• 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.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces Morse Cup Team For 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur

     Representing British Columbia Golf In The Morse Cup At This Year's Pacific Coast Amateur Are (L-R), Henry Lee, Jeevan Sihota And Chris Crisologo - Images Courtesy UW/PNGA/BC Golf

    The 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship tees off Tuesday, July 23rd at the Championship Course at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. This will be the first time in history that the Pacific Coast Amateur will be played in New Mexico.

    All players will be vying for the individual Ed Updegraff Trophy, named after the longtime volunteer and standout amateur golfer who played on three Walker Cup teams (1963, 1965, 1969), won the inaugural Pacific Coast Amateur title at Seattle Golf Club in 1967 and was the 1999 Bob Jones Award recipient from the USGA.

    Taking place concurrently with the first and second rounds will be the battle for the Morse Cup, a 36-hole stroke play team competition using predetermined rosters representing the 15 member associations of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. The Morse Cup team trophy was donated by Samuel F. B. Morse, founder and developer of Pebble Beach Company and Pebble Beach Golf Links.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Minni wins Vancouver City Amateur; Du Toit low Canadian in Lethbridge; Past champs Rutledge, Parry in field for PGA Championship of Canada

    Jace Minni Holds The Trophy As The Vancouver City Amateur Champion - Image Courtesy Scott Minni/Facebook

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta’s Jace Minni, the reigning B.C. Juvenile Boys champion, added another title to his collection by winning the Vancouver City Amateur on the weekend.

    The 17-year-old Minni, who just completed Grade 11 at South Delta Secondary School, finished the 36-hole event at six-under par to edge Trevor Yu of Vancouver by one shot.

    Minni, who plays out of Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, fired a three-under par 69 in the first round held at Kings Links Golf Course in Delta and then added a three-under par 70 in Sunday’s final round at Quilchena Golf Club in Richmond.

  • It’s Party Time As Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

    The Beautiful Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary This Month. Come On Out And Join The Party! - Image Courtesy Sunshine Coast G&CC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club was built in large part thanks to the contributions of many volunteers who donated their time, energy, resources and whatever else was necessary to make the course a reality. Fifty years later, as the club celebrates it golden anniversary, not much changed.

    That same community spirit remains a big part of a course that certainly has to be regarded as one of British Columbia’s hidden gems. Sunshine Coast G&CC is blessed with a gorgeous landscape that makes a round feel a little like a walk in the park. But Jim Pringle, the longtime director of golf and head professional, thinks the real strength of the course are its members.

  • Come Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

    Friday, June, 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the cultural diversity of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples by participating in the many activities happening across Canada!

    As part of the celebrations British Columbia Golf is hosting a Future Links golf booth among the many other activities taking place at The Musqueam Cultural Pavilion, 4000 Musqueam Ave. in Vancouver.

  • Helijet & Nanaimo Golf Club Team Up For One-Day Golf Getaways

    The Nanaimo Golf Club Is A Hidden Gem Designed By A.V. Macan And Will Celebrate Its 100th Birthday Next Year - All Images Courtesy Nanaimo GC/Helijet

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    I told my wife it was going to be a tough day at the office, but she wasn’t buying it. She knew I was golfing. Again. And she knew this little one-day golf getaway was going to be different from all of the others.

    After all, I was travelling in style. My day began at Helijet’s Vancouver Harbour terminal, where I boarded the 8:40 a.m. flight to Nanaimo. Did I mention the sun was shining? As luck would have it, it was one of those picture-postcard kind of days when we West Coasters really appreciate where we live.

    The views were outstanding as our chopper flew low over the Lions Gate Bridge and out over the Strait of Georgia. Not even a couple of double-bogeys were going to spoil this day.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Knapp Makes It A B.C. Double With Win At GolfBC Championship; Sigg Fires 59; Kelowna Junior Cooper Humphreys Impresses At Gallagher’s Canyon

    It's Two Out Three In B.C. For California's Jake Knapp As He Took The GolfBC Championship Title To Go Along With His Win In The Season Opener At Point Grey G&CC - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The guy who shot 59 didn’t win. Greyson Sigg of Augusta, Ga., had to settle for third place after he scorched Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club with a 12-under 59 in Sunday’s final round of the GolfBC Championship.

    It was only the second 59 recorded since the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit started in 2013. Sigg finished the final event of the Mackenzie Tour’s British Columbia Swing at 17-under par. That was three shots behind winner Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., who closed with an eight-under 63.

  • Carrington Credits Mom’s Inspiration After winning B.C. Senior Women’s Title

    No Stranger To Winning Championships, Calgary's Kim Carrington Accepts The B.C. Senior Women's Trophy From BC Golf's Doug Hastie - Image Courtesy St.Eugene Resort/Cindy Soukoroff

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Inspired by daily inspirational messages from her mother, Calgary’s Kim Carrington completed her wire-to-wire victory Thursday at the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship.

    Each morning, Carrington received an email from her mom, Shelley. The one she received before Thursday’s final round read in part: “Enjoy the moment. Play fearlessly. Breathe, inhale confidence. Feel your powers, feel your energy. Trust, commit. Love surrounds you. Play happy.” 

    “She was my 15th club,” a tearful Carrington said after winning the B.C. Senior title at St. Eugene Golf Resort in Cranbrook.

  • Carrington Extends Lead After 2nd Round Of B.C. Senior & Super-Senior Championships In Cranbrook

    Kim Carrington Of Calgary Continues To Lead The B.C. Senior And Super-Senior Women’s Championship At St. Eugene Golf Resort In Cranbrook - Image Courtesy Alberta Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    First-round leader Kim Carrington of Calgary extended her lead in Wednesday’s second round and carries a five-shot cushion into Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Senior and Super-Senior Women’s Championship at St. Eugene Golf Resort in Cranbrook.

    Carrington, the 2017 Alberta Senior Women’s champion, fired a four-over 76 on Wednesday and sits at seven-over par through 36 holes. Penny Baziuk of North Saanich, BC is alone is second at 12-over after firing a 77 on Wednesday.

  • Make Your Picks For The U.S. Open In The BC Golf Fantasy Golf Challenge

    The first four legs of the British Columbia Golf Fantasy Golf Tour Challenge are in the books and we have our up to date group of qualifiers for the Grand Prize final event in the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup Championship.

    Next up...The U.S. Open.

    The contest is easy, fun, flexible...and free. Pick your team in any, or all, of four remaining qualifying tournaments through the summer. If you finish in the top 10% of entrants in any one of them you are immediately qualified for the season-ending Championship playoff.

    Emerge victorious there and you will be crowned BC Golf Fantasy Challenge champion. And that title comes with a terrific golf & stay package from Bear Mountain Resort

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Earns Open Spot; Allenby Takes Positives From MC; Little Set To Defend Sr. Title; Parsons 4th At Porter Cup

    Abbotsford's Adam Hadwin Can Now Eye The Claret Jug After His Finish At The RBC Canadian Open - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    He did not get the ultimate prize, but Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin did earn something else of note with his solo sixth-place finish Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. 

    Hadwin claimed one of three spots that were up for grabs at Hamilton Golf & Country Club into next month’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Hadwin also hoisted his fourth Rivermead Cup as low Canadian in the Canadian Open. He had high hopes of ending the long Canadian victory drought when he began Sunday’s final round just one shot out of the lead.

    But no one was going to catch Rory McIlroy, who closed with a nine-under 61 to finish 22-under, seven shots clear of the field.