• A Place To Call Home…

    By Laurence Applebaum, Golf Canada CEO

    With the new Canadian golf campus announced for construction on the property of TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., I know that buildings and structures will not advance our great sport. Collaboration will.

  • Parr’s Sights Set On Title Defence Ahead Of Final Round Of Canadian Junior Boys Championship In Kamloops

    Jean-Philippe Parr Leads The Canadian Junior Boys Championship After Round 3 - Golf Canada Image

    For Immediate Release/Golf Canada

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The rising temperatures today at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links were no problem for Jean-Philippe Parr. During the third round of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, the 18-year-old shot a 4-under-par 68 to extend his stay at the top of the leaderboard. 

    Parr, who calls St-Célestin Que. home, carded six birdies today, playing in a group with fellow Team Canada National Junior Squad members Cooper Humphreys and James Newton. To spectators observing the round, the group, familiar with playing together, clearly enjoyed the competition this afternoon.

  • Team Québec Secures Inter-Provincial Title; Parr Leads At Canadian Junior Boys In Kamloops

    Team Quebec Took The Inter-Provincial Title - Golf Canada Photo

    It was another scorching day in Kamloops as the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO brought the heat to Rivershore Estates and Golf Links while wrapping up the second day of play.

    The 36-hole inter-provincial competition came to a close as Team Québec, consisting of Jean-Philippe Parr, Felix Bouchard, and James Newton, extended their day one lead to capture the title by six strokes. Hot on their heels was Team Ontario who challenged throughout the afternoon but fell short of closing the gap that Team Québec laid out in round one. 

    Click HERE for complete story on Golf Canada. 

     

  • For Every Flower That Blooms: First Tee – BC and Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy

    Golf Canada Image

    Maddy Boelhouwer/ Golf Canada

    Pathways to success often depend on access to experiences and opportunities. Unfortunately, across Canada, many children all too often lack the resources or access to empowering extracurricular activities, such as sports or organized recreation.

    Knowing the positive impact that sport can have on a child’s life, Golf Canada’s junior programming through First Tee strives to break down barriers to accessing the game of golf. First Tee – Canada provides inclusive youth development activities to participants as young as five years old, using golf as a vehicle to support the personal growth and confidence of children.

    First Tee – Canada programming is offered at golf courses, schools, and community centres in regions across the country with specifically designed curriculum and instructor training for each of these impactful learning environments.

    On traditional Musqueam First Nation territory alongside the Fraser River lies The Musqueam Golf and Learning Academy. This tree-lined golf course and driving range [in/near Vancouver, B.C.] is home to First Tee – British Columbia.

    Click HERE for complete story on Golf Canada. 

  • Early Eagle Propels Mexico’s Luis Carrera To Canadian Men’s Amateur Win At Point Grey

    Rodrigo Pena (L) And Canadian Amateur Champion Luis Carrera (R) After 'Their' Win - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    An early eagle and some help from an old friend propelled Mexico’s Luis Carrera to the biggest win of his amateur career. Carrera and Rodrigo Pena were junior golf friends who were members of the same course in Mexico City.

    Neither could quite believe it when they ran into one another during the second day of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Point Grey Golf & Country Club. Carrera was in the field playing the event, while Pena had started working in the Point Grey pro shop about a month ago after moving to Vancouver recently with his Canadian wife.

    On Thursday, the two old friends had a day they will never forget.

  • Shelly Stouffer Makes It Look Easy In Winning U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship

     BC's Shelly Stouffer Celebrates With Son Brett After Winning The USGA Sr. Women's Title - Image Credit Steve Gibbons/USGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shelly Stouffer not only won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, she also made a little history in becoming the first British Columbian to win a United States Golf Association championship. “That’s pretty cool,” the longtime Nanoose Bay resident said over the phone from Alaska.

    Stouffer won the event in the most convincing fashion. She steamrolled her way through the field and finished it off with a 4&3 victory over Australia’s Sue Wooster in the championship match at Anchorage Golf Course.

  • Three Canadians At Top Of Canadian Amateur Leaderboard Following 3rd Round At Point Grey G&CC

    Eric Zhao Is Tied For The Lead At The Canadian Men's Amateur - Golf Canada Photo

    For Immediate Release/Courtesy Golf Canada

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Despite the threat of rain in the forecast, skies remained dry over Point Grey Golf and Country Club for round three of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO. Canadians Robbie Latter and Eric Zhao lit up the leaderboard today, Latter shooting a cool 65 with Zhao carding a 66 in the third round to tie for the top spot.

    Latter, who calls Mississauga, Ont. home, carded five birdies and an eagle to ascend 14 spots in the race for the 117th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship title. The Southern Miss sophomore finished T25 at last year’s event and won the Future Links (now NextGen) Québec Championship as a 17-year-old in 2018.

  • Keith Ng Loving His College Golf Life In Hawaii

    Richmond Resident Keith Ng Enters Final Round Of Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship T11 - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Keith Ng’s summer is almost over. In less than two weeks he’ll return to the rigors of playing collegiate golf in Hawaii. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

    “It’s hard not to like being in Hawaii,” says Ng, a Richmond native who plays at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on the Big Island. “The weather is the same, 30 degrees every day.”

  • B.C. Settles For Second In Willingdon Cup Competition At Canadian Men’s Amateur

    Quebec's Winning Willingdon Cup Team L-R: William Forgues, Laurent Desmarchais, Christopher Vandette - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tony Li had never heard of the Willingdon Cup until he found out he was on British Columbia’s team. That happened a couple of weeks ago when Li, a 20-year-old from Vancouver, finished second at the B.C. Amateur Championship at Christina Lake Golf Club.

    The top three finishers at the B.C. Amateur play for the province in the Willingdon Cup, an inter-provincial team competition held during the first two rounds of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. 

    “I had never heard of it, but it is something really cool and I was really proud to represent B.C.,” Li said after finishing his second round at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Gutschewski Leads By Two At Canadian Men’s Amateur In B.C.

    Canadian Men's Amateur 1st Round Leader Luke Gutschewski - Image Credit Golf Canada

    For Immediate Release/Courtesy Golf Canada

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Point Grey Golf and Country Club and Seymour Golf and Country Club played host to 250 golfers this holiday Monday as play commenced for the 117th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.

    Elkhorn, Neb. native Luke Gutschewski had a hot start, making eight birdies to shoot a 65 for the day. Heading into his second season playing for Iowa State's golf team, Gutschewski played a near bogey-free round, getting into the groove and making birdie on five consecutive holes in the middle of his round at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Canadian Men's Amateur Championship Heads To Vancouver, B.C.

    The Canadian Men's Amateur Trophy, The Earl Grey Cup

    For Immediate Release

    VANCOUVER (July 30, 2022) – The 117th installment of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, tees off this week with 252 amateur golfers taking the stage in Vancouver, B.C.

    The championship, which was first held in 1895, is the oldest amateur championship in the country. The inaugural tournament, held at Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Qué., marked one of the first orders of business for the Royal Canadian Golf Association – now known commonly as Golf Canada.

    One of nine national championships conducted by Golf Canada for the 2022 season, the Canadian Men’s Amateur will consist of 72 holes of stroke play taking place at two elite courses, Seymour Golf and Country Club, and Point Grey Golf and Country Club, with the latter celebrating its centennial anniversary. The field will be cut to the low 70 players (including ties) following 36 holes.

  • Port Coquitlam’s Yeji Kwon Dominates Field To Win Canadian Junior & Juvenile Girls Championships

    BC's Yeji Kwon Receives The Canadian Junior Girls Championship Trophy From Golf Canada President Liz Hoffman - BC Golf Photo 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After shooting a three-over 75 in the first round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, Yeji Kwon really wasn’t thinking about winning the event. 

    She was more concerned about fixing her swing. “After that 75, I was really unhappy with my shots in general, so after the round I made a couple of changes to try and get my swing more on plane,” Kwon said. “That seemed to help.”

    Did it ever. The 16-year-old Port Coquitlam resident followed up with rounds of 67, 65 and 70 and not only won the championship, but beat the rest of the field by nine shots at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: B.C. takes team title at Canadian Women’s Amateur, where Surrey’s Lauren Kim ties for third; Jennifer Gu qualifies for U.S. Women’s Amateur; Five British Columbians to tee it up at U.S. Junior Amateur at Bandon Dunes; Stinson win

    BC's Interprovincial Women's Team Champions L-R: Ha Young Chang, Victoria Liu & Leah John - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia won the interprovincial team title and Surrey’s Lauren Kim tied for third at the 108th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Westmount Golf & Country Club in Kitchener, Ont.

    The B.C. team of Leah John of Vancouver, Victoria Liu of Vancouver and Ha Young Chang of Surrey beat Quebec by five shots in the 36-hole team competition. It was British Columbia’s first interprovincial team title since 2018 and the 21st since the competition began in 1947.

  • B.C. Takes Team Title At Canadian Women’s Amateur, Where Surrey’s Lauren Kim Ties For Third

    BC's Interprovincial Women's Team Champions L-R: Ha Young Chang, Victoria Liu & Leah John - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia won the interprovincial team title and Surrey’s Lauren Kim tied for third at the 108th Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Westmount Golf & Country Club in Kitchener, Ont.

    The B.C. team of Leah John of Vancouver, Victoria Liu of Vancouver and Ha Young Chang of Surrey beat Quebec by five shots in the 36-hole team competition. It was British Columbia’s first interprovincial team title since 2018 and the 21st since the competition began in 1947.

  • Don’t Be Intimidated By Golf

    The 14th Hole At Bear Mountain In Victoria Is Beautiful & Scary At The Same Time - BC Golf Photo 

    By John Gordon, Courtesy Golf Canada

    Who was the first person to be intimidated by golf? Hint: It wasn’t you.

    Little-known fact: He was the second person to take up the game about, oh, 600 years ago in Scotland.

    “Och, Geordie, I could never hit that stone as far as you can with your shepherd’s crook. Look, it’s almost in the rabbit hole in one stroke! Why are you walking so fast? I can’t find my stone! Who is that behind us?”

    Versions of those plaintive bleats have echoed down through history and continue to be heard today, in one fashion or another.

  • 9 Tips For Your First Time Golfing

    By John Gordon (Courtesy Golf Canada)

    The game of golf is booming like never before and, if you’re reading this, you likely are one of the thousands who are taking up the game for the first time.

    The allure of golf is obvious: it’s fun exercise, it’s a chance to enjoy the outdoors and it’s very social. Like any sport or recreational pastime, it requires you to learn a bit about the fundamentals and to practise if you want to enjoy the game to its fullest.

    Here are nine tips to help you enjoy the game. (Coincidentally, nine holes is just the right number for beginners.)

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Svensson a career-best sixth at Barbasol; Ewart, Arora qualify for respective U.S. Amateurs; B.C. Amateur field set after qualifier; Katherine Hao wins Alberta Women’s Amateur; Barker wins big at Ogopogo

    BC's Adam Svensson - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Any disappointment Surrey’s Adam Svensson feels over a stumble down the stretch at the Barbasol Championship should be tempered with the knowledge he has secured his PGA TOUR status for next year. 

    After contending all week, Svensson finished a career-best solo sixth at the Barbasol. Svensson was done in when he only managed to par the easy par 5 15th hole in the final round and then took a double-bogey on the par 4 17th when he was forced to take an unplayable lie after an errant drive.

    Svensson finished the event at 19-under par, six shots behind winner Trey Mullinax.

  • Defending Champion Jin Young Ko & Canadian Sensation Brooke Henderson Lead Star-Studded Field Of Early Commitments To 2022 CP Women’s Open

    Image Courtesy Golf Canada/CP Women's Open

    For Immediate Release | June 28, 2022

    • Early field list includes 16 of the top 20 players on the current LPGA Tour Money List, seven past CP Women’s Open champions and 11 LPGA Tour in-year winners 
    • Canadian legend Lorie Kane to play in record 30th CP Women’s Open; Canadian Golf Hall of Famer will make her final career start in Canada’s National Women’s Open
    • CP Has Heart charity campaign to benefit CHEO Hospital Foundation in support of pediatric cardiac care with Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation as the community beneficiary
    • CP Women’s Leadership Summit, the introduction of ‘The Rink’ fan experience and the Golf Canada fan app experience among the many tournament enhancements to celebrate the return of Canada’s National Women’s Open

    Ottawa, Ont. (June 28, 2022) – Golf Canada, in partnership with title sponsor Canadian Pacific (CP), has announced that many of the world’s top players have committed to compete in the celebrated return of the 2022 CP Women’s Open from August 22-28 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont.

  • Team Canada Golden In Japan At Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    L-R: Team Canada Junior Boys Eric Zhao, Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Wilson & Félix Bouchard Hoist The 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup At Hakusan Village Golf Club In Tsu, Japan

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    TSU, Japan – Canada Day was still a week away but there was reason to celebrate early for Team Canada’s National Junior Squad in Japan on Friday, June 24th.

    The Canadian Junior Boys team – made up of Félix Bouchard (Otterburn Park, Que.), Ethan Wilson (St. Albert, Alta.), Cooper Humphreys (Vernon, B.C.) and Eric Zhao (North York, Ont.) – captured the 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup with a two-stroke victory over Japan in the seven-team competition.

  • Video: Team Canada Juniors Intro Themselves At Toyota Jr. World Cup

    In a fun and entertaining addition to the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup competition taking place at Hakusan Village GC in Japan, the organizers had the young players do an introductory video of themselves before the tournament. 

    As it turns out, possibly since Canada starts with a C (and then an 'A') our juniors were first out of the gate. They didn't disappoint.