• British Columbia Golf Covid-19 Current Information & Updates

    AGA-BC Publishes Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19

  • BC Golf Excited To Announce Affiliation With LPGA Amateur Golf Association June 17th

    LPGA Commisioner Michael Whan & Canadian Golf Hall Of Fame Member Lorie Kane Will Be On Hand For The Online Announcement Of BC's LPGA Amateur Golf Association Chapters And Canadian Women's Open Champ Brooke Henderson Will Have A Recorded Message To Share - Images Courtesy LPGA and BC Golf/JKam photos

    Recently, British Columbia Golf became one of the latest golf associations to affiliate with the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, with the creation of 3 'Chapters' in B.C., the Vancouver Island chapter, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley chapter and the Okanagan/Kamloops/Shuswap chapter.

    The LPGA Amateurs focus on creating opportunities for women of all ages to become involved in and enjoy the game of golf. Here is the 'About Us' message as taken from their website:

  • Golf, Played Well... Or Not So Well, Has Immense Health Benefits

    Walking A Golf Course Is One Of The Most Health Beneficial Activities We Can Take Part In - Image Courtesy wallpaperflare.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was another frustrating day on the golf course, where a round that had shown considerable early promise was derailed once again by sloppy play. But my numbers were not all bad. Despite my less than stellar score, there were some positives about that recent round at Peace Portal Golf Course in Surrey.

    When I checked the step-counter on my phone, it told me that I had taken more than 13,000 steps during the round and walked about nine kilometres. (Clearly, I did not hit every shot straight down the middle).

    I also climbed the equivalent of 23 floors, which is testament to Peace Portal’s hilly terrain. It is numbers like these, rather than the ones I mark on my scorecard, that have convinced me that golf is good for me.

  • Golf Canada’s 2020 National Amateur Championships Cancelled Due To Covid-19

    - National Orders of Merit, a points-based ranking which recognizes top male and female amateur performance, will not be awarded for the 2020 championship season -

    For Immediate Release

    OAKVILLE, ONT. (Golf Canada) – Due to continued health concerns as well as government restrictions on travel and group gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Golf Canada has cancelled all of its amateur golf competitions for the duration of the 2020 season.

    The National Sport Federation had previously announced the cancellation or postponement of a number of its junior and amateur competitions scheduled through mid-June.

  • BC Golf Hall Of Fame Member Bill Hobbis Receives Lifetime Membership Honour From Royal Colwood

    BC Golf Hall Of Fame Inductee Bill Hobbis Has Received The Highest Honour That Can Be Awarded From His Home Club, Royal Colwood GC 

    Story & Image: Courtesy Royal Colwood Golf Club

    Bill Hobbis, Lifetime Membership Announcement

    The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Bill Hobbis has been selected to be awarded a Lifetime Membership. Our bylaws state, “The Board shall have the power to elect to Life Membership any Member who has given the Club unselfish and meritorious service.”

    Bill certainly fills those criteria. Briefly, and for the sake of brevity, incompletely, here are the highlights of his golfing career.

  • COVID-19 Helps Create A New Back Nine At Pagoda Ridge

    Popular Padoda Ridge In Langley Has Come Up With A New Route For Their Back Nine - Image Courtesy Facility

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all golf courses to make significant changes in their operations in order to adhere to social distancing protocols, but none have made a bigger adjustment than Pagoda Ridge in Langley. 

    Pagoda has changed the entire rotation of its back nine.

  • Taylor Puts Family First As He Plots Return To PGA TOUR

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Poses With His Wife Andie, Young Son Charlie, And The Pebble Beach Pro-Am Winner's Trophy From Earlier This Year - Image Courtesy @ntaylorgolf59/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor has a plan for his return to the PGA TOUR and it has everything to do with his family. 

    Taylor is not in the field for this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Tex., as the PGA TOUR resumes play after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Abbotsford native won’t be playing the following two weeks, either, at the RBC Heritage and Travelers Championship.

    Taylor instead plans to return for the first of two events at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio in early July. Then he plans to play every week through, hopefully, the Tour Championship on Labour Day weekend in early September.

  • Membership Currently Has No Privileges For B.C. Golfers Who Belong To Clubs In Washington State

    Former Vancouver Canucks Colour Commentator Tom Larscheid (Inset) Is Missing Being Able To Play At His Home Club In Blaine, Wash. - Image Courtesy Facility & YouTube

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tom Larscheid is missing the camaraderie as much as the golf at his home club. The popular former Vancouver Canucks colour commentator and his wife Leslie haven’t been able to visit Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club in Blaine, Wash., since the Canada-U.S. border closed to non-essential travel in March.

    “There’s no question we miss the many friends that we have made down there through the years,” says Larscheid, a member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. “We have been members since 2004 so that is a long time.”

  • BC Golf's 'Coach Shayain' Hosts Social Distancing Women's Golf Day Clinic

    Coach Shayain Leads Her Women's Golf Day Clinic In Their Warm-up Session - Image Courtesy Shayain Gustavsp

    At this year's Annual General Meeting, British Columbia Golf welcomed 3 new directors onto their Board. One of those new directors is Shayain Gustavsp, who also happens to be an accredited LPGA Teaching Professional. 

    In honor of Women's Golf Day, on Tuesday, June 2nd 2020, Coach Shayain hosted a Women's Golf Clinic in Richmond. She knew this clinic was going to be different than those she'd held in the past. Due to Covid-19 she would have to adhere to social distancing guidelines and yet still create an intimate environment for her students.

  • Kimberley’s Jared du Toit Intrigued By PGA TOUR’s Proposal For Late Summer Make-Up Events

    Jared du Toit Of Kimberley BC Is Intrigued By The PGA TOUR's Hint At Having Some 'Make-up' Events For Players Who Have Been Affected By The Shutdown. James Allenby Of Langley And Riley Wheeldon Of Comox Are Also Interested - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This year was supposed to be a golfing adventure of sorts for Jared du Toit, the former B.C. Junior Boys champion who has exempt status on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica circuit.

    But instead of visiting and playing in exotic locales like Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, du Toit has been playing all of his golf in the East Kootenays near his Kimberley home. He returned home from his winter base in Arizona in late March and has tried to keep his game in shape, which wasn’t easy at first with snow still on the ground.

  • B.C. Private Clubs Seeing Tiger-Like Surge In Demand

    Richmond Country Club, Along With Many Of BC's Private Golf Facilities, Has Seen A Big Jump In Demand Since COVID-19 Impacted The Province's Recreational Opportunities - Image Courtesy Facility

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Mark Strong has never seen anything quite like it. Well, actually he has, but it was a long time ago.

    Strong, the general manager of Richmond Country Club, says the current COVID-19 pandemic has helped create a demand for golf that is beginning to rival the days when a certain player began to dominate the professional game in the late 1990s.

    “I honestly think right now it is one of the biggest shots in the arm for golf since the Tiger boom,” Strong says.

  • Matthew Steinbach Named Div. II West Region Coach Of The Year

    Matthew Steinbach Has Received Another Honour As Coach Of The SFU Golf Program - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    Courtesy Jacob Hall/SFU Sport Information Manager

    NORMAN, Okla -- In his fourth year as head coach of the Simon Fraser golf porgram, Matthew Steinbach was named the Golf Coach Association of America, NCAA Division II, west region coach of the year.

    This is yet another accolade for Steinbach as he was also named GNAC coach of the year for both the men's and women's team. It was quite the year for Steinbach and the program as they had many program firsts.

  • Women's Virtual Golf Day Held June 3rd - Looking Ahead To Sept. 1st

    Join in Virtual Women's Golf Day - Digital Celebration, June 3rd!

    Women's Golf Day, with events around the globe is planned for September 1st.

    Meanwhile, here is the statement put out from Women's Golf Day with respect to the one day delay from June 2nd to the 3rd on the Virtual Celebration:

    We have decided to pause our social media activity today. Join us JUNE 3rd in honouring the people that we work with in the 50+ countries where Women’s Golf Day takes place and we kindly ask you to post and share WGD content tomorrow as we unite to Support, Engage and Empower women and men around the world. #wgdUNITES

    This engaging virtual experience will be hosted on the WGD website http://www.womensgolfday.com and will include ways to engage through social media, videos, content and an online charity auction.

    Links to all of the WGD action can be found below.

  • ViaSport Issues 'Return To Sport' Guidelines

    The following is a release from viaSport

    viaSport is pleased to release the Return to Sport Guidelines. 

    We are all eager for sport to return to B.C. and bring our communities together. These guidelines will help sport organizations across British Columbia develop their own plans for a safe return to sport.

  • BC Golf Junior Championships Will Not Take Place In 2020

    Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health's safety regulations around travel and ViaSport's mandate that no competitive sport be played at this time, B.C. Golf has decided to not go ahead with the 2020 B.C. Junior Championship.

    The Junior Championship was scheduled to be played at NK'MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course from June 30th to July  3rd. The B.C. Boys Junior was first played in 1946 and the B,C, Junior Girls had it's inaugural event in 1952.

    Last year was the first year that the boys and girls played at the same venue, and we were looking forward to continuing that format this year. Both championships have a long list of very deserving champions, some of whom have gone on to great success, including winning on the PGA and LPGA Tours. This will be the first time for both events that they will not be contested. B.C. Golf looks forward to bringing these championships back in 2021.

    This is not an easy decision to make and B.C. Golf would like to thank NK'MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course who were excited to hold this championship. No decisions have been made on other Championships for the 2020 season at this time.

    Four weeks notice will be given for each event as to whether it will go ahead or not.

  • Golf Pros Forced To Adjust Their Teaching Styles In COVID-19 World

    Teaching Professional And BC Golf Hall Of Fame Member Phil Jonas Has Had To Become Resourceful In His Methods Dealing With Students During Covid-19 - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia

    Golf courses have never been busier, but the same cannot be said for those who teach the game. COVID-19 has most certainly had an impact on the golf pros who derive a significant portion of their income from lessons. Demand for lessons has slowed and our new social distancing world creates additional challenges for teaching professionals.

    Group lessons, at least for now, are not happening. And those one-on-one sessions figure to be far less up close and personal. In other words, less hands-on. “When I get a new student and especially someone that is new to golf, that is hard,” says Phil Jonas, who along with his wife Patty, runs a golf academy at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey.

  • Mackenzie Tour Cancellation Puts Dreams Of Allenby And Wheeldon On Hold For Another Year

    Riley Wheeldon (Top Left) And James Allenby (RIght) Will Have To Wait Another Year To Get Back Out On The Mackenzie Tour - Images Credit BC Golf/Golf Canada (Chuck Russell)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    James Allenby and Riley Wheeldon were not surprised by the official word that the 2020 Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada season was being cancelled. Just profoundly disappointed.

    Their professional golf dreams are on hold for another year. Langley’s Allenby and Comox native Wheeldon both had exempt status for this year’s Mackenzie Tour, which was officially cancelled on Friday.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Cancels 2020 Season

    The Full-Operational Focus For The Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Points Toward A 2021 Restart - Image Courtesy Mackenzie Tour/Golf Canada

    TORONTO, ONTARIO – Due to border restrictions, mandatory quarantines for those entering Canada and gathering restrictions in all provinces because of COVID-19, the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced Friday that it is canceling its 2020 season.

    “With growing uncertainty surrounding the border and the 14-day quarantine regulations, among other factors, we’ve weighed all of our options and concluded that it is not feasible to play this summer,” said Mackenzie Tour Executive Director Scott Pritchard.

  • Bald Eagle Golf Club Faces A Summer Of Uncertainty

    As Long As the Canada-U.S. Border Remains Closed, So Will The Point Roberts Course - Images Courtesy Bald Eagle GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    With his course stuck in the golfing equivalent of no-man’s land, Kyle German is finding it increasingly difficult to believe a season can be salvaged at Bald Eagle Golf Club.

    Golf courses have re-opened in both British Columbia and Washington state and by all accounts business is brisk. But at Bald Eagle, located across the border in Point Roberts, there is no business at all. With the U.S.-Canadian border closed until at least June 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bald Eagle remains shuttered.

  • BC Golf Women's Amateur Not Taking Place In 2020

    Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health's safety regulations around travel and ViaSport's mandate that no competitive sport be played at this time, B.C. Golf has decided to not go ahead with the 2020 B.C. Women's Amateur Championship.

    The Women's Amateur was scheduled to be played at Swan-e-set Resort in Pitt Meadows from June 23rd to 26th.  The B.C. Women's Amateur was first played in 1895 and has a long list of very deserving champions. This will be the first time since World War II that it will not be contested. B.C. Golf looks forward to bringing this championship back in 2021.

    This is not an easy decision to make and B.C. Golf would like to thank Swan-e-set Resort who were excited to hold this championship. No decisions have been made on other Championships for the 2020 season at this time.

    Four weeks notice will be given for each event as to whether it will go ahead or not.

    Regards,Doug Hastie
    Manager of Field Operations/Tournament Director
    British Columbia Golf
    Tel: 604.279.2580 ext. 203
    Toll free: 1.888.833.2242
    Fax: 604.952.0060
    doug@britishcolumbiagolf.org