• Williams Excited To Begin Season At Point Grey

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Scott Wheeler/PGATOUR.COM) — Ryan Williams, PGA TOUR Canada’s highest Canadian finisher on the 2014 Order of Merit, is poised to take on his local course as the 2015 season kicks off with the PC Financial Open.

    Williams, who plays out of Point Grey Golf and Country Club, host to this year’s season-opening tournament, finished sixth on the Order of Merit in 2014, completing the season with a win at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.

  • B.C.’s Shin Wins Wuhan With Wong 2nd On PGA TOUR China

    Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Justin Shin Holds The Trophy After His Victory In The Wuhan Open In China

    WUHAN, China — Justin Shin,from Maple Ridge, B.C. shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open to win his first professional title, finishing at 12-under and three shots ahead of fellow Canadian, North Vancouver’s Eugene Wong.

  • Surrey's Svensson Picks Up Third Swingthought.com Win

    Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Adam Svensson of Surrey, BC picked up his 3rd Swingthought.com Tour win in as many tries this past weekend  at the Milton Martin Honda Classic in Gainesville, Ga.

    Svensson shot rounds of 66, 66, 67 and 67 to finish at 22-under par on the Chattahoochee Golf Club course to win by five shots, pocketing $20,000 US.

  • PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Resumes In British Columbia

    Beautiful Crown Isle Resort Will Be The Site Of The Final PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tourney For 2015

    COURTENAY, British Columbia (Brian Decker/Golf Canada) — PGA TOUR Canada qualifying resumes this week with the final of three Qualifying Tournaments taking place at the Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community in Courtenay, B.C. for the second straight year.

    Once again, PGA TOUR Canada players will aim to take the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR in 2015.

  • B.C.'s Greg Machtaler Fully Healthy For 2015 Season

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    For anybody else, winning the PGA Tour Canada stop in Ottawa, The Forces & Families Open, finishing 13th on the Order of Merit and coming second in the Canada Cup would be a good golf year, but for Summerland’s Greg Machtaler, it was only the tip of the iceberg.

    “My back was in rough shape and I really only played half the season with a close-to-healthy back,” said the 31-year-old who now calls Kelowna home. “One of the reasons why I’m looking so forward to 2015 is I’m feeling good, my back is getting close to 100 per cent and I know that if I play like I did at the end of last year, I’ll have a good chance of finishing top-5 here and getting my Web.com card for next year.”

  • Team Canada’s Adam Svensson Wins NGA Tour’s Killearn CC Classic

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Tyler Costigan/Golf Canada) — Canada’s Adam Svensson notched his second NGA Tour victory, carding a 20-under through four rounds at Killearn Country Club for the one-stroke win.

  • Paula Creamer Calls for Women’s Masters at Augusta National

    DALY CITY, California (Janie McCauley/AP) — Paula Creamer is calling for a women’s Masters at Augusta National.

    Creamer would love for organizers to at least listen to the idea of women playing a Masters in consecutive weeks with the men’s tournament. She reiterated her thoughts Tuesday at Lake Merced Golf Club, where the Bay Area native is preparing for this week’s Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

    On April 14, Creamer posted on Twitter: “I hope The Masters will consider a Women’s Masters soon. They do so much to grow the game. Fastest area of golf growth is women! #6Majors?”

  • Canada’s Conners Finishes As Top Amateur At Masters

    AUGUSTA, Georgia (Tyler Costigan/Golf Canada) — The Canadian story at Augusta National last Friday was the rebound of National Amateur Squad member Corey Conners.

    The Listowel, Ont., native returned to his usual form for Friday’s  2nd round at Augusta, firing a 3-under par 69 despite a double-bogey on the par-4 10th. The 23-year-old Canadian was the only amateur to break par at Augusta National.

  • Langley's Sue Kim Wins On LPGA's Symetra Tour

    LAKE WALES, Florida — Sue Kim of Langley, B.C., made a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole to seize the lead and never looked back as she carded a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic at 5-under 211.

    Kim earned her second career Symetra Tour victory and moved to the top spot on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.

  • The End Of The Tiger And Phil Era?

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

     

    Before this year, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had played 217 tournaments together and had missed the cut together only once, at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic.  

    But in the span of two weeks, they did it twice, in their 218th and 219th starts together, first at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and then at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.  

    It may be premature to say this, but is the Tiger and Phil Golden Era of Golf officially over?

  • Cory Renfrew Builds On Phoenix Open Success

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    What a winter it has been for Cory Renfrew.

    The 28-year-old Victoria native who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona during the winter has made memories – and several big paycheques – while pursuing his golf dreams down south.

  • Surrey B.C.'s Adam Svensson Leaves Barry University, Turns Professional

    image credit SportBox PR

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    Surrey’s Adam Svensson has left Barry University, turned professional and signed on with SportBox Entertainment Group, which also represents Canadian PGA Tour stalwarts Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Roger Sloan and Mike Weir.

  • Following The B.C. Boys On The PGA TOUR’s West Coast Swing

    Merritt's Roger Sloan (L) Gained Valuable Experience At Pebble Beach

    February 15, 2015

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    By the time the final putt dropped on another brilliant day in Northern California and Brandt Snedeker won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the second time in three years, the best British Columbia golfers had already hightailed it out of the Monterey Peninsula.

    Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor will be getting ready to play practice rounds at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open this week while Roger Sloan is back in Houston to work on his game in anticipation of his next PGA TOUR stop, hopefully in Florida.

    Victoria’s Cory Renfrew will be trying to Monday qualify for Riviera with a 12:55 p.m. tee time alongside Billy Mayfair and aspiring PGA TOUR pros Ryan Williams and Adam Cornelson will be planning their Web.com schedules for the spring.

    After three weeks covering this golden generation of British Columbia golf professionals, this much is clear: It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions for these young men as they pursue their golf dreams.

  • All New Experiences For Ryan Williams In 2015

    February 8, 2015

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

     

    It doesn’t take a math major to figure out three winners out of 131 hopeful golfers leaves a lot more losers than winners.

    Those were the odds 33-year-old Ryan Williams faced by trying to Monday qualify for the 2015 Waste Management Open at the party-crazed TPC Scottsdale during Super Bowl Week.

  • Put Him In Coach: Matt Palsenbarg Is Everywhere

    Cory Renfrew (L) With Coach Matt Palsenbarg (image credit Alfie Lau)

    January 28th, 2015

     

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf


    When we last saw Matt Palsenbarg, Golf LAB at Northview Golf & Country Club co-owner, he had spent two action-packed days teaching some of the best British Columbia juniors high-performance golf techniques.

    He started this week on Monday, giving a presentation on those high-performance techniques to PGA of BC professionals at the Vancouver Golf Club.

    He had just enough time to get home to spend some time scootering with his daughter when he found out that another of his charges, Victoria’s Cory Renfrew, had Monday qualified for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

  • Victoria's Cory Renfrew Monday Qualifies For Waste Management Phoenix Open

    January 26, 2015

    by Alfie Lau, Inside Golf

    It was just after 6 p.m. at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale and almost too dark to see anything, but Victoria’s Cory Renfrew smiled so widely that it almost lit up the course.

    Renfrew, listed officially as a Scottsdale resident – he does live here with roommate Eric Hawerchuk, as they chase their golf dreams – is the pride of Victoria and shot a (-6) round of 66 on the Pine Course at McCormick Ranch to claim one of the three spots into the Waste Management Open, Phoenix’s biggest party masquerading as a golf tournament.

  • The Maturation Of Nick Taylor Into A PGA TOUR Winner

    by Alfie Lau

    Five years after he burst onto the national golf scene, Nick Taylor was still worrying about one thing: laundry.

    Taylor won the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi on Sunday.

    His first PGA TOUR victory comes with a $720,000 first-place cheque, a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and exemptions into the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits next August and the Players Championship at Sawgrass next May.

    (But not The Masters in April, because there was a competing WGC event in China last week).

  • Nick Taylor Talks About His First PGA TOUR Win

    Courtesy Fraser Mulholland, VGT Commissioner

    Taylor Ends 5-Year Drought For Canadians Winning On PGA TOUR

    The enormity of his win on the PGA TOUR may not have sunk in yet for 26-year old Abbotsford Pro Nick Taylor, but it won’t take long, believe me.

    With his win, the 10-time winner on the Vancouver Golf Tour was the first Canadian-born winner on the PGA TOUR since 2007 when Mike Weir won at the Frys.com Open.

    Yes, Canada has had quite a drought.

  • BC's Taylor, Hadwin and Sloan Qualify For the PGA Tour

    Sept 21, 2014

    Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada

    Chalk up one more Canadian to watch for on PGA Tour leaderboards during the 2014-15 season.

    With Abbotsford, B.C.'s Adam Hadwin and Merrit, B.C.'s Roger Sloan having already secured their PGA Tour playing privileges after cracking the top 25 on the Web.com Tour's regular season money list, the stage was set for one of the most clutch final rounds in Canadian golf history.

  • Win a pair 2015 US Open Tickets at Chambers Bay.

    June 4, 2014
    Jim Lee (British Columbia Golf)

    Tickets for the 2015 US Open to be held at Chambers Bay, south of Seattle, are now on sale to the general public.  There are a range of ticket options available, from all inclusive week-long packages to daily general admission.