• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Simon Fraser University men clinch spot in NCAA Division II national championship tourney; UBC, University of Victoria off to NAIA championships; Strong named new PGA of BC executive director

    SFU Red Leafs Men's Golf Team - Image Courtesy SFU/Sonoma State Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The solid play of senior Aidan Goodfellow (Centre In Team Photo Shown) and a pair of clutch 18th-hole birdies by Michael Crisologo and Jordan Bean helped the Simon Fraser University men’s golf team earn a spot in the NCAA Division II national championship tourney for the first time since 2015.

    The Red Leafs tied for fourth at the West/South Central regional tourney in Rohnert Park, Calif., where the top five teams earned spots in the national championship tourney.

    It was a nail-biter of a final round as only seven strokes separated the top nine teams.

  • Sandpiper Has Lots To Celebrate On Its 25th Anniversary

    Sandpiper GC Is Set To Play Host To BC's Men’s & Women’s Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master Championships - All Images Courtesy Sandpiper GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It has been well documented that the Covid-19 pandemic created a golf boom of sorts and perhaps no course has reaped the benefits more than Sandpiper, the stunningly scenic and serene layout on the shores of the Harrison River.

    Located about 30 minutes east of Mission in the tiny community of Harrison Mills, Sandpiper has weathered some tough times since opening in 1998. But Covid and the vision of new ownership have changed things.

  • Women's Golf Day Celebrations Coming Up Soon

    It's Time to Celebrate! Women's Golf Day Celebrations begin May 30 and run through June 6th! You can participate in a number of ways! Don't miss your chance to be a part of the fun!

    There are lots of ways to get involved - starting May 30th.

  • PNGA Lamey Cup A Perfect Combination Of Camaraderie And Competition

    The Last BC Team To Win The Lamey Cup Was In 2014 - PNGA Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was cool, rainy and windy at last year’s PNGA Lamey Cup, but John Robertson enjoyed every minute of what was his debut in the annual Ryder Cup-style competition featuring teams from the British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho golf associations.

    Robertson loved the competitive side of the event, but also remembers the great camaraderie between the teams.

  • BC Golf Announces Newest Performance Coaches

    In keeping with the tradition of offering top-level coaching and support for aspiring young golfers in BC, British Columbia Golf is pleased to present the latest additions to the High Performance team with British Columbia Golf. 

    Debbie Pyne, BC Golf's Managing Director of Player Performance - and recent recipient of Sport BC's In Her Footsteps...Celebrating Women In Sport Award, identified a need for regional representation for the Performance Coach positions and as such now welcomes Patrick Lago as the Vancouver-based Performance Coach and Conner Kozak as the Okanagan-based Performance Coach.

  • The Canadian Dermatology Association Launches Month-Long National Sun Awareness Campaign

    Image courtesy pexels/pixabay

    OTTAWA, May 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) launches its month-long Sun Awareness Month campaign, urging Canadians to learn about the causes and early warning signs of skin cancer.

    “With melanoma being the 5th most common cancer type found in youth and young adults (15-29) and 4th most common cancer type found in middle-aged adults (30-49), it should be a priority for Canadians to learn how to conduct a skin cancer self-examination and know the warning signs,” says National Chair of the CDA Sun Awareness Working Group and Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Sunil Kalia.

    For the full month of May, the CDA is dedicated to sharing important sun awareness messages and resources for Canadians, including steps to conduct a self-examination and preventative actions across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, the CDA website, media, and more.

  • British Columbia Golf Board Re-elects Two Key Members For Another Year

    BC Golf President Greg Moody (L) And Association Secretary Sheila van Gisbergen

    British Columbia Golf is very pleased to announce the re-election of two key members of the Board for another year's term.

    President Greg Moody along with Chair of the Zone Committee & Secretary of the Association, Sheila van Gisbergen, will continue their roles with British Columbia Golf for another year following re-election at a BC Golf Board Meeting on April 19th.

    Greg Moody is a retired business owner in North Vancouver and is a 38-year member of the Seymour Golf & Country Club. Greg is a nationally certified, level three rules official, with extensive experience in both Provincial and National competitions and is also a long-time active member of BC Golf's Zone 4 committee. 

    As Chair of the Zone Council, Greg joined the board of British Columbia Golf in 2019. He has also served on the Championship & Finance Committees.

    An avid golfer of 20+ years, Sheila van Gisbergen is retired and loves both recreational and competitive golf. She joined the BC Golf Board in 2020 and is the present Chair of the Volunteer Recognition Committee as well as an active volunteer with Zone 6, and BC Golf Championships.

    Sheila has also volunteered her time with Golf Canada, PGA Tour Canada, the PGA TOUR, LPGA, and the Qatar Masters on the former European Tour (now DP World Tour). 

    British Columbia Golf welcomes the continued direction and support from Greg and Sheila and appreciates their time, hard work and dedication to the sport of golf. 

  • CP Women's Open Behind The Scenes Experiences At Shaughnessy G&CC

    Spring is here and we are looking ahead to the 2023 CP Women’s Open. In its 49th playing, Canada’s National Women’s Open is coming to Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver for the first time ever!

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Jace Minni conquers Chambers Bay to earn first collegiate win; Ewart wins again for Barry; Frustrating finish for Svensson at Masters; Henry Lee earns conditional status at PGA Tour Canada Q-School

    Delta, BC's Jace Minni - Image Courtesy Gonzaga University

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Gonzaga golf drought is over, thanks to Delta’s Jace Minni.

    The former B.C. Juvenile Boys champion earned his first collegiate win in impressive fashion last week by capturing Seattle University’s Redhawk Invitational at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., by four shots.

    It was the first individual win by a Gonzaga University player since 2016 and Minni’s final-round 65 matched the low round in the history of the golf program at the Spokane school.

  • Golf Canada Launches National Golf League In Support of First Tee – Canada

    Your League Levelled Up!

    (April 3, 2023) – Golf Canada has announced the launch of The National Golf League (NGL), a nationwide network of existing recreational golf leagues designed to enhance the league experience for participants and generate charitable support for First Tee – Canada.

    Built for golfers of all skill levels, the National Golf League will feature a six-week regular season that takes place within existing recreational league play during the summer. A series of regional playoff tournaments across Canada will take place in the fall at premium golf courses. The National Golf League will culminate with the NGL National Championship at Hamilton Golf and Country Club as part of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open tournament week celebration.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Former B.C. Bantam champ laps field in South Africa; Taylor ties for 15th at Texas Open, where fellow Canadian Corey Conners wins for second time; Macdonald goes low in Brazil; SFU women win

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A former B.C. Bantam Boys champion now living in South Africa has made world-wide headlines after winning a prestigious junior tournament by 21 shots.

    Daniel Bennett, a former Victoria-area resident who played out of Gorge Vale Golf Club, won the 2020 Bantam Boys title by six shots at Mount Brenton Golf Course in Chemainus. Shortly afterward, he and his family returned to their native South Africa.

  • Golf Canada Joining Abuse-Free Sport

    Golf Canada is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport.

  • Changing The Stereotype Of The "Ladies Tees" In Golf

    image courtesy FairwayVision/Duncan O'Brien

    Back in 2019, British Columbia Golf held its Annual General Meeting at Tsawwassen Springs with some special invited guest speakers. One of those guest speakers was USGA Agronomist Larry Gilhuly. Mr. Gilhuly's presentation at that time focussed on the growing need to recognize the value of 'forward tees' for a large portion of the golf population, and definitely not just women. BC Golf writer/reporter Brad Ziemer wrote about Gilhuly's thoughts and reasonings on the subject and you can read that story HERE. Below we share a story written recently by Libby Gilliland for GolfPass.com. She carries on the conversation from a woman's perspective and makes some excellent points. 

    By Libby Gilliland/GolfPass.com

    Part of the reason golfers love the game is its variety.

    The morning maintenance crew sets up a new course every day, making each round a new challenge. New pin locations, varying green speeds and thickness of the rough are all alterable factors that change the way the game needs to be approached.

    These physical changes add excitement to each round, but beyond that, there is one key decision every golfer makes when he or she tees it up: picking which tee box to play. This has led to what I believe to be one of the most negative stereotypes in golf - the notion of "ladies tees." It's a term I'd love to see disappear. So would a lot of other women.

    Click HERE to see the complete story...

  • BC Golf Members Get 20% Off Billie Jean King Cup Women's Tennis Tickets

    Vancouver hometown tennis athlete Rebecca Marino and her Team Canada teammates, Leylah Fernandez, Bianca Andreescu and Gabriela Dabrowski will take on Belgium right here in Vancouver, at the Pacific Coliseum, April 14-15, in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers, the World Cup of Women's Tennis. 

    The tie is going to be a fabulous showcase of some of the best athletes our country, and the world, has to offer. By attending, watching and following, you're directly supporting and elevating women's sport in Canada.

    BC Golf members can get 20% off single-day tickets to cheer on Team Canada at the Pacific Coliseum. See promo code details below.

  • You & Your Family Can Be On Canada's Family Feud With Golf Fanatic Gerry Dee

    Family Feud Canada is dedicated to finding a variety of contestants nationwide and for our fifth season we want to step it up a notch.

    With our host Gerry Dee being an avid golfer and an enthusiastic fan of the sport, we are excited at the potential of inviting like-minded players and their families onto the show.

    If you’re new to the sport and always end up in the bunker, an old pro waiting to brag about your hole-in-one & share your funniest golfing stories, or anywhere in between, British Columbia has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the country and we’re looking forward to hearing from the golfers who play them.

    Not to mention golfers usually have the competitive edge we’re looking FORE!

    Click HEREto apply to be on Canada's Family Feud. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Vancouver’s Victoria Liu an Ivy League star; Taylor top-10s at Valspar; Hadwin, Svensson and Taylor off to Match Play; Arora earns player of week honours

    BC's Victoria Liu Wins Third Ivy League Title This Year - Image Courtesy GoPrincetonTigers.com

    Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Victoria Liu headed to Princeton University with more than a little apprehension about how she would balance the academic challenges of an Ivy League school with playing college golf.

    It turns out the Lord Byng high school graduate from Vancouver need not have worried. Liu is registering excellent grades as she pursues a computer science degree at Princeton and is absolutely acing things on the golf course.

  • Nk’mip Canyon Proud To Play Host To Inaugural Indigenous Championship British Columbia

    Nk'mip Canyon Desert Golf Course In Oliver, BC - Image Credit Steve Austin/Nk'mip Canyon GC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Dave George, the longtime general manager of Nk’mip Canyon Desert Golf Course, discovered golf relatively late in life.

    Baseball and fast-pitch softball were his sports of choice in his younger days. Then he caught the golf bug and George is happy he did. “I started golf at a late age but when I finally did take up the game I fell in love with it so much I quit playing ball, other than occasional tournaments, so I could concentrate on my golf,” George says.

    “It’s a therapeutic sport. It’s a sport that you can never, ever master. You are forever learning and it will frustrate you and then at another point it will make you ecstatic. The game has meant the world to me.”

  • Christina Proteau Doing Double Duty At Inaugural Indigenous Championship

    Christna Proteau Holds The Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur Trophy In 2021 - Golf Canada Image

    Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Christina Proteau is a multiple winner of national and provincial golf championships and also qualified to play in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open.

    She cherishes each of those victories and all of the special moments she’s had playing the game she loves, but perhaps none of those events will be as meaningful as the one the Port Alberni native will compete in at the end of May.

    Proteau will not only play in the inaugural Indigenous Championship British Columbia, she has also agreed to serve as chair of the tournament, which goes May 28-30 at Nk’mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver.

  • BC Golf Championship Operations Assistant Position Availability

    OPPORTUNITY

    Title: Championship Operations Assistant

    Reports to: Tournament Director, Championships

    Location: British Columbia Golf Office / Remote (hybrid)

    Status: Contract / Paid Internship

    Ideal Start Date: May 1, 2023 (possibility of earlier start date)

    End Date: September 1, 2023

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Golf a big winner at Sport BC awards; Hadwin, Svensson show well at Players Championship; Angela Arora collects first college win in just her third start

    Shelly Stouffer Was Recongized For Her Tremendous 2022 Season At The Sport BC AOY Dinner - Image Credit BBrault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nanoose Bay’s Shelly Stouffer, UBC coach Chris Macdonald, the UBC women’s golf team and Debbie Pyne, the longtime managing director of player development at British Columbia Golf, were all recognized at Sport BC’s 55th annual athlete of the year awards ceremony.

    Stouffer was selected master athlete of the year after an incredible 2022 season that saw the 53-year-old become the first British Columbian to win a United States Golf Association championship when she captured the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in Alaska.