• USGA And The R&A Receive Extensive Feedback In Global Program To Modernize Golf's Rules

    The Idea Of Modernization Of The Rules Of Golf Has Been Well Received By Golfers Around The World - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    FAR HILLS, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (September 7, 2017) - The USGA and The R&A have received comments on the proposed new Rules from more than 22,000 golfers in 102 countries, as well as representatives of golf organizations throughout the world, providing valuable feedback as the organizations work toward their implementation on January 1, 2019.

    With the worldwide survey and evaluation period now complete, the USGA and The R&A and their respective committees will continue to review all comments received with the goal of finalizing the new Rules next spring and beginning a comprehensive education program later in 2018.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Clinches Presidents Cup Spot; Richdale Birdies Raise Bucks For Hurricane Relief; Solid Season Ends For Taylor

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin Clinched His Automatic Selection This Weekend To The International Squad For This Year's Presidents Cup Competition In New Jersey - Image Courtesy adamhadwin.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It wasn’t quite the round he had hoped for on Monday, but Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin still accomplished a huge goal by clinching a spot on the International team for this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    That Presidents Cup berth is the cherry atop what has been a spectacular year for Hadwin, who shot a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January and earned his first PGA Tour win two months later at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

    Hadwin finished 10th on the International team points list for the Presidents Cup, which goes Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J. International captain Nick Price will make his two captain’s picks later this week.

  • BC's Kathy Gook Among Inaugural List Of 50 Best LPGA Teachers

    Quesnel, BC's Kathy Gook Was One Of The Top Instructors Recognized From More Than 1,700 LPGA Certified Professionals Worldwide - BC Golf Image

    Via Press Release

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 28, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today the launch of an annual recognition of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers, presented in partnership with Women’s Golf Journal.

    This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide.

    All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula.

    One of those recognized was Quesnel, British Columbia's own Kathy Gook who moved to Phoenix in 1985 after graduating from Simon Fraser University to pursue a career in golf.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Nick Taylor Looks To Extend His Season; Big Weekend For John Shin; Bear Mountain Lands Nick Faldo

    In The News For Golf In B.C. This Week, L-R: Nick Taylor, John Shin & Sir Nick Faldo - Image Credits SkyBox Sports/PGA of BC/Faldo.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It is the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs this week on the PGA TOUR and Nick Taylor must be feeling a little like he’s about to play Game 7. It’s do or die for the Abbotsford native.

    After missing the cut in last week’s playoff opener, The Northern Trust in Old Westbury, N.Y., Taylor fell to No. 92 on the FedEx Cup points list. The top 100 advanced to this week’s Dell Technologies Championship near Boston, but only the top 70 will move on to the third of four playoff events, the BMW Championship near Chicago.

  • Gamble Sands Named Washington's No. 1 Public Golf Course in 2017

    Images Courtesy Gamble Sands website

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SEATTLE – Gamble Sands Golf Course ― the David McLay Kidd course that opened in 2014 in Brewster, 30 minutes north of Chelan ― has been ranked the state’s No. 1 public golf course for the first time by Cascade Golfer magazine, headlining the regional golf’s magazine’s bi-annual rankings of the Top-10 Public Golf Courses in Washington.

    The result marks the first time since Cascade Golfer began publishing its official rankings of Washington's top public courses in 2013 that any course other than Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open, has finished in first place.

    And it wasn't particularly close.

  • Golf Spectating Benefits Health, New Study Shows

    The First Study To Assess Spectator Physical Activity While Watching Golf Shows Fans Averaged Nearly 12,000 Steps Per Day, With 82.9% Achieving Their Recommended Daily Step-Count - Image Credit (LET/Tristan Jones -ladieseuropeantour.com)

    (ST. ANDREWS, SCO) – The University of Edinburgh in conjunction with the Golf & Health Project released new research about the health benefits of golf spectating, showing those who attend golf events could potentially gain benefits similar to those playing in them. 

    The study is the first to assess spectator physical activity while watching golf, showing that of the fans surveyed, 82.9% met the recommended daily step-count levels by achieving on average 11,589 steps.

    The study suggests that golf spectating can provide health enhancing physical activity; whilst also allowing spectators to spend time in green space, socialise with friends and family, and watch their sporting heroes compete in real life.

  • One Of The Best Fields Ever Compete In Boeing Classic This Week At Snoqualmie Ridge

    image courtesy Boeing Classic

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SEATTLE, Aug. 23, 2017 – The list of 78 PGA TOUR Champions golfers who will compete in the 13th annual Boeing Classic Aug. 21-27 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge for a $2.1 million purse has been finalized and adds up to being one of the most impressive fields of legendary golfers to ever play in the Pacific Northwest.

    “This field of PGA Champions Tour Players is truly amazing and we’re thrilled that golf fans in the Seattle area will get an up-close opportunity to see the very best led by Seattle’s hometown favorite Fred Couples,” said Boeing Classic Executive Director Brian Flajole.

    “This field is truly a collection of the who’s who of legendary golfers, which will make for a very exciting and competitive week of world-class golf on a great course with breathtaking views.”

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Tough Times For Canadians On Mackenzie Tour; Crisologo Looks To Make Amends At U.S. Amateur

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo, Shown Here At The B.C. Amateur At Morgan Creek Last Month, Is In The Field At The U.S. Amateur This Week At Riviera GC In Los Angeles - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A tie for second on Sunday by veteran Wes Heffernan of Calgary notwithstanding, it has been a tough year for Canadians on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    Eight events into the 12-tournament season, Kimberley’s Jared du Toit is the top Canadian on the Mackenzie Tour’s money list. And he’s 22nd.

    That’s right, there’s not a single Canadian inside the top 20. To this point anyway, it’s the worst year for Canadians since the PGA TOUR started running what used to be the Canadian Tour in 2013.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Bumps Slump With Top-Five Finish In WGC debut; du Toit Low Canadian In Edmonton

    Abbotsford's Adam Hadwin Surpassed The $3Million Mark For The Year With His 5th Place Finish In The Bridgestone Invitational - Image Courtesy @adamhadwin.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin made his World Golf Championship debut a highly impressive one as he finished tied for fifth in a field that included 49 of the top 50 players in the world. Hadwin closed with a one-under 69 at Firestone Country Club to finish the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at seven-under par.

    Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama ran away from the field, shooting a nine-under 61 Sunday to finish at 16-under par and five shots ahead of American Zach Johnson. Hadwin, who had missed three straight cuts, did more than bump a slump at the Bridgestone. He also boosted his chances of making the International team at this fall’s Presidents Cup.

  • Three From B.C. In Field As USGA Announces Tee Times For 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

    From L-R: BCer's Mary Parsons, Naomi Ko And Kathrine Chan Are In The Field For The 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Next Week In San Diego - British Columbia Golf Photo

    FAR HILLS, N.J. (Aug. 2, 2017) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced tee times for the first two rounds of the 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the 6,423-yard, par-72 San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

    The U.S. Women’s Amateur consists of 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 7 and 18 holes of stroke play on Aug. 8, after which the field will be reduced to the low 64 scorers. There will then be six rounds of match play, starting Wednesday, Aug. 9. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Sunday, Aug. 13.

  • The R&A Hosts Women’s Leadership Summit In St Andrews

    Sky Golf Presenter And Businesswoman, Sarah StirkImage courtesy www.randa.org

    For Immediate Publication

    (August 1st, 2017) - St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A will host a women’s leadership summit, this week, ahead of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews.

    A group of 21 women from the worlds of business, finance, sport, education and the media will meet in the clubhouse of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. The summit, conceived and organized by Sky Golf presenter and businesswoman, Sarah Stirk, is designed as a pathfinder for a larger event next year.

  • 2017 Invictus Games In Canada To Include Golf For The First Time

    England's Prince Harry Had A Vision For An Expanded International Games For Ill And Injured War Veterans. This Year It's Taking Place In Canada For The First Time And Includes Golf - Image Courtesy Invictus Games/Wikimedia Commons

    Courtesy Invictus Games 2017.com

    The Invictus Games Toronto 2017, September 23rd - 30th, will feature a dozen adaptive sports, including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby.

    Also, new to the sports lineup will be the addition of golf. All competitions will take place in state-of-the-art venues throughout Toronto. 

    Hosting the Games in Canada in 2017, the year the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of its Confederation, will provide a unique opportunity for Canadians to commemorate and honour its ill, wounded and injured soldiers, and their families.

  • Team British Columbia Takes Title, Thoroughgood Medallist In The 45th Junior Americas Cup

    The 2017 Boys Junior America's Cup Winners From British Columbia From L-R: Callum Davison, Tristan Mandur, Nolan Thoroughgood, Keaton Gudz And Coach Jayson “Nitro” Rite  - Image Courtesy PNGA 

    Team British Columbia won the 45th Annual Junior America’s Cup, which was held this week at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

    British Columbia, represented by Tristan Mandur, Keaton Gudz, Nolan Thoroughgood and Callum Davison, shot a final round team score of 2-over par 218 to finish the championship at 3-under par overall as a team. 

    No other team finished under par as a team. Southern California finished in second place at even-par, and Team Utah rounded out the top-3 at 2-over par overall.

  • UW Student Russillo Awarded 2017 NWGMA Scholarship

    PRESS RELEASE

    (July 20, 2017) - Jack Russillo, a senior-to-be at the University of Washington, has been awarded the 2017 scholarship by the Northwest Golf Media Association.

    The $2,500 scholarship is to assist recipients in finishing their final year in college or university, and may be applied by the student toward tuition or school-related expenses. Russillo, a 2014 graduate of Orcas Island High School, is pursuing a double-major at the UW in International Studies and Communications (with an emphasis in Journalism). He’s on track to graduate in June 2018.

  • Chan, Parsons Play Their Way Into U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Kathrine Chan (L) And Mary Parsons Earned Their Entry Into The 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur After Coming 1-2 In A Qualifier At Richmond Country Club - Image Credit Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kathrine Chan learned Monday that boring is not always bad. A round of 18 straight pars that Chan called “boring” earned the 17-year-old Richmond resident a spot in next month’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in southern California.

    Chan’s even-par round of 72 topped the field and earned her one of two spots that were up for grabs at a qualifier at Richmond Country Club. Delta’s Mary Parsons earned the other spot with a one-over 73.

  • Video: The European Tour 'Left-Handed Challenge'

    We love the fact that The European Tour helps promote the game and their players by producing fun videos that show not only the skill of these athletes but their humour and ultimately human side as well. 

    In their latest venture, the promoters from the Euro Tour have some of the world's best right-handed golfers taking a turn at a 'closest to the pin contest' which, in itself, isn't all that inspiring considering the talent of these fellows.

    But when you make them turn around and hit the ball from the other side ala Phil Mickelson or Mike Weir, well, yeah these guys are good too....but not always.

    Watch here as Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and more of the world's best golfers take on the nearest-the-pin challenge at the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

     

     

     

  • 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Heads To Chambers Bay

    Chambers Bay, The Robert Trent Jones Jr. Layout, Will Host A Sensational Amateur Field Of 84-Players Competing To Raise The Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy On The U.S. Open Tested Venue - Image Courtesy PNGA

    For Immediate Release: Monday July 17 2017

    PACIFIC COAST GOLF ASSOCIATION (University Place, Wash )- The 51st Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted by the Washington State and Pacific Northwest golf associations, will take place at Chambers Bay from July 18-21, 2017. 

    Opened in 2007, Chambers Bay has played host to a number of high-profile amateur and professional events in its short history, including the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and most recently, the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

    This is the first time Chambers Bay has hosted the Pacific Coast Amateur and the second year-in-a-row the prestigious event will be held in the state of Washington, having been contested last year at the Seattle Golf Club.

  • Golfer Feedback Towards A World Handicap System

    courtesy Golf Canada

    Over the past several years, the USGA and The R&A have been working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a single World Handicap System (WHS) 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.

  • Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Announces Addition Of Executive Women’s Day Initiative

    TV Personality And Co-Host Of The Popular Canadian TV Show ‘The Social’ Cynthia Loyst Will Host The 2017 Pacific Links Championship Executive Women’s Day Initiative

    VICTORIA, B.C. (July 13, 2017) – Tournament Organizers, Pacific Links International, and PGA TOUR Champions are excited to announce the launch of the 2017 Pacific Links Championship Executive Women’s Day initiative, which will be part of event week and hosted on Saturday, September 16 at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa.

    Cynthia Loyst, Co-Host of national CTV television program ‘The Social’ will act as the keynote speaker of the Executive Women’s Day event. She’s created an advice column, a clothing line, numerous documentaries and is the creator and lead contributor to the popular online destination Find Your Pleasure.

  • Adam Hadwin Looking Forward To Open Championship Experience

    Abbotsford Pro Adam Hadwin Says He Has Lots To Learn About Links Golf Before Teeing It Up At Royal Birkdale - Image Courtesy adamhadwin.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin doesn’t quite know what to expect, on or off the golf course, as he heads to England for his first Open Championship.“I haven’t been over there, I have never been to Europe, not even to vacation or anything,” Hadwin tells British Columbia Golf. “It is going to be different, but I am looking forward to that challenge.”

    Well, for starters, Adam, they drive on the left side of the road over there. Seriously, that figures to be the least of Hadwin’s worries. He is more concerned about the crash course in links golf that will begin when he arrives at Royal Birkdale, site of the July 20-23 Open Championship.