• Kelowna’s Norm Bradley Carries One-Shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Norm Bradley Will Be Trying To Win His First BC Golf Championship On Thursday At Sunshine Coast G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley figures he has two things he needs to manage in Thursday’s final round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship. The golf course and himself.

    Bradley fired a bogey-free three-under 69 in Wednesday’s second round at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club. At four-under par through 36 holes, the 62-year-old Kelowna Golf Club member has a one-shot lead on Mike Mannion of Gibsons.

    Harry Ferguson of Invermere and Greg Bismeyer of Mission are another shot back at two-under.

  • BC Golf Holding ID Camps September 27th - Interior Camp Spots Still Open

    The Legends On The Niagara Was Slated Play Host To The Golf Competition In The 2021 Canada Summer Games, Now Postponed To 2022 - Image Courtesy Facility

    BC Golf is inviting provincial athletes to apply to attend one of three Canada Summer Games ID Camps taking place across the Province of BC.

    They will be held in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Interior on Sunday, September 27th, 2020. A total of 12 athletes will be accepted into each camp. Selection will be done by a committee of three.

    These camps are the first step in getting accepted to the Canada Summer Games Team BC squad.

    PLEASE NOTE THE CANADA SUMMER GAMES HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY POSTPONED UNTIL 2022. BC GOLF IS STILL SCHEDULING THEIR SELECTION CAMPS - PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE LETTER FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, DEBBIE PYNE WITH REGARD TO HOW THE CAMPS WILL BE UTILIZED FOR SELECTION AND THE OPTIONS PLAYERS HAVE.

  • Three-way Tie For The Lead After First Round Of B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Norm Bradley Of Kelowna (Shown Here), Greg Bismeyer Of Mission And Mike Mannion Of Gibsons All Fired One-under 71's - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ROBERTS CREEK -- Norm Bradley has Doug Roxburgh right where he wants him. That would be behind him. Now the challenge is to keep him there.

    “Usually, we're trailing Doug by five or six shots,” Bradley said after posting a one-under par 71 Tuesday to grab a share of the first-round lead at the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.

    The Kelowna resident shares the lead with Greg Bismeyer of Mission and Mike Mannion of Gibsons.

  • Town Hall - Sport-Informed Mental Health Care Information Sessions

    Dear members of the BC sport community,

    The Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport (CCMHS) is hosting 60-minute virtual information sessions for parents, coaches, health practitioners, sport leaders, administrators and volunteers affiliated with local and provincial / territorial competitive sport clubs / organizations.

    The CCMHS is a registered charity that offers sport-informed mental health care in-person and virtually from coast to coast to coast. We invite you to come learn more about how we can support your athletes, coaches, and support staff to reach optimal levels of well-being and performance!

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison closes strong in Canada Life Series; Hadwin off to Winged Foot; Svensson T28 on Korn Ferry Tour; Birchbank Golf Course sold

    Duncan, BC's Callum Davison Was The Beneficiary When Canada Life Series Winner, Amateur Laurent Desmarchais, Was Not Eligible To Collect The $9,000 1st-place Cheque - BC Golf  File Photo/JKam Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Any disappointment Duncan’s Callum Davison was feeling about coming up one shot short in the Canada Life Series finale at TPC Toronto was softened when the 20-year-old realized he would be receiving first-place money.

    The event was won by 19-year-old Quebec amateur Laurent Desmarchais, who was not eligible to accept the $9,000 first-place cheque. That went instead to Davison, who had a good couple of weeks in Toronto. He tied for second in the first of two Canada Life Series events at TPC Toronto.

    “I clued in after the fact that I was going to get the winning cheque, so that was nice,” Davison said in a telephone interview.

  • Let The Good Times Roll

    B.C. Golf Course Operators Expecting A Busy Fall Season After A Super Summer - image courtesy pxfuel

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A sensational summer figures to transition into a fabulous fall for British Columbia golf courses, which are preparing for a busy off-season.

    With Snowbirds unable to fly south for the winter and golf continuing to be seen as a safe recreational pursuit during these COVID-19 times, those in the industry expect courses to remain busy.

    “This is the only place in Canada where you can play year-round, depending on the weather, and we anticipate our demand is going to continue to exceed previous years,” says Troy Peverley, vice-president of the West Coast Golf Group, which owns and operates Swaneset Bay, Belmont and Hazelmere golf courses in the Metro Vancouver area.

  • This Is The Most Common Handicap Index Among Golfers In The United States

    BY: JOSH BERHOW / golf.com

    Sure, your golf game is good. But chances are it’s even better — or maybe worse — than you actually thought. We’ll let you be the judge.

    The USGA updated its handicap index statistics — compiling the millions of official handicaps registered with the governing body — to create a treasure trove of golfy nuggets and facts. You can dig into all of it here, but we decided to highlight what we thought was the top water-cooler fodder — the most common handicap index in golf.

    Click HERE to see full article...

  • Doug Roxburgh Well Prepared As He Attempts To Win His Fourth Straight B.C. Senior Men’s Championship

    Doug Roxburgh Has His Eye On A 4th BC Senior Men's Crown At Sunshine Coast GC Next Week - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Like so many of the rest of us, Doug Roxburgh has been playing lots of golf this summer. “There’s nothing else to do,” Roxburgh said with a laugh.

    “I think like a lot of people we have been playing a lot of golf. Probably more than I have ever played since I was a junior. I think everybody is probably in the same boat.”

    Not surprisingly, Roxburgh has been playing well. The Hall of Famer and 13-time B.C. Amateur champion recently won his 17th club championship at Marine Drive Golf Club.

  • 2020 BC Golf Net 'Cloud' Championships Moving To Final Stage

    At British Columbia Golf, we know this year has been challenging for those who enjoy some competition, so we came up with a fun, competitive event that you don’t have to leave “home” for. 

    The BC Golf Net 'Cloud' Championship is being conducted in September using differentials (net scores) from golfers all over the province. Golfers who played and posted at least two rounds of golf between September 3rd and 8th to their profile on Golf Canadawere automatically entered in four different cagegories. 

    We can now share with you the leaderboards showing who has qualified to be in the 'finals' with British Columbia Golf logo'd Titleist ProV1's to be won. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan lone British Columbian in field as new PGA TOUR season begins; Davison T2 at TPC Toronto; du Toit makes cut in Korn Ferry Tour debut

    Merritt's Roger Sloan Is The Lone BCer In This Week's Season-Opener On The PGA TOUR - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One season ends and another begins. There really is no off-season anymore on the PGA TOUR, which tees off its 2020-21 season with this week’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

    It is the first of a record 50 tournaments, including six majors, scheduled over the next year in what the PGA TOUR has dubbed a ‘super season.’

    The U.S. Open and Masters, both postponed due to COVID-19, will be played twice over the next year.

  • Vancouver Golf Club Names Sean Thompson As New Director Of Golf

    Sean Thompson Is Looking Forward To Seeing The Vancouver Golf Club From Inside The Gates As Its New Director Of Golf - images courtesy PGA of Alberta/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Sean Thompson, the Vancouver Golf Club’s new director of golf, says he can’t wait to actually set foot on the grounds of his new workplace.

    Thompson, a native of Scotland who is currently head professional at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club near Calgary, jokes that he has only seen Vancouver Golf Club from the outside.

    “When I went out for the round of interviews they were held off site,” Thompson said over the phone from Calgary.

    “So I kind of stalked the perimeter of the golf course. I was peering in through the gates. I am sure they got some reports from the clubhouse about a pale Scotsman trying to get some information. It looked fabulous from the outside and I am really excited to see it from the right side of the gates.”

  • An Open Letter To New Golfers, From The Rest Of Us

    image used with permission/pikrepo

    By Joel Beall/golfdigest.com

    New golfer,

    Hello. We are thrilled to hear you have taken up the sport. Our game is one of endless joy and incessant frustration. If that sentence doesn’t come off as a paradox, congrats, you’re in the right place.

    Let us begin with an apology. We wanted to write this sooner, as golf has been inundated with new faces this year. However, much like frosted tips, planking and America’s infatuation with British cooking shows, we thought this might be a passing fancy. Yet fall is around the corner and it remains easier to pole vault with a toothpick than to book a tee time, so … welcome!

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  • A Cautionary Tale For Junior Golfers And Their Biggest Fans

    Free Image Courtesy Pixnio

    By Shawn Allen/Morningread.com

    Parents naturally take pride in their child's accomplishments as a golfer, but experts say the goal should be to develop the skills needed to form a well-adjusted adult. And if the kid happens to become a good golfer along the way, then consider it to be a bonus

    This has been anything but a typical year in golf. Not just on the PGA TOUR, which resumed play in early June and only recently held its first major championship. The junior-golf season has been turned inside out, as well.

    Around the country, young golfers got a late start on their events and are preparing for the new school year amid the uncertainty of the global coronavirus pandemic. Golf is a safer sport to play than contact sports, but the question is begged, What is the goal of pushing juniors into competition so early? The answer reveals a pernicious side to the junior game.

    See full story here...

  • September 1st Is Women's Golf Day - Join In The Festivities

    Women’s Golf Day is an event for females of all ages and skill levels to participate in golf and help us grow the game. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the original day for this International Event was postponed from June 2nd to September 1st.

    There are celebrations around the world with golf facilities putting on special events and clinics. To find out what is happening in BC click on the Find A Location tab on the Women's Golf Day website.

     

  • Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong Trying To Adapt To Her New Ivy League World

    Vancouver's Tiffany Kong Finally Got To Play In A Golf Tournament For The First Time In Six Months In The Vancouver Open - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tiffany Kong did something she hadn’t done in nearly six months this past weekend. She played in a golf tournament.

    The Princeton University sophomore was the low woman amateur at the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Vancouver Open, played over 54 holes on the three City of Vancouver courses.

    Kong swears her game is rusty, but it didn’t really show as she shot rounds of 73, 74 and 73. “Definitely showed some rust, especially around the greens and putting,” Kong said. “My feel wasn’t great.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Gorbahn eagles his way to Vancouver Open win; Hadwin, Taylor out of FedEx Cup race; Air Canada Championship pins at Northview

    Vancouver Open Winner Kaleb Gorbahn (R) Poses With The Big Cheque And VGT Commissioner Fraser Mulholland - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A pair of early eagles propelled Kaleb Gorbahn to his victory at the Vancouver Open on Sunday. 

    The big-hitting Smithers native birdied the second and fourth holes -- both par 5s -- at Fraserview Golf Course en route to a seven-under par 65. Gorbahn finished the 54-hole tourney held at the three City of Vancouver golf courses at 11-under par.

    That was two shots ahead of runner-up Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver. Gorbahn earned $10,000 for winning the Vancouver Golf Tour’s marquee event.

  • Unique Friendship Helps Victoria Teen Golfer Grow Her Game

    Victoria's Chelsea Truong (R), 14, Is Considered One Of B.C.'s Elite Young Female Golfers. As Her Career Continues, She's Made Some Unique Friends - Image Courtesy Cheknews.ca

    By Kevin Charach/cheknews.ca

    Chelsea Truong calls the golf course her second home. “I love the game, it’s my favorite thing to do,” said the 14-year-old.

    She plays and practices nearly every day in the summer and usually has a smile on her face. It’s that infectious passion that caught the attention of avid golfer Penny Baziuk.

    “She was so enthusiastic about the game and how much she loved just being out there on the course,” said Baziuk, a well known amateur golfer on Vancouver Island.

    They met on the practice putting green at Ardmore Golf Course three years ago.

    Click HERE to see complete story and watch video.

  • Vancouver’s 13-Year Old Michelle Liu Becomes Youngest Winner Of B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    13-Year Old Michelle Liu Became The BC Women's Amateur Youngest-Ever Winner After Her 7-shot Victory At Campbell River G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Nonie Marler Of Vancouver Wins Mid-Amateur Title

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- The way it normally works is that a young player wins the B.C. Bantam Girls title and then a few years later contends and maybe even wins the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship.

    Michelle Liu had a different approach. The 13-year-old from Vancouver won both titles in a matter of eight days.

    Liu won the Bantam Girls title (for players 14 and under) last week at Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. On Thursday she added the prestigious B.C. Women’s Amateur title at Campbell River Golf & Country Club.

  • Shelly Stouffer Wins Big In Her Senior Debut

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CAMPBELL RIVER -- It was not a question of whether she would win, but rather by how much. The answer turned out to be 12 shots.

    Shelly Stouffer made her senior debut a runaway as she captured the B.C. Senior Women’s Championship at Campbell River Golf & Country Club on Thursday.

    Stouffer, a Nanoose Bay resident who plays out of Fairwinds Golf Club, finished the 54-hole competition at six-over par. Diane McFarlane of Surrey and Sandra Turbide of Maple Ridge tied for second at 18-over par.

  • British Columbia Golf Joins In Mourning The Passing Of Past President Stan Nixon

    British Columbia Golf and the BC golf community wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former BCGA President & Board Member, Stan Nixon, who recently passed away.

    NIXON, Barlow Stanley

    February 4, 1928 - May 16, 2020

    Stan passed on May 16, 2020 and is survived by his loving wife Loraine, their three sons and families: Ron (Penny), David (Lana), Steve (Helen).

    Ten Grandchildren, Ryan (Jazzmin), Kristy-Lee, Dylan, Corey (Chelsea), James (Jen), Shawn (Candace), Claire, Tom, Jessica and Pat. Nine Great Grandchildren, Brooklyn, Hendrix, Noah, Parker, Tyler, Brady, Cole, Kash and Kylan.

    Stan is predeceased, by his Father (Ronald) and Mother (Florence), Brother Edward (Muriel) and Sister June and Grand Daughter (Kristy-Lee).