• Canadian University/College Championship Heads To Chilliwack Golf Club

    CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Canada’s top student-athlete golfers will descend on Chilliwack Golf Club in Chilliwack, B.C., from May 29 – June 1 for the 2018 Canadian University/College Championship.

    2018 marks the 16th playing of the event, which was established in 2003 by Golf Canada to give the country’s best college and university golfers a chance to compete at a national championship. The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades will host the event this year on the magnificent tree lined fairways of Chilliwack Golf Club.

  • Too Soon For Swanson's Swan Song

    Now Reinstated As An Amateur, The Future Is So Bright For Surrey's Dan Swanson, He Has To Wear Shades - Image Credit Mike West/Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Old golf pros don’t fade away. Some of them get reinstated as amateurs, where they can further stoke their competitive fires. Actually, Dan Swanson isn’t old. He’s only 39 and thinks he has lots of good golf left in him. Just not at the professional level.

    So Swanson, who turned pro in 2003 after a successful collegiate career at the University of Texas-El Paso, has had himself reinstated as an amateur. “For me personally, I just wanted to be able to compete in big events just because I love competing and I love the game,” Swanson said in an interview.

    Swanson, a Surrey native who now lives in Langley, tried life as a touring pro. He spent three years on the Canadian Tour and played in one Canadian Open. He also worked as a club pro. Swanson was head professional for a time at Guildford Golf & Country Club in Surrey, where he and his buddies still gather for men’s night every Tuesday.

  • Help Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada And Freedom 55 Financial Open Raise Money For The Canucks For Kids!

    You can help Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada and the Freedom 55 Financial Open raise money for the very worthwhile Canucks For Kids Fund.

    And if you're a fisherperson you're going to like this opportunity.

    Merely bid on a trip for TWO to West Coast Resorts “The Lodge at Hippa Island!! The value of the two trips is $10,390 and is all-inclusive except gratuities, drinks at the bar and massage.

  • Arbutus Ridge Introduces 'The Fast Five'

    Image courtesy GolfBC/Arbutus Ridge GC

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Cobble Hill, B.C., (May 23rd, 2018) – Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is launching a revolutionary golf program for people who love golf but don’t have the time to play…it’s called the FAST FIVE!

    “Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is committed to growing the game of golf by eliminating the barriers preventing people from playing,” says General Manager Richard Ingle.

    “The Fast Five program offers golf for a significantly discounted price to those that don’t have 4 hours to play a full round and is the only 5-hole rate available on Vancouver Island,” he continued. The Fast Five is a discounted rate of only $15 to play the first five holes at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club; the 5th green is closely located to the clubhouse, making the perfect short loop for time restricted golfers.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor’s Game Shows Signs Of Life; UBC Women Head To Nationals With High Hopes; Svensson Snaps Streak

    Abbotsford's Nick Taylor Is Shown Here Playing In A Vancouver Golf Tour Event At The University Of The Fraser Valley In His Hometown - Image Courtesy VGT

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor shot four rounds in the 60s at the AT&T Byron Nelson tourney in Dallas and showed some positive signs that he is snapping out of a mid-season funk on the PGA TOUR.

    Rounds of 69, 68, 69 and 69 left Taylor at nine-under par and tied for 32nd place. For Taylor, it’s as good as he has felt on the golf course in a long while. The Abbotsford native recently endured six straight missed cuts and admitted in a telephone interview Sunday night that he has been frustrated by his play.

    “I was very frustrated and it was hard to stay positive,” Taylor said. “It went on long enough that doubt starts to creep into your mind and you start playing to almost make cuts. It gets in your mind when you get off to a tough start in a round and you’re like, here we go again. So I feel like it is behind me and I feel like this week I took a big step in the right direction.”

  • Canadian Golf Industry Launches “National Golf Day”

    For Immediate Release

     

    To Celebrate The Occasion Of National Golf Day On May 29th, British Columbia Golf Will Be Closing Their Office At 12 Noon So That The Staff Can Go Play Golf! 

    "We would encourage all our members to do something similar" - Kris Jonasson/CEO British Columbia Golf

     

    (OTTAWA), May 3, 2018 – Today, Canada’s national golf industry associations announced the first annual National Golf Day, May 29, an event aimed at raising awareness to the public and government decision makers on the many positive impacts of the golf industry.

    “More Canadians play golf than any other participation sport and our industry is #1 in driving economic impact, employment and charity fundraising,” said Jeff Calderwood, National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) and We Are Golf Chair. “Combined with golf’s diversity, healthy fitness benefits and environmental stewardship, we really do have such a positive message to communicate.”

    National Golf Day provides the opportunity for Canada’s golf industry leaders to discuss these wide-reaching benefits of the sport directly with MPs, Senators and policy advisors at Parliament Hill. A May 28 evening reception will also be held in Centre Block, and NAGA will be hosting a day of interactive golf activities on the front lawn where MPs and visitors will be able to participate. This day of outdoor golf activities will include a focus on junior golf.

  • BC's Kevin Li One Of Three Brown Student-Athletes Named to Academic All-District At-Large Teams

    Vancouver, BC's Kevin Li, A Senior On The Men's Golf Team At Brown University In Providence, R.I., Has Been Recognized By The College Sports Information Directors Of America Being Named To The 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team - Images Courtesy Brown Athletics

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown seniors Kevin Li (Vancouver, B.C.) and Peter Tarwid (Lake Forest, Ill.) and junior Amy Tarczynski (Oakland, Calif.) were named to their respective 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Teams on Thursday as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

    The Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, as only student-athletes who maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 and are significant contributors to their team's success are eligible for nomination.

  • Enter To Win Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada VIP Tickets & Golf

    Adam Hadwin. People know his name because he’s one of the top players on the PGA TOUR. His TOURJECTORY was the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. He was launched in 2012.

    The Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada is proudly launching the PGA TOUR’s next generation of great players.

    You can see the next Adam Hadwin on their BC Golf Swing - May 28 - June 17th in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna. Read on to see how you can enter to win VIP tickets and golf. 

  • The R&A And The USGA Launch Golf’s Global Distance Insights Project

    Distance Has Become A Major Topic Of Discussion In Golf Over The Recent Years, Not Only As It Affects The Pros, But At All Levels Of The Sport - Image Credit Sue Sapp (Labelled For Reuse)

    For Immediate Release

    (15 May 2018, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, NJ, USA): The R&A and the USGA have launched a comprehensive project to analyse distance in golf and gather perspectives from the worldwide golf community.

    The Distance Insights project will examine distance through a multi-pronged approach that includes global stakeholder engagement, third-party data review and primary research. Focus groups and discussion forums will play an important role in the project, to secure a broad range of perspectives throughout golf.

    Beginning today, anyone interested in the topic can provide feedback by visiting randa.org/distanceinsights or usga.org/distanceinsights or by emailing either organisation directly.

  • Kelowna's Cole Wilson And Monet Chun Of Ontario Crowned Champions At Future Links, Driven By Acura Pacific Championship

    Future Links, Driven By Acura Pacific Championship Winners Cole Wilson And Monet Chun - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Team Canada Development Squad member Monet Chun held on to her second-round lead, while Cole Wilson made a hard-fought comeback to earn medallist honours in their respective divisions at the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific championship at Bear Mountain Golf Resort.

    Sixteen-year-old Chun, who led going into the final round, carded a 3-under on the front nine. The Richmond Hill, Ont., product ended the day scoring a 2-over-par 74 to secure her place in the 2018 Junior Girls Championship being held from July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C.

    “It’s my first tournament winning in B.C.,” said Chun of her third Future Links Championship win. “I think just being able to win a tournament in Quebec, Ontario and the Pacific just shows I have been improving a lot over the last few years, so I am happy.”

  • Adopt A School Week Set To Return On May 28

    By John Gordon/Golf Canada

    SO WHY HAVEN’T YOU?
    Adopted a school, that is.

    As a prospective adopter of a school, you may think you need to be a corporate giant like Golf Town, which has adopted almost 100 schools, or the formidable twosome of Golf Lab founder Liam Mucklow, a well-known champion of junior golf, who along with auto sales magnate Edward Wong has done the same for almost 20.

    Or maybe, as a facility or a PGA of Canada professional, you are overawed by Manitoba’s Golf Mentor Academy, the 2017 Future Links, driven by Acura, Facility of the Year. Thanks to the dedication of PGA of Canada professionals Glen Sirkis and Adam Boge, they welcomed more than 2,000 juniors to their facility last year.

    Well-deserved kudos to all of them and the other companies and facilities who have supported the Adopt a School program, part of Golf Canada’s comprehensive Golf in Schools initiative over the past decade.

  • Bear Mountain Set For Future Links, Driven By Acura Pacific Championship

    The Picturesque Bear Mountain Golf Resort Will Host The 2018  Future Links, Driven By Acura Pacific Championship This Week - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Golf Canada’s first regional junior golf championship of 2018 is set to take place this week as the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship gets underway at Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, B.C., from May 11-13.

    With support from British Columbia Golf, the Future Links, driven by Acura Pacific Championship is the first of six regional junior championships presented in partnership with Acura. The 54-hole stroke play tournament begins with a practice round on May 10 before the tournament gets underway with round one action on May 11.

  • Mom Will Be On His Mind When Jimmy Jones Makes His Pro Debut At Point Grey

    Jimmy Jones, The Son Of Former LPGA Tour Winner Dawn Coe-Jones From Lake Cowichan, BC, Has Received A Sponsor’s Exemption To Play In The Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey GC - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jimmy Jones will begin his professional career later this month at Point Grey Golf & Country Club, the same Vancouver course where 15 years ago his mom, Dawn Coe-Jones, was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.

    Jones attended that ceremony, held the week of the Canadian Women’s Open, but doesn’t remember much about it. He was only seven years old, after all. “I have seen some pictures and I remember one of my mom’s friends was there and he played for the Islanders and had four Stanley Cup rings and I was hockey player at the time, so that got my attention,” Jones recalled during a telephone interview from his Florida home.

  • A Good Sign For Golf

    Sign and Image Credit: The Links at Brunello/Nova Scotia

    Those who play, watch, follow, volunteer in, administrate or are somehow involved with golf will be the first to attest that there are very unique elements to the game that fascinate and contribute to it being such a passion-inducing pursuit.

    One particular editor we know has come to respond to the question of 'What is it that you like most about golf?' with the simple observation that, "It's where you get to be..." as in, outside on a golf course, with friends and/or others who share your love of being in that environment for all the right reasons.

  • West Van's Matheson Tops Field At RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier At Ledgeview

    West Vancouver's Matt Matheson (L) And Langley's Khan Lee (R) Were Your Top Two Qualfiers At The RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier Held At Ledgeview GC In Abbotsford, BC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ABBOTSFORD -- Matt Matheson tries to make sure he has fun every time he plays golf. Some days are easier than others. Take Tuesday, for example, when the 24-year-old West Vancouver amateur rolled in a 40-foot putt for eagle on the 18th green to shoot a five-under 65 and top the field at the RBC Canadian Open regional qualifier being held at Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford.

    Monday, mind you, wasn’t quite as much fun. Matheson travelled to the Seattle area and played in a U.S. Open local qualifier and shot a six-over 78. So he won’t be teeing it up this summer at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

    But thanks to Tuesday’s round, Glen Abbey Golf Club remains a distinct possibility. The top six players and ties from Ledgeview’s 39-man field earned a spot in the Monday qualifier for this summer’s RBC Canadian Open.

  • Ziemer's BC Golf Notes: Big Sky For Sale; Wheeldon Survives Q-School; Hadwin Works Another Weekend

    Big Sky Golf Club In Pemberton, BC Is Up For Sale - Image Courtesy Big Sky GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Big Sky Golf Club, the Pemberton layout that has long been regarded as one of British Columbia’s best courses, has been put up for sale by its original owners. Designed by Bob Cupp, Big Sky opened in 1993 and sits in the shadow of Mount Currie. It is owned by the Belkorp Group of Companies, controlled by Vancouver’s Belkin family.

    The course, which sits on 179.4 acres, includes a pro shop, golf academy, double-ended grass-tee driving range, five-hole practice facility and a maintenance building. It has been listed for sale at $8.9 million by commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield.

    “Essentially, the owners are looking to pass the torch after nearly 25 years of ownership,” said Cushman & Wakefield vice-president Brad Newman-Bennett, who happens to be a former (1999) B.C. Amateur champion. “Hopefully we can find someone as passionate about golf as they are.”

  • Jung And Manion Join British Columbia Golf’s Coaching And Sport Development Team

    British Columbia Golf Is Pleased To Announce The Addition Of Brian Jung (L) & Lindsay Manion (R) To Their Staff Of Coaches

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia has a rich history of producing terrific junior golf talent and Debbie Pyne wants to make sure that continues.

    Pyne, managing director of player development with British Columbia Golf, has made two additions to the organization’s staff that she thinks will further aid in the development of the province’s elite junior players.

    Brian Jung has been appointed a regional coach and Lindsay Manion has been brought on board as a strength and conditioning specialist. They will be working with head provincial coaches Jennifer Greggain and Colin Lavers. Both bring a wealth of experience to their new roles.

  • Player Of Year Crisologo Leads Clan All-Conference Selections

    SFU's Chris Crisologo (L) Is The GNAC POY For 2017-18 While His Coach, Matthew Steinbach (R) Was Honoured By His Peers As The GNAC Coach Of The Year - Images BC Golf/SFU(Gabe Lynn)

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Ending his career as arguably the most dominant player in conference history, Simon Fraser senior Chris Crisologo is once again the Great Northwest Athletic Conference  Player of the Year, headlining four selections to the 2017-18 GNAC Men’s Golf All-Conference Team.

    Crisologo, now a three-time GNAC Player of the Year, is the first four-time First Team All-GNAC men’s golf selection. The senior was named the GNAC Player of the Week on four occasions this season and leads the conference with a 70.6 stroke average.

    He had seven top-five finishes, which includes a tie for fifth at the GNAC Championships and a first-place finish in October’s Concordia Invitational. Crisologo will also make his fourth appearance at the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional next week in Amarillo, Texas.

  • Titleist Thursdays Gearing Up For Club Fittings In B.C.

    Attention all golfers who'd like the opportunity to test out and be fitted for Titleist golf clubs. Titleist will be holding complimentary fittings at two different BC locations.  Over the next 7 Thursdays at Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey as well as 4 of the next 5 Thursdays at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna.

    Check the schedule below, then go to the Titleist website for more information and to book online.

  • WCTA Saddened By Passing Of Longtime Executive Administrator Viola Greer

    British Columbia Golf members and staff would like to join in offering condolences to the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, its members and friends and most particularly the family and friends of longtime WCTA Executive Administrator Viola Greer who passed away on April 25th. 

    She is remembered and honoured in the following letter from WCTA Executive Director Jerry Rousseau.

    Dear WCTA Members and Friends,

    We were very saddened to learn yesterday that Viola Freer, Executive Administrator of the WCTA for nineteen years retiring in 2012, passed away on Wednesday, April 25th in Prince George.

    Left with loving memories of Viola’s kindness, sincerity and selflessness are husband Roger and son Douglas, and of course all WCTA members and friends who knew her during those formative years for the association.

    Viola’s careful attention to our members’ needs and good-hearted demeanour with everyone she served within the turfgrass community helped imbue a positive and friendly culture that has carried on to this day. We’ll remember Viola for this gift and hope we can continue to learn and grow from such a wonderful example of ‘how to be’.

    On behalf of the WCTA, we would like to offer Roger, Douglas and all of Viola’s family and many friends, our sincere condolences.

    Unfortunately we have no information regarding a service or celebration of life at this time but will pass along any further information we receive.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Jerry Rousseau
    Executive Director
    Western Canada Turfgrass Association