• 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.

  • 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!

    Click HERE to read full story...

  • 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.

     

  • 2020 BC Blind Golf 'Cloud' Championships A Big Success

    Blind Golfers Have A Coach/Guide Who Can Line Up The Club Behind The Ball For The Player - Image Courtesy Western Canadian Blind Golf Association

    An inaugural 'Cloud' Blind Golf Championship took place at various golf courses across the country last week and proved to be well received.

    With the hard work of Creston, BC's Darren Douma, who is the President of the Western Canadian Blind Golf Assoc. and the Vice President of Blind Golf Canada, along with Doug Hastie from British Columbia Golf, sight-impaired golfers from BC to Ontario were able to play rounds at a home course or one near to their residence and submit scores to be compared on the basis of the course rating.

  • Video: Two-Year Old Canadian Wins Best PeeWee Golf Swing In The World

    Jack Cantin of Sudbury, Ont., at 25 months of age, finished first in the under-3 category in the Little Linksters Best Peewee Swing Contest recently.

    Participants send in a video and are judged in the Florida-based contest by such golf luminaries as Jack Nicklaus, Jordan Spieth and Annika Sorenstam.

    Watch as Sudbury.com met up with Jack and his parents at Idylwylde Golf & Country Club.

     

  • Golf Canada And PGA Of Canada Announce Women In Coaching Program

    Image Credit PGA of Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    This year has been a unique one – to say the least – but a big positive that’s come from the lengthy break from event-planning has seen Golf Canada accelerate meaningful initiatives that will benefit the future of the sport.

    The Golf Canada Women in Coaching Program, launching this week, is one of those initiatives – an exciting partnership between Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada that will put the sport on the path to further balance between sexes at a high level, coaching-wise.

  • 2020 CP Women’s Leadership Summit To Be Held Virtually

    - Third annual business summit to inspire empowerment will be held online Tuesday, September 1, with complimentary admission -

    - Panelists include CP Ambassadors Brooke Henderson and Lorie Kane; Olympians Marnie McBean and Perdita Felicien; as well as executive and educator, Candy Ho and CP executive Pam Arpin -

    OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) — Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) has announced the third annual CP Women’s Leadership Summit will take place virtually on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, with complimentary access.

    The intent of the CP Women’s Leadership Summit is to bring together like-minded female business leaders for an opportunity to network, as well as inspire empowerment and philanthropy among women. This year’s Summit will feature four sessions, running from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, and will be hosted by TSN anchor Lindsay Hamilton.

    The CP Women’s Leadership Summit will also help raise funds for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, the primary charity partner of the 2021 CP Women's Open, with online donations supporting the health and wellness of children at the BC Children’s Hospital.

  • Golf Canada Partners With First Tee To Establish First Tee – Canada

    All Images Courtesy First Tee - Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Golf Canada and First Tee announced on August 10th a new partnership to launch First Tee – Canada. First Tee’s Board Chairman, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, shared the news during a global announcement that the Presidents Cup will return to Royal Montreal Golf Club in 2024.

    Together, the partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf activities – previously conducted under the Future Links brand – that reach kids in schools and at golf facilities.

  • Canada Life Series An Opportunity To Boost Canadian Content On Mackenzie Tour

    Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Executive Director Scott  Pritchard - BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Canadian content. The PGA TOUR currently has lots of it. The Mackenzie Tour could use more of it.

    The four-event Canada Life Series, which begins next week at Bear Mountain near Victoria, is designed in part to give Canadians access to the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    Scott Pritchard, the Mackenzie Tour’s executive director, acknowledges that a lack of Canadian content is something of a challenge for his circuit.

  • Golf Canada Tees Up New All-In-One Golf App With Innovative Enhancements

    The new Golf Canada app sets the stage for a greatly enhanced digital experience

    Written by Brent Long/Courtesy Golf Canada

    Canada’s largest golf community is about to become more connected with the launch of the new Golf Canada app.

    The user-friendly app launched August 5 is now available to all golfers nationwide to record and track their scores, trace where they have played and provide detailed game statistics as a game improvement tool. The app is free to download and can be used by golfers at any level of skill.

  • Golf Canada Launches COVID-19 Golf Relief Fund

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation have joined together to launch the COVID-19 GOLF RELIEF FUND, to support golf courses in helping employees and golfers stay safe while also thanking front-line workers through encouraging additional play and welcoming juniors to further experience the game.

    During the pandemic, golf has experienced a booming resurgence, emerging as one of the safest recreational activities for Canadians to enjoy and highlighting the physical and mental benefits that the sport provides.

  • Golf Canada Foundation Sweepstakes Are Now Live - Win Great VIP Golf Prizes

    The Golf Canada Foundation sweepstakes are now live nationwide and will run until August 27th at 9pm EST. 

    You can win a number of incredible VIP golf experiences including the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, CP Women's Open and the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Be sure to buy tickets early to be entered into the amazing Stay & Play at Cabot Cliffs early bird prize that will be drawn on August 12th at 11:59pm EST.

    Why we are raising funds?
    In response to the pandemic, Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation along with partners (R&A, PGA TOUR, USGA, PGA of Canada, Levelwear, Bear Mountain, Cabot, TPC Toronto) and individual donors have set up the COVID-19 GOLF RELIEF FUND to help golf course employees stay safe and to encourage additional play for front-line workers and juniors to experience the physical and mental benefits of golf.

    How does this work?
    Golf Canada member clubs can apply for reimbursement of any, or all, of the following up to a maximum dollar amount:

    • PPE costs
    • Rounds of play for juniors
    • Rounds of play for front-line workers

    Click HERE to get more details and buy tickets. 

     

     

  • Four-Time B.C. Seniors Champion Gudmund Lindbjerg Passes At Age 71

    Gudmund Lindbjerg 1948 -2020 - image courtesy Twitter/WA Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gudmund Lindbjerg, a longtime Pitt Meadows Golf Club member who won four straight B.C. Senior Men’s titles starting in 2008, has died following a battle with cancer. He was 71.

    Lindbjerg produced a rather remarkable amateur golf career despite not playing the game until he was 29. He emigrated from Denmark in his early 20s and at that time was more interested in hunting ducks than chasing birdies on a golf course.

  • B.C. Pros Keen To Play In Four-Event Summer Series Announced By Mackenzie Tour

    The First Two Events Of The Canada Life Series Will Be Held At Bear Mountain’s Valley And Mountain Courses In Langford - Image Courtesy Bear Mountain

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit could certainly use some additional Canadian content and a summer series of four events announced Friday will help address that issue.

    The Mackenzie Tour has partnered with Canada Life for four 54-hole tournaments that will be for Canadian residents only. The first two tournaments will be held next month at the Bear Mountain Resort near Victoria with the final two events scheduled for the TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in early September.

    Each event of what is being called the Canada Life Series will offer a purse of $50,000 Cdn. More importantly, the series will offer players an opportunity to earn some status on next year’s Mackenzie Tour.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces Four-event Canada Life Series

    Canada Life To Sponsor Tournaments In Langford And Caledon, With 2021 Mackenzie Tour Starts And RBC Canadian Open Invite On The Line

    For Immediate Release

    TORONTO, Canada—With the official Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada sidelined this season due to issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tour announced Friday that it will hold a series of four tournaments for players residing in Canada. The tournaments are set for Langford, British Columbia, and Caledon, Ontario, in August and September, all events contested under the direction of the Mackenzie Tour and its staff.

    The Canada Life Series will feature two 54-hole events at Bear Mountain Golf & Tennis Resort Community in Langford on Vancouver Island and two more at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley. Fields will consist of Canadian professionals and elite amateurs, as well as Mackenzie Tour members, regardless of citizenship, who are already in Canada. Officials anticipate field sizes between 90 and 120 players, with purses set at $50,000 (CAD) per event.

  • Take A Kid To The Course!

    Via Vancouver Parks Golf

    KIDS PLAY FREE - July 6 - 31, 2020

    Fraserview, McCleery and Langara are proud to be a part of the National Golf Course Owners Association's Take a Kid to the Course program.

    We are offering all Juniors age 16 and under, a free round of golf at our Championship Golf Courses with a paid adult from July 6 to 31, 2020 after 12pm.

    Simply book a tee time as normal and bring the family out for a round of golf!

    One free junior golfer per paid adult green fee. Championship Courses only.

    Plus, all Juniors that play golf between July 6 and 31 can also enter into a photo contest sponsored by the National Golf Course Owners Canada.

    Bring a Kid to the Course!

    NGCOA PHOTO CONTEST

    To be eligible for the grand prize draws, golfers must post a picture of themselves participating in the Take A Kid To The Course program on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @kidsgolffree.

    The contest runs from July 6 to August 3, 2020 with 4 weekly draws beginning on July 13.

    Grand Prize:

    Four All-Inclusive 2021 Melia Hotels Cuba packages (Airfare not included).

    Plus other prizes to be won each week.

  • The 2020 Golf Canada Foundation Collegiate Scholarship Application Process is NOW OPEN Until August 31st, 2020

    Now more than ever, the Golf Canada Foundation understands the financial uncertainty that student athletes are facing as the 2020 school year approaches, and it is our pleasure to announce that all Golf Canada Foundation Scholarships will be available to eligible student athletes once again this year.

    Though we understand collegiate golf may be modified, postponed to the spring, or even cancelled, our scholarship committee has made the decision to continue to honour and support athletes who have made the team and are enrolled as full-time students in the fall.

    For eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit our scholarship page.

    Ailey​ Jarvis
    Coordinator, Scholarship & Events
    Coordonnatrice, Bourses d’études et événements
    Golf Canada Foundation
    Suite 1‑1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville, ON L6M 4X7
    T 905.849.9700 x266
    1.800.263.0009
    ajarvis@golfcanada.ca

  • Port Coquitlam Teen Yeji Kwon Wins Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship

    14-Year-Old Yeji Kwon Fired Rounds Of 70 And 74 To Win The Rain-Shortened Alberta Ladies Amateur By One Shot  - Image Courtesy @Alberta_Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Yeji Kwon says the COVID-19 pandemic has given her more time to practice and all that hard work paid off for the 14-year-old from Port Coquitlam who this week won the Alberta Ladies Amateur Championship.

    “With school being out this spring for COVID I got a lot of practice time in,” Kwon says. “We would practice every day, sometimes from morning to night.”

    It wasn’t all golf as Kwon had school work to do to complete Grade 8 at Summit Middle School in Coquitlam. 

  • Quarantine Restrictions Force Cancellation Of 2020 Canadian Women’s Open At Shaughnessy G&CC

    The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open LPGA Event Will Return To Shaughnessy In 2021 - Image Courtesy Facility

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open has become another COVID-19 sports casualty and will not be played late this summer at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver. 

    Golf Canada made the announcement Tuesday. With the Canada-U.S. border remaining closed and strict self-quarantine restrictions in place, it simply was not feasible to play the event, which was scheduled for Sept. 3-6. There was some good news for Shaughnessy and Metro Vancouver golf fans, however, as the Southwest Marine Drive layout will play host to the event in 2021.