2015 Year In Review – Part I: Canadian Golf Successes

Brooke Henderson Became An Instant Star When She Arrived In Vancouver For The CP Canadian Women's Open At The Vancouver Golf Club After Winning The Cambia Portland Classic On The LPGA Tour - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski

Courtesy Golf Canada
by John Gordon

For Canadian golf, 2015 certainly was a year to celebrate

When David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., held the 54-hole lead at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, we held our breath in the hope that he might be the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win our national Open. Alas, it was not to be, as Australian Jason Day birdied the last three holes on Sunday to claim the title on his way to becoming the top-ranked player in the world.

While kudos go to Hearn, it was a teenager from Smiths Falls, Ont., who was the undisputed player to be celebrated this year.

Read more: 2015 Year In Review – Part I: Canadian Golf Successes

Learning to Be a Better Person Through Golf

Golf in Schools

Ted McIntyre (Golf Canada Magazine)

It is an inspired program that has the power to change lives—to send youngsters on a path to golfing stardom or to simply introduce them to a previously unforeseen athletic pursuit; to nurture confidence in a withdrawn individual and to instill the game’s greatest virtues at a key time in a student’s personal growth.

The (GIS) program has signed up more than 2,700 schools representing more than 315,000 students, but there are gaps that need to be filled as the program prepares for its next stage of evolution, the most prominent being with the end user.

For most of the year—and in many cases for years following a program’s initial implementation—equipment and teachers’ manuals sit dormant in gymnasium storage rooms. That’s not to say the responsibility lies entirely with the schools.

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2015 Year In Review – Part III: A Focused Vision

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by John Gordon

There is no doubt Golf Canada is proud of the many accomplishments by Canadian golfers in 2015. But the over-arching mandate of the association was succinctly summarized by Scott Simmons in his year-end message to members across the country.

“Golf Canada is committed to investing in the growth and overall health of the game,” said Simmons, the CEO of Golf Canada.

In 2015, perhaps more so than in any other previous year, Golf Canada demonstrated that long-term commitment through an initiative called “One Vision.”

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Crown Isle Resort And Golf Community To Host Q-School Through 2020

Crown Isle Resort Will Host The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Qualifying Tournaments In Each Of The Next Five Seasons - Image Courtesy Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community

(Oakville, Ont.) – Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community will host one of the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Qualifying Tournaments in each of the next five seasons, it was announced Wednesday.

Located in Courtenay, British Columbia, the 7,025 yard Graham Cooke and Associates layout has hosted qualifying tournaments in each of the past two years, with the 2016 tournament taking place May 2-6.

A full schedule of Mackenzie Tour qualifying dates and sites as well as the format for qualifying will be announced in the coming weeks.

Read more: Crown Isle Resort And Golf Community To Host Q-School Through 2020

Michelle Kim First From BC To Receive Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award

Surrey's Michelle Kim Has Been Recognized By The CJGA For Her Outstanding 2015 Year On And Off The Golf Course - Image Credit Alfie Lau

courtesy CJGA

Richmond Hill, Ont. (December 18, 2015) - The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is pleased to announce Michelle Kim as the recipient of the 2015 Helena Harbridge Sportsmanship Award.

Kim, an 18-year old CJGA member living in Surrey, B.C. is the first British Columbian to earn the honourable distinction for an award that recognizes sportsmanship, dedication, and commitment in the game of golf.

The award is named after Helena Harbridge, an outstanding junior golfer and CJGA alum that passed away in 2006 during her freshman year at West Georgia University.

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2015 Year In Review – Part II: State Of The Game

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by John Gordon

While it is undeniable that golf in Canada, like any other business in these unpredictable economic times, continues to face challenges, there were encouraging indicators in 2015 for cautious optimism.

In July, the Golf Facilities in Canada 2015 report was published by Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada in cooperation with the U.S. National Golf Foundation. The bottom line was that the game remains popular and accessible, with almost six million people playing at least one round annually. In total, almost 60 million rounds are played in Canada each year.

Read more: 2015 Year In Review – Part II: State Of The Game

New British Columbia Golf Trips For All Golfers

January 14, 2015

Jim Lee, British Columbia Golf

British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce the addition of 2 new member trips to our calendar.  These events, one to be held in Arizona this spring, and one in BC in late summer, are designed for all golfers of all abilities.  All play will be based on net scores to ensure equal opportunity to do well, but the event will be developed to maximize fun and meet other golfers.

The first of these trips will be held April 6 - 8 in Phoenix at the JW  Marriott Camelback Resort. For more information on Camelback, click here.  Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $299 per night and this rate is available for pre and post stays. To make a room booking using the special code, click here.  If you are already in Phoenix, or have other plans, you can make your own accommodation arrangements.

In order to provide maximum flexibility, we are separating the golf tee times from the accommodation.  This will allow for non-golfing partners.  Tee times have been booked on the Ambiente and Padre courses for the morning of both the 7 and 8, but I will be making up the draw to maximize the social aspect of the event and allow you to meet other golfers.  If you wish to register for the event as tee times are limited at this discounted rate, send me an email at jim@britishcolumbiagolf.org

We are working wih our partners at the Arizona Golfl Association to invite their members to participate as well, so that participants will have an opportuity to meet AGA members as well as other British Columbia Golf members.

Further information and registration for the event will be available on an ongoing basis, contact Jim Lee.

The summer/fall event will be structured the same way, with invitations to AGA members.  A BC resort will be selected to host the event in April.