• Sean Richardson: In Memoriam

    Sean Richardson, Seen Here Receiving The PGA of BC's Jack Westover Coach Of The Year Award In 2018, Passed Away Sunday Following A Long Battle With Cancer - BC Golf File Photo

    Courtesy PGA of BC

    APRIL 21, 2021

    RICHMOND, BC (PGA of British Columbia) –- The PGA of BC regrets to share the news that Sean Richardson (The Harvest Golf Club) passed away Sunday at the age of 52.

    One of the most accomplished coaches and instructors among the ranks of PGA of BC Professionals, Richardson had battled cancer for several years prior to his passing. He spent the entirety of his impressive career based at golf facilities in British Columbia.

  • Guidance On Travel Restrictions For Sports In B.C. - April 2021

    Courtesy viaSPORT

    The arrival of spring means a new group of sports and leagues are getting underway. The following reminders apply to anyone conducting or participating in sport activities in British Columbia.

  • New Provincial Restrictions To Save Our Summer Season

    Courtesy Allied Golf Association of BC

    With updates to travel restrictions and new enforcement measures being officially announced on April 23rd, the Allied Golf Association of BC will be working to clarify the information and will be providing resources to help BC's golf courses navigate the shifting landscape.

    In brief, the new measures are aimed at reducing the rapid spread of variants of concern and are intended to abate the spread of COVID-19 by focusing on restricting the movement of people into and within the province.

  • Job Opportunity With First Tee British Columbia Chapter

    OPPORTUNITY:

    Title: Development Officer, First Tee, British Columbia
    Reports to: Senior Director, Development Golf Canada Foundation
    Location: Bear Mountain Office, Victoria, BC & British Columbia Golf Association Office, Vancouver, BC Status: Full-Time
    Anticipated Start Date: May 17th, 2021

  • AGA-BC Publishes How to Golf Responsibly Amidst COVID-19

    via Allied Golf Association - British Columbia

    We have the great fortune to continue to play golf in British Columbia amidst COVID-19 as our provincial health authorities recognize the activity is performed outside and can be enjoyed with proper protocols in place and adherence to provincial health orders.

    Our British Columbia golf course operators have been provided Best Practices for Responsible Operation of BC Golf Courses and we remind golfers in British Columbia to do their part in golfing responsibly for everyone’s continued enjoyment of the game.

    Here linked are a pdf version and a word version for the British Columbia Golf Industry’s use.

     

  • Seminar: Nutrition For The Tournament Golfer

    British Columbia Golf and Pacific Sport - Fraser Valley are presenting a two-part seminar series entitled "Nurtrition for the Tournament Golfer," taking place Monday April 19th and Monday April 26th, both at 7pm.

    The  sessions will be via Zoom with the link for each session being sent out prior to the scheduled date. The main speaker is Registered Dietitian Claudia Lemay with additional hosts Colin Lavers, Head Performance Coach, BC Golf and Nick Mueller, Kinesiologist, Strength and Conditioning, BC Golf.

    See more information and the link to register for this FREE event below.

  • Golf Canada Will Tee It Up For 2021 National Amateur Championships

    Media Release

    Golf Canada will tee it up in 2021 to conduct national amateur championships and is working with public health authorities in host communities to finalize operational protocols so that the competitions may proceed safely. 

    Following a 2020 season that saw the cancellation of all Golf Canada competitions due to the pandemic, the 2021 schedule will feature nine National Amateur Championships, eight NextGen Championships for junior-aged golfers, and several USGA qualifiers which will be hosted at member clubs across Canada, starting with the NextGen Pacific Championship at Bear Mountain G&CC in Victoria, BC on May 5th.

  • Sport BC Announces 54th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

    Among The Awards Presented At The Sport BC AOY Virtual Event Was The Inaugural 'Delivering On Diversity' Award, Won By British Columbia Golf

    For Immediate Release – March 25, 2021 – (Vancouver, BC) 

    Sport BC celebrated the 54thAnnual Athlete of the Year Awards virtually on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The event was hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell recognizing the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2019 season.

    Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College, or University. The Selection Committee, led by long-serving Chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.

  • Titleist & FootJoy Parent Company Acushnet Commits To R&A's Women In Golf Charter

    Acushnet, the parent company of global golf brands Titleist and FootJoy, has demonstrated its commitment to creating a more inclusive culture within golf by becoming a signatory of The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

  • Video: What Does it Mean to be a Woman Working in Golf?

    Recently, in celebrating International Women's Day, The R & A asked women working in golf - inside and outside of The R&A - to talk about their work and why having more women in the industry is essential for the future success of the sport.

    British Columbia Golf joins The R&A in being committed to broadening the appeal of the sport for women and girls in all forms whether that is playing the sport or working within it. The Women in Golf Charter and #INVITEHer​ campaign aims to improve inclusivity of golf for women and girls.

    Read more on The R&A's efforts https://www.randa.org/en/theranda/ini...

     

  • An Invitation To Canadians: GOLF IS CALLING…

    (March 23, 2021 – Golf Canada) – Canadians needing a social outlet and a sense of recreational normalcy during the uncertainty of the pandemic in 2020 turned to golf in a major way.

    Now Golf Canada, with the support of industry partners, will build on the excitement, increased interest, and elevated levels of play with a national golfer retention campaign to welcome new and returning players back to the golf course in 2021.

  • Morgan Creek Missing A Familiar Face As Wayne Vollmer Retires

    Wayne Vollmer Accepts A Plaque In Recognition Of His Club's Hosting The 2017 BC Amateur From Past President David Atkinson - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a long and accomplished career in the golf business, Wayne Vollmer acknowledges that retirement feels a little different. “It’s been a couple of weeks now and I am trying to get over the overwhelming feeling of not going into work every day,” Vollmer says with a chuckle.

    Vollmer, 75, had been director of golf and head professional at Morgan Creek Golf Course since the Surrey club opened in 1995. But his golf career stretches back much farther than that.

  • Register Now For World Handicap System (WHS) Seminars

    2021 World Handicap System (WHS) Handicap Webinars

    Please find below information and the registration link for upcoming WHS Webinars. Please pass this information on to all members who you think would be interested in attending. Members who have already registered using the Golf Genius link do not need to re-register.

    Golf Canada requires member-based clubs to certify at least one Handicap Official and have a Handicap Committee in place at their club to manage the Handicap Indexes issued to each member. These webinars last for approximately 2 hours and there is no fee to register and attend.

    WHO CAN ATTEND: club members, handicap committee members, golf professionals, superintendents, general managers, and any golf-minded individual interested in learning more about Handicapping/Course Rating in general.

    FORMAT: all webinars will be via Zoom meetings; a good speaker and microphone are ideal. Video is optional.

    QUESTIONS? support@britishcolumbiagolf.org

    Registration link:http://bit.ly/3rjBdrQ

    Date & Time(all times PST):

    1. Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am - COMPLETED

    2. Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm - COMPLETED

    3. Saturday, March 20th, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am - COMPLETED

    4. Thursday, April 15th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    5. Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 6:30pm – 8:30pm

    World Handicap System (WHS) Online Training Seminar Videos

    http://bit.ly/2MM7pVE

    Click on the link below to register for one or more of the seminars: 

    Register Now for WHS Seminars

  • British Columbia Golf 2021 Annual General Meeting - Second Notice

    ALL BCGA VOTING MEMBERS

    ALL SECRETARY/TREASURER OF ZONES

    ALL ZONE CHAIRS

    SECOND NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    The 18th Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Golf Association will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The meeting will take place virtually utilizing Zoom technology. Details as to how to attend the meeting will be circulated  to voting members prior to the meeting. All supporting documents can be found on our website at the bottom of this page. 

    • For the benefit of the delegates, the AGM registration desk will be open at 6:45pm.

    DATED:  the 17th day of March 2021

                                                                                                                   Sheila Van Gisbergen, Secretary

                                                                                                   On behalf of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Participate In The Golf & Health Survey – Win A £200 Voucher For St. Andrews!

    via Golf Canada and The R&A

    The R&A is keen to understand the importance of health messaging and how to best communicate health benefits to existing and potential golfers.

    We would very much appreciate your feedback on your experiences and perceptions of the health benefits of playing golf and your thoughts for promoting this in the future.

    As a thank you for your time you will have an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £200 voucher for Auchterlonies golf shop in St Andrew’s (worldwide shipping)

    To take part in the survey please click on the survey link below:

    The survey is being undertaken by independent research agency Sports Marketing Surveys. Please be assured that the information that you provide will remain confidential.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Morgan Creek missing a familiar face as Wayne Vollmer retires; Top-30 finish for Hadwin at Players Championship; Mackenzie Tour hopes to salvage season

    Longtime Morgan Creek Head Pro & Director Of Golf Wayne Vollmer Accepts A Plaque Of Appreciation At His Course During The 2017 BC Amateur From BC Golf Director David Atkinson - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After a long and accomplished career in the golf business, Wayne Vollmer acknowledges that retirement feels a little different. “It’s been a couple of weeks now and I am trying to get over the overwhelming feeling of not going into work every day,” Vollmer says with a chuckle.

    Vollmer, 75, had been director of golf and head professional at Morgan Creek Golf Course since the Surrey club opened in 1995. But his golf career stretches back much farther than that.

  • 'The Sihota Line': Playing TPC's 18th up No. 9 isn't Bryson DeChambeau's idea

    Victoria, BC's Jeevan Sihota - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By  BRENTLEY ROMINE/golfchannel.com

    Bryson DeChambeau's thought of driving it over the lake and into the ninth fairway while playing No. 18 this week at TPC Sawgrass isn't unprecedented.

    The aggressive line is already known as “The Sihota Line.”

    Last September at the AJGA Junior Players Championship, Jeevan Sihota, a high-school junior from Victoria, British Columbia, played the Stadium Course's par-4 finishing hole down the ninth all three days.

    “It’s a lot wider target to hit,” Sihota told GolfChannel.com on Tuesday. “I knew I had speeds capable of doing it, so I figured why not? It leaves you a better angle into the green and basically takes the water out of play.”

    Click HERE to read complete story...

  • 2021 RBC Canadian Open Cancelled Due To Ongoing COVID-19 Challenges

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA AND TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Due to logistical challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR, title sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Golf Canada announced today that the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, scheduled for June 7-13 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, has been cancelled.

    “Even with an extensive health and safety plan in place, we faced a number of significant logistical challenges that led us to this decision,” said PGA TOUR President Tyler Dennis. “While we are disappointed to cancel Canada’s National Championship, we are thankful to our partners RBC and Golf Canada – along with our Canadian fans — for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout this process. We look forward to the RBC Canadian Open returning to our schedule next year.”

  • NEW Tournament Site Launch

    Beginning in 2021, British Columbia Golf along with Golf Canada and the other provincial associations have changed Tournament Management Software.

    British Columbia Golf will be using Golf Genius for the foreseeable future starting in 2021.

  • The R&A And The USGA Modernize Amateur Status Rules

    For Immediate Publication

    22 February 2021, St Andrews, Scotland and Liberty Corner, N.J., USA: The R&A and the USGA have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide.

    These proposals result from a modernisation initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply.

    The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on www.RandA.org and www.usga.org and the organisations are now inviting feedback from golfers and stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until Friday, 26 March 2021 with the new Rules scheduled to be adopted on 1 January 2022.