• Mackenzie Tour Q-School Makes Return Visit To Crown Isle

    2017 B.C. Amateur Winner Jake DuVall Of Victoria Will Be Trying His Hand At The Crown Isle Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-School This Week - Images Courtesy Golf Canada/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Class will be in session once again at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, where the last of five Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada spring qualifying schools is being held May 1-4.

    It’s the last chance for players to earn a ticket to this year’s 13-stop Mackenzie Tour, which begins its season May 31-June 3 with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. Victoria’s Jake DuVall, last year’s B.C. Amateur champion, and 2014 B.C. Amateur runner-up Mike Belle of Burnaby are among the field of 132 players who will compete in the 72-hole competition at Crown Isle.

  • BC Summer Games Zone Qualifiers Kick Off In Squamish Valley This Weekend

    The 2018 BC Summer Games are being held in the beautiful Cowichan Valley this year from July 19 - 22nd. As part of the BC Summer Games lead-up, the golf competition holds zone qualifying events and the first one is set to get underway this weekend, on Sunday April 29th at the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club.

  • Women Of Color Golf At Innisbrook, “A Valspar Championship Week To Remember”

    All Images Courtesy African American Golfer's Digest

     

    As We Move Closer To International Women’s Day, Here's A Great Example Of A Group Demonstrating How To Get More Women And Diversity Into The Game - (British Columbia Golf)

     

     

    By James R. Beatty  (African American Golfer's Digest - reprinted with permission)

    If you are even thinking about taking up the game of golf— and have found reason after reason to keep putting it off— then, you must read this story.

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE

    Many have either delayed or totally put off the one decision which can and will change your life. Read here about Clemmie Perry, founder and CEO of Women Of Color Golf (WOCG) and how she has helped to impact the lives of women in Tampa, Florida, forever by introducing them to all of the benefits that come with participating and enjoying the game.

    Pay particular attention to the reflections of one of these women, who put it in perspective in her own words.

  • Happy Vaisakhi To All From British Columbia Golf

    Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, IAST: visākhī), also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism.... Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

    A celebration including the annual Vaisakhi parade is planned for Saturday, April 21st in the city of Surrey beginning around 9 a.m. at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar at 12885 85th Ave. Organizers expect more then 300,000 to attend the festival which would make it one of the largest Vaisakhi celebrations held outside of India

    Traditionally, Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) festival is celebrated in punjab region and is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by the Sikh diaspora. Vaisakhi is a harvest festival of punjab, or according to punjabi calendar it is the New Year for punjabi people.

    This day is also observed as the thanksgiving day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for future prosperity.

    Vaisakhi is one of the three festivals chosen by Guru Amar Das Ji to be celebrated by Sikhs. 

  • Growing Golf Through Inclusion And Diversity

    Golf Canada President Leslie Dunning Headed An Industry-Wide Working Group That Established A Ground-Breaking Initiative, The “Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Policy.” - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By John Gordon/Golf Canada

    Kris Jonasson is many things. All of them good, although I can’t speak to his golf game. 

    Blunt is one of those admirable qualities.

    When asked about the push for inclusivity in golf, he summarized it thusly: “Golf has bucked a bad reputation forever. Some of it is justified. We need to be a game for all of the people, not just rich white men.”

    Since 1996, Jonasson has run British Columbia Golf, that province’s amateur association. In 2004, he led the successful movement to meld the separate men’s and women’s amateur associations into one entity.

  • British Columbia Golf And VGT Partner With Maui Jim Canada

    For Immediate Release – Vancouver, BC (April 18th, 2018)

    Maui Jim Canada Elevating BC Women's Golf In 2018

    British Columbia Golf along with the Vancouver Golf Tour welcomes MAUI JIM CANADA as a Major Partner in developing BC Women’s Golf. Through the partnership British Columbia Golf has with the VGT, Maui Jim Canada has elevated their sponsorship to include a Presenting Sponsorship Role in all 7 of British Columbia Golf’s Women’s Championships in 2018.

    The BC Golf Women's Championship events begin June 18th with the Women's Senior, Super-Senior and Net-Stableford Championship and conclude with the Juvenile Girls Championship August 23rd. At the same time the VGT will launch the MAUI JIM WOMEN’S SERIES.

  • Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey GC Looking For Caddies And Volunteers!

    CALLING ALL CADDIES
    Carry a bag for a future PGA TOUR Professional!

    WHAT – 1st stop of the Mackenzie tour PGA TOUR Canada – FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL OPEN
    WHEREPOINT GREY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, VANCOUVER
    WHEN – MAY 30 – JUNE 3RD
    WHO – Anyone that can carry a bag for 18 holes (training provided)

    (Golfers from approximately 14 different countries compete. Over 20 past players currently have PGA TOUR cards including Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, and Nick Taylor)

    To sign up or get more information:
    www.freedom55financialopen.com/caddie.html

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    BE A VOLUNTEER!!
    AMAZING GOLF -- AMAZING VENUE

    Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada’s first stop across Canada is here in Vancouver with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey.

    May 28 – June 3rd
    Point Grey Golf Club in Vancouver

    The Volunteer package includes the following:

    • Official Tournament golf shirt as part of the volunteer uniform
    • All meals and snacks included during volunteer shifts
    • Volunteer appreciation party
    • Free parking and transportation to and from course from designated parking lots
    • Two tickets to a Vancouver Canucks regular season home game
    • Short shuttle to parking; easy access by public transportation

    (Golfers from approximately 14 different countries compete. Over 20 past players currently have PGA TOUR cards including Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, and Nick Taylor)

    sign up or get more information at :
    www.freedom55financialopen.com

  • Handicapping: Active seasons

    For many of us trying to squeeze in the last few rounds of the season, or for those planning on heading south during the winter, it’s important to note the “active season” in the region, province or country you’re playing in.

    Golf Canada’s Handicap System stipulates every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores into one’s scoring record from rounds played on courses observing their active season, which is part of the golf season when courses have acceptable playing conditions.

  • SFU's Kylie A 'Jack' Of All Trades With School, Golf, Community Involvement

    Pentiction's Kylie Jack (Far Right), Shown Here With Her 2017 NCAA Division II Champion Teammates, Juggles Her School Work, With Her Golf Game And Her Involvement In Her Community As She Also Takes On Being A Role Model For Indigenous Youth - Image Courtesy SFU

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It’s not easy being a university student-athlete, for whom it can often seem like there are not enough hours in the day to juggle the demands of academics and their chosen sport.

    Kylie Jack knows all about that, yet the 21-year-old criminology major and member of the Simon Fraser University golf team also finds time to pursue another passion: being a role model for indigenous youth.

    When she’s not hitting the books or banging golf balls at the driving range, Jack volunteers her time helping new indigenous students settle in at SFU. And when she’s back at her Kelowna-area home, Jack can often be found doing volunteer work for both the Penticton and Westbank Indian bands.

  • Golfer Chris Crisologo Might Be SFU's Top Prospect Right Now

    Richmond, BC's Chris Crisologo Has A Bright Future In Front Of Him - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Steve Ewen Province Sports Reporter

    Chris Crisologo gets it.

    There aren’t many people in this country more skilled with a golf club in their hands and a golf ball at their feet than Crisologo.

    The SFU Clan senior star knows that it’s going to give him opportunities, like when he took part in the South American Amateur in Buenos Aires, Argentina, back in January.

    Crisologo won the tournament. He also found the time to get out, to see the sights, to have an experience. The way he can plunk a golf ball down exactly where he wants from 220 yards away with the wind whipping and assorted foliage encroaching will take him places he may not normally visit. He wants to take advantage of that.

    To read complete story by Steve Ewen please CLICK HERE

  • BC's Gail Graham Announces Inaugural Gail Graham & Friends Hall Of Fame Pro-Am

    Recently, Kelowna's Gail Graham was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame along with renowned course architect A.V. Macan. (See story by Brad Ziemer HERE).

    The two will be formally introduced to the hall during the RBC Canadian Open week at Glen Abbey in July.

    Prior to that date Graham has announced the inaugural Gail Graham & Friends Hall of Fame Pro-Am taking place Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club where her brother Rob Anderson is the Head Golf Professional. 

    LPGA ‘Legends’ currently committed to the event are: Gail Graham, Lorie Kane, Elaine Crosby, Michelle McGann, Nancy Scranton and Patty Sheehan.

    It is the intention of the Gail Graham & Friends Hall of Fame Pro-Am to direct ALL net proceeds to charity

  • Army Of Volunteers Clean Up Oliver Golf Course After Mudslide

    A Volunteer Cleanup Crew Descended On Fairview Mountain Golf Course In Oliver, BC To Help Clean Up The Mess From A Recent Mudslide - Image Courtesy Global News

    By Shelby Thom
    South Okanagan Reporter Global News

    An army of volunteers descended on the Fairview Mountain Golf Course in Oliver on Wednesday to finish off cleanup efforts after a destructive mudslide struck more than two weeks ago.

    General Manager Brian McDonald (who can be seen working with the volunteersin the centre of the accompanying picture using the red-handled rake ) said the mudslide occurred overnight on March 23. 

    It spread at least 2,000 yards and covered five holes. “The damage was extensive,” McDonald said. “There was a lot of debris here. In the end it was over 3,000 cubic tonnes that had to be removed from the site.”

    CLICK HERE to see complete story.

  • Canada Punches Tickets To Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    The Team Canada Development Squad Used A Late Push To Tie Mexico For Top Spot In The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup Qualifier Held At Bear Mountain Resort In Victoria - Image Credit Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Team Canada’s Development Squad boys and girls teams both finished atop the leaderboards in Thursday’s qualifying event at Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa to secure a spot to play in the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

    In the boys division, Canada traded shots with Mexico through the 54-hole event but found themselves trailing heading into the final stretch. A late push by the four-man Canadian squad saw the contingent force a tie for the lead after going 5 under collectively on the final three holes. The two teams netted out tied at 23 over par, each grabbing one of two qualifying spots available on the boys side.

  • Vancouver Parks Board Announces Women's Golf Day Plans

    The Vancouver Parks Board trio of golf courses have announced their plans to take part in the upcoming International Women's Golf Day on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018.

    Check out the information links below to see how you can join in on this important day of golf and camaraderie. 

    WOMEN'S GOLF DAY

    Join us June 5th to celebrate Women's Golf Day at Fraserview Golf Course with an evening of golf tips, great food and of course, some retail therapy at special rates. This is an event you don't want to miss!

    All are welcome to participate. Registration opens at 5:30pm. Light snacks available upon arrival. Clinics start at 6:00pm. Limited Spaces Available.

    Sign up at Fraserview , McCleery or Langara Golf Shops or call 604-257-6923 or contact golfspecialevents@vancouver.ca today!

    Get more Women's Golf Day information.

  • BC's Trevor Yu Makes Player Of The Month At OSU

    BC's Trevor Yu Had A Solid Month For His Oregon State University Beavers Leading To An Athlete Of The Month Recognition - Image Courtesy OSU Athletics

    Courtesy OSU Communications

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Athletics is proud to announce Trevor Yu and Nicole Schroeder have been named April Scholar-Athletes of the Month.

    Yu, a junior from Vancouver, B.C., has played in all nine tournaments this season and has a scoring average of 74.19. His best finish was 26th place at the Desert Mountain Collegiate and his best score was a 3-under 68 in the first round at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

  • Cowichan, BC's "Stormin' Norm" Jackson Receives 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

    Longtime Cowichan Golf & Country Club GM And Head Pro Norm Jackson Is Being Honoured With A Lifetime Achievement Award By The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce

    The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Norm Jackson.

    Mr. Jackson is being honoured for significant and lasting contributions to Cowichan and for his extensive volunteer work for the Cowichan Hospital Foundation, Cowichan Golfers Against Cancer, Cowichan Women Against Violence, KidSport and many other organizations.

  • Golf And Business: A Merger For Success

    Both Men & Women Can Benefit From Incorporating A Game Of Golf Into Their Business Dealings - Image Courtesy pixabay.com

    By John Gordon/Courtesy Golf Canada

    If you’re a golfer who has been in the business world for any length of time, then the gist of this blog will be much like, as the old saying goes, preaching to the choir.

    You understand the inestimable value of being able to spend a few relatively uninterrupted hours in a scenic setting with valued clients, co-workers or colleagues. For the most part, it’s less about golf than it is about building relationships.

    But if you’re new to golf or the business world or both, then it’s well worth your time to read on.

  • Golf Canada's 2018 Championship Schedule Includes 5 Events In B.C.

    OAKVILLE, ONT. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce its 2018 championship schedule which includes a record-30 amateur and professional competitions plus qualifiers hosted at golf facilities in communities across Canada.

    The 2018 schedule is headlined by Golf Canada’s premier professional championships—the RBC Canadian Open from July 23-29 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., and the CP Women’s Open at Wascana Country Club in Regina, Sask. from August 20-26.

    The 2018 competition calendar includes eight National Amateur Championships, six Future Links, driven by Acura regional junior competitions and the World Junior Girls Championship.

    Golf Canada will also host 11 qualifying events in 2018 including qualifiers for prestigious international competitions such as the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup and the U.S. Open (Local Qualifying), as well as the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur.

  • Bear Mountain Set For Junior Golf World Cup Qualifier

    Victoria's Nolan Thoroughgood Will Be Playing In His Own Backyard As He Represents Canada In The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup Qualifier At Bear Mountain Resort This Week - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup Qualifier makes its return to Canadian soil on Tuesday, with four nations competing for a spot in both the Boys and Girls divisions at Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, Team Canada’s National Training Centre.

    The 54-hole stroke play tournament is comprised of teams from host nation Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and Puerto Rico. The Boys division consists of four athletes per team, each submitting a cumulative total from the three lowest scores per round (omitting the highest score). The two lowest team scores after Thursday’s final round will qualify for the 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

  • New LeadForward Grant Tackles Much-Needed Gender Representation In Sport

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 9, 2018

    Vancouver, B.C. – viaSport is supporting the advancement of women in sport through a new grant that will provide greater access to leadership opportunities to break down the barriers for female coaches, officials and organizational staff throughout B.C.

    “I congratulate viaSport for offering this important grant to promote gender equity. Having female role models in these key positions in sport is vital to inspiring the next generation,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

    “This funding will make it possible for many British Columbian girls and young women to discover the lifelong skills of resilience and leadership that sport generates – a great thing for our whole society.”