• Tristan Mandur Completes The B.C. Double By Winning 118th B.C. Amateur Championship

    Duncan's Tristan Mandur Added The 2020 BC Amateur Title To His Win In The 2016 Junior Boys - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KELOWNA -- Tristan Mandur has had the goal since winning the B.C. Junior Boys title back in 2016. The 21-year-old from Duncan wanted the ‘B.C. double,’ meaning he was looking to add a B.C. Amateur Championship title to his collection.

    Mission accomplished.

  • Three-Way Tie At The Top Going Into Final Round At BC Amateur

    Kelowna's Justin Towill Is Tied Atop The Leaderboard At 4-under Par With One Round To Go In The 2020 BC Amateur - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KELOWNA -- The birdies finally started flying inWednesday’s second round of the 118h playing of the B.C. Amateur Championship, setting the scene for what should be an interesting final day at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear Course.

    Three players -- former B.C. Junior champion Tristan Mandur of Duncan, Kelowna’s Jake Towill and Brent Pound of Kamloops -- share the lead at four-under par. But they best be looking over their shoulders.

  • Delta’s Russell Howlett Grabs First-round Lead At B.C. Amateur Championship With A Two-under 70

    Russell Howlett Of Delta Is The First Round Leader In The BC Amateur At Okanagan GC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KELOWNA -- The Bear had some bite in Tuesday’s first round of the B.C. Amateur Championship. 

    The feeling heading into the 118th playing of the event was that the Bear Course at Okanagan Golf Club was ripe for the taking. Its four par 5s are reachable for many in the 156-player field and there are two or three par 4s that are drivable for the long hitters.

    It was going to be a birdie-fest. Except it wasn’t. Not in the first round anyway.

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  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Gorbahn finishes with eagle at Golden Eagle; Taylor makes WGC debut in Memphis; du Toit settles for sixth in Colorado

    Kaleb Gorbahn Was The 2018 BC Amateur Silver Medallist - Image Courtesy Dana Gorbahn

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Smithers pro Kaleb Gorbahn put an exclamation point on his win Sunday at the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Golden Eagle Open in Pitt Meadows.

    Gorbahn finished his round with an eagle on his 18th hole (the par 5 ninth) at Golden Eagle’s North Course to cap off a six-under 66. That left Gorbahn with a 36-hole score of 11-under par, four shots better than amateur Tristan Mandur of Duncan and fellow amateur Amanda Minni of Delta, who won the women’s division.

  • William Deck Hoping To Capitalize On Home Course Advantage At B.C. Amateur Championship

    William Deck Will Be Looking To Improve On His Best BC Amateur Finish At Pheasant Glen In 2016 When He Tees It Up At A Familiar Okanagan GC Bear Course - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    William Deck’s golfing roots run deep in Kelowna. His dad, Garrett, helped build Harvest Golf Club and has been course superintendent there for more than 20 years.

    Will played his collegiate golf at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus while pursuing a kinesiology degree.

    The golf team played and practised at the Okanagan Golf Club, whose Bear Course plays host to the 118th playing of the B.C. Amateur Championship July 28-30.

  • Ten Players To Watch At 118th B.C. Amateur Championship

    Jackson Rothwell Hoists The Bostock Trophy After His Victory In The BC Amateur Last Year At Big Sky. Who Are This Year's Conteders? - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The 118th B.C. Amateur Championship begins Tuesday at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear course in Kelowna. This year’s event is 54 holes, not the normal 72, with no cut. The Junior Boys and Mid-Amateur championships are also being contested at Okanagan Golf Club. The 156-player field will adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols that include no caddies and no spectators. 

    Brad Ziemer looks at 10 players who have a chance to win the B.C. Amateur championship. - ed

  • Four-Time B.C. Seniors Champion Gudmund Lindbjerg Passes At Age 71

    Gudmund Lindbjerg 1948 -2020 - image courtesy Twitter/WA Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gudmund Lindbjerg, a longtime Pitt Meadows Golf Club member who won four straight B.C. Senior Men’s titles starting in 2008, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71.

    Lindbjerg produced a rather remarkable amateur golf career despite not playing the game until he was 29. He emigrated from Denmark in his early 20s and at that time was more interested in hunting ducks than chasing birdies on a golf course.

  • Team B.C. Members Pumped About Progress

    Players And Coaches From Team BC Had A Very Successful Performance Camp At Mayfair Lakes GC - All images credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The nine members of the inaugural British Columbia Golf Performance Program are pumped about the opportunities they are getting to improve their games.

    Team B.C. just completed a three-day camp at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, where coaches ran them through a series of challenging practice sessions. Everyone seemed to be smiling. 

    “It has been a really cool experience,” says Martina Yu of Coquitlam. “I have never really experienced something like this, being together with a team. I have learned a lot, not just skills-wise, but also team work, mental strategy and it’s just really fun being part of a team.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Bear Mountain Field Taking Shape; Hadwin’s Sunday Struggles; Svensson Holds Steady On Korn Ferry Points List

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo, Seen Here Playing As An Amateur At Vancouver's Mackenzie Tour Event, Will Now Be In The Field As A Pro At Bear Mountain - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    There will be plenty of British Columbia content at the first two events of the Mackenzie Tour’s Canada Life Series at Bear Mountain next month.

    Apart from several sponsor exemptions, the tentative fields have been set for the two 54-hole events at Bear Mountain’s Valley and Mountain courses in the Victoria suburb of Langford. 

    B.C. players listed in the Bear Mountain fields include James Allenby of Langley, Chris Crisologo of Richmond, Zach Anderson of Nanaimo, Callum Davison of Duncan, Mike Belle of Burnaby, Adam Cornelson of Langley, John Mlikotic of Kelowna, Jim Rutledge of Victoria, Cory Renfrew of Victoria, Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers, Zahidali Natu of Richmond, Lawren Rowe of Victoria, Oliver Tubb of Vancouver, Finlay Young of Kelowna, Brady Stead of Vernon, Scott Kerr of Vancouver and Trevor Yu of Vancouver.

  • Performance Program Thrives Despite COVID-19 Challenges

    Team BC Rescheduled Their Previously Planned 5-Day Arizona Peformance Camp For Beautiful BC's Mayfair Lakes G&CC - All Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was Mayfair Lakes, not Mesa, but no one was complaining. 

    COVID-19 has created challenges for the new British Columbia Golf Performance Program, which was just getting started when the pandemic struck.

    But rather than worry about what they could not do, British Columbia Golf Performance Coach Colin Lavers and his team decided to focus on what they could do for the nine junior golfers who are part of the program. So that five-day camp scheduled for Arizona during spring break had to be rescheduled for Mayfair Lakes in July. It wasn’t quite Arizona, but the sun was shining.

  • Golf In BC Offering 'BC Golf Micro-Cations' For Summer

    image courtesy golfinbritishcolumbia.com

    Golf in British Columbia have put together some amazing packages for golf trips in BC. Please take some time to check out the information and terrific golf destinations that British Columbia has to offer below.

    There is no better time to explore and enjoy golf in BC than right now.

  • Competitors At BC Golf Championships This Summer Will Be Carrying 14 Clubs . . . And A Rake

    The Green Mini-Rake That Will Be Issued To Players For Use During BC Golf Championships As GC Rakes Have Been Removed Due To Covid-19 Protocols - Image Courtesy Fairway Products

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Competitors at British Columbia Golf championships this summer will each receive their own mini-rake. “It’s kind of an interesting tee gift,” jokes Doug Hastie, senior manager of field operations and tournament director with British Columbia Golf.

    It’s not really a gift, of course, but a way for players to be able to rake bunkers after playing shots out of them.

  • British Columbia Golf Sees Big Demand For Its New Championship Schedule

    2019 BC Amateur Champion Jackson Rothwell Is Looking To Defend His Title This Year At Okanagan GC's Bear Course - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A championship season that has risen from the ashes is proving to be extremely popular with British Columbia golfers.

    For the longest time, it looked like British Columbia Golf’s entire championship schedule might fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it turns out that champions will be crowned in all events in a new condensed season.

    And the top amateur players in the province are clamouring to get on board. The season tees off July 28-30 with the 118th playing of the B.C. Amateur Championship at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear course in Kelowna.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Olson Wins In The 'Wack; Sloan Enjoys Nice ‘Workday’ In Ohio; Another Top 10 For Svensson

    2020 Langley Concrete Chilliwack Men's Open Champion Zach Olson (Middle) Is Flanked By Low Gross Amateur Winner Jace Minni (L) & Overall Net Champion Alex Walker (R) - Image Courtesy VGT/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This professional golf thing seems to working out quite nicely for Zach Olson. The former University of the Fraser Valley standout finished fourth in his pro debut last week at the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Ledgeview Open.

    It turns out that was just his warm-up act. Olson on Sunday made a clutch up-and-down on the 18th hole to win the VGT’s Chilliwack Men’s Open at Chilliwack Golf Club.

  • Doug Roxburgh To End His 53-year Streak As B.C. Amateur Championship Participant

    13-Time B.C. Amateur Champion Doug Roxburgh Will Miss His First B.C. Am Appearance Since 1966 Due To The Late Date Change Of Tournament Creating Conflict With His Son’s Wedding - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski(JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The 118th playing of the B.C. Amateur Championship later this month is going to be missing a very familiar face. After playing in the event for 53 straight years -- and winning it 13 times -- Doug Roxburgh will not be there.

    The date for this year’s B.C. Amateur, which is being played at the Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear course in Kelowna, was recently moved from mid-July to July 28-30. That created a problem for Roxburgh, whose son James is getting married on Aug. 1.

  • COVID-19 Cuts Into B.C. Golf Museum Fund-Raising Efforts

    BC Golf Museum's Opening 'Salvo' Was Fired By Kelowna's Dave Barr In May 1989. Now, New Members Are Being Sought To Help The BC Golf Museum Continue Its Work In 'Preserving This Province’s Rich Golfing Heritage' - Image Courtesy BC Golf House Society

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia golf courses may be full these days, but the same can not be said for the B.C. Golf Museum coffers.

    While the COVID-19 pandemic has helped create an unprecedented demand for tee times, it has also effectively eliminated a significant chunk of the money raised to operate the museum.

    The Tradition, the B.C. Golf Museum’s annual fund-raising tourney, had to be cancelled this spring due to COVID-19. Museum curator Mike Riste also lost all the revenue raised by his popular hickory shaft exhibitions at charity events all over the province that have also been called off this summer.

  • 'Super' Dogs: Meet The Best Friends Of Many B.C. Golf Course Superintendents

    It's All In A Day's Work For These Four-Legged Golf Course Superintendent's Assistants. From L-R: Beans, Jordy & Klay - Images Courtesy Respective Owners As Per Below

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    We’ll start with the obvious: The subjects of this story are all very good boys and girls. They are also very lucky dogs.

    What a life they live, up before the crack of dawn and free to run all day on the golf course with their owners.

  • The 2020 Golf Canada Foundation Collegiate Scholarship Application Process is NOW OPEN Until August 31st, 2020

    Now more than ever, the Golf Canada Foundation understands the financial uncertainty that student athletes are facing as the 2020 school year approaches, and it is our pleasure to announce that all Golf Canada Foundation Scholarships will be available to eligible student athletes once again this year.

    Though we understand collegiate golf may be modified, postponed to the spring, or even cancelled, our scholarship committee has made the decision to continue to honour and support athletes who have made the team and are enrolled as full-time students in the fall.

    For eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit our scholarship page.

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  • PNGA Cancels Remainder of 2020 Championship Season

    Via Press Release

    Federal Way, Wash. – With the recent spike in cases surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns with contestants traveling from all parts of the Pacific Northwest and throughout the U.S. to compete, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of their 2020 championship season, effective immediately.

    The PNGA Executive Committee held a special meeting on Friday, June 26 to discuss the spike in cases and the concerns and risks of contestants traveling from across state borders, staying in local hotels, going to local restaurants and bars, grocery stores, and other venues.