• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison closes strong in Canada Life Series; Hadwin off to Winged Foot; Svensson T28 on Korn Ferry Tour; Birchbank Golf Course sold

    Duncan, BC's Callum Davison Was The Beneficiary When Canada Life Series Winner, Amateur Laurent Desmarchais, Was Not Eligible To Collect The $9,000 1st-place Cheque - BC Golf  File Photo/JKam Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Any disappointment Duncan’s Callum Davison was feeling about coming up one shot short in the Canada Life Series finale at TPC Toronto was softened when the 20-year-old realized he would be receiving first-place money.

    The event was won by 19-year-old Quebec amateur Laurent Desmarchais, who was not eligible to accept the $9,000 first-place cheque. That went instead to Davison, who had a good couple of weeks in Toronto. He tied for second in the first of two Canada Life Series events at TPC Toronto.

    “I clued in after the fact that I was going to get the winning cheque, so that was nice,” Davison said in a telephone interview.

  • This Is The Most Common Handicap Index Among Golfers In The United States

    BY: JOSH BERHOW / golf.com

    Sure, your golf game is good. But chances are it’s even better — or maybe worse — than you actually thought. We’ll let you be the judge.

    The USGA updated its handicap index statistics — compiling the millions of official handicaps registered with the governing body — to create a treasure trove of golfy nuggets and facts. You can dig into all of it here, but we decided to highlight what we thought was the top water-cooler fodder — the most common handicap index in golf.

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  • Doug Roxburgh Well Prepared As He Attempts To Win His Fourth Straight B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Doug Roxburgh Has His Eye On A 4th BC Senior Men's Crown At Sunshine Coast GC Next Week - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many of the rest of us, Doug Roxburgh has been playing lots of golf this summer. “There’s nothing else to do,” Roxburgh said with a laugh.

    “I think like a lot of people we have been playing a lot of golf. Probably more than I have ever played since I was a junior. I think everybody is probably in the same boat.”

    Not surprisingly, Roxburgh has been playing well. The Hall of Famer and 13-time B.C. Amateur champion recently won his 17th club championship at Marine Drive Golf Club.

  • 2020 BC Golf Net 'Cloud' Championships Moving To Final Stage

    At British Columbia Golf, we know this year has been challenging for those who enjoy some competition, so we came up with a fun, competitive event that you don’t have to leave “home” for. 

    The BC Golf Net 'Cloud' Championship is being conducted in September using differentials (net scores) from golfers all over the province. Golfers who played and posted at least two rounds of golf between September 3rd and 8th to their profile on Golf Canadawere automatically entered in four different cagegories. 

    We can now share with you the leaderboards showing who has qualified to be in the 'finals' with British Columbia Golf logo'd Titleist ProV1's to be won. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan lone British Columbian in field as new PGA TOUR season begins; Davison T2 at TPC Toronto; du Toit makes cut in Korn Ferry Tour debut

    Merritt's Roger Sloan Is The Lone BCer In This Week's Season-Opener On The PGA TOUR - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One season ends and another begins. There really is no off-season anymore on the PGA TOUR, which tees off its 2020-21 season with this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

    It is the first of a record 50 tournaments, including six majors, scheduled over the next year in what the PGA TOUR has dubbed a ‘super season.’

    The U.S. Open and Masters, both postponed due to COVID-19, will be played twice over the next year.

  • British Columbia Golf Members Eligible For A Free Two-Year Subscription To Golfweek Digital Magazine

    As one of the benefits for being a Golf Canada/British Columbia Golf member, you can receive a 'FREE' two-year subscription to Golfweek's digital magazine.

    This special offer can be accessed HERE or by clicking on the image below. 

    Golfweek Digital Subscription Offer
    Sign up for two years of complimentary access to Golfweek's digital edition (value: $29.95) – and choose from Golfweek's suite of email newsletters/offers – as a benefit of your association membership.

     
  • An Open Letter To New Golfers, From The Rest Of Us

    image used with permission/pikrepo

    By Joel Beall/golfdigest.com

    New golfer,

    Hello. We are thrilled to hear you have taken up the sport. Our game is one of endless joy and incessant frustration. If that sentence doesn’t come off as a paradox, congrats, you’re in the right place.

    Let us begin with an apology. We wanted to write this sooner, as golf has been inundated with new faces this year. However, much like frosted tips, planking and America’s infatuation with British cooking shows, we thought this might be a passing fancy. Yet fall is around the corner and it remains easier to pole vault with a toothpick than to book a tee time, so … welcome!

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  • A Cautionary Tale For Junior Golfers And Their Biggest Fans

    Free Image Courtesy Pixnio

    By Shawn Allen/Morningread.com

    Parents naturally take pride in their child's accomplishments as a golfer, but experts say the goal should be to develop the skills needed to form a well-adjusted adult. And if the kid happens to become a good golfer along the way, then consider it to be a bonus

    This has been anything but a typical year in golf. Not just on the PGA TOUR, which resumed play in early June and only recently held its first major championship. The junior-golf season has been turned inside out, as well.

    Around the country, young golfers got a late start on their events and are preparing for the new school year amid the uncertainty of the global coronavirus pandemic. Golf is a safer sport to play than contact sports, but the question is begged, What is the goal of pushing juniors into competition so early? The answer reveals a pernicious side to the junior game.

    See full story here...

  • Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong Trying To Adapt To Her New Ivy League World

    Vancouver's Tiffany Kong Finally Got To Play In A Golf Tournament For The First Time In Six Months In The Vancouver Open - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tiffany Kong did something she hadn’t done in nearly six months this past weekend. She played in a golf tournament.

    The Princeton University sophomore was the low woman amateur at the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Vancouver Open, played over 54 holes on the three City of Vancouver courses.

    Kong swears her game is rusty, but it didn’t really show as she shot rounds of 73, 74 and 73. “Definitely showed some rust, especially around the greens and putting,” Kong said. “My feel wasn’t great.”

  • 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.