• BC Golfers Nominated For 2014 PNGA Awards

    October 15, 2014

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Eight British Columbia amateur golfers have been nominated for prestigious Pacific Northwest Golf Association Awards.

    The PNGA gives out awards in eight categories: Men's, Women's, Mid-Amateur Men's, Mid-Amateur Women's, Senior Men's, Senior Women's, Junior Boys', and Junior Girls'.

    The players are voted on by the PNGA Championship Committee and the nominated players come from British Columbia, Idaho, Washington State and Oregon.

  • To Post Or Not to Post? That is the Question

    October 6, 2014

    Susan White, British Columbia Golf

    The active season for posting scores made on golf courses in British Columbia is from March 1st to November 15th. This is the season set by the provincial golf association in which clubs may open their handicap system for the posting of scores played on B.C. Courses. 

    Individual clubs may determine that their course is not ready for the posting of scores and may delay the opening of their books to a later date in time.

    Once your club has “opened for the posting of scores” your club has other factors to consider during the “active season”.

  • RunJumpThrow and P2F Coach Workshop

    October 3, 2014
    Kathy Gook (British Columbia Golf)

    In partnership with BC Athletics this workshop provides instructor training for both our Playground to Fairway school golf Coaches and for golf professionals wanting to learn and add more fundamental movement games in their junior golf programs.  

    RunJumpThrow (RJT) is the grassroots development program for our sport. This FUNdamentals program teaches the skills of running, jumping and throwing and the technical skill progressions for track and field events. It is designed for boys and girls ages 6-12, has progressions for older athletes, and can be adapted for special needs.

  • Anjarwalla holds on to win Juvenile Girls' title; San Pedro secures Boys' Championship win with a play-off victory

    August 28, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Diego San Pedro secured the 2014 Juvenile Boys’ Championship title with a one-hole play-off victory, while Shirin Anjarwalla held on to become the Juvenile Girls’ champion on Thursday at Royalwood Golf Course, after leading all three days of competition.

    GIRLS' RESULTS | BOYS' RESULTS | PHOTOS DAY 2 | PHOTOS DAY 3 | VIDEO

  • Members help support Canadian athlete development

    August 19, 2014
     Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Richmond, BC (British Columbia Golf) – Team Canada member and recent Kent State graduate, Corey Conners of Listowel, ON, finished as runner-up at the US Amateur Championship last week. The week prior, 16-year-old, Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, ON also came within reach of the US Women’s Amateur title, losing by two holes in the championship match to Kristen Gillman of Austin, Texas.

    It’s safe to say, Team Canada is doing well. And they’re forcing the world to notice.

  • Kathy Gook wins LPGA western section Junior Golf Leadership Award

    August 15, 2014
     Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    British Columbia Golf’s Director of School Golf, Kathy Gook, has won the LPGA Teachers & Club Professionals Western Section Junior Golf Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the area of junior golf as selected by LPGA T&CP membership, and Gook is now in the running for the overall national award determined by the LPGA T&CP Executive Committee.

  • Choosing Your Game

    Aug 13, 2014
    Kris Jonasson (British Columbia Golf)

    Terms such as “double black diamond” warn the less experienced skier that this particular run may not be pleasant; while “bunny slope” resonates with the beginner. Even the name of the Grouse Grind suggests a difficult hike; while “meadows trail” suggests it’s appropriate for all and “promenade walk” sounds pretty darn inviting.

  • Lu comes from behind to win the 112th BC Amateur in a play off

    July 18, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    After a thrilling five-hole play off, Jordan Lu won the 112th British Columbia Amateur Championship presented by Blue Shore Financial at Seymour Golf and Country Club on Friday.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS (DAY 4) | VIDEO

    Lu birdied the final hole of regulation play; a 558-yard par 5, to finish Even (284) for the Championship tied with Michael Belle, and forced a sudden-death play off to determine the 2014 champion.

  • Gudz wins 2014 Junior Boys' Championship

    July 11, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf) 

    Keaton Gudz won the British Columbia Golf Junior Boys’ Championship presented by Canadian Direct Insurance on Friday with a five-under-par 283 after four rounds of fierce competition.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS (DAY 3) | PHOTOS (DAY 4) | HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

  • Kim hangs on to win the Women's Amateur Championship

    July 11, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Taylor Kim finished at 10-under to win the title at the 111th British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur at Kamloops Golf and Country Club on Friday.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS | ROUND 1 VIDEO | RECAP VIDEO

    Kim shot -2 on Friday to finish out a week of exceptional play, winning her first title at a British Columbia Golf Championship. The Team Canada member was already 2-under at the turn and only bogeyed once on number 15 that proved to be just a slight speed bump on the way to the title.

  • Naomi Ko wins 2014 Junior Girls' Championship

    July 4, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Naomi Ko won the 2014 British Columbia Golf Junior Girls’ Championship title at The Dunes at Kamloops on Friday with a 6-under par 286 after four days of competitive play.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS  | FEATURE VIDEO | HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

    The Team Canada member shot even par on the par-73 5886-yard course on the final day of the Championship on her way to winning the title.

  • Little wins fourth Senior Women's title; Horwood takes top spot in Super-Senior Championship

    June 19, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Jackie Little won her fourth British Columbia Golf Senior Women’s Championship in addition to placing first in the Mid-Master Championship on Thursday at Vernon Golf and Country Club; while Holly Horwood took home top honours in the Super-Senior Championship.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS | VIDEO

  • High school championships conclude; Lu sets course record

    May 29, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Jordan Lu set a new course record and personal best (63) at Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. His 14-under performance helped Prince of Wales Secondary School capture the BC School Sports ‘AAA’ Championship title.

  • Women in golf

    May 6, 2014
    Jim Lee, (British Columbia Golf)

    The National Golf Foundation recently released information on women's participation in golf, comparing the US to other countries.  Over the past 20 years the number of women in the game in the US has remained the same, despite significant efforts to increase their participation.  Currently, about 20% of US golfers are women, compared with 30% in Canada, 38% in Korea and 39% in Germany.  The NGF cites the following factors in the differences between the US and other countries. 

  • World Champion figure skater Patrick Chan hits the links with British Columbia Golf and ASPAC

    May 15, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    As a proud partner of the ASPAC Club, British Columbia Golf was on hand at Richmond Olympic Oval on Wednesday, May 14 as the club announced three-time World Champion figure skater, Patrick Chan, as honorary member No. 1.

    Following a press conference with the two-time Olympic silver medalist, British Columbia Golf was honored to enjoy lunch and a short round of golf with Chan at Quilchena Golf and Country Club.

  • Clark and Faithfull receive awards

    April 1, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    Betty Clark and George Faithfull were honoured over the weekend with the Distinguished Service Award. The two devoted volunteers were acknowledged with the distinction for their hard work and significant volunteer contributions to British Columbia Golf.

  • British Columbia Golf Launches New Website and Newsletter

    British Columbia Golf has partnered with Inside Golf publications to develop a new website and new newsletter format that will help us improve our communications capability with our members and other interested golfers. We have been struggling with older systems that limit our capabilities and it was time to refresh our look and feel, and how we communicate with our members.

  • 2014 Annual General Meeting

     

    (RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA) – The winners of the 2013 Titleist Order of Merit Award were announced Saturday at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club during the British Columbia Golf 11th Annual General Meeting after another abundantly successful season for British Columbia golfers.

    The athletes who have collected the most points in their age and gender category are awarded the prestigious title annually.

    The 2013 recipients included Kevin Carrigan (Men’s Mid-Amateur), Norm Bradley (Sr. Men’s), Kris Yardley (Men’s Master-40), Adam Svensson (Men’s Amateur), Kevin Kwon (Junior Boys’), Allison Murdoch (Sr. Women’s), Taylor Kim (Women’s), Alix Kong (Jr. Girls’), and Christina Proteau (Women’s Mid-Amateur).

    Murdoch extended her gratitude, echoing the sentiments of all the athletes awarded, stating, “I appreciate the support of the association on a continuing basis and also how I consider that I am able to benefit from the high standard of championships put on by British Columbia Golf. I am proud to represent British Columbia Golf wherever I go.”

    Distinguished Service Award

    Betty Clark and George Faithful were also honoured over the weekend with the Distinguished Service Award. The two devoted volunteers were acknowledged with the distinction for their hard work and significant volunteer contributions to British Columbia Golf.

    Clark began working for the British Columbia Golf Association in 1988 and remained with the Association for 20 years. Clark also volunteered with British Columbia Golf on the provincial, club and zone levels, despite working full time, and has continued to be an active volunteer ever since her retirement.

    Congratulations on the award were extended to Faithful by Doug Alexander, President of Golf Canada, demonstrating that the volunteer contributions of Faithful have been acknowledged at all levels of golf in Canada. Hailed as a mentor, Faithful has volunteered at countless events provincially and nationally, his hard work never waning.

    British Columbia Golf is proud to recognize Clark and Faithful for their tireless volunteer efforts over their many years of contribution.

    Election of directors

     

    In addition, British Columbia Golf is happy to announce that returning members, Kathleen Mackenzie and Barry Petrachenko, have been re-elected to the Board of Directors for the upcoming three years.

    Moving Forward

    As announced by British Columbia Golf President, David Atkinson at the AGM, this year the organization hopes to focus on membership and participation in the sport of golf.

    “These days we all know that there are many more sport activity options from which kids and parents can choose, and we want to make sure that golf can be one of those chosen options,” stated Atkinson.

    British Columbia Golf hopes to promote the sport through programs such as “Playground to Fairway” for school-aged children that not only helps build the foundation for learning the fundamentals of golf, but generally increases physical literacy in young children.

    Going forward widespread physical literacy is the key goal of children’s programs.

    “In more remote areas we partner with other sport organizations to cross-train individuals on several sports in the same visit. That program is called SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources),” Atkinson continued.

    The Association is committed to promoting physical literacy and the sport of golf as financially responsibly as possible.

    With programs in place to help promote the sport, Atkinson is confident membership and involvement will be on the rise.

    “I believe that within the British Columbia golfing community, we do have the collective skills, abilities and strength of will necessary for our sport to regain its former health.”

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  • 2014 Annual General Meeting

    April 1, 2014
    Morgan Gibbens (British Columbia Golf)

    The winners of the 2013 Titleist Order of Merit Award were announced Saturday at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club during the British Columbia Golf 11th Annual General Meeting after another abundantly successful season for British Columbia Golfers.