• BC's 12-year-old Lucy Lin Among Final Qualifiers For CP Women’s Open

    From L-R: Vanessa Zhang, Gianna Clements And Michelle Liu - Golf Canada Photo

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    OTTAWA, Ont. – When Michelle Liu qualified for the 2019 CP Women’s Open at 12 years, 9 months and 6 days old, it was a record that many thought would last for the foreseeable future.

    Then came Lucy Lin.

    On Monday, Lin earned a spot in the 2022 CP Women’s Open via a 3-for-1 playoff in the Final Qualifier at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont. and when she tees it up at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club on Thursday at the age of 12 years, 7 months and 12 days, she will become the youngest female ever to qualify for Canada’s National Women’s Open.

  • Older And Wiser, 15-year-old Michelle Liu Excited About Her Second Chance At CP Women’s Open

    Michelle Liu Holds The BC Women's Amateur Trophy At Age 13 - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She isn’t exactly all grown up quite yet, but Vancouver’s Michelle Liu is feeling like she’s much better prepared for her second appearance at the CP Women’s Open.

    Three years ago as a 12-year-old, Liu made headlines when she became the youngest player to tee it up in a Canadian LPGA Tour event.

    She has some great memories of that tournament, held at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., but she also remembers being somewhat overwhelmed by the length of the course. Physically, she wasn’t quite ready to handle it.

  • Zalli’s Childhood Dreams Come True With Vancouver Open Win At Fraserview

    Ilirian Zalli Holds The Trophy After Winning The Vancouver Open - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vancouver Golf Tour commissioner Fraser Mulholland has a video he shot 11 years ago when now PGA TOUR regular Adam Hadwin won the Vancouver Open in a playoff at Fraserview Golf Course.

    In that video, you’ll see a youngster watching the action rather intently. That kid was Ilirian Zalli and on Sunday he became the latest Vancouver Open champion.

    He did so in rather dramatic fashion. The former B.C. Junior champion, who grew up just blocks from the first tee at Fraserview, birdied his final four holes to force a playoff and then won that playoff with Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald on the first extra hole.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Stouffer looking forward to another Senior moment; Hadwin’s season ends at BMW Championship; Sloan collects points but needs a bunch more in Korn Ferry Tour Finals; Justin Shin a winner in South Korea

    Reigning Canadian Senior Women's Champion Shelly Stouffer - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shelly Stouffer has been waiting almost a year to enjoy one particularly nice perk she received for winning last summer’s Canadian Senior Women’s Championship.

    The wait is finally over. Stouffer is ready to cash in her exemption and tee it up at this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Kettering, Ohio. Stouffer acknowledges she may feel a little star-struck this week.

    The 120-player field is chock-full of LPGA Tour legends.

  • Defending Champion Jin Young Ko & Canadian Star Brooke Henderson Headline Field For 2022 CP Women’s Open

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the 2022 CP Women’s Open taking place August 22-28 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont.

  • Ilirian Zalli Should Feel Right At Home At Vancouver Open

    Ilirian Zalli Tunes Up For The Vancouver Golf Tour’s Flagship Event Aug. 19-21 At McCleery, Langara & Fraserview - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    These are still the early days of Ilirian Zalli’s professional career, but the former B.C. Junior Boys champion is already making quite the impression on the Vancouver Golf Tour.

    The 20-year-old David Thompson Secondary graduate has quickly recorded four VGT wins, including two earlier this month. Now he has his sights set on winning the VGT’s flagship event, the Vancouver Open.

  • Players’ Love/Hate Relationship With The Old Course

    The Old Course In St. Andrews, Scotland

    by Jeff Sutherland

    The Open Championship goes this week and it’s a guarantee some players will love their experience while others, not so much…

  • 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.

  • BC's Hadwin Jumps In WGR After T7 At U.S. Open

    BC's Adam Hadwin Finished T7 At The U.S. Open - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Adam Hadwin is proud of the way he battled as he contended in a major championship for the first time. After holding the first-round lead at the U.S. Open, Hadwin remained in contention all weekend and settled for a tie for seventh place.

    “That round could have slipped away at any point during that front (nine) with some of the places I hit it,” Hadwin said after Sunday’s final round.

    “I just kept my head down and kept moving forward and am very proud of the way I ground through this week. I really didn’t have my best stuff at times. I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable at times, but I found a way to get it done.”

  • Dreams Of the PGA TOUR Do Come True For Eight Canadian Golfers

    Coquitlam, BC's A.J. Ewart Was One Of 8 Canadians Who Made Their PGA TOUR Debut At This Year's RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ewart

    It’s only natural to be a little nervous before hitting your opening tee shot in your first PGA TOUR event. It intensifies when it also happens to be your National Open championship.

    With so many new things happening around you it’s hard to keep your focus.

    Changing your shoes in the same locker room as Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas is as cool as it is exciting. The adrenaline begins pumping when you get to the driving range and the balls are new Titleist ProV1’s. And as you walk to your stall you pass Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith hitting balls and getting ready. That's just plain cool as well.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin, Taylor, Sloan head to U.S. Open; Mandur enjoys dream pro debut; St. George’s wins Triple-A high school crown; Wong set to defend Glencoe title; UBC’s Howlett heading south; Lee goes low in Colombia

    L-R: BC's Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor & Roger Sloan - Images Courtesy Golf Canada/BBrault/RMcCullough

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was the Rory McIlroy show at the RBC Canadian Open, but British Columbians Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin all played supporting roles at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto.

    At a tournament where they give a trophy to the low Canadian, Surrey’s native Svensson came second. Ontario’s Corey Conners was the low Canuck, closing with an impressive eight-under 62 to finish alone in sixth place at 12-under par. 

    Svensson tied for 21st at six-under after shooting a three-under 67 in the final round. “I got off to a bit of a weird start, I three-putted the first hole,” Svensson said. “Then I made another bogey and then slowly made my way back with five birdies after that. It was a slow start, but I knew I was hitting it well, I knew I was playing well, so I just stayed calm and it paid off.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: UBC sweeps team, individual titles at Canadian championships; Hadwin comes up aces at Memorial; Ewart wins Jack Nicklaus Award; Eight British Columbians to tee it up at Canadian Open; Bald Eagle in Point Roberts to re-open June 1

    It Was A Clean Sweep For UBC Golf At The Canadian University/College Championships - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The University of B.C. women’s team put quite the exclamation mark on its perfect season at the Canadian University/College Championship in Bromont, Que.

    The T-Bird women won the event by a whopping 98 strokes to cap a season in which they won all 12 events they played, including the NAIA Championship. The UBC women have now won the past five Canadian championships and 15 in the event’s 18-year history.

    It was a perfect week for UBC, which swept both team titles at the Canadian championships as well as the two individual crowns.

  • Surrey’s Lauren Kim Finds Her First U.S. Women’s Open Experience To Be 'Amazing’

    BC's Lauren Kim, Seen Here During The Canadian Jr. Girls Championship At Beach Grove GC In 2019, Has Her Eyes Set On A Pro Career After Her Experience At the U.S. Women's Open - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She played a practice round with Lexi Thompson, birdied her first hole at the U.S. Women’s Open and created some memories that will last a lifetime.

    Surrey’s Lauren Kim had an absolute blast at her first U.S. Women’s Open and will return home to her Grade 11 classes at Earl Marriott Secondary more determined than ever to one day becoming a full-time touring pro.

    “It has been amazing,” the 16-year-old Kim said over the phone from Pine Needles Resort in North Carolina.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Victoria’s Jeevan Sihota makes pro debut as new PGA Tour Canada season begins at Uplands; Lauren Kim off to U.S. Women’s Open; Patrick Weeks wins Marine Drive Amateur; Shelly Stouffer goes for three-peat at B.C. Senior Women’s

    Victoria's Jeevan Sihota Will Make His Pro Debut This Week At Uplands GC - Golf Canada Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a two-year hiatus, PGA Tour Canada is back and tees off its new season this week in Victoria at Uplands Golf Club. The $200,000 Royal Beach Victoria Open presented by Times Colonist is the first stop of an 11-event schedule that will touch down in seven different provinces as well as the state of Minnesota.

    British Columbia has two events this season. The GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club in Kelowna goes Sept. 1-4. 

    The Victoria event features a strong British Columbia contingent, including 18-year-old Jeevan Sihota of Victoria. The former junior standout from Victoria will make his pro debut at Uplands after earning conditional Tour status at a qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay earlier this spring.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor, Sloan earn spots in U.S. Open; Talking Rock closed by fire; Ewart a player of the year finalist; UBC men eighth at NAIA Championships

     BC's Nick Taylor Has Qualified To Play In His 4th U.S. Open - Image Credit Marcus Oleniuk/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor is heading back to the U.S. Open and will have some British Columbia company as Roger Sloan of Merritt also advanced from a final qualifier in Dallas. 

    With 13 spots up for grabs at the Dallas site, Taylor tied for sixth at nine-under par in the 36-hole qualifier. Sloan had to do some extra work.

    He had to survive a six-man playoff for the final two spots after tying for 12th at seven-under. Sloan birdied the second playoff hole after sticking a wedge from 102 yards to three feet.

  • BC's Barker Wins, Eight Others Through At RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier At Meadow Gardens GC

    Vernon, BC's Bryce Barker Played His Way Into The Final RBC Canadian Open Qualifier 

    Via Golf Canada

    PITT MEADOWS, B.C. – It took six holes for Bryce Barker to get settled in at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, B.C., but once he found his groove, there was no looking back.

    After making a bogey on hole 6, the Vernon, B.C. native shifted gears into the fast lane as he recorded three birdies in his final 12 holes to finish at 2-under par on Tuesday at the RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier in British Columbia.

    As there were less than 100 competitors at the Regional Qualifier, Barker did not gain a direct exemption into the 2022 RBC Canadian Open, but will be vying for a spot in the tournament at the Final Qualifier.

  • Fortinet Cup Championship Names Corey Conners Honourary Chair

    Corey Conners

    Conners’ Foundation To Benefit From PGA TOUR Canada’s Flagship Event. (Photo Courtesy of PGA TOUR Canada)

    KITCHENER, Ontario — PGA TOUR Canada announced that PGA TOUR star and native Canadian Corey Conners has agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair for its flagship event, the season-ending Fortinet Cup Championship, at Deer Ridge Golf Club set for September 12-18. The Corey and Malory Conners Family Fund, which focuses on helping underprivileged children through sports and education, will be the official Fortinet Cup Championship charity. Conners grew up in Listowel, Ontario, approximately 55 kilometres from Deer Ridge, and he continues to maintain close ties to the region and to PGA TOUR Canada, where his professional career began.

  • 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.”

  • Mike Weir One Of Four Captain’s Assistants For 2022 Presidents Cup

    Canada's Mike Weir Will Make His Third Appearance As A Presidents Cup Asst. Captain - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — International Team Captain Trevor Immelman announced his four captain’s assistants for the 2022 Presidents Cup: Canada’s Mike Weir, Korea’s K.J. Choi, Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy, and Colombia’s Camilo Villegas. The foursome will join Immelman at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 20-25.

    Weir will make his third appearance as captain’s assistant after serving for Nick Price at the 2017 Presidents Cup and in 2019 for Ernie Els. The Canadian has competed in five Presidents Cups (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009) and was teammates with Immelman in 2005 and 2007. An eight-time PGA TOUR winner, Weir is 13-9-2 all-time at the Presidents Cup and is one of five International Team members with 10 or more match wins in competition.