• BC's Mary Parsons Named To Canada's 2019 Astor Trophy Team

    Delta, BC's Mary Parsons Will Represent Canada At Next Month's Astor Trophy Competition At Royal Colwood GC In Victoria - Jurgen Kaminski/BC Golf

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the four athletes selected to represent Canada at the Astor Trophy competition, scheduled for Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

    Canada’s team will include Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C., Noémie Paré of Victoriaville, Que., Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Brooke Rivers of Brampton, Ont.

    The Astor Trophy competition is held every four years between teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by four female players and each country contests foursomes and singles match play in a round-robin format.

  • Jackie Little Wins Canadian Super-Senior Championship; Vancouver’s Nonie Marler And Christina Proteau Of Port Alberni Tie For Third In Mid-Amateur

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Holds The Trophy Alongside Two Of Canada's Finest After She Successfully Defended Her Canadian Women's Super-Senior Title On Home Turf - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    OSOYOOS -- Jackie Little didn’t exactly race across the finish line, but she got there first. The British Columbia Golf Hall of Famer successfully defended her Canadian Women’s Super-Senior Championship on Tuesday at Osoyoos Golf Club.

    Little closed with an eight-over par 81 that left her at 11-over par for the 54-hole event. That was good for a five-shot win over Ivy Steinberg of Stouffville, Ont. and Ruth Maxwell of Reno, Nev. “That is the hardest I have had to work for an 81 in a long time,” Little said with a laugh after her round.

    At age 61, Little knows every win now is something of a bonus. “I have been complaining about how I have been hitting it and my husband says, 'well, remember, you are 61 now,'” she said.

  • We Are Golf Launches Economic Impact Of Golf In Canada Study

    The 2019 Economic Impact of Golf in Canada study is underway.

    The research and economic analysis is being led by We Are Golf, a coalition of golf associations that includes the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers, Golf Canada, PGA of Canada and the National Golf Course Owners Association.

    The goal of the study is to understand the impact of golf on Canada’s economy. We Are Golf is working to get the word out through multiple channels to golfers across Canada to invite them to participate in a short survey.

    If your course or business could share the survey links to your patrons or post the survey link to your website and social media channels, that would greatly enhance the overall effectiveness of the survey.

    The English link is here and the French link here

    Should you be a golfer, please complete the survey as well.

    Take the survey HERE.

    Répondez au sondage ICI.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Can’t Beat Long Odds; Crunch Time On Mackenzie Tour; Busy Summer For Parsons

    From L-R: Adam Hadwin, Mary Parsons, Jared du Toit - File Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    They were long odds and Adam Hadwin wasn’t able to beat them. The Abbotsford native’s PGA TOUR season ended with a tie for 43rd at the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago on Sunday.

    Hadwin faced a difficult challenge in trying to sneak into the top 30 and qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. He entered the BMW Championship at No. 51 on the FedEx Cup points list and would have needed a top three or four finish to moved inside the top 30.

    For a while, things looked promising. Hadwin began the week well, shooting scores of 67 and 68 to put himself close to the lead. But Hadwin closed with a 71 on Saturday and a four-over 76 on Sunday to fall well back. He ended the season ranked 52nd on the points list.

  • BC's Parsons, Liu And Osland Included In CP Women's Open Exemptions

    From L-R: Mary Parsons, Michelle Liu And Megan Osland Will Represent BC In This Week's CP Canadian Women's Open - File Photos

    AURORA, Ont. – Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) have announced the names of 13 players who have received exemptions to compete in the 2019 CP Women’s Open, set to take place at Magna Golf Club from August 19-25. Headlining the list of exemptions is Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured member and CP Ambassador Lorie Kane.

    The Charlottetown native will be making a record-setting 29th appearance at the CP Women’s Open appearance, besting World Golf Hall of Fame member JoAnne Carner (28) for most all-time appearances at the event.

    Joining Kane will be a teenager who made national headlines last month, Vancouver’s Michelle Liu, who finished as the low Canadian at the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in July to earn an exemption. Liu will be 12 years, nine months and seven days when she tees off at Magna Golf Club, becoming the youngest player ever to appear at the CP Women’s Open.

    The record was previously held by Canadian star Brooke Henderson, who played as a 14-year-old in 2012.

  • Canadian Bruce Mitchell Reflects On Captaincy Of The R&A

    Bruce Mitchell (The Royal & Ancient)

    By John Gordon/Golf Canada

    Catching up with Bruce Mitchell to reflect about his experience as the first Canadian to be named captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) is a daunting task.

    That, no doubt, is because he’s still doing his own catching up after a whirlwind year in the post, one of the most prestigious in the world of golf.

  • Twenty Years Later, Mike Weir Reflects On His Breakthrough PGA TOUR Win At Northview Golf Club

    Back In 1999 Inside Golf Magazine Was There To Cover The Historic First Victory By Mike Weir On The PGA TOUR In The Air Canada Championship - Images Courtesy Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    Former Masters Champ Mike Weir Is Counting The Days Until His PGA Tour Champions Debut

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Mike Weir is too excited about the future to spend a lot of time dwelling on the past, but he’s more than happy to do a little reminiscing about his first PGA TOUR win 20 years ago.

    Yes, it really has been two decades since Weir thrilled golf fans with his Air Canada Championship victory at Northview Golf Club in Surrey. If you were there, you will never forget it. Weir certainly hasn’t, although he has a hard time wrapping his head around the fact that it has been 20 years.

    Well, almost 20 years. It was Sept. 5, 1999 when Weir recorded his second straight seven-under 64 to beat American Fred Funk by two shots and get that elusive first PGA TOUR win.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Parsons Earns Bronze Medal At Pan-Am Games; Hadwin Moves On, While Taylor And Sloan Eliminated From PGA TOUR Playoffs; Crisologo, Mandur Tee It Up At U.S. Amateur

    Delta, BC's Mary Parsons (3rd From Left) Was Part Of The Bronze Medal Winning Team From Canada In The Mixed Team Golf Event At The Peru Pan American Games. L-R: Austin Connelly, Brigitte Thibault, Parsons, Joey Savoie - Image Credit: David Jackson/ COC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta’s Mary Parsons won a medal Sunday and came close to earning a second one at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Parsons, Brigitte Thibault of Rosemere, Que., Joey Savoie of La Prairie, Que., and Austin Connelly of Lake Doucette, N.S., combined to win the bronze medal in the mixed team event on Sunday.

    The Canadians finished with a team score of 552, just three shots behind the silver medalists from Paraguay. The United States took the gold medal with a team score of 544. “I think all four of us grinded out every shot to kind of get to where we are,” Parsons said. “We knew coming down the stretch we had to keep pushing because it wasn’t going to be over until it’s over.”

  • BC's Jim Rutledge Wins His Sixth PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Title

    Victoria, BC's Jim Rutledge Won The 2019 PGA Seniors' Championship Of Canada At Carleton Golf & Yacht Club - Image Credit PGA of Canada

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    It wasn’t the stroll to the finish line Jim Rutledge had hoped for, but in the end, the 59-year-old from Victoria, BC captured the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.

    When the final round began, Rutledge held a three-shot lead over Ken Tarling and a four-shot cushion over Danny King, however, as the day wore on Rutledge’s lead dwindled away. “I’m sure glad we ran out of holes out there this afternoon,” Rutledge joked after his final round 1-under-par 70.

    “Going into the back-nine I hit some wayward shots, some miscues off the tee and the next thing you know I only end up winning by a shot.”

  • Garrett Ranks Among The Best With Western Amateur Title

    Garrett Rank (Charles Cherney/Western Golf Association)

    Courtesy Amateurgolf.com

    The vast majority of the Western Amateur field was made up of collegians – incoming freshmen, current players and fresh graduates.

    Then there’s Garrett Rank, a 31-year-old Canadian who competes in golf in the summer and referees NHL hockey in the winter. Rank is one of the most impressive mid-amateurs in the game, yet his legend grew this week at Point O’Woods Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

    Rank outlasted the kids for a Western Amateur title – a win that's unheard of for a thirty-something in today’s amateur climate. In fact, he becomes the first mid-amateur to win this title since 1997.

    The foreshadowing came from Rank’s own mouth on Friday evening, after playing his way to the semifinals.

    “I’ve been playing a lot of really good golf the last three or four weeks,” he said.

    RESULTS: WESTERN AMATEUR

    Win - Garrett Rank Canada  72-67-70-65 = 274
    Runner-Up - Daniel Wetterich Cincinnati, OH  66-68-69-68 = 271
    Semifinals - CA Ricky Castillo Yorba Linda, CA  71-66-69-68 = 274
    Semifinals - CA David Laskin Elk Grove, CA  68-66-74-66 = 274
    Quarterfinals - GA Davis Thompson St. Simons, GA  67-68-65-67 = 267

    View full results for Western Amateur

    ABOUT THE WESTERN AMATEUR
    Invitational event, known to many as the 'Masters of Amateur Golf.' Quite probably the hardest amateur tournament to win.

    156 invited players come from across the globe to play one of the toughest formats in amateur golf. The tournament starts with 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday and Wednesday after which the field is cut to the low 44 scores and ties. Thursday it's a long day of 36 holes of stroke play to determine the “Sweet Sixteen” who compete at Match Play on Friday and Saturday (two matches each day if you're going to the finals) to decide the champion.
    View Complete Tournament Information

  • BC's Alex Zhang Wins U.S. Kids Golf World Championship Title

    Richmond's Alex Zhang Is The 2019 Boys' 10-year Old Age Division Champion From the U.S. Kids Golf World Championships Held In Pinehurst, North Carolina - Image Courtesy Quilchena GC

    By REEGAN PRICE, CJGA

    PINEHURST, North Carolina — The 2019 U.S. Kids Golf World Championships wrapped up with a number of young Canadians placing in the top tier of the elite junior competition operated by U.S. Kids Golf.

    The Top Canadian performances of the competition were by Aurora, Ontario’s Eddie Gu (Boys 9) and Richmond, BC’s Alex Zhang (Boys 10) who both took the top spot in their respective divisions at the conclusion of the 54-hole competition.

  • Shaughnessy Excited About Welcoming LPGA Tour’s CP Women’s Open Next Summer

    Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Head Professional And Director of Golf, Ashley Zibrik, Happily Addressed Those On Hand For The Announcement Her Club Would Be Hosting The 2020 CP Women's Open - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club got rave reviews from PGA TOUR players and proved to be a stiff test when it played host to the Canadian Open back in 2005 and 2011. 

    Ashley Zibrik, Shaughnessy’s new Head Professional and Director of Golf, expects more of the same when a collection of the world’s best female players gather at the classic Southwest Marine Drive layout late next summer.

    Shaughnessy was officially announced as the site of the LPGA Tour’s 2020 CP Women’s Open on Thursday. The tournament will be played over the Labour Day weekend, Sept. 3-6.

  • Liu Leads Following Round 2 Of Canadian Junior Girls Championship As BC Wins Inter-Provincial Title

    Vancouver's Victoria Liu Rode Her Second Straight Round In The 60's To A 3-Shot Lead At The Halfway Mark Of The Canadian Junior Girls Championship - (Photo credit: Golf Canada)

    BC Takes Inter-Provincial Team Title For The 3rd Time In 5 Years

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – YanJun (Victoria) Liu of Vancouver carded her second straight round in the 60s, opening a three-stroke lead at the 65th Canadian Junior Girls Championship held at Lethbridge Country Club.

    Liu shot 3 under 69, moving herself to 10 under for the tournament. Her 65 yesterday tied the old course record at Lethbridge Country Club – the record was broken by Euna Hanof Coquitlam, BC only minutes earlier. Liu has only committed a single bogey through 36 holes.

    “Today was a different round from yesterday,” said Liu. “Yesterday I had lots of birdie opportunities. Today was more of a regular day – lots of up-and-downs and some birdies too. I kept it real consistent today and made many great putts.”

  • Navarrosa Wins Canadian Women’s Amateur As BC's Liu Becomes Youngest Ever To Qualify For CP Women's Open

    BC's Michelle Liu Becomes The Youngest Player Ever To Earn Exemption Into The CP Women’s Open By Finishing As Low Canadian In The Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship -  (Credit: Justin Naro/ Golf Canada)

    RED DEER, Alta – Brianna Navarrosa of San Diego, Calif., shot 4 under 68, overcoming a four-stroke deficit to capture the 106th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship held at Red Deer Golf & Country Club on Friday.

    Michelle Liu of Vancouver finished as the low Canadian of the tournament, becoming the youngest player ever to earn an exemption to the CP Women’s Open. Liu carded a final round of 2 over, finishing at 1 over on the tournament in a tie for 12th.

    Liu will be aged 12 years, nine months and six days when the 2019 CP Women’s Open tees off on August 22 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont.

  • BC's Junior America’s Cup Team Set To Take Flight At Blackhawk

    EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JULY 23, 2019 – The 47th annual Junior America’s Cup is set to take flight this week at Blackhawk Golf Club in Edmonton, Alberta.

    A field of 72 players from 18 teams representing 12 U.S. States, two Canadian Provinces (Alberta, British Columbia) and Mexico will take to the course at 7:30 am MT on Tuesday in what will be the third time the international competition has been hosted in the province of Alberta.

  • BCer's Chris Crisologo, Tristan Mandur Earn Spots In U.S. Amateur Championship

    BC's Chris Crisologo (Inset Left) And Tristan Mandur (Inset Right) Have Each Qualified For Next Month's Prestigious U.S. Amateur

    Richmond’s Chris Crisologo has played his way into next month’s United States Amateur Championship. Crisologo earned one of two available spots at a 36-hole qualifier at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Palouse, Wash. Crisologo fired rounds of 72 and 67 to finish one-under par for the day. That was six shots behind medalist Joe Highsmith of Lakewood, Wash.

    The 119th playing of the U.S. Amateur goes Aug. 11-18 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Crisologo, a member of Canada’s National Amateur Team and the 2018 B.C. Amateur champion, will be joined in the U.S. Amateur field by fellow British Columbian Tristan Mandur of North Cowichan.

  • Canadian Amputee And Disabled National Open 2019

    The 2019 Canadian Amputee and Disabled National Open (CADNO) will be held in Okotoks, Alberta at the River’s Edge Golf Club August 13 – 16, 2019. The event will be a 54-hole tournament open to all amputees and people with qualifying disabilities.

  • Canada’s National Junior Golf Development Centres

    The National Junior Golf Development Centre (NJGDC) initiative was established to recognize facilities that offer a first-class experience for children aged 5-18. NJGDC support and run nationally endorsed programs, having trained and certified PGA of Canada golf coaches, they are also linked to schools in their surrounding communities.

    All facilities meet the minimum national standards for the delivery of junior golf programs, coaching, and instruction. All of the parties involved are dedicated and committed to making these locations state-of-the-art facilities that offer a welcoming atmosphere for juniors of all levels.

  • Canadian Golf Mourns The Loss Of Margaret Todd

    (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame)

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    It is with great sadness that Golf Canada, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame Museum as well as the entire golf community mourns the loss of Margaret (Sutcliffe) Todd, who passed away July 15, 2019 at the age of 101.

    Born May 31, 1918 in Montreal, Todd was a pioneer in Canadian women’s golf. A natural at the game, she won three British Columbia Amateur titles, two Canadian Women’s Senior titles and played on a host of teams, including Canada’s first international team to Great Britain. She also won the Victoria Golf Club championship an astonishing 14 times.

  • ModGolf Podcast Season 6 Episode 6: Larry Gilhuly - TEE IT FORWARD To Increase Enjoyment And Participation In Golf

    Courtesy Colin Weston/ModGolf

    In Larry Gilhuly’s opinion, the three biggest issues facing the game of golf are pace of play, player enjoyment and economic sustainability. Larry believes he has the solution for all three: “The answer for all of these, in my opinion, are properly placed forward tees.”

    This week host Colin Weston speaks with Larry Gilhuly, who is an Agronomist with The United States Golf Association and a passionate advocate of the TEE IT FORWARD program.