• Canada’s Brad Fritsch Explains Violation Of Anti-Doping Policy

    Ontario's Brad Fritsch Finds Himself Suspended For 3 Months After Taking A Banned Dietary Supplement - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    The PGA TOUR announced today that Brad Fritsch has violated the PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Policy’s ban on the use of performance-enhancing substances and has been suspended for three months.

    Mr. Fritsch self-reported this information after discovering that an ingredient in a supplement that he was taking was on the prohibited list. He has acknowledged his inadvertent error and accepted his suspension. He will be eligible to return on February 28, 2018.

    CLICK HERE to read the full story including Fritsch's explanation of the situation as posted on his Facebook Page.

  • 2017 In Review: Professional Golf

    By John Gordon/ Courtesy Golf Canada

    The year 2017 has drawn to a close and what a year it was for Canadian golf. Our pros won literally around the world and on just about every tour imaginable. Our amateurs of all ages made Canada proud at home and abroad.

    And, off the course, there were significant moments that are well worth memorializing as 2018 gets underway. This is the first of a three-part series remembering most, if not all, of those memorable moments.

    (If we’ve unintentionally overlooked any—there were so many, after all!—please let us know on Twitter or Facebook.)

  • British Columbians Macdonald, Harlingten Survive Q-School Pressure-Cooker To Earn Web.com Tour Status For 2018

    BCer's Stuart Macdonald (L) And Seann Harlingten (R) Both Survived The Pressure Of Q-School To Obtain Solid Status On The Web.com Tour For 2018 - Images Courtesy PGA TOUR Mackenzie-Tour Canada

    Calgary's Ryan Yip And Toronto's Albin Choi Also Earned Status As All Four Canadians In The Final Stage Of Web.com Q-School Finished Inside The Top 45 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    If there were any doubts about whether he could make birdies when it mattered most, Stuart Macdonald erased them on the back nine of the fourth and final round of the Web.com Tour qualifying school.

    With the butterflies in his stomach in full flight, the 23-year-old rookie pro from Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf & Country Club, calmly made six birdies on his final nine holes to earn Web.com Tour status for 2018.

    No sweat? Not really.

  • Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey GC Running Exciting 'Scratch & Win' Contest

    Point Grey Golf & Country Club Will Once Again Host Future PGA TOUR Stars At The 2018 Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Freedom 55 Financial Open - Image Courtesy F55FO

    The 2018 Freedom 55 Financial Open will launch the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver the week of May 28 to June 3rd.

    The 72-hole tournament will see 156 players from up to 20 countries begin their quest to earn status on the Web.com Tour, with the top five players on the Order of Merit as season’s end making the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

  • Kelowna's Samantha Richdale In LPGA Q-School Final Stage

    Samantha Richdale From Kelowna, BC Is In Daytona Beach, Florida Looking To Gain Full-Time Status On The LPGA Tour For 2018 - Image Credit: Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

     Courtesy Brad Ziemer's BC Golf Notes

    Kelowna’s Samantha Richdale is the lone British Columbia player competing at the final stage of the LPGA Tour’s Q-School, which goes Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    Richdale had limited status on the LPGA Tour this year. She played in only four events and made $3,696. Richdale spent most of her year competing on the Symetra Tour, where she placed 47th on the money list with earnings of $17,971.

  • Victoria's Jim Rutledge Looking To Have A Senior Moment

    Victoria, BC's Jim Rutledge Will Attempt To Regain Full-Time Status On The Champions Tour Next Week At The Champions Q-School Final Stage In Arizona - Image Credit: Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    Jim Rutledge has endured a couple of lean years on the PGA Champions circuit, but the Victoria native is making another run at regaining full-time status on the 50-and-over tour. Rutledge, 58, has advanced to the final stage of the Champions Q-School, which goes Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at TPC Scottsdale’s Champions course in Arizona.

    Rutledge lost his exempt status after the 2015 season and has had to try and play his way into events via weekly qualifiers. He teed it up in just three tournaments this year and played six times in 2016. His best finish this year was a tie for 40th at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary.

  • BC's Macdonald Looking To Make More Q-School Magic

    Vancouver's Stuart Macdonad, Shown Here Competing In The Pacific Coast Amateur, Will Be Looking To Punch His Ticket To The Web.com Tour On A Full-Time Basis This Coming Week - Image Courtesy PCGA

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    Qualifying schools are supposed to be golf’s ultimate pressure-cookers, but so far they haven’t fazed Stuart Macdonald. The 23-year-old rookie pro from Vancouver has sailed through the first and second stages of the Web.com Tour qualifying school to earn a spot in the finals.

    “Getting through first and second stage isn’t exactly the easiest thing to accomplish,” Macdonald said in an interview. “So to get to the finals and have a chance to play on the Web.com Tour is good. I am excited to get there and see what I can do.”

  • BC's Crown Isle To Once Again Host Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Qualifier

    The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announced Their 2018 Qualifying Tournament Sites Including Vancouver Island's Crown Isle Resort - Image Courtesy Facility

    (November 15, 2017 – Toronto, Ont.) - The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament will take place at five separate sites during the spring of 2018 as players compete for Mackenzie Tour membership for the 2018 season.

  • BC’s Eugene Wong On The Comeback Trail With 3rd Place In Hong Kong

    North Vancouver, BC's Eugene Wong Made Good Use Of His Recent Trip To Hong Kong With A Solid 3rd Place Finish In The Clearwater Bay Open - Image Credit: PGA TOUR-China/Zhuang Liu

    Courtesy Laury Livsey (PGA TOUR-China)

    HONG KONG—Vancouver’s Eugene Wong has not had a memorable last two seasons on the golf course. Playing primarily in China in 2017, Wong, the University of Oregon product, missed three of five cuts and had a tie for 45th at the Beijing Classic for his best finish.

  • Bear Mountain For Champions Tour Return

    Bear Mountain

    Submitted by Brad Ziemer,  Nov 14, 2017

    The PGA Champions circuit won’t be making a third stop at Bear Mountain in 2018.

    The senior tour’s 2018 schedule was released recently and does not include the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, which had been held at the Victoria-area resort the past two Septembers.

    The tournament’s demise should not come as a surprise. This year’s event, which was won by Jerry Kelly, was the only event on the PGA Tour Champions 2017 schedule that did not have TV coverage after the tournament sponsor failed to ante up for Golf Channel coverage.

    The only Canadian stop remaining on the PGA Tour Champions schedule is the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary. That event goes Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club.

  • Shaughnessy Eyes 2023 Presidents Cup

    Submitted by Brad Ziemer,  Nov 14, 2017

    Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club is making a pitch to bring the Presidents Cup to Vancouver.

    “Recently the Club has been asked to participate in a bid process which could see Shaughnessy host the Presidents Cup in 2023,” general manager Jason Sigurdson said in a recent note to members.

  • Two BCers’ Close To Web.com Cards

    Submitted by Brad Ziemer,  Nov 14, 2017

    West Vancouver’s Seann Harlingten and Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver have both qualified for the final stage of the Web.com Tour qualifying school.

    Harlingten advanced by finishing tied for 20th at a second stage Q school site at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif., while Macdonald finished alone in seventh place at another site at the TPC at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Tex.

    Riley Wheeldon of Comox missed advancing by one shot at Bear Creek, while Kimberley’s Jared Du Toit fell four shots short.

    Macdonald and Harlingten will join fellow Canadians Ryan Yip of Calgary and Albin Choi of Toronto at the Q school finals, which go Dec. 7-10 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.

  • Nick Taylor Update

    Nick Taylor

    Submitted by Brad Ziemer,  Nov 14, 2017

    Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor is in the field for this week’s RSM Classic, the finale of the PGA Tour’s fall season full-field schedule. Ontario’s Mackenzie Hughes is defending champion at the Sea Island, Ga., event.

    Taylor missed the cut last week in Mexico, but has had a nice fall season with one top 10 and another top-15 finish. He enters the RSM Classic 29th on the FedEx Cup points list.

  • Canada’s Macdonald, Choi Advance To Final Stage Of Web.com Q-School

    Vancouver, BC's Stuart Macdonald Is Moving On To The Final Stage Of Web.com Tour Q-School In Arizona Next Month - Image Credit (Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada) 

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canadians Stuart Macdonald and Albin Choi both advanced to the third and final stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School on Friday at separate events across the United States.

    Macdonald, a Team Canada graduate and Vancouver product, carded a final-round 68 (-4) to finish alone in 7th place. The Purdue University alumnus came in at 11-under par (66-75-68-68) to become the only Canadian to advance at the TPC at Craig Ranch event in McKinney, Texas.

  • Golf Canada's Weekly Top 10 Rankings

    Players from British Columbia continue to hold prominent places in the Golf Canada Top 10 Rankings Powered by RBC with Abbotsford's Nick Taylor leading the way for the professional men moving up 15 spots to number 186 in the world.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor’s Fast Start; Allenby Advances In Europe; Cordova Bay Wins RBC Scramble

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Is Off To A Good Start For The 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season - Image Courtesy SportBox

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has his 2018 PGA TOUR season off to a fast start. After finishing tied for ninth at the season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., Taylor followed up with a tie for 13th place Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

    Taylor closed with a seven-under par 65 to finish at 12-under par. That was 12 shots behind winner Pat Perez, who beat runner-up Keegan Bradley by four strokes. Taylor has made $292,450 in the first two events of the 2018 season and stands ninth on the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup points list.

  • Video: Canada's Club Creator - The Bob Vokey Story

    Courtesy Bob Vokey & Golf Canada

    Canadian Bob Vokey was born in Verdun, Quebec in 1939. His father, Walter, was a precision tool and die maker, an avid golfer and constant tinkerer of golf equipment. Bob did not necessarily share his father's passion for golf as a child, but he observed and assisted in his father's club creations.

    Bob, at 25 left Montreal for the United States and settled in Carlsbad, California. Despite his earlier feelings toward golf, he became smitten with the game and wanted to become involved in some way. He lived near a golf course, and started to play competitively, eventually developing his father's passion for "tinkering" with golf clubs.

  • Canadian Star Brooke Henderson Claims MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Holds The Trophy After Her Fifth Career LPGA Tour Win At The McKayson New Zealand Open - Image Credit: Photosport

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Canadian Brooke Henderson made light of the challenging conditions on Monday to run away from the field and claim the MCKAYSON New Zealand Open by five shots.

    Henderson, the world No. 12, had looked the class act of the field all week in Auckland. The 20-year-old claimed her fifth LPGA title – and second of the year - with sizzling rounds of 65, 70, 67 and a remarkable 69 in extremely challenging conditions over Sunday and Monday as stormy weather sent the tournament into a fifth day.

    Picking up her round Monday after competing just six holes on Sunday as rain and thunderstorms lashed the Windross Farm course, Henderson made light of the still gusty conditions to see off challenges from China’s Jing Yan (-12) and Korea’s Hee Young Park (-11).

  • Adam Svensson Falls Victim To Missed Cuts & Late Withdrawals At Web.com Tour Championship

    Surrey Native Adam Svensson Narrowly Missed Out On His PGA TOUR Card After Two Missed Cuts In A Row And More Than A Dozen Players Chose Not To Play In The Final Round Of The Weather-Delayed Web.com Tour Championship - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    by Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    When the Web.com Tour postponed the final round of its Tour Championship until Monday because of inclement weather on Sunday, more than a dozen players who had made the cut and completed their third rounds withdrew from the tournament.

    Even though he missed the cut in the last two Finals events, Surrey’s Adam Svensson was still projected to be 25th -- good enough to get the final PGA TOUR card -- when the third round of the Tour Championship concluded on Saturday.

    However, those late player withdrawals, combined with the two missed cuts, likely cost Surrey’s Adam Svensson his PGA TOUR card.

  • Allenby Closes Out Record Setting Year In Style With Vancouver Open Win

    The 2017 Vancouver Open Champion, James Allenby, Poses With Winning Trophy And A Big Cheque 

    Courtesy Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT)/Fraser Mulholland

    Langley’s James Allenby rose to the top against many of the PACIFIC NORTHWEST’S top Pros at the Johnston Meier Insurance Vancouver Open this weekend at Northview Golf & Country Club.

    Allenby’s win came in dramatic fashion, closing his final round out in style with a 2-putt birdie en route to a stellar round of 6-under par 66 and a one-shot win over Victoria’s Steven Lecuyer and Oregon’s Nick Sherwood.

    Allenby’s 3-day total of 69, 70, 66 (-11) bettered a full field of 142 players including 48 Professionals heralding from as far east as Edmonton, Alberta to as far south as Albany, Oregon.