• UBC Women Repeat As NAIA Champions

    Sonja Tang Led The UBC Women T'Birds With Her T4 Finish - Image Courtesy UBC/Bushnell Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For a while, it looked like it might be close. Turns out, it wasn’t. The University of B.C. women’s golf team rebounded nicely after a second-round hiccup and repeated as NAIA champions with a resounding 29-stroke victory at the TPC Deere Run in Silvas, Ill.

    The Thunderbirds did what they were expected to do, which often isn’t as easy as it sounds. They entered the tournament ranked No. 1, but after a poor second round trailed Keiser University by one shot.

  • Driving Towards Inclusive Golf for All

    BC's Tanelle Bolt Uses A Swing-Assist Cart At Langara GC In Vancouver - BC Golf Photo

    BY REBECCA BLISSETT/Writer for Rick Hansen Foundation

    For Anthony Brummet, like many of the 1 in 5 Canadians with a disability, his medical condition wasn’t something he had planned for. Anthony, or Tony as he is called, developed a health issue in his senior years that affects his legs to the point he can no longer stand.

  • North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches Shaping Up As A Canada vs USA Showdown

    British Columbia Will Go For Six Straight At The North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches Championship In Corvallis, Oregon

    This international competition, created by Washington Junior Golf Association (WJGA) founder, Joan Teats in 1987, has featured a rotation of sites in recent years between the competing golf associations comprising British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

    The 2023 edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches is being held at Trysting Tree GC in Corvallis, Oregon and will see the contest taking on a slightly different look as Team BC goes for their 6th consecutive victory in the event.

    With Idaho not competing this year, Oregon and Washington have combined to form one team (6 girls each), which will take on 5-time defending champion British Columbia who will be bringing 12 players to the event, creating a 'Canada vs U.S.A.' approach to this year's competition.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Four B.C. juniors to rub shoulders with LPGA stars at new event; Hadwin, Svensson T40th at PGA Championship; Sloan makes it a B.C. foursome at U.S. Open; Rothwell off to NCAA Division I championship; SFU’s Goodfellow honoured

    L-R: Lauren Kim, Michelle Liu & Luna Lu Finished As The Top 3 In The 2020 BC Women's Amateur. They Will Be Joined By Vanessa Zhang (Far Right) In The Upcoming Mizuho Americas Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Four B.C. junior golfers will be playing alongside some of the biggest stars on the LPGA Tour at the upcoming Mizuho Americas Open at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

    Burnaby’s Luna Lu, Lauren Kim of Surrey and Michelle Liu and Vanessa Zhang, both of Vancouver, are among 24 American Junior Golf Association players who have qualified to play in the inaugural event, which goes June 1-4.

  • UBC Men Win NAIA National Championship Tourney

    The UBC T'Birds Are 2023 NAIA Champions - Photo Credit Dan O'Connor (UBC T'Birds Communications)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For just the second time in program history, the University of B.C. men’s golf team has captured the NAIA national championship. The T-Birds surprised even their coach by winning the 72-hole tournament at Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz.

    “To be honest it’s a big surprise and it’s a big upset,” said longtime UBC coach Chris Macdonald. “We were the 12th-ranked team coming in, so a lot of things had to go right.”

  • Summerland’s Nathan Ward Birdies Final Hole To Win B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Gary Pike Of Victoria Captures B.C. Mid-Master Championship

    Summerland's Nathan Ward Is The 2023 BC Men's Mid-Amateur Champion - All Images Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    HARRISON MILLS — Every golf round seems to bring with it that moment of adversity when a player’s character and resolve are put to the test.

    For Nathan Ward, that moment came on the par 5 13th hole during the final round of the B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master Championships at Sandpiper Golf Course.

    Ward made a mess of the hole, walking off the green with a double-bogey seven. That very easily could have been the end of Ward’s chances, but the 37-year-old Summerland resident wasn’t about to give up.

  • Shelly Stouffer Just Keeps Winning

    Nanoose Bay Resident Shelly Stouffer Captured Both The B.C. Women's Mid-Amateur & Mid-Master Championships At Sandpiper GC In Harrison Mills - All Images Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    HARRISON MILLS — For those of us wondering what Shelly Stouffer was going to do for an encore, she provided an answer at Sandpiper Golf Course.

    Apparently, the Nanoose Bay resident is going to just keep winning.

    After a stellar 2022 campaign, Stouffer began her 2023 season by capturing both the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master titles at the scenic Harrison Mills layout.

  • Tina Papatolis Carries Three-shot Lead Into Final Round Of B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship; Richmond’s Mike Aizawa Leads Men’s Mid-Amateur

    Tina Papatolis Is The Leader After Two Rounds Of The BC Women's Mid-Amateur - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    HARRISON MILLS — Tina Papatolis wasn’t about to let a horrible ending to her round spoil what she had accomplished the previous 17 holes.

    Papatolis, a Canadian who now lives in the Seattle suburb of Issaquah, arrived at the 18th tee at Sandpiper Golf Course one-under for her round. But after driving her tee ball left into the trees and then dunking her third shot into the pond fronting the green, she had to settle for a triple-bogey seven.

    Still, her two-over 74 is the low score posted through two rounds of the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master Championships. And it gave Papatolis a three-shot lead heading into Thursday’s final round. The event is being held concurrently with the B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master Championship.

  • Surrey’s Lauren Kim Qualifies To Play In Her Second Straight U.S. Women’s Open

    Lauren Kim (L) And Gabriela Ruffels Were The Two Qualifiers For The U.S. Women's Open At VGC - Image Courtesy Golf Canada/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lauren Kim’s one and only visit to California’s Monterey Peninsula occurred a few years ago when she and her family were driving home from a junior golf tournament in the San Diego area.

    Kim, all of 11 or 12 years old at the time, vividly remembers what a beautiful spot it was. “We went to all of the golf courses in the area and picked up every scorecard,” she says. “And then we went to the beach and dipped our toes in the water.

    “I bought one of those bouncy balls that had a big Pebble Beach logo on it. And it had golf ball dimples on it. I thought this is really cool, I want that.” She also decided right there and then that she’d one day play Pebble Beach.

    On Monday, that dream became a reality. Kim will not only play Pebble Beach, she’ll play it in this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open.

  • Introducing Your Faves, Your Chance To Tell Us What Public Courses You Love The Most

    Canada is home to some of the world’s finest public golf courses, but many go unrecognized in ScoreGolf's biennial Top 59 Public Courses ranking, which they are set to publish again later this summer.

    That is where you come in. Submit up to 10 of your favourite public courses in your province by clicking on the link below.

  • 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.

  • North Vancouver’s Taylor Durham Plays His Way Into RBC Canadian Open

    Two-Time Marine Drive Club Champion Taylor Durham Shot 5-under 65 To Win The Regional Qualifier at Ledgeview Golf Club - Image Credit Golf Canada/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    ABBOTSFORD — When it comes to his golf, Taylor Durham has always been something of a late bloomer.

    He wasn’t quite good enough in high school to get an opportunity to compete collegiately, but Durham’s passion for the game kept him playing and he got better. A lot better.

  • Marine Drive Junior Invitational Gets Ready For 2nd Annual Event

    After a successful inaugural event last season, Marine Drive GC is excited for an even better event for year two! On June 27 & 28 Marine Drive will be hosting the second annual Marine Drive Junior Invitational.

    The Invitational will be catered towards highly competitive golfers looking to test their skills at a premier golf club. They expect to have a larger field this year, so get your entries in early. If they are oversubscribed, players will be selected based on handicap and past tournament performance.

  • Kootenay's Kaslo Golf Club Celebrating 100 Years

    All Images & Editorial Courtesy Kaslo Golf Club

    Kaslo Golf Course opened in 1923, when there were about a dozen golf courses in all of British Columbia. In Kaslo, which was a larger community than it is today, some enthusiasts formed a company, raised some capital and began to generate interest in creating a course locally.

    Subscriptions provided enough capital to build 4 holes in 1923, and the following year a further 5 holes were carved out on the reasonably flat bench just south of the main area of the town, where the course is still located.

    In the beginning, a ladies' membership cost $10 and men's $15.

  • 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.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Amy Lee and Jerry Li winners at NextGen opener on Sunshine Coast; B.C. a close third at PNGA Lamey Cup; Svensson struggles on the Green Mile; Rowe wins second straight VGT event

    NextGen Pacific Champions Amy Seung Hyun Lee & Jerry Li - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The NextGen Championships put on by Golf Canada each year are what you might call 'junior majors'. Amy Seung Hyun Lee now has won two of them.

    Lee, a 15-year-old Langley resident, captured the NextGen Pacific Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.

    She went wire-to-wire and won by five shots against an elite field of B.C. juniors.

  • Winner Of Ledgeview Qualifier To Earn Spot In RBC Canadian Open Field

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Thanks in no small part to the work of Ledgeview Golf Club General Manager Brad Clapp, a spot in next month’s RBC Canadian Open field will be up for grabs at a regional qualifier at the Abbotsford course on May 12.

    Golf Canada rules stipulate that a minimum of 120 players must compete in a regional qualifier in order for that coveted pass into the Canadian Open to be made available to the winner.

    Clapp, a former winner on the PGA Tour Canada circuit, made it his personal mission to see that the Ledgeview field cracked that magic number. He is happy to report that nearly 140 players have now committed to play in the regional qualifier.

  • Video: #1 Golf Rule for Beginner Golfers and Adaptive Golfers

    In this first video of a series, Coach Shayain Gustavsp along with the assistance of adaptive golfer and former coach of Canada's Wheelchair Basketball Team, Joe Higgins, pass along some straightforward tips for new-to-the-game golfers as well as adaptive golfers who may need some information on 'getting around a golf course'.

    Shayain is a certified LPGA Teaching and Club Professional since 2018. Joe's work with Paralympic athletes has resulted in gold medals for Canadian wheelchair athletes since the early 1990's.


  • 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.