring home the trophy.”

  • Celeste Dao Battles Back To Win Canadian Junior Girls Championship

    17-Year-Old Quebec Resident Celeste Dao, Shown Here With Golf Canada's Pat Thompson And One Of Canada's Finest, Erased A Three-Shot Deficit On The Back Nine To Beat 14-Year-Old Emily Zhu Of Ontario - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In about a year’s time, Celeste Dao will become a University of Georgia Bulldog. On Friday, the 17-year-old from Notre-Dame Ile Perrot, Que., played like that Georgia namesake at Beach Grove Golf Club in the final round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

    Tenacious, resolute, stubborn, persistent. Dao was all those things and more as she dug down deep to rebound from a three-stroke deficit early on the back nine and win the title.

  • 12-Year-Old Lauren Kim Grabs First-Round Canadian Junior Girls Championship Lead At Beach Grove Golf Club

    Lauren Kim, A Surrey Resident Who Just Finished Grade 7, Opened The Canadian Junior Girls Championship Tournament With A 3-under Par 69 - Image Courtesy Sarah Magyar/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lauren Kim apparently hasn’t learned about respecting her elders. The 12-year-old has the audacity to be leading the Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen

    And you know what, the Surrey resident thinks she can win. “Yeah, I'm going to try,” she said after posting a three-under par 69 that gave her a two-shot lead. “I feel confident after doing well today.”

  • 2018 Indigenous Provincial Golf Championships Coming To Talking Rock

    The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (ISPARC) is pleased to present the provincial tournament for Indigenous youth in partnership with Little Shuswap Band and Talking Rock Golf Course and with the support of the Province of BC

    The tournament is scheduled for August 21-22 at Talking Rock GC in Chase, British Columbia in both male and female under 14 & under 17 categories. See the information poster below or contact Alissa Assu (aassu@isparc.ca) to find out more details and how to register for this exciting event

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo Impresses In PGA TOUR Debut; Sunday Struggles Cost Taylor; Ames Third At Senior Open Championship; Shin Repeats As Golden Ears Champ

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo Carried On His Solid Summer By Taking The Gary Cowan Award As The Low Amateur At The RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Crisologo’s first RBC Canadian Open started and finished with a birdie. The 70 holes in between weren’t bad, either. The 22-year-old Richmond resident and reigning B.C. Amateur champion rolled in a 20-foot putt for birdie on the par 5 18th hole Sunday to finish his first PGA TOUR event tied for 45th place at nine-under par.

    Crisologo closed with a three-under par 69 Sunday at Glen Abbey Golf Course after opening with rounds of 68, 69 and 73. “It was quite the experience,” Crisologo told reporters after his final round.

  • BC's Tiffany Kong Top Canadian At Halfway Mark Of Canadian Women's Amateur

    Vancouver's 17-Year Old Tiffany Kong Is The Top Canadian At The Halfway Mark Of The Canadian Women's Amateur Being Held At Marine Drive GC - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This was supposed to be nothing more than a week of practice for Tiffany Kong, who instead finds herself in the thick of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive Golf Club.  The 17-year-old Vancouver resident came to Marine Drive hoping to prepare for next week’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen.

    But thanks to a hot putter and some solid ball-striking, Kong has rattled off 11 birdies through two rounds of the Women’s Amateur and is just two shots out of the lead.

  • Kupcho Begins Title Defence With Course Record Seven-Under 64 At Marine Drive

    Westminster, Colorado's Jennifer Kupcho, The Defending Canadian Women's Amateur Champion Has A Two-Shot Lead After Round One - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong And Naomi Ko Of Victoria The Low Canadians After First Round Of Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jennifer Kupcho’s round started with a bogey after she shanked her wedge approach shot from the middle of the fairway. Things got a little better after that. Actually, much better.

    The 21-year-old from Westminster, Colo., began defence of her Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship title with a record-setting seven-under 64 Tuesday at Marine Drive Golf Club.
    “I actually shanked my approach shot on my first hole and made bogey,” a smiling Kupcho said after her round. “I just missed the putt for par. I birdied the next hole and it kind of went well from there.”

    That is something of an understatement.

    After that opening bogey on the par 4 10th hole -- her first of the day -- Kupcho went birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par, par, birdie to shoot a six-under 29 on her front nine.

  • Duncan Meadows Ready To Host Canadian Men's Amateur

    Defending Champions Quebec Have Returned The Willingdon Cup (Right) Which Appeared Slightly Worse For Wear At A News Conference Hosted By Course Owner Ming Hui - Image Credit Bryan Outram / Courtesy BC Golf

    Vancouver Island's Duncan Meadows Golf Course Will Challenge Canada's Best Amateurs Plus Players From 13 Other Countries Around The World In The 114th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship

    By Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    Following on hosting a number of both provincial and national championships, the course located in the Cowichan Valley 50 km north of Victoria has recently undergone tweaking to test competitors August 6th to 9th

    The layout has been gradually lengthened to more than 6800 yards with new tees added on three holes… most recently on the par three 16th that will make the signature hole play almost 200 yards. 

    A visit to Duncan Meadows in late July showed a course that is going to present a test reminiscent of that seen at this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie. Balls will definitely be able to run.

  • BC Team Heads To Olympic Club In San Francisco For 52nd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

    Reprsenting BC This Week At The 52nd Pacific Coast Amateur In San Francisco Are From L-R: Lawren Rowe, Nolan Thoroughgood And Henry Lee - File Images

    The 52nd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship tees of this week on Tuesday, July 24th at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco. This is the 8th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship to be held at The Olympic Club.

    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 defending champions of the Morse Cup are the contingent from the Southern California Golf Association.