• The USGA And The R&A Invite Global Golf Community To Share Perspectives And Relevant Data On Distance In Golf

    LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Sept. 18, 2018) - A global online questionnaire and data-gathering exercise on distance in golf has been launched by the USGA and The R&A today as part of the Distance Insights project.

    The detailed questionnaire is open to all interested participants in golf until Oct. 31, 2018 and is available in 10 languages. Administered independently by Sports Marketing Surveys Inc., it can be accessed at both usga.org/distanceinsights and at randa.org/distanceinsights.

  • PGA TOUR Announces Changes To Further The Drama Of FedExCup, That... And A Whole Bunch More Money

    Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – With the upcoming 2018-19 PGA TOUR schedule reflecting previously announced, significant structural changes, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan today unveiled further innovations that elevate the entire FedExCup season – from the Regular Season through the FedExCup Playoffs and ultimately, at the Playoffs Finale, the TOUR Championship.

    Included in the announcements is the fact that next year's FedExCup champion will receive a $15million bonus as part of the major changes being made to the end-of-season format, up from the previous $10million prize. 

  • Surrey BC's Adam Svensson Realizes ‘Life Long Dream’ By Earning PGA TOUR Card

    Surrey, British Columbia's Adam Svensson Is About To Realize His Dream By Playing On The PGA TOUR Starting Next Year - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    VANCOUVER – There’s one thing you won’t see Canadian Adam Svensson do on the PGA TOUR next year – hit a ball marked with the number four.

    The Surrey, B.C.-native doesn’t know how the superstition started but he simply won’t jinx his game by playing a four, especially on the tour he’s been dreaming of playing his entire life.

  • Karishma Thiagaraj Hoping Her Well-Travelled Golf Game Takes Flight In Vancouver

    Karishma Thiagaraj, A Native Of India, Has Played Well On The Vancouver Golf Tour, Including An Eight-Under 64 In Her Pro Debut At Morgan Creek - Image Courtesy VGT/Mike West

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The seeds of Karishma Thiagaraj’s golf game were sown in southern India, where as an 11-year-old she began to accompany her dad to the course and quickly fell in love with the sport.

    It took root in Virginia in her teenage years after her parents moved the family to the United States. Thiagaraj now hopes it can fully blossom as she begins a professional career in the Vancouver area.

  • Oregonian Nick Sherwood Hangs On To Win Vancouver Open

    Oregon's Nick Sherwood Is The 2018 Vancouver Open Champion - Image Credit VGT

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Sherwood made it more difficult than it needed to be, but he still managed to win the Vancouver Open. The 27-year-old from Oregon arrived at the 18th tee with a four-shot lead in the final round of the Vancouver Golf Tour’s flagship event Sunday at Fraserview Golf Course. He hung on to win by a single shot over Richmond amateur Chris Crisologo.

    “That was more drama than what I was looking for,” a relieved Sherwood said. “If I was a spectator that would have been fun to watch, but for me it was more nerve-wracking. I got it done, luckily.”

  • Watch The Future Stars Of Golf At The 2018 Vancouver Open

    The 2017 Vancouver Open Champion, James Allenby, Will Be Back This Year To Defend His Title At McCleery, Langara And Fraserview Golf Courses - Images Courtesy VGT

    Courtesy Vancouver Park Board

    The 2018 Vancouver Open will take place August 31st to September 2nd. Spectators are welcome all three days of the event. Round one will be played at McCleery Golf Course on Friday and round two will be played at Langara Golf Course on Saturday.

    The final round will take place Sunday, September 2nd at Fraserview Golf Course with the leaders teeing off at 2pm to determine the 2018 Vancouver City Open Champion.

  • Canada’s Brooke Henderson Shoots 65 To Win CP Women’s Open By Four Strokes

    Brooke Henderson Becomes The First Canadian To Win The Canadian Women's Open In 45 Years - Image Courtesy CPWomen'sOpen Instagram

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    REGINA – Brooke Henderson ended Canada’s long drought at the CP Women’s Open on Sunday, firing a final-round 7-under-par 65 to win the national championship by four strokes. Henderson finished with a 21-under 267 total, sealing the win with a short birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Wascana Country Club.

    “It’s amazing, just surreal,” Henderson said. “The crowds here have been so amazing all week, and to finish it off the way I did is really a dream come true.”

    American Angel Yin was alone in second place after a 68 and American Jennifer Song (67) was six shots behind at 15 under. Australians Minjee Lee (68) and Su Oh (69) were seven strokes off the pace in a fourth-place tie with South Korea’s Amy Yang (68) and American Austin Ernst (69).

    It was the first time a Canadian has won this tournament since Jocelyne Bourassa took the 1973 event – then called La Canadienne – at Montreal.

  • Stinson Takes Route 66 To PGA Of BC Championship

    Abbotsford Teaching Pro Kevin Stinson Won By Three Shots At Taking Rock Golf Resort - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kevin Stinson has stopped chasing his PGA TOUR dream, but he certainly has not stopped playing good golf. The 32-year-old Abbotsford resident, who now teaches the game at Cheam Mountain Golf Course in Chilliwack, continued what has been a solid summer by winning the PGA of BC Championship at the Talking Rock Golf Resort in Chase on Tuesday.

    Stinson had to come from behind to do it. He began the day two shots behind first-round leader Jonnie Motomochi of Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, but reeled him in with a brilliant six-under 66.

  • World’s Best Golfers Ready To Battle As CP Women’s Open Makes First-Ever Visit To Saskatchewan

    The Wascana Country Club In Regina, Sask. Is Set To Host 89 Of The Top 100 Players On The LPGA Tour Money List Including Canadian Sensation Brooke Henderson - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    REGINA, Sask. (Golf Canada) — Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) announced the field of competitors set to challenge for the 2018 CP Women’s Open taking place August 23-26 at The Wascana Country Club in Regina, Sask.

    Defending champion and world no. 4 Sung Hyun Park will lead a stellar field that includes world no. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn, world no. 5 Lexi Thompson, world no. 6 Shanshan Feng, world no. 7 Minjee Lee, world no. 9 Jessica Korda and world no. 10 Georgia Hall as well as Canadian superstar Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor Delivers Clutch Performance; Svensson Gets PGA TOUR Card; Kong Ready For Second LPGA Tour Start

    Abbotsford's Nick Taylor Came Through Big In The Clutch On Sunday With A Final Round 63 At The Wyndam Championship To Keep His Exempt Status On The PGA TOUR For 2019 - File Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    With his job on the line Sunday, all Nick Taylor did was shoot the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career. Taylor’s seven-under 63 in the final round of the Wyndam Championship in Greensboro, N.C., -- the final event of the PGA TOUR regular season -- personified clutch.

    His tie for eighth place finish moved the Abbotsford native from 129th to 119th on the FedEx Cup points list, allowing Taylor to retain his exempt status for next year by finishing inside the top 125.

    That 63 is the lowest round Taylor has shot in his four years on the PGA TOUR. It certainly could not have come at a better time. “It was a stressful week,” a relieved Taylor said in a telephone interview Sunday night. “Not having to deal with that uncertainty now is a huge relief.”

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hyde Mountain Welcomes Mid-Amateur Championship; Big Payday For Spooner; B.C. Teens Off To U.S. Junior Championships

    2017 Mid-Am Champs Craig Doell (L) And Josee Deslauriers Are In Sicamous At Hyde Mountain GC This Week To Defend Their Titles - Images: Hyde Mtn./BC Golf/PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Last year’s champions will be in the field to defend their titles this week when Hyde Mountain Golf Course in Sicamous plays host to the B.C. Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters Championship.

    Last year at Kokanee Springs Golf Resort in Crawford Bay, Victoria’s Craig Doell won both the Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Masters titles. Doell beat Cameron Powell of Fernie in a playoff to win the Mid-Am category, which is for players 25 and over. Doell edged Nanaimo’s Sandy Harper by one shot to win the Mid-Masters crown, which is for players 40 and older.

  • 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.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Du Toit Fifth In Kelowna; Junior Boys Struggle; Hadwin Cut Streak Ends With Thud; Pultz Set To Defend Senior Women’s Title

    Jared du Toit Was In Contention Throughout The GolfBC Championship Earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player Of The Week Honours - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By BRAD ZIEMER, British Columbia Golf

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit recorded a career-best fifth-place finish at the GolfBC Championship in Kelowna.

    Du Toit fired a four-under 67 in Sunday’s final round of the $200,000 Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club to finish at 16-under par. That left the 23-year-old four strokes behind winner George Cunningham of Tucson, Ariz.

    “I feel very positive,” du Toit said. “I was up on the leaderboard pretty much all week it felt like. And to be there and to be in the mix basically until I made a bogey on 16 felt good. My old college coach used to say the main goal is to be in the mix on the back nine on Sunday and I did that today, so I am pretty optimistic about where things are at.”

  • Abbotsford's Hadwin Confident Well Rounded Game Will Pay Off At Tricky Shinnecock Hills

    BC's Adam Hadwin Is Set To Play In His 4th U.S. Open This Week At Shinnecock Hills Golf Club In New York - Image Courtesy AdamHadwin.com

    Written by Adam Stanley/Courtesy Golf Canada

    Adam Hadwin’s work on his all-around game has resulted in a steady PGA TOUR season, but he hopes it pays bigger dividends at a U.S. Open course known to reward versatile golfers. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., will tee off at his fourth career U.S. Open when the major tournament kicks off Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, a storied and notoriously tricky course.

    “I like tradition and tournaments where par means something,” Hadwin told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “My game suits that pretty well, which should go hand-in-hand with the U.S. Open. “I’m really of the mindset that it doesn’t matter what the golf course is, I can adapt my game to fit anything.”

    Hadwin, Canada’s highest-ranked male golfer, has enjoyed a successful if unspectacular season. He has three top-10 finishes and hasn’t missed a cut so far.

  • BC's Phil Jonas Books A Return Visit To The U.S. Senior Open

    BC's Phil Jonas Has Played His Way Into The U.S. Senior Open For The Second Straight Year - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Phil Jonas is getting another crack at the U.S. Senior Open. Jonas played his way into the event for the second straight year, winning the lone spot up for grabs at a qualifier Monday in Sequim, Wash.

    The 56-year-old Jonas, who runs a golf academy in his name at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey, shot a three-under 69 at The Cedars at Dungeness to beat a field of 51 players by two shots. 

    “I played decently today after playing so poorly last week at the PGA of B.C. Seniors tourney,” Jonas said in a telephone interview. “I was happy with the way I played.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Texan Sam Fidone Wins By Five At Uplands; Justin Shin Third In China; Golf Joins Canada West Conference; Morningstar In Receivership

    Kimberely, BC's Jared du Toit Was Alone In 3rd Heading Into The Final Round But Had A Tough Sunday At The Bayview Place DCBank Open Falling To 23rd Overall. He Was Still The Low Player From BC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Canadian drought continues on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit. There were plenty of Canadian flags on the leaderboard heading into the weekend, but not many left when the final round of the Bayview Place DCBank Open was completed Sunday at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria.

    Texan Sam Fidone, who had a two-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round, closed with a bogey-free five-under 65 and won by five shots with a 72-hole total of 19-under par. Calgary’s Wes Heffernan was the only Canadian in the top 10. Heffernan, who shot a 68 on Sunday, finished tied for sixth at 11-under. That earned him the weekly bonus of $2,500 from Freedom 55 Financial for being low Canadian.

    Kimberley’s Jared du Toit, who began the day alone in third place, struggled to a five-over 75 Sunday and finished tied for 23rd place at six-under par. Manitoba’s Aaron Cockerill (T14 at eight-under) and Ontario’s Taylor Pendrith (T23) were the other Canadians inside the top 25. A Canadian hasn’t won on the Mackenzie Tour since Langley’s Adam Cornelson won at Uplands in 2016.

  • Comox’s Riley Wheeldon Begins His Mackenzie Tour Season On Positive Note

    Former B.C. Junior Champ Riley Wheeldon Finished T10 At The Freedom 55 Financial Open Also Taking Low-Canadian Honours And The Bonus Cheque - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    No one said it was going to be easy and Riley Wheeldon would be the first to tell you it has been anything but. The former B.C. Junior Boys champion from Comox has taken a long and winding road in his journey as a professional golfer. He has hit more than a few speed bumps along the way.

    “It has been a roller-coaster,” Wheeldon said after Sunday’s final round of the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. “Obviously, my first couple of years out here were a nice steady incline and then a steady decline and hopefully now we’re back on the up.”