• Golf Fore The Cure Raises Over $425k For Breast Cancer Research In 2018

    Over 140 Women Celebrated This Year’s Success At The 15th Annual Golf Fore The Cure National Event At Thornhill Golf Club In Thornhill, Ont. - Image Courtesy Golf For The Cure Facebook

    Via Golf Canada

    The season of giving has another reason to be cheerful. Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru raised over $425k for breast cancer research in 2018 thanks to the efforts over 13,000 participants at 175 events across the country, including two interior locales in BC who were among the top 20 fundraisers, Fernie GC and Chinook Cove Golf & RV in Barrière.

    Since the program’s inception in 2003, upwards of 120,000 women have raised over $6.7 million to date with all proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • BC's Brian McDonald Rallies To Win PGA Head Professional Championship Of Canada

    Brian McDonald claimed his first national title at the PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada presented by Titleist & FootJoy Thursday as he closed with a 5-under-par 67 for a five-shot victory.

    The Director of Golf and General Manager at Fairview Mountain in Oliver, B.C., featured five birdies in his final round at The Gold Course at Wigwam Golf Club, coming from behind to raise a PGA of Canada national championship trophy for the first time in his career.

  • British Columbia Golf Recognizes The Great Work By Our Volunteers As Part Of IVD

    With the recent celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) across the globe, British Columbia Golf would like to take this opportunity to both acknowledge and sincerely thank the many women, men and young people who regularly give of their time and expertise to help make the championship events held in our province run smoothly and efficiently and indeed, allowing them to take place at all.

    Without the countless hours contributed by these volunteers the challenge of putting on and running high level competitions would be next to impossible. Please take a moment to have a look at our Volunteer Recognition page on this website to see some of the terrific individuals who have given of their time for the betterment of golf in recent years. 

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with British Columbia Golf please contact us at susan@britishcolumbiagolf.org , corrie@britishcolumbiagolf.org, bryan@britishcolumbiagolf.org or call (604) 279-2580. 

    About International Volunteer Day

    International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5th to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere. Volunteers are leading social change around the world. This special day promotes the work of volunteers at all levels, including local, national and international.

    United Nations Volunteers founded International Volunteer Day in 1985.

    For more information, please visit the United Nations Volunteers website.

  • Technology’s Impact On Golf (And How It Can Help Your Game)

    By John Gordon (Courtesy Golf Canada)

    If asked the question “How has technology impacted your game?”, most golfers automatically think of their adjustable driver, game-improvement irons, a ball that promises both distance and accuracy, foul-weather gear and footwear that protect them from the elements and, perhaps, a distance-measuring device that takes the guesswork out of approach shots or an electric trolley that saves wear and tear on their bodies during a round.

    But we got some revealing and unexpected answers when we asked experts from various sectors of the Canadian golf industry what technology they thought was most impactful on golfers.

  • Nine Changes In The New Rules Of Golf You Absolutely Need To Know For 2019

    By RYAN HERRINGTON, Golf Digest

    As January 1, 2019, approaches, it’s time to consider what New Year’s resolutions you’ll be making to help your golf game in 2019.

    For those who haven’t come up with any, here’s a suggestion: Learn the Rules of Golf. (No, really learn them this time.)

    Perhaps you’ve tried, only to find that by February, the copy of the rules book you picked up is covered with as much dust as that Peloton you bought to get into shape.

    Yet here’s the thing: There’s no better time than now to give it another shot because a new, modernized version of the rules goes into effect on New Year’s Day.

    Click here for the full story...

  • Weekly Top-10 Rankings Powered By RBC

    In this week's Golf Canada Top 10 rankings, Abbotsford's Nick Taylor picked up 13 spots in the OWGR thanks to his T9 in the Australian PGA Championship.

    Taylor remains at number 4 in the Men's Pro rankings in Canada, with fellow Abbotsford native Adam Hadwin continuing to be this country's top ranked male professional, a place he's held for nearly two years running, and sits at number 68 in the world.

  • BC's Harlingten One Of Four Canadians Ready For Final Stage Of 2019 Web.com Tour Q-School

    Vancouver's Seann Harlingten Is One Of Four Canadians Vying For Web.com Tour Status In The Final Stage Of Q-School This Week - File Photo

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    The final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament gets underway Thursday at the Whirlwind Golf Club (The Cattail and Devil’s Claw) in Chandler, Ariz., where four Canadians will look to secure or improve their status for 2019.

  • Uplands GC Superintendent Brian Youell Receives GCSAA Award

    Brian Youell image credit: Chad Hipolito

    Brian Youell Fins 2018 Leo Feser Award From GCSAA


    Brian Youell, the golf course superintendent at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Leo Feser Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

    Now in its 41st year, the award is presented annually to the author of the best superintendent-written article published in Golf Course Management, the association’s flagship publication, during the previous year.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Episode 52 - Mike Zisman, CEO and Founder of Golf Genius Software

     
    Passion, persistence and patience. With over 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and a Ph.D. in Decision Sciences, these are the "3 Ps” Mike Zisman tells aspiring entrepreneurs are crucial for generating sustained success. 
     
    This week host Colin Weston speaks with the Founder and CEO of Golf Genius Software to learn the secret sauce that has enabled him to build several successful technology companies from the ground up.
     
    This latest episode of The ModGolf Podcast is now available free for your listening pleasure >> https://modgolf.fireside.fm/052-mike-zisman 
     
    You can visit The ModGolf Podcast website at www.mod.golf and also listen/subscribe on iTunes by searching “ModGolf Podcast”. Follow them on Instagram and Twitter @ModGolfPodcast to learn all the latest golf innovation news.
     
    Do you plan on attending The 2019 PGA Show in Orlando? If so, Colin will be speaking at the educational conference on both Tuesday January 22 (Turning Green Fairways Into Blue Oceans: How Golf Industry Innovators Are Creating New Markets & Demand) and Thursday January 24 (moderating “The Golf Innovators Panel”).
     
    You can contact Colin at colin@modgolfpodcast.com if you want to learn more.
  • Mackenzie Tour Announces 2019 Q-School Tournament Dates Including Return To Crown Isle

    The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada is busy preparing for another strong season, announcing on Thursday the dates and sites for its six 2019 Qualifying Tournaments, events that determine the membership of the Mackenzie Tour.

    The six sites will be: TPC San Antonio in San Antonio, TX (February 25-March 1), Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howie-In-The-Hills, FL (March 4-8), Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, CA (March 25-29), Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, AZ (April 1-5), TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (April 22-26) and Crown Isle Resort & Golf Club in Courtenay, BC (April 29-May 3).

    Each event is a 72-hole, no-cut qualifying tournament, with fields of 120 players.

  • Victoria Golf Community Loses An Icon With Passing Of Laurie Carroll

    Courtesy Cordova Bay Golf Club

    Laurie Carroll - June 20, 1929 - November 14 2018

    Victoria's golf community has lost an icon. After more than 7 decades involved in the world of golf, Laurie has walked his final fairway. He passed away peacefully on November 14, predeceased by his wife of 54 years Doreen in 2011 and his brother Richard in 2015. He will be lovingly remembered by his son Scott (Chris), daughter Susanne (Shawn) Quast and grandchildren Nicole and Adam.

    Laurie's career had stops as the Assistant Professional and later the Head Professional at the Victoria Golf Club. Later he became the owner and operator of Douglas Golf Lands, a driving range and par 3 course that started on Vanalman Avenue but ended up occupying Cordova Bay's current driving range and parts of hole 1,9,10, and 18. Laurie spent his days there dispensing his vast knowledge on golf and life from the lesson tee. Generous with his time, particularly with young people, he taught and he taught and he taught. Always quick with a story, we listened to stories about Hope, Crosby, Nelson, Player and others that he encountered over his career. We were captivated to hear about a life in the game.

    In the early days of Cordova Bay Laurie transitioned to our lesson tee, some 75 yards away. Laurie Carroll taught Victoria how to golf. To this day, all you have to do is work in the pro shop for one week and you will be convinced that there is not a single golfer in Victoria over the age of 40 that has not taken a golf lesson from him, usually their first.

    As Cordova Bay's first Director of Golf he was relied upon heavily for advice by the developers of the course and is directly responsible for much of Cordova Bay's current success. After 10 years or so Laurie "retired" from teaching but he did not leave the lesson tee. Laurie was a fixture at the driving range, dispensing advice and encouragement as he walked past. "Here give me that G'd' thing... watch... now hit it like this". "Did I tell you the story about...".

    Please join us for a celebration of Laurie's life at Bill Mattick's Restaurant on Sunday, December 2nd from 12 -3 pm.

    All members are welcome to attend and spend the afternoon remembering Laurie and all his stories.

  • BC Golf Joins In Mourning The Loss Of Emily Mae Beauchamp (Ringheim)

    British Columbia Golf members and staff would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Emily Mae Beauchamp (Ringheim) following her passing in September. There is a celebration of her life being planned for July 27th, 2019.

    The Kimberley, BC native was heavily involved in junior golf in our province and was a tremendous influence in the community volunteering her time in many capacities. 

    Below is an excerpt from her obituary posted by Thompson Funeral Service in Nelson, BC.

    Emily Mae Beauchamp (Ringheim)

    Obituary

    What an incredible woman! Emily was a super-mum, super-grandmum, devoted daughter, loving partner and joyful friend. A kind and generous woman, she will be remembered as someone who put the happiness of others first. If you knew Emily, you have probably enjoyed a meal she prepared, received a thoughtful care package in the mail, or had her helping hand strongly influence your life. She celebrated our victories and consoled us in grief. A lifetime volunteer, Emily was generous with her time to her community. She helped found the Nelson Friends of the Family Foundation, which provides aid for families with children stricken with serious illness or injury. She served with the Ernie Gare Scholarship Program, which assisted young student athletes attend university. She impacted numerous young golfers through her many years of service in the Junior Golf program. Emily did whatever she could to make those around her feel better. She was a delight to be around and a joy to her family and friends. She loved to laugh, and she formed strong friendships everywhere she went.

    Emily was born and raised in Kimberley, BC. She attended her final year of high school in Sandpoint, Idaho. Emily went on to Notre Dame University on an athletic scholarship with the Canadian National Ski Team. She fell in love with and married Eric Beauchamp, who was in her words, “the best guy.” They lovingly raised their family in Nelson, spending summers on the shores of Queens Bay. Later in life, she spent her time in British Columbia, Arizona and traveling around the world. After Eric’s passing, she met Dan Calles and they enjoyed skiing, golfing, entertaining and traveling together.

    Emily passed peacefully on September 15 with family and loved ones by her side following a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Survived by her sons Gray (Victoria) of Denver, Colorado and Tye of Nelson, BC; grandson Adden and his mother Loula Fouad of Toronto, Ontario; brothers Danny (Donna) Ringheim of Golden and Henry (Sharon) Ringheim of Invermere, BC, her partner Dan Calles of Kimberley, BC; and many other loving relatives and close friends. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Eric Louis Beauchamp and parents Olwyn and Myles Ringheim.

    In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Nelson Friends of the Family Foundation, #204, 518 – Lake Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 4C6 (nelsonfriendsofthefamily.com).

    Emily loved a party, and her last hoorah will take place in Nelson, BC on July 27, 2019.

     

  • Vancouver's Leah John Signs Full Ride Golf Scholarship To The University Of Nevada In Reno

    Marine Drive Golf Club's Leah John, Seen Here Teeing Off At Her Home Course In The Canadian Women's Amateur This Summer, Is Headed To The University Of Nevada In Reno On A Full Ride Golf Scholarship - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy Nevada Wolf Pack Women's Athletics

    RENO, Nev. – Nevada women's golf coach Kathleen Takaishi signed three young players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, with Vancouver's Leah John being one of them.

    "I am very excited about this recruiting class," said Takaishi. "Their hard work and dedication exemplify the values and culture we have built over the past few years. Each of them brings a unique aspect to our team. I anticipate this class making a big impact on our success moving forward."

  • Two From B.C. Among Global Golf Post's World's Best Amateurs For 2018

    One Of BC's Most Decorated Golfers, Procter's Jackie Little, Has Been Recognized By The Global Golf Post As A First Team All-Amateur Selection - Image Courtesy Global Golf Post

    Global Golf Post has named their 6th Annual Global Golf Post All-Amateur Teams. Selections were made for Men & Women's Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior categories with some 199 players from 24 nations being honoured.

    Guided mostly by the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the selection committee also put in a lot of hours scouring results and national rankings to come up with who they consider had the best years as amateur players around the globe.

  • Peace Portal's Pultz Captures 7th Sweeny Cup Title

    No Stranger To Winning Titles, Karen Pultz Has Added A 7th Sweeny Cup Trophy To Her Mantlepiece - Image Credit Bob Potter/Sweeny Cup

    Courtesy Sweeny Cup

    Karen Pultz of Peace Portal GC in South Surrey, BC has captured the Sweeny Cup title as the season-long leader of the prestigious competition named after and started by B.C. and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Violet Pooley Sweeny.

    Pooley Sweeny started the Sweeny Cup competition in 1936, organizing the best female golfers from a variety of clubs to participate in a competitive golf environment.

    The Sweeny Cup is a season-long golf competition open to ladies living in the Lower Mainland who are 19 years of age or older, are members in good standing of British Columbia Golf (Zone 3 or 4), and have a current handicap factor of 10.0 or less. The Sweeny Cup season typically runs from March until October with a series of one-day events at both private and public golf courses across the Lower Mainland. 

  • Kelowna’s Popularity As Hotbed Golf Destination Continues To Grow

    Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club, With 27 Holes, Will Make You Feel Challenged Like Some Of The World’s Best - Image Courtesy Gallagher's Canyon G&CC

    Written by Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada

    Whether you’re actually outdoorsy – and you enjoy hiking, cycling, or camping – or if you’re “outdoorsy” – and a round of golf or a craft cocktail on a patio is more your style – then Kelowna has it all.

    Kelowna gets approximately 2,000 hours of sunshine every summer, and while it’s long been known as a spot for retirees escaping the hustle of Vancouver, it’s recently become a hotbed for young residents getting away from Vancouver’s sky-high real estate prices.

    And it’s got some of the best golf in the country.

  • Three From BC Named To 2019 Golf Canada Squad

    Named To Golf Canada's 2019 Team Canada Squad From B.C. Are From L-R: Richmond's Chris Crisologo and Victoria's Namoi Ko And Jeevan Sihota - Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    Golf Canada is proud to announce the 17 athletes who have been chosen to represent Team Canada as part of the 2019 National Amateur and Junior Squads.

    In all, seven athletes comprise Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad including four players on the men’s team and three on the women’s team. The 10-member Junior Squad will include five women and five men.

  • Now You Can Replace Your Lost Or Damaged Golf Clubs At No Cost

    Courtesy Golf Canada/Written by John Gordon

    No matter how many times we talk about the benefits and amenities included with a Golf Canada Gold-level membership (most recently, here), it doesn’t strike home until, well, it strikes home.

    A little while ago, I saw a tweet from a member at a local golf club. “Somebody stole my putter out of my bag while I was at the range right before my match. My red TaylorMade Spider…,” he lamented, adding a few expletives directed at the thief.

    At last check, that putter retails for close to $400. He thought he was out of pocket for a replacement.

  • Committee Toolkit Now Available For Local Rules Committees

    The Committee Toolkit is now live on the R&A website. It contains a useful Local Rules Creator and Resource Centre for Committees to help them prepare for 2019.

    Whether you are a Committee member or a referee, this “Toolkit” is designed to help you understand and apply the Committee Procedures section of the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf.

    Local Rules Creator
    The Local Rules Creator aims to help Committees with the process of writing and updating Local Rules. It is strongly recommended that you review the purpose of each Local Rule to ensure they are appropriate for the competition or course. The purpose of each Model Local Rule is detailed in Section 8 of the Committee Procedures.

    Resource Centre
    The resources available in the Resource Centre include information for both Committees and Referees. It includes information to help Committees apply the Committee Procedures, related information and resources for those looking to further understand the changes to the 2019 Rules of Golf.

  • New Global Ranking For Golfers With Disabilities To Launch In 2019

    Flickr Image

    Via Press Release

    (13 November 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA): The R&A and the USGA will administer a global ranking for golfers with disabilities, which will help to grow participation and competition around the world and to promote inclusivity within the sport.

    The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will launch on January 1st, 2019 and will be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™) for both men and women via www.WAGR.com.