• Plenty Of Practice Pays Off For Matthew Wilson Winning 2021 BC Boys Juvenile Championship

    Nanaimo's 15-year-old Matthew Wilson Wins The B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship After A Non-Stop Stretch Of Golf This Spring And Summer - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- It wasn’t that long ago that Matthew Wilson was having trouble breaking 100 in zone tournaments on Vancouver Island. Back then, the thought of becoming a B.C. champion wasn’t on his mind. He was just happy making a few pars.

    My, how things have changed in a relative hurry for the 15-year-old from Nanaimo who is the new B.C. Juvenile Boys champion. Wilson shot a tournament-best four-under 66 in the final round to win the championship for players 16 and under by five shots at Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course.

  • Burnaby’s Luna Lu Beats The Heat And Her Competition To Win B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    BC Juvenile Girls Champion Luna Lu - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- The heat was on in more ways than one for Luna Lu in the final round of the B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship. 

    The 14-year-old from Burnaby not only had to handle the pressure of playing with the lead, she had to deal with the oppressive heat during her afternoon round on Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course. 

    Lu draped a wet towel around her neck much of the day to try and stay cool. As for that other pressure, it didn’t seem to faze her. Lu shot a final round of one-under 69 and won the championship for players aged 16 and younger by seven shots.

  • Birdies Hard To Come By At B.C. Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships On Golden Eagle’s South Course

    Burnaby's Luna Lu Leads The Ladies At The BC Juvenile Championships At Golden Eagle GC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- Par has proven to be a very good score through two rounds of the B.C. Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships.

    Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course has presented a stiff test to a field that includes some of this province’s best young players. While not long, visually it can be quite intimidating. There seems to be trouble nearly everywhere. The leaders have managed to avoid most of those ever-present penalty areas and not taken any of the big numbers that can easily be had if you stray off line.

    The leaders of both the boys and girls divisions stand at one-under par through 36 holes. No one has gone lower than 68 on the par-70 layout.

  • Golf Canada To Host Inaugural Canadian All Abilities Championship At Humber Valley Golf Course

    Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    For Immediate Release

    (August 10, 2021) - Golf Canada is committed to providing the highest level of competition for amateur golfers of all abilities and is proud to announce the inaugural Canadian All Abilities Championship will be conducted September 22-24 at Humber Valley Golf Course in Toronto.

    The national golf championship will be contested as a 36-hole competition and will feature a maximum of 84 players from across Canada with neurological, intellectual, sensory and physical impairments.

    Originally scheduled to launch in 2020, but delayed due to restrictions from the pandemic, the All Abilities Championships supports Golf Canada’s commitment to create a more inclusive and respectful sport environment across the Canadian golf community.

  • Come Play! It's The LPGA Amateur Summer ShootOut Event

    The British Columbia Chapters of the LPGA Amateurs are holding a Two-person Bestball Strokeplay event at Vancouver's University Golf Club to celebrate Summer and the launch of BC's LPGA Amateurs Association after being delayed due to Covid-19.

    See the poster below for details. For further information please email playgolf@britishcolumbiagolf.org 

  • The 2021 Canadian Junior Boys Championship Heads To Vallée du Richelieu

    Victoria, BC's Willy Bishop Is In This Week's Canadian Jr. Boys Championship - Image Credit Duncan O'Brien/fairwayvision.com

    SAINTE-JULIE, Qué. – The Canadian Junior Boys Championship is set for Aug. 9-12 at Vallée du Richelieu - Le Club in Sainte-Julie, Que.

    The 156-player field includes five of seven Team Canada National Junior Squad members; Félix Bouchard (Otterburn Park, Qué.), Jean-Philippe Parr (St-Célestin, Qué.), Malik Dao (Notre-Dame-Ile-Perrot, Qué.), Owen Mullen (Shortts Lake, N.S.), and Willy Bishop (Victoria, B.C.).

    “We are delighted to have the Canadian Junior Boys Championship running again,” said tournament director Adam Lloyd. “The team at Vallée du Richelieu has worked incredibly hard in preparation for this week and it shows with the excellent course conditions.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan 6th at Barracuda; Victoria trio tee it up at U.S. Amateur; Ewart, Lee finish strong at Canadian Amateur; Stinson 2nd at PGA Championship of Canada

    BC's Roger Sloan Is Inching Closer To Full Exempt PGA TOUR Status For Next Season - YouTube Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Merritt’s Roger Sloan recorded his first top 10 of the season Sunday, but will need another strong finish at this week’s final regular-season event to secure his full exempt status for next season on the PGA TOUR. 

    Sloan finished sixth at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif., and moved up six spots to 131st on the FedEx Cup points list. He needs to move inside the top 125 to remain fully exempt for the 2021-22 season. This week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., completes the PGA TOUR regular season.

    Sloan and many others in the field will have a lot riding on their play in Greensboro. Sloan has momentum on his side. He has been playing well of late, having made five straight cuts and eight of his last nine.

  • Reason To Celebrate At Morningstar Golf Club

    For Immediate Release

    [Parksville, BC, August 4, 2021] It was a double eagle celebration as members of Morningstar Golf Club kicked off their 30th anniversary with the announcement that the course was no longer in receivership and that the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) pension fund (operating under Realcor Golf Inc) has been awarded ownership of the Parksville property.

    With a real sense of optimism and pride, Morningstar is poised to resume its status as one of the premiere courses on Vancouver Island. “We’re excited about the future,” says Barrie McWha, who serves as General Manager.

  • Sagebrush Offers A Pleasant Reminder To ‘Play’ At Golf

    The ‘New Sagebrush’ Conjures Images Of Persevering In The ‘Old West’ - All Images Credit Bryan Outram/iG/BC Golf

    By Doug Hastie, British Columbia Golf

    Sagebrush. The word can conjure different emotions and visuals. For me it brings up Western films... a lone figure going across an expansive desert with nothing but the occasional train track or homestead coming into view. 

    Perseverance, grit, toughness, and beauty come to mind. 

    Driving down highway 5A from Kamloops last week towards Sagebrush - the golf course, the land and the sky brought me to this state of mind.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan hoping he has some bite in his game at Barracuda; B.C. women shine at Canadian Amateur; Silver for Sabbatini; Former T-Birds top 10 on Mackenzie Tour

    Roger Sloan Needs A Solid Finish To His Season To Maintain His PGA TOUR Status - BC Golf file photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a one-week Olympic break, the PGA TOUR begins its stretch run this week with some players having more to play for than others.

    Roger Sloan of Merritt has a lot on the line with just two regular-season events remaining -- this week’s Barracuda Championship in Truckee, Calif. and the season-ending Wyndham Championship the following week in Greensboro, N.C.

    Sloan stands 137th on the FedEx Cup points list and must move inside the top 125 to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and, more importantly, secure his exempt status for next season on the PGA TOUR.

  • Michael Kennedy Wins BC Seniors In A Playoff At Kimberley's Bootleg Gap

    2021 BC Senior Men's Champion Michael Kennedy - BC Golf Photo

    By Bryan Outram, British Columbia Golf

    North Vancouverite Michael Kennedy's goal to start the day in the final round of the BC Senior Men's Championship was just to put in a good performance and have a shot at maybe making the BC Senior Men's Provincial Team. He most certainly accomplished both...and more.

    He started the day 3 shots back of 36-hole leader and defending BC Senior Men's Champion Norm Bradley but a bogey free 2-under par front nine by Kennedy closed the gap to one and helped set the stage for some real excitement in the home stretch.

    Gibson, BC's Mike Mannion had been the closest pursuer to Bradley after a pair of 2-under par rounds of 70 saw him just one back going into the final round. It created an, 'It's anybody's tournament' feel, with the back nine promising to be a battle to the end. It more than delivered.

  • Golf Canada names Laura Wilson its new Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Safe Sport

    Former Executive Director Of Ontario Para Network, Laura Wilson, Will Help Support The National Sport Federation’s Commitment To Creating A Safe, Diverse, And Welcoming Environment Within The Organization And Across The Sport

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada has announced the hiring of Laura Wilson as its new Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Safe Sport.

    Wilson, an experienced and enthusiastic senior leader, has held important executive positions at various organizations including most recently as the Executive Director of the Ontario Para Network, and previously with the Coaches Association of Ontario, and the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

    The role is a new position in Golf Canada, reflecting the organization’s elevated commitment to driving diversity and inclusion in all facets of the game as well as ensuring a safe sport environment for all enthusiasts.

  • AN INVITATION TO CONNECT: CEO Laurence Applebaum on Golf Canada’s Commitment to Support Diversity and Inclusion

    LAURENCE APPLEBAUM (GOLF CANADA)

    Courtesy Golf Canada

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    It was a transformative moment for our organization.

    A virtual town-hall with staff in the summer of 2020 to talk about the tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd and reflect on what we were seeing and experiencing in the world around us. The team shared an honest and emotional conversation, and I was incredibly moved by the personal sharing, thoughtful insights on racial injustice, and the conviction that everyone brought to the call.

    Many followed up with a willingness to play a role in what comes next for Golf Canada—a shared commitment to be an organization of impact that could lead through action. I look back to that moment as a catalyst for the important steps needed to make our organization and our sport reflect the multi-cultural diversity, inclusiveness, and acceptance that we all want as Canadians.

    It was that commitment that led to the creation of Golf Canada’s Diversity and Inclusion Alliance and a vision for who we want to be in this important space.

  • Bradley, Mannion Back In Familiar Territory At B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Norm Bradley Is The 36-hole Leader In The 2021 BC Senior Men's Championship -  Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KIMBERLEY -- A couple days after he won last year’s B.C. Senior Men’s Championship, Norm Bradley found himself on the receiving end of a playful jab from two-time PGA TOUR winner Dave Barr. Both are members at Kelowna Golf & Country Club and Bradley was walking by the first tee as Barr was just about to begin his round.

    “He was standing on the tee and as I walked by he said, ‘So, you can’t play with a lead, eh,’" Bradley recalled with a chuckle after his second round Wednesday at Bootleg Gap Golf Course. “That was just a funny line, but he was also making a point. Playing with a lead is not easy.”

  • B.C. Senior Men’s Championship Competitors Loving Bootleg Gap

    Kimberley's Bootleg Gap Golf Course is receiving high praise from many players who are seeing it for the first time; Three players are tied for first-round lead Including John Gallacher (Inset)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    KIMBERLEY -- John Gallacher recently turned 70 so the fact he shot a four-under 68 to share the lead after Tuesday’s first round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Bootleg Gap Golf Course was noteworthy. But Gallacher, a two-time B.C. Senior Men’s winner from Burnaby, was more interested in talking about the golf course than his impressive play.

    “I think this is the best course we have been at since the Canadian Senior was at Capilano (in 2014) or maybe since I have been a senior,” Gallacher said of Bootleg Gap after his round, which left him tied with Jim Shaw of Sooke and defending champion Norm Bradley of Kelowna.

  • Balfour Recreation Commission Seeks GM For Overall Operation Including Golf Course & Golf Operations

    The Balfour Recreation Commission (BRC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of General Manager. The General Manager will be responsible and accountable for the overall management, leadership and administration of financial, physical and human resources of the BRC.

    This includes a golf course, golf operations, community hall, community wharf, fitness centre, community playing fields (including tennis, pickleball, soccer, baseball, multi-use gazebo) as well as administrative services related to same. The General Manager will lead and inspire the team members in all departments to deliver a positive experience and to achieve BRC’s financial goals. Competitive salary plus benefits and perks.

  • 2021 CP Women’s Leadership Summit Presented By LNG Canada To Be Held Virtually

    - Fourth annual business summit highlighting diversity and inclusion will be held online Tuesday, August 24, with complimentary admission -

    - Speakers include WNBA Commissioner & USGA Executive Committee member Cathy Engelbert; LPGA Tour athlete Cheyenne Woods and Lydia Ko; PGD Global executives Nisha and Seema Sadekar; as well as digital marketing advisor, Alison Twiner, and CP executive Caryna Pinheiro -

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) — Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) and LNG Canada has announced the fourth annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit presented by LNG Canada will take place virtually on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, with complimentary access.

    The intent of the Summit is to bring together like-minded female leaders across business and sport to have important conversations about gender equity, representation, diversity and intersectionality. This year’s Summit will feature four sessions, running from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, and will be hosted by TSN personality Lindsay Hamilton.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin comes up clutch at 3M Open; Bradley to defend Seniors title at Bootleg Gap; Former owners regain control of Morningstar

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin - Image via YouTube

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin needed a big week and he got it at the 3M Open in Minnesota, where he tied for sixth and all but locked up his exempt status for next season and secured a berth in the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs. 

    Hadwin began the week in Minnesota at 120th on the FedEx Cup points list, dangerously close to falling out of the top 125. But his clutch performance at the 3M moved him up 13 spots to 107th with just two regular-season events remaining. 

    Hadwin closed with a birdie on the tough par 5 18th hole at TPC Twin Cities to fire a three-under 68 and finish at 11-under par, four shots behind winner Cameron Champ. That’s the same hole where Hadwin took a costly double-bogey on Saturday. Hadwin earned $208,230 for his T6 finish.

  • Shelly Stouffer Rallies To Win Her Second Straight B.C. Senior Women’s Title

    Image Credit: BC Golf File Photo

    Shelly Stouffer, Shown Her With The Trophy Last Year At Campbell River, Won Her 2nd Straight BC Senior Women's Championship This Year At Revelstoke Golf Club

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shelly Stouffer’s second straight B.C. Senior Women’s Championship title didn’t come quite as easy as the first one. Nothing was easy about Friday’s final round for Stouffer, who saw an eight-shot lead evaporate before she rallied to win in dramatic style at Revelstoke Golf Club.

    After surrendering the lead late in the round, Stouffer birdied the final two holes to force a playoff and then added another one on the first extra hole to beat six-time champion Jackie Little.

  • Kozak Wins PGA of BC Assistants' Championship

    Image courtesy PGA of BC

    Conner Kozak (L) And Rob Anderson (R) Took PGA of BC Assistants & Seniors Titles On Tuesday

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    JULY 20, 2021

    KAMLOOPS, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – Conner Kozak and Rob Anderson each fired 5-under-par final rounds of 67 Tuesday at Kamloops Golf & Country Club to win the PGA of BC Assistants’ & Seniors’ Championships presented by Natera Sport & Arbor Memorial, respectively.

    Kozak (The Okanagan Golf Club) matched the 67 he shot in Monday’s opening round to capture the Assistants’ Championship and the top prize of $3,000 at 10-under-par, finishing two strokes clear of Keith Martin (Tower Ranch Golf Club) and Zach Olson (Chilliwack Golf Club).