• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hyde Mountain Welcomes Mid-Amateur Championship; Big Payday For Spooner; B.C. Teens Off To U.S. Junior Championships

    2017 Mid-Am Champs Craig Doell (L) And Josee Deslauriers Are In Sicamous At Hyde Mountain GC This Week To Defend Their Titles - Images: Hyde Mtn./BC Golf/PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Last year’s champions will be in the field to defend their titles this week when Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous plays host to the B.C. Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters Championship.

    Last year at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay, Victoria’s Craig Doell won both the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters titles. Doell beat Cameron Powell of Fernie in a playoff to win the Mid-Am category, which is for players 25 and over. Doell edged Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper by one shot to win the Mid-Masters crown, which is for players 40 and older.

  • Six Canadians To Compete For 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship Including BC's Jonas, Yonomoto and Ames

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship, Thursday (June 28) and Friday (June 29), at 7,264-yard, par-70 The Broadmoor (East Course).

    The U.S. Senior Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 28 and 29, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. This year's field includes a total of six players from Canada including BC's Phil Jonas, Kendal Yonomoto and Stephen Ames.

  • UK Minister Hails Health Benefits Of Golf

    Image Courtesy Golf & Health

    At Health and Social Care Questions in the House of Commons, All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group Co-Chair, Craig Tracey MP, raised the benefits that golf delivers to participants, following research from the Golf and Health Project, supported by The R&A.

    “As the Minister may be aware, I currently Co-Chair the All-Party Group on Golf, a sport sometimes unfairly labelled as a good walk spoiled.

    “Would the Minister agree with me that there are many positive health benefits associated with participation in golf, especially for those people with long term conditions?”

    The Minister responded “I certainly will, as somebody who used to work in the golf industry before coming to this place.

  • 17 Collegiate Golf Scholarships Being Made Available Through Golf Canada

    Golf Canada is offering 17 scholarships this year to assist aspiring young Canadian golfers. See the information below for details and either click on the Apply Now button in the poster or HERE to be taken to the scholarship page.

  • Little’s Legend Grows As She Wins Her Sixth B.C. Senior Women’s Title

    The Legend Of Little Continues To Grow With The 6th B.C. Senior Women's Title Won By Procter's Jackie Little At Crown Isle Resort In Courtenay - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She has one of the most impressive resumes in the history of British Columbia amateur golf and Jackie Little added yet another line to it on Thursday.

    Little won her sixth B.C. Senior Women’s Championship, going wire-to-wire at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay. She closed with a five-over 77 to finish the 54-hole event at eight-over par. That was good for a six-shot win over Kim Evans of Vancouver and Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe, Alta.

  • Little Carries Five-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is One Round Away From Securing Her 6th B.C. Senior Women's Championship -  British Columbia Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jackie Little gave the rest of the field an opening, but no one took advantage in Wednesday’s second round of the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

    Little fired a four-over 76 Wednesday. That was five shots higher than the one-under 71 she recorded in Tuesday’s opening round that had given Little a three-shot cushion.

  • Pheasant Glen Open Will Award A Spot In The Canadian Men's Amateur This Summer

    The 2018 Pheasant Glen Openis being held at the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island July 21st & 22nd and is offering its Male Amateur Champion a spot in this year's Canadian Men's Amateur, which is being co-hosted at Pheasant Glen along with Duncan Meadows GC from August 6th-9th.

    The Pheasant Glen Open is offering divisions of competiton for both men, women and juniors alike.

    The Divisions include: 

    Mens: Male Amateur, Junior Boys, & Male Professionals

    Ladies: Female Amateur, Junior Girls, & Female Professionals

    Registration Fee - $165 - Includes Meal Both Days

    Registration Deadline - July 14th

    For complete details and how to enter please either click on or refer to the poster below. 

  • Little Goes Low To Grab First-Round Lead At B.C. Senior Women’s Championship

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is Chasing Her Sixth B.C. Senior Women's Championship Crown This Week At, Appropriately Enough, Crown Isle Golf Resort In Courtenay - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She is one of British Columbia’s most accomplished players and Jackie Little served notice Tuesday that she has lots of competitive golf left in her. Little already has five B.C. Senior Women’s Championships and could be on her way to a sixth after opening this year’s tourney with a one-under par 71 at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

  • The First Annual YMCA First Tee Charity Golf Club Drive Happens June 23rd

    The First Annual Charity Golf Club Drive by The First Tee of Greater Vancouver is taking place this Saturday, June 23rd at the Rupert Park Pitch & Putt course on Charles Street in Vancouver. 

    To see how you can get some great brand name used golf equipment at terrific values, check out the details of the event in the poster below. Not only can you get great deals on equipment for yourself, friends or family members, you'll be helping the YMCA's First Tee of Greater Vancouver introduce the game to youth from across the Lower Mainland.

  • Register Now To Compete In The Kimberley/Cranbrook 2018 55+ BC Games – September 11-15th

    Kimberley/Cranbrook 2018 55+ BC Games – September 11-15, 2018

    The 31st Annual 55+ BC Games is taking place in Kimberley/Cranbrook this year from September 11th to 15th. Over 2,500 participants aged 55+ from 12 zones across British Columbia are expected to compete in 23 sports and activities. The registration deadline is fast approaching. 

    Don’t miss out on participating in your favourite sport while discovering the beautiful East Kootenays. Please get in touch with your Zone Sport Coordinator for more information.

    For more information, please visit https://www.55plusbcgames.org/.

     

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Du Toit Fifth In Kelowna; Junior Boys Struggle; Hadwin Cut Streak Ends With Thud; Pultz Set To Defend Senior Women’s Title

    Jared du Toit Was In Contention Throughout The GolfBC Championship Earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player Of The Week Honours - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By BRAD ZIEMER, British Columbia Golf

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit recorded a career-best fifth-place finish at the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna.

    Du Toit fired a four-under 67 in Sunday’s final round of the $200,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club to finish at 16-under par. That left the 23-year-old four strokes behind winner George Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz.

    “I feel very positive,” du Toit said. “I was up on the leaderboard pretty much all week it felt like. And to be there and to be in the mix basically until I made a bogey on 16 felt good. My old college coach used to say the main goal is to be in the mix on the back nine on Sunday and I did that today, so I am pretty optimistic about where things are at.”

  • Victoria Golf Club's Legendary Margaret Todd Celebrates Age 100

    Margaret Todd Is Shown Here With Two Other BC Golf Legends, Doug Roxburgh And Alison Murdoch At Murdoch's 2013 Hall Of Fame Induction In Victoria - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    On the occasion of one of British Columbia's and indeed Canada's all-time great Amateur Golfers reaching a milestone birthday, British Columbia Golf, its staff and membership would all like to join in celebrating and congratulating Margaret Todd who turned the magical age of 100 on May 31st.

  • Shot Clock Lights A Fire Under Competitors

    The Shot Clock Masters 2018 Cover Photo - Image Courtesy European Tour

    In this week's edition of the Globalgolfpost.com, contributing writer Lewine Mair's column The Take, offers an eye-opening perspective on some of the European Tour's efforts at addressing slow play, a topic that has become a very hot issue in recent years. 

    A major proponent of 'actions speak louder than words' Canada's Keith Pelley, the European Tour's Chief Executive, has put into action some new ideas to test the waters as far as effecting change in the way the game of golf has appeared to slow to a snail's pace. Case in point is the recently played Shot Clock Masters at the Diamond Country Club in Austria

    Mair goes in depth in her story on not only the event itself but the overall reaction and possible ramifications of golf tournaments where players are timed in 50 seconds or less for each shot, depending on certain circumstances, with the threat of an immediate penalty hanging over them should they fail to pull the trigger in time. 

    Read the complete story HERE.

    Click HERE to see a video of Keith Pelley discussing the effects of this type of event. 

  • Duncan Meadows GC Holding Canadian Amateur Exemption Qualifier For 2 Spots On June 23rd

    Duncan Meadows Golf Course Is Co-Hosting The 2018 Canadian Men's Amateur 

    In advance of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship being held this August 6th - 9th at Duncan Meadows Golf Club in Duncan and Pheasant Glen Golf Club in Qualicum Beach, Duncan Meadows is holding an Exemption Qualifier at their course on Saturday, June 23rd at 10 a.m.

    This is in addition to the Golf Canada Qualifier taking place on Friday, August 3rd at Duncan Meadows. Information on that event can be found HERE.

    For information on the June 23rd Exemption Qualifier at Duncan Meadows please refer to the poster below. 

  • Abbotsford's Hadwin Confident Well Rounded Game Will Pay Off At Tricky Shinnecock Hills

    BC's Adam Hadwin Is Set To Play In His 4th U.S. Open This Week At Shinnecock Hills Golf Club In New York - Image Courtesy AdamHadwin.com

    Written by Adam Stanley/Courtesy Golf Canada

    Adam Hadwin’s work on his all-around game has resulted in a steady PGA TOUR season, but he hopes it pays bigger dividends at a U.S. Open course known to reward versatile golfers. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., will tee off at his fourth career U.S. Open when the major tournament kicks off Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a storied and notoriously tricky course.

    “I like tradition and tournaments where par means something,” Hadwin told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “My game suits that pretty well, which should go hand-in-hand with the U.S. Open. “I’m really of the mindset that it doesn’t matter what the golf course is, I can adapt my game to fit anything.”

    Hadwin, Canada’s highest-ranked male golfer, has enjoyed a successful if unspectacular season. He has three top-10 finishes and hasn’t missed a cut so far.

  • BC's Phil Jonas Books A Return Visit To The U.S. Senior Open

    BC's Phil Jonas Has Played His Way Into The U.S. Senior Open For The Second Straight Year - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Phil Jonas is getting another crack at the U.S. Senior Open. Jonas played his way into the event for the second straight year, winning the lone spot up for grabs at a qualifier Monday in Sequim, Wash.

    The 56-year-old Jonas, who runs a golf academy in his name at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey, shot a three-under 69 at The Cedars at Dungeness to beat a field of 51 players by two shots. 

    “I played decently today after playing so poorly last week at the PGA of B.C. Seniors tourney,” Jonas said in a telephone interview. “I was happy with the way I played.

  • B.C. Golf Courses Part Of North American Plan To Attract Monarch Butterflies

    The Fairmont Chateau Whistler And Arbutus Ridge In Victoria Are Among 30 Golf Courses Across Canada That Have Committed To Growing Milkweed As Part Of The Monarchs In The Rough Program Devoted To Increasing The Population Of Monarch Butterflies - Image Courtesy Pixabay

    By SUSAN LAZARUK - Vancouver Sun

    Numbers of the majestic monarch butterfly have been in a free fall and a plan hatched with the help of golf courses across North America, including two in B.C., is hoping to bring them flying back. The number of the summer visitors to flower gardens and wildflower fields has plummeted 90 per cent over the past 20 years, according to Audubon International.

    “And it’s worse in the western population, where you are, where there’s been a 95 per cent drop in numbers,” said Marcus Gray of Audubon International.

    The Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Victoria’s Arbutus Ridge golf courses are among the 30 courses across Canada and the 250 so far across the U.S. that have committed to growing the flowers on a half hectare of land on their courses.

    CLICK HERE to read complete story in Vancouver Sun.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Texan Sam Fidone Wins By Five At Uplands; Justin Shin Third In China; Golf Joins Canada West Conference; Morningstar In Receivership

    Kimberely, BC's Jared du Toit Was Alone In 3rd Heading Into The Final Round But Had A Tough Sunday At The Bayview Place DCBank Open Falling To 23rd Overall. He Was Still The Low Player From BC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Canadian drought continues on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit. There were plenty of Canadian flags on the leaderboard heading into the weekend, but not many left when the final round of the Bayview Place DCBank Open was completed Sunday at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria.

    Texan Sam Fidone, who had a two-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round, closed with a bogey-free five-under 65 and won by five shots with a 72-hole total of 19-under par. Calgary’s Wes Heffernan was the only Canadian in the top 10. Heffernan, who shot a 68 on Sunday, finished tied for sixth at 11-under. That earned him the weekly bonus of $2,500 from Freedom 55 Financial for being low Canadian.

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit, who began the day alone in third place, struggled to a five-over 75 Sunday and finished tied for 23rd place at six-under par. Manitoba’s Aaron Cockerill (T14 at eight-under) and Ontario’s Taylor Pendrith (T23) were the other Canadians inside the top 25. A Canadian hasn’t won on the Mackenzie Tour since Langley’s Adam Cornelson won at Uplands in 2016.

  • Fidone Claims First Mackenzie Tour Victory At Bayview Place DCBank Open In Victoria

    Sam Fidone Holds The Winner's Trophy From The Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist - Image Credit Kevin Light/Mackenzie Tour

    Courtesy Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada

    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada—After his third round, Sam Fidone mentioned he would likely be feeling some nerves on his stroll up to the first tee Sunday at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist.

    Fidone appeared to make that stroll with all the confidence in the world, striping his first tee shot down the Uplands Golf Club fairway to begin his march toward a bogey-free 65 and commanding five-stroke victory.

  • BC Well Represented For 2018 World Deaf Golf Championships In Ireland

    For only the second time, the World Deaf Golf Championships will be played in Ireland after the IDGU won the bidding process to host the championships in July 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort, Michigan, USA.

    The Championships will be held July 21st-28th,  2018at the Carton House Golf Club. The Men’s Individual/Team Championships will be playing on the Montgomerie Course while the Ladies’ & Senior’s Individual/Team Championships will be playing on the O’Meara Golf Course.

    Team Canada will compete in the Men’s event, Senior Men’s event and Ladies’ event.