• 2015 Year In Review – Part II: State Of The Game

    courtesy Golf Canada
    by John Gordon

    While it is undeniable that golf in Canada, like any other business in these unpredictable economic times, continues to face challenges, there were encouraging indicators in 2015 for cautious optimism.

    In July, the Golf Facilities in Canada 2015 report was published by Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada in cooperation with the U.S. National Golf Foundation. The bottom line was that the game remains popular and accessible, with almost six million people playing at least one round annually. In total, almost 60 million rounds are played in Canada each year.

  • Hamilton And Szeryk Recognized As Canada’s Top Amateur Golfers For 2015, BC’s Kim Tops Junior Girls OOM

    Herb Fung/ Golf Canada

    Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont., and dual citizen Maddie Szeryk who hails from London, Ont., as well as Allen, Texas, have been recognized as Canada’s top male and female amateur golfers after finishing atop their respective National Orders of Merit for the 2015 season.

    Charles-Éric Bélanger and Michelle Kim claimed top honours on their respective CN Future Links Junior Orders of Merit.

  • 2015 Year In Review – Part I: Canadian Golf Successes

    Brooke Henderson Became An Instant Star When She Arrived In Vancouver For The CP Canadian Women's Open At The Vancouver Golf Club After Winning The Cambia Portland Classic On The LPGA Tour - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski

    Courtesy Golf Canada
    by John Gordon

    For Canadian golf, 2015 certainly was a year to celebrate

    When David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., held the 54-hole lead at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, we held our breath in the hope that he might be the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win our national Open. Alas, it was not to be, as Australian Jason Day birdied the last three holes on Sunday to claim the title on his way to becoming the top-ranked player in the world.

    While kudos go to Hearn, it was a teenager from Smiths Falls, Ont., who was the undisputed player to be celebrated this year.

  • Canadians Take To Web.com Tour Q-School

    Surrey's Adam Svensson Is One Of 5 British Columbians In The Group Of 15 Canadians Vying For Status Or Improved Positioning On The Web.com Tour For 2016 - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by Terry Lenyk/ Golf Canada

    Final Qualifying for the 2016 Web.Com Tour begins Thursday, December 10th at the Champion and Fazio courses at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, where 15 Canadians will attempt to gain or improve their playing rights for the PGA TOUR’s developmental circuit.

  • Weekly Top 10 Rankings - Week of December 7, 2015

    The 'Real Wongster' As Eugene Wong's Twitter Handle Reads,  Is Looking To Improve His Status On The Web.com Tour In Final Stage Q-School Starting Dec. 10th - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Eugene Wong is off to the Web.com Tour in 2016. The No. 7 ranked professional golfer in Canada from North Vancouver finished tied for 27th at the season-ending PGA Tour China Series event in Dongguan. The result was good enough to keep him inside the Top-5 on the Tour’s Order of Merit, giving him status on the Web.com Tour next year. The result also saw Wong pick up two places in the world rankings.

    Justin Shin, the No. 12 ranked Canadian pro, was sitting fifth on the PGA Tour China Order of Merit at the start of the tournament. Despite shooting back-to-back 69s on the final two days, his 27th place finish wasn’t enough to retain his position. Shin slipped to No. 6 on the money list, but the native of Maple Ridge, B.C., will have a chance to earn status on the Web.com Tour through the qualifying tournament from December 10-13.

  • Canadian Marlene Stewart Streit Becomes Honorary Member Of The Royal And Ancient Golf Club

    Canada's Marlene Stewart Streit Has Accepted An Invitation To Become An Honorary Member Of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Two of North America’s most successful women amateur golfers have become Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

    Canadian Marlene Stewart Streit, the only player to win the British, Canadian, U.S. and Australian women’s amateur titles, and America’s Judy Bell, a former Curtis Cup captain and player and United States Golf Association president, accepted invitations to become Honorary Members.

  • Three Canadians Including B.C.'s Richdale Earn LPGA Tour Status

    Kelowna's Samantha Richdale Earned Conditional Status On The LPGA Tour For 2016 - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    courtesy Golf Canada

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Quebec’s Maude-Aimée LeBlanc won with panache, earning her LPGA Tour card for 2016 at the end of the five qualifying rounds in Daytona Beach, Florida.

    The Sherbrooke, Que., native recorded a score of 71, 1-under par in the final round Sunday. Her cumulative record of 350 (-10) saw her finish tied for fourth, a single-stroke be enjoying her second year with full status on the LPGA Tour, having previous qualified in 2011.

  • CJGA Team Canada Led By Three From B.C. In Aaron Baddeley Junior Championship

    Carlsbad, California - (December 6, 2015) - Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted members of CJGA Team Canada as they prepare for the 15th annual Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.

    The event, which is hosted by PGA Tour professional Aaron Baddeley, will have over 90 juniors competing from around the world including Australia, Asia, and North America.

  • UVic And UBC Top Canadian College Fall Polls

    The 2015 UBC T'Birds Women's Golf Team, Shown Above After Winning The University Of Victoria Vikes Shootout At Cordova Bay GC In October, Are Ranked Number One In The CGCA Fall 2015 Poll - Image Courtesy UBC Women’s Golf

    Golf Coaches Association Of Canada Releases University-College Fall Rankings

    The Western Canadian Golf Champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Women’s golf team (47 points) are ranked No. 1 in the Golf Coaches Association of Canada (GCAC)-Golf Canada Annual Fall Top-10 Coaches Poll.

  • Ten Canadians, Including 3 From B.C. Head Into LPGA Final Qualifying

    Kelowna's Samantha Richdale Is One Of Three BC Women Who Will Be Teeing Up At The Final Stage Of LPGA Qualifying This Week - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada with files from the LPGA

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament begins Wednesday, December 2 and concludes on Sunday, December 6 at LPGA International, Jones and Hills Courses.

    There are 157 players in the field – including 10 Canadians – competing for LPGA Tour membership on the 2016 LPGA priority list.

  • The R&A Hosts Industry Forum To Discuss Pace Of Play

    The Home Of Golf, St. Andrews, Is Hosting A Forum On Pace Of Play Issues - Image Courtesy The Royal & Ancient Golf Club Of St. Andrews 

    via Golf Canada with files from the R&A

    St. Andrews, Scotland – The R&A is conducting an industry forum in St. Andrews this week to examine the issues surrounding pace of play and the time it takes to play golf.

    The Time for Golf conference, which is taking place today and tomorrow (Nov. 24-25) will bring together representatives of national affiliated bodies with figures from some of the key organizations involved in administering the sport to discuss factors such as the golf course, management and player behaviour.

    Dale Jackson, chair of Golf Canada’s Rules Committee, is there representing Canada.

  • Four More Canadians Move On To Web.com Q-School Finals, Five From B.C. In Total

    North Vancouver's Eugene Wong Is One Of Five British Columbians Who Will Tee It Up In The Final Stage Of Web.com Tour Qualifying On Dec. 10th - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    Four more Canucks advanced to the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School on Nov. 20th, playing at two locations in the U.S.

    Lucas Kim was the low scorer for the Canadians, carding 11-under thru 72 holes to finish alone in third place at the Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, Fla. Just sneaking inside the cut line was Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., who posted a 3-under score to finish T20.

    In California, Calgary’s Ryan Yip finished at 8-under (69-69-70-72) to finish in a tie for fifth. Not far behind was Matt McQuillan of Kingston, Ont., who carded a total score of 5-under (69-71-70-73) to finish T15.

  • Crown Isle Resort And Golf Community To Host Q-School Through 2020

    Crown Isle Resort Will Host The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Qualifying Tournaments In Each Of The Next Five Seasons - Image Courtesy Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

    (Oakville, Ont.) – Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community will host one of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Qualifying Tournaments in each of the next five seasons, it was announced Wednesday.

    Located in Courtenay, British Columbia, the 7,025 yard Graham Cooke and Associates layout has hosted qualifying tournaments in each of the past two years, with the 2016 tournament taking place May 2-6.

    A full schedule of Mackenzie Tour qualifying dates and sites as well as the format for qualifying will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Danny King Wins 3rd PGA Championship Of Canada Title

    Danny King Became The First In PGA Of Canada Association History To Win Three National Championships In The Same Calendar Year - Image Courtesy PGA Of Canada

    [BUCKEYE, ARIZ.]—Danny King capped off his 2015 championship season in memorable fashion, capturing the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada. With the win, King becomes the first person in association history to win three PGA of Canada national championships in the same calendar year.

    He previously won this year's PGA Championship of Canada at Cabot Links and the PGA Team Championship of Canada (with partner Billy Walsh). The head teaching professional at The Performance Academy at Magna also becomes just the third player to have won three or more PGA Club Professional Championships.

  • Canadian Golf Mourns The Loss Of Dan Halldorson

    by Dan Pino/ Golf Canada

    It is with great sadness that Golf Canada, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the entire golf community mourns the loss of Daniel (Dan) Albert Halldorson who passed away on November 18, 2015 at the age of 63.

    Halldorson suffered a major stroke on Monday, November 16 at his home in Cambridge, Illinois and passed away two days later in hospital. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Angela, son Mark, three grandchildren and countless friends across the Canadian and International golf community.

  • Four Canadians Advance To Final Stage Of Web.com Tour Q-School

    Burnaby, B.C. Native Devin Carrey, Shown Here After Winning The Golden Ears Open At Pitt Meadows GC On The Vancouver Golf Tour, Has Moved A Step Closer To The PGA TOUR Dream - Image Courtesy VGT

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    Four Canadians finished inside the cut of T21 (plus ties) on Friday to advance to the final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School. The Canucks were in action at two separate 72-hole stroke-play events contested at different sites in the U.S.

    In Texas, Canadians Devin Carrey of Burnaby, B.C. and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., cracked the top-10 at the Clubs of Kingwood-Deerwood to punch their ticket to the final stage.

  • Team Canada Storms Back To Repeat As Tailhade Cup Champions

    Canada's Eric Banks (L) And Tony Gil (R) Hoist The Tailhade Cup As They Successfully Defended The Title Won A Year Ago By Corey Conners And Austin Connelly - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Team Canada’s duo of Eric Banks and Tony Gil defied the odds on Sunday at the Los Lagartos Country Club, climbing back from a three-stroke deficit to keep the Tailhade Cup in Canada for a second consecutive year.

    The comeback was sparked by Development Squad member Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., who posted a 1-under 70 for the day’s lowest score—boosting Canada to a one-stroke victory over runner-ups Brazil and Australia. Collectively, the Canucks finished at 7-over (149-139-145).

  • B.C.'s du Toit Ranked Number 1 Amateur In Canada

    Kimberley, British Columbia's Jared du Toit Took Over Top Spot In The Amateur Rankings For Men In Canada This Week - Image Credit

    Weekly Top 10 Rankings

    (Golf Canada) - Week of November 9, 2015 -  After a five-week reign atop the rankings, Blair Hamilton has been unseated as the No. 1 amateur in Canada by Jared du Toit. The Kimberley, B.C., golfer picked up two spots while Hamilton slipped 30 places to relinquish top spot.

  • PGA Championship Of Canada Moves West

    The Historic Victoria Golf Club Will Play Host To The 2016 PGA of Canada Championship - Image Courtesy Victoria GC

    (ACTON, ONT.)—The PGA of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious championship is heading to the west coast in 2016.The Victoria Golf Club hosts the PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf June 12-16, 2016.

    “We are very excited about the opportunity to take our PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf to Canada’s west coast and the marvelous Victoria Golf Club,” said PGA of Canada president Constant Priondolo.

    “Next year’s championship will undoubtedly be a success story thanks to the marriage of a one-of-a-kind-facility like Victoria and a best-in-class event such as the PGA Championship of Canada.”

  • Bear Mountain Resort Named As Golf Canada’s Official Training Centre

    November 5, 2015 (Victoria, BC) – Golf Canada and Bear Mountain Resort have announced a four-year partnership in which Bear Mountain will become the official Canadian training centre for Team Canada’s National Squads.