• Celeste Dao’s Latest Travels Find Her At Top Of Canadian Junior Girls Championship Leaderboard

    Quebec Native Celeste Dao Has A One-Shot Lead Heading Into The Final Round Of The Canadian Junior Girls Championship At Beach Grove Golf Club In Tsawwassen - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Play golf, see the world. That kind of describes what has been a whirlwind 2018 for Celeste Dao. The 17-year-old from Notre-Dame Ile Perrot, Que., who has the lead heading into Friday’s final round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, has used her passport almost as much as her pitching wedge in what has been a busy year.

    So far this year, she has visited Argentina, where she finished tied for eighth in the South American Amateur Championship, Mexico, where she won the Mexican Junior Girls Championship, and Japan, where she finished fifth at the Toyota Junior World Cup.

  • 12-Year-Old Lauren Kim Grabs First-Round Canadian Junior Girls Championship Lead At Beach Grove Golf Club

    Lauren Kim, A Surrey Resident Who Just Finished Grade 7, Opened The Canadian Junior Girls Championship Tournament With A 3-under Par 69 - Image Courtesy Sarah Magyar/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lauren Kim apparently hasn’t learned about respecting her elders. The 12-year-old has the audacity to be leading the Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen

    And you know what, the Surrey resident thinks she can win. “Yeah, I'm going to try,” she said after posting a three-under par 69 that gave her a two-shot lead. “I feel confident after doing well today.”

  • Follow Canadian Junior Girls Live Scoring From Beach Grove GC In Tsawwassen

    The 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship is underway at Tsawwassen's Beach Grove Golf Course. Below is an excerpt from a tournament preview done by Brad Ziemer.

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    TSAWWASSEN, B.C. -- British Columbia has a little streak going at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, one its players hope to extend at Beach Grove Golf Club.

    The last three Canadian Junior Girls Championships have been won by B.C. players. Susan Xiao of Surrey won it last year, Naomi Ko of Victoria was the 2016 champion and Michelle Kim of Surreycaptured the title in 2015.

    Doing well at Beach Grove starts with keeping the ball in play off the tee. The course is tight in spots and missing fairways makes it difficult to hit the course’s small greens in regulation. “What the players will have to do especially well is position the ball off the tee,” says longtime Beach Grove Head Professional Brent Derrheim. “You can’t be overly aggressive, you need to be patient. And also putting. If you make the putts, you are going to score well.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo Impresses In PGA TOUR Debut; Sunday Struggles Cost Taylor; Ames Third At Senior Open Championship; Shin Repeats As Golden Ears Champ

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo Carried On His Solid Summer By Taking The Gary Cowan Award As The Low Amateur At The RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Crisologo’s first RBC Canadian Open started and finished with a birdie. The 70 holes in between weren’t bad, either. The 22-year-old Richmond resident and reigning B.C. Amateur champion rolled in a 20-foot putt for birdie on the par 5 18th hole Sunday to finish his first PGA TOUR event tied for 45th place at nine-under par.

    Crisologo closed with a three-under par 69 Sunday at Glen Abbey Golf Course after opening with rounds of 68, 69 and 73. “It was quite the experience,” Crisologo told reporters after his final round.

  • Taylor Made The Canadian Amateur A Big Stepping Stone

    Back In 2007 Canadian Amateur Champion Nick Taylor Posed Beside The Board With The Final Result At Riverside GC In Saskatoon - Image Courtesy Riverside/CanGolfer

    By Brad Ziemer

    At the time, it was the biggest win of Nick Taylor’s life, a victory he credits with providing the confidence and inner belief that ultimately helped propel him to the PGA TOUR. Taylor won the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in 2007 and he’ll never forget the crazy final day he endured en route to the title. It lasted nearly 10 hours and 38 holes.

    Taylor would be the first to tell you it should have been over much sooner than that.

  • Tiffany Kong Finishes As Low Canadian At Marine Drive And Earns Exemption Into CP Women’s Open On LPGA Tour

    Tiffany Kong Of Vancouver Has Earned A Spot In The CP Canadian Women's Open As The Low Canadian In This Year's Canadian Women's Amateur At Marine Drive - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This time, Tiffany Kong figures it will be a little more of a fair fight. The 17-year-old Vancouver resident finished as the low Canadian at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship on Friday at Marine Drive Golf Club.

    That accomplishment brings with it a nice little perk -- an exemption into the LPGA Tour’s CP Women’s Open, which goes Aug. 23-26 at Wascana Country Club in Regina. It will be an encore performance of sorts for Kong, who as a 14-year-old successfully Monday qualified into the 2015 CP Women’s Open at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam.

  • Noh Kidding! Californian Yealimi Noh Wins Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship At Marine Drive Golf Club To Complete Stellar Month Of July

    The 2018 Canadian Women's Amateur Champion Yealimi Noh From Concord, California - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    No matter what she accomplishes in what certainly seems to be an extremely promising future as a golfer, Yealimi Noh will likely never forget the month of July, 2018.

    All the recently turned 17-year-old from Concord, Calif. did was win three big amateur events. July started with a win at the Girls Junior PGA Championship in Lexington, Ky. Last week, she followed that up with a win at the U.S. Junior Girls Championship in Pebble Beach, Calif.

    Her encore performance came Friday at Marine Drive Golf Club, where Noh won the 105th playing of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship.

  • Today In Ontario...A Video Narrative Of How Golf Courses Are Proponents Of Our Natural Habitat

    In an informative and inspirational video, the golf course superintendents of Ontario explain what tremendous benefits we derive from golf course properties both for our physical and mental well-being and as a caring and safe environment for several species of plants and animals.

  • Texan Dylan Kim Grabs Lead At Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship With Bogey-Free 66 At Marine Drive

    It's An All-American Leaderboard At Vancouver's Marine Drive In The Canadian Women's Amateur With Texas Native Dylan Kim Out Front By One After 3 Rounds - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    There is no prize money in amateur golf, where you play simply for the championship.  However, there is a nice little perk that will go to Friday’s winner of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver -- an exemption into the LPGA Tour’s CP Women’s Open in Regina next month.

    Dylan Kim, the 21-year-old Texan who has the lead, had no idea. “Well, I just learned about that right now,” Kim said with a laugh in a post-round interview Thursday. “I did not know that. . . That would be cool.”

  • BC's Tiffany Kong Top Canadian At Halfway Mark Of Canadian Women's Amateur

    Vancouver's 17-Year Old Tiffany Kong Is The Top Canadian At The Halfway Mark Of The Canadian Women's Amateur Being Held At Marine Drive GC - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This was supposed to be nothing more than a week of practice for Tiffany Kong, who instead finds herself in the thick of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive Golf Club.  The 17-year-old Vancouver resident came to Marine Drive hoping to prepare for next week’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen.

    But thanks to a hot putter and some solid ball-striking, Kong has rattled off 11 birdies through two rounds of the Women’s Amateur and is just two shots out of the lead.

  • Kupcho Begins Title Defence With Course Record Seven-Under 64 At Marine Drive

    Westminster, Colorado's Jennifer Kupcho, The Defending Canadian Women's Amateur Champion Has A Two-Shot Lead After Round One - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong And Naomi Ko Of Victoria The Low Canadians After First Round Of Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jennifer Kupcho’s round started with a bogey after she shanked her wedge approach shot from the middle of the fairway. Things got a little better after that. Actually, much better.

    The 21-year-old from Westminster, Colo., began defence of her Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship title with a record-setting seven-under 64 Tuesday at Marine Drive Golf Club.
    “I actually shanked my approach shot on my first hole and made bogey,” a smiling Kupcho said after her round. “I just missed the putt for par. I birdied the next hole and it kind of went well from there.”

    That is something of an understatement.

    After that opening bogey on the par 4 10th hole -- her first of the day -- Kupcho went birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par, par, birdie to shoot a six-under 29 on her front nine.

  • BC Girls Gearing Up To Chase 'Fourpeat' In Canadian Junior Championship At Beach Grove

    British Columbia's Top Junior Girls Will Trying To Make It Four In A Row At The 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship At Beach Grove GC Next Week. Surrey's Susan Xiao (Inset) Was The 2017 Champion - Images Courtesy Beach Grove/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    TSAWWASSEN, B.C. -- British Columbia has a little streak going at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, one its players hope to extend at Beach Grove Golf Club.

    The last three Canadian Junior Girls Championships have been won by B.C. players. Susan Xiao of Surrey won it last year, Naomi Ko of Victoria was the 2016 champion and Michelle Kim of Surrey captured the title in 2015. 

    “This is home turf and the B.C. girls have to represent and do well and have some fun out here,” says Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong, one of a large number of strong B.C. players who will compete in this year’s championship, which goes July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove.

  • Duncan Meadows Ready To Host Canadian Men's Amateur

    Defending Champions Quebec Have Returned The Willingdon Cup (Right) Which Appeared Slightly Worse For Wear At A News Conference Hosted By Course Owner Ming Hui - Image Credit Bryan Outram / Courtesy BC Golf

    Vancouver Island's Duncan Meadows Golf Course Will Challenge Canada's Best Amateurs Plus Players From 13 Other Countries Around The World In The 114th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship

    By Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    Following on hosting a number of both provincial and national championships, the course located in the Cowichan Valley 50 km north of Victoria has recently undergone tweaking to test competitors August 6th to 9th

    The layout has been gradually lengthened to more than 6800 yards with new tees added on three holes… most recently on the par three 16th that will make the signature hole play almost 200 yards. 

    A visit to Duncan Meadows in late July showed a course that is going to present a test reminiscent of that seen at this year's Open Championship at Carnoustie. Balls will definitely be able to run.

  • The 'Three From B.C.'

    The Last Three British Columbians To Win The Canadian Women's Amateur Championship From L-R: A.J. Eathorne, Tracey Lipp And Jessica Potter - Images Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    The 105th playing of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship begins Tuesday at Marine Drive Golf Club inVancouverAs the last three British Columbia women to win the event, Jessica Potter, A.J. Eathorne and Tracey Lipp each has a little piece of the tournament’s rich history. British Columbia Golf's Brad Ziemer asked them to reminisce about the tournament and what winning it meant to them. We begin with the most recent British Columbian to win the event:

    Jessica Potter captured the title in 2006 at Moncton Golf & Country Club in New Brunswick. To say that win came as a surprise to the then 20-year-old Potter would be an understatement.

  • World's Top Women Amateurs To Tee It Up At Marine Drive In Next Week's Canadian Women's Amateur

    The World's Best Women Amateur Golfers Will Be Vying For The Duchess of Connaught Gold Cup (Inset) At Vancouver's Venerable Marine Drive Golf Course Next Week - Images Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    VANCOUVER -- The women’s course record at Marine Drive Golf Club is 68 and chances are you may be familiar with the player who set that mark.

    Here’s a hint: she’s Swedish and has 72 LPGA Tour wins. That’s right, Annika Sorenstam holds that record at Marine Drive, which way back in 1992 co-hosted the World Amateur Team  Championships in Vancouver where Sorenstam won the individual title.

    Sorenstam’s record has stood for the last 26 years, but some think it could finally fall when an exceptionally strong field gathers for the 105th playing of the Canadian Women’s Amateur  Championship, which goes July 24-27 at Marine Drive.

  • PGA TOUR Releases Revamped Full 2018-19 Schedule

    Image Credit (Bernard Brault/ Golf Canada)

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR today unveiled a revamped tournament schedule for next season, providing an exciting change for players and fans as they are able to engage in – and better follow – a cadence of events highlighted by significant championships every month and culminating with the FedExCup Playoffs in August.

    Highlights from the new 46-tournament schedule:

  • Canadian Junior Girls Championship At Tsawwassen's Beach Grove Looking For Volunteers

    Surrey, BC's Susan Xiao Was The 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Champion - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    With over 60 years of history and top calibre talent the Canadian Junior Girls Championship is coming to Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, British Columbia from July 30th - August 3rd!

    Come volunteer and watch some of the best junior players compete for the junior girls national title. The winner will earn an exemption into the 2019 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship!

    For more information on the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, please click here.

    The success of this national championship relies on dedicated volunteers looking to get involved in their community by supporting Canadian junior golf!

  • Canadian Pacific Extends Sponsorship Of CP Women’s Open Through 2023

    Brooke Henderson's Sister and Caddie, Brittany Henderson (R) Exchanges A Fist-Bump With CP President & CE) Keith Creel At The 2017 CP Women's Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canadian Pacific (CP), Golf Canada and the LPGA Tour officially announced today that CP has extended its title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open for five years, beginning in 2019 through 2023. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

    Since becoming title sponsor of the CP Women’s Open in November of 2013, CP has worked closely with Golf Canada to enhance Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship including the overall experience for players and fans. CP has also established a meaningful charitable legacy through CP Has Heart, which has raised nearly $6.5M for heart health initiatives in the event’s host communities.

  • Nominate A TorchBearer For The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay

    For the first time in the history of the Canada Games, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay travels from coast-to-coast across the nation and we need your help to spread the word!

    The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is a significant element of the Canada Games and has united communities across the nation for the past 51 years. It will officially start in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill in fall 2018 and will visit over 40 communities across Canada before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games.

    To nominate a torchbearer for the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay, click here.

  • Six Canadians To Compete For 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship Including BC's Jonas, Yonomoto and Ames

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 23, 2018) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship, Thursday (June 28) and Friday (June 29), at 7,264-yard, par-70 The Broadmoor (East Course).

    The U.S. Senior Open is a 72-hole, stroke-play competition. A field of 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play on June 28 and 29, after which the field will be reduced to the low 60 scores and ties. This year's field includes a total of six players from Canada including BC's Phil Jonas, Kendal Yonomoto and Stephen Ames.