• Macdonald And Rowe Represent British Columbia In Lima

    The XXIX Campeonato Internacional De Afficionados sees Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald Victoria’s Lawren Rowe representing British Columbia at the Lima Golf Club in Lima, Peru.

    Macdonald, a member of Team Canada, is currently the 8th ranked amateur in the country. Rowe is in his 3rd year at the University of Victoria and is the 4th ranked male amateur in Canada.

  • The R&A And USGA Work With Handicap Authorities To Develop A Single World Handicap System

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    (19 April 2017), Far Hills, USA and St Andrews, Scotland: The USGA and The R&A are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System for the sport.

    More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a reference to gauge a golfer’s potential skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world. The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world.

  • Trophy Design Contest Winner Announced For 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

    The Winning Trophy Design For Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Reflects A Strong West Coast Theme - Image Courtesy SportBox PR

    VICTORIA, BC (April 18, 2017) - The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship announced today the winner of the Event’s 2017 Trophy Design Contest. Tournament Organizers received many amazing submissions, making it a difficult choice to narrow down the designs to three finalists.

    Following the initial finalists selection, the trophy design contest was opened to the public to decide on the winner based on the majority of fan votes. After voting closed on April 12, it was determined that Patrick Belanger of Vancouver Island was the winner.

  • British Columbia Golf Wishes All A Happy Easter

    Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

    Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as "Holy Week"—it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

    Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In many languages, the words for "Easter" and "Passover" are identical or very similar.

    Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb).

    The Easter lily, a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide.

    Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.

  • British Columbia Golf Wishes The Entire Jewish Community A Happy Passover

    Passover is a Jewish festival celebrated in commemoration of the release of the Hebrews from the brutal slavery of the ancient Egyptians. The festival holds great significance for the entire Jewish community residing across the world.

    Passover, which is also known as Pesach, falls on the 15th day of the Nisan month in the Hebrew calendar and lasts till the 21st or 22nd day. This date corresponds in the month of March or April as per the Gregorian calendar. Observed with much pomp and show, Passover celebrations revolve around holidaying, feasting and merry-making. People meet one another and exchange greetings.

    This year Passover is celebrated between April 10 and 18th. 

    On behalf of British Columbia golf, "May you be blessed with Happiness, prosperity, peace and good health on Pesach and always. Happy Passover!"

  • British Columbia Golf Joins In Wishing All A Happy Baisakhi

    Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, IAST: visākhī), also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism.... Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

  • BC’s Jared du Toit A Ben Hogan Award Semi-Finalist

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Is One of 10 Semi-finalists For The Prestigious Ben Hogan Award - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    FORT WORTH, Texas (April 12, 2017) – Colonial Country Club, Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have announced that nine first-time semi-finalists are among the 10 players in contention for the 2017 Ben Hogan Award presented by Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta).

    The semi-finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Sam Burns (LSU, So.), Wyndham Clark (Oregon, Sr.), Sean Crocker (Southern California, Jr.), Jared du Toit (Arizona State, Sr.), Nick Hardy (Illinois, Jr.), Maverick McNealy (Stanford, Sr.), Dylan Meyer (Illinois, Jr.), Collin Morikawa (California, So.), Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt, Sr.) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest, Jr.). McNealy, a two-time award finalist (2015, 2016), is the lone player ever to previously appear as a semi-finalist.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces 2017 PNGA Cup Team

    The 2017 PNGA Cup is being held this year from May 3-5 at the Timberstone Golf Course in Caldwell, Idaho.

    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.

  • Tickets Officially On Sale For 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Plus Addition Of ‘Travel Ticket’

    PGA TOUR Champions Member Miguel Angel Jimenez On The 18th Green At Bear Mountain Resort In Victoria During The Final Round Of The 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship - Image Credit Bryan Outram/ British Columbia Golf

    Jimenez, McCarron, Sluman, And Browne Comment On 2017 Event

    VICTORIA, BC (April 5, 2017) - Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Tournament Organizers announced today that tickets are now officially available for purchase for the PGA TOUR Champions event.

    An exciting addition to the current ticket offerings is the new travel ticket package - a joint initiative from Pacific Coastal Airlines and the Tournament to make the Event more accessible to fans from the mainland.

    The all inclusive travel ticket will consist of three different tournament pass options, as well as round trip flights into Victoria for the Event from Vancouver, Kelowna or Prince George and tournament transportation from Victoria International Airport (YYJ) to Bear Mountain Golf Resort.

  • Canada’s Savannah Grewal Wins Division At Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

    Canada's Savannah Grewal Accepts The Trophy For Winning The Girls 14-15 Division At The Drive, Chip & Putt Championship At Augusta National From 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson (Photo: Augusta National Golf Club)

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canadian Savannah Grewal can now say she’s one of few juniors to walk away a champion from Augusta National. The Mississauga, Ont. native rose to the occasion on Sunday under the spotlight of Golf Channel’s live broadcast to capture the Girls 14-15 division at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.

    With the grandstands looking on, Grewal overcame the pressure-packed situation to strike a putt inside five feet, the range needed to secure the one-point victory.

  • Clutch Finish At Q-School Secures Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald Status On Mackenzie Tour

    Stuart Macdonald Turned It On Late To Secure Himself Status On The Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Circuit At Q-School In California - Image Credit Bernard Brault/ Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Birdie. Birdie. Birdie. That’s how Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald finished his first qualifying school Friday to secure status on this year’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit. That would be your textbook definition of clutch.

    The 22-year-old member of Point Grey Golf & Country Club, who is a member of Canada’s national amateur team, finished the 72-hole Q school at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif., tied for ninth place at three-under par. That guarantees him the first four starts of the Mackenzie Tour season and means he won’t be an amateur much longer.

  • Q-School Q & A With Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald

    Stuart Macdonald Looks To Begin The Transition To His Professional Career With A Good Week At Q-School - Image Credit PNGA

    by Brian Decker/PGATOUR.com

    Vancouver, B.C.'s Stuart Macdonald is looking to earn Mackenzie Tour status this week a Q-School. The member of Golf Canada's National Amateur Team plays out of Point Grey Golf and Country Club, host of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship, and recently finished his collegiate career at Purdue University.

    MacDonald plans on competing as an amateur into this summer, but has eyes on his next steps and professional future this week in California.

  • BC's Macdonald A 'Player To Watch' In This Week's Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Q-School

    Vancouver, BC's Stuart Macdonald Is Tabbed By Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Experts As One To Watch This Week At Q-School In California - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Courtesy Brian Decker/ Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada

    The quest to earn Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada status resumes this week at The Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, California, where 120 players will look to earn their cards to compete on the Mackenzie Tour this season.

    Below are all the details from this week along with storylines to watch for from California:

  • Video: Not A Swing Tip...Just A Life Tip. Love Your Kids

    ...Sometimes life just needs to get in they way. Like when Henrik Stenson's young daughter ran out to give her Dad a hug during the Valspar Championship. Perfect.

  • Kimberley's du Toit Continues To Roll With T3 In Las Vegas

    BC's Jared du Toit Is Showing No Signs Of Slowing Down In His Senior Year At Arizona State University - Image Credit Golf Canada

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    LAS VEGAS – National Amateur Squad member Jared du Toit continued his impressive run last week, finishing in a tie for third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate.

    The 21-year-old senior (and captain) at Arizona State closed the event at 5-under par—one stroke off the lead. His final-round scorecard included a hole-in-one on the par-3 2nd hole, lifting him into contention down the stretch.

  • British Columbia Golf Board Of Directors Praised For Its Diversity At USGA Symposium

    British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson (Far Right) And Four Members Of The 12-Member Board Of Directors  (L-R) -- Patrick Kelly, Helen Jung, Jasvinder Dhaliwal and Michelle Collens -- Participated In A 45-Minute Session Entitled 'Driving Innovation Through Inclusion' - (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The board of directors of British Columbia Golf was held up as a shining example of inclusion at the United States Golf Association’s North American Golf Innovation Symposium in Vancouver.

    “What makes the organization unique and quite frankly unique in golf, as well as unique generally in business, is the nature of inclusion that exists on the board of directors,” the USGA’s Steve Schloss told the symposium at the Marriott Pinnacle hotel.

  • USGA Boss Hopes To Change More Than Golf’s Rules

    USGA Chief Executive Officer Mike Davis Delivers Closing Address 'Imagining The Future' At The Conclusion Of The 2017 North American Golf Innovation Symposium In Vancouver - (USGA/Steven Gibbons)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Variable-distance golf balls, courses that are more brown than green, hard and fast fairways, slower greens and balls with chips embedded in them that you will always be able to find.

    Those are just some of things Mike Davis, executive director of the United States Golf Association, sees in golf’s future.

  • USGA And The R&A Announce Proposed Changes To Modernize Golf’s Rules

    FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (March 1, 2017) – The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

    The online release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.

  • Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang Headlines Speakers At 2017 North American Golf Innovation Symposium In Vancouver

    Two-Day Gathering Draws Golf’s Leaders to Vancouver March 6-7

    (Feb. 28, 2017) – Entrepreneur and technology investor Jerry Yang will headline a noteworthy lineup of speakers at the 2017 North American Golf Innovation Symposium, which will be hosted by the USGA in conjunction with Golf Canada and the Mexican Golf Federation on March 6-7, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    The co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! and the founding partner of AME Cloud Ventures, Yang exemplifies the focus on data, innovative thinking and transformative technology that are keystones of the symposium and bedrocks of the USGA’s work in advancing the game toward a stronger, more sustainable future.

  • First Win At Arizona State A Huge Relief For du Toit

    Kimberley, BC Product Jared du Toit Breaks Through With A Four-Stroke Victory After Nine Top-10 Finishes With The Sun Devils

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    With the clock ticking on his collegiate golf career, Kimberley’s Jared du Toit desperately wanted to win before he finished his senior year at Arizona State University.

    He had come oh, so close. Du Toit had registered nine top 10s since transferring to ASU from the University of Idaho after his sophomore year, including a playoff loss at a tournament in Kona, Hawaii in early February.