• Venerable Marine Drive GC To Hold Inaugural Junior Invitational

    Via Marine Drive Golf Club

    Marine Drive is set to host a new competitive Junior Tournament this coming summer. The Invitational will be catered towards highly competitive golfers looking to test their skills at a premier golf club.

    Marine Drive Golf Club has long produced many talented players that have gone on to become accomplished professionals and amateurs. Today that spirit remains the same, with programs aimed towards nurturing top-tier golfing talent. 

    With this new junior event we hope to give young aspiring golfers a chance to compete where some of the best in the region have mastered their games.

  • Drive For Five On For B.C. At North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    BC's NPJLTM Squad Are No Strangers To Success On The Golf Course. Clockwise From Top Left: Angela Arora, Yeji Kwon, Luna Lu, Martina Yu, Tina Jiang & Katherine Hao 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The long wait is over for Team British Columbia in its quest for a ‘five-peat’ in the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches. 

    It was way back in 2019 that British Columbia won its fourth straight title in the annual competition that features junior teams from B.C., Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

    B.C.’s drive for five was put on hold when the 2020 and 2021 matches were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, finally, the matches are a go and scheduled for May 28-29 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ewart wins again at NCAA Regionals; Taylor bounces back with tie for 15th at Wells Fargo; Whistler prepares to start a new season; UBC’s Sonja Tang impresses at PGA WORKS tourney

    Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart Picked Up His 5th Win Of The Year Last Week - Photo/Ethan Lowe VSU)/Barry U

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart is the top-ranked player in NCAA Division II golf and the Coquitlam native keeps showing us why.

    Ewart won again, in most impressive fashion, at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional tourney in Valdosta, Ga. Ewart, a junior at Barry University in south Florida, closed with a six-under 66 on what was his 23rd birthday (on May 7) and beat the field by six shots with a 54-hole total of 13-under par.

  • Little Shakes Off Pre-round Accident And Helps Deliver Two Points To Team B.C. In Lamey Cup Competition

    Proctor, BC's Jackie Little - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jackie Little and Shelly Stouffer wouldn’t want to change a thing after their two matches Wednesday at the PNGA Lamey Cup team competition at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. Well, maybe one thing. 

    Little and Stouffer won both of their matches in convincing fashion after something of a scare just prior to their morning four-ball match. That’s when a cart attendant plowed into Little’s push cart, which then banged her and sent the British Columbia Golf Hall of Famer flying into a rock wall.

    Little, who now lives in the small Kootenay community of Procter, played both matches with a sore lower back, but you never would have known it.

  • Chilliwack Golf Club To Host ParaGolf Canada Adaptive Golf Clinic

    Chilliwack Golf Clubis hosting a ParaGolf Canada adaptive golf clinic on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

    There are a limited number of spaces available, so those interested should register through Chilliwack GC's website.

    The cost is $25 and the clinic runs from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, followed by a “Trick Shot Show” by Todd Keirstead.

    Participants are also welcome and invited to join CGC for a dinner banquet in the Canex Pavilion at 5pm. See more details in the poster below. 

  • Lamey Cup Returns After Two-year Hiatus And B.C. Players Can’t Wait To Compete

    Mid-Amateur Champions Craig Doell & Shelly Stouffer Head Up BC Golf's PNGA Lamey Cup Team

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The PNGA Lamey Cup is named in honour of Dr. Jack Lamey, a former president of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association who started the Ryder Cup-style team competition featuring players representing the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia golf associations 16 years ago.

    Kelowna’s Norm Bradley, a former B.C. Senior Men’s champion, considers it his good fortune to have played in nine of them. He’ll make his 10th appearance in early May when the Lamey Cup resumes after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus at Bellingham Golf & Country Club.

  • Melanoma And Me: A Cautionary Tale Of My Life In The Sun

    Kim Cowburn Plays A Shot During The Official Opening Of The Back 9 At Hirsch Creek Golf Club in 1991 - Image Courtesy Kim Cowburn-Evans

    By Kim Cowburn-Evans

    I grew up in Kitimat, a small, isolated town in Northwestern British Columbia. Winters were exceedingly long and gargantuan snowfalls were the norm. Summer seemed to stop by for a short visit and then disappear as quickly as it arrived.

    I wasn’t quite 11 in the spring of 1978 when golf was introduced to me. I most definitely did not display any natural talent for the game at all, but it would soon become the centre of my universe.

    I've never been the sun worshipping type. The pursuit of a tan was not conducive to my pasty, fair skin and blue eyes. As it happens, chronic sun exposure and playing golf go hand-in-hand. I have burned, blistered and peeled so many times that it’s a wonder that I have any skin left.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Attitude adjustment propels Wheeldon to Q-school win; T-Birds advance to NAIA Championships; Another honour for A.J. Ewart; Victoria Liu wins Ivy League championship; Sagebrush opens its season

    Riley Wheeldon Has Fully Exempt Status This Year On The PGA TOUR Canada - PGA TOUR Canada Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Riley Wheeldon will tell you it was a lot more than home course advantage that propelled him to his impressive performance at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort. 

    Sure, his intimate familiarity with the Crown Isle layout that is located not far from his childhood home in Comox came in handy, but Wheeldon credits an attitude adjustment with his solid play. 

    “My game has always been there,” Wheeldon said. “My attitude hasn’t. That was one thing I said to myself last summer, that if I was going to keep doing this, my attitude has to change. Having a little refresh this winter, I was able to come out and focus on attitude and let everything else fall into place and behold, this game is pretty fun.”

  • Hometown Triumph For Comox, BC's Riley Wheeldon In Final PGA TOUR Canada Q-School

    Riley Wheeldon Has Fully Exempt Status This Year On The PGA TOUR Canada - PGA TOUR Canada Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Riley Wheeldon will tell you it was a lot more than home course advantage that propelled him to his impressive performance at last week’s PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort. 

    Sure, his intimate familiarity with the Crown Isle layout that is located not far from his childhood home in Comox came in handy, but Wheeldon credits an attitude adjustment with his solid play.

    “My game has always been there,” Wheeldon said. “My attitude hasn’t. That was one thing I said to myself last summer, that if I was going to keep doing this, my attitude has to change. Having a little refresh this winter, I was able to come out and focus on attitude and let everything else fall into place and behold, this game is pretty fun.”

  • New B.C. Women's Open Hopes To Provide Path To The Pros

    Reigning Women's PGA Of Canada Champion  Christine Wong - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Vancouver Golf Tour has been a stepping stone for the likes of Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin to the PGA TOUR and commissioner Fraser Mulholland would love to see it help provide a path for female players looking to make their way to the LPGA Tour.

    Mulholland hopes the inaugural GolfBC Group B.C. Women’s Open, to be played June 4-5 at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, is a significant first step.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rowe, Crisologo earn PGA Tour Canada status; Bald Eagle hopes to re-open; Hadwin-Svensson come up a shot short in New Orleans; Lauren Kim just misses U.S. Women’s Open berth; Stinson tops Chilliwack field

    BC's Chris Crisologo (R) And Lawren Rowe (L) Are Set To Tee Off On The PGA Tour Canada Circuit

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lawren Rowe and Chris Crisologo have punched their tickets to this summer’s PGA Tour Canada circuit and this week several other British Columbians will be hoping to follow suit.

    Rowe, a former University of Victoria standout, and Crisologo, who had a stellar collegiate career at Simon Fraser University, both earned solid status for the upcoming season at a PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

    That was Q-school No. 6. The seventh and final Q-school goes this week at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

  • Langley's Redwoods GC Enters Pipeline Hibernation

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Doug Hawley and his staff couldn’t help but get a little emotional as the final shots were struck Easter Monday at Redwoods Golf Course. 

    The Langley course is being forced to close for a few months due to construction of the TransCanada pipeline. Hawley, Redwoods’ managing director, knows the course he has run for the past 28 years will emerge better than ever. But he acknowledges it’s going to be tough to watch some of the fairways get ripped up for the pipeline project.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Redwoods enters pipeline hibernation; UBC women continue impressive streak; Hadwin, Svensson team up in New Orleans; Record round for Ewart; Kwon, Humphreys shine in junior qualifier

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Doug Hawley and his staff couldn’t help but get a little emotional as the final shots were struck Easter Monday at Redwoods Golf Course. 

    The Langley course is being forced to close for a few months due to construction of the TransCanada pipeline. Hawley, Redwoods’ managing director, knows the course he has run for the past 28 years will emerge better than ever. But he acknowledges it’s going to be tough to watch some of the fairways get ripped up for the pipeline project.

    “You spend 30 years making fairways and growing grass and it just gets completely destroyed,” Hawley says. “It’s like watching a natural disaster happening. It’s kind of heart-wrenching, but once the restoration work is done it will be better than it was. . .When we re-open it will be in the best shape it’s ever been in the past 28 years.”

  • Canada Secures Spot At Victoria's Royal Colwood For 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    Team Canada L-R Back Row: Jeff MacDonald (Coach), Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Wilson, Jean Phillippe Parr, Felix Bouchard, Robert Ratcliffe (Head Coach), L-R Front Row: Jennifer Greggain (Coach), Michelle Liu, Yeji Kwon, Nicole Gal - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Team Canada’s National Junior Squad boys and girls teams both finished with top spots on the leaderboard at Royal Colwood Golf Club to secure the opportunity to play in the 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kaleb Gorbahn on the ups and downs of chasing his pro golf dream; Ewart wins again in Florida; Hadwin takes his top-10 streak to Hilton Head; Parry cards ninth career ace in local tour win

    Kaleb Gorbahn - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kaleb Gorbahn earned conditional status at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school in California, but the Smithers native was in no mood to celebrate. Gorbahn knows conditional status and a couple of dollars will buy you a cup of coffee.

    He’s not guaranteed any starts this summer. Maybe he gets some, maybe he doesn’t. Gorbahn acknowledges the grind of chasing his pro golf dream has been difficult. “It has been hard,” he says. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have had doubts about whether I should be doing this or not.”

  • Greg Moody Becomes New President Of British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Greg Moody has a rather simple explanation for why he spends considerable time giving back to the game of golf. “I just enjoy volunteering,” Moody says. “I think you’re either born with a volunteer gene or you’re not.”

    Moody clearly has his. A highly respected rules official and a longtime champion of junior golf, Moody is the new president of British Columbia Golf. Moody was officially elected by the BC Golf board on April 3rd. He jokes that it is not a position he expected or coveted.

    “I never aspired to this position,” says Moody, a North Vancouver resident who has been a member of Seymour Golf & Country Club since the mid-1980s. “I just like volunteering. This is something I started to do when I retired and I have especially enjoyed working with the kids.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Whatcom County courses excited to welcome back B.C. golfers; Hadwin records third straight top 10; PNG Lamey Cup returns after two-year hiatus; SFU men second in regular-season finale

    Homestead Farms GC Is Offering Some Great Deals For Canadians Ready To Play Down South Again - Image Courtesy Homestead Farms GC/Pixabay

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The British Columbians are back and no one is happier about that than the folks at Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden. Homestead has always relied heavily on British Columbia traffic, so when the border closed more than two years ago due to Covid-19, it had a devastating effect on the course. 

    “I would say it is at least half of our business,” says Trevor Parsons, who works in the Homestead pro shop. “We’re right on the border so the last couple of years have been tough. We have been missing the Canadians.” 

    As of April 1, costly Covid testing requirements that kept B.C. golfers north of the border, were dropped. Whatcom County courses are obviously hoping to see lots of B.C. golfers this spring and summer.

  • BC's Kaleb Gorbahn Takes On The Ups And Downs Of A Pro Golf Career

    Kaleb Gorbahn - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kaleb Gorbahn earned conditional status at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school in California, but the Smithers native was in no mood to celebrate. Gorbahn knows conditional status and a couple of dollars will buy you a cup of coffee.

    He’s not guaranteed any starts this summer. Maybe he gets some, maybe he doesn’t. Gorbahn acknowledges the grind of chasing his pro golf dream has been difficult. “It has been hard,” he says. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have had doubts about whether I should be doing this or not.”

  • Dawson City Golf Course Seeks New Clubhouse Manager & Course Superintendent

    The Dawson City Golf Course is looking to fill two major positions at their facility. Please see the postings below seeking a Clubhouse Manager and Grounds Superintendent. 

    The Dawson City Golf Course, situated across the Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon, features nine-holes, a driving range, a clubhouse, and hosts multiple special events throughout the season. The course is operated by the Dawson Golf Association (DGA), a non-profit association.

  • NextGen Pacific To Kick Off BC's Canada Summer Games Team Selection

    Two BC Amateur Champions, Tristan Mandur (L) & Nolan Thoroughgood (R) ReceiveTheir Team Silver Medals At The 2017 Canada Summer Games - Image Credit: 2017 Canada Summer Games/Anthony_Fernando-Golf-1715

    The  British Columbia Golf selection committee will use the NextGen Pacific Championship, taking place at Nanaimo GC May 13 - 15, 2022, as a competition to start the process of selecting the top performance juniors for the 2022 Canada Summer Games to represent British Columbia in Niagara Falls in August.