• Phil Jonas Wins PGA Of BC Club Professional Championship

    A Final-Round 66 Secured A Two-Stroke Triumph For Phil Jonas In The PGA Of BC Club Professional Championship At Victoria Golf Club - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    VICTORIA, BC,  September 19, 2017 (PGA of British Columbia) - Phil Jonas separated himself from the field to win the Cleveland Golf/Srixon Canada PGA of BC Club Professional Championship presented by Oakcreek Golf & Turf at Victoria Golf Club.

    Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy) fired a tournament-low, 4-under-par round of 66 on the esteemed Oak Bay course to finish with a 36-hole total of 3-under-par 137, beating out Matthew Palsenbarg (Northview Golf Academy) by two strokes to claim the Dick Munn Memorial Trophy.

  • Marc-Etienne Bussieres Wins PGA Assistants' Championship Of Canada At Richmond CC

    Marc-Etienne Bussieres Closed With A Final-Round 6-under 66, Making An Eagle And Three Birdies Over The Final Nine Holes To Win The PGA Assistants Championship - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada 

    [RICHMOND, B.C., Sept. 14, 2017]—Marc-Etienne Bussieres parlayed an incredible final nine holes at Richmond Country Club into a win at the PGA Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.

    Bussieres closed with a final-round 6-under-par 66, making an eagle and three birdies over the final nine holes to chase down and eventually pass his good friend Sonny Michaud.

  • Rating Golf Courses A Science Of Sorts For BC Golf’s Kwadwo Frempong

    Image Courtesy Golden Eagle Golf Course

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kwadwo 'Kojo' Frempong spends a lot of his working day on the golf course and it seems many people are a little jealous about that. “I get asked a lot, how did you get that job, and how do I get a job like you,” Frempong says with a chuckle. “And I say, 'You have to wait until I die.' Then I add that it’s very stressful.”

    Frempong’s job is to do the course and slope ratings for golf courses in the province for British Columbia Golf. And that entails spending a lot of time on the course. It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it.

  • Stinson, Allenby Players To Beat At Vancouver Open

    Vancouver Golf Tour’s Flagship Event Begins Friday At Northview Golf Club - Image Courtesy Northview Golf Club

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vancouver Golf Tour commissioner Fraser Mulholland chuckled when asked if he had been able to talk Adam Hadwin into defending his Vancouver Open title this weekend at Northview Golf Club. “Not quite,” Mulholland says. “We’re glad to not have him in the field if we can watch him play the Tour Championship for $10 million. It’s just so great for him to be hitting all these milestones.”

    Hadwin, a three-time winner of the Vancouver Open -- including last year at Pagoda Ridge in Langley -- will be wrapping up his spectacular PGA TOUR season this weekend at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Then it’s on to the Presidents Cup, where the Abbotsford native will play for captain Nick Price’s International team.

  • Surrey’s Adam Svensson Looking To Realize Childhood Dream By Locking Up PGA TOUR Card

    Adam Svensson (R) Has A Virtual Lock On His PGA TOUR Card For 2018 And Fellow British Columbian Roger Sloan (L) Is Right On The Verge Of Joining Him - Image Credit BC Golf

    By BRAD ZIEMER, British Columbia Golf

    It was the biggest putt of Adam Svensson’s life and he still doesn’t quite know how he made it. “I was shaking,” Svensson said of the 15-foot birdie putt he faced on the 18th green Sunday at the Web.com Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open.

    Svensson had glanced at the scoreboard and knew that if he made the putt he would move inside the top five and make enough money to virtually lock up his 2018 PGA TOUR card.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Big Bonus For du Toit; Kelly Takes Down The Bear; Hadwin Off To Atlanta

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Has Had A Pretty Solid Start To His Pro Career, Earning Canadian Player Of The Year Honours On The PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour Circuit - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    He wasn’t happy with the way he finished his round, but Kimberley’s Jared du Toit hung on to win Canadian Player of the Year honours on the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit.

    That award, sponsored by Freedom 55 Financial, carries a hefty $25,000 bonus and du Toit said it helped soothe the frustration he was feeling about ending his round Sunday with three straight bogeys.

    Du Toit closed with an even-par 70 to finish the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ont., at 10-under par and tied for 17th place. He finished the season 23rd on the money list with $26,233, although he made more than that in unofficial money on Sunday.

  • Championship Pairing And Starting Times

    The starting tee time for the Pacifi Links Bear Mountain Championship have been released and there are some marquee pairings to follow...

  • Richmond Country Club Hosts PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada Presented By Callaway Golf Canada

    The 54-hole National Championship Takes Place Sept. 18-20 At The Richmond Country Club And Features A Field Stacked With Talent - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Via PGA of Canada (Chris Fry)

    [RICHMOND, B.C.]—British Columbia’s fourth-largest city is set to host the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.

    “The PGA of Canada is excited about visiting the beautiful province of British Columbia and the highly-regarded Richmond Country Club,” says PGA of Canada president Steve Wood. “The PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf annually features some of the best players in our association and this year is no different.”

  • USGA And The R&A Receive Extensive Feedback In Global Program To Modernize Golf's Rules

    The Idea Of Modernization Of The Rules Of Golf Has Been Well Received By Golfers Around The World - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (September 7, 2017) - The USGA and The R&A have received comments on the proposed new Rules from more than 22,000 golfers in 102 countries, as well as representatives of golf organizations throughout the world, providing valuable feedback as the organizations work toward their implementation on January 1, 2019.

    With the worldwide survey and evaluation period now complete, the USGA and The R&A and their respective committees will continue to review all comments received with the goal of finalizing the new Rules next spring and beginning a comprehensive education program later in 2018.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Another Chapter In Sagebrush Saga; Monty On Form As He Prepares To Defend At Bear Mountain; Little, Turbide Advance To Match Play At U.S. Senior Amateur

    The Saga Of Sagebrush Golf Club Has Taken Another Turn As The Future Of The Property Outside Of Merritt, BC Remains Up In The Air - Image Courtesy Sagebrush Life

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Two key executives of Sagebrush Golf Club have resigned and the course had some of its maintenance equipment and power carts repossessed earlier this summer.

    Sagebrush, located about 15 minutes north of Merritt in Quilchena, has remained closed since Newmark Group, a Langley-based residential development company, bought the course from its original owners nearly two years ago.

  • Abbotsford's Taylor Can't Wait 'Til Next Year... Starting Next Month

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Reflected On A Positive 2017 PGA TOUR Season And Is Already Looking Ahead To Next Year, Which Is Only A Month Away With The New PGA TOUR Schedule - Image Courtesy Sky Sports

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor says he will take many positives from his just-concluded 2017 PGA TOUR season and can’t wait until next year. He won’t have to wait long. The 2018 PGA TOUR campaign starts in just over a month at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., which goes Oct. 13-16.

    Until then, Taylor will enjoy some down time and work on sharpening the one part of his game that he felt at times let him down this past season. That would be his putting. “On the greens I wasn’t great this year putting, so I think that is an area where I can get better,” Taylor said in an interview with British Columbia Golf.

  • BC’s Euna Han Among Six Selected To Represent Canada At The Fourth Annual World Junior Girls Championship

    Coquitlam, BC's Euna Han Is In Ottawa As A Member Of Team Canada For The World Junior Girls Championship At The Marshes Golf Club - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/ BC Golf

    Two Teams Will Fly The Flag For Canada At The Marshes Golf Club In Ottawa

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – The world’s top 18-and-under female junior golfers will head to Ottawa for the fourth edition of the World Junior Girls Championship from Sept. 26-29 at The Marshes Golf Club. As host nation, Canada will send two teams of three athletes to compete for the international title of World Junior Girls champion.

    “It is an honour to host this prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming these players to Canada,” said tournament director Mary Beth McKenna. “The course is in fantastic shape and we are thrilled to host some of the world’s best juniors at this historic club. Our partners at The Marshes Golf Club and the communities in the surrounding area have come together to make this a truly memorable event for our competitors.”

  • B.C. Junior Boys Champion Christian Zalli Reverses Course And Commits To Playing For UBC Thunderbirds

    2017 BC Junior Boys Champion Christian Zalli Will Be Studying And Playing Golf At UBC This Fall - All Images Credit: Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Christian Zalli won the B.C. Junior Boys Championship in July at Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club, the Vancouver resident was adamant that college golf was not in his future. 

    He was going to the University of B.C. to focus on his studies and would not be playing golf. End of story. But Zalli has had a change of heart and UBC golf coach Chris MacDonald is thankful about that.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Clinches Presidents Cup Spot; Richdale Birdies Raise Bucks For Hurricane Relief; Solid Season Ends For Taylor

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin Clinched His Automatic Selection This Weekend To The International Squad For This Year's Presidents Cup Competition In New Jersey - Image Courtesy adamhadwin.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It wasn’t quite the round he had hoped for on Monday, but Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin still accomplished a huge goal by clinching a spot on the International team for this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    That Presidents Cup berth is the cherry atop what has been a spectacular year for Hadwin, who shot a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January and earned his first PGA Tour win two months later at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

    Hadwin finished 10th on the International team points list for the Presidents Cup, which goes Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. International captain Nick Price will make his two captain’s picks later this week.

  • Helping Kids Take Their First Swings, Tyler McKay Is Loving His New Life As British Columbia Golf’s Manager Of Golf Participation

    British Columbia Golf's Manager Of Golf Participation, Tyler McKay, Seen Here With A Budding Golf Superhero, Is Bringing The Concept Of The Game To Youngsters In A Fun Fashion - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/ British Columbia Golf

    Tyler McKay discovered golf as a kid growing up in the West Kootenay community of Rossland and it wasn’t long before he became hooked on the game.

    Years later, it’s now McKay’s job to get British Columbia youngsters interested in golf and he relishes that challenge. McKay, British Columbia Golf’s new Manager of Golf Participation, figures the game sells itself.

    His biggest challenge is getting kids exposed to golf, so he spends most of his days doing just that. McKay sets up shop in parks and lets children take their first swings.

  • Four Canadians In Web.com Tour Finals Include B.C.’s Sloan And Svensson

    Merritt, B.C.'s Roger Sloan (L) And Surrey's Adam Svensson (R) Are Looking To Earn PGA TOUR Cards For Next Year As They Play The Web.com Finals This Week - Image Credits- Alfie Lau (Sloan)/ SportBox (Svensson) 

    Written by Austin Stanton / Golf Canada

    Four Canadians will be in the field this week at the first Web.com Tour Finals event the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Charity Championship at Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course in Arlington, Ohio. Leading the way with his PGA TOUR card already locked up is Thornhill, Ont., native Ben Silverman.

    Silverman is playing the best golf of his professional career with four top-10s in his last four starts – including his first career Web.com Tour win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper.

    He finished the regular season No. 10 on the Web.com Tour Money List securing one of 25 cards available in the regular season and will be jockeying for priority on the PGA TOUR card list during the Finals.

    Joining Silverman in Ohio are fellow Canadians Corey Conners (Listowel, Ont.), Roger Sloan (Merritt, B.C.),and Adam Svensson (Surrey, B.C.).

  • Register Now For Fraser Valley Girls Regional Golf Camp

    The focus of the upcoming 2017 British Columbia Regional Camp being held October 14th at Chilliwack Golf & Country Club is to identify female players in a particular region on the competitive stream and to align Provincial Coaching support with them for the 2018 competitions.

    Coaching and training will serve to support player growth and encourage the development of an annual training plan for the upcoming competitive season. In addition, players and families of competitive juniors will be informed and guided on all aspects of the Long Term Player Development Pathway inclusive of leading them to the next stage.

  • After Close Call At Canadian Mid-Amateur, BC's Steven Diack Looks Forward To A Pro Career

    Coquitlam's Steven Diack, Shown Here Getting Set To Tee Off In The VGT Golden Ears Open At Pitt Meadows GC, Is Raring To Get His Pro Career Under Way - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Steven Diack decided he was going to turn pro, there was an obvious place to start the next phase of his golfing life. The Vancouver Golf Tour’s Vancouver Open is being played Sept. 22-24 at Northview Golf Club in Surrey, a place that has been good to Diack in the past.

    “Once I saw the Vancouver Open was at Northview I was like, that is so good for me,” Diack said in an interview. “I love that place and I can’t wait to go out and start this new chapter in golf. I have actually won two tournaments out there. I won a MJT (Maple Leaf Junior Tour) tournament a long, long time ago and I won the VGT Spring Championship out there as well.”

  • 3rd Annual National Coaches Week In B.C. Happens Sept. 23-30th

    September 23 - 30, 2017 marks the third annual National Coaches Week and viaSPORT is asking Canadians everywhere for their help celebrating! Whether you're from a National Sport Organization, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization, club, or you are a coach, parent, or athlete, they want your help saying ‘thanks!’ to coaches from coast to coast.

    National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Join the conversation on social media using #ThanksCoach and #CoachesWeek.

  • BC's Kathy Gook Among Inaugural List Of 50 Best LPGA Teachers

    Quesnel, BC's Kathy Gook Was One Of The Top Instructors Recognized From More Than 1,700 LPGA Certified Professionals Worldwide - BC Golf Image

    Via Press Release

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 28, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal.

    This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.

    All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula.

    One of those recognized was Quesnel, British Columbia's own Kathy Gook who moved to Phoenix in 1985 after graduating from Simon Fraser University to pursue a career in golf.