• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Bootleg Gap back on market; Taylor plans four in a row to start fall; Roxburgh’s junior reunion

    An Aerial Shot Of Bootleg Gap GC In Kimberley, BC - Image Credit bootleggapgolf.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A year after putting it on the market, the City of Kimberley is still trying to sell Bootleg Gap Golf Course. Scott Sommerville, chief administrative officer with the City of Kimberley, says a deal with a prospective purchaser appears to be dead.

    “I think because of the pandemic the deal with the preferred proponent that we had identified is falling apart,” Sommerville said in a recent interview. “It's kind of in-camera with (city) council right now.”

  • Ruby and Pals - A Children's Book About Golf And More

    Ruby and Pals is a fun read where children, parents and grandparents can relate to different characters. This series is for children of all ages. Ruby and Pals has 25 Book titles with different concepts in each. Of course, golf lingo, golf rules and etiquette will be described and explained.

    This book not only teaches the values of etiquette, manners, and sportsmanship, but also demonstrates conflict resolution and instills problem solving techniques that readers can use in their everyday life.

    The creators/writers of this series believe that learning to be a good friend and competitor is just as important as learning the rules and options of golf.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin among the Winged Foot wounded; Allenby’s great Winged Foot memories; Taylor tees it up with Pettersson, Stecher

    Two-Time PGA TOUR Winner Nick Taylor Tee'd It Up At Northview Recently With Vancouver Canucks Troy Stecher, Elias Pettersson And Broadcaster Dan Murphy - Twitter Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin sets the bar high when it comes to his expectations and it’s safe to say he didn’t meet them at the U.S. Open. Of course, the Abbotsford product had plenty of company.
    Winged Foot punished the field at the 120th playing of the U.S. Open with winner Bryson DeChambeau the only player to finish under par.

    Hadwin did survive the 36-hole cut but couldn’t get much going on the weekend as he closed with a 10-over 80 and finished in 54th place at 19-over par.

    Hadwin, who failed to make a birdie on Sunday, did earn $26,224 for his troubles. Four Canadians teed it up at Winged Foot, with Hadwin and Korn Ferry Tour regular Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., making the cut.

  • Norm Bradley Finally Wins His Big One In Dramatic Fashion

    Kelowna's Norm Bradley Beat Mike Mannion On The First Hole Of A Playoff To Capture The B.C. Senior Men’s Championship - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley had a feeling that when he finally broke through and won his first British Columbia Golf championship it would not come easy. 

    But no one could have possibly imagined it would be quite this hard.

    For the first 16 holes of the final round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship, the 62-year-old Kelowna resident seemed to have it on cruise control. He stepped up to the 17th tee at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club with a five-shot lead.

    But like Yogi Berra once said, it’s never over ’til it’s over.

  • POSTPONED

    by: 2021 Canada Games Host Society

    The Canada Games Council and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society have decided to postpone the 2021 Canada Summer Games until the summer of 2022

    September 16, 2020 (Niagara, ON) – The Canada Games Council (CGC) and the 2021 Canada Games Host Society, after consulting with the Niagara Region, the Province of Ontario and the Federal Government, have made the difficult decision to postpone next year’s Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games.

    The Games were originally scheduled to take place in August 2021 but, due to continued public health concerns relating to the coronavirus pandemic, they will be rescheduled to the summer of 2022.

    ANY PLAYERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO ATTENDING THE BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF CANADA SUMMER GAMES ID CAMPS, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LETTER FROM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, DEBBIE PYNE, ADDRESSING THOSE CAMPS, WHICH ARE BEING SCHEDULED TO GO AHEAD ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.

  • Kelowna’s Norm Bradley Carries One-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Norm Bradley Will Be Trying To Win His First BC Golf Championship On Thursday At Sunshine Coast G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley figures he has two things he needs to manage in Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship. The golf course and himself.

    Bradley fired a bogey-free three-under 69 in Wednesday’s second round at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club. At four-under par through 36 holes, the 62-year-old Kelowna Golf Club member has a one-shot lead on Mike Mannion of Gibsons.

    Harry Ferguson of Invermere and Greg Bismeyer of Mission are another shot back at two-under.

  • BC Golf Holding ID Camps September 27th - Interior Camp Spots Still Open

    The Legends On The Niagara Was Slated Play Host To The Golf Competition In The 2021 Canada Summer Games, Now Postponed To 2022 - Image Courtesy Facility

    BC Golf is inviting provincial athletes to apply to attend one of three Canada Summer Games ID Camps taking place across the Province of BC.

    They will be held in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior on Sunday, September 27th, 2020. A total of 12 athletes will be accepted into each camp. Selection will be done by a committee of three.

    These camps are the first step in getting accepted to the Canada Summer Games Team BC squad.

    PLEASE NOTE THE CANADA SUMMER GAMES HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. BC GOLF IS STILL SCHEDULING THEIR SELECTION CAMPS - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, DEBBIE PYNE WITH REGARD TO HOW THE CAMPS WILL BE UTILIZED FOR SELECTION AND THE OPTIONS PLAYERS HAVE.

  • Three-way Tie For The Lead After First Round Of B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Norm Bradley Of Kelowna (Shown Here), Greg Bismeyer Of Mission And Mike Mannion Of Gibsons All Fired One-under 71's - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley has Doug Roxburgh right where he wants him. That would be behind him. Now the challenge is to keep him there.

    “Usually, we're trailing Doug by five or six shots,” Bradley said after posting a one-under par 71 Tuesday to grab a share of the first-round lead at the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.

    The Kelowna resident shares the lead with Greg Bismeyer of Mission and Mike Mannion of Gibsons.

  • Town Hall - Sport-Informed Mental Health Care Information Sessions

    Dear members of the BC sport community,

    The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) is hosting 60-minute virtual information sessions for parents, coaches, health practitioners, sport leaders, administrators and volunteers affiliated with local and provincial / territorial competitive sport clubs / organizations.

    The CCMHS is a registered charity that offers sport-informed mental health care in-person and virtually from coast to coast to coast. We invite you to come learn more about how we can support your athletes, coaches, and support staff to reach optimal levels of well-being and performance!

  • 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.

  • Let The Good Times Roll

    B.C. Golf Course Operators Expecting A Busy Fall Season After A Super Summer - image courtesy pxfuel

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A sensational summer figures to transition into a fabulous fall for British Columbia golf courses, which are preparing for a busy off-season.

    With Snowbirds unable to fly south for the winter and golf continuing to be seen as a safe recreational pursuit during these COVID-19 times, those in the industry expect courses to remain busy.

    “This is the only place in Canada where you can play year-round, depending on the weather, and we anticipate our demand is going to continue to exceed previous years,” says Troy Peverley, vice-president of the West Coast Golf Group, which owns and operates Swaneset Bay, Belmont and Hazelmere golf courses in the Metro Vancouver area.

  • 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.

    Click HERE to see full article...

  • 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.

  • Vancouver Golf Club Names Sean Thompson As New Director Of Golf

    Sean Thompson Is Looking Forward To Seeing The Vancouver Golf Club From Inside The Gates As Its New Director Of Golf - images courtesy PGA of Alberta/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Sean Thompson, the Vancouver Golf Club’s new director of golf, says he can’t wait to actually set foot on the grounds of his new workplace.

    Thompson, a native of Scotland who is currently head professional at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club near Calgary, jokes that he has only seen Vancouver Golf Club from the outside.

    “When I went out for the round of interviews they were held off site,” Thompson said over the phone from Calgary.

    “So I kind of stalked the perimeter of the golf course. I was peering in through the gates. I am sure they got some reports from the clubhouse about a pale Scotsman trying to get some information. It looked fabulous from the outside and I am really excited to see it from the right side of the gates.”

  • 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!

    Click HERE to read full story...

  • 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...

  • September 1st Is Women's Golf Day - Join In The Festivities

    Women’s Golf Day is an event for females of all ages and skill levels to participate in golf and help us grow the game. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the original day for this International Event was postponed from June 2nd to September 1st.

    There are celebrations around the world with golf facilities putting on special events and clinics. To find out what is happening in BC click on the Find A Location tab on the Women's Golf Day website.

     

  • 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.”