• British Columbia Golf Longtime Volunteer Ray Flynn To Receive Sport BC Presidents Award

    British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce that Chilliwack's Ray Flynn is to be recognized at the 2019 Sport BC Awards Banquet with the prestigious Presidents Award

    Founded in 1994, Sport BC’s Annual Presidents’ Awards promote and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism by giving member organizations an opportunity to acknowledge and thank an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to their sport.

  • Two British Columbians On 2019 Golf Canada Young Pro Squad

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit (R) Is One Of Two BC Players, Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald Is The Other, Joining The Likes Of Maddie Szeryk (L) On The 2019 Team Canada Young Pro Squad - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the 10 athletes—six female and four male—who have been selected to the 2019 Team Canada Young Pro Squad.

    Comprising the 2019 Women’s Young Pro Squad is Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.) , Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City), Maddie Szeryk (London, Ont.) Augusta James (Bath, Ont.), Jennifer Ha (Calgary) and Jaclyn Lee (Calgary). Lee, 21, makes the transition from the Amateur Squad after turning professional in December.

    The Men’s Young Pro Squad will be represented by Jared du Toit (Kimberley, B.C.), Hugo Bernard (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que.), Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.) and Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver).

  • Dale Jackson - Revealing The Process Behind Creating The New Rules of Golf

     
    On January 1st 2019 The New Rules of Golf were released by the USGA/R&A Joint Rules Committee. Lots of media coverage has been dedicated to what the changes are, but we wanted to reveal the five year process that focused on the why and how.
     
    On this episode Golf Canada Board Member and Past Joint Rules Committee representative Dale Jackson pulls back the curtain to shed some light on the vision, strategy and decision-making process that was half a decade in the making.
  • PGA of BC Announces Lineup For 2019 Spring Education Seminar

    2019 PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar

    By THE PGA OF BC

    RICHMOND, British Columbia — Acclaimed instructors Gabriel Hjertstedt and Joseph Mayo will be among the featured presenters when the 2019 PGA of BC Spring Education Seminar returns to Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course on February 11-12.

    Hjertstedt, the two-time PGA Tour winner who has transitioned into a short-game expert working with several top players, and Mayo, known to most as the “Trackman Maestro” and the Director of Instruction at TPC Summerlin, will each conduct half-day presentations to attendees on the first and second days of the seminar, respectively.

    This year’s program was developed with careful consideration of feedback from attendees in past membership surveys, including specific requests for Mayo’s presence, and in coordinating a variety of speakers with differing areas of expertise relevant to all Golf Professionals.

    Other featured speakers will include Victoria-based chiropractor Dr. Stuart Love, who works regularly with many of the world’s best on the PGA Tour, including multiple major champions, and will discuss what allows elite players to compete at their highest level. Tom Mayenknecht, principal in Vancouver-based brand development company Emblematica, will address how golf facilities can employ best practices to see success in terms of marketing, communications and sales results. In addition, Golf Canada Director of Rules, Competitions & Amateur Status Adam Helmer will take the stage to discuss changes to the Rules of Golf that will be in effect as of 2019 and the resulting impacts for golf facilities.

    The PGA of BC also remains committed to enhancing the profile of its members by providing presentation opportunities at the Spring Education Seminar. As such, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Head Professional Alan Palmer will make a joint presentation with father Denzil Palmer, longtime General Manager at Royal Montreal Golf Club, on the evolution of prestigious golf facilities.

    The Spring Education Seminar schedule is as follows:

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

    9:45 AM - Introductory remarks: Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director, PGA of BC
    10:00 AM – Dr. Stuart Love, DC; The Healthy Golfer
    11:30 AM – Tom Mayenknecht; Principal, Emblematica
    12:30 PM – Lunch
    1:15 PM – Gabriel Hjertstedt; Gabe Golf
    4:30 PM – PGA of British Columbia Annual General Meeting

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

    8:00 AM – Adam Helmer; Director of Rules, Competitions & Amateur Status, Golf Canada
    9:00 AM - Alan Palmer, PGA of Canada; Head Professional, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, & Denzil Palmer; Palmer Golf Advisors
    10:30 AM - Joseph Mayo; Director of Instruction, TPC Summerlin
    11:30 AM - Lunch
    12:30 PM - Joseph Mayo (continued)
    2:30 PM – Closing remarks; Donald Miyazaki

    **Schedule subject to change

    Click here to access the event page and learn more about each speaker and the content of their presentations.

    The Spring Education Seminar will once again represent a crucial opportunity for PGA of BC members to obtain points toward the Professional Development Program Order of Merit presented by Sunice & Bobby Jones. Members will receive eight (8) PDP points for each day they attend and sign in at registration.

    The cost to attend the two-day event will be $99 (plus GST) for PGA of BC members. The amended price of entry will allow the Association to continue executing the Spring Education Seminar at a high standard – in terms of the profile and expertise of featured speakers, hosting the event at a top-quality venue, securing excellent food service options, and more – while remaining an affordable option compared to similar gatherings and conferences across Canada. The seminar is also open to non-members sponsored by an attending Class “A” Professional at a rate of $199 (plus GST).

    Registration for the seminar can be accessed by clicking here and will remain open until Jan. 25.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Tsawwassen Springs for two outstanding days of education in February.


    For more information, please contact: 

    Eric MacKenzie
    Communications & Marketing Manager, PGA of BC
    (604) 303-6766
    eric@pgabc.org

    Branden Stewart
    Membership & Events Manager, PGA of BC
    (604) 303-6766
    branden@pgabc.org

  • Vancouver GolfEXPO Profile: Pitt Meadows GC

    Pitt Meadows Golf Club, while a member-owned semi-private golf club, encourages public to come tee it up.

  • Video: New 2019 Rules Of Golf Explained

    Some of the new Rules of Golf appear to have confused people.

    This may help, a video highlighting the main changes with the new 2019 Rules of Golf.

     

     

     

  • Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan Among Four New Canadians To Join Team RBC Golf Brand

    Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan Is Joining Fellow British Columbian Adam Hadwin On Team RBC As A Brand Ambassador - File Photo

    RBC has welcomed its newest Team RBC golf brand ambassadors: Corey Conners, Brittany Marchand, Ben Silverman and Roger Sloan. These four Canadians join an elite roster of players, including Canadians Adam Hadwin, Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp.

    Ahead of a historic golf season marked by the most Canadians ever on the PGA TOUR, RBC continues to grow its commitment to the game on home soil by evolving its brand ambassador program. Now, all Canadian players that have reached the pinnacle of performance and secured status on the LPGA and PGA TOURS are eligible to join the Team RBC Canadian program – currently 10 members strong.

  • BC's Hadwin Aiming For Presidents Cup Spot, Return To Major Championships

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin Has His Eyes On A Presidents Cup Spot This Year, Among Other Goals For The New PGA TOUR Season - Image Courtesy www.adamhadwin.com

    By Adam Stanley/Courtesy Golf Canada

    With the Presidents Cup in his sights and high hopes to return to major championship fields, Adam Hadwin knows a strong start to 2019 is essential.

    The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer was in the field at the Sony Open in Hawaii (where he finished T57) – the first full-field event of the 2019 portion of the PGA TOUR season – alongside fellow Canadians Mackenzie Hughes, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor, and Corey Conners, (who qualified for the event late on Monday and parlayed that into a T3 finish after back-to-back weekend 64's).

    Hadwin, who notched two top-10 finishes on the PGA TOUR and represented Canada at the World Cup of Golf with Taylor (they tied for fourth) during the fall of 2018, said he’s excited to get back into the heat of competition again.

  • Golf’s Modernized Rules Are Now In Effect

    Golf’s new Rules have been published by the The R&A and USGA in partnership with Golf Canada with the effective date of Jan. 1, 2019.

    For the first time, a new Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf is being introduced to provide a shorter, more user-friendly version of the Rules for golfers at all levels of the game.

  • 2018 Canadian Golf Review

    Canada's Own Brooke Henderson Won Her National Open With Sister Brittany On The Bag At Regina’s Wascana Country Club - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Written by John Gordon/Courtesy Golf Canada

    What a year it was for Canadian golf.

    Our pros won literally around the world and on just about every tour imaginable. Our amateurs of all ages made Canada proud at home and abroad. And, off the course, there were significant moments that are well worth memorializing as 2019 looms on the horizon.

  • BC Sport Leadership Conference Happens January 19th In New Westminster

    The BC Sport Leadership Conference brings together a diverse collection of organizations, teams, and individuals with the singular purpose of improving their craft.

    The conference also provides opportunity to share previous experience, successes, and best practice with those of a familiar mindset.  Speakers are entrusted with delivering engaging content in their areas of expertise. They’ve also been asked to present you with usable material and key takeaways.

    Partners have enriched the BC Sport Leadership Conference experience by planning additional sport specific symposiums, clinics, and educational opportunities.

  • 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.

  • 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.