• Please Beware Of Holiday email Scams

    image courtesy georgetakei.com/www.picpedia.org

    Just a friendly reminder to all golfers in British Columbia that as much as this is the time of year for giving and celebrating, there are unfortunately also those who will look to take advantage of the 'seasonal goodwill' that flows during this time. 

    We received a reminder of this from our friends down south at the Arizona Golf Associaton who shared a scam attempt sent to their members with a fake GoFundMe campaign. We've pasted the warning they shared with us below and wish to remind all of you to always be on the lookout and be aware of this type of communication.

  • Pat Fletcher Foundation Announces 25 New Scholarship Recipients Across Canada

    The Pat Fletcher Foundation Has Now Donated A Total Of $750,000 To 543 Recipients

    Via Press Release


    TORONTO, CANADA (Fall 2020) – The Pat Fletcher Foundation, whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to deserving young Canadian students on their journey to obtaining a university degree, announced recently the awarding of 25 new scholarships from across Canada.

    “We are so proud of this year’s recipients. They demonstrated leadership and character in their submissions, and we wish them the best of luck as they head back to university and college this fall,” said Ted Fletcher, Founder and Chairman of Mint Green.

    “These are outstanding young people – hard-working, well-rounded leaders in their communities. They share our desire of “making a difference” and we are proud to have played a small role in helping to shape their future.”

  • Revelstoke, B.C. Chosen For Next Cabot Golf Project - An Interview With Course Architects Rod Whitman And Keith Cutten

    A Southwest Looking Rendition Of The Cabot Pacific Golf Course Being Built In Revelstoke By The Whitman, Axland & Cutten Golf Architect Group - All Images Courtesy WAC

    By Gord Montgomery - Inside Golf

    “This setting rivals the best in Canada—and across the world. Our goal is to create inspiring golf that will bring people together and stand the test of time.”

    – Rod Whitman

    If you’re a fan of phenomenal golf products, such as the outstanding Cabot Links and Cliffs in eastern Canada, then as a Western Canadian you can take great pleasure in discovering that that brand of architecture is coming to Revelstoke, British Columbia.

    Speaking on the phone about the latest Cabot-brand project, to be called Cabot Pacific, architect Rod Whitman (he of the famed Wolf Creek GC and Blackhawk in Alberta and Cabot Links in Nova Scotia) and partner Keith Cutten, of Whitman, Axland & Cutten (WAC Golf), expressed their pleasure in the land they're working on and what this enterprise will mean to this area in the mountains of eastern B.C.

  • Kevin Blue Named New Chief Sport Officer For Golf Canada

    Accomplished Executive, Administrator, Coach And high-performance golfer, Kevin Blue, Returns To Canada After Serving The Past Five Years As NCAA Division I Athletics Director At UC Davis - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Press Release

    (December 3, 2020) — Golf Canada is pleased to announce that Kevin Blue has joined the National Sport Federation as its new Chief Sport Officer.

    A dynamic and accomplished executive, coach, and high-performance golfer, Blue joins the Executive Team of the National Sport Federation after serving nearly five years as Director of Athletics for the University of California, Davis, an NCAA Division I institute.

  • Golf Canada Has An App For That

    Written by Brent Long/ Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canadians golfers are playing golf and adapting to new technology such as the Golf Canada App like never before.

    In a year where record numbers of recreational rounds were registered with Golf Canada through June (1.2 million), July (1.6M), August (1.5M), September (1.5M) and October (618,500) embracing technology and new apps has become a way of life for most Canadians who have spent much of 2020 learning to deal with COVID-19 lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing measures.

  • Creston Golf Club - Career Opportunity

    Current job opportunities in the golf industry include a Career Opportunity at Creston Golf Club.

    The Director of Golf / Head Golf Professional is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations and services of the golf course, including but not limited to: the golf shop, tournaments, practice facilities, suggestions for the condition and play of the course and the cart fleet.

  • Cabot Revelstoke Aims To Bring Great Golf Into The Mountains of British Columbia

    A view from Mount Revelstoke looking down at the town of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada - Image Courtesy Commons Wikimedia/Darren Kirby
     
     
    Mike Keiser and Ben Cowan-Dewar, the partnership behind the Cabot development team have announced their latest venture, Cabot Revelstoke, a four-season resort in the mountains of eastern British Columbia.
     
  • Golf Canada Announces 2021 National Amateur And Junior Squads, Including 8 From BC

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada is pleased to announce the names of the 29 athletes, male and female, who have been selected to represent Team Canada as part of the 2021 National Amateur and Junior Squads.

    Fifteen athletes will compete on Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad, consisting of eight players on the men’s squad and seven on the women’s squad.

    The announcement marks a significant increase in roster size, adding six athletes to the previous year’s team. The roster expansion is due in large part to a restructuring of team resources in addition to increased funding support from the Golf Canada Foundation’s network of Trustee partners.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor impressive in Masters debut; Oosthuizen gets some Tobiano love; Wheeldon top 10s in Nevada; Pender Harbour GC under review

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Has His Eye On A Return To The Masters After His First Experience At Augusta - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor’s first Masters experience included 17 birdies, a four-putt, an anxious Friday night and Saturday morning sweating out the cut and countless great memories of his week at Augusta National.

    He hopes to do it all again someday soon.

    “I was hoping for a really low one today to maybe sneak into that top 12, but I will do everything I can to get back here, that’s for sure,” Taylor said over the phone after Sunday’s final round.

  • Lest We Forget...

    In Flanders Fields...

    BY JOHN MCCRAE

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields. 

  • Golf Community Saddened By The Loss Of Jim Sanderson

    obituary courtesy Times Colonist

    SANDERSON, James Richard "Jim" February 24, 1933 - November 5, 2020

    We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, James (Jim) Richard Sanderson. Jim passed away peacefully at age 87 on November 5, 2020, with his family close. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Margaret, son William (Deborah), grandchildren Timothy, Sophie and Trevor, and his niece Patty Bonacorsi (Chris and family of Chico, CA).

    Jim was born in Holden, AB to Bertha (Dorin) and Alfred Sanderson. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. In 1957 he married Helen Bramley-Moore and they moved to Stoney Creek, ON, as Jim had accepted a job in Hamilton with Proctor & Gamble where he worked for 33 years, holding various management positions. Jim's passion was golf, playing at Glendale Golf and Country Club and serving as Director and Rules Official with the Ontario Golf Association for 11 years.

    In 1991 Jim and Helen retired and moved to Duncan B.C. where Jim was a member of the Cowichan Golf Club, volunteering in some capacity in every club activity. Jim was a "volunteer extraordinaire" with the British Columbia Golf Association, working as a tireless leader in golf for 16 years. Jim was an active and diligent Canadian Certified Rules Official for 25 years. Jim was honoured with the B.C. Golf Association's Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and also the Sport B.C. President's Award in recognition of dedication to sports in British Columbia.

    Jim was a gentleman who had the respect of all players and volunteers alike. He was always the first to arrive and the last to leave a tournament site. Throughout his long life, Jim and Helen enjoyed many road trips, cruises and 25 years of wintering in Hawaii. He was a faithful member of the United Church of Canada. Jim and Helen moved to Victoria in 2007, and he enjoyed the last year of his life at Berwick House.

    At the age of 35 Jim suffered a severe heart attack. The family is grateful for all the amazing years of care from Jim's many cardiologists. We also wish to thank Dr. Caroline Stigant for the care she provided to Jim when he had kidney disease. A private celebration of life was held at McCall's.

    Donations remembering Jim may be made to a charity of your choice or to First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria, B.C. V8T 1A8.

    Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor ready for his Masters debut; Wheeldon wins in Arizona; Record rounds played; Masters pools for you

    Nick Taylor Will Be Joined By Wife Andie And Young Son Charlie For His First Appearance At Augusta In The Masters This Week 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like the rest of us, Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor has plenty of Masters memories from the countless hours he has spent watching the tournament on television. He rarely missed a moment.

    “From the time when I was starting golf and even the last several years as a pro, the Masters for me has been one of the only tournaments where I am sitting down and watching coverage Thursday to Sunday,” Taylor says.

  • British Columbia Golf Community Saddened By Loss Of Craig Lennon

    Longtime Seymour Golf Club member Craig Lennon has died. Lennon entered Lions Gate Hospital October 31st and passed away peacefully on November 4th, 2020. He was 68.

    Affectionately known as 'Uncle Buck' to some of his pals at Seymour, Lennon spent many winters running the bar in the Alumni Suite at Canuck games, keeping the lads refreshed. A heart attack and surgery several years ago curtailed that activity.

    It was Junior golf that was his true passion. A past Director of British Columbia Golf, Lennon also served as Junior Coordinator at Seymour for many years and he was the Junior Chair for Zone 4. It was his involvement with the kids that will be his legacy.

    When Seymour member Phoebe Yue heard that he was in the hospital, she reached out to some of Lennon’s many proteges to produce the video here. RIP Craig. You were loved by many.

    Click HERE to downlowd and see the tribute video for Craig. 

  • ‘We Are Golf’ Releases Economic Impact Of Golf In Canada (2019)

    Written by National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA)/Courtesy Golf Canada

    The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

    According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rivalry Series to continue after winter break; Sloan posts season-best result in Bermuda; Handicap scoring season nearing end; Vancouver courses tee it forward

    UBC Thunderbirds Golf Coach, Chris Macdonald - Image Credit Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Having just completed a successful fall schedule, the B.C. Rivalry Series will return in mid-February with several more one-day events. “I don’t think it could have gone any better than it did,” says UBC golf coach Chris Macdonald, who created the series when the regular collegiate golf season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

    “We were very lucky, the weather was fantastic, the courses were all really supportive of us being there and it was a great experience for the students.” Eight one-day events were held in the fall, with the final two tournaments played last week at Chilliwack Golf Club and Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey.

  • Handicapping: Active seasons

    By Golf Canada

    The World Handicap System stipulates every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores into one’s scoring record from rounds played on courses observing their active season, which is part of the golf season when courses have acceptable playing conditions.

    Ultimately, it is the responsibility of authorized provincial golf association to declare active and inactive periods, and it is the responsibility of the area club and golfers to observe these dates for posting purposes.

    Each year, provincial associations analyze numerous factors to determine their active seasons. This ensures consistency of when scores would be posted by the majority of golfers to help keep Handicap Indexes accurate.

  • Rules Of Handicapping Education Opportunities From Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    As the golf season begins to wind down across Canada, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the educational opportunities available to you as a Golf Canada member.

    RULES OF HANDICAPPING
    With the release of the World Handicapping System (WHS) in January, it is important to understand the changes and how it impacts you – the golfer!

    For those that are interested in learning more about the World Handicapping System, we have created an online presentation that highlights the major changes to the Rules of Handicapping.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Tobiano puts wrap on record year; Close call for du Toit in Sedona; UFV’s Jackson Jacob goes low at Northview

    Tobiano GC In Kamloops Was One Of Many Courses In BC That Found A Way To Flourish During 2020 And The Covid-19 Pandemic - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    You will have to forgive British Columbia golf course operators if they happen to be humming a hit song by country music artist Eric Church from a couple of years ago.

    After all, many of them have had a Record Year. Take Tobiano in Kamloops, for example. General manager Terry Smith and his staff recently closed the facility for the winter and Smith reports it was a year like no other in the resort’s 12-year history. “We had our best year ever,” Smith says.

  • BC Golf Performance Coaches Rewarded For Excellence In Their Field

    Recently two of British Columbia Golf's Performance Team coaches, Jennifer Greggain and Colin Lavers, were recognized by the PGA of BC for their outstanding contributions to the advancement, education and betterment of junior golf. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: COVID forces du Toit to hit the road; Hadwin, Taylor off to another big-money, no-cut event; Allenby-Stinson BC Match Play champs; UBC-Okanagan brings the Heat

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit, Is Shown Here During The Golf Canada Camp At Bear Mtn - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One of Jared du Toit’s lasting memories of 2020 will be of the long hours spent in his car, alone with his golf clubs, in search of somewhere to play. 

    When the PGA Tour Latino-America circuit went on hiatus after just one event in March, du Toit had nowhere to play. He went back home to Kimberley for a time before venturing out on the road.

    “It has been super weird,” du Toit says. “I had a work visa in the U.S. and I was allowed to enter the country so I kind of made a plan for the summer to just travel around in my car and play as many events as I could.”