• Six-Under 66 Moves Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald Into Contention At Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

    Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald Moved Himself Into Contention At The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship With A 10-Shot Second Round Improvement At Seattle Golf Club - Image Courtesy PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Stuart Macdonald’s round Wednesday at the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship had a little bit of everything. 

    We’ll start with the good because there was lots of that. Macdonald carded two eagles in his round at Seattle Golf Club, one of them coming when he holed out from 160 yards on the par 4 12th hole. He also added four birdies.

    Then there was the bad, including a four-putt on the par 3 16th green that resulted in a double-bogey. He wasn’t happy about a three-putt that led to a par on the par 5 18th green either.

    But when it was done, Macdonald had carded the day’s best score, a six-under 66 that moved him into contention at the 50th playing of the prestigious tourney.

  • Pacific Links Championship Is Calling All Volunteers

    Courtesy Pacific Links International

    Victoria, B.C. - Pacific Links International announced recently that it is accepting volunteer submissions for the 2016 Pacific Links Championship. With less than two months remaining until the event they encourage golf enthusiasts to be a part of the action by becoming a volunteer.

    During the coming weeks, you will be hearing a great deal about the – 2016 PGA TOUR Champions event sponsored by Pacific Links International to be held at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia September 19-25th, with a field of 81 players, and the purse of $2.5 million.

    The Pacific Links Championship relies on the support and loyalty of volunteers to deliver a world-class event. Volunteers are required in a variety of committees, assignments and positions, each one crucial to making the Championship run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: This Week’s Pacific Coast Amateur The First Of Three Big Events For Chris Crisologo

    Richmond's Chris Crisologo Has A Lot To Look Forward To On His Golf Schedule Over The Next Month - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like a boxer stepping up in weight class, Chris Crisologo is excited about testing himself at the next level. Over the next month, the 20-year-old Richmond resident has three big amateur tournaments on his schedule.

    It starts this week at the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur, which is being played at Seattle Golf Club. After that comes the Canadian Amateur at Royal Ottawa Golf Club and then the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

  • Jhonattan Vegas Captures 2016 RBC Canadian Open

    Jhonattan Vegas Rode A Final Round 64 To A Two-Shot Victory In The RBC Canadian Open - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Adam Hadwin Claims Rivermead Trophy As Low Canadian Professional; Jared du Toit Earns Gary Cowan Medal As Low Amateur

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Jhonattan Vegas earned his second career PGA TOUR victory at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The Venezuelan tallied nine birdies en route to a final round 64 to emerge victorious at the 107th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship.

    The 31-year-old began the day at 4-under, five-strokes off the lead at the historic Jack Nicklaus design. A string of five birdies from holes two to six vaulted Vegas into a share of second. He would notch four birdies on the back nine, including three straight across his final three holes to secure the clubhouse lead at 12-under and the eventual victory.

  • Carl Yuan Wins 115th PNGA Men's Amateur Championship

    Carl Yuan Is The 115th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Champion - Image Courtesy PNGA

    Courtesy PNGA

    Walla Walla, Wash - Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, Fla. defeated Andrew Whalen of Ephrata, Wash., 5 and 3, in the final match to win the 115th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship.

    The championship was held at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash., and was conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA). The match between Yuan and Whalen saw 12 lead changes in the first 18 holes of their scheduled 36-hole match, and the two players stood All Square after the morning round.

  • Princess Superal Wins 115th PNGA Women's Amateur; Jacobs Claims Second Title At 15th Women's Mid-Amateur

    Princess Superal (At Left) And Amanda Jacobs (Right) Are The 2016 Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur And Mid-Amateur Winners Respectively - Images Courtesy PNGA

    Courtesy PNGA

    Cle Elum, Wash. - Princess Superal of Sun City, Fla. defeated Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C., 6 and 5, in the final match to win the 115th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur; while Amanda Jacobs of Portland, Ore. defeated Shawn Farmer of Renton, Wash., 3 and 2, in the final match to win the 15th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur.

    Both matches were held on the Prospector Course at Suncadia in Cle Elum, Wash., and were conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

  • Kimberley's Jared du Toit Taking RBC Canadian Open By Storm

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Is Chasing The RBC Canadian Open Title At Glen Abbey GC In Oakville, Ontario. He Went Into The Weekend Just One Shot Back Of The Lead - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Kimberley BC's 21-year old Jared du Toit went into the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey GC just one shot back of leader Dustin Johnson. Chances are if you'd said a Canadian would be this close to the top of the leaderboard in his national open it would likely be an Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor or Graham DeLaet.

    Even du Toit himself is at least a little surprised but as he said after his second round, “I didn’t have a lot of expectations coming in. To kind of vault up the leaderboard kind of caught me a bit off guard. But everything from now on is just cream on top.”

  • 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Set For Seattle Golf Club

    British Columbia Golf Is Well Represented At The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. From L-R: Jack Croucher (Past President), Chuck Gage (Past President), Stuart Macdonald (Team Member), Kevin Kwon (Team Member), Chris Crisologo (Team Member) And David Atkinson (Immediate Past President) - Image Courtesy PNGA

    via press release

    PACIFIC COAST GOLF ASSOCIATION (Seattle, Wash)- The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted by the Washington State and Pacific Northwest golf associations, will take place at historic Seattle Golf Club from July 26-29, 2016.

    Founded in 1900 with a 1996 redesign by Arnold Palmer, Seattle Golf Club has a history well deserving of hosting the Pacific Coast Amateur's 50th installment, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, 1961 Walker Cup, 1981 U.S. Senior Amateur and three Pacific Coast Amateurs (1967, 1987, 1999).

    A world-class roster of amateur competitors will be taking part in the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition in the hopes of raising the Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy as champion. Without a defending champion, following Aaron Wise's departure to the professional ranks, the trophy and accolades coupled with victory are up for grabs.

  • Victoria’s Ko Medals At 115th PNGA Women's Amateur; Port Alberni’s Proteau Medals At 15th Women's Mid-Amateur

    Victoria's Namoi Ko (L) And Port Alberni's Christina Proteau Were Both Medalists In The 115th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur, Ko In The Amateur And Proteau The Mid-Am - Image BC Golf

    Cle Elum, Wash. - Victoria, BC's Naomi Ko won a three-way playoff to earn medalist honors and No. 1 seed after two rounds of stroke play qualifying at the Prospector Course at Suncadia in Cle Elum, Wash. at the 115th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur; while Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, BC earned the No. 1 seed in the 15th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur.

    Both championships are conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

    Three giants in the Women's Amateur field are tied at the top - Coquitlam's Jisoo Keel, Princess Superal and Naomi Ko - with Ko winning the playoff for the No. 1 seed honors going into tomorrow's match play format.

  • Chambers Bay to Host 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur

    Site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur and 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay welcomes the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur Championship as the second consecutive Seattle-area venue to fit into Championship’s rotation.

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Washington — Chambers Bay Golf Course, a 7,165-yard par-72 championship venue sitting along the shores of Puget Sound in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains, will see the world’s most accomplished amateur golfers travel to the Pacific Northwest for the second consecutive year as host of the 51st installment of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in 2017.

    Set to take place July 25-29 2017, the University Place links-style layout will show it’s versatility after proving to be a difficult test of golf for the world’s most accomplished professionals in last year’s U.S. Open.

    “It is our privilege to serve as the site of the 51st Pacific Coast Amateur,” stated Matt Allen, general manager of Chambers Bay.

  • USGA Selects Chambers Bay as Site for 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

    FAR HILLS, New Jersey — Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., has been selected by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The dates of the championship are May 25-29.

    The Home Course, in DuPont, Wash., which is cooperatively owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA), will serve as the stroke-play co-host.

    The 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball is the third USGA championship to be held at Chambers Bay, which is owned by Pierce County. The public facility also hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur, won by Peter Uihlein, and the 2015 U.S. Open, won by Jordan Spieth.

  • Chris Crisologo Wins Medallist Honours At Marine Drive Golf Club U.S. Amateur Qualifier

    Marine Drive Member Chris Crisologo Was The Medallist At His Home Course In The Historic First U.S. Amateure Qualifier To Be Held In Canada - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Bryan Outram

    Vancouver, BC - July 18, 2016 - The historic first U.S. Amateur Qualifying event to be held in Canada at Marine Drive Golf Club produced club member Chris Crisologo as its medallist with the 2nd qualifying position going to William Deck from Kelowna.

    Two alternate spots were won by two more members from the host club, Jackson Thornley and Conrado Pederes, who beat yet another Marine Drive member, Jordan Lu, in a playoff.

    On a day with weather befitting a marathon qualifier, Marine Drive GC member Chris Crisologo was the medallist shooting rounds of 65-69 for a 6-under par score under blue skies and a hot July sun in Vancouver.

  • Two-Time Major Champion John Daly & 2014 Tournament Winner Paul Goydos Commit To Pacific Links

    Fan Favourite John Daly Has Committed To Play In The 2016 Pacific Links Championship At Bear Mountain In Victoria This September - Image Credit SportBox

    Two-time major champion John Daly and 2014 winner Paul Goydos have committed to the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, tournament officials announced recently at a press conference held at Bear Mountain Resort. The 2016 Pacific Links Championship will be contested on the resort's Mountain Course the week of September 19-25.

    The long-hitting Daly shocked the golf world in 1991 when he went from ninth alternate to tournament winner at the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana. The unknown former Arkansas Razorback brought drives in excess of 300 yards and a fanatical fan base to golf on his way to securing PGA TOUR 'Rookie of the Year' honours that season.

  • World Golf Hall Of Fame Member Bernhard Langer Commits To 2016 Pacific Links Championship

    Along With Bernhard Langer (Pictured), Rocco Mediate, Lee Janzen And Jesper Parnevik Have Also Committed To The PGA TOUR Champions Pacific Links Championship - Image Courtesy SportBox

    Victoria, B.C. (July 11, 2016) – World Golf Hall of Fame member Bernhard Langer committed to play the 2016 Pacific Links Championship, to be contested on Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia, the week of September 19-25, 2016. The event will feature a US$2.5 million purse, with 81 players competing for a winner’s share of $440,000.

    Langer, a two-time winner of the Masters Tournament, has notched 28 career titles on PGA TOUR Champions, which ranks third all-time behind Hale Irwin (45) and Lee Trevino (29).

  • Six B.C. Girls Qualify For Prestigious U.S. Junior Girls Championship

    Surrey's Hannah Lee, Shown Above Playing In The 2016 BC Jr. Girls Championship, Led A Group Of Six Girls From BC Who Have Qualified For The U.S. Jr. Girls Championship - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    The 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship will take place at the A.W. Tillinghast designed Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. from July 18-23. Eligibility for the event is for any female who has not turned 18 as of July 23 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 18.4. 

    U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship 18-hole qualifying took place at several locations around the United States during the month of June and six girls from British Columbia took advantage of those opportunities to grab spots in one of the most prestigious Junior tournaments in the world.

  • Brooke Henderson Repeats As Winner Of Portland Classic

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Made It Back-To-Back Wins In The LPGA Cambia Portland Classic Winning By Four Shots - Image Courtesy LPGA 

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Defending champion Brooke Henderson survived some tense moments on the back nine on the way to a four-stroke victory Sunday at the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.

    The second-ranked Henderson – a native of Smiths Falls, Ont., – shot a 14-under 274 after a final round 71 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, pulling away from American Stacy Lewis, who was 10-under after a 69.

    Henderson became the first back-to-back winner at Portland since Annika Sorenstam won consecutive tournaments in 2002 and 2003. The 18-year-old is the first wire-to-wire winner at Portland since the tournament went to a 72-hole event in 2013.

  • Naomi Ko Ready For Biggest Two Weeks Of Her Young Golfing Life

    Victoria's Naomi Ko Has A Couple Of Very Big Weeks Coming Up As She Tees It Up In Two LPGA Tour Tournaments - Image Courtesy USGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Naomi Ko hopes these next two weeks will offer a taste of her future. The 18-year-old amateur from Victoria will tee it up in two straight LPGA Tour events, starting Thursday at the Cambria Portland Classic in Oregon. It will be her LPGA debut and she won’t have long to wait for her second stop, which is an even bigger event.

  • Bear Mountain Looking For Permanent Spot On Champions Tour Schedule

    A Member Of The Rather Exclusive '59 Club' Paul Goydos Was On Hand To Help Promote This Fall's Pacific Links Championship At Bear Mountain In Victoria - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    VICTORIA -- Bear Mountain hopes its first Champions Tour event won’t be its last. The Greater Victoria resort is preparing, on very short notice, to play host to the Pacific Links Championship on the 50-and-over circuit. The 54-hole, $2.5-million US event goes Sept. 22-25.

    And Bear Mountain’s owner, Ecoasis Developments, has made it clear it would love to have a permanent spot on the Champions Tour schedule. “We want this to be successful in 2016,” David Clarke, chief financial officer of Ecoasis, told a news conference this week. “But not just 2016 . . .we would really love to see this as a fixture on the Champions Tour schedule going forward.”

  • Crisologo Named To NCAA PING All-America Third Team

    SFU Sophomore Chris Crisologo Added Antoher Honour To His Stellar 2016 Golf Season Being Named To The NCAA Division II PING All-America Third Team - Image Courtesy British Columbia Golf

    Courtesy Steve Frost/SFU Athletics

    NORMAN, Okla. – Simon Fraser University sophomore Chris Crisologo of Richmond, BC, was today named to the NCAA Division II PING All-America Third Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

    Crisologo, a Third Team selection, was among 24 student-athletes from NCAA Division II named to either the first, second or third teams.

  • Top-Ranked Jared du Toit Picks Up 10 Spots in the World Rankings

    Top-ranked Jared du Toit picked up 10 spots in the world rankings to sit at a career-best 57th in the world. The Golf Canada National Team member is coming off a win at the Glencoe Invitational. He became the first player from the host club, The Glencoe Golf & Country Club, to win the tournament since 1995.