• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Attitude adjustment propels Wheeldon to Q-school win; T-Birds advance to NAIA Championships; Another honour for A.J. Ewart; Victoria Liu wins Ivy League championship; Sagebrush opens its season

    Riley Wheeldon Has Fully Exempt Status This Year On The PGA TOUR Canada - PGA TOUR Canada Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Riley Wheeldon will tell you it was a lot more than home course advantage that propelled him to his impressive performance at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort. 

    Sure, his intimate familiarity with the Crown Isle layout that is located not far from his childhood home in Comox came in handy, but Wheeldon credits an attitude adjustment with his solid play. 

    “My game has always been there,” Wheeldon said. “My attitude hasn’t. That was one thing I said to myself last summer, that if I was going to keep doing this, my attitude has to change. Having a little refresh this winter, I was able to come out and focus on attitude and let everything else fall into place and behold, this game is pretty fun.”

  • Join In The 25th Anniversary KidSport BC Golf Tournament

    Courtesy Sport BC

    KidSport BC’s beloved annual golf tournament is back and this year marks the 25th anniversary of this incredible event, which will once again be hosted at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey on Monday June 20.

    Sign up as an individual golfer, join with a friend or register a foursome. There are sponsorship opportunities available as well, starting at just $500.

    Check out our Tournament Package for full details, or visit kidsport.ca/british-columbia/golf for more info.

  • Hometown Triumph For Comox, BC's Riley Wheeldon In Final PGA TOUR Canada Q-School

    Riley Wheeldon Has Fully Exempt Status This Year On The PGA TOUR Canada - PGA TOUR Canada Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Riley Wheeldon will tell you it was a lot more than home course advantage that propelled him to his impressive performance at last week’s PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort. 

    Sure, his intimate familiarity with the Crown Isle layout that is located not far from his childhood home in Comox came in handy, but Wheeldon credits an attitude adjustment with his solid play.

    “My game has always been there,” Wheeldon said. “My attitude hasn’t. That was one thing I said to myself last summer, that if I was going to keep doing this, my attitude has to change. Having a little refresh this winter, I was able to come out and focus on attitude and let everything else fall into place and behold, this game is pretty fun.”

  • New B.C. Women's Open Hopes To Provide Path To The Pros

    Reigning Women's PGA Of Canada Champion  Christine Wong - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Vancouver Golf Tour has been a stepping stone for the likes of Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin to the PGA TOUR and commissioner Fraser Mulholland would love to see it help provide a path for female players looking to make their way to the LPGA Tour.

    Mulholland hopes the inaugural GolfBC Group B.C. Women’s Open, to be played June 4-5 at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club in Richmond, is a significant first step.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Rowe, Crisologo earn PGA Tour Canada status; Bald Eagle hopes to re-open; Hadwin-Svensson come up a shot short in New Orleans; Lauren Kim just misses U.S. Women’s Open berth; Stinson tops Chilliwack field

    BC's Chris Crisologo (R) And Lawren Rowe (L) Are Set To Tee Off On The PGA Tour Canada Circuit

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Lawren Rowe and Chris Crisologo have punched their tickets to this summer’s PGA Tour Canada circuit and this week several other British Columbians will be hoping to follow suit.

    Rowe, a former University of Victoria standout, and Crisologo, who had a stellar collegiate career at Simon Fraser University, both earned solid status for the upcoming season at a PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

    That was Q-school No. 6. The seventh and final Q-school goes this week at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay.

  • Langley's Redwoods GC Enters Pipeline Hibernation

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Doug Hawley and his staff couldn’t help but get a little emotional as the final shots were struck Easter Monday at Redwoods Golf Course. 

    The Langley course is being forced to close for a few months due to construction of the TransCanada pipeline. Hawley, Redwoods’ managing director, knows the course he has run for the past 28 years will emerge better than ever. But he acknowledges it’s going to be tough to watch some of the fairways get ripped up for the pipeline project.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Redwoods enters pipeline hibernation; UBC women continue impressive streak; Hadwin, Svensson team up in New Orleans; Record round for Ewart; Kwon, Humphreys shine in junior qualifier

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Doug Hawley and his staff couldn’t help but get a little emotional as the final shots were struck Easter Monday at Redwoods Golf Course. 

    The Langley course is being forced to close for a few months due to construction of the TransCanada pipeline. Hawley, Redwoods’ managing director, knows the course he has run for the past 28 years will emerge better than ever. But he acknowledges it’s going to be tough to watch some of the fairways get ripped up for the pipeline project.

    “You spend 30 years making fairways and growing grass and it just gets completely destroyed,” Hawley says. “It’s like watching a natural disaster happening. It’s kind of heart-wrenching, but once the restoration work is done it will be better than it was. . .When we re-open it will be in the best shape it’s ever been in the past 28 years.”

  • Canada Secures Spot At Victoria's Royal Colwood For 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    Team Canada L-R Back Row: Jeff MacDonald (Coach), Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Wilson, Jean Phillippe Parr, Felix Bouchard, Robert Ratcliffe (Head Coach), L-R Front Row: Jennifer Greggain (Coach), Michelle Liu, Yeji Kwon, Nicole Gal - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Team Canada’s National Junior Squad boys and girls teams both finished with top spots on the leaderboard at Royal Colwood Golf Club to secure the opportunity to play in the 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kaleb Gorbahn on the ups and downs of chasing his pro golf dream; Ewart wins again in Florida; Hadwin takes his top-10 streak to Hilton Head; Parry cards ninth career ace in local tour win

    Kaleb Gorbahn - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kaleb Gorbahn earned conditional status at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school in California, but the Smithers native was in no mood to celebrate. Gorbahn knows conditional status and a couple of dollars will buy you a cup of coffee.

    He’s not guaranteed any starts this summer. Maybe he gets some, maybe he doesn’t. Gorbahn acknowledges the grind of chasing his pro golf dream has been difficult. “It has been hard,” he says. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have had doubts about whether I should be doing this or not.”

  • Greg Moody Becomes New President Of British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Greg Moody has a rather simple explanation for why he spends considerable time giving back to the game of golf. “I just enjoy volunteering,” Moody says. “I think you’re either born with a volunteer gene or you’re not.”

    Moody clearly has his. A highly respected rules official and a longtime champion of junior golf, Moody is the new president of British Columbia Golf. Moody was officially elected by the BC Golf board on April 3rd. He jokes that it is not a position he expected or coveted.

    “I never aspired to this position,” says Moody, a North Vancouver resident who has been a member of Seymour Golf & Country Club since the mid-1980s. “I just like volunteering. This is something I started to do when I retired and I have especially enjoyed working with the kids.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Whatcom County courses excited to welcome back B.C. golfers; Hadwin records third straight top 10; PNG Lamey Cup returns after two-year hiatus; SFU men second in regular-season finale

    Homestead Farms GC Is Offering Some Great Deals For Canadians Ready To Play Down South Again - Image Courtesy Homestead Farms GC/Pixabay

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The British Columbians are back and no one is happier about that than the folks at Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden. Homestead has always relied heavily on British Columbia traffic, so when the border closed more than two years ago due to Covid-19, it had a devastating effect on the course. 

    “I would say it is at least half of our business,” says Trevor Parsons, who works in the Homestead pro shop. “We’re right on the border so the last couple of years have been tough. We have been missing the Canadians.” 

    As of April 1, costly Covid testing requirements that kept B.C. golfers north of the border, were dropped. Whatcom County courses are obviously hoping to see lots of B.C. golfers this spring and summer.

  • BC's Kaleb Gorbahn Takes On The Ups And Downs Of A Pro Golf Career

    Kaleb Gorbahn - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kaleb Gorbahn earned conditional status at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school in California, but the Smithers native was in no mood to celebrate. Gorbahn knows conditional status and a couple of dollars will buy you a cup of coffee.

    He’s not guaranteed any starts this summer. Maybe he gets some, maybe he doesn’t. Gorbahn acknowledges the grind of chasing his pro golf dream has been difficult. “It has been hard,” he says. “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I have had doubts about whether I should be doing this or not.”

  • Dawson City Golf Course Seeks New Clubhouse Manager & Course Superintendent

    The Dawson City Golf Course is looking to fill two major positions at their facility. Please see the postings below seeking a Clubhouse Manager and Grounds Superintendent. 

    The Dawson City Golf Course, situated across the Yukon River in Dawson City, Yukon, features nine-holes, a driving range, a clubhouse, and hosts multiple special events throughout the season. The course is operated by the Dawson Golf Association (DGA), a non-profit association.

  • NextGen Pacific To Kick Off BC's Canada Summer Games Team Selection

    Two BC Amateur Champions, Tristan Mandur (L) & Nolan Thoroughgood (R) ReceiveTheir Team Silver Medals At The 2017 Canada Summer Games - Image Credit: 2017 Canada Summer Games/Anthony_Fernando-Golf-1715

    The  British Columbia Golf selection committee will use the NextGen Pacific Championship, taking place at Nanaimo GC May 13 - 15, 2022, as a competition to start the process of selecting the top performance juniors for the 2022 Canada Summer Games to represent British Columbia in Niagara Falls in August. 

  • Canadian Turf Research Foundation Looks To Help Swamped Sod Farms

    royalty free photo used with permission

    Due to high demand and limited supply in the local market because of extensive flooding in Abbotsford during November of 2021, two of British Columbia's major turf farms have been severely affected.

    Western Turf Farms saw their farm and equipment submerged under water for an extended period of time. It is taking quite some time to assess whether any turf is recoverable, which it is likely not, and they in all probability will have to start from scratch from the soil beds up.

    Bos Sod Farm is in a very similar situaton and both of these family-run operations are major suppliers of athletic fields, residential requirements and golf courses. In an effort to help these businesses get back on their feet the Canadian Turf Research Foundation, in conjunction with Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation, have created a donation page.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ewart now top-ranked player in NCAA Division II; Taylor ties for 25th in Dominican Republic; Macdonald top-10s on Korn Ferry Tour

    Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart Is Having An Outstanding Year In NCAA Div II - Images Courtesy Barry U

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart is doing a nice job of following in the footsteps of fellow British Columbian Adam Svensson at Barry University in south Florida. 

    Ewart hopes to follow Svensson all the way to the PGA TOUR, but he will be taking one detour. The 22-year-old Coquitlam native insists that, unlike Svensson, he won’t be leaving Barry early to chase his pro golf dream.

    “I have to finish my degree or else my mom won’t be too happy with me,” Ewart says over the phone from Florida. “I have to get that done.”

  • Helping Women Say “Yes” To Golf

    BC Golf File Photo

    by Lindsay Knowlton, Iron Lady Golf (via SIRC)

    I started playing golf for the hot dogs. As a 14-year-old girl, I wanted to make friends with the other kids at my golf club. My major motivation after 9 holes was celebrating with friends over a hot dog and a chocolate milkshake. Flash forward 25 years, and golf is my passion. I’ve played and competed around the world. I’ve also taught more than 10,000 women how to play golf.

    Like me, these women are almost always interested in more than learning how to play golf. They learn to be included in their work events or to spend more time with their partners and families. They learn to find new friendships and travel companions, to exercise, spend time in nature or get some fresh air.

    Now more than ever, golf is about much more than just the game. Community is the glue that makes golf stick. In this blog, I offer strategies and tips, based on research and my own experiences, to help golf clubs and organizations create inclusive, welcoming environments that help women say “yes” to golf.

    Please click HERE to read complete story on SIRC....

    About the Author(s)
    Lindsay Knowlton is the founder of Iron Lady Golf and a member of the PGA of Canada. She’s passionate about helping more women say “yes” to golf and building communities. Lindsay was the Captain of the Ohio State Women’s Golf Team, a 3-year Member of Canada’s National Team and a Silver Medalist at the 2004 World Championships. She has also recorded 3 holes-in-1!

  • Grizzly Golf Tour Gears Up For The Season

    The golf season is very much upon us here in British Columbia and a number of events are getting back on track as we move carefully away from the cancellations and postponements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic over the last couple of years. 

    One of the tours that is getting ready to operate again is the Grizzly Golf Tour which runs events for juniors aged 5-18 and adult recreational players 18 and over throughout the Lower Mainland. Check out the information in the poster below and click on the image to go to their website to find out more about the Grizzly Tour.

  • BC Golf Goes For Unprecedented 'Five-Peat' In North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    In 2019 British Columbia Picked Up Their 4th Consecutive Win In The NPJLTM - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski/BC Golf

    British Columbia's North Pacific Junior Ladies Team will be on a quest not often realized at any level of sports competition when they tee off at the Home Course in Washington State this May 27th - 29th for the 34th edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches.

    Although the annual NPJLTM competition has been cancelled the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are back on track this year and Team BC just happens to have won the last four events played, from 2016 - 2019. Thus they take to the links in search of the rare 'Five-Peat'. 

    The return to competition after a two-year break will bring with it some new faces to the BC Team, both on the player's side and the coaches as well.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Texas crash hits home for UBC coach; Hadwin notches second straight top 10; Bald Eagle could be put up for sale; Victoria Liu earns first collegiate win; Canadian Open regional qualifier set for Meadow Gardens

    UBC Golf Coach Chris Macdonald - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Macdonald has spent considerable time thinking about the young lives lost in the devastating accident in Texas involving a New Mexico school’s golf teams.

    The longtime coach of the University of British Columbia’s men’s and women’s golf teams has also reflected on how much time he has spent driving his teams to and from tournaments.

    “It’s just devastating, such a tragedy,” Macdonald said of the crash that killed six members of the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf teams, as well as their coach, and left two other students critically injured. “I think I have probably driven over 200,000 kilometres in a mini-van with the teams in the 22 years I have been here.