• Newmark Names Scott Masse as Sagebrush General Manager

    LANGLEY, British Columbia — Newmark Golf Group announced that Scott Masse has been named the General Manager of Sagebrush. With the support of Troon Golf, Scott will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operation of Sagebrush and be accountable for motivating the team to be exceptional, dedicated and passionate about guest satisfaction and achieving identified company goals.

  • BC’s Pat Irwin Recognized As Golf Canada’s Volunteer Of The Year

    Ladysmith's Pat Irwin (L) Was Recognized By Golf Canada As The Volunteer Of The Year For 2015 At The Golf Canada AGM In Halifax - Image Credit Shanda Harris née Irwin

    Herb Fung/ Golf Canada

    HALIFAX – Golf Canada announced that Ladysmith, B.C., native Pat K. Irwin has been named its 2015 Volunteer of the Year. He received the honour at the Saturday, February 27 closing dinner of the 2016 Annual General Meeting at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax.

    Individuals’ paths to the game of golf can travel many routes. Golfers often recall early years on the course with parents or grandparents and credit them as sources of inspiration. Pat Irwin’s journey to the game came about in a more unique fashion – he decided to quit smoking.

  • Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor Makes the Biggest Gain for The Week

    Adam Hadwin finished tied for 16th at PGA’s Northern Trust Open, his second straight Top-20 result of the season. His final-round 66 was the best score of the day and the finish marked his best career result at Riviera, which was good for a 15-spot gain in the world rankings for the No. 3 ranked golfer in Canada.

    His gain of 4.95 world ranking points was his third points-paying finish in the last four tournaments. He has earned a total of almost 16 world ranking points over that span and if he can make up the 14-place gap between himself and No. 2 Graham DeLaet by the second week in July, he will qualify for one of two Olympic spots for Canada.

    Fellow Abbotsford, B.C., native Nick Taylor made the biggest gain among the Top-10, picking up 28 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 26th at Riviera. That was good for 2.67 world ranking points – the second straight points-paying finish in as many weeks for the No. 4 ranked golfer in Canada.

  • Langley's Jessica Wallace Finishes Runner-up At Symetra Tour Season Opener

    Langley, B.C.'s Jessica Wallace Came Within One Shot Of Forcing A Playoff In The Season-Opening IOA Championship On The Symetra Tour - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – Canada’s Jessica Wallace finished runner-up at the Symetra Tour’s season-opening IOA Championship on Sunday at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon.

    Wallace, a Langley, B.C., native, posted a final round 70 (-2), pushing a par-putt on 18 to just miss forcing a playoff with champion Erynne Lee of Los Angeles, Calif., who rallied with a final round 65 (-7) for the come-from-behind victory.

  • Four B.C. Golfers Among 10 Canadians Teeing Up In Symetra Tour Opener

    Kelowna's Megan Osland Is One Of Ten Canadians Including Four From British Columbia Teeing It Up In The Symetra Tour's Season Opener In California - Image Courtesy KelownaNow

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    BEAUMONT, Calif. – Ten Canadians are set to kick-off the Symetra Tour’s 2016 season this Friday with the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort and Spa.

  • Langley’s SooBin Kim leads Women’s Australian Open

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    ADELAIDE, Australia – Canadian-based South Korean SooBin Kim shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to leave top-ranked Lydia Ko and Canadian sweetheart Brooke Henderson seven strokes behind at the Women’s Australian Open.

    Kim’s bogey-free opening round came after starting on the 10th hole of The Grange’s West course. She had a three-stroke clubhouse lead over American Casey Grice with most of the afternoon groups, including five-time champion Karrie Webb, on the course.

  • 200 Days Until the Inaugural Americas Masters Games in Vancouver

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With less than 200 days to go until the inaugural Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Games stakeholders and local organising committee are pleased to announce that registration for the 24 sport, global multi sport event is open and going strong. Organizers are encouraging masters athletes from across the country and around the globe to register early to take advantage of special discounted hotel rates until the deadline of February 29, 2016.

    Up to 10,000 athletes aged 30 or older, supporters, coaches, spectators, family and friends are expected to attend the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver for the nine-day fun and festive event. Registration starts at $215 (approximately $150 USD) and $75 for each additional sport added (approximately $53USD).

  • 2016 BC Golf House Tradition Golf Classic

    Registration is now open for the 2016 BC Golf House Tradition Golf Classic!

    The British Columbia Golf House Society is a registered nonprofit, created in 1987 with the express purpose of preserving, recording and displaying the history of golf and the golfers of the province. It is membership based Society and looks to golfers in British Columbia for support through memberships, sponsorships, and donations. The Tradition Golf Classic is the most important fundraiser each year for the BC Golf House Society.

    Thanks to the generous support of Mr. David Ho and Michael Mather at the University Golf Course the 2016 Tradition Golf Classic will be held at the University course. All proceeds from the event will go to support the BC Golf House Society’s goal: “To preserve BC’s rich golfing history.”

  • Surrey's Hannah Lee Nominated For Sport BC High School Female AOY Award

    Surrey’s Hannah Lee has been nominated for the Sport BC High School Female Athlete of The Year Award. 

    The various category award winners will be announced at the awards banquet to be held Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

  • The Need For Tax Fairness For Canada's Golf Industry

    Federal Budget Pre Consultation

    Ensure the Minister of Finance is aware of the need for tax fairness for Canada's golf industry

    Dear CGSA Member / Non-Member / Golf Industry Representative:

    The National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) has been focused on ensuring our industry's request for tax fairness is a priority for the new Government. We are now fast approaching the 2016 Budget, and our organization, in partnership with NAGA, has been working diligently to make sure golf is on the agenda.

    We need your help to make sure our voice is heard loud and clear, and this can easily be done now that the Minister of Finance has officially launched Pre-Budget consultations. This provides an open opportunity for all Canadians to have their voices heard, and we've found that specific aspects of the Minister's call for responses can be linked to NAGA's tax fairness issue.

  • Investigating The New Technologies In Golf Instruction

    Royal Colwood's Jason Giesbrecht Has A Total Commitment To Using Technology In Instruction

    Royal Colwood's Director Of Golf Jason Giesbrecht has long embraced technology's value in golf instruction. Recently he travelled to the PGA Show in Orlando to evaluate some of the latest advances in this rapidly evolving sector of the golf industry...

  • GolfBC Championship Coming To Kelowna In 2016

    Gallagher's Canyon G&CC, Site Of Many British Columbia Golf Championships As Well As The 1988 Canadian Men's Amateur, Will Now Play Host To The Pros For The GolfBC Championship This June - Image Courtesy GolfBC

    Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club To Host New Mackenzie Tour Event

    (February 4, 2016) – The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and GolfBC announced today a new official event for 2016, the GolfBC Championship, which will focus on making a positive charitable impact in the Kelowna area.

    The inaugural event will take place June 6-12, 2016 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna. GolfBC, which owns and operates a collection of world-class courses throughout British Columbia and in Hawaii, will be the title sponsor as part of a four-year agreement.

  • Northern BC Residents Sought For School Sports Program

    (Prince George, BC – February 3, 2016) - Sports enthusiasts from Prince George and the surrounding area are being recruited to work with elementary-school-age children to encourage them to be more active. 

    SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources) is an initiative developed by Tennis BC, British Columbia Golf and Curl BC. The not-for-profit groups are recruiting individuals to be trained in the delivery of three sports programs.

  • Olympic View Holding Fundraiser For Friend And Teammate Lori Hamstra

    Olympic View is honoured to be hosting a Golf Fundraiser for our friend and Teammate Lori Hamstra

    Registration is required by Thursday February 18th, and can be done quickly by calling the Golf Shop at (250) 474-3673.

    Please view the flyer for the event here.

  • Kelowna's Kyle Grummett Nominated For Sport BC AOY Award For Athlete With A Disability

    Kelowna's Kyle Grummett has been nominated for the Sport BC Athlete of The Year Award for an Athlete With A Disability. 

    The various category award winners will be announced at the awards banquet to be held Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

  • Langley's Sue Kim Included On 2016 Team Canada Young Pro Squad

    Langley, BC's Sue Kim Who Will Be Competing On The LPGA's Symetra Tour Is A Member Of Team Canada's Young Pro Squad For 2016 - Twitter Image 

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada is pleased to announce the six athletes – two female and four male – who have been selected to the 2016 Team Canada Young Pro Squad.

    Comprising the team for 2016 is: Sue Kim (Langley, B.C.); Augusta James (Bath, Ont.); Albin Choi (Toronto); Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ont.) Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.); and Corey Conners (Listowel, Ont.).

    The focus of the Young Pro Squad – now in its third year – is to bridge the gap for top graduating amateurs transitioning into professional golf. The program was developed in partnership with the PGA of Canada and is generously funded by founding partners Canadian Pacific and RBC, as well as supporting partners Citi Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation Women’s Fund.

  • BC’s David Rose Claims Medallist Honours At PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School

    West Vancouver's David Rose Has Earned Full Status On PGA Tour Latinoamérica For 2016 As He Tries To Work His Way Toward The PGA TOUR Dream - Image Courtesy PGA Tour Latinoamérica

    Courtesy Herb Fung/Golf Canada

    MAZATLAN, Mexico — West Vancouver, B.C., native David Rose shot a final-round 70 to claim medallist honours and earn full status on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica in 2016.

    The 26-year-old began the day with a two-stroke lead over American William Kropp. Rose finished at 15-under, posting under par scores all four days to claim a one-stroke victory over Mexico’s Gerardo Ruiz. Rose – a former Lynn University Fighting Knight and the 2011 B.C. Amateur champion – becomes the second Canadian in as many weeks to finish atop the leaderboard at PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School.

  • ‘Inside The Ropes’ At The Masters With Canada’s Rules Authority

    by Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    See Victoria's Dale Jackson playing at his home course of Royal Colwood and you would not be remiss to think you are watching just another solid club level amateur golfer.

    In this case appearances would be deceiving.

    Jackson has been involved in giving back to the game as a rules official since becoming interested in this vocation more than 15 years ago. Since then he has risen through the ranks to become a Level Four Rules Official and serving as Managing Director of Rules and Competitions for British Columbia Golf from 2003 to 2007.

    More recently, Jackson has been active at the national level and since 2013 has been the Chair of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committee for Golf Canada.

    Within Canada, this involves heading a group of volunteers who deal with issues ranging from ruling on applications for amateur status reinstatement to developing ways to increase the number of certified rules officials.

    Internationally, this means that Jackson is intimately involved with deciding rules issues at the highest levels representing Golf Canada on the Joint Rules Committee and as an Advisory Member of the R&A’s Rules Committee.

    Together with representatives of the R&A and USGA, they are responsible for the recent rules changes from the anchoring ban to the relaxation of Rule 18-2 concerning when a player is deemed to have caused a ball to move after addressing it. (Ed. Note: see link for a complete list of the major changes in the just released Rules book).

    Last April, 60 Participants Attended the Inaugural TARS... a Four-Day Tournament Administration and Rules Seminar, Which Covered Everything From Course Setup to Rules Scenarios and Amateur Status. Guest Speakers Read Like a Who’s Who of International Officiating... (From Left) Dale Jackson, Mark Dusbabek (PGA TOUR Official), Adam Helmer (Golf Canada’s Director, Rules, Competitions, and Amateur Status), and Grant Moir (Director, Rules of Golf from the R&A). (Photo/Gerry Bower)

    Another responsibility that goes along with being the Chair is serving as a Rules Official at three of the four "Majors" in golf.

    Late in 2015, Inside Golf's Jeff Sutherland was able to listen to Mr. Jackson speak about officiating on golf's biggest stages and ask him a few questions.

  • Johannes Grames Nominated For Sport BC Master Athlete Of The Year Award

    Johannes Grames of Vancouver has been nominated for the 2015 Sport BC Master Athlete of The Year award. Winners of the various categories are announced at the awards dinner on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

  • PNGA Announces Changes For 2016 Championship Season

    Federal Way, Wash. - The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) will introduce several beneficial changes to the PNGA Championship schedule for the 2016 season.

    First, the PNGA Junior Boys' Amateur and the PNGA Junior Girls' Amateur will now be conducted concurrently at the same site. Second, the field size of the PNGA Senior Men's and Super Senior Men's Amateur championships will be reduced from 192 to 156.

    Third, the PNGA will introduce a Men's and Women's Super Senior Team Championship. Finally, hosted exemptions will be given to the defending champion and the current champion of the equivalent championship at each of the associations that make up the PNGA (WSGA, IGA, OGA, BC Golf).