• Canadian Turf Research Foundation Looks To Help Swamped Sod Farms

    royalty free photo used with permission

    Due to high demand and limited supply in the local market because of extensive flooding in Abbotsford during November of 2021, two of British Columbia's major turf farms have been severely affected.

    Western Turf Farms saw their farm and equipment submerged under water for an extended period of time. It is taking quite some time to assess whether any turf is recoverable, which it is likely not, and they in all probability will have to start from scratch from the soil beds up.

    Bos Sod Farm is in a very similar situaton and both of these family-run operations are major suppliers of athletic fields, residential requirements and golf courses. In an effort to help these businesses get back on their feet the Canadian Turf Research Foundation, in conjunction with Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation, have created a donation page.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ewart now top-ranked player in NCAA Division II; Taylor ties for 25th in Dominican Republic; Macdonald top-10s on Korn Ferry Tour

    Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart Is Having An Outstanding Year In NCAA Div II - Images Courtesy Barry U

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart is doing a nice job of following in the footsteps of fellow British Columbian Adam Svensson at Barry University in south Florida. 

    Ewart hopes to follow Svensson all the way to the PGA TOUR, but he will be taking one detour. The 22-year-old Coquitlam native insists that, unlike Svensson, he won’t be leaving Barry early to chase his pro golf dream.

    “I have to finish my degree or else my mom won’t be too happy with me,” Ewart says over the phone from Florida. “I have to get that done.”

  • Helping Women Say “Yes” To Golf

    BC Golf File Photo

    by Lindsay Knowlton, Iron Lady Golf (via SIRC)

    I started playing golf for the hot dogs. As a 14-year-old girl, I wanted to make friends with the other kids at my golf club. My major motivation after 9 holes was celebrating with friends over a hot dog and a chocolate milkshake. Flash forward 25 years, and golf is my passion. I’ve played and competed around the world. I’ve also taught more than 10,000 women how to play golf.

    Like me, these women are almost always interested in more than learning how to play golf. They learn to be included in their work events or to spend more time with their partners and families. They learn to find new friendships and travel companions, to exercise, spend time in nature or get some fresh air.

    Now more than ever, golf is about much more than just the game. Community is the glue that makes golf stick. In this blog, I offer strategies and tips, based on research and my own experiences, to help golf clubs and organizations create inclusive, welcoming environments that help women say “yes” to golf.

    Please click HERE to read complete story on SIRC....

    About the Author(s)
    Lindsay Knowlton is the founder of Iron Lady Golf and a member of the PGA of Canada. She’s passionate about helping more women say “yes” to golf and building communities. Lindsay was the Captain of the Ohio State Women’s Golf Team, a 3-year Member of Canada’s National Team and a Silver Medalist at the 2004 World Championships. She has also recorded 3 holes-in-1!

  • Grizzly Golf Tour Gears Up For The Season

    The golf season is very much upon us here in British Columbia and a number of events are getting back on track as we move carefully away from the cancellations and postponements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last couple of years. 

    One of the tours that is getting ready to operate again is the Grizzly Golf Tour which runs events for juniors aged 5-18 and adult recreational players 18 and over throughout the Lower Mainland. Check out the information in the poster below and click on the image to go to their website to find out more about the Grizzly Tour.

  • BC Golf Goes For Unprecedented 'Five-Peat' In North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    In 2019 British Columbia Picked Up Their 4th Consecutive Win In The NPJLTM - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski/BC Golf

    British Columbia's North Pacific Junior Ladies Team will be on a quest not often realized at any level of sports competition when they tee off at the Home Course in Washington State this May 27th - 29th for the 34th edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches.

    Although the annual NPJLTM competition has been cancelled the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are back on track this year and Team BC just happens to have won the last four events played, from 2016 - 2019. Thus they take to the links in search of the rare 'Five-Peat'. 

    The return to competition after a two-year break will bring with it some new faces to the BC Team, both on the player's side and the coaches as well.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Texas crash hits home for UBC coach; Hadwin notches second straight top 10; Bald Eagle could be put up for sale; Victoria Liu earns first collegiate win; Canadian Open regional qualifier set for Meadow Gardens

    UBC Golf Coach Chris Macdonald - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Macdonald has spent considerable time thinking about the young lives lost in the devastating accident in Texas involving a New Mexico school’s golf teams.

    The longtime coach of the University of British Columbia’s men’s and women’s golf teams has also reflected on how much time he has spent driving his teams to and from tournaments.

    “It’s just devastating, such a tragedy,” Macdonald said of the crash that killed six members of the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf teams, as well as their coach, and left two other students critically injured. “I think I have probably driven over 200,000 kilometres in a mini-van with the teams in the 22 years I have been here.

  • PGA of BC Releases 2022 Championship Schedule

    MARCH 17, 2022

    RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – The PGA of BC will hold all eight of the traditional championship events in three of the Association’s geographical regions in 2022, allowing its membership several opportunities to compete against their peers throughout the season.

    Following a delay to the 2021 tournament calendar due to health & safety protocols, the 2022 season is set to return to a traditional timeline. The Jack McLaughlin Memorial Pro-Junior Championship will also return after a two-year hiatus.

  • Registration Is Now Open For The Provincial Training Camp for BC Competitive Blind Golfers

    BC Golf's Debbie Pyne (L) With BC Blind Golfer Darren Douma and All Abilities Golfer Joe Higgins (putting) - image credit Jeff Sutherland/Inside Golf

    Hello Players,

    We welcome you to register for the 2022 BC Golf Provincial Training Camp - Western Blind Golf being held at Westwood Plateau, Lago Golf Academy in Coquitlam on April 30th and May 1st.

    This camp is open to all BC Blind Competitive Golfers, Men and Women, who are members of BC Golf/Golf Canada in good standing along with their personal coaches/guides.

  • RBC PGA Scramble Announces 2022 Regional Final Host Locations

    Update to Program Handicap Stipulations Coming

    (Acton, ON) - The PGA of Canada is pleased to announce that some of Canada’s top courses have been secured as host sites for the 2022 RBC PGA Scramble Regional Finals.

    Building on last year's return to Cabot Links for the National Final and the largest draw of players ever to participate in the program, we are excited to announce that players who qualify from their local qualifier will head to one of the following Regional Final hosts:

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: British Columbia Golf’s championship season on the horizon; Lee earns conditional status at PGA Tour Canada Q-school; UBC sweeps team titles at Vikes tourney; Vancouver Open to remain at three city courses

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The start of British Columbia Golf’s championship season is just two months away and Chief Executive Officer Kris Jonasson is delighted with the courses that will play host to the events. 

    “We have an outstanding set of venues for our championships this year,” Jonasson says. “We’re really excited about where we are going.” 

    The season tees off May 16-19 with the Women’s and Men’s Mid-Amateur/Mid Master Championships at Talking Rock Golf Course in Chase. “We have been trying to go to Talking Rock for an event the last three years and we have been thwarted by the pandemic,” Jonasson says.

  • Four Regional Qualifiers Set For RBC Canadian Open Including BC's Meadow Gardens GC

    Player Registration Is Now Open For The 2022 RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifying Competitions In British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, & Alberta

    (March 14, 2022) - Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor RBC, is pleased to announce the qualifying format for the 2022 RBC Canadian Open, scheduled for June 6-12 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto with nearby Islington Golf Club serving as the official practice facility.

    A two-stage qualifying process for Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship will feature regional qualifying competitions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec as well as Alberta which is new for 2022. Three of four regional qualifier dates and host sites are set with the Quebec qualifier details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

  • 2022 RBC Canadian Open Tickets Now Available

    The 111th playing of Canada’s National Men’s Open Championship Returns June 6-12, 2022 At St. George’s Golf & Country Club In Partnership With Islington Golf Club In Toronto

    For Immediate Release

    (March 10, 2022) – The RBC Canadian Open is officially back to kick off the 2022 summer festival season!

    Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor RBC, is pleased to offer a full selection of ticket options for the 2022 RBC Canadian Open.

    Following two years of cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RBC Canadian Open returns June 6-12 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Toronto with nearby Islington Golf Club hosting the tournament’s official practice facility.

    The stars of the PGA TOUR will return to Toronto as St. George’s prepares to host the tournament for the fifth time and first since 2010.

  • Berne Neufeld, Scott Vannatter And David Atkinson To Receive Distinguished Service Awards From British Columbia Golf

    From L-R: David Atkinson, Berne Neufeld, Scott Vannatter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    First as a high school teacher and then as the director of Victoria Golf Club’s Evans Scholarship program for caddies, Berne Neufeld has made changing the lives of young people a personal passion. 

    Neufeld is the reason the Evans program exists at Victoria Golf Club and her steadfast determination is why it has prospered. “Berne just took it upon herself to make it happen,” says John Bodenhamer, who is now chief championships officer with the United States Golf Association.

    “She singlehandedly made it happen.”

  • British Columbia Golf Community Saddened By The Passing Of Gary Puder

    Gary Puder Won The BC Mid-Amateur At His Home Vancouver Golf Club In 2001 -Image Courtesy VGC/@batchp

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gary Puder, a longtime Vancouver Golf Club member who won the B.C. Amateur, B.C. Mid-Amateur and B.C. Senior titles in three different decades, died last week following a lengthy illness. Puder, a retired high school principal, was 84.

    Friends and fellow competitors remembered not only Puder’s great golf game, but his impeccable character. “Gary Puder was a special person in British Columbia golf,” said former PGA TOUR winner Richard Zokol. “A great gentleman, great competitor and great player.”

  • KidSport BC Launches First Ever Online 50/50 Raffle

    Proceeds will help give more kids the opportunity to participate in organized sport

    For Immediate Release – February 22, 2022 (Vancouver, BC) – KidSport BC launched their first ever online 50/50 raffle in hopes of raising much-needed funds to help more kids across the province experience the joy of a season of sport.

    Proceeds from the fundraiser will support KidSport BC’s Provincial Fund, which provides grants (up to $400) to kids from communities across BC that don’t have a KidSport chapter to help cover the cost of their sport registration fee.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: ‘Triple Crown’ winner Gary Puder passes at age 84; Hadwin, Sloan in Players Championship field; Leah John witnesses NCAA history; Peace Portal gets new name

    Former BC Amateur Champion Gary Puder (R) With Fellow Vancouver Golf Club Member Paul Batchelor - Image Courtesy Paul Batchelor/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gary Puder, a longtime Vancouver Golf Club member who won the B.C. Amateur, B.C. Mid-Amateur and B.C. Senior titles in three different decades, died last week following a lengthy illness. Puder, a retired high school principal, was 84.

    Friends and fellow competitors remembered not only Puder’s great golf game, but his impeccable character. “Gary Puder was a special person in British Columbia golf,” said former PGA TOUR winner Richard Zokol. “A great gentleman, great competitor and great player.”

  • Golf Canada to enhance player-development program with a goal to advance 30 Canadians to the LPGA and PGA TOUR by 2032

    Media Release/Golf Canada

    Golf Canada is undertaking an integrated and multi-faceted enhancement of its high-performance program to accelerate Canada’s position in the global professional golf landscape.

    The National Sport Federation announced last week (Feb. 23rd) a strategic framework for its player development program with a stated primary objective to increase the cumulative number of Canadian athletes on the LPGA and PGA TOUR to 30 by 2032.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Svensson top 10s at Honda Classic; German leaves Bald Eagle to join Callaway; SFU freshman Ryan Hodgins impresses in spring opener; Michelle Liu loses playoff in AJGA title defence

    BC's Nick Taylor (L) And Adam Svensson (R) - Images VGT/EBO

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was a tale of two Sundays for British Columbians Nick Taylor and Adam Svensson in the final round of the Honda Classic. 

    Taylor left PGA National’s Champions Course, where trouble seems to lurk everywhere, feeling pretty good about a week that had started out so badly. The Abbotsford native opened the event with an ugly seven-over 77, but rallied with a brilliant five-under 65 to make the cut on the number. His closing 67 on Sunday left him tied for 16th at even par.

    Svensson wasn’t feeling quite as good despite finishing the event tied for ninth.

  • Holly Stewart Claims The Pot Of Gold At The End Of Her Caddying Rainbow

    Victoria Teen Holly Stewart Is Off To The University of Washington This Fall After Earning Prestigious Evans Scholarship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Holly Stewart was 12 years old when she began caddying at Victoria Golf Club and in those days it often felt like the bag she was carrying weighed as much as she did. 

    On some days, particularly when the wind whipped off the water and swept across the oceanside layout, her ‘loop’ was something of a balancing act. “You’d arrive at the club and it’s like, oh, it’s a beautiful day, nice and sunny, and then you get out there and the wind is whipping all around you,” Stewart says.

    “And as a tiny little 12 year-old I did not have good balance. I slid down hills a few times because I couldn’t stand up.”

  • Hope Becomes Reality For Golf Courses And Others In Need Thanks To BC Amateur Sport Fund

    When The Banks Of The Coquihalla River Overflowed Last November, It Did Serious Damage To The Hope Golf Club - Image Courtesy Hope GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Eric Beamish isn’t sure the driving range addition at Salt Spring Island Golf Club would have been built last year without the help of the B.C. Amateur Sport Fund.

    The club used the fund to help raise money for the addition of a covered post-and-beam driving range area that includes six mats under a shed-style roof.

    “It probably doubled the amount of donations we got,” said Beamish, who is the club’s operations manager. “The fund provided a way for us to offer charitable tax receipts to people donating. It probably doubled the amount of donations that we got. We wouldn’t have been able to fund the project without that ability to offer charitable tax receipts.”

    Other forward-thinking golf clubs are beginning to tap into the fund, which is administered by Sport BC.