• 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.

  • Golf Canada Partners With First Tee To Establish First Tee – Canada

    All Images Courtesy First Tee - Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada and First Tee announced on August 10th a new partnership to launch First Tee – Canada. First Tee’s Board Chairman, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, shared the news during a global announcement that the Presidents Cup will return to Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2024.

    Together, the partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf activities – previously conducted under the Future Links brand – that reach kids in schools and at golf facilities.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: No sweat for Sloan; Hadwin unhappy with T58 at PGA; Juvenile/Junior Girls Championships set for Cowichan

    Vancouver's Nonie Marler Won The Ontario Women's Mid-Amateur And Will Be In The Field At The B.C. Women's Amateur/Mid-Amateur Later This Month - Photo Courtesy PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In a normal year, Merritt’s Roger Sloan would be playing for his PGA TOUR life at this week’s regular-season finale, the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Of course, this year has been anything but normal and Sloan has nothing to worry about.

    When the PGA TOUR was forced to take a lengthy hiatus this spring due to COVID-19, it decided that players would retain their current status through the end of the 2020-21 season.

  • Golf Canada Tees Up New All-In-One Golf App With Innovative Enhancements

    The new Golf Canada app sets the stage for a greatly enhanced digital experience

    Written by Brent Long/Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canada’s largest golf community is about to become more connected with the launch of the new Golf Canada app.

    The user-friendly app launched August 5 is now available to all golfers nationwide to record and track their scores, trace where they have played and provide detailed game statistics as a game improvement tool. The app is free to download and can be used by golfers at any level of skill.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Macdonald posts career-best finish on Korn Ferry Tour; Hadwin and Taylor head to PGA Championship; Belle wins in Fort St. John

    Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald - Image Courtesy Golf Canada/Graig Abel

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It wasn’t quite the round he hoped for, but Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald still posted his best-ever finish on the Korn Ferry Tour on Sunday.

    Macdonald closed with a two-over 73 that left him in a tie for 20th at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb. Macdonald’s six-under total was five shots behind winner Seth Reeves.

    The Point Grey Golf Club product had started the day in a tie for sixth spot. The finish earned Macdonald $7,300 and moved him up 21 spots on the Korn Ferry Tour points list to 128th. Macdonald has made the cut in six of seven starts this year.

  • Golf Canada Launches COVID-19 Golf Relief Fund

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation have joined together to launch the COVID-19 GOLF RELIEF FUND, to support golf courses in helping employees and golfers stay safe while also thanking front-line workers through encouraging additional play and welcoming juniors to further experience the game.

    During the pandemic, golf has experienced a booming resurgence, emerging as one of the safest recreational activities for Canadians to enjoy and highlighting the physical and mental benefits that the sport provides.

  • B.C. Junior Boys Title A Big Deal For Victoria’s William Bishop

    Victoria's William Bishop Poses With The Medal & Trophy As The 2020 BC Junior Boys Champion - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KELOWNA -- William Bishop summed up his win at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship this way: “This is big,” he said. “This is really big.”

    Bishop, a 16-year-old from Victoria, rebounded from a slow start and shot an even-par round of 72 to win the championship at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course. “I am really happy right now,” Bishop said. “The way I played today was great. I left a couple of strokes out there, but I think everyone did. I have no regrets with the way I played today. I pulled if off and got the win.”

  • Dan Swanson Successfully Defends His B.C. Mid-Amateur And Mid-Master Titles

    Dan Swanson, Seen Here Holding Two Trophies - One Being His Son Jack,  Picked Up Both The Mid-Amateur And Mid-Master Titles In The BC Amateur - image credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KELOWNA -- Dan Swanson got what he came for when he successfully defended his B.C. Mid-Amateur Championship at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course.

    He also came tantalizingly close to adding what would have been a very big bonus.

    Swanson, a 41-year-old former pro from Abbotsford who regained his amateur status about three years ago, made a final-round charge that fell one shot short of forcing a playoff for the B.C. Amateur Championship.