• Victoria’s Craig Doell Comes From Behind To Win His Third B.C. Mid-Amateur Championship

    2021 BC Men's Mid-Amateur Champion Craig Doell - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Craig Doell knew he would have to play a solid round and also get some help from the guy he was chasing on the final day of the B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Victoria’s Gorge Vale Golf Club.

    He got both and completed his B.C. Mid-Am hat trick with his third victory in the competition for players aged 25 and older. The 49-year-old Doell played near flawless golf in Thursday’s final round.

    He made just one bogey in his two-under round of 70 and it came on the 18th hole when he already had the tournament won. He beat Courtenay’s John Robertson, who had led through the first two rounds, by three shots.

  • PGA TOUR Card Tantalizingly Close For BC's Stuart Macdonald

    Vancouver Native Stuart Macdonald Has A Lot On The Line At This Week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship - Image Courtesy Korn Ferry Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Stuart Macdonald hopes to treat it like any other week, but of course it is not.

    This week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Newburgh, Ind., has life-changing implications for Macdonald and so many others who will tee it up in the final event of the season.

    Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be handed out to the top-performing players in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Macdonald is in the hunt as the 26-year-old Vancouver native sits 30th heading into the Tour Championship.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Svensson gets win No. 3 on Korn Ferry Tour; Swanson to defend Mid-Am title at Gorge Vale; Bogdan advances at Q-school pre-qualifier; Former T-Bird Harrison 3rd at Mackenzie Tour’s PEI Open

    Surrey, BC's Adam Svensson Won His 2nd Korn Ferry Tour Event Of The Season This Week - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The 2021-22 PGA TOUR season is less than three weeks away and Adam Svensson is serving notice that he’s ready for his second crack on the big stage. 

    The 27-year-old from Surrey earned his second Korn Ferry Tour win of the season and third overall by capturing the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship by two shots Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. 

    Svensson had already clinched his PGA TOUR card for next season, but Sunday’s win improves his priority ranking. He’ll enter this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship in Newburgh, Ind., seeded third overall.

  • BMW Championship Rekindles Some Special Memories For James Lepp

    Abbotsford Native James Lepp Is Now Busy As A Parent And An Entrepreneur But Certainly Had His Moments As An Elite Golfer - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Golf is no longer top of mind for James Lepp, but some special memories came flooding back this week when he learned that the PGA TOUR’s BMW Championship was being contested on the course where he won the NCAA Championship back in 2005.

    That win at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., was the biggest in a brilliant, but short golf career for the Abbotsford native. It came against a field stacked with many future PGA TOUR stars, including the likes of Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner and Alex Noren. 

    Lepp beat them all after closing that tournament with a seven-under 63 and beating Michael Putnam in a playoff.

  • Greenwood Golf Has High Hopes For Its Throwback Putters, Knock On Wood

    Greenwood Golf Owners Joel Luyt (R) & Mark Wilson (L) - Image Courtesy Greenwood Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When Joel Luyt talks to golfers about the wooden-head putters his company is producing in its Langley shop, many of them look at him like he’s Old Tom Morris. 

    Yeah, and maybe you want to sell me a feathery golf ball and some hickory-shafted irons to go with it. 

    “It’s a hurdle,” Luyt says of convincing the skeptics that Greenwood Golf’s hand-crafted wooden-head putters actually perform as well or better than many of today’s top-selling brands from the likes of Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway and Titleist.

  • Former BC Junior Boys Champion Jake Scarrow Wins PGA of BC Championship

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    AUGUST 24, 2021 -- Chilliwack Golf Club’s Jake Scarrow staked out an early lead with a phenomenal front nine and held on for a one-stroke victory in the TaylorMade Golf & adidas Golf PGA of BC Championship presented by Axis Insurance Group on Tuesday at Rivershore Golf Links.

    Scarrow’s 30 strokes on the outward nine gave him an edge on the field that he would never relinquish, as the 24-year-old’s tournament-low 65 in the final round left him at 8-under-par for the 36-hole championship, one shot better than Nate Ollis (Cordova Bay Golf Course).

    Zach Olson (Chilliwack Golf Club) finished in third place at 5-under, while four-time PGA of BC Champion Bryn Parry (Seymour Creek Golf Centre) placed fourth at 4-under.

  • Three-Year Old Could Be Vancouver Island's Next Golf Star

    Nanaimo's Boston Saywell swings big, has secured memberships at two local clubs, and has a growing social media presence and, oh yeah, he just turned three...

    It's a typical Sunday at Nanaimo Golf Club as a member foursome prepares to tee off on the first hole, except that in this case, one member of the group is a little shorter than the others... and we mean (mostly) in height, not length.

  • New Owner Of Peace Portal Promises Enhancements, Not Major Changes, To South Surrey Course

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The soon to be new owner of Peace Portal Golf Course in south Surrey is a former member of Canada’s national rugby team who made his money in the automotive industry. Joe Haley also loves to golf, so when he heard his neighbourhood course was for sale, it piqued his interest.

    “It is something that I have been looking at for about four years,” Haley said in an interview. “It’s this beautiful piece of land and golf course and we just decided hey, this is something that would be exciting. My business partner and I both live on farm acreages in the area, and it’s just a really exciting opportunity.”

    Haley and business partner Randy Bishop, co-owner of Bocci Lighting, struck a deal to buy the course earlier this month. They take possession of Peace Portal on Oct. 4.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes; Steven Lecuyer wins his second Vancouver Open; Naomi Ko moves on at Q-school; Allenby 14th on Forme Tour; Peace Portal sold to local buyers

    Vancouver Open Winner Steven Lecuyer - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Steven Lecuyer says he is playing less aggressive golf and taking a more conservative approach to the game than he once did. It paid dividends on Sunday as the 32-year-old Edmonton native, who now now calls Vancouver home, won his second Vancouver Open title.

    Lecuyer began the final round tied for the lead but had built a six-stroke cushion by the time he made the turn at Fraserview Golf Course. He ended up winning by four shots after closing with a six-under 66 to finish the 54-hole event at 15-under par.

  • Record Field Of 312 Players Set For 15th Playing Of The Vancouver Open At McCleery, Langara & Fraserview

    Kevin Stinson Of Mission Will Be One To Watch In The Vancouver Open This Week - Image Credit VGT

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Vancouver Open was born back in 2007, when Phil Jonas won what was then a two-day event held at University Golf Club. Fifteen years later, the Vancouver Golf Tour’s flagship event has produced a rich history that will be added to this weekend when it is played at the three City of Vancouver municipal courses.

    A record field of 312 players will compete Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fraserview, McCleery and Langara. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years,” says VGT commissioner Fraser Mulholland. “It has gone by way faster than expected.”

  • Buoyed By Back-Nine Birdies, Langley’s Amy Lee Wins Bantam Girls Championship In A Playoff

    BC Girls Bantam Champion Amy Lee - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

     A funny thing happened when Langley’s Amy Lee made back-to-back birdies on the back nine during the final round of the B.C. Bantam Girls Championship at Langara Golf Course. 

    The 13-year-old suddenly started believing she could win the tournament. “Those birdies gave me some momentum and some courage to go for it,” Lee said after after she beat Grace Yao of West Vancouver in a sudden-death playoff. “At the beginning of day I thought I had no chance.” 

    Lee shot a two-under 69 to finish the 36-hole event at one-over par and tied with Yao, who closed with an even-par 71.

  • Alex Zhang Celebrates 13th Birthday A Day Early With BC Boys Bantam & Novice Championships Wins

    BC Boys Bantam & Novice Champion For 2021 is Alex Zhang - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Former Canadian Tour winner Eugene Wong of North Vancouver and Surrey’s Adam Svensson, who is off next month to begin his second stint on PGA TOUR, are among the past champions of the B.C. Bantam Boys Championship.

    Their play in winning those titles could not have been any more impressive than the performance of new winner Alex Zhang of Richmond.

    After opening the 36-hole tournament with a three-under 68, the Beach Grove Golf Club junior member closed witha near flawless round of 67 on Tuesday to win the championship by eight shots at Langara Golf Course.

    The win came on Zhang’s final day as a 12-year-old. He turns 13 on Wednesday.

  • Alex Zhang, Katherine Hao Lead After First Round Of B.C. Bantam Boys & Girls Championships

    Richmond's Alex Zhang Leads Both The Bantam & Novice Boys Divisions After Round One At Langara - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    These kids get good fast. As Exhibit A, we present 12-year-old Alex Zhang. The Beach Grove Golf Club junior shot a three-under par 68 at Langara Golf Course in Vancouver on Monday to take the first- round lead at the B.C. Bantam Boys Championship for players aged 14 and younger.

    The Richmond resident had four birdies and just one bogey and was proud of the way he handled Langara’s tricky greens. “I didn’t have a three-putt,” Zhang said after completing his round in some heavy rain. “My speed control was good. I was pretty happy with my round. The course isn’t too tough, but the greens are pretty tricky. You have to try and leave the ball in the right spots because there are lots of big ridges.”

    Katherine Hao of Burnaby shot an even-par 71 and leads the Bantam Girls division.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Roger Sloan reflects on his ‘incredible week’; Hadwin, Taylor also top-10 at Wyndham; Svensson officially gets his PGA Tour card; Humphreys wins Canadian Juvenile Boys Championship

    BC's Roger Sloan Came Through Big To Make The Playoffs And Keep His PGA TOUR Status For Next Year - YouTube Screen Grab photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The biggest week of his golfing life didn’t start quite the way Merritt’s Roger Sloan had hoped. There were more bogeys than birdies in his opening round of the Wyndham Championship and Sloan knew that had to change in a hurry. Thankfully, it did and things turned out better than he could have imagined.

    “This was such an incredible week,” Sloan said over the phone after losing in a six-man playoff at the Wyndham Championship. “I had some jitters knowing what had to be done this week when I teed off on Thursday and I think I was three-over through 11 holes and at that point there’s nothing left to lose. That just freed me up a little bit and we were able to play 18-under the rest of the way and get ourselves in a playoff. So a really cool story and just a really cool week here.”

  • BC Golf Provincial Training Camp – August 25-27, 2021 At Rivershore Golf Links, Open for Registration

    The purpose of the Junior Boys Camp is to prepare for the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys Championship being held at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops, BC.

    The Junior Boys Camp is open to all Junior Boys planning on playing in the 2022 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. There are a total of 30 spots available in this camp.

    If the camp is oversubscribed a selection committee will meet to decide the final roster. You will be placed on the pending list until the roster is finalized. Details and registration link can be found below.

  • ModGolf Podcast: Inspiring Women To Build A Career In The Golf Industry

    To open Season 10 of The ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host Colin Weston decided to shake things up by doing something he'd been planning for awhile. And that thing is to have Colin step aside from the microphone so that a guest host can take over the controls of the ship.

    In this episode former guest Dr. Greta Anderson takes over the hosting duties for an engaging conversation with GolfHers Founder Kelly Hunt to learn about her golf entrepreneurship journey to inspire women to build a career in the golf industry.

  • Plenty Of Practice Pays Off For Matthew Wilson Winning 2021 BC Boys Juvenile Championship

    Nanaimo's 15-year-old Matthew Wilson Wins The B.C. Juvenile Boys Championship After A Non-Stop Stretch Of Golf This Spring And Summer - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- It wasn’t that long ago that Matthew Wilson was having trouble breaking 100 in zone tournaments on Vancouver Island. Back then, the thought of becoming a B.C. champion wasn’t on his mind. He was just happy making a few pars.

    My, how things have changed in a relative hurry for the 15-year-old from Nanaimo who is the new B.C. Juvenile Boys champion. Wilson shot a tournament-best four-under 66 in the final round to win the championship for players 16 and under by five shots at Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course.

  • Burnaby’s Luna Lu Beats The Heat And Her Competition To Win B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship

    BC Juvenile Girls Champion Luna Lu - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- The heat was on in more ways than one for Luna Lu in the final round of the B.C. Juvenile Girls Championship. 

    The 14-year-old from Burnaby not only had to handle the pressure of playing with the lead, she had to deal with the oppressive heat during her afternoon round on Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course. 

    Lu draped a wet towel around her neck much of the day to try and stay cool. As for that other pressure, it didn’t seem to faze her. Lu shot a final round of one-under 69 and won the championship for players aged 16 and younger by seven shots.

  • Birdies Hard To Come By At B.C. Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships On Golden Eagle’s South Course

    Burnaby's Luna Lu Leads The Ladies At The BC Juvenile Championships At Golden Eagle GC - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf 

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    PITT MEADOWS -- Par has proven to be a very good score through two rounds of the B.C. Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships.

    Golden Eagle Golf Club’s South Course has presented a stiff test to a field that includes some of this province’s best young players. While not long, visually it can be quite intimidating. There seems to be trouble nearly everywhere. The leaders have managed to avoid most of those ever-present penalty areas and not taken any of the big numbers that can easily be had if you stray off line.

    The leaders of both the boys and girls divisions stand at one-under par through 36 holes. No one has gone lower than 68 on the par-70 layout.

  • Golf Canada To Host Inaugural Canadian All Abilities Championship At Humber Valley Golf Course

    Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    For Immediate Release

    (August 10, 2021) - Golf Canada is committed to providing the highest level of competition for amateur golfers of all abilities and is proud to announce the inaugural Canadian All Abilities Championship will be conducted September 22-24 at Humber Valley Golf Course in Toronto.

    The national golf championship will be contested as a 36-hole competition and will feature a maximum of 84 players from across Canada with neurological, intellectual, sensory and physical impairments.

    Originally scheduled to launch in 2020, but delayed due to restrictions from the pandemic, the All Abilities Championships supports Golf Canada’s commitment to create a more inclusive and respectful sport environment across the Canadian golf community.