• A Parent's Guide On How To Watch Your Child Compete In Golf

    Photo Courtesy Golf Canada/Youth On Course

    By Brad Ewart

    Casper the friendly ghost would make a good golf parent.

    As an invisible ghost he could always remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind allowing his golfer to play without distraction.

    Often when parents think they are helping or doing what’s best for their player — they are doing the opposite. Negatively getting into their player’s mind and disruptively into their game.

    Perhaps as a parent-spectator you don’t realize that you could adversely affect your golfer and their result. Let’s hope that moving forward you will begin to help and not hinder your player.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: GolfBC Championship set for Gallagher’s Canyon; Stouffer finishes inside top 30 at U.S. Senior Women’s Championship; Another senior moment for Rutledge; Durham qualifies for U.S. Mid-Am

    Gallagher's Canyon GC Will Host This Week's GolfBC Championship - Image Courtesy Tourism Kelowna

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbians Stuart Macdonald and Jared du Toit have some momentum on their side heading to this week’s GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna on the PGA Tour Canada circuit.

    Both players recorded top-25 finishes at last week’s CRMC Championship in Brainerd, Minn. Macdonald, a Vancouver native who spent this past year on the Korn Ferry Tour, tied for 16th at 17-under par, while Kimberley’s du Toit tied for 24th at 16-under.

  • British Columbia Golden At Canada Summer Games

    The Triumphant Golf Squad From British Columbia - Image Credit Ryan McCullough/Media Release

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Solid gold. That would be an apt description of British Columbia’s performance at the Canada Summer Games golf competition. 

    B.C. swept both individual titles and also won the mixed team competition at the Summer Games in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. Tina Jiang of Richmond won the female competition and Vernon’s Cooper Humphreys was the winner on the male side.

    All four members of the B.C. team — Jiang, Humphreys, Surrey’s Lauren Kim and Ethan Posthumus of Coquitlam — earned gold medals in the mixed team event.

  • Rose Chen Battles Heat And Her Swing As She Wins B.C. Bantam Girls Championship

    2022 BC Bantam Girls Champion Rose Chen - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Rose Zhiyan Chen was delighted to win the B.C. Bantam Girls Championship, but wasn’t overjoyed with the way she played in the final round at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Kelowna.  “This is maybe my biggest win, but I don’t think it’s my best win because I know I have played better in other tournaments,” the 13-year-old Langley resident said.

    The birdies that were flying for Chen in the opening round of the championship for players aged 14 and under were much tougher to come by in the closing 18 holes.

  • Pabla Prevails In Playoff To Win B.C. Bantam Boys Championship

    2022 B.C. Bantam Boys Champion Arav Pabla - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After he tapped in his three-foot putt to win the B.C. Bantam Boys Championship at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Kelowna, it took Arav Pabla a brief moment to realize what he had accomplished.

    “This feels really good,” said the 14-year-old Victoria resident. “I just walked in here with a positive attitude thinking I could win and I did. After we finished the playoff I realized I had won a provincial championship. That’s crazy.”

  • Chip-in Birdie Starts A Great Day For B.C. Bantam Girls Leader Rose Chen

    Rose Chen Fired A 2-under 70 Take The Early Lead In The BC Bantam Girls Event At Shadow Ridge GC In Kelowna - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Rose Zhiyan Chen had a feeling it might be her day when she chipped in for birdie on her first hole at the B.C. Bantam Girls Championship at Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Kelowna.

    Not that the 13-year-old Langley resident was standing over the shot feeling particularly confident about pulling it off. “No, I was standing over my ball thinking how to not screw up this chip,” she said with a laugh.

    “And I hit it way too hard, but it hit the pin and went in. I was like, ‘okay, I’ll take that.’”

  • BC Announces Golf Team For The Canada Summer Games

    From L-R: Tina Jiang, Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Posthumus & Lauren Kim - Golf Canada Player Images

    After years of planning, the Niagara 2022 Host Society is ready to welcome the country to Niagara for the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Canada.

    Featuring 18 sports and over 250 events, including a pair of festivals in Niagara Place and the 13 For 13 Cultural Festival, the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games will host approximately 5,000 up-and-coming Canadian athletes, coaches, and support staff in the Niagara Region from August 6th until August 21 for the 28th edition of the Canada Games.

    These Games mark just the third occasion in the event’s 55-year history that they have been held in the province of Ontario and the first time in 21 years.

  • Early Birdies Propel Langley’s Amy Lee To B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    Amy Seung Hyun Lee Holds The Trophy After Winning The 2022 BC Juvenile Girls Title - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Amy Lee has been knocking on the door all summer and she finally broke through it by winning the B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship at Shannon Lake Golf Course in West Kelowna.

    The 14-year-old from Langley had finished a close second at the B.C. Junior Girls Championship in Oliver in early July and then registered a tie for fourth at the recent Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Ottawa.

    She sealed the deal at Shannon Lake with a final round of one-under 71 that left her at three-under par for the 54-hole event. That was good for a one-shot win over Chelsea Truong of Victoria.

  • Richmond’s Daniel Xu Hangs On And Wins B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship

    Daniel Xu Hung On To Win The BC Juvenile Boys Title In A Playoff - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tiger Woods used to talk about winning without his ‘A game.’ Daniel Xu can relate to that. 

    The 16-year-old Richmond resident certainly did not have his best stuff in the final round of the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship at Shannon Lake Golf Course in West Kelowna.

    But Xu found a way to win, although it did take three extra holes to do it.

  • Video: Shelly Stouffer Wins USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship

    Shelly Stouffer Celebrates Her USGA Senior Women's Championship With Son Brett, Who Caddied For Her - Image Credit Steven Gibbons/USGA

    British Columibia's Shelly Stouffer became the first golfer from our province to bring home a USGA National Title.

    Stouffer, from Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, has had a pretty solid stretch of winning tournament golf over the last couple of years with multiple provincial titles in the BC Senior Women's & Mid-Master divisions and making it to the semi-finals of the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur last year.

    This year she had designs on taking it at least a step further. Which she did.


  • British Columbia Golf Boys Team Heads South For Eddie Hogan Cup

    Team British Columbia In This Year's Edition Of The Eddie Hogan Cup Consists Of From L-R: Ryan Liang, Ryan Vest, Matthew Wilson And Shunkichi Yamamoto - Images Credit Golf Canada 

    The Eddie Hogan Cup tournament is scheduled to take place August 13th – 14th at the Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, Oregon and British Columbia has been represented every single year since its inception in 1969.

    BC has won the Eddie Hogan Cup title twice since 1972, with the first coming in 2009 and then again 4 years later in 2013 where team member Kevin Vigna also won the individual title.

  • B.C. Juvenile Championships Set Up For Furious Finishes

    Chelsea Truong Remains At The Top In The B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship - BC Golf Photo

    WEST KELOWNA — It’s shaping up to be an exciting finish at the B.C. Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships at Shannon Lake Golf Club.

    The girls championship is deadlocked heading into Thursday’s final round, with Victoria’s Chelsea Truong and Amy Lee of Langley both at two-under par through 36 holes.

  • Victoria’s Chelsea Truong Opens Up Four-Shot Lead At B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    Chelsea Truong Has The Early Lead In The BC Juvenile Girls Championship - Golf Canada Image

    WEST KELOWNA — A two-under 70 has Victoria’s Chelsea Truong in the lead after the first round of the B.C. Juvenile Girls  Championship at Shannon Lake Golf Club in West Kelowna.

    Truong, who tied for second at last summer’s Juvenile Girls’ tourney, had five birdies in her round Tuesday, along with one bogey and one double-bogey. She has a four-shot lead on Amy Lee of Langley and June Hsiao.

  • B.C. Settles For Second In Willingdon Cup Competition At Canadian Men’s Amateur

    Quebec's Winning Willingdon Cup Team L-R: William Forgues, Laurent Desmarchais, Christopher Vandette - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Tony Li had never heard of the Willingdon Cup until he found out he was on British Columbia’s team. That happened a couple of weeks ago when Li, a 20-year-old from Vancouver, finished second at the B.C. Amateur Championship at Christina Lake Golf Club.

    The top three finishers at the B.C. Amateur play for the province in the Willingdon Cup, an inter-provincial team competition held during the first two rounds of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. 

    “I had never heard of it, but it is something really cool and I was really proud to represent B.C.,” Li said after finishing his second round at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Gutschewski Leads By Two At Canadian Men’s Amateur In B.C.

    Canadian Men's Amateur 1st Round Leader Luke Gutschewski - Image Credit Golf Canada

    For Immediate Release/Courtesy Golf Canada

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Point Grey Golf and Country Club and Seymour Golf and Country Club played host to 250 golfers this holiday Monday as play commenced for the 117th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.

    Elkhorn, Neb. native Luke Gutschewski had a hot start, making eight birdies to shoot a 65 for the day. Heading into his second season playing for Iowa State's golf team, Gutschewski played a near bogey-free round, getting into the groove and making birdie on five consecutive holes in the middle of his round at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan needs repeat performance at Wyndham; Stouffer sets course record at U.S. Senior women’s Amateur; Du Toit top-20s at Ontario Open

    BC's Roger Sloan Has His Work Cut Out For Him This Week - Image Credit Marcus Oleniuk/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Merritt’s Roger Sloan saved his exempt status on the PGA TOUR with a clutch finish at last summer’s season-ending Wyndham Championship. 

    Sloan needs an even bigger finish this week as he returns to the Wyndham, where he lost in a six-man playoff and tied for second last year. That finish moved him from 131st on the points list to 92nd, got him into the playoffs and secured his exempt status for this past season.

    Sloan enters this week’s event in Greensboro, N.C., in even more desperate straits than he was a year ago.

  • Port Coquitlam’s Yeji Kwon Dominates Field To Win Canadian Junior & Juvenile Girls Championships

    BC's Yeji Kwon Receives The Canadian Junior Girls Championship Trophy From Golf Canada President Liz Hoffman - BC Golf Photo 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    After shooting a three-over 75 in the first round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, Yeji Kwon really wasn’t thinking about winning the event. 

    She was more concerned about fixing her swing. “After that 75, I was really unhappy with my shots in general, so after the round I made a couple of changes to try and get my swing more on plane,” Kwon said. “That seemed to help.”

    Did it ever. The 16-year-old Port Coquitlam resident followed up with rounds of 67, 65 and 70 and not only won the championship, but beat the rest of the field by nine shots at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.

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    Here are our top five images from the 2022 BC Seniors' Championship held at Uplands GC in late July...

  • Two Years After Suffering Life-Changing Stroke, Sandy Harper Wins B.C. Senior & Super-Senior Men’s Amateur Championships

    Past President Of BC Golf, Patrick Kelly (Left) Presents Sandy Harper With The BC Seniors' Trophy

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf 

    VICTORIA - For the past two years, golf was a constant reminder to Sandy Harper that his life had changed and he was not the same person he once was.

    Harper, one of this province’s most decorated amateur players, suffered a stroke in 2020 and the road back has not been easy. Especially when it comes to his golf, the game he has played so well that he earned himself a spot in the British Columbia Golf Hall of Fame.

    “The funny thing about my stroke is the hardest thing has been the golf,” Harper said.

  • Former English Army Champion Stewart Scott Leads B.C. Senior Men’s Championship After Two Rounds

    BC Senior Men's 2nd Round Leader Stewart Scott

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    VICTORIA -- Before immigrating to Canada from England nearly 14 years ago, Stewart Scott had quite a distinguished amateur golf career that included representing his country at international events.

    Then he joined the Army and while enlisted won the Army Championship. Long before that he had learned that the golf ball doesn’t follow orders and Scott has had an on-and-off affair with the game for the past three decades or so. “I have given up golf three or four times,” Scott says. “Every now and then I say I should try it again.”