• West Van's Matheson Tops Field At RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier At Ledgeview

    West Vancouver's Matt Matheson (L) And Langley's Khan Lee (R) Were Your Top Two Qualfiers At The RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier Held At Ledgeview GC In Abbotsford, BC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ABBOTSFORD -- Matt Matheson tries to make sure he has fun every time he plays golf. Some days are easier than others. Take Tuesday, for example, when the 24-year-old West Vancouver amateur rolled in a 40-foot putt for eagle on the 18th green to shoot a five-under 65 and top the field at the RBC Canadian Open regional qualifier being held at Ledgeview Golf Course in Abbotsford.

    Monday, mind you, wasn’t quite as much fun. Matheson travelled to the Seattle area and played in a U.S. Open local qualifier and shot a six-over 78. So he won’t be teeing it up this summer at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

    But thanks to Tuesday’s round, Glen Abbey Golf Club remains a distinct possibility. The top six players and ties from Ledgeview’s 39-man field earned a spot in the Monday qualifier for this summer’s RBC Canadian Open.

  • Osprey Valley Open To Become First Greater Toronto Area Tournament In Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada History

    Announcement Means Slight 2018 Schedule Adjustment

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA—The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced today that its newly created Osprey Valley Open, the first Greater Toronto Area-based tournament in Mackenzie Tour history, will be played July 19-22 at Osprey Valley Golf Course in Caledon, Ontario.

    In conjunction with the addition of this tournament to the 2018 schedule, the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval is moving to a previously open date on the schedule, September 6-9, at Elm Ridge Country Club in L'Île-Bizard, Quebec.

    Osprey Valley is a 54-hole facility, featuring three courses all designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick — the Hoot, the Heathlands and the Toot courses. The Osprey Valley Open will be held at the Toot Course, a parkland-style layout that features rolling fairways, large landing areas and undulating greens.

  • Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Loving The Latin Life

    Former B.C. Amateur Champion Jared du Toit Is Competing On The PGA Tour - LatinoAmerica Circuit - Image Courtesy British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Playing the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica circuit has been part golf, part adventure for Jared du Toit. The former B.C. Amateur champion from Kimberley acknowledges he hasn’t yet played as well as he’d like, but repeatedly uses the same four-letter word to describe his experiences through the first four events: cool.

    “The travel days can be pretty long, but a lot of places we get to go are really cool,” du Toit says in a telephone interview from Montego Bay, the site of this week’s BMW Jamaica Classic. “I probably wouldn’t have the opportunity or desire to go to a lot of these places if I wasn’t playing golf. So it is very cool to just have the opportunity to check out these places and see some new parts of the world. It has definitely been very cool.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Allenby Dominates At Morgan Creek; Arbutus Ridge Up For sale; ‘Nice guy’ Hadwin Returns To Action

    Langley's James Allenby Took The Vancouver Golf Tour's JM Media Group Masters With Consecutive Rounds Of 64 This Past Week - Image Courtesy VGT/Fraser Mulholland

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    James Allenby dominated the Vancouver Golf Tour in 2017 and the Langley pro has sent an early message that 2018 might be more of the same.

    Allenby shot back-to-back rounds of eight-under 64 to win the JM Media Group VGT Masters at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey. Allenby’s 36-hole total of 16-under 128 was seven shots better than Riley Wheeldon of Comox.

    Allenby earned $3,000 for the win and now leads the VGT’s Order of Merit. Wheeldon, who is competing in this week’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Club in Courtenay, made $1,800 for his runner-up finish. Kevin Stinson of Mission finished third at four-under par and took home $1,200.

  • Mackenzie Tour Q-School Makes Return Visit To Crown Isle

    2017 B.C. Amateur Winner Jake DuVall Of Victoria Will Be Trying His Hand At The Crown Isle Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-School This Week - Images Courtesy Golf Canada/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Class will be in session once again at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay, where the last of five Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada spring qualifying schools is being held May 1-4.

    It’s the last chance for players to earn a ticket to this year’s 13-stop Mackenzie Tour, which begins its season May 31-June 3 with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. Victoria’s Jake DuVall, last year’s B.C. Amateur champion, and 2014 B.C. Amateur runner-up Mike Belle of Burnaby are among the field of 132 players who will compete in the 72-hole competition at Crown Isle.

  • Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey GC Looking For Caddies And Volunteers!

    CALLING ALL CADDIES
    Carry a bag for a future PGA TOUR Professional!

    WHAT – 1st stop of the Mackenzie tour PGA TOUR Canada – FREEDOM 55 FINANCIAL OPEN
    WHEREPOINT GREY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, VANCOUVER
    WHEN – MAY 30 – JUNE 3RD
    WHO – Anyone that can carry a bag for 18 holes (training provided)

    (Golfers from approximately 14 different countries compete. Over 20 past players currently have PGA TOUR cards including Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, and Nick Taylor)

    To sign up or get more information:
    www.freedom55financialopen.com/caddie.html

    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    BE A VOLUNTEER!!
    AMAZING GOLF -- AMAZING VENUE

    Mackenzie Tour- PGA TOUR Canada’s first stop across Canada is here in Vancouver with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey.

    May 28 – June 3rd
    Point Grey Golf Club in Vancouver

    The Volunteer package includes the following:

    • Official Tournament golf shirt as part of the volunteer uniform
    • All meals and snacks included during volunteer shifts
    • Volunteer appreciation party
    • Free parking and transportation to and from course from designated parking lots
    • Two tickets to a Vancouver Canucks regular season home game
    • Short shuttle to parking; easy access by public transportation

    (Golfers from approximately 14 different countries compete. Over 20 past players currently have PGA TOUR cards including Adam Hadwin, Tony Finau, and Nick Taylor)

    sign up or get more information at :
    www.freedom55financialopen.com

  • Brooke Henderson wins 6th career LPGA title at Lotte Championship

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Picked Up LPGA Career Win Number 6 In Hawaii Over The Weekend - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii – For the final two days of the Lotte Championship, it was pretty clear that the only player who could beat Brooke Henderson was Brooke Henderson.

    She wasn’t about to let it happen Saturday at windy Ko Olina Golf Club, where she won by four shots. The Smiths Falls, Ont., native was too talented, and she had some very important people to play for, dedicating her victory to the people involved in the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus crash in Saskatchewan.

  • Rose & Sadlowski Gain Early Season Exemptions

    David Rose and Jamie Sadlowski

    David Rose and Jamie Sadlowski

    By Jeff Sutherland / Press Release

    BC's David Rose and Alberta's Jamie Sadlowski have secured early season playing status for the Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada campaign.

    At the 2018 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada West #2 qualifier held at the Wigwam Resort’s Gold Course, West Vancouver's David Rose finished 4th (68-71-71-72 – 282 (-6)) and will be exempt for first eight events and subject to second re-shuffle.

    Jamie Sadlowski (St. Paul, AB), the two-time World Long Drive champion, finished T9 and will be exempt for the Tour's first four stops. His Q-School experience was a bit of a roller coaster. He opened with a 3-over-par 75, followed with a 5-under-par 67 and then posted another 3-over-par 75. However, he closed out the event with another 5-under-par 67 on Friday under sunny and very warm temps with highs in the low-90s and light winds.

    With the conclusion of the third of five Mackenzie Tour Q-Schools, two more remain on the schedule. The fourth will be staged at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, FL from April 24-27 followed by the fifth at Crown Isle Resort Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, BC from May 1-4. The season kicks off May 31-June 3 with the Freedom 55 Financial Open at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver.

    FOR MORE, CLICK HERE ...

     

  • Slideshow: Monday At The Masters

    One Of The Great 'Fun' Traditions Of The Masters Is When The Players Take A Crack At Skipping The Ball Across The Water That Fronts The 16th Hole. Many Actually Put It Very Close - Image Credit Jeff Sutherland

    Inside Golf Publisher Jeff Sutherland captured the unique sights at Augusta National in an entrancing pictorial from this year's 'Monday at the Masters'.

    Experience the 'Heaven on Earth' piece of property that is the Augusta National Golf Club as it prepares to host the 82nd edition of golf's first major of the year, the Masters. 

    Enjoy.

  • 82nd Masters Tee Times Include Past Champion Mike Weir And BC's Adam Hadwin

    Canada Will Be Represented By 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (Left Inset) And BC's Adam Hadwin At Augusta This Year - Masters Scoreboard Image Credit Jeff Sutherland

    The tee times for the 82nd edition of the Masters are out and two Canadians are in the field with 2003 Champion Mike Weir and world golf ranking number 43 Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, BC representing the Maple Leaf flag at Augusta National in Georgia this week. 

    Below are the times for rounds one and two beginning Thursday at 8:15 a.m. ET with Honourary Starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player followed by the first group at 8:30 a.m. of Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr. and Wesley Bryan.

  • Attention Female Amateur Golfers: Win A Spot In An LPGA Legends Pro-Am

    LPGA Legends Including BC's Gail Graham (Inset) And PEI's Lorie Kane Will Be In The Field For The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup - Images Courtesy The Legends Tour

    Attention Female Amateur Golfers: Tee it up in the White Horse Women's Team Scramble on June 6, 2018 and if your group posts the lowest gross or net team score YOUR TWO-WOMAN TEAM will tee it up with an LPGA Legend in the Legends Cup Pro-Am on Friday, June 8.

    The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup is a two-day Legends Tour event featuring 30 Legends of the LPGA to be played at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2018.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces 2018 Schedule

    The 2018 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Schedule Kicks Off With The Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey G&CC Where Last Year Richmond, BC's Chris Crisologo With Caddy Alisha Lau Finished As The Low Canadian For The Event - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    Coast-to-coast schedule features 13 events and increased prize money

    TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – The 2018 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada schedule was announced on Tuesday, featuring 13 official tournaments from May to September and a $25,000 increase for all tournament purses as players compete to make the next step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

    The season will begin with the Freedom 55 Financial Open (May 28-June 3) at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, British Columbia, with purses of $200,000 (CA$) for all regular events and a $225,000 (CA$) purse for the season-ending Freedom 55 Financial Championship (Sept. 10-16) at Highland Country Club in London.

  • Freedom 55 Financial Open At Point Grey Kicks Off

    The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Is Set To Kick Off Its Season at Point Grey Golf & Country Club In Vancouver - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

     

    Tournament announces the opening of Volunteer and Caddie registration and the 2nd annual Canucks for Kids Fund Charity Ball Hockey Classic

    (February 19, 2018 – Vancouver, B.C.) – The Freedom 55 Financial Open is set to open the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season May 31 – June 3rd at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.

    The 72-hole tournament kicks off the Mackenzie Tour’s sixth season, where up-and-coming players from over 15 different countries will aim to make the next step Ion the path to the PGA TOUR and earn Web.com Tour status.

    In addition to showcasing top up-and-coming players, Mackenzie Tour tournaments aim to make a positive impact in the communities where they play, raising more than $1-million for charity in each of the past two years.

    For the third year in a row, the Canucks for Kids Fund will be the Freedom 55 Financial Open’s official charity, and the tournament will once again be incorporating a Canucks for Kids Ball Hockey Classic event to raise both awareness and donations for the charity.

  • Three Canadians, Two From BC, Crack Top 10 At Panama Championship

    Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan, Seen Here Getting Set To Tee Off At Bear Mountain GC In Victoria, Finished 4th In The Web.com Tour's Panama Championship - Image Credit Alfie Lau/British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – The Canadian trio of Roger Sloan, Ryan Yip and Adam Svensson all finished inside the top 10 on Sunday at Web.com Tour’s Panama Championship.

    Sloan, from Merritt B.C., paced the Canadians with a final-round 66 to climb into sole possession of 4th place at 4-under par for the tournament. The finish marks his first top-10 finish early into the 2018 season (he collected four in 2017).

  • BC's Adam Svensson Wins Web.com Tour's The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic

    Surrey, BC's Adam Svensson Broke Through For His First Win On The Web.com Tour In The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic - (Kevin Prise/PGA TOUR)

    Courtesy Web.com Tour

    GREAT ABACO, The Bahamas – Canadian Adam Svensson picked up his first Web.com Tour win at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club in his 58th career start.

    The 34-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia carded a final-round, 4-under-par 68. His 17-under-par 271 total was good for a one-stroke victory over rookie phenom Sungjae Im, who missed a 10-footer on the 72nd hole to force overtime.

    “It's a relief,” said Svensson, who couldn’t see Im’s birdie bid at the last. “Your heart is racing and when it's over it slows down, and you realize what you've done. I just so thrilled I got the win and just so happy.”

  • 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.