• Golf Participation Survey Shows Increase In Play

    By Jim Lee (edited by Jeff Sutherland)

    A new golf report has been released by British Columbia Golf that is providing both updates and some illumination on some previously unquantified market segments.

    Conducted last year (2016), it has found that the size of the golf market increased slightly in 2016 to 680,000 golfers, continuing its upward trend.

    The participation rate also increased.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Gibson Back In Hall For Third Time; Mulhern Scorches Richmond Country Club With 11-under 61

    The 1979 BC Willingdon Cup Team Including Victoria's Rick Gibson (shown here), Vancouver's Doug Roxburgh, Kelly Murray and Steve Berry Wil Be Enshrined In The BC Golf Hall Of Fame - Images Courtesy Golf Canada & BC Golf Museum

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Victoria native Rick Gibson will be entering the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame for the third time this fall.

    Gibson, who is already in the hall of fame as an individual and as part of Canada’s 1994 Dunhill Cup-winning team, is being inducted again as part of the team that won the 1979 Willingdon Cup for B.C.
    That team was unique in that it was comprised of all Marine Drive Golf Club members. Doug Roxburgh, Steve Berry and Kelly Murray were the other members of that team.

  • Many Of Canada’s Top Young Players Tee It Up In B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship At Vernon Golf Club

    The Venerable Vernon Golf & Country Club Plays Host To This Year's B.C. Women's Amateur Championship Boasting An Incredibly Strong Field

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Keep it between the trees and below the hole. Those are the most basic instructions for Vernon Golf & Country Club, which plays host to the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship June 27-30.

    Vernon is one of British Columbia’s oldest courses, dating back to 1913, and many of its fairways are lined with Lombardy poplars and weeping willows. Stray off the fairway and you will have a decision to make.

  • Pultz Prevails In Playoff Over Horwood To Win Elusive B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    The 2017 BC Women's Senior and Super-Senior Champion Karen Pulz (R) Poses With Team BC Teammates Holly Horwood (L) And Jackie Little (C) - Image Credit British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It's not like she needed a reminder, but Karen Pultz got one the night before the final round of the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.

    At Wednesday night’s tournament banquet, Pultz was looking at the long list of past Senior Women’s champions when her good friend and a past champion of the event, Phyllis Laschuk, gave her some words of encouragement.

    “Phyllis said it's time you put your name on this,” Pultz recalled Thursday. “I'm 60 years old and I was probably known as one of the best players never to have won the B.C. Senior. And now I am a little bit in shock to say the least because I've done it!”

  • Live Scoring & Round-by-Round Wrap-Ups From 2017 BC Golf Women's Senior, Super-Senior & Net-Stableford Championship

    The 2017 British Columbia Golf Women's Senior, Super-Senior & Net-Stableford Championship is underway at the beautiful Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.

    The competiton is open to all female golfers age 50 and older as of the first day of the National Senior Women's Championship (August 22, 2017).

    Senior and Super-Senior: 54-hole gross stroke play competition. Players will be competing in all events in which they are age-eligible.

    Net-Stableford: 54-hole Net-Stableford (Players may elect to play off a shorter set of tees, however, will not be in the primary championships).

    Zone Team Gross - 2 person teams selected by each zone in advance of the competition. Scoring is based on players combined 2 day scores on day one and day two. Note players in this zone competition must be competing in the primary competition.

    Best-Ball Team Net – players may submit the names of their teams at registration (prior to the beginning of play on day 1). Players may be in any of the primary or secondary (Stableford) championships. Net scores will be adjusted relative to the course rating. Scoring will be based on better-ball net score on each of the 54-holes of play.

    For live scoring please CLICK HERE 

    For a round-by-round wrap-ups please see below.

  • BC's Senior Women Golfers Set To Do A Little Walking On Sunshine

    The Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club Is Set To Play Host To The B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The scorecard seldom tells us the real story about a golf course. This is especially true at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, which from June 20-22 plays host the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship.

    With tees ranging in length from 4,743 to 6,357 yards, Sunshine Coast is not, by today’s standards, a long golf course.

    But what it may lack in length, Sunshine Coast more than makes up with its many subtleties, like green complexes that are among the most challenging in the province. That is where the Senior and Super Senior women’s championships figure to be decided. She with the fewest three-putts may win.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces Male Canada Summer Games Team

    British Columbia Golf Will Be Looking To Keep Their Unbeaten Streak Alive At This Year's Canada Summer Games In Winnipeg

    Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday this year and with that the Canada Games will hold its 50th edition with the Summer Games in Winnipeg from July 28th to August 13th. 

    Featuring 16 sports and over 250 events, combined with a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Summer Games will bring together exceptional athletes and artists from coast to coast to celebrate the occasion.

    One of those sports is of course, Golf, and when it comes to competing in the Canada Summer Games, few provinces can boast the results in any discipline quite like BC can when it comes to golf.

    In 2009 (the first year golf was played as a sport in the Summer Games) and 2013 the representatives from British Columbia took home every gold medal available, in individual and team competitions for both males and females.

    With the announcement of the male version of their golf squad this year, the coaches and managers of BC's Summer Games Team look to put together the first component of maintaining that unblemished record.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Du Toit Moves On To Kelowna After Pro Debut; Svensson Top 10s On Web.com Tour

    BC's Steven Diack (L) And Chris Crisologo (R) Represented British Columbia Golf In Fine Fashion With A 3rd Place Finish Just Four Back Of The Winners At The Mexican National Amateur Championship - Image Courtesy Mexican Golf Federation

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It wasn’t the finish he wanted, but Jared du Toit still enjoyed what must be considered a successful pro debut this past weekend in Victoria.

    Du Toit finished tied for 29th place at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open at Uplands Golf Club. The 2015 B.C. Amateur champion from Kimberley had entered Sunday’s final round tied for eighth spot after opening with rounds of 67, 70 and 66. But a three-over 73 on Sunday dropped him down the leaderboard.

    Du Toit had been Canada’s top-ranked amateur before turning pro after graduating recently from Arizona State University.

  • BC's John Gallacher Goes Wire-To-Wire Claiming PNGA Super Senior Men’s Title, Tom Brandes Takes Senior Men’s Title In Playoff

    BC's John Gallacher (L) And Washington State's Tom Brandes (R) Are Your 2017 PNGA Super Senior And Senior Champions Respectively - Image Courtesy PNGA

    Courtesy PNGA Staff

    June 8, 2017 -- Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. came from behind in the final round to successfully defend his title and win the 53rd Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, while John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C. went wire-to-wire for the title in the 8th Pacific Northwest Super Senior Men’s Amateur.

    The two championships were held concurrently at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club, both of which are located in Blaine, Wash. The championships were conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

  • British Columbia Golf Announces GJAC Team For 2017 In Las Vegas

    The 2017 BC Girls Junior Americas Cup Team Clockwise From Top Left (With Non-Playing Team Captain Pat Thompson In The Centre): Kathrine Chan, Tiegan Taylor, Tiffany Kong And Cecile Kwon - All Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf 

    The 2017 Girls Junior Americas Cup takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada July 30th – August 3rd. This prestigious event is being hosted this year by the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association & Reflection Bay Golf Club.

    The GJAC was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington. The first tournament was held at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Olympia, Washington.

    Eleven teams participated including Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Du Toit To Make His Pro Debut In Victoria; Wong Finds Place To Play In China

    BC's Jared du Toit Debuts As A Professional This Week At Uplands GC In Victoria In The Mackenzie Tour/PGA Tour Canada's Bayview Place Cardtronics Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit will make his pro debut at this week’s Bayview Place Cardtronics Open at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria and that sounds very familiar to Max Rottluff, du Toit’s former Arizona State University teammate.

    “That’s is where I made my pro debut last year,” Rottluff said after his round Sunday at the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. Rottluff, who hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, thinks du Toit will do just fine on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    “Obviously he has shown his game is ready,” Rottluff said of du Toit, the 2015 B.C. Amateur champion. “He has the game, so I'm not too worried. Can he do it in his first event? Hopefully, but I wouldn’t be too worried. I am sure he will do just fine.”

  • Team BC Successfully Defends Title In NPJLTM Event

    Team BC Coach Matt Cella Poses With His Winning Squad From The North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches After Defending Their Title In Oregon - Image Credit: It's A Selfie!

    The team of Akari Hayashi, Sumie Francois, Shirin Anjarwalla, Cecile Kwon, Euna Han And Tiffany Kong representing British Columbia Golf successfully defended the title they won last year at Pitt Meadows Golf Course by taking the 4 team international event held this year at at the Illahe Hills Country Club in Oregon May 27-28.

    Team BC collected 14 out of the available 36 points, with 2nd place Washington 4.5 points back at 9.5 while host Oregon was 3rd with 6.5 and Idaho 4th with 6 points.

  • Click Here For Live Scoring From The North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    Team BC From L-R: Akari Hayashi, Sumie Francois, Shirin Anjarwalla, Cecile Kwon, Euna Han And Tiffany Kong - Image Credit Andy Fung/British Columbia Golf

    Team BCis playing in Oregon at the Illahe Hills Country Club this weekend to defend their title in the 31st North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches, which they won last year on home soil at Pitt Meadows Golf Course.

    FORMAT

    The North Pacific Jr. Ladies Team Matches employ the following scoring system:
    The four teams are composed of 6 players from each state/province. In all competitions, which are match play, the front nine is worth one point, the back nine is worth one point, and the 18 is worth one point.

    On Day One, there are six four-ball matches, for a total of eighteen possible points. On Day Two, there are six foursome matches (alternate shot), for a total of eighteen possible points, and a two-day total of a possible 36 points.

    To follow how they are doing please CLICK HERE for live scoring.

  • Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration Golf Activity Centre Now Live

    The much anticipated start of British Columbia Golf's 'Get Out And Play' program launches this Sunday commensurate with Golf Canada's 'Get Out And Golf Day' celebration. 

    The goal is to see 150,000 British Columbians partake in 1.5 million golf activities in a span of 150 days beginning on May 28th. As of right now, the Golf Activities Centre is up and running on the Golf Canada site and we will begin officially 'counting activities' beginning this Sunday, the 28th.

    It's a simple process to become involved and help reach this goal as we help celebrate Canada's 150th in a fun, healthy and inclusive enviroment.

  • Victoria’s ‘Seasoned Veteran’ 13-Year Old Jeevan Sihota Wins Future Links Pacific Tourney

    Victoria's Jeevan Sihota Held Off A Late Charge From Tristan Mandur To Win The Future Links Pacific Championship At Chilliwack Golf Club - Image Credit British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CHILLIWACK -- There was a calmness about Jeevan Sihota in Sunday’s final round of the Future Links Pacific Championship at Chilliwack Golf & Country Club. 

    No final-round jitters were evident as Sihota played the last few holes and sealed his win at the first major junior tourney of the season. After all, Sihota is a seasoned veteran. Oh, and he just turned 13. And is in Grade 7.

  • Chilliwack Golf Club Set For Future Links, Driven By Acura Pacific Championship

    Junior Tournament To Kick Off Golf Canada’s 2017 Championship Season At Picturesque Chilliwack Golf Club. Shown Here Is Hole 12 - Image Courtesy Chilliwack GC

    ​CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Golf Canada’s first junior golf championship of 2017 is set to take place this week as the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship gets underway at Chilliwack Golf Clubin Chilliwack, B.C., from May 12-14.

    With support from British Columbia Golf, the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship is the first of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament will begin with a practice round on May 11 before the tournament gets underway with round one on May 12.

  • The Future Is Now For Victoria's Thoroughgood In FL Pacific Championship

    Victoria's Nolan Thoroughgood Is Looking Forward To 'Redeeming' Himself At Chilliwack Golf Club In This Week's Future Links Pacific Championship - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf  

    Nolan Thoroughgood feels like he has a score to settle with Chilliwack Golf Club.

    Thoroughgood is the Victoria teen who made history when he won last July’s B.C. Amateur Championship at Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach as a 15-year-old. About a month later, he didn’t have the same kind of success at Chilliwack Golf Club during the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship.  

    Thoroughgood didn’t play terribly -- he tied for sixth place -- but he learned what so many others have about Chilliwack Golf Club, which plays host to this weekend’s Future Links Pacific Championship: It’s tougher than it looks.

  • Tyler McKay Announced As New Manager, Golf Participation For British Columbia Golf

    May 8th, 2017 (Richmond, BC) - British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce the addition of Tyler McKay to their staff as the new Manager, Golf Participation for BC Golf. Tyler will assume his role with BC Golf commencing on Thursday, May 18th, 2017.

    Tyler will be responsible for managing current 'grow the game' initiatives within British Columbia Golf such as Future Links, Playground 2 Fairway (P2F), SOAR and Golf In Schools and will also be working with the Allied Golf Association to promote all grow the game initiatives.

  • Team IGA Wins PNGA Cup; BC Golf Runner-Up With WSGA

    The Host Association, Team IGA, Won Their First PNGA Cup With A Stirring Final Day Performance In The Singles Matches - Image Courtesy PNGA

    Federal Way, Wash. - Serving as the host golf association in the 12th Annual PNGA Cup held this past week at TimberStone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho, Team IGA ran away in the final day's Singles matches to seal their first victory in the history of the competition.

    Team IGA (Idaho Golf Association) took a slim half-point lead going into the final Singles matches, after earning three points in the first round morning Four-Ball matches and 3.5 points in the afternoon's Foursomes matches.

    Teams WSGA (Washington State Golf Association) and BC Golf (British Columbia Golf) were tied for second after Day One, at six points each, and Team OGA (Oregon Golf Association) was one point behind the leader.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Svensson Posts Career-Best Finish In Dominican Republic; Hadwin Returns To Action

    Surrey's Adam Svensson Had His Best Finish On The Web.com Tour In The Dominican Republic This Weekend - Image Courtesy SporBox Entertainment Group

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A tie for sixth place at the Web.com Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship was a career-best finish for Surrey’s Adam Svensson.

    Svensson strung together rounds of 67, 65, 69 and 70 in the Dominican Republic to finish at 17-under par, three shots behind winner Nate Lashley of Scottsbluff, Neb. Svensson earned $21,719 and moved to 45th from 91st on the Web.com Tour money list. Svensson, who started his year by missing three straight cuts, has finished inside the top 25 in three of his last four starts.