• Believe it or not, PGA Tour player brings Canada to Texas

    O Canada! Roger Sloan's outdoor rink at his home in Houston, Texas - Image Courtesy Roger Sloan 

    The following is an excerpt from Postmedia National Golf Writer Jon McCarthy’s Monday Morning Golf newsletter.

    by Jon McCarthy/Toronto Sun

    You can take a Canadian out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of a Canadian. 

    With all the news of snowstorms, blackouts and varying states of emergency coming out of Texas, it seemed like a good time to check in with our man in the Lone Star state, PGA Tour player Roger Sloan.

    After missing the cut at Pebble Beach two weeks ago, he was anxious to get home to Houston and see if the forecasted winter weather was actually going to show up. He thought it might be fun for his two young kids to see snow on the ground in the backyard, something that happens maybe once a decade.

    “We thought it would be cool but we really didn’t know what we were getting into,” Sloan said.

    Click HEREto read full article...

  • The R&A And The USGA Modernize Amateur Status Rules

    For Immediate Publication

    22 February 2021, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

    These proposals result from a modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

    The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on www.RandA.org and www.usga.org and the organisations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until Friday, 26 March 2021 with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on 1 January 2022.

  • ModGolf Podcast Delves Into Breaking Down Barriers In Golf

    Click on the image below to hear the latest ModGolf Podcast with host Colin Weston as he interviews Charles Dillahunt to share how The PGA of America is working to break down barriers to entry for not only playing golf but to participate as a business supplier within the golf industry.

    "My biggest hope for the golf industry is that it one day grows to be more representative of the population of the world, and that it openly welcomes and serves members of all communities and from all walks of life equally and inclusively."

     

  • The United States Golf Association Names Mike Whan Its New Chief Executive

    Current LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan Will Become The USGA CEO Starting In Summer 2021 - Image Courtesy LPGA Tour

    Via Press Release

    LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (Feb. 17, 2021) – The USGA announced today that Mike Whan will join the organization this summer as CEO, and will become the eighth top executive in USGA history.

    Last month, Whan announced his intention to step down as LPGA Commissioner in 2021, after his organization completes a search for the next Commissioner. His transition follows an impressive 11 years at the helm of the LPGA, during which the organization experienced historic growth in virtually every aspect of the business.

  • Happy Chinese New Year

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021. See the full calendar.

    Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 11th–17th, 2021).

    Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox; 2020 the year of the Rat.

  • 2021 PGA Merchandise Show Highlights

    In Product Reviews by Rob Spellman

    (January 29, 2021)

    There is no doubt in my mind that COVD-19 has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the golf industry. Feel free to drop me a note if you disagree, and I will be happy to tell you why you’re wrong.

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when it comes to the 2021 PGA Merchandise Show. With social distancing, restrictions on travel, and plain ole common sense, it just wouldn’t be right to conduct the ordinary in-person people on top of people PGA Merchandise Show.

    Enter the Virtual 2021 PGA Merchandise Show! Sherry Major and the team of professionals that work year long preparing for the most significant event in the industry did a stellar job making sure the show went on.

    Click HERE to see complete article...

  • Tiger Woods' 2021 Season On Hold After Announcing He's Undergone Back Surgery

    This Is The Fifth Operation The 45-Year Old Woods Has Had On His Back And The First Since A Spinal-Fusion Surgery In April 2017 - Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

    By Daniel Rapaport / Golfdigest.com

    Tiger Woods’ 2021 season is on hold after he announced that he underwent a microdiscectomy procedure on his back to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching a nerve.

    He is expected to be sidelined through at least the first two-plus months of the year and will miss both the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Invitational, where he doubles as tournament host.

    Click here to read the full story...

  • Mulligan: A Story Of Hope & Determination For Golf For The Disabled

    EDGA (formerly known as the European Disabled Golf Association) have worked hard over the last two years to create this inspiring film, which recently aired on Sky Sports Golf.

    With the valued support of partners, including The R&A and the European Tour, the film tells the stories of six wonderful people – Monique Kalkman, Marcus Malo, Adem Wahbi, Juan Postigo Arce, Stewart Harris and Mike Gays – who refuse to be defined by their disability.

     

  • Hadwin’s New Foundation Focuses On Family

    A Happy, Smiling, Maddox Hadwin Celebrated Her 1st Birthday Last Week - Image Courtesy Jessica & Adam Hadwin

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin and his wife Jessica recently celebrated the first birthday of their daughter Maddox, a day in which they reflected on not only the joy she has brought to their lives but the struggle they faced bringing her into the world.

    Adam and Jessica went through many ups and downs, including two failed pregnancies, in their attempts to start a family.

    With the help of in vitro fertilization (IVF), Maddox arrived on January 8, 2020. The struggles they endured and the fact they were in a financial position to use IVF led the Hadwins to think about trying to help others facing similar challenges. Late last year they started The Hadwin Family Foundation.

  • Golf Tips From Paradise With Claude Brousseau

    Three-foot putts shouldn't be complicated, but some golfers put too much pressure on themselves when standing over short putts.

    In this latest Morning Golf Read series from the shores of Maui, Claude Brousseau says to stop thinking of three feet as a "puking zone," and start using this simple mental trick to give yourself a jolt of confidence.

     

  • Please Beware Of Holiday email Scams

    image courtesy georgetakei.com/www.picpedia.org

    Just a friendly reminder to all golfers in British Columbia that as much as this is the time of year for giving and celebrating, there are unfortunately also those who will look to take advantage of the 'seasonal goodwill' that flows during this time. 

    We received a reminder of this from our friends down south at the Arizona Golf Associaton who shared a scam attempt sent to their members with a fake GoFundMe campaign. We've pasted the warning they shared with us below and wish to remind all of you to always be on the lookout and be aware of this type of communication.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor impressive in Masters debut; Oosthuizen gets some Tobiano love; Wheeldon top 10s in Nevada; Pender Harbour GC under review

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Has His Eye On A Return To The Masters After His First Experience At Augusta - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor’s first Masters experience included 17 birdies, a four-putt, an anxious Friday night and Saturday morning sweating out the cut and countless great memories of his week at Augusta National.

    He hopes to do it all again someday soon.

    “I was hoping for a really low one today to maybe sneak into that top 12, but I will do everything I can to get back here, that’s for sure,” Taylor said over the phone after Sunday’s final round.

  • Lest We Forget...

    In Flanders Fields...

    BY JOHN MCCRAE

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields. 

  • Augusta National Will Be Different, But How Different Remains To Be Seen

    Augusta National - Image Used With Permission Creative Commons License

    By
    Rex Hoggard/Golf Channel.com

    AUGUSTA, Ga. – The silence will be deafening. A Masters without patrons is going to stand alone in the history of a tournament with no shortage of history, but beyond the lonely landscape, the challenge for players will be playing a course that has become as familiar as an old friend in the spring... in the fall.

    READ FULL STORY HERE.

     

  • Video: The Only Free Golf Course in the World?

    This is one of the most upbeat and inspiring videos we've seen in a while. Erik Anders Lang, who does the 'Adventures In Golf' Vlog for Skratch, visited Buhl Park GC in Pittsburgh, PA and discovered a 9-hole golf course with a very rare twist. It's free.

    There's a fascinating story behind this course with no green fees or tee times and Lang does a great job of delving into and updating that story with several of the people who frequent the layout, have played it for years and make up the unique community brought together through golf in this region. 

     

  • Rules Of Handicapping Education Opportunities From Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    As the golf season begins to wind down across Canada, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the educational opportunities available to you as a Golf Canada member.

    RULES OF HANDICAPPING
    With the release of the World Handicapping System (WHS) in January, it is important to understand the changes and how it impacts you – the golfer!

    For those that are interested in learning more about the World Handicapping System, we have created an online presentation that highlights the major changes to the Rules of Handicapping.

  • Video: A Tournament Unlike Any Other - Augusta National’s New Masters Promo

    With the Masters tournament having rescheduled from its traditional 'rite of spring' date in April to November this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a 77 second promo marvelously narrated by NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts was released recently.

    And like almost all things Masters...it is sure to give golf fans goosebumps.

    Watch the video below: 

     

     

  • Survey Indicates Golf's Mental Wellbeing Benefits

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    Courtesy Golf Business News

    BASEL, Switzerland — New members at golf clubs say stress relief has been an important reason to join during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10), a snapshot survey of 250 golfers in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, indicated that more than half (55%) of those who had joined a club in the past six months cited ‘mental wellbeing’ as their primary reason for joining.

  • New Evidence Indicates Golf Improves Muscle Strength And Balance

    image courtesy Golf Canada/R&A 

    Written by The R&A/Courtesy Golf Canada

    An international research study backed by The R&A has found new evidence to suggest golf can provide significant health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance.

    Muscle strength and balance exercises form an important part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended guidelines to tackle physical inactivity in older people about which little was previously known for golf.

    The Strength and Balance Study, carried out with two sample groups over two years by Professor Maria Stokes OBE at the University of Southampton and Dr George Salem at the University of Southern California (USC), has indicated that older golfers have and develop strength and balance benefits.

  • Ruby and Pals - A Children's Book About Golf And More

    Ruby and Pals is a fun read where children, parents and grandparents can relate to different characters. This series is for children of all ages. Ruby and Pals has 25 Book titles with different concepts in each. Of course, golf lingo, golf rules and etiquette will be described and explained.

    This book not only teaches the values of etiquette, manners, and sportsmanship, but also demonstrates conflict resolution and instills problem solving techniques that readers can use in their everyday life.

    The creators/writers of this series believe that learning to be a good friend and competitor is just as important as learning the rules and options of golf.