• Marc-Etienne Bussieres Wins PGA Assistants' Championship Of Canada At Richmond CC

    Marc-Etienne Bussieres Closed With A Final-Round 6-under 66, Making An Eagle And Three Birdies Over The Final Nine Holes To Win The PGA Assistants Championship - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada 

    [RICHMOND, B.C., Sept. 14, 2017]—Marc-Etienne Bussieres parlayed an incredible final nine holes at Richmond Country Club into a win at the PGA Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.

    Bussieres closed with a final-round 6-under-par 66, making an eagle and three birdies over the final nine holes to chase down and eventually pass his good friend Sonny Michaud.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Big Bonus For du Toit; Kelly Takes Down The Bear; Hadwin Off To Atlanta

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Has Had A Pretty Solid Start To His Pro Career, Earning Canadian Player Of The Year Honours On The PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour Circuit - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    He wasn’t happy with the way he finished his round, but Kimberley’s Jared du Toit hung on to win Canadian Player of the Year honours on the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit.

    That award, sponsored by Freedom 55 Financial, carries a hefty $25,000 bonus and du Toit said it helped soothe the frustration he was feeling about ending his round Sunday with three straight bogeys.

    Du Toit closed with an even-par 70 to finish the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ont., at 10-under par and tied for 17th place. He finished the season 23rd on the money list with $26,233, although he made more than that in unofficial money on Sunday.

  • Richmond Country Club Hosts PGA Assistants’ Championship Of Canada Presented By Callaway Golf Canada

    The 54-hole National Championship Takes Place Sept. 18-20 At The Richmond Country Club And Features A Field Stacked With Talent - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Via PGA of Canada (Chris Fry)

    [RICHMOND, B.C.]—British Columbia’s fourth-largest city is set to host the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.

    “The PGA of Canada is excited about visiting the beautiful province of British Columbia and the highly-regarded Richmond Country Club,” says PGA of Canada president Steve Wood. “The PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf annually features some of the best players in our association and this year is no different.”

  • USGA And The R&A Receive Extensive Feedback In Global Program To Modernize Golf's Rules

    The Idea Of Modernization Of The Rules Of Golf Has Been Well Received By Golfers Around The World - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (September 7, 2017) - The USGA and The R&A have received comments on the proposed new Rules from more than 22,000 golfers in 102 countries, as well as representatives of golf organizations throughout the world, providing valuable feedback as the organizations work toward their implementation on January 1, 2019.

    With the worldwide survey and evaluation period now complete, the USGA and The R&A and their respective committees will continue to review all comments received with the goal of finalizing the new Rules next spring and beginning a comprehensive education program later in 2018.

  • Lethbridge To Host Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada Event In 2018

    LETHBRIDGE, Alberta (Gord Montgomery/iG) — Next up on the tee, the Paradise Canyon Golf Resort.

    That was the word coming from the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada when they announced they’ve added another stop in Alberta during the 2018 season. The event, which is in addition to already existing stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray, will be held sometime in late June.

  • BC’s Euna Han Among Six Selected To Represent Canada At The Fourth Annual World Junior Girls Championship

    Coquitlam, BC's Euna Han Is In Ottawa As A Member Of Team Canada For The World Junior Girls Championship At The Marshes Golf Club - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/ BC Golf

    Two Teams Will Fly The Flag For Canada At The Marshes Golf Club In Ottawa

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – The world’s top 18-and-under female junior golfers will head to Ottawa for the fourth edition of the World Junior Girls Championship from Sept. 26-29 at The Marshes Golf Club. As host nation, Canada will send two teams of three athletes to compete for the international title of World Junior Girls champion.

    “It is an honour to host this prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming these players to Canada,” said tournament director Mary Beth McKenna. “The course is in fantastic shape and we are thrilled to host some of the world’s best juniors at this historic club. Our partners at The Marshes Golf Club and the communities in the surrounding area have come together to make this a truly memorable event for our competitors.”

  • 3rd Annual National Coaches Week In B.C. Happens Sept. 23-30th

    September 23 - 30, 2017 marks the third annual National Coaches Week and viaSPORT is asking Canadians everywhere for their help celebrating! Whether you're from a National Sport Organization, Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization, club, or you are a coach, parent, or athlete, they want your help saying ‘thanks!’ to coaches from coast to coast.

    National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Join the conversation on social media using #ThanksCoach and #CoachesWeek.

  • Sung Hyun Park Wins CP Women’s Open, Canada’s Henderson 12th

    Korea's Sung Hyun Park Holds The Trophy After Winning The CP Women's Open At The Ottawa Hunt Club - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    (Sunday, August 27th) OTTAWA – Now that she’s won two LPGA championships, Sung Hyun Park is finally going to get to see the biggest attraction in her home away from home.

    Park shot a 7-under 64 to finish at 13-under par to win the CP Women’s Open on Sunday, five weeks after winning the U.S. Women’s Open. Both wins came in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour and she feels it’s time for a rest, so she’s returning to her North American home in Orlando to relax.

    “I’ve never been to Disney World. I think I’ve got to go this time,” said Park through a translator. “I have a dog named Ato. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my dog, so I’m planning to play with my dog during my vacation.”

  • BC's Kathy Gook Among Inaugural List Of 50 Best LPGA Teachers

    Quesnel, BC's Kathy Gook Was One Of The Top Instructors Recognized From More Than 1,700 LPGA Certified Professionals Worldwide - BC Golf Image

    Via Press Release

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 28, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal.

    This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.

    All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula.

    One of those recognized was Quesnel, British Columbia's own Kathy Gook who moved to Phoenix in 1985 after graduating from Simon Fraser University to pursue a career in golf.

  • Golf Spectating Benefits Health, New Study Shows

    The First Study To Assess Spectator Physical Activity While Watching Golf Shows Fans Averaged Nearly 12,000 Steps Per Day, With 82.9% Achieving Their Recommended Daily Step-Count - Image Credit (LET/Tristan Jones -ladieseuropeantour.com)

    (ST. ANDREWS, SCO) – The University of Edinburgh in conjunction with the Golf & Health Project released new research about the health benefits of golf spectating, showing those who attend golf events could potentially gain benefits similar to those playing in them. 

    The study is the first to assess spectator physical activity while watching golf, showing that of the fans surveyed, 82.9% met the recommended daily step-count levels by achieving on average 11,589 steps.

    The study suggests that golf spectating can provide health enhancing physical activity; whilst also allowing spectators to spend time in green space, socialise with friends and family, and watch their sporting heroes compete in real life.

  • Honouring A Canadian Legend: A Tribute To The Late Dawn Coe-Jones

    Players At This Week's CP Women’s Open Will Be Wearing Yellow Ribbons In Honour Of Cowichan, B.C.'s Dawn Coe-Jones Who Passed Away From Cancer Last Year - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by John Gordon (Courtesy Golf Canada)

    When you see players wearing yellow ribbons at this week’s CP Women’s Open at the Ottawa Golf and Hunt Club, think “DCJ.”

    Those are the initials of Dawn Coe-Jones, one of Canada’s most outstanding golfers who died of bone cancer last November at the age of 56. The ribbons are to honour her memory and to remind us all of the toll this terrible disease takes.

    Born in Lake Cowichan, B.C., Coe-Jones won the B.C. Junior Championship in 1978 and 1979 and then the B.C. Amateur in 1982. In 1983, she defended her provincial amateur title and capped off the season by winning the Canadian Amateur Championship.

    After being named an NCAA All-American at Lamar University in Texas, Coe-Jones headed to the LPGA Tour where she won three times, including the 1995 Tournament of Champions.

  • Victoria’s Jim Rutledge Wins Fifth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship Of Canada

    Jim Rutledge Of Victoria, BC Now Trialis Only Legend Moe Norman For The Most PGA Seniors’ Championship Of Canada Titles - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Jim Rutledge won his fifth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada Friday at the Burlington Golf & Country Club.

    The soon-to-be 58-year-old’s three-day total of 12-under-par (65-67-66) lapped the field, clipping his nearest competitors—Gar Hamilton and Mike Burrows—by seven shots.

    Making his final round finish even more remarkable, Rutledge admitted he was battling food poisoning all through the previous night and well into Friday morning.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Tough Times For Canadians On Mackenzie Tour; Crisologo Looks To Make Amends At U.S. Amateur

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo, Shown Here At The B.C. Amateur At Morgan Creek Last Month, Is In The Field At The U.S. Amateur This Week At Riviera GC In Los Angeles - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A tie for second on Sunday by veteran Wes Heffernan of Calgary notwithstanding, it has been a tough year for Canadians on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    Eight events into the 12-tournament season, Kimberley’s Jared du Toit is the top Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour’s money list. And he’s 22nd.

    That’s right, there’s not a single Canadian inside the top 20. To this point anyway, it’s the worst year for Canadians since the PGA TOUR started running what used to be the Canadian Tour in 2013.

  • Team B.C. Captures Three Silver Medals And A Bronze At Canada Summer Games In Winnipeg

    Team BC From The Golf Competiton At The 2017 Canada Summer Games In Winnipeg. From L-R: Tristan Mandur, Nolan Thoroughgood, Keaton Gudz, Alisha Lau, Hannah Lee And Tiffany Kong - Image Credit Christine Wong/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The gold rush finally ended for Team British Columbia at the Canada Summer Games, but there were plenty of silver linings.

    The boys and girls teams each took home silver medals, and Richmond’s Alisha Lau won silver in the individual girls competition as the Canada Summer Games golf tournament concluded Friday at Southwood Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg. Tristan Mandur of Mill Bay added a bronze in the boys individual competition.

  • Zach Bauchou Wins 113th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

    Zach Bauchou Finished At 8-under Par To Win The Canadian Amateur By One Stroke And Earning Exemptions Into The 2017 U.S. Amateur And 2018 RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit (Justin Naro/Golf Canada)


    TORONTO, Ont. – Zach Bauchou shot a final round 2-under-par 68 to win the 113th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at The Toronto Golf Club on Thursday.

    The 21-year-old from Forest, Va., limited himself to one bogey on the day and made three birdies on the back nine to win the tournament by a single stroke—a victory he has been inching towards all season.

    “I’m really honoured and pleased,” Bauchou said, standing next to the 18th green moments before he was awarded the Earl Grey Cup. “I’ve had a really good summer so this caps off the summer and the good playing I’ve had. I finished third twice and I’ve been in the last group both times on those so today, to [start] in the last group and not make many mistakes, was awesome and that was really cool.”

  • Kraft Heinz, TSN, & RDS Encourage Canadians To Build Better Places To Play With The Return Of Kraft Heinz Project Play

    • Canadians can nominate a local recreation project at KraftHeinzProjectPlay.com for a chance to win
    • Partnering for a ninth consecutive year, Kraft Heinz, TSN, and RDS will award $250,000 to the grand prize winner for a recreational facility upgrade; three second-prize winners each receive $20,000 in play-based infrastructure upgrades

    TORONTO – No matter your sport or activity, the places Canadians play brings our vibrant communities to life. Kraft Heinz Project Play, together with TSN and RDS, are once again rallying Canadians to take an active part in forming their communities and creating better places to live and play.

    The Kraft Heinz Project Play campaign invites Canadians coast-to-coast-to-coast to nominate a community play-based facility – new or existing – at KraftHeinzProjectPlay.com for a chance to win.

  • Calvin Ross First New Brunswick Golfer To Win Canadian Junior Boys Championship; BC's Mandur 2nd

    2017 Canadian Junior Boys Champion Calvin Ross Of New Brunswick - (Justin Naro/Golf Canada photo)

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Calvin Ross shot a 1-over-par 71 to claim the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys title at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club on Thursday becoming the first New Brunswick native to capture the event. With the win, Calvin Ross becomes the second New Brunswick male golfer to win a national amateur championship, joining Darren Ritchie who won the Canadian Men’s Amateur in 1992.

    Ross catapulted to the top of the leaderboard after setting an amateur course-record 62 on Wednesday which allowed the 18-year-old from Fredericton, N.B., to cruise to a seven-stroke victory and finish at 9 under par for the tournament.

  • Surrey’s Susan Xiao Sweeps Canadian Junior And Juvenile Titles

    Surrey's Susan Xiao Holds The Trophy Alongside One Of Canada's Finest Following Her Victory In The Canadian Junior Girls Championship - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    Delta’s Mary Parsons Ties For Second; Two Other British Columbians In Top 10

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Susan Xiao didn’t make a bogey Friday until it really didn’t matter. The only blemish on Xiao’s card in the final round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship came on the par 4 17th hole, where a bogey cut the 15-year-old Surrey resident’s lead to five shots from six. Xiao figured she could hang on from there.

    She did just that, parring the 18th hole to win by five shots. She also captured the Juvenile Championship for players 16 and under, which was being contested at the same time at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont.

  • The Toronto Golf Club And Islington Golf Club Set For Canadian Men's Amateur Championship

    The Toronto Golf Club Will Host The Canadian Men's Amateur For A Record 9th Time Next Week - Image Courtesy Facility

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    TORONTO, Ont. –  The world’s best amateur golfers are set to gather in Canada for the 113th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at both The Toronto Golf Club and Islington Golf Club from Aug. 7-10.

    The championship returns to The Toronto Golf Club for the ninth time – the most in the championship's history. Islington Golf Club will co-host the competition for the first two rounds while the field of 264 players from nine different countries take on two of the best courses Canada has to offer.

    “We are incredibly excited to be welcoming back the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship to The Toronto Golf Club for a record ninth time,” said John Gravett, General Manager and COO for The Toronto Golf Club. “Alongside our co-host Islington Golf Club, we are looking forward to challenging the deep international field on two of the country’s most memorable golf courses.” 

  • BC's Mandur, Thoroughgood Place 2nd In Canadian Junior/Juvenile Boys Championship

    Tristan Mandur (L) Finished Second At The Canadian Junior Boys Championship While Fellow Vancouver Island Resident Nolan Thoroughgood R) Placed Fourth And Was The Runner-Up In The Juvenile Division - Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tristan Mandur and Nolan Thoroughgood both had to settle for silver on Thursday. Next week, they’ll try to strike gold. Mandur finished second at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship that wrapped up Thursday at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club in Kingston, Ont. Thoroughgood finished second in the Juvenile division for players 16 and under. He was solo fourth overall in the Junior championship.

    It was a terrific result for the two Vancouver Island golfers, who next week will be part of an all-southern Vancouver Island B.C. team at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.