• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Victoria’s Willy Bishop to defend Junior title at Morningstar; Surrey’s Lauren Kim loving Colorado; Peace Portal put up for sale; Jared du Toit top-20s in Forme Tour opener; Svensson closes in on PGA TOUR card

    Willy Bishop Will Travel Just Down The Road A Little From Victoria To Defend His Junior Boys Title - Image Courtesy VGC

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A new Junior Girls champion will be crowned, but Victoria’s Willy Bishop will defend his Junior Boys title this week when the B.C. Junior Boys & Girls Championships are held at Morningstar Golf Course in Parksville. 

    Bishop collected both the Juvenile and Junior Boys titles last summer. Surrey’s Angela Arora, who won last year’s B.C. Junior Girls’ title, will not play in Parksville. Arora, like Bishop, is now a member of Golf Canada’s national junior team and is currently playing tournaments in the United States.

    West Vancouver’s Jennifer Gu, who finished second at last week’s B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Summerland Golf Club, is in the Junior Girls field in Parksville. 

    The 72-hole competition runs Tuesday through Friday and has attracted a field of 111 boys and 45 girls aged 18 and under. (Click HERE to video Preview from Morningstar GC)

  • Perseverance Pays Off As Leah John Wins B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship At Summerland GC

    Vancouver's Leah John Is The 2021 B.C. Women's Amateur Champion - image credit Jerome Goddard/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- A win is sometimes that much sweeter when it has been preceded by so much hard work and occasional setbacks. Perhaps that’s why Leah John seemed so delighted with her win Friday at the116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Summerland Golf Club.

    Like that noted philosopher Ringo Starr, John knows better than most that moments like this one don’t come easy.

    Perseverance paid off for the 21-year-old Vancouver resident, who plays out of Marine Drive Golf Club and collegiately at the University of Nevada. John had come oh so close on a couple of previous occasions at British Columbia Golf championships.

  • Leah John Rides The Wind To Lead After Three Rounds At B.C. Women’s Amateur

    Leah John Has Grabbed The Lead After Round 3 At The BC Women's Am - image credit Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- The wind can really howl at times in Reno, where Leah John plays her collegiate golf at the University of Nevada. 

    So when it began to blow hard in Thursday’s third round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship at Summerland Golf Club, John didn’t get flustered. Far from it. The 21-year-old Vancouver native flourished in a stiff wind that blew especially hard on the back nine.

    John matched the low round of the tournament with a three-under par 71 and will take a two-shot lead over Jennifer Gu of West Vancouver into Friday’s final round of the 116th playing of the championship.

  • Video: The 2021BC Junior Championships Starts This Week At Morningstar GC

    With the 2021 British Columbia Junior Championships starting June 29th, the host venue, Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville on Vancouver Island, are prepared to offer a solid challenge to the top junior golfers in the province. 

    In the video below Director of Golf John Randle, with the help of junior Brendan O'Brien, previews the difficult par 5 9th hole at his club in advance of the British Columbia Golf Boys & Girls Junior Championships.

     

     

  • A Little On-course Yoga Helps Jennifer Gu Maintain Lead At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    Jennifer Gu Continues To Lead The BC Women's Amateur After Round 2 At Summerland GC - Golf Canada/CRussell/file photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- Jennifer Gu is a bit of a free spirit so when things got off to a shaky start in the second round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, she decided to try something a little different to snap out of it.  After a pair of sloppy bogeys to open her day, Gu planted herself down on the third tee block and . . . did some yoga. 

    “I did some Sun Salutations,” the 18-year-old West Vancouver native said with a smile after her round.

    “It’s kind of like a circuit of stretches, but is very calming. . .I was doing anything to keep me calm. The heart was pulsating a little bit. Hey, it’s the B.C. Am, kind of a big deal out here.”

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Lessons Learned About Mental Performance From 'Disco Dick'

    In the latest episode of the ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host Colin Weston talks to former PGA TOUR regular, BC's Richard Zokol. 

    Nicknamed 'Disco Dick' after playing a 1982 PGA TOUR event wearing a Sony Walkman, two-time tour winner Zokol joined Colin to share how listening to music on course to calm his hyperactive mind helped sow the seeds that led to the creation of MindTRAK Golf.

  • West Vancouver’s Jennifer Gu Grabs Early Lead At B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    West Vancouver's Jennifer Gu Leads The BC Women's Amateur After Round One At Summerland GC - image credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    SUMMERLAND -- Summerland Golf Club is set up as a par 74 for this week’s 116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship, but Jennifer Gu tried not to pay attention to that number in Tuesday’s first round. 

    The 18-year-old West Vancouver resident had a rather simple formula she tried to follow and it seemed to work wonderfully as recorded a three-under 71 to grab the early lead. “I did not look at the pars on any of the holes,” Gu said after her round.

    “I just tried to get the ball in the hole as quick as possible because I know the par 5s are very gettable and if I maybe think of a hole as a par 5 I will play it a little different, which I don’t want to do. I just want to get the ball in the hole as fast as I can.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Angela Arora, Christine Wong both win at Glencoe; Lauren Kim laps field in Colorado; Hadwin ties for 40th at U.S. Open; Another strong showing for Macdonald on Korn Ferry Tour

    Angela Arora, Shown Here After Winning The BC Junior & Juvenile Titles Last Year, And Christine Wong With Her Winner's Cheque, Both Had Terrific Peformances At The Glencoe Invitational - Images Credt: BC Golf/Facebook/CWong

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Angela Arora cruised to her win, while Christine Wong had to sweat a little en route to her victory at Calgary’s Glencoe Invitational.

    Arora, the reigning B.C. Junior & Juvenile Girls champion from Surrey, won the women’s amateur division at Glencoe by nine shots. She fired rounds of 77, 69 and 70 to finish the 54-hole event at even par. Katy Rutherford of Calgary was second, while Jennifer Gu of West Vancouver and Yeji Kwon of Port Coquitlam tied for third at 12-over.

    Wong won the female pro division, which was contested for the first time at Glencoe, to earn $15,000. Wong won by two shots but had to survive some anxious moments early on the back nine in Saturday’s final round.

  • Appreciative Of The Past, Coquitlam’s Henry Lee Excited About The Future After Completing Collegiate Golf Career

    Coquitlam, BC's Henry Lee Had A Very Solid Collegiate Career At The University Of Washington - Image Courtesy @UW_MGolf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    His collegiate golf career is over, but Henry Lee will never forget the five years he spent playing for the University of Washington Huskies. “I will always remember how much fun we had as a team,” Lee says.

    “Golf is a very individual sport, but college is an exception because you play as a team. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything and I just gained so much as a person, as a player. They taught me so much along the way in terms of helping make me the best version of myself. They really transformed me.”

  • Summerland Golf & Country Club Set To Host B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf’s championship season tees off June 22-25 when Summerland Golf & Country Club plays host to the 116th playing of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship. 

    A new champion will be crowned as Vancouver’s Michelle Liu, who at age 13 became the youngest winner of the championship last summer at Campbell River Golf Club, is not defending her title.

    It would not be surprising to see another teenage winner hoist the Flumerfelt Cup as the field includes several top junior players.

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  • National 'Take A Kid To The Course' Program Tees Off July 5th

    Image Credit: Austin Kirk/www.flickr.com/photos/aukirk/

    Take A Kid To The Course is a Canada-wide initiative encouraged by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada to bring juniors and families to golf courses across the country. Take A Kid To The Course allows for a FREE round of golf for youth under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult at participating courses across Canada.

    The program officially gets underway July 5th. Golf facilities around the province will be announcing their participation and whatever other promotions they may attach to the Take A Kid To The Course initiative.

  • Video: Morningstar GC Ready For 2021 BC Junior Championships

    With the 2021 British Columbia Junior Championships  starting June 29th, the host venue, Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville on Vancouver Island, are prepared to offer a solid challenge to the top junior golfers in the province. 

    In the video below Director of Golf John Randle and General Manager Barrie McWha welcome players to the upcoming event and provide some insight into the course itself, with the help of junior Brendan O'Brien.

     

  • First Tee Canada Launches With British Columbia Chapter Off First

    In 2020, Golf Canada partnered with First Tee to launch First Tee – Canada. Together, the partnership will bring First Tee’s youth development emphasis to strengthen Golf Canada’s junior golf activities – previously conducted under the Future Links brand – that reach kids in communities, schools, and golf facilities.

    Golf Canada will serve as the national headquarters of First Tee – Canada. First Tee chapters are being established in markets across Canada to deliver programs in their respective regions, with First Tee British Columbia being the first out of the gate.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Davison leads strong B.C. contingent at Forme Tour qualifier; Another week, another top 10 for Macdonald; Du Toit heads to Colombia; Stinson wins on Vancouver Golf Tour

    From Left To Right, BC's Chris Crisologo, Callum Davison And Jared du Toit Took The Top 3 Spots In The Forme Tour Q-School - Image Courtesy Forme Tour/Twitter

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Duncan’s Callum Davison will be bringing his mom and dad along for the ride as he plays the new Forme Tour this summer after winning last week’s qualifying school in Washington state. 

    The 20-year-old former B.C. Bantam Boys champion topped the field at the Home Course in DuPont, Wash., with a 72-hole score of 13-under par. He earned a full exemption to the eight-event Forme Tour which starts later this month in Athens, Ga.

    “This is huge,” Davison said of being fully exempt. “It just frees me up. I don’t have to worry about Monday qualifiers or the reshuffle. I will be able to play and do my thing. I don’t have to worry about if I am getting in (a tournament) or not.”

  • Golf Canada Announces Revised 2021 Championship Schedule

    Due to interprovincial travel restrictions and other complexities related to COVID-19, Golf Canada has announced additional changes to its championship schedule for the 2021 season. 

    Provincial restrictions had previously forced the cancellation of U.S. Open Local and Final Qualifiers, in addition to the NextGen Pacific, NextGen Western, and NextGen Ontario Championships.

    With continued pandemic-related uncertainty, the remaining NextGen Championships – NextGen Prairie (Quarry Oaks, June 10-13), NextGen Quebec (Club de Golf Hemmingford, June 27-30), and NextGen Atlantic (Dundarave Golf Course, July 12-15) – will also be cancelled and the 2021 NextGen National Junior Orders of Merit will not be awarded.

  • Mackenzie Tour’s Eight-event Schedule Concludes With Two B.C. Tournaments

    Image Courtesy PGA TOUR

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit has released an eight-event schedule for Canadian-based players that concludes with tournaments in Kelowna and Victoria in late September and early October.

    The schedule touches both coasts as it includes two tournaments in Prince Edward Island in late August and early September.

    The schedule begins July 29 - Aug. 1 with the Mackenzie Investments Open in Blainville, Que. It concludes Sept. 31 - Oct. 3 with the DCBank Open presented by Times-Colonist at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria.

    The GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon in Kelowna goes Sept. 23-26. The tour’s regular Vancouver-area event will not be played this year.

  • Pro-D Day Proves Perfect Place For Prince George Girls Golf Camp

    Prince George Golf & Curling Club Pro Ann Holmes Put Together A Girls Only Golf Camp On A Pro-D Day That Was Well Attended - Image Courtesy CKPGTODAY.ca

    PRINCE GEORGE – The next generation of female golfers got an exclusive opportunity on Friday, June 4th as School District 57 (Prince George) had a Pro-D Day.

    Ann Holmes, one of the golf pros at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club and a British Columbia Golf coach, put on a 'girls only' golf camp with two sessions taking place that day.

  • BC Golf Women's Golf Day Scramble A Hit Across The Province

    The ' Cedar Hill Birdie Bunch' Were Just One Of The 112 Teams That Entered The BC Golf Women's Golf Day 'Cloud Scramble' - Image Courtesy Cedar Hill Birdie Bunch

    Between May 25th and Tuesday, June 1st, coinciding with International Women's Golf Day, British Columbia Golf ran a 'Cloud Scramble' for teams put together across the province. Players created their own team, played at the location of their choice and submitted results. Prizes were done on a draw basis with the focus of the event to get out, participate and have fun.

    It appears that's exactly what happened as participation was terrific with over 100 teams entering. 

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Several British Columbians to play Forme Tour qualifier; Macdonald records career-best finish on Korn Ferry Tour; Taylor ties for 42nd at Memorial: Mandur impressive at NCAA Championships

    Former BC Amateur Champion Jared du Toit Is Looking To Compete On The New Forme Tour - Images Credit BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    As a fully exempt member of the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica circuit, Kimberley’s Jared du Toit could have played in this week’s event in Florida. Instead, the former B.C. Amateur champion is joining a few other British Columbians at the new Forme Tour qualifying school at The Home Course in DuPont, Wash.

    “It was kind of a tough decision, but I felt like it was the better move for me to have something for the summer, ideally,” du Toit said. He’ll be hoping to be one of a select few to earn status at Q-School, which runs Tuesday through Friday.