• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ewart, du Toit move on to second stage of Q-school; Kim’s world ranking on the rise; Taylor ties for 21st in Japan; Carswell shines for SFU

    BC's A.J. Ewart Is On To The Next Round Of Korn Ferry Tour Q-School - Image Courtesy Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart played well again in Florida, which should not come as a surprise. The 24-year-old Coquitlam native, who enjoyed considerable success as a collegiate player at Barry University in south Florida, sailed through the first stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school last week at a site in Lake Worth, Fla.

    Ewart fired rounds of 69, 66, 65 and 69 to finish tied for fifth at 16-under par. The top 20 and ties advanced to the second stage of Q-school. Ewart’s third-round 65 included a hole-in-one on the 177-yard par 3 third hole at The Falls Club.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Leah John, Lauren Kim celebrate collegiate wins on same day; Hadwin solo second in Vegas; Northview owner Chick Stewart passes at age 95; Q-school in session for several B.C. players; Luna Lu commits to Princeton

    Leah John Has Win No. 3 On Her College Resume At The University Of Nevada - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For Lauren Kim, it was collegiate win No. 1 in what was just her third event. For Leah John, it was win No. 3 and it came just a week after win No. 2.

    The two British Columbians, at very different points in their collegiate golf journeys, recorded their wins on the same day last week (Wednesday, Oct. 11). They both thought that was great.
    “Canada is crushing it,” said John, who is in her final year at the University of Nevada.

    “I immediately thought, 'we’re amazing,'” added Kim, a freshman at the University of Texas. “Two Canadians win on the same day. And Team Canada won at the World Junior Girls, too. That was pretty cool.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Clutch putt sends Sloan back to PGA TOUR; Leah John collects second collegiate win; Stouffer’s title defence thwarted in Round of 32; UBC men, women sweep Canada West tourney

    Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan Has Punched His Ticket Back To The PGA TOUR -Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Eight feet was all that stood between Roger Sloan and a return to the PGA TOUR. Make that putt on the 72nd hole of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship and the Merritt product was back in the big leagues. Miss it and, well, Sloan didn’t want to think about that.

    It was gut-wrenching to watch on TV, so one can only imagine how Sloan felt as he was standing over the putt. He had missed some putts late in his round, so he wasn’t exactly oozing with confidence as he stood over the ball. Somehow, he managed to put all that aside and calmly stroked the ball into the middle of the cup.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: du Toit disappointed in Italy; Sloan inches closer to PGA TOUR status; Bjornson brothers lead SFU to win; Allenby wins VGT Tour Championship

    BC's Jared du Toit Felt He Was Denied A Fair Shot At DP World Tour Q-School - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    All Jared du Toit wanted was a fair fight and the Kimberley native didn’t feel like he got it at a DP World Tour first-stage qualifying school site in northern Italy.

    Du Toit, along with fellow British Columbians Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers and Stephen Thomas of Vancouver, were on the outside looking in when the 72-hole event was abruptly shortened to 36 holes due to heavy rain.

    “I am probably the most angry I have been after a tournament,” du Toit said over the phone from Italy. “At least if you get to play a full event you know you have given it your all and you kind of had a fair shake at it.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Coach’s Cousin Leads Cascades To Season-Opening Win; Sloan Closer To PGA TOUR Return; Henry Lee Survives 1st Stage Of DP World Tour Q-school; UBC Men, Women Open With Big Wins; BC's Boydell Close At All-Abilities

    Lucas O'Dell Led The UFV Cascades To A Win In Their Season Opener At Okanagan GC’s Bear Course

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One of the first things Connor O’Dell did when he was appointed the new golf coach at the University of the Fraser Valley was convince his cousin, Lucas O’Dell, to return home and play for the Cascades.

    That decision paid early dividends when Lucas won the individual title and helped the Cascades capture the team event at the season-opening Battle of the Bear tourney in Kelowna.

    Lucas, a Maple Ridge native, transferred to UFV after spending his freshman year at The Master’s University, a NAIA school in Santa Clara, Calif. He fired rounds of 67 and 68 at Okanagan Golf Club’s Bear course to win the individual competition by six shots over teammates Jackson Jacob and Eli Greene.

    The Cascades won the men’s team title by 28 shots over the University of Victoria.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Cao in, Macdonald out of top five after season-ending PGA Tour Canada event; Big Sky a tough test at Canadian Senior Men’s; Surrey’s Lauren Kim named ‘freshman to watch’; Four Vancouver-area players qualify for Team Canada

    Delta, BC Resident Yi Cao - Image Credit PGA Tour Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Delta resident Yi Cao earned his Korn Ferry Tour status the hard way. All Cao did was finish first and second in the final two events of the PGA Tour Canada season to grab the fifth and final graduating spot on the Fortinet Cup points list.

    Cao closed the season-ending Fortinet Cup Championship at Country Hills Golf Club in Calgary with a five-under 66 that moved him into solo second place at 17-under par. He holed a chip for eagle on the par 5 17th hole to move into second place.

    Cao had entered the tournament ninth on the points list and his big finish in Calgary, which came on his 32nd birthday, was enough to move him into fifth on the points list. The top five players all earned some status on the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour and all get a pass through to the final stage of this fall’s PGA TOUR qualifying school, where the top five finishers will earn their PGA TOUR cards.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Macdonald on the bubble at final PGA Tour Canada event; Delta resident Yi Cao a winner in Minnesota; John, Kong advance at LPGA Tour Q-school; Canadian Senior Men’s Championships set for Big Sky

    Vancouver BC's Stuart Macdonald - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald will be on the bubble when the PGA Tour Canada circuit completes its season at this week’s Fortinet Cup Championship in Calgary.

    Macdonald missed the cut at last week’s final full-field event, the CRMC Championship, in Brainerd, Minn. In doing so, he dropped from fourth to fifth on the Fortinent Cup points race.

    The top five on the list after this week’s event at Country Hills Golf Club in Calgary will earn status on the 2024 Korn Ferry Tour. Macdonald must hold his position or improve it in order to earn one of those five coveted cards.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Twenty years later, Motomochi back at Shaughnessy; Five B.C. women head to LPGA Tour Q-school; Crisologo top-10s in Manitoba; Taylor’s season ends with another big payday

    BC's Jonnie Motomochi Caddied For Yu Liu In The CPKC Women's Open - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Back in 2003, Delta’s Jonnie Motomochi made headlines when at age 12 he became the youngest player to compete in the Canadian Amateur Championship, which was held that year at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

    Motomochi was back at Shaughnessy last week, but this time he wasn’t playing. Motomochi caddied for China’s Yu Liu at the CPKC Women’s Open. “A kid that I coach, his dad knows her dad, they used to practise at the same course in Beijing,” said Motomochi, who coaches at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey.

    “Her caddie got Covid so they gave me a call Monday night. “It was a great experience. She’s a really good player, so it’s been fun. I didn’t say much, I didn’t do much.”

  • Megan Khang Finally Gets That Elusive LPGA Tour Win

    CPKC Women's Open Champion Megan Khang With The Trophy From Her First LPGA Victory - Brad Ziemer/BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer. British Columbia Golf

    Through it all, through all the close calls and the 33 top-10s, Megan Khang never stopped believing. She knew there would be a magical moment like the one that unfolded early Sunday evening on Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club’s 18th hole.

    Finally, Khang is a winner on the LPGA Tour. She did it in the most dramatic fashion, birdieing the 72nd hole to force a playoff with South Korea’s Jin Young Ko and then winning it on the first extra hole.

  • CPKC Women’s Open Notes: Khang in great position to earn first win: Disappointing rounds for Canadians Henderson and Sharp; Zhang’s fast start fizzles: Marine Drive memories for Noh

    Brooke Henderson's Game Was Slightly Off In Round 3 As Evidenced By Sister & Caddy Brittany Pointing Right On This Tee Shot - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Megan Khang has done everything but win on the LPGA Tour. She has a great opportunity to finally cross that off her to-do list in Sunday’s final round of the CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

    The 25-year-old Khang birdied four of her last five holes in Saturday’s third round to take a three-shot lead into Sunday. The Massachusetts native sits at 11-under through 54 holes on a Shaughnessy course that has proven to be a superb test.

    “Honestly, I am relieved the day is over,” Khang said after her round. “It was kind of like you look at the leaderboard and you know who is behind you and you try to ignore it as much as you can, but it’s kind of scary.”

  • Lots Of Lessons Learned For B.C. Amateurs At CPKC Women’s Open

    BC's Lauren Kim Can Still Look Back On A Pretty Successful Summer Despite Missing The Cut In The CPKC Women's Open - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lauren Kim is not going to let some struggles at Shaughnessy spoil what has been a super summer for the Surrey teen.

    Like all of the other amateurs — and many of the pros — competing at the CPKC Women’s Open, Kim didn’t perform as well as she had hoped in the LPGA Tour event.

    “Honestly, I don’t really know what happened,” the 18-year-old said after finishing 10-over through two rounds and missing the cut. “It was more just technical (swing) stuff than mental stuff. It just didn’t happen this week. I was a little disappointed, but finished off pretty strong, so I am okay with that.”

  • Henderson Staying For The Weekend At Shaughnessy

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Had A Nice Bounce Back Round Of 68 In Round 2 Of The CPKC Women's Open - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was difficult to know who was more relieved, Brooke Henderson or the organizers of the CPKC Women’s Open.

    Suffice to say everyone was delighted when Henderson, the face of this tournament, rebounded with a bogey-free four-under 68 in Friday’s second round and comfortably made the cut.

    Henderson drives ticket sales at this event and her early departure would have left a huge void at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

  • B.C. Contingent Looking To Bounce Back In Second Round Of CPKC Women’s Open

    Former BC Junior Girls Champion Luna Lu - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    They battled their nerves along with an exceptionally tough golf course. Teeing it up a LPGA Tour event was a new experience for five of the six British Columbians playing in the CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

    “I think on a scale of one to 10 on the first tee I was like an eight or a nine,” was how Burnaby’s Luna Lu described her nerves early in Thursday’s opening round. “And then after about nine holes I was like maybe 5 or 6.”

    The 16-year-old former B.C. Junior Girls champion carded a five-over 77, joining a large percentage of the field who were over par for the day.

  • Shaughnessy Bares Its Teeth In First Round Of CPKC Women’s Open

    The CPKC Women's Open 1st Round Leader Is Yuka Saso - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Just like it did back in 2005 and 2011 for the PGA TOUR, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club is presenting a stern test for some of the best female golfers on the planet.

    There were lots more bogeys than birdies in the first round of the CPKC Canadian Women’s Open. Only 18 of the 156 players in the field of the LPGA Tour event managed to break par.

    Everyone is chasing 2021 U.S. Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso, who rattled off four straight birdies on her back nine and shot a six-under 66, a new tournament course record at Shaughnessy.

  • Lydia Ko Looking To Rekindle Vancouver Love Affair

    New Zealand's Lydia Ko Is Trying Win Her 3rd CPKC Title In Vancouver & 4th Overall - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lydia Ko is back in Vancouver and that got her to thinking about how important the city has been to not only her golf career, but her life. 

    Ko won her first LPGA Tour event at the age of 15 way back in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club and then returned to the same course three years later and won again.

    “I had my first LPGA Tour win in Vancouver and I think that is where everything kind of started,” Ko said Wednesday after playing in the CPKC Women’s Open pro-am at Shaughnesy Golf & Country Club. “Who knows, if I didn’t win or play that event maybe I might have not got the opportunities along the way. It’s always going to be a very special place for me.”

  • CPKC Women’s Open Notes: Victoria Liu at home on the range: Captain Lewis has a lot on her mind; Australian Ruffels loving West Van digs; Szeryk sisters to play in same group

    Vancouver's Victoria Liu Will Have Her Dad Miles On The Bag When She Tees It Up In This Week's CPKC Open At Shaughnessy G&CC - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer. British Columbia Golf

    Victoria Liu was on the driving range early Wednesday afternoon at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, which is not unusual. Shaughnessy has become a second home of sorts for the Vancouver resident, who is heading into her third year of collegiate golf at Princeton University.

    But this was a little bit of a different range session.

    To her left, Lexi Thomson was hitting balls, and a couple of spots to her right, Brooke Henderson was warming up.

    It was a ‘this isn’t Kansas anymore’ type of moment for Liu, who on Thursday afternoon will tee it up in her first L:PGA Tour event at the CPKC Women’s Open.

  • Brooke Henderson Has Eyes On Her Second CPKC Women's Open Title

    2018 CPKC Women's Open Champion Brooke Henderson Sports Her New Look At The Media Presser At Shaughnessy G&CC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She isn’t exactly humming that old Johnny Nash tune — 'I Can See Clearly Now' — but Brooke Henderson is excited about a change she is making at this week’s CPKC Women’s Open.

    Henderson will be wearing glasses for the first time in competition when she tees it up in Thursday’s first round at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. “I have worn glasses off the course for a long time, but I’ve never played with them, so it was a bit of a change,” Henderson said after her practice round on Tuesday.

  • Rose Zhang Makes Big Impression With First Nations Kids

    LPGA Tour Rookie Star Rose Zhang Was A Hit With First Nations Youth At Her Clinic At Musqueam Golf & Learning Centre - Image Credit: Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The first question came from nine-year-old Constanza Ordaz, who asked Rose Zhang something all frustrated golfers would like to know. “What does she do when she misses something, when she misses a shot,” the youngster asked Zhang. “What do you do?”

    Zhang and everyone who had gathered at the Musqueam Golf and Learning Centre chuckled at Constanza’s question. “I wish there was a thing so you couldn’t miss on the golf course,” Zhang said. “But it’s frustrating. Golf is hard.”

    Before she set foot for the first time on Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, the site of this week’s CPKC Women’s Open, Zhang dropped by the Musqueam Golf Centre on Tuesday morning for a clinic organized by Golf Canada and the British Columbia chapter of the First Tee.

  • Burnaby’s Luna Lu Plays Her Way Into CPKC Women’s Open

    Burnaby, BC's Luna Lu Monday-Qualified For The CPKC Women's Open With Her Longtime Coach Brett Saunders As Her Caddy - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Little girls dream big and Luna Lu was no exception. She started to get serious about golf when she was eight or nine years old and that’s when she began imagining what it would be like to play on the LPGA Tour. Well, she’s about to get a taste of it.

    The 16-year-old from Burnaby has played her way into this week’s CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. Lu, the 2022 B.C. Junior Girls champion, earned one of four spots up for grabs at the tournament’s Monday qualifier at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kwon, Tang and Arora late B.C. additions to CPKC Women’s Open field; Taylor moves on to Tour Championship; B.C. Juvenile Championships head to Highland Pacific; Yeeun (Jenny) Kwon wins PNGA Junior Girls title

    UBC T'Bird Women's Golf Alum Sonja Tang - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Some additional British Columbia content has been added to this week’s CPKC Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver.

    Port Coquitlam’s Yeji Kwon, Sonja Tang of Victoria and Surrey’s Angela Arora were all given late exemptions into the event by Golf Canada. They will join Surrey’s Lauren Kim and Vancouver’s Victoria Liu in the Shaughnessy field.

    Kim earned her exemption by winning the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, while Liu received hers for winning the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary earlier this summer. They join a star-studded field that includes nine of the top 10 and 22 of the top 25 on the LPGA Tour’s Race to CME Globe standings.

    The winners of all five of the LPGA Tour’s major championships this year will be at Shaughnessy.