• Believe it or not, PGA Tour player brings Canada to Texas

    O Canada! Roger Sloan's outdoor rink at his home in Houston, Texas - Image Courtesy Roger Sloan 

    The following is an excerpt from Postmedia National Golf Writer Jon McCarthy’s Monday Morning Golf newsletter.

    by Jon McCarthy/Toronto Sun

    You can take a Canadian out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of a Canadian. 

    With all the news of snowstorms, blackouts and varying states of emergency coming out of Texas, it seemed like a good time to check in with our man in the Lone Star state, PGA Tour player Roger Sloan.

    After missing the cut at Pebble Beach two weeks ago, he was anxious to get home to Houston and see if the forecasted winter weather was actually going to show up. He thought it might be fun for his two young kids to see snow on the ground in the backyard, something that happens maybe once a decade.

    “We thought it would be cool but we really didn’t know what we were getting into,” Sloan said.

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  • NEW Tournament Site Launch

    Beginning in 2021, British Columbia Golf along with Golf Canada and the other provincial associations have changed Tournament Management Software.

    British Columbia Golf will be using Golf Genius for the foreseeable future starting in 2021.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Top-20 for Taylor at Riviera; Rivalry Series scuttled; Svensson gets 2021 season started

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    TOP-20 FOR TAYLOR: Nick Taylor closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday to record a top-20 finish at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Taylor finished the event at three-under par and tied for 20th. That was nine shots behind winner Max Homa, who beat Tony Finau in a playoff. It was Taylor’s best finish in seven starts at Riviera. He earned $101,835.

    Fellow Abbotsford product Adam Hadwin also played well on a demanding Riviera layout. After making the cut on the number, Hadwin closed with two weekend rounds of 70 to tie for 26th at two-under par. Hadwin, who has not missed the cut in seven starts at Riviera, made $67,890.

    Hadwin and Taylor are both taking this week off. Merritt’s Roger Sloan is playing in this week’s Puerto Rico Open, which is being held opposite a World Golf Championships event, the Workday Championship at The Concession, in Bradenton, Fla.

    KORN FERRY KICKOFF: Surrey’s Adam Svensson tied for 34th at the Korn Ferry Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Beach, Fla. Svensson finished the tour’s first event of 2021 at four-under par, nine shots behind winner Hayden Buckley. He dropped two spots on the points list to 42nd.

    Former B.C. resident Albin Choi, who got into the tournament as a Monday qualifier, tied for 14th at eight-under par. That guarantees Choi at start in the next Korn Ferry Tour event, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open which goes March 18-21.

    Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., tied for 23rd at seven-under. Pendrith, who is currently second on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, has a spot in this week’s Puerto Rico Open.

    SERIES SCUTTLED: The B.C. Rivalry Series, which was set to conclude this spring following a successful fall series of events, has been sidelined due to COVID-19 restrictions. UBC, University of the Fraser Valley and UBC-Okanagan competed in eight one-day events that were held in the fall. Langara College also participated in some events.

    The hope was to have the Rivalry Series continue this month, but the latest COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Dr. Bonnie Henry has prevented that.

    UBC golf coach Chris Macdonald created the Rivalry Series when the regular collegiate golf season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

    CHIP SHOTS: The PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit is holding its first of seven spring qualifying schools this week in Weston, Fla. Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay is scheduled to hold the final Q-School in late May. . .Jesse Crowe, who did a wonderful job the past seven years as head professional at Salmon Arm Golf Course, is now director of golf operations and head professional at the Overlander Golf & Events Centre (formerly Royal York Golf club) in Armstrong. 

  • The R&A And The USGA Modernize Amateur Status Rules

    For Immediate Publication

    22 February 2021, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

    These proposals result from a modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

    The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on www.RandA.org and www.usga.org and the organisations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until Friday, 26 March 2021 with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on 1 January 2022.

  • British Columbia GOLFEXPO Goes Virtual

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many other things in our lives, this year’s British Columbia GOLFEXPO will be a little different. Actually, a lot different.

    The annual golf expo, which runs Feb. 26-28, will not require a drive to its regular location, the PNE Forum building in Vancouver. In fact, it won’t require any kind of drive at all. You can take in this year’s show from your couch.

    The show has gone virtual, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Simply visit bcgolfexpo.ca and you’re there.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: B.C. GOLFEXPO goes virtual; Top-20 for Taylor at Riviera: Rivalry Series scuttled; Svensson gets 2021 season started

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many other things in our lives, this year’s British Columbia GOLFEXPO will be a little different. Actually, a lot different.

    The annual golf expo, which runs Feb. 26-28, will not require a drive to its regular location, the PNE Forum building in Vancouver. In fact, it won’t require any kind of drive at all. You can take in this year’s show from your couch.

    The show has gone virtual, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Simply visit bcgolfexpo.ca and you’re there.

  • ModGolf Podcast Delves Into Breaking Down Barriers In Golf

    Click on the image below to hear the latest ModGolf Podcast with host Colin Weston as he interviews Charles Dillahunt to share how The PGA of America is working to break down barriers to entry for not only playing golf but to participate as a business supplier within the golf industry.

    "My biggest hope for the golf industry is that it one day grows to be more representative of the population of the world, and that it openly welcomes and serves members of all communities and from all walks of life equally and inclusively."

     

  • Playing By The Rules: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker To Receive Distinguished Service Awards

    From L-R: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Trevor Brown chuckles as he recalls the moment he decided to get serious about learning the rules of golf.

    Brown was playing a round with a close friend many years ago and they had a few dollars riding on the match. Brown hit a shot that ended up in a penalty area and that’s where the trouble started and ended with Brown reaching into his wallet to pay his buddy.

    “I was in a penalty area and started hitting the grass with my practice swings and he said, ‘hey, you just lost the match’ to me,” Brown says. “And I was like, ‘what do you mean, I'm your friend.’ He said, ‘that doesn’t matter, this is golf. You owe me five bucks.’ So I said to myself, you know what, I am going to learn the rules.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Vancouver’s municipal courses expecting 2021 to be a record year; Taylor ties for 39th in title defence at Pebble Beach; Korn Ferry Tour returns this week; PNGA Cup cancelled

    Image Courtesy @VanParksGolf Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Not surprisingly, 2020 was a very good year for the City of Vancouver’s three golf courses. And 2021 figures to be even better.

    Fraserview, McCleery and Langara logged a total of 162,448 rounds in 2020. That compares to 167,436 in 2019.

    But those 2020 numbers are impressive when you consider the three courses were closed for nearly two months last spring due to COVID-19 and then operated for much of the year with much longer tee-time intervals due to COVID safety protocols.

  • Happy Chinese New Year

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021. See the full calendar.

    Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 11th–17th, 2021).

    Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox; 2020 the year of the Rat.

  • "Elevate To The Next Level" - BC Golf Education Summit - Planning For Performance

    The 2021 BC Golf Education Summit series continues Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM. This next session features Colin Lavers and Matt Cella, two coaches from the BC Golf Performance program, who will be heading the 'Planning for Performance' webinar.

    Anyone can learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada on how to succeed along the path to becoming the best possible golfer you can be.

  • Vancouver-based Haywood Golf Taking On The Industry’s Big Boys

    All Images Courtesy Haywood Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When competing with industry heavyweights like Taylor Made, Titleist, Ping and Callaway, it’s important to have something that sets you apart.

    For Haywood Golf, a Vancouver-based direct-to-consumer equipment company, that would be price. “The way we describe our clubs is 'we’re not cheaper, we are just more affordable,'” says company founder Joshua Haywood.

    Not even three years old, Haywood Golf is turning some heads in what is an ultra-competitive business. Golfers like the sleek, simple look of Haywood’s irons and they love the price.

  • Fond Memories As Taylor Prepares To Defend At Pebble Beach

    Nick Taylor, Wife Andie And Their Apparently Unimpressed Young Son Charlie Posed Following Taylor's Win At Pebble Beach Last Year - Image Courtesy Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The memories figure to last a lifetime, so one year after the biggest win of his professional career Nick Taylor has no difficulty recalling some of the most special moments of that magical week on the Monterey Peninsula.

    One of the best was having his wife Andie and their young son Charlie waiting for him behind the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links after he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Lots of memories as Taylor prepares to defend at Pebble Beach; Hadwin closes strong in Phoenix; U.S. Amateur & Women’s Amateur qualifiers set for B.C.

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The memories figure to last a lifetime, so one year after the biggest win of his professional career Nick Taylor has no difficulty recalling some of the most special moments of that magical week on the Monterey Peninsula.

    One of the best was having his wife Andie and their young son Charlie waiting for him behind the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links after he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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  • Three From BC Among Golf Canada's 2021 Young Pro Squad

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the 10 athletes who have been selected to represent the 2021 Team Canada Young Pro Squad.

    Comprising the 2021 Women’s Young Pro Squad will be returnees Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.), Jaclyn Lee (Calgary, Alta.), and Maddie Szeryk (London, Ont.). After becoming a first-time mom in July, Golf Canada is also pleased to welcome back Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City, Que.) to the Young Pro Squad as she makes her return to the LPGA Tour.

    The 2021 Men’s Young Pro Squad features a six-pack of familiar athletes led by Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.).

    Other members of the Men’s Young Pro Squad for 2021 include Jared du Toit (Kimberley, B.C.), Chris Crisologo (Richmond, B.C.), Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver, B.C.), Joey Savoie (La Prairie, Que.), and Hugo Bernard (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que.).

  • McCleery's Muncie Booth Honoured By PGA of Canada For Community Work

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For the past 21 years, Muncie Booth has run golf camps for inner-city children at McCleery Golf Course in Vancouver. The kids are given some golf instruction, run through a series of fun drills and offered a scrumptious brunch inside McCleery’s clubhouse.

    They don’t pay a dime to attend the camps, thanks to the efforts of Booth, the longtime head professional at McCleery.

    For that work and so much else he has done in his 40 years as a member of the PGA of Canada, Booth was last week named the inaugural winner of the association’s Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year Award.

  • British Columbia Golf Covid-19 Information

    COVID-19 Resources for the British Columbia Golf Industry

    Please Click HERE to see AGA-BC Covid-19 resources page

    AGA-BC Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19
    (These are still in effect and current as of February 2021)

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.

    On March 26, 2020, the BC Government issued the following:

    “The Provincial Health Officer has ordered some types of businesses to close. Any business or service that has not been ordered to close and is also not identified on the essential service list may stay open if they can adapt their services and workplace to the orders and recommendations of the PHO.”

    With over 300 golf courses in all areas of the province, it is critical that all golf operations in British Columbia immediately align with COVID-19 orders, direction and safety protocols mandated by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and regional health authorities.

    Where governments have not mandated the temporary closure of golf courses, such as in BC, golf operators choosing to open must take every health and safety precaution for their team members and customers.

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.

    Please click HEREto see British Columbia Golf's Return to Sport Guideline for golf

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    Golf Canada COVID-19 Resource Page

    Health information for BC residents

    The best source for accurate and up-to-date health information on the COVID-19 pandemic in BC is the BC Centre for Disease Control website, which has links to the press conferences held by Dr Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, minister of health.

    Visit http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus

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    B.C. Launches COVID-19 Support App

    Courtesy CTV News Vancouver Island

    VICTORIA -- The B.C. government has launched a COVID-19 support app to help provide residents with the latest information on the ongoing pandemic.

    The app can be downloaded through the Apple Store or Google Play and is also available as a website online here

    Besides acting as a platform for posting information and alerts, the app also features the B.C. government’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool that can help residents decide if they need to seek coronavirus testing.

    The self-assessment tool can also be found as a standalone test online here

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    COVID-19: Straight From The Science Journals

    A roundup of new pandemic-related findings

    Courtesy The Tyee

    With misinformation and deliberate disinformation running almost as rampant as the virus that causes COVID-19, we thought it would be best to go to the source for the latest insights. Compiled by veteran medical journalist Brian Owens, this is a roundup of some of the newest science on the COVID-19 pandemic, straight from the scientific journals.

    Read complete article HERE.

     

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Muncie Booth Honoured By PGA of Canada For Community Work; Hadwin ties for 18th at Torrey Pines; Wilson, Nathu share top spot at VGT event

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For the past 21 years, Muncie Booth has run golf camps for inner-city children at McCleery Golf Course in Vancouver. The kids are given some golf instruction, run through a series of fun drills and offered a scrumptious brunch inside McCleery’s clubhouse.

    They don’t pay a dime to attend the camps, thanks to the efforts of Booth, the longtime head professional at McCleery.

    For that work and so much else he has done in his 40 years as a member of the PGA of Canada, Booth was last week named the inaugural winner of the association’s Warren Crosbie Community Leader of the Year Award.

  • From Assistant Golf Pro To Owner Trevor Simkins Keeping Bootleg Gap All In The Family

    An Aerial View Of The Back Nine At Bootleg Gap GC And The Hoodoos - Image Courtesy Bootleg Gap GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Since joining Bootleg Gap Golf Course as a young assistant pro in 2004, Trevor Simkins has pretty much done it all. 

    Simkins became head pro at the scenic Kimberley course in 2006 and eight years later was appointed general manager. He’s now about to take on the biggest role of his life.

    Simkins has bought the golf course.

    Simkins, his father Harold -- a former longtime club pro in Kamloops -- and his step-mother Jeanna take possession of Bootleg Gap on Feb. 11 after purchasing it from the City of Kimberley. 

    “From assistant golf pro to owner,” Simkins says. “It’s pretty cool.” Yes, it is.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: BC Golf Championship schedule spread across the province; Hadwin closes strong in La Quinta; Mackenzie Tour hopes to return this summer

    The 2021 British Columbia Golf Championship Season Begins May 25th At Gorge Vale GC In Victoria With the Men’s and Women’s B.C. Mid-Amateur Championships - Image Courtesy Gorge Vale GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf’s 2021 championship tournament schedule is testament to the fact that we are blessed with so many terrific golf courses throughout the province. “We are literally all over B.C. this summer,” says Doug Hastie, manager of field operations and tournament director with British Columbia Golf.

    “We try to rotate our events around the province as much as we can.”