• Women’s Golf Day Calls On Golfers To Support International Women’s Day With Ballsy Campaign

    Via The Golf Wire & Women's Golf Day

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Monday March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), an annual, global event celebrating women and their achievements.

    Women’s Golf Day (WGD) will be encouraging male and female golfers to celebrate #IWD2021 this year by taking part in a #WGDUnites social media campaign by posting a photo of a golf ball marked with the name of a woman that drives, inspires, motivates, empowers or supports you.

  • B.C.‘s Jody Jackson Relishing Her New Role As LPGA’s Technical Lead Of Instruction

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp notwithstanding, the LPGA Tour is not exactly being over-run by Canadian content these days. But behind the scenes, one other Canadian is playing a significant role in another key area of the LPGA’s business.

    Jody Jackson, a longtime resident of southern Vancouver Island and a former coach with British Columbia Golf, was named this past fall as the LPGA’s technical lead of instruction.

    “It is really cool for them to have hired a Canuck as second in command on the teaching education side,” Jackson says with a touch of pride in her voice.

  • Sagebrush Gets A New Lease On life

    New Owners Plan To Re-Open Merritt-Area Course July 1st - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The new owners of Sagebrush, the highly acclaimed golf course near Merritt that has been closed since 2014, plan to re-open the facility this summer. July 1st has been set as the proposed opening date for the course.

    A small group headed by Langley real estate developer Andrew Knott now own the long-term lease on the property, which sits above Nicola Lake. Knott and his partners had supplied former owner Mark Chandler with a private mortgage that Chandler used to buy Sagebrush in 2015.

  • Bishop’s Super Summer Paying Dividends

    The Future Is Looking Up For Victoria's Willy Bishop - Image Courtesy Fairways Golf Video Screen Capture

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When he won the B.C. Junior and Juvenile Boys Championships last summer, Victoria’s Willy Bishop hoped it might lead to some opportunities to further advance his game. That wish has certainly come true.

    In November, Bishop was rewarded with a spot on Golf Canada’s national junior team.

    His two wins last summer also created considerable interest from collegiate coaches and Bishop recently committed to join Kent State University’s golf program in the fall of 2022.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin and Taylor in Bay Hill field; Sloan ties for 22nd in Puerto Rico; Chamblee’s GVO memories

    Abbotsford's PGA TOUR Duo Of Nick Taylor & Adam Hadwin (inset) And Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan - Courtesy VGT/BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf 

    BAY HILL BECKONS: The Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla., is this week’ stop on the PGA TOUR. After a week off, the Abbotsford duo of Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor are both in the field. 

    In three previous appearances at Bay Hill, Hadwin has finished no worse than tied for 36th. Hadwin’s best finish came in 2017 when he was solo sixth. That was just a week after his win at the Valspar Championship. 

    Taylor has made the cut in two of three previous appearances at Bay Hill. His best finish came in 2015 when he tied for 35th. Taylor enters the week 105th on the FedEx Cup points list, while Hadwin is 120th.

    BIRDIE BINGE: Merritt’s Roger Sloan tied for 22nd at the Puerto Rico Open, an alternate field event that was held opposite the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession in Bradenton, Fla. 

    Sloan closed with four straight birdies and shot a four-under 68 Sunday to finish the tourney at 10-under par. That was nine shots behind winner Branden Grace. Sloan earned $28,950 and moved up four spots to 127th on the FedEx Cup points list. Sloan is well down the alternate list and does not figure to draw into this week’s tournament at Bay Hill.

    GVO AND TRIPLE O’s: Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee had some fun on Twitter reminiscing about his lone PGA TOUR win, which of course occurred at Northview Golf Club’s Ridge Course in Surrey. 

    It all started when NBC Sports posted this question on its Twitter feed: “What’s the greatest sports moment you got to see in person?” Justin Leonard responded by tweeting “1999 Ryder Cup.” That’s where Leonard, now a Golf Channel colleague of Chamblee’s, sunk that huge Cup-clinching putt on the 17th green at Brookline Country Club.

    That Leonard tweet prompted this response from Chamblee: “You must’ve not been at the 1998 Greater Vancouver Open then.” Northview head pro Greg Pool then tweeted a picture celebrating Chamblee’s win that still stands on the Northview grounds, saying, “we continue to celebrate your win @NorthviewGolfCC.”

    That got this classic response from Chamblee: “And I continue to dream of White Spot Hamburgers :)”

    OPEN SEASON: The calendar has turned to March and that means the official scoring season has begun in British Columbia. The ‘active season’ for posting scores in B.C. is March 1 through Nov. 15. 

    However, it is up to individual golf courses to decide when they will be open for the posting of scores. As each course differs in playability, courses may choose to open for posting of scores later than March 1 or may choose to close their course for posting for a period during the active season.

    CHIP SHOTS: Brad Kennell is the new head professional at Salmon Arm Golf Club. . .Doug Petrie is the new head pro at Seven Hills Golf & Country Club in Port Hardy. . .Carnoustie Golf Course in Port Coquitlam has tentatively scheduled March 12 for its reopening after its annual winter closure.

  • PGA TOUR Player, BC's Roger Sloan, Brings Canada To Texas

    O Canada! Roger Sloan's outdoor rink at his home in Houston, Texas - Image Courtesy Roger Sloan 

    The following is an excerpt from Postmedia National Golf Writer Jon McCarthy’s Monday Morning Golf newsletter.

    by Jon McCarthy/Toronto Sun

    You can take a Canadian out of Canada, but you can’t take Canada out of a Canadian. 

    With all the news of snowstorms, blackouts and varying states of emergency coming out of Texas, it seemed like a good time to check in with our man in the Lone Star state, PGA Tour player Roger Sloan.

    After missing the cut at Pebble Beach two weeks ago, he was anxious to get home to Houston and see if the forecasted winter weather was actually going to show up. He thought it might be fun for his two young kids to see snow on the ground in the backyard, something that happens maybe once a decade.

    “We thought it would be cool but we really didn’t know what we were getting into,” Sloan said.

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  • NEW Tournament Site Launch

    Beginning in 2021, British Columbia Golf along with Golf Canada and the other provincial associations have changed Tournament Management Software.

    British Columbia Golf will be using Golf Genius for the foreseeable future starting in 2021.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Top-20 for Taylor at Riviera; Rivalry Series scuttled; Svensson gets 2021 season started

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    TOP-20 FOR TAYLOR: Nick Taylor closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday to record a top-20 finish at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Taylor finished the event at three-under par and tied for 20th. That was nine shots behind winner Max Homa, who beat Tony Finau in a playoff. It was Taylor’s best finish in seven starts at Riviera. He earned $101,835.

    Fellow Abbotsford product Adam Hadwin also played well on a demanding Riviera layout. After making the cut on the number, Hadwin closed with two weekend rounds of 70 to tie for 26th at two-under par. Hadwin, who has not missed the cut in seven starts at Riviera, made $67,890.

    Hadwin and Taylor are both taking this week off. Merritt’s Roger Sloan is playing in this week’s Puerto Rico Open, which is being held opposite a World Golf Championships event, the Workday Championship at The Concession, in Bradenton, Fla.

    KORN FERRY KICKOFF: Surrey’s Adam Svensson tied for 34th at the Korn Ferry Tour’s LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Beach, Fla. Svensson finished the tour’s first event of 2021 at four-under par, nine shots behind winner Hayden Buckley. He dropped two spots on the points list to 42nd.

    Former B.C. resident Albin Choi, who got into the tournament as a Monday qualifier, tied for 14th at eight-under par. That guarantees Choi at start in the next Korn Ferry Tour event, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open which goes March 18-21.

    Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., tied for 23rd at seven-under. Pendrith, who is currently second on the Korn Ferry Tour points list, has a spot in this week’s Puerto Rico Open.

    SERIES SCUTTLED: The B.C. Rivalry Series, which was set to conclude this spring following a successful fall series of events, has been sidelined due to COVID-19 restrictions. UBC, University of the Fraser Valley and UBC-Okanagan competed in eight one-day events that were held in the fall. Langara College also participated in some events.

    The hope was to have the Rivalry Series continue this month, but the latest COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Dr. Bonnie Henry has prevented that.

    UBC golf coach Chris Macdonald created the Rivalry Series when the regular collegiate golf season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

    CHIP SHOTS: The PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit is holding its first of seven spring qualifying schools this week in Weston, Fla. Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay is scheduled to hold the final Q-School in late May. . .Jesse Crowe, who did a wonderful job the past seven years as head professional at Salmon Arm Golf Course, is now director of golf operations and head professional at the Overlander Golf & Events Centre (formerly Royal York Golf club) in Armstrong. 

  • The R&A And The USGA Modernize Amateur Status Rules

    For Immediate Publication

    22 February 2021, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

    These proposals result from a modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

    The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on www.RandA.org and www.usga.org and the organisations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until Friday, 26 March 2021 with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on 1 January 2022.

  • British Columbia GOLFEXPO Goes Virtual

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many other things in our lives, this year’s British Columbia GOLFEXPO will be a little different. Actually, a lot different.

    The annual golf expo, which runs Feb. 26-28, will not require a drive to its regular location, the PNE Forum building in Vancouver. In fact, it won’t require any kind of drive at all. You can take in this year’s show from your couch.

    The show has gone virtual, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Simply visit bcgolfexpo.ca and you’re there.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: B.C. GOLFEXPO goes virtual; Top-20 for Taylor at Riviera: Rivalry Series scuttled; Svensson gets 2021 season started

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many other things in our lives, this year’s British Columbia GOLFEXPO will be a little different. Actually, a lot different.

    The annual golf expo, which runs Feb. 26-28, will not require a drive to its regular location, the PNE Forum building in Vancouver. In fact, it won’t require any kind of drive at all. You can take in this year’s show from your couch.

    The show has gone virtual, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Simply visit bcgolfexpo.ca and you’re there.

  • ModGolf Podcast Delves Into Breaking Down Barriers In Golf

    Click on the image below to hear the latest ModGolf Podcast with host Colin Weston as he interviews Charles Dillahunt to share how The PGA of America is working to break down barriers to entry for not only playing golf but to participate as a business supplier within the golf industry.

    "My biggest hope for the golf industry is that it one day grows to be more representative of the population of the world, and that it openly welcomes and serves members of all communities and from all walks of life equally and inclusively."

     

  • Playing By The Rules: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker To Receive Distinguished Service Awards

    From L-R: Trevor Brown, Barb Silvester and Michael Parker - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Trevor Brown chuckles as he recalls the moment he decided to get serious about learning the rules of golf.

    Brown was playing a round with a close friend many years ago and they had a few dollars riding on the match. Brown hit a shot that ended up in a penalty area and that’s where the trouble started and ended with Brown reaching into his wallet to pay his buddy.

    “I was in a penalty area and started hitting the grass with my practice swings and he said, ‘hey, you just lost the match’ to me,” Brown says. “And I was like, ‘what do you mean, I'm your friend.’ He said, ‘that doesn’t matter, this is golf. You owe me five bucks.’ So I said to myself, you know what, I am going to learn the rules.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Vancouver’s municipal courses expecting 2021 to be a record year; Taylor ties for 39th in title defence at Pebble Beach; Korn Ferry Tour returns this week; PNGA Cup cancelled

    Image Courtesy @VanParksGolf Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Not surprisingly, 2020 was a very good year for the City of Vancouver’s three golf courses. And 2021 figures to be even better.

    Fraserview, McCleery and Langara logged a total of 162,448 rounds in 2020. That compares to 167,436 in 2019.

    But those 2020 numbers are impressive when you consider the three courses were closed for nearly two months last spring due to COVID-19 and then operated for much of the year with much longer tee-time intervals due to COVID safety protocols.

  • Happy Chinese New Year

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

    Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12th, 2021, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021. See the full calendar.

    Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 11th–17th, 2021).

    Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox; 2020 the year of the Rat.

  • "Elevate To The Next Level" - BC Golf Education Summit - Planning For Performance

    The 2021 BC Golf Education Summit series continues Tuesday, February 9th at 7PM. This next session features Colin Lavers and Matt Cella, two coaches from the BC Golf Performance program, who will be heading the 'Planning for Performance' webinar.

    Anyone can learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada on how to succeed along the path to becoming the best possible golfer you can be.

  • Vancouver-based Haywood Golf Taking On The Industry’s Big Boys

    All Images Courtesy Haywood Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When competing with industry heavyweights like Taylor Made, Titleist, Ping and Callaway, it’s important to have something that sets you apart.

    For Haywood Golf, a Vancouver-based direct-to-consumer equipment company, that would be price. “The way we describe our clubs is 'we’re not cheaper, we are just more affordable,'” says company founder Joshua Haywood.

    Not even three years old, Haywood Golf is turning some heads in what is an ultra-competitive business. Golfers like the sleek, simple look of Haywood’s irons and they love the price.

  • Fond Memories As Taylor Prepares To Defend At Pebble Beach

    Nick Taylor, Wife Andie And Their Apparently Unimpressed Young Son Charlie Posed Following Taylor's Win At Pebble Beach Last Year - Image Courtesy Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The memories figure to last a lifetime, so one year after the biggest win of his professional career Nick Taylor has no difficulty recalling some of the most special moments of that magical week on the Monterey Peninsula.

    One of the best was having his wife Andie and their young son Charlie waiting for him behind the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links after he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Lots of memories as Taylor prepares to defend at Pebble Beach; Hadwin closes strong in Phoenix; U.S. Amateur & Women’s Amateur qualifiers set for B.C.

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The memories figure to last a lifetime, so one year after the biggest win of his professional career Nick Taylor has no difficulty recalling some of the most special moments of that magical week on the Monterey Peninsula.

    One of the best was having his wife Andie and their young son Charlie waiting for him behind the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links after he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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  • Three From BC Among Golf Canada's 2021 Young Pro Squad

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the 10 athletes who have been selected to represent the 2021 Team Canada Young Pro Squad.

    Comprising the 2021 Women’s Young Pro Squad will be returnees Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.), Jaclyn Lee (Calgary, Alta.), and Maddie Szeryk (London, Ont.). After becoming a first-time mom in July, Golf Canada is also pleased to welcome back Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Quebec City, Que.) to the Young Pro Squad as she makes her return to the LPGA Tour.

    The 2021 Men’s Young Pro Squad features a six-pack of familiar athletes led by Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.).

    Other members of the Men’s Young Pro Squad for 2021 include Jared du Toit (Kimberley, B.C.), Chris Crisologo (Richmond, B.C.), Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver, B.C.), Joey Savoie (La Prairie, Que.), and Hugo Bernard (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que.).