• 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

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    (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.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces 2017 Eddie Hogan Cup Team

    Team British Columbia In This Year's Eddie Hogan Cup Consists Of From L-R: Aidan Goodfellow, Zach Ryujin, Isaac DH Lee And Joel Veenstra - All Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    The 49th annual Eddie Hogan Cup tournament is scheduled to take place August 11th – 13th, 2017 at the Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Oregon and British Columbia has been represented every single year since its inception in 1969. 

    BC has won the Eddie Hogan Cup title twice since 1972, with the first coming in 2009 and then again 4 years later in 2013 where team member Kevin Vigna also won the individual title. The Eddie Hogan Cup is filled with excellent competition from across the USA including Southern and Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii and others.

    It is restricted to boys 18 years of age or younger as of the final date of competition. However, a player may NOT have started college.

  • 116th PNGA Men's Amateur Championship Underway At Emerald Valley

    Creswell, Ore. - Emerald Valley Golf & Resort in Creswell, Ore. is hosting the most talented male amateur golfers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond from July 10-15 at the 116th Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

    The championship, which has a full field of 168 players, begins with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying held on July 10-11, followed by a cut to the low 64 players who will advance to single-elimination match play.

    There are 11 players from B.C. in the field including, Henry Leeof Coquitlam, Trevor Yu, Jacob Vanderpas, Scott Chu and Ben Whitonof Vancouver, Zaahidali (Ziggy) Nathu, Ali Ladak and Michael Aizawa of Richmond, Kaleb Gorbahnand Adam Veenstrafrom Smithersand Seung Yeon Leeof Langley.

  • BC’s Nolan Thoroughgood Weighing His Collegiate Golf Options

    There's Lots Of Interest In Victoria Teen Nolan Thoroughgood Since Winning Last Summer’s B.C. Amateur Championship - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SQUAMISH -- Nolan Thoroughgood has a decision to make and this one is a little more complicated than choosing what club to hit off the tee.

    Thoroughgood, who last summer at age 15 become the youngest winner in the 114-year history of the B.C. Amateur Championship, has just finished Grade 11 and is being heavily recruited by universities on both sides of the border. The Victoria native has to decide this summer, even though he won’t be starting university until the fall of 2018.

  • Mark Calcavecchia Commits To Playing 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

    Mark Calcavecchia Has Had Great Success In Canada And Is Looking For More In 2017 The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship - Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

    2005 Canadian Open Winner Discusses His Return to British Columbia in an Exclusive Interview

    VICTORIA, B.C. (June 29, 2017) – Tournament Organizers have announced that 2005 Canadian Open winner and 1989 Open Championship winner Mark Calcavecchia has committed to playing in the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

    Calcavecchia has won two tournaments in British Columbia on the PGA TOUR; the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open at Northview and the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. Calcavecchia also won the 2012 Montreal Championship on PGA TOUR Champions.

  • World-Class Field Including Four From B.C. Set to Compete In 23rd Sahalee Players Championship

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    June 29, 2017
    www.sahaleeplayerschampionship.com

    Sammamish, Wash. - An impressive field of world-class amateur talent will converge on the Pacific Northwest and Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. for the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), to be played July 5-7, 2017.

    The championship will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes being played the first day, 36 the second, and 18 on the third and final day. Admission is free to watch the championship.

    The SPC took a hiatus in 2016 while the club hosted the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Brooke Henderson in a playoff with Lydia Ko.

  • BC's Motomochi Movin' On

    Delta, BC’s Jonnie Motomochi (R) Hopes To Stay With Coaching Golf After He Lost His Oregon State Coaching Job When His Work Visa Was Denied - Image Courtesy YouTube

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jonnie Motomochi doesn’t know if he is a victim of Donald Trump’s pledge to crack down on foreigners obtaining visas to work in the United States. He just knows he is out of a job that he loved.

    Motomochi, a Delta native, had spent the last four years working as an assistant coach with Oregon State University’s men’s golf team. He got the job after graduating from OSU and spending four years playing collegiate golf for the Beavers.

  • Creston Golf Club Set To Host ISPS Handa Vision Cup For Blind Golfers

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Darren Douma began to lose his sight, he thought he was going to lose golf as well. 

    Phil Mickelson helped convince him otherwise.

    It was the spring of 2010 and Douma, having been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, was watching that year’s Masters telecast. Mickelson was hitting his second shot out of the pine straw on the par 5 13th hole in the final round and, well, you probably remember the shot, too.

  • BC's John Gallacher Goes Wire-To-Wire Claiming PNGA Super Senior Men’s Title, Tom Brandes Takes Senior Men’s Title In Playoff

    BC's John Gallacher (L) And Washington State's Tom Brandes (R) Are Your 2017 PNGA Super Senior And Senior Champions Respectively - Image Courtesy PNGA

    Courtesy PNGA Staff

    June 8, 2017 -- Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Wash. came from behind in the final round to successfully defend his title and win the 53rd Pacific Northwest Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, while John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C. went wire-to-wire for the title in the 8th Pacific Northwest Super Senior Men’s Amateur.

    The two championships were held concurrently at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club, both of which are located in Blaine, Wash. The championships were conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

  • British Columbia Golf Announces GJAC Team For 2017 In Las Vegas

    The 2017 BC Girls Junior Americas Cup Team Clockwise From Top Left (With Non-Playing Team Captain Pat Thompson In The Centre): Kathrine Chan, Tiegan Taylor, Tiffany Kong And Cecile Kwon - All Images Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/British Columbia Golf 

    The 2017 Girls Junior Americas Cup takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada July 30th – August 3rd. This prestigious event is being hosted this year by the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association & Reflection Bay Golf Club.

    The GJAC was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington. The first tournament was held at Tumwater Valley Golf Course in Olympia, Washington.

    Eleven teams participated including Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington.

  • Private Clubs Open Doors For Women's Golf Day

    As part of the celebration that is International Women's Golf Day on June 6th, the Richmond Country Club and Victoria Golf Club are both hosting events and inviting all interested women to take part in the day's festivities. 

    The focus of Women's Golf Day is essentially socializing, networking and distribution of information regarding lessons, league play, ways to get involved in golf.

    Anyone wishing to participate should contact either of these two facilities before Tuesday June 6th in order to register and find out further information. 

  • Team BC Successfully Defends Title In NPJLTM Event

    Team BC Coach Matt Cella Poses With His Winning Squad From The North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches After Defending Their Title In Oregon - Image Credit: It's A Selfie!

    The team of Akari Hayashi, Sumie Francois, Shirin Anjarwalla, Cecile Kwon, Euna Han And Tiffany Kong representing British Columbia Golf successfully defended the title they won last year at Pitt Meadows Golf Course by taking the 4 team international event held this year at at the Illahe Hills Country Club in Oregon May 27-28.

    Team BC collected 14 out of the available 36 points, with 2nd place Washington 4.5 points back at 9.5 while host Oregon was 3rd with 6.5 and Idaho 4th with 6 points.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin Clinches Spot In Open Championship; Sihota Third At Future Links Ontario Championship

    Having Won His First PGA TOUR Event At The Valspar Championship This Year, Adam Hadwin Now Has His Eyes On Another Very Special Trophy - The Claret Jug - Image Credit Kelly Murray

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It wasn’t the finish he was looking for, but Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin still had reason to celebrate after Sunday’s final round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in Fort Worth, Tex.

    Hadwin tied for 53rd spot at Colonial Country Club, but more importantly he remained inside the top 50 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking and clinched a spot in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.