• PGA Of BC Names Initial 2017 Award, Scholarship And Bursary Recipients

    From left, Dan Dodman, Jesse Crowe (Salmon Arm Golf Club), Philip Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy), Cam Tucker, Winston Michell (Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club) and Connor Taiji (Victoria Golf Club) are among the recipients of 2017 PGA of BC Awards who will be honoured during the Association's Awards Celebration taking place Oct. 11 at the River Rock Casino Resort - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    OCTOBER 3, 2017

    RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) - The PGA of BC is proud to announce the recipients of four of the Association's 2017 awards, as well as the PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary and the Jim Gibson Scholarship. These honours are designed to recognize leaders in the golf community exhibiting qualities such as volunteerism, selflessness, passion, and dedication to the game.

    The recipients, along with the winners of 10 other PGA of BC Awards, will be recognized at the PGA of BC Awards Celebration taking place Oct. 11 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.

  • Coach Of New Competitors Clinic Coming To University Golf Club October 10 -12th

    Colin Lavers, Shown Here Working With Players At A BC Golf Development Camp, Is One Of Only A Few Nationally Certified Coaches From BC - Image Credit/Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    From October 10-12th this fall the PGA of Canada will be holding a National Coaching Certification Program at University Golf Club in Vancouver as part of its pursuit to grow the quality of coaching and instruction in Canada. 

    One of the instructors at that event will be Provincial and Nationally Certified Coach, Colin Lavers, out of Seymour Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver. Lavers is one of the few coaches who is CNC certified in the province and he also oversees a National Junior Golf Development Centre (NJGDC) at Seymour G&CC as part of a ‘tri-partnership’ with Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and British Columbia Golf.

  • Adam Svensson Falls Victim To Missed Cuts & Late Withdrawals At Web.com Tour Championship

    Surrey Native Adam Svensson Narrowly Missed Out On His PGA TOUR Card After Two Missed Cuts In A Row And More Than A Dozen Players Chose Not To Play In The Final Round Of The Weather-Delayed Web.com Tour Championship - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    When the Web.com Tour postponed the final round of its Tour Championship until Monday because of inclement weather on Sunday, more than a dozen players who had made the cut and completed their third rounds withdrew from the tournament.

    Even though he missed the cut in the last two Finals events, Surrey’s Adam Svensson was still projected to be 25th -- good enough to get the final PGA TOUR card -- when the third round of the Tour Championship concluded on Saturday.

    However, those late player withdrawals, combined with the two missed cuts, likely cost Surrey’s Adam Svensson his PGA TOUR card.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin's Presidents Cup Debut; Du Toit, Three Others, Sail Through Q-School

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Took Medallist Honours As He And Three Other BCer's Earned Their Way Into Round 2 Of Web.com Q-School - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin officially ended the Presidents Cup on Sunday afternoon when he conceded a three-foot putt for par to Phil Mickelson on the 17th green at Liberty National Golf Club.

    Hadwin and Mickelson were the last two players on the course in Sunday’s singles finale. Of course, the Presidents Cup had been clinched by the Americans much earlier.

  • Kerr, Crisologo Finish 1-2 As SFU Clan Wins WWU Invitational

    SFU's Scott Kerr (L) And Chris Crisologo (R) Finished One - Two In The Annual WWU Invitational At Bellingham Golf & Country Club - Image Courtesy SFU Athletics

    By Steve Frost/ SFU Athletics (sfrost@sfu.ca)

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Sophomore Scott Kerr fired a final round six-under-par 66 to edge teammate Chris Crisologo for medalist honours, helping Simon Fraser University capture the 46th Annual WWU Invitational Tuesday at Bellingham Golf & Country Club.

    Kerr won his first career tournament by two strokes over Crisologo with a three-round score of 10-under-par 206. Kerr birdied the par 3 18th hole, one of seven birdies in the round, to finish at 6-under par at the 54-hole tournament. Kerr recorded rounds of 71, 69 and 66.

  • Allenby Closes Out Record Setting Year In Style With Vancouver Open Win

    The 2017 Vancouver Open Champion, James Allenby, Poses With Winning Trophy And A Big Cheque 

    Courtesy Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT)/Fraser Mulholland

    Langley’s James Allenby rose to the top against many of the PACIFIC NORTHWEST’S top Pros at the Johnston Meier Insurance Vancouver Open this weekend at Northview Golf & Country Club.

    Allenby’s win came in dramatic fashion, closing his final round out in style with a 2-putt birdie en route to a stellar round of 6-under par 66 and a one-shot win over Victoria’s Steven Lecuyer and Oregon’s Nick Sherwood.

    Allenby’s 3-day total of 69, 70, 66 (-11) bettered a full field of 142 players including 48 Professionals heralding from as far east as Edmonton, Alberta to as far south as Albany, Oregon.

  • 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.