• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Surrey teen off to Augusta National; Motomochi cashes on NEXT Tour; du Toit third on Asher Tour; Hadwin surprises wife with made cut

    BC's Ha Young Chang Won A Regional Drive, Chip & Putt Competition At Pebble Beach - Image Courtesy Minku Chang

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Surrey teenager Ha Young Chang is counting the days until she visits Augusta National Golf Club for the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. She figures to be spending a lot of those days at the driving range and practice green.

    “I am really excited,” says Chang, a Grade 9 student at Elgin Park Secondary. “I have always watched it on TV. I know I’ll be a little nervous.”

  • Bell Let's Talk Day - Let's Create Positive Change

    Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25. We are joining in and committing to take meaningful action to create positive change.

    Since 2011, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues, inspire one another to take action, and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. But it is clear more needs to be done.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Tower Ranch sold to Vernon-based company; Hadwin enjoys another successful visit to desert; Lauren Kim fifth at Annika Invitational; Osland hot on Cactus Tour

    Tower Ranch GC - Image Courtesy BCGMA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vernon businessman Gurjit Jhajj’s timing could not have been much better when he got into the golf business by purchasing Sunset Ranch in Kelowna about five years ago.

    The ensuing COVID-19 pandemic gave golf a boost and brought new players to the game. Sunset Ranch, like most other courses, has benefitted.

    That got Jhajj, owner of Durali Properties Ltd., thinking about adding a second course to his company’s portfolio. He did not have to look much farther than just down the road.

  • BC Golf Performance Coach Position - Job Posting

    2023 Performance Golf Coach

    The Candidate:

    As a successful candidate, you are a highly motivated team player, possess a PGA of Canada or LPGA Class "A" designation. You are committed to the development of athletes on the competitive pathway in golf and are an experienced coach with equivalent combination of education at the college or university level and/or two to three years related employment in the golf industry.

    Acceptable experience of coaching at the club, college and/or performance academy level will be considered an asset. The candidate will possess a sound understanding of the sport of golf and high performance. Requirements for the position include excellent organizational skills, solid coach ethics and practices as per the Responsible Coaching Movement, a valid passport and driver's license. A vulnerable sector background check is necessary. BC Golf Association requires staff to be vaccinated.

    The Position:

    The position reports to the Managing Director of Player Development and is responsible for the following:

    • Act as a Performance Coach with BC Golf
    • Design, administer and execute a Provincial Performance Program
    • Provide ongoing coach support to targeted athletes and lead talent ID for NextGen
    • Coach at Provincial, National and International competitions
    • Collaborate with allied sport and golf partners to support high performance
    • Oversee part-time BC Coaches assisting with teams and training
    • Lead British Columbia to develop the best amateur golfers in Canada

    The position requires travel on the provincial and national level. See detailed Job Description link.

    The Salary:

    The position is a full-time contract with a salary range of 60-64K pending experience and qualifications, with a three month probation period. Travel allowances and coach education benefits, including CNC/ CDC certification. Potential for contract to be extended to a two-to-three year period is negotiable.

    The Application Process:

    Candidates are invited to apply in writing no later than 12 Noon, January 31st, 2023 to:

    BC GOLF ASSOCIATION

    ATTN: Performance Golf Coach

    #116-7198 Vantage Way Delta, BC                  

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    teams@britishcolumbiagolf.org - Subject: Performance Golf Coach

    BC Golf thanks all applicants, but will contact only those who will be invited for an Interview.

    Electronic applications are acceptable; Qualified/Interested candidates should forward a detailedresume and cover letter with relevant experience and salary expectations, in a Word or PDF format. 

  • Golf Places 5 In Sport BC's 55th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Finalists

    Media Advisory – January 16, 2023 – (Vancouver, BC)

    Sport BC has announced the finalists to be celebrated at the upcoming 55th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards taking place on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

    The event, to be hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, recognizes the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport in either the 2021 or 2022 season.

    Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College, or University. The sport of Golf is very pleased and proud to see no fewer than 5 finalists being recognized for their outstanding performances. 

    The Selection Committee, led by long-serving Chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: British Columbians a big part of Golf Canada’s new national teams; Svensson to tee it up in Maui; Whitworth remembered; Shaughnessy’s Zibrik named retailer of the year

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia is once again well represented on Golf Canada’s revamped national teams that were recently announced for 2023. A total of 57 players were named to the new Golf Canada squads and 17 of them are British Columbians...

  • Golf Canada Announces Amateur And Professional Athletes Named To 2023 Team Canada

    Record-breaking 57 athletes to be supported in 2023 including 35 Team Canada (amateur and professional) along with 22 Team Canada – NextGen golfers

    The national team program features a broadened roster of athletes, coaches, and integrated support staff along with an increased focus on talent identification at younger ages

    Driven by philanthropic support, new strategic framework for high-performance to accelerate Canada’s position in the global professional golf landscape to advance 30 Canadians to the LPGA and PGA TOUR by 2032

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Chilliwack Golf Club approves ambitious renovation plan; Bald Eagle up for sale; Crown Isle Q-school moved to June; Osland comes close in Arizona

    Chilliwack Golf Club - Image Courtesy Facility

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Kaleb Fisher was appointed course superintendent at Chilliwack Golf Club just over a year ago, he was asked to come up with a long-term plan for the golf course. 

    “I took over last November and at the first board meeting I went to, the board and (general manager) Bryan Ewart said to me, we need to think forward and we want to task you with some long-term planning goals and try to figure out what we want this golf club to look like in the future,” Fisher recalled in an interview.

    So Fisher went to work coming up with a plan and a year later, that future is now in focus.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Redwoods may not re-open until 2024; Team B.C. wins at PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada; Shaughnessy to play as par 72 at next summer’s CP Women’s Open

    The Trans Mountain Pipeline Project Continues At Langley's Redwoods GC - Image Courtesy Redwoods

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A closure that was anticipated to last six months could drag on for two years as work on the Trans Mountain pipeline project continues at a snail’s pace at Redwoods Golf Course in Langley. 

    When the last shots were struck at Redwoods on April 18th of 2022, the hope was the popular course would be back up and and running by fall. But managing director Doug Hawley’s worst fears are now being realized....

  • 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.

     

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Golf Expo is back and moving to Abbotsford; Hadwin top-10s in Houston; Angela Arora joins Tennessee Volunteers, while Rebecca Kim heading to Oregon State; SFU adds B.C. recruits

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia’s annual golf expo is returning after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus with a new name and location. What is now called the Western Golf Expo is scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25 and is moving from its former home at the PNE Forum building in Vancouver to Abbotsford ’s Tradex facility.

    The show is being held on a Friday and Saturday rather than the traditional Saturday and Sunday. “We are switching it up a bit,” says Joan Probert, regional director for the B.C. and Alberta chapters of the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada, which owns and operates six golf expos across the country.

  • Women In Coaching Program Applications Now Open For 2023

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    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...

  • 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.

  • Pacific Northwest Golf Association Selects 2022 Players of the Year Including 3 From BC

    Tacoma, Wash. – The Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) has announced the region’s Players of the Year for 2022. Those honored include Men’s Player of the Year, AJ Ewart of Coquitlam, B.C.; Women’s, Lauryn Nguyen of Seattle, Wash.; Men’s Mid-Amateur, Andrew Von Lossow of Spokane, Wash.; Women’s Mid-Amateur, Krissy Carman of Eugene, Ore.; Senior Men’s, Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash.; Senior Women’s, Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C.; Junior Boys’, Max Herendeen of Bellevue, Wash.; and Junior Girls’, Lauren Kim of Surrey, B.C.

    The PNGA Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee.

    Click here for a list of playing accomplishments of this year’s recipients and for a complete history of all past PNGA Player of the Year recipients.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Trisha Larsen remembered as golf marketing visionary; Close second for Canada at Women’s PGA Cup; Record round for SFU’s Ferguson; T-Birds, Cascades winners at UBC Invitational

    The BC Golf Industry Lost A Special Friend With The Passing Of Trisha Larsen

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The British Columbia golf industry and tourism sector lost a great champion and friend with the recent passing of Trisha Larsen. 

    Larsen, who was 54, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She founded The Web Advisors marketing agency in 2011, but Larsen’s involvement with and promotion of the British Columbia golf industry goes back nearly three decades.

  • Sport BC Announces In Her Footsteps & Bobbie Steen Foundation Award Recipients

    For Immediate Release – October 24, 2022 – (Vancouver, BC) ProMOTION Plus is excited to recognize three deserving women that will be celebrated at the 55th Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

    Two women will be honoured with the prestigious In Her Footsteps, including British Columbia Golf Managing Director of Player Development, Debbie Pyne . . . Celebrating BC Women in Sport recognition program and one recipient will receive the Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award.

  • 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.

  • BC Golf Announces PNGA POY Nominees

    The PNGA Player of the Year candidates are nominated by the various state and provincial golf associations that comprise the PNGA (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), and are selected by a vote of the PNGA Championship Committee.

    Awards are given annually in eight different categories: Men’s, Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Men’s Mid-Amateur, Women’s Mid-Amateur, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’.

    In advance of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) announcement acknowledging the recipients of the 2022 Player of the Year awards, British Columbia Golf is proud to share the names and playing accomplishments of those who are being nominated from our province for the awards. 

  • 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.