• 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.

  • GNAC Decision A Double-Whammy For SFU Golf Teams

    Simon Fraser University Golf Coach Matthew Steinbach - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A decision by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to cancel fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic has left the Simon Fraser University men’s and women’s golf teams with no place to play.

    The canceling of the fall season did not surprise SFU golf coach Matthew Steinbach. “At the end of the day we are in a global pandemic, so travelling across the border and playing a regular competition schedule, we didn’t think that was going to happen,” Steinbach said.

    The real gut punch for Steinbach came when he was also informed by GNAC officials that SFU would not be permitted to play in a proposed series of one-day events with fellow British Columbia schools this fall.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • B.C. Pros Keen To Play In Four-Event Summer Series Announced By Mackenzie Tour

    The First Two Events Of The Canada Life Series Will Be Held At Bear Mountain’s Valley And Mountain Courses In Langford - Image Courtesy Bear Mountain

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit could certainly use some additional Canadian content and a summer series of four events announced Friday will help address that issue.

    The Mackenzie Tour has partnered with Canada Life for four 54-hole tournaments that will be for Canadian residents only. The first two tournaments will be held next month at the Bear Mountain Resort near Victoria with the final two events scheduled for the TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in early September.

    Each event of what is being called the Canada Life Series will offer a purse of $50,000 Cdn. More importantly, the series will offer players an opportunity to earn some status on next year’s Mackenzie Tour.

  • 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.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces Four-event Canada Life Series

    Canada Life To Sponsor Tournaments In Langford And Caledon, With 2021 Mackenzie Tour Starts And RBC Canadian Open Invite On The Line

    For Immediate Release

    TORONTO, Canada—With the official Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada sidelined this season due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tour announced Friday that it will hold a series of four tournaments for players residing in Canada. The tournaments are set for Langford, British Columbia, and Caledon, Ontario, in August and September, all events contested under the direction of the Mackenzie Tour and its staff.

    The Canada Life Series will feature two 54-hole events at Bear Mountain Golf & Tennis Resort Community in Langford on Vancouver Island and two more at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley. Fields will consist of Canadian professionals and elite amateurs, as well as Mackenzie Tour members, regardless of citizenship, who are already in Canada. Officials anticipate field sizes between 90 and 120 players, with purses set at $50,000 (CAD) per event.

  • 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.

  • Vancouver Golf Tour Thriving During Pandemic

    The VGT Has Lost Some Sponsors Due To Covid-19, But The Tour Is Seeing Unprecedented Demand From Players And Selling Out Its Events, Much To The Relief Of The VGT's Driving Force, Fraser Mulholland - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    There were more than a couple of sleepless nights for Fraser Mulholland this past spring when he feared his Vancouver Golf Tour might become a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Back in late March, the tour’s founder and commissioner postponed the start of the VGT’s 14th season as COVID-19 took hold in British Columbia. “I was literally wondering day after day if we were going to shut down,” Mulholland says.

  • '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.

  • Chilliwack Golf Club Set To Host Annual Men’s Open

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    July 7, 2020 

    Chilliwack Golf Club Set to Host Annual Men’s Open 

    British Columbia’s top professionals to compete for $20,000 purse and prizes 

    (Chilliwack, B.C.) –Chilliwack Golf Clubhome to the PGA of B.C.’s 2013 Golf Facility of the Year, along with title sponsor Langley Concrete Group gear up for the 2020 Langley Concrete Chilliwack Men’s Open Golf Tournament July 11-12. The annual tournament draws many of British Columbia’s most notable players in the game year after year – adding to the club’s premier status of playing host to every major Provincial Championship.

  • Take A Kid To The Course!

    Via Vancouver Parks Golf

    KIDS PLAY FREE - July 6 - 31, 2020

    Fraserview, McCleery and Langara are proud to be a part of the National Golf Course Owners Association's Take a Kid to the Course program.

    We are offering all Juniors age 16 and under, a free round of golf at our Championship Golf Courses with a paid adult from July 6 to 31, 2020 after 12pm.

    Simply book a tee time as normal and bring the family out for a round of golf!

    One free junior golfer per paid adult green fee. Championship Courses only.

    Plus, all Juniors that play golf between July 6 and 31 can also enter into a photo contest sponsored by the National Golf Course Owners Canada.

    Bring a Kid to the Course!

    NGCOA PHOTO CONTEST

    To be eligible for the grand prize draws, golfers must post a picture of themselves participating in the Take A Kid To The Course program on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @kidsgolffree.

    The contest runs from July 6 to August 3, 2020 with 4 weekly draws beginning on July 13.

    Grand Prize:

    Four All-Inclusive 2021 Melia Hotels Cuba packages (Airfare not included).

    Plus other prizes to be won each week.

  • 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.

    Ailey​ Jarvis
    Coordinator, Scholarship & Events
    Coordonnatrice, Bourses d’études et événements
    Golf Canada Foundation
    Suite 1‑1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON L6M 4X7
    T 905.849.9700 x266
    1.800.263.0009
    ajarvis@golfcanada.ca

  • Port Coquitlam Teen Yeji Kwon Wins Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship

    14-Year-Old Yeji Kwon Fired Rounds Of 70 And 74 To Win The Rain-Shortened Alberta Ladies Amateur By One Shot  - Image Courtesy @Alberta_Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Yeji Kwon says the COVID-19 pandemic has given her more time to practice and all that hard work paid off for the 14-year-old from Port Coquitlam who this week won the Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship.

    “With school being out this spring for COVID I got a lot of practice time in,” Kwon says. “We would practice every day, sometimes from morning to night.”

    It wasn’t all golf as Kwon had school work to do to complete Grade 8 at Summit Middle School in Coquitlam.