• Golf’s Modernized Rules of Amateur Status Published

    (OCTOBER 26, 2021)

    Golf’s new Rules of Amateur Status have been published by The R&A and the USGA ahead of coming into effect on January 1, 2022.

    The work was the latest step by the governing bodies to make the Rules easier to understand and apply, and follows the modernization process of the Rules of Golf in 2019. The new Rules were informed by golfer and golf industry feedback as a part of a comprehensive review, to ensure they continue to reflect how the modern game is played by millions of golfers around the world.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Whatcom County courses thrive without British Columbia visitors; du Toit, Ko fail to advance at Q-School; Hadwin, Taylor, Svensson Bermuda bound; Ewart runner-up at college event

    It Remains To Be Seen How Busy The Border May Get With Golfers Heading South - Larry LarRose Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When the Canada-U.S border was closed to non-essential traffic back in March of 2020, Nathan Vickers feared the worst. 

    Vickers, the longtime head professional at North Bellingham Golf Course, wondered how his course would survive without the steady flow of British Columbia players who accounted for more than 30 per cent of the rounds played at North Bellingham.

    But Vickers has been pleasantly surprised. Just like it has on this side of the border, golf has boomed in Washington state.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Night golf coming to Delta; Kong, Liu impress at Princeton; Record year for Whistler golf; UBC finishes off perfect fall season; Darby caddies Janzen to PGA Champions win

    Night Golf In Dubai Has Inspired Night Golf In BC - image courtesy piqsels

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta Golf Course is anticipating plenty of demand when the club turns on the lights for night golf on its back nine later this fall.  The light standards have been installed and general manager Grant Steinberg hopes golfers will be playing under the lights starting sometime in mid to late November. “We’re in the hands of our electrician,” Steinberg says.

    “He is not quite ready to have the health and safety inspectors come in and sign off on it. He’s still doing his testing and what not. He wants to make sure everything is tickety-boo before we do anything.”

  • British Columbia Golf Saddened By Passing Of Longtime Board Member & Volunteer Helen Steeves

    Longtime British Columbia Golf board member and volunteer, Helen Steeves, passed away Thursday, October 7th, 2021.

    British Columbia Golf would like to join the entire golf community in expressing our sorrow with this loss and also extend our sincerest condolences to her many friends and to her family at this unfortunate time. 

    Just a few of Helen's contributions to the provincial golf association, the zone level and to her home club are outlined in this passage below as submitted by her friend and colleague, Susan Kennedy, a past ladies captain at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club, at the time of Helen's Volunteer Service Award in 2013.

  • PGA of British Columbia Names 2021 Provincial Award Recipients

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

    OCTOBER 13, 2021 - RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) - The PGA of BC proudly named the provincial recipients of the Association's 2021 Award Program during an online broadcast of the PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal held this afternoon.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Notes: Ewart draws Svensson comparisons from coach; Hadwin ties for 6th in Vegas; UBC sweeps team titles at Canada West tourney; Pagoda Ridge in Langley sold; du Toit off to New Mexico for second stage of Q-School

    Coquitlam, BC's A.J. Ewart - image courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Coquitlam’s A.J. Ewart keeps winning at Barry University in south Florida and his game is reminding his college coach of another British Columbia recruit. 

    That would be PGA TOUR regular Adam Svensson of Surrey, who honed his game at Barry before turning pro. Svensson won nine tournaments -- seven in his sophomore year -- before leaving Barry part way through his junior year to chase his pro golf dream.

    Ewart, just starting his junior year at Barry, won his fourth event last week.

  • The R&A and USGA Announce New Model Local Rule Option For Limiting Club Length

    The R&A

    LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – The R&A and the USGA have announced that a new Model Local Rule (MLR G-10) will be available beginning on 1 January 2022 to provide those running professional or elite amateur golf competitions with the option of limiting the maximum length of a golf club (excluding putters) to 46 inches.

    The proposal was announced in February 2021, which opened a notice-and-comment period to allow the industry the opportunity to provide feedback as part of the equipment rulemaking procedures. The comments received from the golf industry, including players, professional tours and equipment manufacturers, were carefully considered before the decision to proceed with the new MLR was reached.

  • 2021 Canadian University/College Championship Cancelled

    image courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    Oakville, ONT. – With ongoing developments around COVID-19, Golf Canada along with the Golf Coaches Association of Canada (GCAC) has cancelled the 2021 Canadian University/College Championship. The competition was rescheduled to take place in late October, after being postponed from its original date from May 31 – June 4.

  • PGA of British Columbia Names Recipients Of Six 2021 Awards

    From left, Jack Croucher (Jim Gibson Patron of the Year), Robert Clarke (Jim Gibson Scholarship), The Four Jack Podcast (Arv Olson Media Personnel of the Year), Larry Ramstad (PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary), Kevin Stinson (Stan Leonard Player of the Year) and Alec Hubert (Dunc Sutherland Distinguished Service Award) have all been named recipients in the PGA of BC's 2021 Awards Program

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    OCTOBER 6, 2021 - RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) -- The PGA of BC is proud to name four recipients of the Association's 2021 Awards, as well as this year's PGA of BC Community Leadership Bursary and Jim Gibson Scholarship beneficiaries. These awards are designed to recognize leaders in the golf community exhibiting qualities such as volunteerism, selflessness, passion, and dedication to the game.

    These honourees, along with the recipients of 11 other Association awards, will be recognized during the 2021 PGA of BC Awards Celebration presented by Replay Golf Supplies & Tribal, which will be broadcast online at 12 p.m. PT on Oct. 13.

  • British Columbia Golf Saddened By Passing Of Longtime Volunteer Lynne Powlik

    British Columbia Golf would like to offer our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Lynne Marie Jeannette Powlik who passed away peacefully on the afternoon of September 27th,  at the age of 77. 

    Obtaining her National Status as a golf rules Official, her valuable rules knowledge was an asset to many BC Golf tournaments. Lynne was given the Volunteer Recognition Award in 2011, and certainly was deserving for her work with British Columbia Golf. Lynne was also a member of the Fort Langley Golf Ladies Club for years, and was very giving of her time and support to the club.

  • BC Golf Joins In Mourning The Passing Of Scott Vannatter

    Scott Vannatter (L) Is Seen Here With Fellow Volunteer Ray Flynn. Scott Was A Long Time Volunteer & Rules Official For BC Golf 

    British Columbia Golf was saddened to hear of the passing of long time volunteer official, Scott Vannatter, at Peace Arch Hospital on the afternoon of Thursday, September 30th, 2021.

    Scott was a tremendous supporter of the game of golf, especially junior golf. He acted as a BC Golf and Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) rules official, was a Zone 3 Director for British Columbia Golf as well as a Board Member for the Player Development Trust Fund.

    A good player in his own right, Scott was the 2002 Zone 3 Senior Men's Champion.

    Condolences go out to Scott's family and friends at this difficult time, he will be missed. 

    Please visit the Zone 3 website here to see a more detailed background of Scott's contributions to the game. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison tops Mackenzie Tour points list; Du Toit advances in Korn Ferry Tour qualifying; Sloan off to solid start in new PGA TOUR season; Canada West golf championship set for Squamish Valley

    Callum Davison Displays His Unique Cross-Handed Grip (Inset) - YouTube Image Captures

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Blair Bursey won the tournament, but Callum Davison earned the big prize as the Mackenzie Tour concluded its season with the playing of the Reliance Properties DC Bank Open presented by Times Colonist at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria.

    Davison’s ninth-place finish in Victoria was enough for him to clinch the No. 1 spot on the points list and earn exempt status for the 2022 season. The 21-year-old Duncan native also earned one other big perk, an exemption into the 2022 RBC Canadian Open.

  • Join In The Fall Fun At LPGA Amateurs Best Ball Event

    The LPGA Amateurs Vancouver Island Chapter is excited to announce a two-player women's best ball event taking place at Duncan Meadows GC on Friday, October 22nd. Lots of on-course games and prizes and a welcoming environment for LPGA Amateur members and guests.

    The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 19th. See the poster below for more details.

  • Kat Kennedy Wins PGA of BC Women's Championship

    2021 PGA of BC Women's Champion Kat Kennedy - Image Courtesy PGA of BC

    Via PGA of BC Press Release

    SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 - SURREY, BC (PGA of British Columbia) -– Kat Kennedy’s steady play over two days at Northview Golf & Country Club led to her first professional victory on Wednesday as she captured top spot in the PGA of BC Women’s Championship presented by Dexim Golfwear.

    Despite a windy and rainy final round to the 36-hole, stableford-scoring tournament, Kennedy (Point Grey Golf & Country Club) matched the 33-point performance she put up in Tuesday’s opening round to take the title with a 66-point total. Under the stableford format, players earn one point for a bogey, two points for a par, three points for a birdie and so on.

    “It feels amazing,” said the 26-year-old, whose last win came in the 2018 Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a win and doing it while playing amongst some great ladies was a great experience for me out there.”

  • British Columbia Golf Honours National Truth and Reconciliation Day

    Image Courtesy Province of British Columbia

    On September 30, 2021, individuals and communities honoured Orange Shirt Day, as well as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

    The individual and collective journeys of Truth and Reconciliation are enduring. It isn’t a destination, but rather a lifelong path of reflection, learning and understanding.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Duncan’s Davison grabs Mackenzie Tour points lead with win at GolfBC Championship; Kong, Liu impress at Princeton; Humphreys commits to Oregon State; Ewart ties school record in Florida

    BC's Callum Davison Won The GolfBC Championship At Gallagher's Canyon GC - Photo: Brad Ziemer 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    His golf game has taken Callum Davison on one long emotional roller-coaster the past three months. Suddenly, that ride is fun again.

    The 21-year-old from Duncan became the first multiple-winner on the Mackenzie Tour this season when he captured the GolfBC Championship this past weekend at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club in Kelowna.

    The win was worth $18,000 to Davison, a former B.C. Bantam Boys champion who now leads the Mackenzie Tour points list heading into the season-ending tournament in Victoria this week.

  • British Columbia Golf Committed To Safe Sport Inclusive, Respectful Environment For All Golfers

    Sport organizations in British Columbia are committed to creating a sport that is accessible, inclusive, respects their participant's personal goals and is free from all forms of Maltreatment.

    As part of British Columbia Golf’s commitment to Safe Sport, our staff and board have completed “Commit to Kids” training.

    British Columbia Golf has approved and adopted the British Columbia Universal Code of Conduct (BC UCC).

    The code can be found here:

    https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/BC_UCC_2021.pdf

    Golf Canada is committed to Safe Sport. Their commitment can be found here:

    https://www.golfcanada.ca/safe-sport/

  • Tina Jiang And Hyunjun Lee Crowned Champions At NextGen Fall Series West Championship

    NextGen Fall Series Winner Tina Jiang - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    Powell River, B.C. — The final round of the NextGen Fall Series West Championship wrapped up on Saturday at Myrtle Point Golf Club with Tina Jiang securing a convincing nine-stroke victory in the Girls division and Hyunjun Lee earning the win in the Boys division.

    The final round of the tournament was scheduled to conclude on Sunday Sept. 26, but the weather in Powell River, B.C. had other ideas. Due to an impending storm in the forecast the final 36 holes were all played on Saturday. 

    The early start didn’t phase Tina Jiang, who hails from Richmond, B.C. The 16-year-old cruised to the win on the strength of an opening-round 67 (-5) that set her up for the wire-to-wire win at 10 under par.

  • Haida Artist Ron Russ, The Man Behind The Medals

    Ron Russ (Right Inset) Is The Master Artist Who Designed The BC Golf Haida-Themed Medals - Medals Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Latash Maurice Nahanee

    Ron Russ is a Haida master artist known for creating exquisite and intricate one-of-a-kind pieces of art in argillite, yew wood, gold and silver. He was chosen by British Columbia Golf to design a beautiful motif for their awards medals.

    Mr. Russ was an avid golfer and considered turning pro, he has shared his golf techniques with many golfers.

    When commissioned to design the BC Golf medal, he thought of how difficult it is to get an “eagle” when playing golf. He is from the Raven Clan in Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, BC. On the medal an eagle is depicted holding a golf ball with an engraving of the BC Golf logo. The design on the medal represents excellence in the game of golf.

  • Padraic O'Rourke Wins Nike Golf PGA of BC Club Professional Championship

    PGA of BC Club Professional Champion Padraic O'Rourke - PGA of BC Photo

    SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 - VICTORIA, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – Padraic O’Rourke (The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club) tamed a challenging Royal Colwood Golf Club with a second-consecutive 69 Tuesday to secure a convincing win in the Nike Golf PGA of BC Club Professional Championship presented by Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP.

    The only player to break par in the 36-hole tournament open to all Head, Executive and Head Teaching Professionals within the Association, O’Rourke’s 2-under total left him five strokes clear of co-runners-up Dave Zibrik (Point Grey Golf & Country Club) and Jesse Crowe (Overlander Golf & Events Centre) as he claimed his first victory in a PGA of BC championship event.