• A Family Affair: Canadian Golfers Shine At The 2024 Masters Par Three Contest

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin Watches Friend & Fellow Ledgeview Clubmate, Nick Taylor During The Famed Par 3 Contest Prior To The Masters. Hadwin Is Joined By His Daughter Maddox And Wife Jessica, While Taylor's Young Son Charlie Tends The Flag As Mom Andie Also Looks On - All Images Credit Shayain Gustavsp

    By Shayain Gustavsp

    As the Augusta National Golf Club buzzed with anticipation during the iconic Par Three Contest, the presence of Canadian golfers Mike Weir, Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, and Corey Conners added an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. But what truly stole the show was the heartwarming sight of these talented athletes sharing the moment with their families, as they brought their children and spouses along for a memorable day on the course.

  • Reflections On Tiger Woods At The 2024 Masters: Legacy, Challenges, & Nostalgia

    All Images Credit Shayain Gustavsp

    By Shayain Gustavsp

    As the 2024 Masters unfolded at Augusta National, one figure stood out amidst the lush greenery and hushed whispers of anticipation: Tiger Woods.

    Despite the passage of time and a myriad of physical setbacks, Woods' presence on the course ignited a wave of nostalgia and hope among fans and fellow competitors alike. From his early practice rounds to his final putt, Woods' journey at Augusta was a testament to resilience, determination, and the enduring allure of golf's greatest stage.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Turning A Homemade Golf Game Into A Global Business Venture

    At the annual PGA Show in late January in Orlando, ModGolf creator and host, Colin Weston, always make a point of taking the 30-minute bus shuttle out to 'Demo Day' to kick the tires of the golf industry's latest equipment at the 360º range facility.

    The product that really caught his attention this year had nothing to do with hitting balls across the 400-yard diameter driving range. Off to the side was a compact setup that exuded a fun vibe where people were hitting oversized plastic whiffle balls with an oversized plastic club.... at buckets with flags in them.

    That was his introduction to BucketGolf. After playing a quick round he struck up a conversation with Founder and CEO Tyler Simmons to learn about how BucketGolf came to be.

  • Amelia Garvey And Madison Young Play Their Way Into U.S. Women’s Open At Vancouver Golf Club Qualifier

    New Zealand's Amelia Garvey Tees Off On No. 10 At Vancouver Golf Club - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    There just seems to be something about Kiwis and Vancouver Golf Club. New Zealand’s most famous golf export, Lydia Ko, has won a pair of LPGA events at the Coquitlam layout and now Christchurch native Amelia Garvey has produced a little magic of her own.

    Garvey dominated a 36-hole U.S. Women’s Open qualifier, shooting rounds of 69 and 71 to finish four shots clear of the field. “I guess I should have called Lydia for some advice,” Garvey said. “I didn’t know she had won on this course.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Adam Niles gets first collegiate win in final regular-season event; Taylor & Hadwin to team up again in New Orleans; Three T'birds to play in PGA WORKS Championship; SFU’s Muanyam a winner in California

    Adam Niles Wins RJGA Palm Valley Classic In Goodyear, Ariz. - Image Courtesy Josh Brown/WNMU Assistant Athletics Director

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Back in the fall of 2020, Adam Niles finished second in his first event at Western New Mexico University and remembers thinking that maybe collegiate golf wasn’t going to be as tough as he thought it might be.

    The 21-year-old Kamloops native chuckled as he recalled that memory following his first collegiate win at last week’s RJGA Palm Valley Classic in Goodyear, Ariz.

    “It has been a long time coming,” Niles said in a phone interview. “As a freshman I came second in my first event and that kind of set the expectations pretty high. After that, it was like, okay, maybe I can actually do this and compete with the guys out here. I have just been trying to get better each day I have been here.”

  • Happy Vaisakhi To All From British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf is pleased to recognize that Saturday, April 13th is the first day of the Vaisakhi month. We sincerely hope everyone is able to celebrate in a safe and happy manner. 

    Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, IAST: visākhī), also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism.... Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

    "Vaisakhi presents an opportunity for me to reflect on my journey as a Sikh, and to reaffirm my commitment to the values of Sikhism," said Harman Singh, senior manager of education at The Sikh Coalition.

    Traditionally, the Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) festival is celebrated in Punjab and is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by the Sikh diaspora. Vaisakhi is a harvest festival of Punjab, or according to the Punjabi calendar, it is the New Year for Punjabi people.

    This day is also observed as the Thanksgiving day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for future prosperity.

    Vaisakhi is one of the three festivals Guru Amar Das Ji chose to be celebrated by Sikhs. 

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Creating A New Type Of Golf

    ModGolf creator and host, Colin Weston, recently spoke with David Hinkle and Rio Valeriano with T36 Golf who are flipping the script on traditional golf and redefining the sport for a new generation of golfers.

    Their revolutionary "Double Loop" design lets you experience a full 18-hole game with a smaller environmental footprint and shorter playtime.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Lauren Kim’s top-15 finish at Augusta National almost included an ace; Hadwin, Taylor head to Masters; Surrey’s Bonnie Zhai fifth at Bowling Green tourney; Rowe wins VGT’s summer series opener

    BC's Lauren Kim Tees Off On The 1st Hole At Augusta National In The Final Round Of The ANWA - Image Credit Chloe Knott/Augusta National

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Her scorecard, which Lauren Kim will undoubtedly cherish for the rest of her life, shows that she made a two on Augusta National Golf Club’s par 3 16th hole.

    Kim will always remember how close that two was to being a one.

    “I had the crowd roaring,” the 18-year-old Surrey native said of her tee shot that landed on the slope right of the pin and then slowly rolled down toward the hole.

  • Golf, It’s Good For You!

    Golf Canada Launches Season-Long Campaign That Highlights The Many Health Benefits of The Sport

    - New Golf and Health campaign website along with Golf Canada mobile app enhancements to focus on the sport’s positive physical, mental, and social benefits for participants -

    For Immediate Release | April 5, 2024

    Oakville, Ont. – Golf Canada is highlighting the physical, mental, and social benefits that the sport can provide on Canadians through its brand-new Golf and Health campaign.

    The campaign – Golf, It’s Good for You – launches this weekend leading into World Health Day April 7. All of the World Health Organization’s key criteria for health enhancing physical activity can be achieved through the sport of golf and Golf Canada is prioritizing communicating health as part of its strategic plan.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Macdonald ties for third in Guadalajara; Lauren Kim heads to Augusta; Clara Ding earns first AJGA win; Carswell solid for SFU; Spots still available for U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

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

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was a great day to be a Purdue Boilermaker. That included the guys who bounce an orange ball around a basketball court and another who chases a little white ball around a golf course.

    On the day the Purdue Boilermakers advanced to their first Final Four appearance at the NCAA basketball tourney in nearly half a century, one of the university’s alma mater was having himself a nice day on the links.

    Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald, who played his collegiate golf at Purdue, closed with a four-under 67 to finish tied for third at the PGA Tour Americas’ Totalplay Championship at Atlas Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rowe ties for seventh in PGA Tour Americas debut event; Hadwin notches third top 10 of the season; Vandals strike three Vancouver courses; Stouffer to be inducted into PNGA Hall of Fame

    BC's Lawren Rowe - Photo Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lawren Rowe of Squamish closed with the low round of the day, a five-under 67, and the former University of Victoria standout tied for seventh at the PGA Tour Americas’ debut event, the Bupa Championship at Tulum in Mexico.

    The PGA Riviera Maya course played tough all week. The 36-hole cut was five-over par and only 11 players finished the event under par. Rowe was one of those 11 as he completed the tournament at one-under par.

    Clay Feagler of The Woodlands, Texas won the event on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff after finishing at four-under par.

  • BC's Shelly Stouffer Part Of Joint PNGA, PNWPGA Hall of Fame Induction

    BC's Shelly Stouffer Is Being Inducted Into The Pacific Northwest Golf Hall Of Fame - File Photo

    For Immediate Release

    Tacoma, Wash. – For the seventh time in Northwest golf history, the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) and the Pacific Northwest Section PGA (PNWPGA) will conduct a joint Hall of Fame ceremony to honor inductees from each organization. This combined Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at Seattle (Wash.) Golf Club on April 27, 2024.

    Their respective Halls of Fame recognize those who have distinguished themselves through outstanding playing accomplishments as well as contributions to the game in the region.

    Being inducted this year for the PNGA are Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C..; Dr. Jack Lamey of Bellevue, Wash.; and Bon Stein of Seattle, Wash. The PNWPGA will be inducting Doug Doxsie of Issaquah, Wash.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Live From The 2024 PGA Show Media Stage - PART 2

    To kick off the 15th season of the ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host, Colin Weston, attended The 2024 PGA Show, where he broadcasted live from the Media Stage.

    Weston recorded six conversations with golf industry innovators on the show floor Media Stage. In this session, Part 2 of his PGA Show 'Live' conversations, he presents the 4th, 5th and 6th interviews with some very interesting guests.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Live From The 2024 PGA Show Media Stage - PART 1

    To kick off the 15th season of the ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host, Colin Weston, attended The 2024 PGA Show, where he broadcasted live from the Media Stage.

    Here are the first three of six engaging conversations with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and innovators that he met at the show.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Lauren Kim gets sneak peek of Augusta National; Taylor ties for 26th at Players Championship; Macdonald, Rowe in field for PGA Tour Americas debut; Chelsea Truong to defend title at this summer’s B.C. Women’s Amateur

    BC's Lauren Kim Will Tee It Up At Augusta Next Month - Kim Photo Couresty Golf Canada/BBrault

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Surrey’s Lauren Kim had to pinch herself a couple of times to make sure she wasn’t dreaming, that she really was walking the fairways of Augusta National Golf Club.

    “It was kind of unbelievable that I was even there,” Kim said of her recent visit to the legendary layout. “I didn’t think I would ever be playing at Augusta.” The really good news is that the 18-year University of Texas freshman will be playing it again very soon. Hopefully, twice.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Jared du Toit’s worldwide golfing odyssey rolls on; Taylor ties for 12th at Bay Hill; Hadwin makes cameo appearance in Full Swing on Netflix; UBC sweeps Vegas tourney; Penticton GC first to open in Okanagan

    BC's Jared du Toit Is Seeing Some Promising Results From All His Hard Work - Golf Canada Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The plan was to take a couple of weeks off, return to his Arizona home and rest after a gruelling four-week stretch that saw Jared du Toit tee it up in Malaysia, Oman, New Zealand and Chile.

    But the Kimberley native had a change of heart. After tying for eighth at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Astara Chile Classic, he headed for the Santiago airport and instead boarded a flight to Hong Kong where he will play in this week’s International Series Macau event on the Asian Tour.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Leah John’s super senior season continues with another win; world traveller du Toit ties for 40th in New Zealand Open; Newlands Golf Course in Langley up for sale

    Leah John Is No Stranger To Winning, With 2 BC Women's Am Trophies Prior To Her Stellar College Career - Image Of Leah With Causeway Trophy Courtesy U of Nevada Athletic Communications

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vancouver’s Leah John has played five events in her senior year at the University of Nevada and has won three of them.

    It’s obviously been a very good year and one that is setting the table for a professional career that is now just three months away.

    “I will turn professional immediately after graduation and hop on the Epson Tour,” John said in an interview after finishing as co-medalist at the Causeway Invitational in Sacramento last week.

  • Victoria's Patrick Coolican Awarded Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Scholarship

    British Columbia Caddie Patrick Coolican Earns Full University Scholarship - Patrick Coolican Image: Dittoe Public Relations/Victoria GC 18th hole image courtesy Victoria GC

    GLENVIEW, IL – A student from British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded the Evans Scholarship — a full housing and tuition university grant offered to golf caddies — following a selection meeting interview held in December.

    Patrick Coolican of Victoria will begin university this fall as an Evans Scholar, where he plans to study music. He will attend one of the Program’s 24 partner universities, with a decision on his awarded school to be finalized by March 15. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $125,000 over four years.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sagebrush alters green-fee structure and ups its food and beverage game; Macdonald top 25s in Mexico; UBC, SFU women begin their spring schedules; Amy Lee second at AJGA Stanford event

    Sagebrush Golf Club In Quilchena, BC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    If all goes as planned, the Sagebrush experience will cost a little less this season and taste much better.

    The highly regarded Merritt-area layout is moving to a more traditional fee green-fee structure for the 2024 season and new general manager Chris Hood is also focused on upping Sagebrush’s food and beverage game.

    “We did a survey at the end of last year of our players and one of things that came back from people is they wanted to see more simplified rate structure more in line with what other courses do,” Hood, a veteran of the B.C. golf industry, said in an interview.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin T4 at Riviera; Langley’s Chaewon Baek earns 1st collegiate win; Du Toit top-10s in Asian Tour debut; Macdonald earns spot in PGA TOUR’s Mexico Open; Vancouver GC to play host to U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

    Adam Hadwin Had A Solid Showing At Riviera CC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Another week, another British Columbian contends on the PGA TOUR. This time it was Adam Hadwin, who followed up fellow Abbotsford native Nick Taylor’s win at the WM Phoenix Open with a nice run of his own at the Genesis Invitational at storied Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

    Hadwin began his final round with three straight birdies en route to shooting 30 on Riviera’s front side. At one point, he was within two shots of the lead, but settled for a tie for fourth finish at 13-under par. That was four shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. Hadwin carded a six-under 65 on Sunday after firing a four-under 67 on Saturday.