• PGA Championship Of Canada Moves West

    The Historic Victoria Golf Club Will Play Host To The 2016 PGA of Canada Championship - Image Courtesy Victoria GC

    (ACTON, ONT.)—The PGA of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious championship is heading to the west coast in 2016.The Victoria Golf Club hosts the PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf June 12-16, 2016.

    “We are very excited about the opportunity to take our PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf to Canada’s west coast and the marvelous Victoria Golf Club,” said PGA of Canada president Constant Priondolo.

    “Next year’s championship will undoubtedly be a success story thanks to the marriage of a one-of-a-kind-facility like Victoria and a best-in-class event such as the PGA Championship of Canada.”

  • Bear Mountain Resort Named As Golf Canada’s Official Training Centre

    November 5, 2015 (Victoria, BC) – Golf Canada and Bear Mountain Resort have announced a four-year partnership in which Bear Mountain will become the official Canadian training centre for Team Canada’s National Squads.

  • BC Golf House Hall of Fame Awards Dinner Sees Past, Present And Future Honoured

    Alvie Thompson Accepts His Award From Jim Sutherland (Left) And Dawn Chubai As He Enters The BC Golf Hall of Fame - Image Courtesy Mike Riste

    BC Golf House Society president Jim Sutherland wrote in the program accompanying the awards dinner for the 2015 BC Golf Hall of Fame affair that every two years the induction ceremony is held and that, “Every two years it seems less and less likely that the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia will be able to maintain the standards to which it has become accustomed.”

    Much to his and many other’s delight, the class of 2015 more than lived up to those lofty standards as it witnessed the inclusion of Lyle Crawford, Rick Gibson, Gail Graham, Alvie Thompson and Jennifer Wyatt into the hallowed hall.

  • Golf’s Governing Bodies Announce Rules Of Golf Revisions For 2016

    Adam Helmer/ Golf Canada's Director of Rules and Competitions

    Oakville, Ont. – As golf’s governing body in Canada, Golf Canada, in conjunction with the R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), announce the new revisions to the Rules of Golf for 2016.

    In accordance with the Joint Rules Committee’s four-year review cycle of the Rules of Golf, the new changes will come into effect on January 1, 2016.

  • British Columbia Golf Employment Opportunity

    There is a full time position with British Columbia Golf available for qualified candidates as outlined below.

    About British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf is the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) recognized by Government and Golf Canada as the organization responsible for golf within British Columbia. The organization is non-profit operating with a volunteer board. Incorporated in 1922 British Columbia Golf has roots extending back to 1893 within the province.

  • Golf Loses A Great Friend

    Image Courtesy Vancouver Sun

    Arv Olson (Left) From The Book Jacket Cover Of His Definitive History Of BC Golf, "Backspin," and (Right) From His Early Days At The Vancouver Sun As The Golf Beat Writer 

     

    by Kent Gilchrist

     

    We lost Arv Olson Wednesday. I use the collective “we” because golf has lost him, hockey and rugby have lost him and all his friends and family have, too.

    And we will really miss him.

  • B.C.'s Kim Sisters Ranked Top 10 In Canada

    Sisters Taylor (L) And Michelle Kim Are Two Very Supportive Sibling Rivals Who Now Find Themselves Both Ranked In The Top 10 Amateurs In The Country - Image Credit Aflie Lau

    Weekly Top 10 Rankings - Golf Canada - Week of October 19, 2015

    It was quite a week for B.C.’s Kim sisters in the Top-10. Taylor Kim picked up eight spots to climb up to a career-best No. 3 in the Canadian rankings while younger sister Michelle Kim jumped 33 spots and up to No. 5 in Canada following a third place finish at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invite.

    The freshman at Idaho shot a career-best final round 69 which included a 30-foot putt on her final hole of the tournament. The result was enough to also land Kim 'Big Sky Conference Player of the Week' honours for the third time in four tournaments this fall.

    Michelle is also tied for 17th in par-3 scoring in the U.S. “She has transitioned to college well and is building off the experience she gained this past summer at national events,” said her coach Lisa Johnson. That experience included winning the B.C. Women’s Amateur title over her older sister Taylor.

  • National Amateur Team Names 8 Players From B.C. For 2016 Squads

    Michelle Kim, The British Columbia Women's And Junior Girls Champion Of 2015 Heads Up A Contingent Of 8 B.C. Players Who Will Represent Canada On The National Amateur Team Squads For 2016 - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by BCG editors with files from Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – No fewer than 8 players from British Columbia have been named to the National Amateur Team squads for 2016. Those teams include the Men's and Women's National Amateur Teams as well as the Developmental Squad. The Young Pro Squad for 2016 is expected to be announced in mid-November.

  • Western Canada Turfgrass Association Demonstrates First Green ‘Links as Labs’ Program At Redwoods Golf Course

    USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly Talks To Kids From Pitt River Middle School During A First Green ‘Links As Labs’ Program At Redwoods Golf Course Demonstration On Oct. 2 - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    Up until now a field trip to a golf course would usually mean swinging some clubs and learning some golf etiquette. No longer.

    24 wide-eyed Grade 7 and 8 students from Pitt River Middle School stepped off a school bus and onto a real-life science lab.

    And that lab was The Redwoods Golf Course in Langley on Oct. 2 as the Western Canada Turfgrass Association (WCTA), in partnership with the First Green Foundation, launched the first program in Canada that brings environmental education to grade 5 and up students using golf courses as environmental learning labs.

  • PGA Of BC Names 2015 Award Recipients

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    OCTOBER 14, 2015

    Richmond, BC (PGA OF BC) - On Wednesday October 14, 2015 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, the PGA of British Columbia recognized the proud achievements of its members at the 2015 PGA of BC Awards Celebration.

    Sixteen awards were presented Wednesday night, preceded by a special presentation by the ALS Society of British Columbia. The PGA of BC has supported the Society for 10 years with its Golfathon for ALS fundraisers across the province, and has raised just shy of $1.2 million for the duration of the program.

  • PGA Of BC Names 2015 Scholarship And Bursary Recipients

    RICHMOND, BC (PGA of BC) - The PGA of BC is proud to announce the recipients of both the 2015 Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary, as well as the Jim Gibson Scholarship.

    This recognition program is designed to honour individuals in the golf community that exhibit qualities such as volunteerism, selflessness, passion, and dedication to the game.

    The Forestar Golf Community Leadership Bursary recognizes an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary desire and passion to to use their abilities to make a difference in the lives of others, setting an example of "giving back" with which all PGA of BC members are proud to be associated.

  • Du Toit And Kim Among Eight BC Golfers Nominated As PNGA Player Of The Year Finalists

    B.C.'s Jared Du Toit (Shown Holding The BC Men's Amateur Trophy Has Been Nominated As The PNGA Men's Player Of The Year - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    Courtesy Tom Cade and PNGA

    At the end of each golfing season, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association selects the region’s Players of the Year in eight different categories: Men’s, Women’s, Mid-Amateur Men’s, Mid-Amateur Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Junior Boys’, and Junior Girls’.

    The players are voted on by the PNGA Championship Committee, and this committee extends to the NWGMA one vote in each category as part of the process.

    Below are the nominees in each of the eight categories.

  • Victoria, B.C.’s Cory Renfrew Earns His Way Into PGA TOUR Season Opener

    Victoria's Cory Renfrew Was The Low Monday Qualifier For The PGA TOUR's Season Opening Frys.com Event - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    courtesy Herb Fung/ Golf Canada

    Victoria native Cory Renfrew posted a 7-under 65 to earn medalist honours at the Monday Qualifier for the Frys.com Open – the season-opening event on the PGA TOUR.

    The 29-year-old collected eight birdies en route to a four-stroke victory over runners-up Ben Geyer, Eric Hallberg and David Bradshaw. The quartet completed the full field of 144 hoping to notch a win at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif.

  • Women With Drive Clinics Get Female Golfers Into The Game

    Toni Taylor Shows Female Golfers Some Finger And Wrist Exercises At Richmond Country Club During A Women With Drive Workshop On Oct. 6 - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    All throughout the province, for most of September and October, women golfers have been getting together with certified PGA of Canada or LPGA coaches in Women With Drive, Get In The Game workshops funded by British Columbia Golf and the Golf Canada Foundation Women’s Fund.

    “We’ve organized clinics all throughout the province which will enhance opportunities for women to gain interest and develop their golf skills so that we can continue to grow women’s golf,” said Debbie Pyne, the managing director for player development for British Columbia Golf. “We’ve had clinics all throughout the province and they have been well attended.”

  • B.C.'s Christina Proteau On To U.S. Mid-Am Quarters Again

    Christina Proteau Has Advanced To The Quarterfinals Of The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur For The Second Straight Year - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    courtesy Joey Flyntz (USGA)

    CHOUDRANT, La. – Christina Proteau, 32, of Port Alberni, B.C. advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, for the second straight year, which would have been hard to imagine after she shot a 15-over 87 in the first round of stroke play.

    Proteau, a prosecutor for the province of British Columbia, rebounded with an even-par 72 in the second round to make match play and has posted three impressive wins.

  • Canada’s Ward Takes Medallist Honours In U.S. Women’s Mid-Am, B.C.’s Proteau And Stouffer Also Qualify

    Canada's Casey Ward Was The Medallist In The 29th U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, Just The Second Canadian To Earn That Honour - Image Courtesy USGA

    courtesy Joey Flyntz USGA

    Casey Ward, 25, of Picton, ON followed Saturday’s round of 2-over 74 with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to earn stroke-play medalist honors at the 29th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,061-yard, par-72 Squire Creek Country Club.

    Ward was joined in the match play portion of the tournament by two British Columbia golfers, Christina Spence Proteau and Shelley Stouffer.

    Ward is the second Women’s Mid-Amateur medalist from Canada and first since Mary Ann Hayward, the 2005 Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, did so in 1998. Entering the day two strokes behind Sarah Davison, Ward posted four birdies and two bogeys on the day to record the low round of stroke play.

  • British Columbia Golf Seeking Nominations For Directors

    British Columbia Golf's nomination committee is currently seeking individuals who have an interest and passion in engaging British Columbians in the sport of golf.

    Following is the Memorandum that has been issued to Member Clubs, Zone Committees and Volunteers from Chair Michelle Collens and the Nomination Committee.

  • B.C.’s Nick Taylor PGA TOUR Rookie Of The Year Finalist

    Nick Taylor Was The Lone Rookie To Win On The PGA TOUR This Year - Image Courtesy PGA TOUR

    Abbotsford, B.C.'s Nick Taylor has been named a finalist for PGA TOUR rookie of the year.

    A graduate from the Web.com Tour a year ago, Taylor won his first PGA TOUR title in just his fourth start at the Sanderson Farms Championship. 

    The former top-ranked amateur in the world went on to finish 101st in FedEx Cup standings and 93rd on the tour money list ($1,072,360), recording one top-10 finish and two top 25s with 17 made cuts.

  • Kent Gilchrist Named For Distinguished Service Award; Steve Kealy To Receive Local Legend Recognition

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Northwest Golf Media Association Announces Annual Awards

    (September 29, 2015) - Seattle, Wash. – At the 16th annual awards luncheon of the Northwest Golf Media Association (NWGMA), Kent “Cookie” Gilchrist of Vancouver, B.C. will be honored with the 2015 NWGMA Distinguished Service Award, the Association’s highest honor.

    Also being recognized at the luncheon will be Steve Kealy of Seattle, Wash., the longtime golf course superintendent who has been selected to receive the Association’s Local Legend award. The luncheon will be held at historic Tacoma Country & Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash. on October 8.

  • Doug Roxburgh Qualifies For Match Play At U.S. Senior Amateur

    BC And Canadian Amateur Golf Great Doug Roxburgh - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    British Columbia Golf Editors, With Acknowledgment To Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun)

    British Columbia Amateur golf legend Doug Roxburgh was competing at Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship this past weekend and despite a tough start managed to get through to the match play portion of the tournament.

    Roxburgh counts no fewer than 13 British Columbia Amateur titles to go along with his 4 Canadian Amateur wins and is a member of both the B.C. and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.