• NGCOA Canada Sells Out Trade Show In Vancouver

    Vancouver - Image Courtesy Wikimedia

    Courtesy Flagstick.com

    On the back end of a record-setting time for participation in golf for Canada it comes as little surprise that the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA Canada) has announced their upcoming annual business and trade show is sold out. The Ottawa-based organization also says it will be their biggest ever, since it’s founding in 2001.

    The NGCOA Canada Golf Business Canada Conference & Trade Show in Vancouver will see some 500+ industry professionals converge to network, take in education, and check out products.

    Click HERE to read full story...

  • NEWS - Women's Golf Day: Announcing a Weeklong Celebration

    Courtesy Women's Golf Day

    November is here, and the holidays are around the corner. Now is the time to think about GOLF! We wish you all a wonderful autumn.

    We are happy to share some exciting news with you regarding WGD 2023! By popular demand, we are extending the dates of Women's Golf Day to a Weeklong Celebration this year.

    Mark your calendars! We hope to see you online or in person at the PGA Show for the Women's Golf Day session on Thursday, January 26th. We will send out details soon.

    Also, as we approach the holidays, are you looking for great gifts for friends and family? We have some ideas included below!

  • Video: A Look At The Five Most Important Changes In the Rules Of Golf For 2023

    The Rules of Golf underwent a massive review and overhaul with the newest version of the rules being brought into effect at the start of 2019. But as the game itself has evolved and continues to do so...so do the rules.

    There are some more changes in store just around the corner for 2023, and while these changes are not nearly as extensive, they still represent some important new regulations that we should all know about.

     The following video takes a look at what's coming for next year as put forward by the R&A, The USGA and the world's governing bodies for the game of golf, including of course, Golf Canda.


  • First Tee Celebrates 25 Years Of Empowering Youth Through Golf


    Golf Canada


    Twenty-five years ago, on November 13, 1997, then-PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem was joined in New York City’s Central Park by representatives from the leading golf organizations – the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA – public officials, including President George H. W. Bush, and golf dignitaries to announce the launch of First Tee.

    Since that time, First Tee has grown into a preeminent youth development organization boasting a network of nearly 150 chapters with programs delivered at 1,400 golf courses, 10,000 schools and 1,700 youth centres in all 50 states and in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Morocco.

  • Robots… Coming To A Golf Range Near You

    Image courtesy Golf Canada

    John Gordon/Golf Canada

    It appears modern technology is about to threaten another time-honoured golf tradition.

    Yes, the days of taking wicked pleasure from hitting the screen-enshrouded ball picker at the driving range may be numbered. (This pleasure intensified exponentially if you knew the person driving said picker.)

    This latest innovation is the Korechi Pik’r, an automated robot that hooks up to any existing golf ball picking unit.

    Click HERE to see complete article...

  • 2022 Fall National Letter Of Intent College Golf Signings – The Canadians

    Photo: Bernard Brault, Golf Canada Ste-Julie, Québec: Canadian Junior Boys Champion Jean-Philippe Parr

    Courtesy Flagstick.com

    The early signing period for the NCAA began this past week and saw a number of young Canadians make their formal commitment to schools in the United States and in Canada.

    We covered the flow of announced on our Twitter stream but wanted to share them here on Flagstick.com for those who do not visit that social media platform.

    Please Click HERE to see the list of Twitter announcements posted on Flagstick.com including from BC's Angela Arora, Brendan O'Brien, Dana Smith and Justin Bjornson...

  • Women In Coaching Program Applications Now Open For 2023


    PGA of Canada


    Together with the PGA of Canada, Golf Canada is excited to announce the continuation of the Women in Coaching program and formally open applications for the 2023 cohort.

    The Women in Coaching program is an initiative that launched in 2021 with nine inaugural participants, that strives to deliver a stronger gender balance among high-performance coaches.

    Each participant receives in-depth career development support focused on four main areas: individualized learning plans, virtual and in-person coaching education, and hands-on training experiences with coaches and top players.

  • Remembering Fallen Golf Heroes

    By Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada

    They are some of Canada’s most renowned golf legends, a list amassed of professional and amateur players, course architects and administrators. They have all contributed to the growth of the game of golf in this country. However, their contributions to golf pale in comparison to their contributions to the fabric of our nation.

    November 11th is Remembrance Day. A day we remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. What better day to remember Canadian golfers of the past who helped our nation during its greatest times of need.

    The following are just some of the contributions Canadian golf legends made to the Allied forces during the First and Second World Wars.

    Click HERE for complete story...

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo, Macdonald fall short at Q-school; Taylor, Hadwin and Svensson head to Houston; UBC women retain No. 1 ranking; Osland wins on Cactus Tour

    BC's Chris Crisologo - Image Courtesy Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The final stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school is as much a test of players’ nerves as their golf games, a place where one mistake can make the difference between a passing and failing grade.

    Richmond’s Chris Crisologo learned that the hard way at the recently completed Q-school in Savannah, Ga. Crisologo missed finishing inside the top 40 and ties and earning guaranteed starts on the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour by six shots.

    While that may make it sound like Crisologo wasn’t particularly close, the 26-year-old Simon Fraser University graduate will look back at one hole of the 72 he played as being the difference.

  • The R&A and USGA Announce 2023 Rules of Golf Update

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    Via Golf Canada

    The R&A and the USGA have unveiled a regular update to the Rules of Golf as they continue to make the Rules easier to understand and apply. The new Rules will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

    The 2023 edition continues the modernization process, with an emphasis on both inclusion and sustainability. For the first time, the modified Rules for players with disabilities have been fully incorporated into the playing rules without the need to adopt a local rule.

  • Back And Better Than Ever: Recapping Golf Canada’s 2022 Amateur Championship Season

    Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada

    For the first time since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Golf Canada had a full slate of amateur championships – from coast-to-coast – contested in 2022. The venues were spectacular, the competition was impressive, and the momentum heading into next season is at an all-time high.

    Mary Beth McKenna, the Director of Amateur Championships and Rules for Golf Canada, called 2022 “incredible.” Thirty-two championships were contested, including national, elite junior, qualifiers, or NextGen efforts.

    “It’s great to be out at all of our courses, engaging with our member clubs, all the volunteers, and working with our officials and providing playing opportunities to our competitive players,” said McKenna. “It was just a really great year, all-in-all.”

    Click HERE to see complete story...

  • New “PGA Tour 2K23” Video Game Made On Canada’s East Coast

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    Neil Davidson (Canadian Press)

    From Moe Norman to Mike Weir and Sandra Post to Brooke Henderson, Canada has a rich golf history.

    But there’s also a little-known golf hotbed in Lunenburg, N.S.

    Located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, with a population of 2,396 according to the 2021 census, the port town is home to HB Studios, creator of the new “PGA Tour 2K23” video game.

    Click HERE to read complete story....

  • Canada’s Most Haunted Golf Clubs

    With its long history and vast geography, Canada boasts many strange and spooky tales. There are haunted coal mines in Cape Breton, poltergeists in Calgary and even a pair of haunted boots in St. Vincent’s Newfoundland. It is no wonder, therefore, that golf courses across the country are rumoured to be home to some extraordinary spirits.

    So, as we are upon that scary time of year it only seems right to revisit this country's golf 'haunts' as chronicled by our national association, Golf Canada.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Macdonald breezes through second stage of Q-school; Hadwin ties for 49th at CJ Cup; Gu registers best collegiate finish; Wong named to Team Canada

    Stuart Macdonald Is Shown Here Competing In The RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit BBrault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Stuart Macdonald made it look easy as he sailed through the second stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school in Murrieta, Calif.

    But the 27-year-old Vancouver native will tell you it was anything but. Q-school, Macdonald says, is never easy. 

    “Obviously, it felt good to get through and just be able to battle through everything that comes along with Q-school,” Macdonald told British Columbia Golf in a telephone interview.

    “It feels like you are playing for your life, like your life is literally on the line. That’s what it feels like. I couldn’t eat for four hours after I played because your stomach is just in knots and it’s not very fun at all.”

  • British Columbia Golf Wishes Everyone A Happy Diwali

    Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights”—a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on October 24. Though technically religious, it’s also become a cultural event in North America that’s celebrated with sweets and special foods.

    What Is Diwali?

    Diwali (also called Divali or Deepavali) is a “festival of lights” that celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night.

    In most of India, Diwali consists of a five-day celebration that peaks on the third day with the main celebration of Diwali. In other places where Diwali occurs, usually only the main day is celebrated.

    Who Celebrates Diwali?

    Diwali is primarily celebrated by followers of the Hindu, Sikh, and Jain faiths. However, the holiday is celebrated throughout India, Singapore, and several other South Asian countries as a national holiday, meaning that people outside these religions may participate in Diwali celebrations, too. Hindu, Sikh, and Jain communities in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, and elsewhere around the globe also regularly celebrate Diwali.

    When Is Diwali?

    Diwali occurs annually in autumn (or spring, in the southern hemisphere), during the Hindu month of Kartik. (To put it in Western terms, Kartik begins around mid-October and ends in mid-November.) Specifically, Diwali occurs on the darkest day of the lunar month, which is the day of the new Moon.

  • De Groot, Rutherford, Ward, Ciot & BC's Wong To Represent Canada At 2nd PGA Women’s Cup In New Mexico

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Teams from Canada, USA, Australia, Great Britain & Ireland, South Africa, and Sweden are set to head to Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico next week for the second PGA Women’s Cup, where Canada will look to build on their runner-up finish from the 2019 event in Texas.

    Two new players, Caroline Ciot and Katy Rutherford, will join second-time competitors Emma de Groot, Casey Ward and Christine Wong at Twin Warriors Golf Club. Wong was the top player on the Canadian squad in 2019, firing the team’s low score two out of three days in the form of a 70 and 71.

  • Attend The Zone Academy University ID Camp In Las Vegas

    If you are, or know a young competitive golfer, you may well be interested in knowing that the Zone Golf Academy is holding a university ID Camp at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 3 & December 4, 2022

    Led by Coach Taronne (TJ) Atley, Zone Golf Academy is a leading elite junior golf academy working out of multiple facilities in the Lower Mainland and specializing in USA and Canadian university placement.

    As per their Mission Statement:

    "Zone Golf Academy is designed to equip the player in all aspects of the game, from the technical fundamentals, short game, on course management, to physical and mental conditioning. The result is ultimately an improved game which is coupled with scholastic readiness. Finally, the player would gain entrance to their top North American University of their choice, ideally on scholarship."

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Crisologo earns Korn Ferry Tour membership as he advances to final stage of qualifying school; Lauren Kim top-10s at World Junior Girls; UBC women prevail in playoff; Hadwin in strong South Carolina field

    Richmond, BC's Chris Crisologo Wears Vancouver Canuck Colours At The Canadian Open In 2019 - Golf Canada Photo/Marcus Oleniuk

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    At the beginning of this year, Chris Crisologo sat down and made a list of things he wanted to accomplish during 2022 in his journey as a young professional golfer. 

    He just crossed off one very important goal from that list. 

    By surviving the second stage of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school last week in Albuquerque, N.M., the Richmond resident has earned himself Korn Ferry Tour membership for 2023.

  • Spain Wins World Junior Girls Championship, Presented By Sargent Farms

    Spain (Pictured) Won The Team Competition While Canada 1 & Canada 2 Finished Sixth And Eighth Respectively - Golf Canada Photo/Jeff Vogan

    MARKHAM, Ont. – Undeterred by cold and blustery conditions, Spaniard Cayetana Fernández saved her best for last at Angus Glen Club as the 17-year-old shot a final-round 2-under 70 to lead Spain to victory at the 2022 World Junior Girls Golf Championship, presented by Sargent Farms.

    Competitors faced challenging conditions Saturday that included a 46-minute weather delay with heavy morning winds in the Markham area. When play resumed, Fernández would emerge as one of only two players to score under par, leading Spain to victory and claiming the tournament’s individual title.

  • Five From BC To Represent Canada In 2022 World Junior Girls Championship

    BC Junior Girls Representing Canada In The World Junior Girls Championship Clockwise From Left: Yeji Kwon, Michelle Liu, Angela Arora, Anna Huang & Lauren Kim - Images Courtesy Golf Canada

    MARKHAM, Ont. – Canada is set to host a global showcase of the world’s best junior golfers as the seventh edition of the World Junior Girls Championship, presented by Sargent Farms will be contested October 10-15, 2022 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

    In total, 54 athletes on 18 teams representing 17 countries—including two teams from host nation Canada—will compete for the team and individual titles. The event marks the celebrated return of the prestigious global competition after two years of cancellation due to the pandemic.