• Hanson Trades In Strikes For Strokes

    Ex-Major League Pitcher Erik Hanson Has Transitioned Very Nicely From The Mound In Baseball To The Tee Box In High Level Amateur Golf

    Former Major League Pitcher Now A Top Amateur Golfer In Washington State

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A nasty curveball was Erik Hanson’s bread-and-butter pitch when he was striking out batters in the majors. As an amateur golfer, Hanson now prefers to pound the ball straight down the middle. When his pitching career ended back in the late 1990s, Hanson transitioned to golf. He will tell you that switch came easy and that pitching and golfing have a lot in common.

  • Oregon Grabs Lead At PNGA Cup; B.C. In Third Place Heading Into Friday’s 12 Singles Matches

    Craig Doell (L) And Partner Lance Lundy (R) Were Looking Out For Each Other During The Opening Day Of The PNGA Cup Matches At Richmond CC - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Craig Doell and Lance Lundy had a nice opening day at the PNGA Cup, but were left lamenting the half-point that slipped away. After winning their morning four-ball match 5&3 over Jim Dunlap and Tom Greller of the Oregon Golf Association, Doell and Lundy had a one-up lead heading to the 18th tee of their afternoon alternate-shot match against Erik Hanson and Scott Johnson of the Washington State Golf Association.

  • Team B.C. Looking To Bring The PNGA Cup Back Home

    Team BC, Led By PNGA Cup Veterans Alison Murdoch (Above Left) And Craig Doell (Above Right) Will Be Looking To Use Home Field Advantage To Bring Home The PNGA Cup (Above Middle)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    This is Year No. 11 of the PNGA Cup and Alison Murdoch can tell you about every one of the previous 10. Murdoch has played in them all and once again will be part of Team British Columbia when this year’s PNGA Cup matches are played Thursday and Friday at Richmond Country Club.

    “It’s a really, really good kickoff to the competitive season,” Murdoch said before she played her practice round Wednesday at Richmond. “You run into the really good people from around the region at the beginning of the season, so you have an idea of how your game is shaping up. I only get to play match play a couple of times a year, so I always enjoy this competition.”

  • T-Bird Men, Women En Route To NAIA Nationals After Convincing Wins At Conference Championships

    Both The Women And The Men From UBC Won Their Conference Tournaments Handily To Qualify For The NAIA National Championships - Image Courtesy UBC Twitter 

    UBC Men & Women Finish 1 -2 With UVic Men & Women At Conference Championships

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The University of B.C.’s men’s and women’s golf teams both punched tickets to the NAIA national championships with convincing wins Tuesday at their conference tournaments. The men beat the field by 33 shots to win the Association of Independent Institutions title at Brassie Golf Club in Chesterton, Ind. 

    The T-Birds posted a 54-hole score of 19-under par. The University of Victoria finished second.

  • 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.

  • Du Toit Loving Life In Arizona

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Is Loving Life In The Sun As An ASU Sun Devil - Image Courtesy Sun Devil Athletics

    B.C. Amateur Champion Has Fit In Nicely With Sun Devils After Transferring From Idaho

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A ride home in Phil Mickelson’s private jet, congratulatory tweets from the likes of Paul Casey and Hank Haney, and sunshine. Lots of sunshine. Yes, you could say Jared du Toit is enjoying his first year at Arizona State University. And it’s not over yet.

  • For 3rd Straight Season, Clan Earns Regional Berth

    The Simon Fraser Men’s Golf Team Has Been Selected To The NCAA Division II Men’s Golf South Central/West Super Regional Championship For The Third Straight Season - Image Courtesy SFU Athletics

    courtesy Steve Frost, SFU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – The Simon Fraser men’s golf team has been selected to the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf South Central/West Super Regional Championship for the third straight season. The Clan will be joined at the tournament with Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Western Washington.

    Simon Fraser finished the season ranked No. 3 in the West Region while Western Washington ranked No. 9. The 10 West Region teams selected will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., and will be joined by 10 teams from the South Central Region to play three rounds at the Western New Mexico State University Golf Course May 2-4.

  • 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.

  • North Vancouver’s Roy Kang Submits NLI To Denver U Men’s Golf Program

    North Vancouver's Roy Kang, Shown Above After Winning The Boy's Title In The 2015 CJGA Western Canadian Junior Championship, Has Signed A National Letter Of Intent With Denver University - Image Courtesy CJGA

    for immediate release via University of Denver Men's Golf

    Accomplished Junior Golfer Joins Pioneers’ Talent-Laden Freshman Class

    DENVER – University of Denver men’s golf coach Erik Billinger announced today Roy Kang (North Vancouver, B.C.) has signed a national letter of intent to join the program for the 2016-17 academic year. Kang joins a talent-laden freshman class for DU that includes Isaac Petersilie (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Troy Dangler (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Eric Hagen (Aberdeen, Wash.).

    “Roy is a very talented player and we’re thrilled that he’ll be joining our program for the upcoming season,” says Billinger.

  • SFU’s Mackenzie Field Tops GNAC All-Academic Team

    SFU's Mackenzie Field Has Been Named To The 2015-16 All-Academic Team. Field Posted The Highest GPA (4.33) Among The 14 Selections To The Team - Image Courtesy SFU Athletics 

    courtesy Steve Frost, SFU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Senior Mackenzie Field from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Simon Fraser University women’s golf team is the top student athlete selected to the 2015-16 Conference All-Academic Team. She was named to the team for the second straight year.

  • Waters, Clan Crowned GNAC Champions

    The SFU Clan Women's Golf Squad Took The GNAC Women's Team Championship At Coeur d'Alene Resort In Idaho - Image Courtesy SFU Athletics

    courtesy SFU Athletics

    COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Sophomore Michelle Waters of Qualicum Beach birdied the first playoff hole Tuesday to win medalist honours and lead Simon Fraser to the team championship at the 2016 GNAC Women’s Golf Championships at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course.

    Waters, who shot Monday’s low round of 3-over-par 74, turned in a 77 on the second round to finish the day at 9-over-par 151. She held off a valiant comeback attempt by Saint Martin’s Jennifer Liedes for her first tournament victory.

  • 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.

  • Wilson And Doell Represent British Columbia In Lima

    The XXVIII Campeonato Internacional De Afficionados sees Brent Wilson and Craig Doell representing British Columbia at the Lima Golf Club in Lima, Peru. In this tournament, the “Manuel Prado Cup” is played by two-player teams with aggregate scores, and the “Carlos Raffo Cup” is awarded to the best individual score.  

  • 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.”

  • British Columbia Golf Announces 2016 PNGA Cup Team

    The 2016 PNGA Cup is being held this year from May 4-6 at the Richmond Country Club in Richmond, British Columbia.

    This Ryder-Cup style championship features some of the most notable amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest region with 12-member teams representing the regional golf associations that makeup the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, which includes British Columbia Golf, Idaho Golf Association, Oregon Golf Association, and Washington State Golf Association.

    Teams play four-ball, foursome and singles matches to select a champion.

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    WestJet is giving everybody who has registered by April 30th a chance to win two flights for anywhere they fly in Canada. Plus, you’ll get four free nights at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel where you will be right in the heart of the action. What do you need to do?

  • Gilhuly Sees Red About Over-The-Top Criticism Of Chambers’ Greens

    image credit Bryan Outram

    USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly Rebuked Many Of The Vicious Reports Regarding The Condition Of The Greens At Chambers Bay During The 2015 U.S. Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nearly 10 months later, Larry Gilhuly remains adamant that Chambers Bay did not get a fair shake. 

    Gilhuly, the west region agronomist with the United States Golf Association, told the recent annual general meeting of British Columbia Golf that there was a lot of misinformation from the media about the condition of the greens at the 2015 U.S. Open.

  • BCGSA Rounds 4 Research Auction Open Through April 10th

    image courtesy BCGSA via Twitter

    Bid On Rounds Of Golf To Support A Great Cause With Rounds 4 Research 

    Bid now to get great deals on great golf! Whether you choose to bid on courses that have challenged the greatest players in golf or whether you just want a great deal on a local gem, you are supporting the future of the game by funding turfgrass research programs.

  • British Columbia Golf Names Morse Cup Team For 50th Pacific Coast Amateur

    image courtesy GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference)

    Simon Fraser University Sophomore Chris Crisologo Has Been Named To The British Columbia Golf Morse Cup Team For The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur 

    British Columbia Golf has named its Morse Cup team for the 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship being held at the Seattle Golf Club in Washington State from July 26-29. 

    The Morse Cup Team Competition has been held as part of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship since 1967. The last team from British Columbia to claim the title was in 2013 when the event was hosted by Capilano Golf & Country Club.