• B.C. Golf Notes: Williams Earns Point Grey Bonus Money; Hadwin’s ‘Hangman’ Marriage Proposal Marks Start Of Solid Week

    Vancouver's Ryan Williams Was The Low Canadian At The Season Opening Freedom 55 Financial Open On The Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada Schedule At Point Grey - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Ryan Williams couldn’t quite catch the leaders, but he still earned himself a nice bonus Sunday at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

    Williams closed with a three-under 69 in the final round of the $175,000 Freedom 55 Financial Open and his 72-hole total of 10-under par made him the low Canadian in the season-opening event of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Canada circuit.

    The low Canadian each week earns a $2,500 bonus from Freedom 55 and the Canadian player of the year will be awarded $25,000 at the end of the season.

  • B.C. Juvenile Boys champion A.J. Ewart Getting First Taste Of Pro Life

    Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart Is Shown Here Teeing Off In The Freedom 55 Financial Classic At Point Grey - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart knows his time at Point Grey Golf & Country Club this week is all about experience and trying to soak up whatever he can on the biggest stage of his young golfing life.

    But the 17-year-old Coquitlam resident, last year’s B.C. Juvenile Boys champion, is also hoping to make a few birdies. He made only one in Thursday’s first round of the Freedom 55 Financial Classic, the season-opening event on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    A few wayward drives cost Ewart as he opened with a four-over 76, but he wasn’t going to let that sour him on what he recognizes is a great opportunity.

  • Two Monday Qualifiers Make It 16 From B.C. In Freedom 55 Field At Point Grey

    Drew Weaver, The 2015 Freedom 55 Financial Open Winner, Recieves The Trophy From Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada President Jeff Monday On The 18th Green At Point Grey GC Last Year - Image Credit Bryan Outram 

    by British Columbia Golf (with files from Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour Canada)

    The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season kicks off with Freedom 55 Financial Open The Mackenzie Tour’s fourth season begins this week at the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

    Open Qualifying took place Monday May 23rd (Victoria Day) at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & Country Club in Pitt Meadows. When the day was done, 10 more names were added to the final field for Thursday's start to the season with two more British Columbians and 3 Canadians in total among those to gain entry into the event.

  • Thomas Looking To Make ‘Hay’ This Season On Mackenzie Tour

    Last Year's First Round Leader Of The Freedom 55 Financial Open, Langley's Thomas Hay, Is Looking To Carry That Lead A Little Further This Year - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Langley Resident One Of A Number Of B.C. Pros To Tee It Up In Season-Opener At Point Grey

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A 2015 season that started with considerable promise quickly turned sour for Langley’s Thomas Hay, who is confident that this year will be different.

    At last year’s season-opening event on the Mackenzie Tour--PGA Tour Canada circuit, Hay grabbed the first-round lead with a bogey-free 66 at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Freedom 55 Financial Announces Exemption For Local Professional Devin Carrey

    (Vancouver, B.C.) – Freedom 55 Financial announced that it has granted local Vancouver professional and Web.com Tour member Devin Carrey a sponsor exemption inthe Freedom 55 Financial Open, the season-opening event on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada schedule.

    A 23 year old from Burnaby, Carrey played collegiate golf at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and owns 13 top 25 finishes in 43 Mackenzie Tour starts.

  • This Week’s Top 10 Rankings in Canada: B.C.’s Richdale Makes Biggest Jump

    Samantha Richdale gained 24 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 45th at the LPGA Tour’s Yokohama Classic. It was her best LPGA result of the season in three tournaments. The result helped her moved up to No. 3 in the Canadian rankings.

    Augusta James, who lost a spot in the Canadian rankings to Richdale, gained three spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 11th at the Symetra Tour’s Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic in South Carolina. It was her fourth Top-15 result this season in five starts.

    Jennifer Kirby gained 79 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 7th in South Carolina. Kirby’s best career finish on the development tour enabled the former Golf Canada National Team member to move up to No. 12 in the Canadian rankings.

  • Surrey's Adam Svensson Signs With PUMA Golf

    Surrey, B.C.'s Adam Svensson Will Be Clad In PUMA Golf Gear As He Stalks His Way Toward The PGA TOUR - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    CARLSBAD, California — PUMA Golf announced the signing of Canadian golfer Adam Svensson, who is entering his first full season as a professional golfer with full status on the Web.com Tour. Svensson will don PUMA Golf apparel and accessories on-course throughout the 2016 golf season.

    “Adam is a great fit for PUMA Golf,” said Dave Burgess, Director of Marketing at COBRA PUMA GOLF Canada. “He has proven his skills on the course and has a cool style and swagger. We are thrilled to be adding him to our Tour team.”

  • Victoria’s Naomi Ko Qualifies For U.S. Women’s Open

    Victoria's Naomi Ko, Who Plays Out Of Royal Colwood GC, Has Qualified For This Summer's U.S. Women's Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Naomi Ko called it the round of her life and it could not have come at a better time for the 18-year-old Victoria native. A clutch five-under 67 in the second round of a 36-hole sectional qualifier at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., earned Ko a spot in this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open.

    Ko, a member of Canada’s national amateur team and former B.C. Junior Girls champion, topped a field of 48 players to earn the one spot available at the Monday qualifier.

  • Three From B.C. Among 7 Canadians To Gain Exempt Status At Mackenzie Tour Q-School

    Port Moody's Brendan Dillon Was The Top Canadian At The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-School Held At Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community In Courtenay - Image Courtesy VGT

    courtesy Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour

    (May 6, 2016 – Courtenay, B.C.) – Lake Elsinore, California’s Aaron Wise shot an even-par 72 on Friday at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community to take medalist honours and earn fully exempt status for the 2016 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season at the British Columbia Qualifying Tournament.

    The 19-year old sophomore at the University of Oregon finished at 14-under for the week, two shots ahead of Dallas, Texas’ Conrad Shindler and Atherton, California’s Jonathan Garrick.

    Port Moody's Brendan Dillon was the top Canadian Finisher at 6-under par in a T6th followed closely by Langley's Adam Cornelson and Thomas Hay one shot back  at 5-under and T9th. The top 16 finishers earned exempt status for the 2016 Mckenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada season.

  • Canada’s Bear Mountain Resort Named as Host of 2016 Pacific Links Championship

    Bear Mountain Resort

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — PGA TOUR Champions and Pacific Links International announced that the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, originally set to be contested in Tianjin, China, has moved to Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. The tournament dates will remain September 19-25, with the field increasing from 60 players to 81 players, and the purse remaining $2.5 million.

  • BC’s Jared du Toit Climbs Back to Top Spot in Weekly Rankings

    Jared du Toit

    Conference championship week saw several Canadians in action. Top-ranked Jared du Toit finished in a tie for 19th at the PAC-12 Championship. The tournament was won by the National Amateur Team member’s Arizona State teammate – and current world No. 1 – Jon Rahm.

    Joey Savoie makes his return to the Top-10, replacing fellow Saint Leo teammate Hugo Bernard.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Sagebrush Re-Opening Now Scheduled For Early June

    Sagebrush Is Almost Set For Its Re-Birth - Image Courtesy Sagebrush

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The highly anticipated re-opening of Sagebrush is now scheduled for early June. The initial hope was to have the Merritt-area course open later this month, but general manager Scott Masse says a little more time is needed to get the facility ready. Sagebrush remained closed last year and was sold this past fall by its original owners to Newmark Group, a Langley-based residential construction company.

  • Cornelson, Belle Among 16 British Columbians Heading To Q-School At Crown Isle

    Adam Cornelson (L) And Mike Belle (R) Are Both Headed To The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-School At Crown Isle Next Week - Image Courtesy GNAC/SFU

    By Brad Ziemer. British Columbia Golf

    Adam Cornelson has been there and done that. Unfortunately, he now has to do it all over again. Mike Belle has never done it before, but can’t wait to get started. 

    The two Vancouver Golf Club members are heading to next week’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Course in Courtenay with very different perspectives. Belle is a 23-year-old rookie pro, who is anxious to test his game at the next level. Cornelson, 28, has been at the pro game for a few years and was hoping he’d seen the last of Q-school.

  • Brooke Henderson Continues Top-10 Streak, Lands in Top Spot in Weekly Rankings

    Brooke Henderson

    Brooke Henderson continued her streak of Top-10 results on the LPGA Tour, finishing in a tie for sixth at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. It was her eighth straight Top-10 finish this year – nine if you count the Ladies Masters event in Australia, which was a European Tour event back in February. The result moved the Smiths Falls, Ont., golfer up to a career-best No. 5 in the world. She is currently eighth on the Tour’s money list, fourth in scoring average and second on the Tour in birdies with 152 to date.

    Making the biggest move inside the Top-10 was Sara-Maude Juneau, who climbed 24 places in the world rankings, up to No. 9 in Canada, after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Symetra Tour’s Guardian Retirement Championship at Sara Bay in Florida. It was her first Top-10 result in four tournaments this year

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Solid Tournament But Sour Finish For Taylor In Texas

    Abbotsford's Nick Taylor Was In Contention On The PGA TOUR In Texas But Settled For A T21st - Image Courtesy Facebook

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The day began with Nick Taylor in the hunt for his second PGA TOUR win. When it was over, the Abbotsford native had to settle for a tie for 21st finish at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
    Taylor’s roller-coaster week ended with a bogey on the 72nd hole, when his second shot on the par 5 18th hole at TPC San Antonio found the creek short of the green. 

    Taylor carded a one-over 73 Sunday and finished the tournament at six-under par, six shots behind winner Charley Hoffman.

  • BC’s Du Toit Continues to Top Amateur Weekly Rankings

    Austin James gained 20 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for second at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational. It was the No. 3 ranked amateur in Canada’s seventh straight Top-10 result and his third consecutive Top-5 showing. His 10-under 206 total was the third lowest in school history.

    Alistair Docherty picked up 19 places in the world rankings after finishing runner-up at the Hanny Stanislaus Invitational, just three strokes behind the winner. The result moved the senior at Chico State up to No. 5 in the Canadian rankings. The New Brunswick native, currently the top-ranked Division II golfer, was also one of 10 collegiate golfers selected to represent the U.S. in the 2016 Palmer Cup – the collegiate version of the Ryder Cup.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Wallace Continues To Sizzle On Symetra Tour

     Langley's Jessica Wallace Sits Fifth On The Symetra Tour Money List After Her Latest Top 10 Finish On The LPGA Tour's Developmental Circuit - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Langley’s Jessica Wallace recorded her second top-10 finish Sunday in three Symetra Tour starts this year at the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial tourney in Fort Myers, Fla. Wallace closed with a one-under 71 to finish the 72-hole event at two-under par and tied for eighth place.

    The Chico’s tourney had a unique format that saw members of the LPGA’s Legends Tour play with Symetra Tour players on the weekend.

  • Billy Horschel Blown Away By Rule 20-4 At The Masters

    Billy Horschel Watches Helplessly As A Gust Of Wind Takes His Golf Ball Down The Slope From The 15th Green Into The Water Hazard Below - Image Courtesy Streamable.com

    British Columbia Golf, with files from Golf Saskatchewan

    Anyone watching the Masters this past Saturday likely had the opportunity to witness one of the stranger and perhaps more unfortunate incidents of the tournament...forgetting about, of course, Jordan Spieth's troubles on the 12th hole on Sunday.

    The bizarre incident came on the par-5 15th hole during Saturday's 3rd round after 3-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Horschel landed his second shot just off the side of the green. His chip onto the green ran past the hole and toward the water. It did stop and Horschel rushed over to mark it, almost sensing that the wind could take over at any moment.

  • Kelowna’s Samantha Richdale Earns 4th Symetra Tour Win

    Samantha Richdale is Now Second All-Time in Career Earnings on the Symetra Tour. (Symetra Tour/David S. Williams)

    LAKE WALES, Florida (Golf Canada) — Samantha Richdale won the Symetra Tour’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.

    The 32-year-old Kelowna, B.C., player had a 7-under 209 total at Lake Wales Country Club. She earned $26,250 for her fourth career victory on the tour. She won once in 2008 and twice in 2009.

    “I’m very excited,” said Richdale, who last won on the Symetra Tour on August 23, 2009 at the Turkey Hill Classic in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “It seems like forever the last time I won so this is a big day for me.”

  • GolfBC Championship Announces Championship Passes Now On Sale

    For the first time in history the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada is coming to the Okanagan Valley. Now is your chance to get your tickets and be a part of history.

    The GolfBC Championship runs the week of June 6th - 12th, 2016 with competition days taking place June 9th - 12th at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club in Kelowna.

    Four-day Championship Tournament Passes are now on sale online for a limited time offer of $25. This represents a savings of $15 off the Day Pass admission price. The Championship Pass is valid all day for all four days of tournament play June 9th - 12th.