• International Olympic Day A Big Success, British Columbia Golf SNAGs New Golfers

    Chris Crisologo Puts Together Some Snag Equipment For International Olympic Day At The Richmond Oval - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    When the doors opened at 10 a.m. Monday for International Olympic Day at the Richmond Olympic Oval, hundreds of schoolchildren rushed through the doors and headed for specialized sports areas such as volleyball, athletics, basketball and tennis.

    But the biggest rush was to the golf area run by the CN Future Links team led by Stephanie Wong and her team of Winnie Hyun, Chris Crisologo, Eizza Hernandez, Curtis Chan and Quilchena assistant pro Tom Flockhart.

  • The Biggest (And Least Publicized) Day in British Columbia Golf

    The Richmond Olympic Oval Will Be The Site Of International Olympic Day Celebrations On Monday, June 15th And Golf Is Playing A Major Role - Image Courtesy Richmond Olympic Oval

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Monday, June 15 looks like any other Monday, the beginning of another work week and the last spring Monday of 2015.

    But look a little deeper and you may discover it’s the biggest day in British Columbia golf.

    Let’s start with an event that’s not just about golf, but is important nevertheless. Golf will return to the Olympics in Rio in 2016 and International Olympic Day will be celebrated from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Richmond Olympic Oval, with British Columbia Golf and CN Future Links playing a big part in this event.

  • Alisha Lau Wins CN Future Links Junior Girls Prairie Championship, Logan Yanick and AJ Ewart Finish T2 in Junior Boys

    Richmond's Alisha Lau Pulled Off A Big Comeback And Won The CN Future Links Junior Girls Event In Prince Albert, SK - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Team Canada Development Team member Alisha Lau overcame weekend rain and a five-shot opening round deficit to win the CN Future Links Junior Girls Prairie Championship at Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert, SK.

    The 15-year-old Richmond resident opened with a (+2) 74 on Friday before a Saturday (+1) 73 and a (-1) round of 71 had her at (+2) 218 and one stroke ahead of British Columbia teammate Mary Parsons.

  • Contest Winner From The ‘Punch Your Ticket To The U.S. Open Contest’

    U.S. Open Trophy With Chambers Bay Background - AP Photo

    The Winners have been drawn for the contest for tickets to the U.S. Open next week.

    More than 1400 British Columbia Golf members entered for the chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and the Grand Prize winner was David Proctor.

    Three runners-up were also drawn where the first drawn receives a pair of tickets for their choice of Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, the second drawn has the choice between the remaining two and the third would receive the remaining pair.

  • Albin Choi Wins Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented By Times Colonist

    Albin Choi Picked Up His First Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Win Claiming The Bayview Place Island Savings Open Presented By Times Colonist - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by Brian Decker, Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada

    (June 7, 2015 – Victoria, B.C.) – With a final round 4-under 66, Surrey, B.C's Albin Choi captured his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory on Sunday at Uplands Golf Club, claiming the Bayview Place Island Savings Open presented by Times Colonist.

    The 23-year old came out of the gate hot on Sunday, making birdies on four of his first five holes to separate himself from the field, then held on down the stretch to win by three over North Vancouver's Eugene Wong, fellow Surrey native Adam Svensson and Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s Jason Millard.

  • 'Canadian Ninjas' To Compete On Altered Course Reality Golf Series

    Former Teammates On The UBC Thunderbirds Golf Squad, Kyla Inaba (L) And Eileen Kelly Have Reunited To Compete On The New Golf Reality Series Altered Course - Image Courtesy Golf Channel

    Golf Channel recently announced a new reality competition series, Altered Course, that combines golf, speed, fitness, teamwork and decision-making as teams navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

    Altered Course’s inaugural season will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    Of particular interest to Canadians, and British Columbians specifically, is the team of Eileen Kelly and Kyla Inaba, calling themselves the #Canadian Ninjas.

  • Jordan Belton Wins British Columbia Mid-Am, Lance Lundy Wins Mid-Master, Final Round Cancelled Due To Unplayable Course Conditions

    Jordan Belton Of The Vancouver Golf Club Receives His Trophy And Awards From David Atkinson, President Of British Columbia Golf - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    Relentless rain at Talking Rock in Chase, BC cancelled the final round of the 2015 British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master championship on Thursday.

    “The course was unplayable. There was excessive water in the fairways,” said Susan White, Senior Manager, Field Operations for British Columbia Golf. “To have played would have not been good for the course or the players.”

    White and her tournament team surveyed the course just before 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the players via email just before 6:30 a.m. The respective leaders after the second round were awarded the titles at a presentation ceremony Thursday morning.

    The Vancouver Golf Club’s Jordan Belton won the Mid-Amateur title, with a winning score of (-1) 143. Coming in a tie for second, two strokes behind, were Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club’s Patrick Weeks and Tobiano Golf Club’s Adam Kernan.

  • Jordan Belton Leads Mid-Amateur, Lance Lundy Leads Mid-Master After Round 2 At Talking Rock

    Lance Lundy Leads The British Columbia Golf Mid-Master Component Of The Mid Amateur Event At (+2) 146 After Two Rounds At Talking Rock - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    A steady rain provided some challenges during Round 2 of the British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master at Talking Rock Golf Course in Chase on Wednesday.

    The British Columbia Mid-Amateur is for players age 25 and older while the Mid-Master is for players age 40 and older. The 54-hole event has a cut to top 70 and ties after 36 holes.

    Talking Rock played to 6,620 yards on Wednesday, with only two players breaking par. Jordan Belton and Mark Heinrich, playing in the same group, both shot (-1) rounds of 71, while Kamloops’ Adam Kernan came in at even par 72.

    Belton leads the Mid-Amateur standings with a (-1) total of 143. He’s two strokes ahead of Kernan and first-round leader Patrick Weeks, who shot (+3) 75 on Wednesday.

  • Patrick Weeks Leads Mid-Amateur, James Decker Leads Mid-Master After Round 1 At Talking Rock

    Patrick Weeks Of Shaughnessy Is The First-Round Leader At The British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur At Talking Rock In Chase. Weeks Shot A (-2) Round Of 70 - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    The first tournament of the British Columbia Golf calendar kicked off Tuesday at Talking Rock Golf Course in Chase with the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master. The British Columbia Mid-Amateur is for players age 25 and older while the Mid-Master is for players age 40 and older.

    The 54-hole event – cut to top 70 and ties after 36 holes – opened under grey skies and some rain, but that didn’t stop three golfers, of the 97 who started the tournament, from breaking par on the par-72 6,641-yard track.

  • Canadians Do Everything But Win PC Financial Open

    Surrey's Adam Svensson Was Oh, So Close To Recording His Fourth Consecutive Win As A Professional, Losing In A Playoff In The PC Financial At Point Grey In The Season-Opening Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Event - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    For all four days of the PC Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club, Canadian flags were at the top of the leaderboard.

    From first round leader Thomas Hay of Langley to second-round leader Bryn Parry of North Vancouver, the weekend action saw the rise of Langley’s Adam Cornelson and Vancouver’s Ryan Williams on Saturday and on Sunday, Surrey’s Adam Svensson, Victoria’s Riley Wheeldon and Richmond Hill, ON’s Taylor Pendrith all moved up the leaderboard and were part of the five-golfer playoff that also featured Americans Drew Weaver and Ross Beal.

    While Weaver would take the $31,500 first-place cheque and the PC Financial Open title, it was the young British Columbians and Canadians who made the biggest news.

  • Drew Weaver Wins PC Financial Open in 3-Hole Playoff

    Drew Weaver Had Good Reason To Smile After Surviving The Five-Man Playoff To Win The PC Financial Open At Point Grey GC - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    American Drew Weaver spoiled the party for the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada’s 2015 opening event at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

    After Weaver finished regulation in a five-way tie at (-12) with fellow American Ross Beal and a trio of Canadians, Surrey’s Adam Svensson, Victoria’s Riley Wheeldon and Richmond Hill, ON’s Taylor Pendrith, Weaver won the PC Financial Open on the third playoff hole.

  • Holmes And Thunderbirds Victorious At Golf Canada Championship, Victoria Vikes Second

    The 2015 Canadian University/College Champion UBC Thunderbirds

    via press release

    VANCOUVER – Evan Holmes shot a 1-under 69 in the final round of the Golf Canada Canadian University/College Championship on Friday to clinch the tournament's individual crown and lead his UBC Thunderbirds squad to the team title.

  • Canadians Aiming To Get Into U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    It Remains To Be Seen Whether There Will Be Any Canadian Flags Flying At Chambers Bay For The 2015 U.S. Open

    Currently, there are no Canadians scheduled to be amongst the 156 players who will tee it up at Chambers Bay starting June 18.

    But come June 8, in what is termed the Longest Day in Golf, at least 22 Canadians will try to overcome their final obstacle, a 36-hole qualifier being played at 10 sites all across America, to get one of the final spots in the U.S. Open.

  • British Columbia Golf Names Morse Cup Team For Pacific Coast Amateur

    Current British Columbia Men's Amateur Champion Jordan Lu Will Lead A Strong BC Morse Cup Team In The Pacific Coast Amateur

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    The Pacific Coast Amateur, being held at Eugene Country Club July 28-31, is coming up fast and British Columbia Golf has just named its Morse Cup team for that event.

    Mid-amateur Kevin Carrigan of Victoria, University of Washington freshman and current British Columbia Amateur champion Jordan Lu, and University of Idaho sophomore Jared du Toit, will be carrying the BC colours in the team portion of the PCA.

  • British Columbia Golf Names 8-Member Team For Western Canada Summer Games

    At 15 Years Of Age Khan Lee Is The Youngest Member Of The Boys Team - But He May Be The Most Outgoing - Image Credit Alfie Lau

     

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Three months from now, the best 16-and-younger golfers will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo, AB and British Columbia will be ably represented by 8 of the best young golfers in the country.

    Head coach Matt Palsenbarg officially named his team after the CN Future Links event in Qualicum Beach earlier this month and the teams feature a girl’s team of all 15-year-olds and a boys team of 3 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old.

  • Coaching Clinic Geared To Helping Community Step Up

     

    by Gord Montgomery, Inside Golf 

    As a pilot project of sorts, the Community Golf Coach program being presented by Golf Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada isn’t about making Joe Public into the world’s greatest golf coach.

    Rather, it’s about allowing the members of the public at large to work alongside CPGA professionals as they teach youth about the grand old game.

  • British Columbia Golf Conducts Monday Qualifier, 10 Players Earn Spots Into PC Financial Open

    Nick Sherwood Smiles As He Receives His Ticket From Susan White Of British Columbia Golf To Play In The PC Financial Open At Point Grey After Monday Qualifying At Swaneset Bay Resort - image credit alfie lau

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    For Albany, OR’s Nick Sherwood, it was the longest afternoon of his golf career.

    After shooting a morning round of (-3) 69 at Swaneset Bay’s Resort Course during the Monday qualifier for the PC Financial Open, Sherwood had to wait hours to see how the rest of the other 129 players who had forked out $250 to play for one of 10 spots into the first PGA TOUR Canada stop at Point Grey would do.

    Just before 7 p.m., Sherwood got the word he was looking for from British Columbia Golf’s Susan White, who was happy to give Sherwood one of 10 pieces of paper telling him his next steps, which included what awaited him at Point Grey.

  • Canadian Hopes Fly High For U.S. Women’s Amateur At Portland Golf Club

    The Downhill 180 Yard 12Th At Portland Golf Club Is Called Bridge And Is Protected By Four Green Side Bunkers - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    It may be the most prestigious amateur title in U.S. women’s golf, but don’t tell that to the myriad of Canadian women who will be trying to hoist the Robert Cox Cup at Portland Golf Club on August 16.

  • Williams Excited To Begin Season At Point Grey

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Scott Wheeler/PGATOUR.COM) — Ryan Williams, PGA TOUR Canada’s highest Canadian finisher on the 2014 Order of Merit, is poised to take on his local course as the 2015 season kicks off with the PC Financial Open.

    Williams, who plays out of Point Grey Golf and Country Club, host to this year’s season-opening tournament, finished sixth on the Order of Merit in 2014, completing the season with a win at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

  • UBC Men’s Thunderbirds Tie For Eighth At NAIA Tournament

    Scott Secord Was The Top Finishing Individual For The UBC Men At The NAIA Championship In Alabama

    via press release

    GULF SHORES, Ala. – The UBC Thunderbirds finished in a tie for eighth at the 64th NAIA Men's Golf National Championship, which concluded Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    The team recorded a 3-over par 291 to finish at 19-over 1191 (295-297-288-291). UBC – which teed off from the tenth hole – moved up two spots with its performance on Friday on the par-72, 6,947-yard Hills Course at LPGA International.