• British Columbia Golf Covid-19 Information

    COVID-19 Resources for the British Columbia Golf Industry

    Please click here for the most recent comprehensive provincial update, as provided March 11th, 2022

    Please Click HERE to see AGA-BC Covid-19 resources page

    AGA-BC Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Operations Amidst COVID-19
    (These are still in effect and current as of February 1, 2022)

    Please click HERE to view Allied Golf Association (AGA) Best Practices Manual For BC Golf Courses.

  • Morningstar A Tough Test For B.C.’s Top Juniors

    Jennifer Gu Leads The Girls Competition, While Ryan Vest (Shown Here) And Gavyn Knight Share Boys Lead - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PARKSVILLE -- The golf course is winning through two rounds of the B.C. Junior Boys and Girls Championships. Morningstar Golf Club is proving to be a difficult test for a collection of this province’s best young players. Par has been a good score at Morningstar. In fact, no one is under par through 36 holes.

    Vernon’s Ryan Vest and Gavyn Knight of Parksville share the lead on the boys’ side at one-over par. Jennifer Gu of West Vancouver leads the girls’ competition at even-par.

  • West Vancouver’s Jennifer Gu Takes First-Round Lead At B.C. Junior Girls Championship, Delta’s Luke Spencer Leads Junior Boys Championship

    West Vancouver's Jennifer Gu - Image Credit Jerome Goddard/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PARKSVILLE -- Jennifer Gu bounced back nicely from some double trouble early on her back nine and grabbed the first-round lead at the B.C. Junior Girls Championship with a two-under par 70 at Morningstar Golf Club.

    Gu, who finished second at last week’s B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship in Summerland, doubled the par 4 12th hole after hitting her tee shot into a penalty area.

    The 18-year-old from West Vancouver didn’t let that bother her as she quickly birdied the next two holes to get her round back on track.

  • Perseverance Pays Off As Leah John Wins B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship At Summerland GC

    Vancouver's Leah John Is The 2021 B.C. Women's Amateur Champion - image credit Jerome Goddard/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- A win is sometimes that much sweeter when it has been preceded by so much hard work and occasional setbacks. Perhaps that’s why Leah John seemed so delighted with her win Friday at the116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Summerland Golf Club.

    Like that noted philosopher Ringo Starr, John knows better than most that moments like this one don’t come easy.

    Perseverance paid off for the 21-year-old Vancouver resident, who plays out of Marine Drive Golf Club and collegiately at the University of Nevada. John had come oh so close on a couple of previous occasions at British Columbia Golf championships.

  • Leah John Rides The Wind To Lead After Three Rounds At B.C. Women’s Amateur

    Leah John Has Grabbed The Lead After Round 3 At The BC Women's Am - image credit Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- The wind can really howl at times in Reno, where Leah John plays her collegiate golf at the University of Nevada. 

    So when it began to blow hard in Thursday’s third round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Summerland Golf Club, John didn’t get flustered. Far from it. The 21-year-old Vancouver native flourished in a stiff wind that blew especially hard on the back nine.

    John matched the low round of the tournament with a three-under par 71 and will take a two-shot lead over Jennifer Gu of West Vancouver into Friday’s final round of the 116th playing of the championship.

  • Video: The 2021BC Junior Championships Starts This Week At Morningstar GC

    With the 2021 British Columbia Junior Championships starting June 29th, the host venue, Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville on Vancouver Island, are prepared to offer a solid challenge to the top junior golfers in the province. 

    In the video below Director of Golf John Randle, with the help of junior Brendan O'Brien, previews the difficult par 5 9th hole at his club in advance of the British Columbia Golf Boys & Girls Junior Championships.

     

     

  • A Little On-course Yoga Helps Jennifer Gu Maintain Lead At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Jennifer Gu Continues To Lead The BC Women's Amateur After Round 2 At Summerland GC - Golf Canada/CRussell/file photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- Jennifer Gu is a bit of a free spirit so when things got off to a shaky start in the second round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, she decided to try something a little different to snap out of it.  After a pair of sloppy bogeys to open her day, Gu planted herself down on the third tee block and . . . did some yoga. 

    “I did some Sun Salutations,” the 18-year-old West Vancouver native said with a smile after her round.

    “It’s kind of like a circuit of stretches, but is very calming. . .I was doing anything to keep me calm. The heart was pulsating a little bit. Hey, it’s the B.C. Am, kind of a big deal out here.”

  • West Vancouver’s Jennifer Gu Grabs Early Lead At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    West Vancouver's Jennifer Gu Leads The BC Women's Amateur After Round One At Summerland GC - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- Summerland Golf Club is set up as a par 74 for this week’s 116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, but Jennifer Gu tried not to pay attention to that number in Tuesday’s first round. 

    The 18-year-old West Vancouver resident had a rather simple formula she tried to follow and it seemed to work wonderfully as recorded a three-under 71 to grab the early lead. “I did not look at the pars on any of the holes,” Gu said after her round.

    “I just tried to get the ball in the hole as quick as possible because I know the par 5s are very gettable and if I maybe think of a hole as a par 5 I will play it a little different, which I don’t want to do. I just want to get the ball in the hole as fast as I can.”

  • Nanaimo's Sandy Harper Preaching Patience After Stroke Recovery

    Nanaimo's Sandy Harper Is Seen Here Teeing Off In The 2018 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur At Victoria Golf Club - Image Courtesy Golf Canada/Chuck Russell

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Sandy Harper has always taken pride in the way he has conducted himself on the golf course, where his excellence over many years earned the Nanaimo resident a place in the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame. 

    No matter if he had registered a birdie, par, bogey, double-bogey or worse, Harper remained unflappable.

    That has become more difficult in the past 10 months as the 64-year-old Harper recovered from a stroke he suffered last August. Don’t get Harper wrong. He feels blessed by his recovery.

  • Summerland Golf & Country Club Set To Host B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf’s championship season tees off June 22-25 when Summerland Golf & Country Club plays host to the 116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship. 

    A new champion will be crowned as Vancouver’s Michelle Liu, who at age 13 became the youngest winner of the championship last summer at Campbell River Golf Club, is not defending her title.

    It would not be surprising to see another teenage winner hoist the Flumerfelt Cup as the field includes several top junior players.

  • Video: Morningstar GC Ready For 2021 BC Junior Championships

    With the 2021 British Columbia Junior Championships  starting June 29th, the host venue, Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville on Vancouver Island, are prepared to offer a solid challenge to the top junior golfers in the province. 

    In the video below Director of Golf John Randle and General Manager Barrie McWha welcome players to the upcoming event and provide some insight into the course itself, with the help of junior Brendan O'Brien.

     

  • First Tee Canada Launches With British Columbia Chapter Off First

    In 2020, Golf Canada partnered with First Tee to launch First Tee – Canada. Together, the partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf activities – previously conducted under the Future Links brand – that reach kids in communities, schools, and golf facilities.

    Golf Canada will serve as the national headquarters of First Tee – Canada. First Tee chapters are being established in markets across Canada to deliver programs in their respective regions, with First Tee British Columbia being the first out of the gate.

  • Golf Canada Announces Revised 2021 Championship Schedule

    Due to interprovincial travel restrictions and other complexities related to COVID-19, Golf Canada has announced additional changes to its championship schedule for the 2021 season. 

    Provincial restrictions had previously forced the cancellation of U.S. Open Local and Final Qualifiers, in addition to the NextGen Pacific, NextGen Western, and NextGen Ontario Championships.

    With continued pandemic-related uncertainty, the remaining NextGen Championships – NextGen Prairie (Quarry Oaks, June 10-13), NextGen Quebec (Club de Golf Hemmingford, June 27-30), and NextGen Atlantic (Dundarave Golf Course, July 12-15) – will also be cancelled and the 2021 NextGen National Junior Orders of Merit will not be awarded.

  • BC Golf Women's Golf Day Scramble A Hit Across The Province

    The ' Cedar Hill Birdie Bunch' Were Just One Of The 112 Teams That Entered The BC Golf Women's Golf Day 'Cloud Scramble' - Image Courtesy Cedar Hill Birdie Bunch

    Between May 25th and Tuesday, June 1st, coinciding with International Women's Golf Day, British Columbia Golf ran a 'Cloud Scramble' for teams put together across the province. Players created their own team, played at the location of their choice and submitted results. Prizes were done on a draw basis with the focus of the event to get out, participate and have fun.

    It appears that's exactly what happened as participation was terrific with over 100 teams entering. 

  • Super Busy: Golf Course Superintendents And Their Crews Challenged By Unprecedented Level Of Play

    Superintendent Dave Fair And His Trusty Companion Max, Have Had A Particularly Busy Time At Work At Northview GC This Season - Image Courtesy Dave Fair

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Golf courses are busy, almost as busy as the men and women who maintain them. The current golf boom has most courses nearly fully booked from dawn to dusk. All that play means more divots in the fairways, more ball marks on greens, more overall wear and tear on courses.

    And that has presented challenges for golf course superintendents and their crews as they attempt to present their properties in the best possible condition for their guests.

  • British Columbia Golf Announces Solo Golf As The ‘Single Rider Cart Of BC Golf’

    Delta, BC, June 3, 2021 – British Columbia Golf announced their new partnership with Solo Golf today, designating Solo Golf as the Single Rider Cart of BC Golf.
     
    This move reinforces British Columbia Golf’s commitment to support new initiatives in the game and create more accessible options for golfers.
     
    Solo Golf is one of the most innovative new players in the Canadian market, and this new partnership recognizes the value of the products they’re bringing to the Canadian golf industry.
     
    Kris Jonasson, Chief Executive Officer at British Columbia Golf, is pleased to be welcoming Solo Golf to the family of British Columbia Golf partners. “One of our most important mandates as the Provincial governing body for golf in BC is to promote accessibility within the game” said Jonasson.
  • Pheasant Glen Not Pulling Punches With Different Approach To Aerating Greens

    Article Reprinted Courtesy Inside Golf

    The Qualicum Beach facility takes a very controversial approach to aerating greens... they don't.

    If there is one thing golfers don't like, it is arriving at a course to find the greens have been recently aerated. But most golfers will grudgingly accept the necessity.

    That is not the case at Pheasant Glen, a course well known for good manicure and smooth putting surfaces... good enough to co-host the BC Amateur in 2018.

  • The Right Place, The Right Time

    Victoria's Dale Jackson Has Gone From Making A Rules Inquiry Playing In An Event To Becoming This Country's Pre-eminent Rules Official - Image Courtesy Dale Jackson 

    By Jeff Sutherland / iG

    When Dale Jackson asked a rules question 20 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine what that would lead to.

    The member at Royal Colwood Golf Club on Vancouver Island may modestly say that his rise to the upper echelons of Canadian golf may be about being in the “right place at the right time,” but, other than the original incident that sparked his interest, chance really has had little to do with it.

    It all started when Jackson was playing in the Colwood Amateur in 2001 and was unable to get a clear answer to a rules question.

  • Take Part In BC Golf's 'Cloud Scramble' In Celebration Of Women's Golf Day

    As part of this year's Women's Golf Day celebration, British Columbia Golf is holding a 'Cloud Scramble' and you can win prizes by entering your own team. The Scramble format has proven to be a fun way to play and to have everyone get a chance to contribute to the team. 

    There will be prizes drawn from the scorecard images entered by each team, thus the 'awards' are strictly based on participation. Have fun, it's called 'playing' Golf ????

    Teams will receive clarification on the basics of the rules upon entering the event from Tyler McKay. See more details below. 

  • Video: Welcome Back - Golf Is Calling!

    Golf is Calling! Golf is good for you! Get out and play!