• Rob Houlding And Alisha Lau – An Award-Winning Team

    November 27, 2014

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    The giddy smile on 15-year-old Alisha Lau’s face couldn’t hide the fact that she had just been named to Golf Canada’s Development Squad.

    But when she came to work for an hour-long session with her long-time teacher Rob Houlding, that smile was replaced by a fierce look of determination.

    Lau had just finished working with Ann Carroll, Team Canada Women’s Squad Development Coach and had discovered a new grip.

    She wanted to work with Houlding on that grip and as the two watched her swing on the TrackMan at Houlding’s Surrey facility, you couldn’t help but notice how their relationship is based on empowerment.

  • Government Cuts Red Tape For Golf Course Liquor Licensing

    November 24, 2014

    Jim Lee, British Columbia Golf

    The Provincial Government is cutting the red tape around liquor licensing for golf courses and ski areas.  This will make it easier for courses to hold special events outside of their licensed areas.  Previously, courses had to apply for special permits for each use and pay a $330 fee for each application.

    The process has now been streamlined so that ski areas and golf courses need only apply once per year, with one fee, and hold up to 26 events per year.  These events are typically held outdoors, away from the licensed areas of the club.  Clubs can now plan in advance what events they wish to hold and book these events secure in the knowledge that they will be able  use their license.

    The change will come into effect on December 9, 2014 and courses will be able to apply for their annual permits at that time.  Courses must still obtain local government approval.

    Kris Jonasson, Executive Director of British Columbia Golf attended the announcement and said "Its great to see the government working hard to cut red tape for small business and tourism operations in the province.  Golf courses throughout BC extend their licensed areas quite often for our customers, to host weddings and for large gatherings.  This change will be a great relief for many."

    Watch the government video here (and Kris sink a putt!)

  • Balancing Golf And Life With James Harper

    November 17, 2014

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf


    He comes from one of British Columbia’s most renowned golfing families, but James Harper has carved his own story in the world of local golf by doing a little bit of everything.

    He started the year in Portugal, trying to qualify for the European Senior Tour. While he didn’t succeed in the tournament that started on his 50th birthday – Harper had to be the youngest senior playing that Q-School – he also didn’t fret too much over the disappointment, as he was able to enjoy everything that a warm January and February in the Iberian Peninsula offers.

    In fact, Harper and his wife, Josephine Mirandolle, used the time to explore the area before Harper’s better half had one more responsibility.

  • Burnaby Golf’s Steady Ship

    November 17, 2014

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf


    It’s a typical West Coast autumn day, with grey skies and intermittent showers and rain, but that doesn’t dampen the enthusiasm of David O’Connor.

    As Burnaby’s manager of golf operations, O’Connor has weathered his share of storms and one day of bad weather never fazes him.

    “Are there going to be ups and downs in this business? Of course,” said O’Connor. “But we’re just looking for consistency in this market.”

  • Kevin Carrigan Balances Sterling Amateur Golf With Career

    November 14. 2014

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    By day, Kevin Carrigan is a mild-mannered full-time financial planner with Investors Group in Victoria.

    But get him out on the golf course and he’s the sixth-ranked amateur in Canada and 334th in the world, according to Golf Canada’s most recent amateur rankings.

    Carrigan is different from most of the amateurs on this list because while many of them are younger and playing college golf, Carrigan has to fit his competitive golf in between business meetings and obligations.

    Not bad for the Royal Colwood club champion who has to use most of his vacation time to play in worldwide golf tournaments.

  • Jared du Toit And Megan Osland Crack Golf Canada Top 10

    November 7, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf 

    Two Interior golfers are on Golf Canada’s radar after cracking their most recent Top 10 rankings for amateur golfers in the country.

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit, currently attending school at the University of Idaho, is the fifth-ranked male amateur in Canada and 332nd in the world, while Kelowna’s Megan Osland, currently at San Jose State University, is 10th in Canada and 227th in the world.  

    Both du Toit and Osland have carded wins in the first part of their golf seasons, with both now currently on winter break.

  • Jared du Toit And Megan Osland Crack Golf Canada Top 10 (2)

    November 7, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf 

    Two Interior golfers are on Golf Canada’s radar after cracking their most recent Top 10 rankings for amateur golfers in the country.

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit, currently attending school at the University of Idaho, is the fifth-ranked male amateur in Canada and 332nd in the world, while Kelowna’s Megan Osland, currently at San Jose State University, is 10th in Canada and 227th in the world.  

    Both du Toit and Osland have carded wins in the first part of their golf seasons, with both now currently on winter break.

  • Great New BC Golf Video From Destination BC

    Destination BC - the new provincial tourism agency - has just released new videos of the things to see and do, and the places to go in BC.  Included is a new BC golf video which showcases the quality and range of what we have to offer in the province. This is something you will want to send your friends in other provinces.  Watch the golf video here.

    The introduction to BC has some of the best wilderness footage you will find - truly inspiring.  Watch this video here.

     

  • SooBin Kim And Jennifer Yang Top 10 In Canada

    November 5, 2014

    by Alfie Lau


    It’s somehow appropriate that two young women who went to the same high school (Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam), learned the game at the same course (Swan-E-Set Bay Resort) and now attend the same university (U of Washington), are separated by only three spots in Golf Canada’s most recent Top 10 rating of top female amateurs.

    Washington Husky seniors SooBin Kim, ranked third in Canada and 38th in the world, and Jennifer Yang, sixth in Canada and 117th in the world, are the next wave of Canadian golfers set to make their mark in the world of golf.

  • Tristan Mandur Honoured As Youth Athlete Of The Week

    November 2, 2014

    by Don Bodger - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

    Tristan Mandur recognized his own golf ability from an early age.

    “I’d say around six or seven, that’s when I did my first tournament and I had a lot of fun and I really wanted to pursue it,’’ he said.

    Currently in Grade 10 at Shawnigan Lake School, Mandur became a household name in golf this year for those who hadn’t heard of him already.

  • Upland's Hibberson in Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

    October 27, 2014

    Jim Lee, British Columbia Golf

    Maureen was competitive in five sports - badminton, swimming (syncronized), tennis, field hockey and golf.
     Her athletic career started with her involvement in sport while a student at UBC.  There, she
    competed in badminton, field hockey and swimming and won an unprecedented nine Big Blocks
    (four badminton, four swimming and one field hockey), a record that held for several years.

  • Performance Tips For All Levels Of Golfers

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    After 16 hours of High Performance Camp for the province’s best junior golfers, I learned that while golf is hard, getting better at golf isn’t quite as difficult. Many of the lessons coaches Matt Palsenbarg, Jody Jackson, Helene Delisle and Matt Cella, along with trainers Nick Mueller and Lindsay Manion, had can be used by golfers of all abilities.

    And while you may not get to the championship level of an Alisha Lau, Shirin Anjarwalla, or Keaton Gudz, you can improve your game with these tips from the experts.

  • Golf and Skating

    June 9, 2014

    Blair Armitage, Golf Canada

    I recently spent a terrific day with three-time World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Patrick Chan.

    Patrick had signed on as a spokesperson for a Vancouver development company and they wanted to film a television commercial featuring Patrick playing golf. I was asked to search out the ideal golf course for the shoot. Naturally I choose the Quilchena Golf & Country Club in Richmond, BC. (I was the General Manager at Quilchena for seven years prior to joining Golf Canada.)

  • Euna Han and Andrew Spalti Win 2014 B.C. Girls’ And Boys’ Championships

    August 22, 2014 - (British Columbia Golf)

    Euna Han came from behind to win the 2014 B.C. Girls’ Bantam Championship at Meadowlands Golf Club, while Andrew Spalti held on to win the 2014 B.C. Boys’ Bantam Championship after leading both days of competition.

    Han shot a 2-under 68 on the second day to take the lead from her position in third place following the first round, and finishied with a two-day total of 138 (-2) as the only female competitor under par.

  • Alisha Lau Aims to Take Game to Next Level

    October 22, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    By all measurements, 15-year-old Richmond golfer Alisha Lau has had a 2014 golf season to remember.

    Lau finished T5 at the BC Junior Girl's Championship in early July and just a week later, finished third at the BC Women's Amateur.

    Travelling to Ontario at the end of July, Lau finished T20 at the Canadian Junior Girl's Championship and then capped off her summer by tying for low medalist in stroke play – with another BC golf prodigy, Naomi Ko - at the PNGA Junior Girl's Amateur in mid-August before losing in the semi-finals of the match play segment of the competition at the Olympia Golf & Country Club in Washington State.

  • Lau Aims to Take Game to Next Level

    October 22, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    By all measurements, 15-year-old Richmond golfer Alisha Lau has had a 2014 golf season to remember.

    Lau finished T5 at the BC Junior Girl's Championship in early July and just a week later, finished third at the BC Women's Amateur.

    Travelling to Ontario at the end of July, Lau finished T20 at the Canadian Junior Girl's Championship and then capped off her summer by tying for low medalist in stroke play – with another BC golf prodigy, Naomi Ko - at the PNGA Junior Girl's Amateur in mid-August before losing in the semi-finals of the match play segment of the competition at the Olympia Golf & Country Club in Washington State.

  • BC Teams Finish Well at 2014 Ping CCAA Golf National Championships

    October 19, 2014

    Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Bad weather forced the cancellation of the third and final round of the 2014 PING CCAA Golf National Championships at the Club de Golf Lorette in Quebec on Friday morning.

    That meant the leaders after the second round were declared champions and Camosun Chargers student Jarred Callbeck won the men’s title. Callbeck shot a (-2) round of 70 in his second round Thursday to beat Hugo Bernard of Andre-Laurendeau by one stroke. Grant Maskiewich from Camosun finished in a tie for fourth.

  • Naomi Ko Wins 2014 Junior Girls' Championship

    July 4, 2014 - (British Columbia Golf)

    Naomi Ko won the 2014 British Columbia Golf Junior Girls’ Championship title at The Dunes at Kamloops with a 6-under par 286 after four days of competitive play.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS | FEATURE VIDEO | HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

    The Team Canada member shot even par on the par-73 5,886-yard course on the final day of the Championship on her way to winning the title.

     “I felt pretty good going into the round, I started off with a bogey so I knew I had to make a couple birdies to get where I needed to,” said Ko.

  • Kim Hangs On To Win B.C. Women's Amateur Championship

    July 11, 2014 - (British Columbia Golf)

    Taylor Kim finished at 10-under to win the title at the 111th British Columbia Golf Women’s Amateur at Kamloops Golf and Country Club.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS | RECAP VIDEO

    Kim shot (-2) on Friday to finish out a week of exceptional play, winning her first title at a British Columbia Golf Championship. The Team Canada member was already 2-under at the turn and her only bogey on number 15 proved to be nothing more than a slight speed bump on her way to the title.

  • Little Wins Fourth Senior Women's Title; Horwood Takes Super-Senior

    June 19, 2014 - (British Columbia Golf)

    Jackie Little won her fourth British Columbia Golf Senior Women’s Championship in addition to placing first in the Mid-Master Championship at Vernon Golf and Country Club in the 40th year of the Senior Women’s competition as players competed for the Lucy Markham Trophy.

    Holly Horwood took home top honours in the Super-Senior Championship.

    RESULTS | PHOTOS | VIDEO

    Little closed out the championships shooting (78-73-78) for a final of (+7) on the 5,919-yard par-74 course to record a comfortable six shot victory.