• Round Of His Life Gives Victoria’s Jackson Rothwell First-Round Lead At 117th B.C. Amateur Championship

    First Round Leader At The B.C. Amateur Championship At Big Sky In Pemberton, Jackson Rothwell, Grimaces As His Eagle Putt Just Misses On The 18th. The Putt Would Have Given Him A 64 On The Day - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PEMBERTON -- The tournament round of Jackson Rothwell’s young golfing life has given him the first-round lead at the 117th B.C. Amateur Championship. On a hot, muggy day, the 18-year-old Victoria native scorched Big Sky Golf Club with a seven-under 65. "That’s my best tournament score -- so far,” Rothwell said with a smile after his round. “We’ll see if we can go lower tomorrow.”

    Rothwell, who finished third at last week’s B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay, had eight birdies and just one bogey in his round. He has a two-shot lead on Isaac Lee of Pitt Meadows.

  • Alisha Lau’s Comeback Starts With Impressive Round

    Richmond's Alisha Lau, A Former B.C. Junior Girls Champion, Leads The B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship By Three Shots After The First Round - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Alisha Lau did not quite know what to expect at the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, her first significant golf tournament in more than a year. Needless to say she was delighted how things turned out on day one. Lau fired a two-under 70 Tuesday at Nanaimo Golf Club and carries a three-shot lead into Wednesday’s second round.

    The 19-year-old Lau has been on the sidelines with a right wrist injury since last summer and eventually had surgery last fall. She sat out her sophomore year at the University of Colorado as a medical redshirt. After a long recovery, which required lots of patience, Lau is happy to be back playing the game she loves.

    “This is my first big tournament in over a year so I didn’t really have any expectations,” she said after Tuesday’s round. “I am pretty happy with today’s round, for sure.”

  • Ziemer's BC Golf Notes: B.C. Boys Shine At 3M Open; 117th Playing Of B.C. Amateur Set For Big Sky; Parsons To Defend B.C. Women’s Am Title At Nanaimo GC

    BC's Adam Hadwin Finished 4th On The PGA TOUR This Weekend After Briefly Holding The Clubhouse Lead On The Final Day - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin led the way with a solo fourth-place finish and fellow British Columbians Roger Sloan of Merritt and Adam Svensson of Surrey both tied for 15th at the PGA TOUR’s inaugural 3M Open in Minnesota.

    Hadwin had a share of the lead early on the back nine and went on to register his fifth top 10 of the year. He finished the event at 18-under par, three shots behind winner Matthew Wolff of Simi Valley, Calif. Hadwin jumped 12 spots on the FedEx Cup points list to 37th. Hadwin has now registered eight top-five finishes in his PGA TOUR career.

  • Richmond’s Brycen Ko Overcomes Shaky Start To Win B.C. Junior Boys Championship By Five

    Brycen Ko Made It A Clean Sweep Of BC Junior Titles For The Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club With His Win In The Junior Boys Championship - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Brycen Ko couldn’t have had a worse start or a better finish. The 15-year-old from Richmond began Friday’s final round of the B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Fairwinds Golf Club with a four-shot lead. 

    Ko hadn’t made anything worse than a bogey in his first 54 holes and started his final round with a double-bogey. He added a bogey on the third hole and suddenly his four-shot lead was down to a single shot.

    But just when it looked like his young nerves might get the best of him, Ko gathered himself and won the championship in fine style when he chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole.

  • Angela Zhang Rides A Suddenly Hot Putter To B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Angela Zhang Is Your 2019 British Columbia Golf Junior Girls Champion - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- When her putter finally came to life, Angela Zhang had an inkling she was about to fulfill one of her big golfing goals. The B.C. Junior Girls Championship was high on Zhang’s to-do list this summer and she won it in impressive fashion Friday at Fairwinds Golf Club.

    The 17-year-old Zhang, who plays out of Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, rolled in big birdie putts on the 11th and 14th holes to take control of the tournament. “What happened pretty much all week was that I was fighting with the yips,” Zhang said after her round.

    “I could putt everything from 30, 40, or 50 feet within a yard or two, but once it got to within six feet I just yipped everything. So for me drain that five-foot downhill slider meant a lot. That really gave me the confidence to get it going.”

  • Rasmussen, Jonas Win PGA of BC Assistants’ And Seniors’ Championships

    Andrew Rasmussen (Left, Delta Golf Centre) Earned A One-Stroke Victory In The PGA of BC Assistants Championship Presented By Natera Sport, While Philip Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy) Captured His Third Seniors Championship Title Friday At Seymour Golf & Country Club - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    By PGA of BC

    NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Andrew Rasmussen edged a talented field Friday at Seymour Golf & Country Club to win the 2019 PGA of BC Assistants’ Championship presented by Natera Sport, while Philip Jonas secured his third title in the Seniors’ Championship.

    Rasmussen (Delta Golf Centre) followed up his first-round 68 with a 1-under-par final round of 71 to reach 5-under overall, earning a one-stroke victory and a winner’s cheque worth $3,000.

    Reigning PGA of BC Champion Kevin Stinson (Cheam Mountain Golf Course) and Cory Renfrew (Canadian Junior Golf Association) shared second place at 4-under.

  • Zhang And Koira Tied At The Top Heading Into Final Round Of B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Angela Zhang Of Vancouver Caught Second Round Leader Cindy Koira Of Victoria And The Two Are Now Tied Going Into Friday's Final Round At The BC Jr. Girls Championship - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- It’s not often a player can make up ground on the field without a single birdie, but Vancouver’s Angela Zhang did just that in Thursday’s third round of the B.C. Junior Girls Championship.

    Zhang, who began the day seven shots out of the lead, played a steady round that included 16 pars and two bogeys at Fairwinds Golf Club. At the end of the day, she had a share of the lead. “It was steady,” Zhang said of her two-over 73.

    “I hit super solid iron shots, but all of my putts edged the hole. I was hitting good putts and hitting great irons, but none of them dropped. Unfortunately, it was just one of those days. But you know what, par on this course is good. You’ll take it any day.”

  • Richmond’s Brycen Ko Takes Four-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Junior Boys Championship

    Richmond's Brycen Ko Will Try To Hold Onto A 4-Shot Lead In Friday's Final Round At The BC Junior Boys Championship - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- The B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Fairwinds Golf Club has been all about avoiding the big number. Brycen Ko has done that as well as anyone and that’s one of the main reasons why the 15-year-old Richmond resident carries a four-shot lead into Friday’s final round.

    Ko has made his share of bogeys on Fairwinds’ tight layout, where trouble seemingly lurks everywhere. But he has avoided those dreaded others that have destroyed so many rounds of his fellow competitors this week.

  • Richmond’s Brycen Ko leads B.C. Junior Boys Championship After A Tournament-Best Three-Under 68

    Richmond's Brycen Ko Holds The Halfway Lead In The 2019 B.C. Junior Boys Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Images Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Fairwinds Golf Club continues to be a riddle many of the best junior golfers in British Columbia are having difficulty solving, but Brycen Ko seemed to figure it out Wednesday.

    Ko shot a tournament-low three-under par 68 to grab the halfway lead at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship. The 15-year-old from Richmond stands at one-under par through 36 holes and has a one-shot lead on Fort Langley’s Jackson Jacob

    “After my round yesterday, I came into today just thinking put yourself in a good spot,” Ko said. “And I think I accomplished that. I just think I have to be patient. My main focus was just to hit fairways and greens. It is that kind of golf course where positioning is important.”

  • British Columbia Golf Joins In Mourning The Passing Of Past President Chuck Gage

    British Columbia Golf members and staff would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chuck Gage, a long time contributor to the game of golf and a Past President of the BC Golf Association. Chuck's family will be organizing a celebration of life, and further information will be made available once details are confirmed.

    As a founding member of Big Sky Golf Course, Chuck was thoughtfully remembered in this announcement put out by club General Manager, Michael MacNeil.

    "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the peaceful passing of Chuck Gage on Sunday June 30th. Sunday Chuck and his grandson Matthew went out for one last game of golf before Chuck went to sleep for the last time. Chuck has been a long time Whistler resident and a founding member at Big Sky Golf Course. Chuck has had a major impact on golf in Canada, the Pacific Northwest and especially in his home province of British Columbia.

    His dedication to the game of golf started at a young age when he was a member of Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club and was inspired by Head Professional Jack McLaughlin. Since then Chuck spent countless hours with BC Golf, PNGA, PCGA and is also a past President of The BC Golf Association, PNGA (Pacific Northwest Golf association) and Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.We will miss Chuck's bright smile and his passion for the game that we all love.

    It has been a privilege to golf, joke, laugh, tell stories and just spend time getting to know Chuck over the years. On behalf of the staff here at Big Sky, past and present, we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends, he will be sorely missed."

  • ModGolf Podcast Season 6 Episode 6: Larry Gilhuly - TEE IT FORWARD To Increase Enjoyment And Participation In Golf

    Courtesy Colin Weston/ModGolf

    In Larry Gilhuly’s opinion, the three biggest issues facing the game of golf are pace of play, player enjoyment and economic sustainability. Larry believes he has the solution for all three: “The answer for all of these, in my opinion, are properly placed forward tees.”

    This week host Colin Weston speaks with Larry Gilhuly, who is an Agronomist with The United States Golf Association and a passionate advocate of the TEE IT FORWARD program.

  • Take A Kid To The Course An Important Component Of The NGCOA Programs

    By Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Take a Kid to the Course Week is a National Golf Course Owners Association Canada initiative that is successful in large part due to the strong support it receives from members of the PGA of Canada.

    “The NGCOA and the PGA of Canada and their chapters work closely together, not just on this project, but anything golf-related,” says Donald Miyazaki, executive director of the PGA of British Columbia. “The owners at the end of the day employ our members, so that relationship is very key for us.”

  • Take A Kid To The Course Program Keeps Growing

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    It is a grow-the-game initiative that just keeps growing.

    The 17th annual Take a Kid to the Course Week runs July 2-9 and once again the list of participating courses is growing and so is the number of kids taking advantage of the free golf offer.

    The promotion, which allows a child under the age of 16 a free round of golf with an adult who pays a green fee, is sponsored by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.

    “It is absolutely one of our most important grow-the-game initiatives,” says Erica Beck, regional director of NGCOA Canada’s British Columbia and Alberta chapters.

    “We have been doing it for 17 years and every year it just keeps growing and growing. And there has been a huge uptick in sponsorship for the program the last few years, so it is something we are definitely hoping to keep going for many years to come.”

  • Victoria’s Cindy Koira Leads Angela Arora Of Surrey By 3 At Halfway Mark Of B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Victoria’s Cindy Koira Is Your Halfway Leader In The 2019 B.C. Junior Girls Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Halfway through just her second B.C. Junior Girls Championship, Surrey’s Angela Arora likes her position. The 14-year-old Surrey resident, who just finished Grade 9, shot her second straight four-over 75 at Fairwinds Golf Club and is alone in second place. She trails leader Cindy Koira of Victoria by three shots.

    “I feel like I am in a perfect position,” Arora said after Wednesday’s round. “I am feeling confident. There is a lot of golf left and I feel pretty good about my game.”

  • Fort Langley’s Jackson Jacob Preaches Patience After Grabbing First-Round Lead At B.C. Junior Boys Championship

    Jackson Jacob Of Fort Langley Is The First Round Leader In The BC Junior Boys Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Don’t judge a book by its cover and, as competitors at the B.C. Junior Boys Championship are learning, don’t judge a golf course by its scorecard. Fairwinds Golf Club, all 6,200 yards of it, proved to be a stiff challenge for the boys in Tuesday’s opening round of the event.

    When the day was done, only one player -- Jackson Jacob of Fort Langley -- was under par.  Fairwinds’ deceptively challenging layout inflicted many casualties among the 114 boys who teed it up. There were lots of 8s and 9s and even some 10s, 11s and at least one 12 recorded.

  • Vancouver’s Angela Zhang And Cindy Koira Of Victoria Share Lead After First Round Of B.C. Junior Girls Championship

    Angela Zhang Is Tied For The Lead After Round One Of The BC Junior Girls Championship At Fairwinds GC In Nanoose Bay - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    NANOOSE BAY -- Angela Zhang has come up with a simple game plan for how to play Fairwinds Golf Club at this week’s B.C. Junior Girls Championship. “Stay patient,” Zhang said. “Don’t let the course beat you up. You just have to stay patient and let the putter do the talking.”

    Unfortunately, Zhang’s putter didn’t do as much talking as she would have liked in Tuesday’s first round of the 72-hole event. The 17-year-old Vancouver resident only managed one birdie despite hitting 17 greens in regulation. Still, she salvaged a two-over 73 that gave her share of the lead with Victoria’s Cindy Koira.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ilirian Zalli Defends Junior Boys Title At Fairwinds; Oliver Tubb Second At PGA of Canada Championship; Sandra Turbide Wins Washington Senior Women’s Crown

    Ilirian Zalli Will Attempt To Get His Hands On The B.C. Junior Boys Championship Trophy For The 2nd Year In A Row This Week At Fairwinds GC - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Burnaby’s Ilirian Zalli will defend his title at this week’s B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Fairwinds Golf Club in Nanoose Bay. Zalli clinched last year’s championship at Kamloops Golf & Country Club with a brilliant eight-under 64 in the final round. Zalli finished the 72-hole event at 16-under par and won by four shots.

    Vancouver’s Song Bai, who finished second last year, is also in the field at Fairwinds. The tournament begins Tuesday and runs through Friday.

    The B.C. Junior Girls Championship is being run concurrently at Nanoose Bay. A new champion will be crowned as last year’s winner, West Vancouver’s Phoebe Yue, is no longer age-eligible.

  • Husband & Wife Team Of Phil And Patty Jonas Among Five New Inductees To The B.C. Golf Hall Of Fame

    Patty & Phil Jonas Have The Unique Honour Of Being Inducted Into The BC Golf Hall Of Fame As Husband & Wife, Simultaneously And On Their Own Separate Merit - Image Courtesy Phil & Patty Jonas

    Lynda Palahniuk, Bill Hobbis And Babs Davies Also Being Honoured In Ceremony On Oct. 23rd

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    They met on a driving range and 36 years later that is still a place that feels like home for Phil and Patty Jonas. 

    Phil Jonas and Patty Grant were both playing collegiate golf for Lamar University in Beaumont, Tex., when the game brought them together. They had a driving range at Lamar and we just happened to both be practising on a Saturday,” Phil says. After a six-year courtship, they married 30 years ago and settled in the Vancouver area.

    Their significant accomplishments as players has the husband-and-wife team heading into the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame together. The Jonas’s, along with Lynda Palahniuk, Bill Hobbis and Babs Davies, will be formally welcomed into the Hall of Fame at an Oct. 23 ceremony at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

  • Community Coach Workshop Coming To Mayfair Lakes GC

    image courtesy PGA of Canada

    Looking at getting more involved in junior golf at your facility? Want to help your PGA of Canada professional with his or her Junior Golf Programming?

    This fall Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond will be the site of a workshop designed to help prepare YOU to be competent in the skills required by a community coach.

    This is a great workshop for people looking to get involved in the community teaching junior golf as a volunteer, people who are going to be coaching or helping out with a high school golf team, or just people in general who want some experience with coaching.

  • Parsons Pumped About Pan Am Games In Peru

    Delta's Mary Parsons Is The Defending B.C. Women's Amateur Champion - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Mary Parsons tees it up in the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship July 9-12 at Nanaimo Golf Club, the Delta resident will be doing more than defending the title she won last year. Parsons will also be preparing for what figures to be the biggest event of her young golfing life.

    The 20-year-old, who just completed her sophomore year at Indiana University, will represent Canada later this summer at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. And yes, that has her more than a little excited.