• Burnaby’s Luna Lu Delivers Personal Best To Win U.S. Junior Girls Qualifier

    Nanaimo’s Manpreet Lalh And Jason Yu Of Vancouver Earn Spots In U.S. Junior Amateur

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Luna Lu fired her career-low competitive round and that meant everyone else was playing for second place at a U.S. Junior Girls qualifier at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby.

    Lu, a former B.C. Junior Girls champion, shot a bogey-free six-under 66 to win the qualifier by five shots and earn a spot in the U.S. Junior Girls Championship, which goes July 15-20 at El Caballero Golf Club in Tarzana, Calif.

  • Stroke Survivor Brad Thomas Returns To The Game He Loves And Calls His Therapy

    Recently British Columbia Golf Writer Brad Ziemer, already a Golf Canada Distinguished Service Award recipient, received another accolade with an award from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada for his feature story last year on stroke survivor Brad Thomas who took part in the inaugural All Abilities Championship of BC. We are reposting the story here to recognize the accomplishments of both Brads, well done gentlemen - ed.

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was Jan. 22, 2014 and Brad Thomas was at home, chatting on the telephone, when he suddenly felt a strange sensation.

    “It just came out of nowhere,” Thomas says. “I had a really weird feeling, like pins and needles, that went right up my body. Then 15 seconds later, I was unconscious on the floor.”

    Thomas’s life changed forever that day, a month before his 60th birthday. The massive stroke he suffered should have killed him, doctors have told him.

  • Video: 119th BC Women's Amateur At Balfour GC

    Witness the future of Women's Golf. The best amateur women's golfers in the province took part in the BC Women's Amateur recently.

    The weather was perfect, and the course conditions were great. Multiple course records were broken. (Ha Young Chang with a new women's course record of 65! And also golf prodigy Jenny Guo with a back nine record of 30!)

    Golf history in the making. What a treat for the area. This is the Kootenay life at it's finest.

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  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kelowna’s Justin Towill Survives Q-school To Earn PGA Tour Americas Status

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    His first qualifying school was everything Justin Towill thought it might be, a nerve-wracking, emotional roller-coaster that left him physically and mentally drained.

    It was the longest four days of Towill’s golfing life and it wasn’t quite over when the Kelowna native holed his final putt at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay. Towill now had to watch the leaderboard and wait.

    The 23-year-old had finished the 72-hole test at seven-under par and stood solo 10th. The top nine players earned exempt status for the North American swing of the PGA Tour Americas circuit.

  • Aram Choi Returns To Amateur Golf And Wins B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Title

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    BALFOUR — If there were any doubts about who was going to win the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Aram Choi erased them early in the final round at Balfour Golf Course. Choi birdied two of her first three holes and it was pretty much game over.

    She went on to shoot a tidy, two-under 70 and her 54-hole total of two-under was good for a convincing eight-shot win over defending champion Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay.

  • Amy Lee Adds To Her British Columbia Golf Championship Collection With Convincing Win At Women’s Amateur

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    BALFOUR - Amy Lee is no stranger to winning British Columbia Golf championships. The 16-year-old already had B.C. Bantam, Juvenile and Junior titles on her resumé and came to Balfour for the 119th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur hoping to add a fourth provincial championship.

    Mission accomplished. Lee closed with a two-under 70 on Balfour Golf Course and her 54-hole total of 11-under par was good for a three-shot win.

  • 12-Year-Old Jenny Guo Matches Course Record With Back-9 Blitz At Balfour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    BALFOUR - Jenny Guo has all 14 clubs in her golf bag at this week’s B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, which is a bit of a change. At a recent Maple Leaf Junior Tour event at The Hills at Portal Golf Course in Surrey, the 12-year-old West Vancouver resident played the first round with only seven clubs — three wedges, her 8-, 6- and 5-irons and a 5-wood. She shot an 84.

    The second day, Guo used nine clubs — she added her putter and driver — and shot 71 and won her age group. Her coach Noah Lee, who is in Balfour to caddy for Guo at the Women’s Amateur, came up with the idea to help relieve some stress.

    “She started having a little bit of anxiety about playing in high-level tournaments,” Lee said. “So I wanted her to just try to go out and have fun and at the same time give her some problem-solving skills because when you have fewer clubs to work with you have to figure out something else.”

  • Balfour Community Rallies Around B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    BALFOUR — There’s a poster on the wall outside the entrance to the pro shop at Balfour Golf Course thanking the corporate sponsors who stepped forward to support the B.C. Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships.

    It’s a rather long list as more than 20 businesses have pitched in to make contributions to the event, which began on Tuesday. That corporate support, along with an army of about 50 keen volunteers from the golf club and Balfour area have truly made this a community-driven tournament.

    And that makes Jackie Little smile. Little, of course, is a bonafide B.C. golfing legend. Her numerous provincial and national titles have earned her a spot in the British Columbia and Pacific Northwest Golf Association Halls of Fame.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin secures spot in Open Championship...

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Adam Hadwin’s third-place finish at the Memorial Tournament booked him a spot in next month’s Open Championship at Royal Troon and also put Hadwin in great position to join fellow Abbotsford native Nick Taylor at the Summer Olympics in Paris.

    Canada’s two-man Olympic golf team will be determined by the Official World Golf Ranking after this week’s U.S. Open Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.

  • Girl power! Crofton House And York House Win B.C. High School Golf Championships

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In what is a B.C. first, two all-girl teams have won British Columbia High School Golf Championships.

    The girls from Vancouver’s Crofton House School captured the Double-A Championship played at Pheasant Glen Golf Course in Qualicum. Up the road in Nanoose Bay, the York House School all-girls team from Vancouver was winning the Single A provincial title at Fairwinds Golf Course.

    This is the first year that Crofton House, which is an all-girls private school, has had a golf program. Nothing like starting out on top.

  • Week-long Festival Set To Welcome Women To Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A She Plays Golf festival designed to get women and girls feeling more comfortable about getting out on the golf course is being held in Metro Vancouver the week of June 17.

    The festival features four Women’s Try Golf clinics and two Junior Girls Tee It Up sessions that are open to women and girls who have little or no golf experience. The festival made its debut last summer in Calgary and is now being rolled out in the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets.

  • 16-year-old Austin Krahn Repeats As B.C. Indigenous Champion

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Austin Krahn was about 10 years old when his parents bought the local par 3 course in Christina Lake. It was a dream come true for a kid who had already caught the golf bug.

    “You think, oh, man, how nice would it be to live on a golf course and all that and then they go buy a par 3 course,” Krahn said. “For me, if I’ve got 15 minutes of free time I can just get out there and hit some chips, hit some putts. You’re always practising and it keeps you in a groove.”

    All that practice and playing on the family’s Cascade Par 3 Course the past few years is paying dividends for Krahn, who has developed into one of British Columbia’s top junior golfers. He’s also now a two-time winner of the B.C. Indigenous Championship.

  • Final Hole Heroics Seal Dramatic Win For Kylie Jack In B.C. Indigenous Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She began the final round four shots back and as Kylie Jack contemplated the challenge ahead of her, she thought of words her mom had drilled into as a junior golfer.

    “I had 18 holes and 18 chances,” Jack said. “You never know. My mom always told me anything can happen in golf.”

    Turns out, her mom was right, anything can happen and sometimes it happens in a most dramatic fashion.

  • Proteau, Krahn In Position To Repeat At B.C. Indigenous Championship

    Austin Krahn & Christina Proteau Are The Leaders In The 2nd Indigenous Championship BC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The second B.C. Indigenous Championship is being played this week at University Golf Club in Vancouver and Christina Proteau will tell you it feels a lot different than last year’s inaugural event.

    Proteau was absolutely immersed in last year’s tourney at NK’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver. She was the tournament chair, helped organize the event, recruited players and handled numerous media requests.

    “This year, I have not done anything,” Proteau said. “It was nice in a sense not to have to do a bunch of radio interviews this morning and do a CBC video in the middle of my round like last year. But at the same time it is really nice to see that even without all the fanfare of the inaugural event, we still have a solid field and a lot of participants here this week.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Leah John set for pro debut on Epson Tour..and much more

    Leah John Is Set For Her Pro Debut On The Epson Tour  

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    With a kinesiology degree in her back pocket and loads of great memories of her time at the University of Nevada, Vancouver’s Leah John begins a new chapter of her golfing life this week as she makes her first start as a professional.

    “I am really excited,” says the two-time B.C. Women’s Amateur champion. “It’s kind of like the feeling you have before going to the best concert of your life.”

  • Golf Canada Launches SHE PLAYS GOLF FESTIVAL, Women’s Weeklong Celebration Of Golf, In Vancouver, June 17-22

    (Vancouver, BC, May 21, 2024) – Registration is open for She Plays Golf Festival, a citywide celebration of golf for women and girls taking place across the Greater Vancouver Area alongside the GOLFBC Group BC Women’s Open from June 17 – June 22, 2024.

    The weeklong festival features inclusive programming for women and girls who are recreational golfers or exploring the sport for the first time. Host partners include First Tee BC, and Province of British Columbia, supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • New Dad Kevin Stinson Gets His Second Crack At RBC Canadian Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    No matter how well things go at this week’s RBC Canadian Open, Kevin Stinson knows playing the event at Hamilton Golf & Country Club will not be the highlight of his year.

    That happened on April 15, when Stinson’s wife, Allison, delivered their first child, a son named William. “He is perfect,” his proud dad said before heading east for what will be his second Canadian Open.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Point Roberts Golf Club Comes Back To life, and much more...

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It has been a tough few years for Bald Eagle Golf Club, the Point Roberts layout that was forced to close during the Covid pandemic, then re-opened in 2022 only to close again for the 2023 season.

    It is now scheduled to re-open sometime early this summer with a new, but familiar name and a new owner. The course is returning to its former name, Point Roberts Golf & Country Club, and has targeted June 15 as a re-opening date, although there is a good chance it could be a week or two after that.

  • Move To Burnaby Gives Haywood Golf Room To Grow

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It all started six years ago in a friend’s garage, which is where Haywood Golf built its first clubs. Back then, the Vancouver-based company was a one-club specialist that produced wedges only. Lots has changed since then.

    Haywood can now fill your golf bag. They manufacture full iron sets, drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, a driving iron and putters. Oh, they can now sell you that golf bag, too. The company’s remarkable growth forced Haywood out of that garage four years ago and into their own facility in North Vancouver. It was tiny, but it was a place of their own.

    Now, Haywood has moved again into larger digs in Burnaby that company founder Josh Haywood says better fits its needs for the future.

  • Six Canadians Including Two From BC Given Exemptions Into RBC Canadian Open

    Team Canada members Matthew Anderson, Stuart Macdonald and Jared du Toit along with Michael Gligic and Richard T. Lee and David Hearn join previously announced exemption recipients, four Regional Qualifying medalists and eight Canadian PGA TOUR members as part of 25-player Canadian contingent for the 113th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship at Hamilton Golf and Country Club

    (May 22, 2024) Golf Canada and RBC have confirmed the names of six Canadians who have accepted exemptions into the 2024 RBC Canadian Open, May 28 – June 2 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont.

    Leading the way are three members of Team Canada. Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, Ont. has earned an exemption and will be competing at Canada’s National Open Championship for the second time of his career. Anderson has also enjoyed a strong season on PGA TOUR Americas this year, with a win at the 69th ECP Brazil Open last month and three top-five finishes in six events. Anderson is currently ranked no. 1 on the Fortinet Cup 2024 Standings.

    Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver, B.C. has earned an exemption for his strong start to the season on PGA TOUR Americas, highlighted by a win at the Diners Club Peru Open. Macdonald has also competed in two events on the Korn Ferry Tour and finished in the top-25 at the Mexico Open on the PGA TOUR in February. This will mark Macdonald’s third appearance at the RBC Canadian Open. Macdonald is currently ranked no. 4 on the Fortinet Cup 2024 Standings.

    Jared du Toit, of Kimberley, B.C. will be making his fifth appearance at Canada’s National Open. This season, du Toit has earned a top-10 and a top-25 finish in six events on the Korn Ferry Tour. du Toit also earned a top-10 finish at the IRS Prima Malaysian Open on the Asian Tour in February.

    Click HERE to see complete article on Golf Canada website.