• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Taylor impressive in Masters debut; Oosthuizen gets some Tobiano love; Wheeldon top 10s in Nevada; Pender Harbour GC under review

    Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor Has His Eye On A Return To The Masters After His First Experience At Augusta - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor’s first Masters experience included 17 birdies, a four-putt, an anxious Friday night and Saturday morning sweating out the cut and countless great memories of his week at Augusta National.

    He hopes to do it all again someday soon.

    “I was hoping for a really low one today to maybe sneak into that top 12, but I will do everything I can to get back here, that’s for sure,” Taylor said over the phone after Sunday’s final round.

  • BC Golf Prez Michelle Collens Gets Serious About Golf...Including Her Own Game

    British Columbia Golf President Michelle Collens Is Excited About The Sport’s Growing Popularity - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    (November 13, 2020) - When Michelle Collens joined the board of directors of British Columbia Golf a few years ago, she really wasn’t much of a golfer.

    Collens would tee it up a couple of times a year in charity ‘Scramble’ events and that was about it. She enjoyed those outings, but never took the game too seriously. Back in those days, the rules of golf for Collens could be summed up something like this: Hit the ball, go find it... and then hit it again.

    “I was just playing best-ball tournaments,” Collens says. “I was a really good best-ball player, just hit it and let’s see what we have to do next.”

  • Lest We Forget...

    In Flanders Fields...

    BY JOHN MCCRAE

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields. 

  • Golf Community Saddened By The Loss Of Jim Sanderson

    obituary courtesy Times Colonist

    SANDERSON, James Richard "Jim" February 24, 1933 - November 5, 2020

    We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, James (Jim) Richard Sanderson. Jim passed away peacefully at age 87 on November 5, 2020, with his family close. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughter Margaret, son William (Deborah), grandchildren Timothy, Sophie and Trevor, and his niece Patty Bonacorsi (Chris and family of Chico, CA).

    Jim was born in Holden, AB to Bertha (Dorin) and Alfred Sanderson. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. In 1957 he married Helen Bramley-Moore and they moved to Stoney Creek, ON, as Jim had accepted a job in Hamilton with Proctor & Gamble where he worked for 33 years, holding various management positions. Jim's passion was golf, playing at Glendale Golf and Country Club and serving as Director and Rules Official with the Ontario Golf Association for 11 years.

    In 1991 Jim and Helen retired and moved to Duncan B.C. where Jim was a member of the Cowichan Golf Club, volunteering in some capacity in every club activity. Jim was a "volunteer extraordinaire" with the British Columbia Golf Association, working as a tireless leader in golf for 16 years. Jim was an active and diligent Canadian Certified Rules Official for 25 years. Jim was honoured with the B.C. Golf Association's Distinguished Service Award in 2008, and also the Sport B.C. President's Award in recognition of dedication to sports in British Columbia.

    Jim was a gentleman who had the respect of all players and volunteers alike. He was always the first to arrive and the last to leave a tournament site. Throughout his long life, Jim and Helen enjoyed many road trips, cruises and 25 years of wintering in Hawaii. He was a faithful member of the United Church of Canada. Jim and Helen moved to Victoria in 2007, and he enjoyed the last year of his life at Berwick House.

    At the age of 35 Jim suffered a severe heart attack. The family is grateful for all the amazing years of care from Jim's many cardiologists. We also wish to thank Dr. Caroline Stigant for the care she provided to Jim when he had kidney disease. A private celebration of life was held at McCall's.

    Donations remembering Jim may be made to a charity of your choice or to First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria, B.C. V8T 1A8.

    Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com.

  • British Columbia Golf Community Saddened By Loss Of Craig Lennon

    Longtime Seymour Golf Club member Craig Lennon has died. Lennon entered Lions Gate Hospital October 31st and passed away peacefully on November 4th, 2020. He was 68.

    Affectionately known as 'Uncle Buck' to some of his pals at Seymour, Lennon spent many winters running the bar in the Alumni Suite at Canuck games, keeping the lads refreshed. A heart attack and surgery several years ago curtailed that activity.

    It was Junior golf that was his true passion. A past Director of British Columbia Golf, Lennon also served as Junior Coordinator at Seymour for many years and he was the Junior Chair for Zone 4. It was his involvement with the kids that will be his legacy.

    When Seymour member Phoebe Yue heard that he was in the hospital, she reached out to some of Lennon’s many proteges to produce the video here. RIP Craig. You were loved by many.

    Click HERE to downlowd and see the tribute video for Craig. 

  • ‘We Are Golf’ Releases Economic Impact Of Golf In Canada (2019)

    Written by National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA)/Courtesy Golf Canada

    The Canadian golf industry generated $18.2B in economic benefits across our nation in 2019, according to a recent economic analysis conducted by Group ATN Consulting Inc. on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations (We Are Golf).

    According to The Economic Impact of Golf in Canada (2019), the Canadian golf industry employs the equivalent of nearly 249,000 people through direct and spin-off effects and contributed to $10.6B in household income. The industry also contributed $4.5B in government tax revenue ($1.8B federal and $2.1B provincial) used to support a variety of programs for all Canadians.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rivalry Series to continue after winter break; Sloan posts season-best result in Bermuda; Handicap scoring season nearing end; Vancouver courses tee it forward

    UBC Thunderbirds Golf Coach, Chris Macdonald - Image Credit Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Having just completed a successful fall schedule, the B.C. Rivalry Series will return in mid-February with several more one-day events. “I don’t think it could have gone any better than it did,” says UBC golf coach Chris Macdonald, who created the series when the regular collegiate golf season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

    “We were very lucky, the weather was fantastic, the courses were all really supportive of us being there and it was a great experience for the students.” Eight one-day events were held in the fall, with the final two tournaments played last week at Chilliwack Golf Club and Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey.

  • Handicapping: Active seasons

    By Golf Canada

    The World Handicap System stipulates every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores into one’s scoring record from rounds played on courses observing their active season, which is part of the golf season when courses have acceptable playing conditions.

    Ultimately, it is the responsibility of authorized provincial golf association to declare active and inactive periods, and it is the responsibility of the area club and golfers to observe these dates for posting purposes.

    Each year, provincial associations analyze numerous factors to determine their active seasons. This ensures consistency of when scores would be posted by the majority of golfers to help keep Handicap Indexes accurate.

  • Rules Of Handicapping Education Opportunities From Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    As the golf season begins to wind down across Canada, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the educational opportunities available to you as a Golf Canada member.

    RULES OF HANDICAPPING
    With the release of the World Handicapping System (WHS) in January, it is important to understand the changes and how it impacts you – the golfer!

    For those that are interested in learning more about the World Handicapping System, we have created an online presentation that highlights the major changes to the Rules of Handicapping.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Tobiano puts wrap on record year; Close call for du Toit in Sedona; UFV’s Jackson Jacob goes low at Northview

    Tobiano GC In Kamloops Was One Of Many Courses In BC That Found A Way To Flourish During 2020 And The Covid-19 Pandemic - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    You will have to forgive British Columbia golf course operators if they happen to be humming a hit song by country music artist Eric Church from a couple of years ago.

    After all, many of them have had a Record Year. Take Tobiano in Kamloops, for example. General manager Terry Smith and his staff recently closed the facility for the winter and Smith reports it was a year like no other in the resort’s 12-year history. “We had our best year ever,” Smith says.

  • BC Golf Performance Coaches Rewarded For Excellence In Their Field

    Recently two of British Columbia Golf's Performance Team coaches, Jennifer Greggain and Colin Lavers, were recognized by the PGA of BC for their outstanding contributions to the advancement, education and betterment of junior golf. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: COVID forces du Toit to hit the road; Hadwin, Taylor off to another big-money, no-cut event; Allenby-Stinson BC Match Play champs; UBC-Okanagan brings the Heat

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit, Is Shown Here During The Golf Canada Camp At Bear Mtn - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    One of Jared du Toit’s lasting memories of 2020 will be of the long hours spent in his car, alone with his golf clubs, in search of somewhere to play. 

    When the PGA Tour Latino-America circuit went on hiatus after just one event in March, du Toit had nowhere to play. He went back home to Kimberley for a time before venturing out on the road.

    “It has been super weird,” du Toit says. “I had a work visa in the U.S. and I was allowed to enter the country so I kind of made a plan for the summer to just travel around in my car and play as many events as I could.”

  • Video: Team British Columbia Golf Performance Program

    As part of British Columbia Golf's mandate "...building participation and supporting the sport by providing resources, education and competition for British Columbians" a Performance Program is in place to offer assistance to aspiring competitive golfers. 

    A recent Performance Camp held at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond provided an opportunity to speak with the program's leader, Colin Lavers, along with some of the players participating in the camp.

    The following video gives us a good insight as to what the program offers and what its participants see as the benefits of such a program.

     

  • BC's Jennifer Greggain Named Coach Of National Junior Squads

    by Golf Canada

    PGA of Canada member Jennifer Greggain has been named coach of the National Junior Squads by Golf Canada.

    Working alongside head coach Robert Ratcliffe, Jennifer Greggain will help guide mental performance, physiotherapy, biomechanics and nutrition for the Canada’s top athletes.

    Coaching will be based at the national training centre at Bear Mountain in Victoria, B.C., featuring a centralized component from March through June which provides accommodation and education for athletes during their high school second semester.

  • Survey Indicates Golf's Mental Wellbeing Benefits

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    Courtesy Golf Business News

    BASEL, Switzerland — New members at golf clubs say stress relief has been an important reason to join during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    Ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10), a snapshot survey of 250 golfers in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom, indicated that more than half (55%) of those who had joined a club in the past six months cited ‘mental wellbeing’ as their primary reason for joining.

  • Golf Community Saddened By The Loss Of Former Golf Canada President Findlay Young Of Prince George, BC

    courtesy Golf Canada/PGGCC Board of Directors

    Golf Canada is saddened to share the news that former President and Honorary Life Governor Findlay Young of Prince George, B.C. passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the age of 92.

    For many of our volunteers and past Presidents, Findlay was a great friend and mentor whose passion for golf and contributions to the game left a lasting impact on our organization and our sport.

    Below is a message that was shared by the Prince George Golf & Curling Club and here is a link to the bio that was included with his induction into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame. 

                         __________________________________________________________________

    "The Club lost a great friend of golf and its last lifetime member with the passing of Mr. Findlay Young on Friday. Findlay's contributions to the Club and game in general were immeasurable over the 50+ years he shaped golf in our area."

     

    Photo from the 1992 World Amateur Golf Team Championships

    Always prioritizing junior golf, he successfully mentored many skilled amateurs locally, provincially, and nationally, including captaining the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Junior Teams. Findlay’s rules proficiency and diplomatic skills eventually led to the presidency of Golf Canada as the first ever elected from Northern BC.

    As president he attended the World rules conference and served as Canada’s golf ambassador to the 1994 Masters and Canadian, U.S., and British Opens. A lethal wedge player and scratch golfer for many years, Findlay dominated golf in the Northern interior, holding 11 club championships at the Prince George Golf & Country Club, a record that will never be equaled.

    "Fin" significantly influenced all aspects of our club's development, and on behalf of the board, our condolences and best wishes go out to the Young family.

    "scíth a ligean"

    Respectfully
    Don McDermid
    General Manager On Behalf of the PGGCC Board of Directors

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rivalry Series gets rolling; Sunday struggles cost Hadwin; Davison advances to PGA Europro Q-school finals; Svensson finishes strong in Korn Ferry season-finale

    The Chris Macdonald-Led UBC Women's Golf Team Swept The First Two Events Of The BC Rivalry Series - Image Credit: Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The BC Rivalry Series continues this week with one-day events scheduled for Wednesday at Sandpiper Golf Course in Harrison Mills and Thursday at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond.

    The series, featuring the UBC, University of the Fraser Valley and UBC-Okanagan men’s and women’s golf teams, got started earlier this month with two one-day events played at Okanagan Golf Club Bear Course in Kelowna.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison goes back to (Q) school; Hadwin looking for more good Vegas vibes; Taylor buoyed by Tour’s COVID response; Wong wins PGA of BC women’s title

    BC's Callum Davison Is Headed Across The Pond To Attend The PGA EuroPro Tour Q-School - Image Credit: Jurgen Kaminski (JKam Photos)/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Duncan’s Callum Davison has headed to England to try and earn a spot on the PGA EuroPro Tour. The 20-year-old Davison, a former B.C. Bantam Boys champion, will tee it up Tuesday and Wednesday at a first-stage Q-school site at Donnington Grove Golf Club in Newbury, England, about 80 kilometres west of London.

    He hopes to advance to the final stage of Q-school which goes next week in Oxford, England. “It’s a tour I played on when I was 18,” Davison says. “With COVID I just want to make sure I have somewhere to play full-time next year. I’d rather play on the Mackenzie Tour but the way I look at it, if you don’t have a full schedule you don’t have a chance to go anywhere.”

  • Ideas To Make Your Course More Accessible

    image credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    Written by Leslie Dunning/Courtesy Golf Canada & CSCM

    The Invictus Games, held in Toronto in September 2017, included a golf event hosted by St. George’s Golf Club where spectators were treated to outstanding performances by the athletes. Those of us fortunate enough to attend the event could not help but imagine the opportunities of engaging more people with disabilities in golf.

    “This was the most memorable and inspirational event we have been a part of,” said Jason Clarke, CCM, who was general manager at St. George’s during the Games.

  • New Evidence Indicates Golf Improves Muscle Strength And Balance

    image courtesy Golf Canada/R&A 

    Written by The R&A/Courtesy Golf Canada

    An international research study backed by The R&A has found new evidence to suggest golf can provide significant health benefits to older participants in the form of improved muscle strength and balance.

    Muscle strength and balance exercises form an important part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended guidelines to tackle physical inactivity in older people about which little was previously known for golf.

    The Strength and Balance Study, carried out with two sample groups over two years by Professor Maria Stokes OBE at the University of Southampton and Dr George Salem at the University of Southern California (USC), has indicated that older golfers have and develop strength and balance benefits.