• Join The 2022 BC Golf Education Summit

    Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The 2022 BC Golf Education Summit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

    The 2022 Summit will bring together leaders in their field to talk about competitive golf as it relates to Mid-Amateur and Senior athletes. It is an amazing opportunity for competitive players to come together to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in Canada on how to succeed along the path to becoming the best possible golfer you can be.

    All Webinars are free and start at 7:00 p.m. PST

  • Maggie's Tartan & Plaid A Match For Prostate Cancer Fundraiser

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A small British Columbia company specializing in handcrafted tartan golf head covers and accessories is teaming with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Plaid for Dad campaign to help raise money for prostate cancer research.

    Vernon residents Henry and Sandra Goy started Maggie’s Celtic Golf Collection about five years ago. Recently retired and both avid golfers, the couple was looking for something to do during the off-season. “How it started is kind of an interesting story,” Henry says.

  • In Memoriam: Past BC Golf President George Faithfull

    By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

    The British Columbia golfing community lost a good friend last week with the passing of George Faithfull. 

    Faithfull, a life member of Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, was a past president of British Columbia Golf who spent countless hours serving as a volunteer at golf events throughout the province. 

    Kris Jonasson, chief executive officer of British Columbia Golf, credited Faithfull for being a mentor to so many golfers. “George Faithfull was a wonderful leader and a real asset to British Columbia Golf,” Jonasson said.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hannah Lee begins different kind of golf journey at Northview; Golf community mourns loss of George Faithfull; Taylor ties for 14th at Pebble Beach

    Hannah Lee At The 2018 Canadian Women's Amateur At Marine Drive GC - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    For many years growing up, Northview Golf & Country Club was Hannah Lee’s home away from home. She pounded balls on its driving range, spent countless hours on its putting green and gained an intimate knowledge of the Ridge and Canal courses at the Surrey facility. 

    Northview helped Lee develop into one of British Columbia’s top junior players. She became a member of Golf Canada’s national junior team and earned herself a scholarship to play collegiate golf at the University of Oklahoma.

    And now she’s back at Northview, beginning a new kind of golf journey, not knowing quite where it will take her. Lee has just joined the PGA of Canada as an apprentice professional at Northview and is now seeing golf from a new perspective.

  • In Conversation With... BC Golf President Michelle Collens

    BC Golf Senior Contributor Brad Ziemer recently spoke with Michelle Collens who has sat on the British Columbia Golf's board since 2013, the last two years as President...

  • BC Brothers Hope BRDYZ Brand Takes Flight With Golfers

    By GORD MONTGOMERY, Inside Golf

    LANGLEY, British Columbia — At times when a new business hits the street the entrepreneurs behind the scene find a shift in focus is necessary because they’re joining a somewhat crowded marketplace. Such was the case for brothers Jaime and Gordon Jarvis and their idea to join the golf accessory business.

    Since they didn’t necessarily have anything to make their products stand out from competitors who had been in the business for several years, a shift was deemed necessary. So, in order to propel their line into high standing, they’ve come up with the idea of branding themselves better through apparel and in particular hats, with the newly-created BRDYZ brand.

    Click HERE to see complete story...

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Nick Taylor a ‘free agent’; Max Sear on Torrey Pines whirlwind; Jared du Toit laments unused shirts; Seymour to co-host Canadian Amateur with Point Grey; New Title Sponsor For Victoria Event

    Nick Taylor Shown Teeing Off In A Vancouver Golf Tour Event 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor is an equipment free agent.

    Taylor, who has played TaylorMade clubs since turning pro in 2010, chose not to renew his longstanding deal and is trying out clubs from a variety of manufacturers.

    “TaylorMade has been an amazing partner and were keen to continue to support Nick,” Taylor’s agent, Chris Armstrong of Wasserman Media, said in a telephone interview from Torrey Pines, where Taylor tied for 30th at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    “I think for Nick it was about the opportunity for him in the first time in his career to answer some unanswered questions for himself about what the best set-up top to bottom for him is. There are some areas of his game he wasn’t quite fully satisfied with and he wanted to make sure he could answer the questions on equipment.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Jeevan Sihota hoping to turn pro; PGA Tour Canada loses MacKenzie as title sponsor; Sloan ties for 14th at American Express; Vanessa Zhang, Lauren Kim top 10 at junior event in Florida

    Victoria's Jeevan Sihota Has His Eyes On Turning Pro This Spring - Image Credit: Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When a field of about 120 players gather at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay in late April for the seventh and final PGA Tour Canada spring qualifying school, the youngest competitor figures to get lots of attention. Highly regarded Victoria junior Jeevan Sihota, who turns 18 in March, has entered Q-school and will turn pro if he plays well enough to earn his card.

    Sihota’s dad, Jas, confirmed his son’s plans in an interview this past weekend. The family has spent considerable time weighing the options. Jeevan has been inundated with offers from several top universities to play collegiate golf south of the border.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Brian Knoetze ‘Masters’ his top-100 list; Svensson ties for seventh in Hawaii; Newly married Macdonald delays Korn Ferry season debut; Taylor, Hadwin to make 2022 debuts at American Express

    Marine Drive's Brian Knoetze  - BKnoetze Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    All that stood in the way of Brian Knoetze completing his goal of playing the top 100 courses in the United States was one of the toughest tee times in golf.

    In a journey that began eight years ago, the longtime Marine Drive Golf Club member had crossed 99 courses off Golf Digest’s top 100 list. All that remained was Augusta National.

    Knoetze had spent a lot of time wondering whether he was ever going to make that trip down Magnolia Lane. It’s not like you can just call the club and ask for a tee time. If you’re a mere mortal, you need an invitation from an Augusta National member to play the course. “It’s just about the hardest place in the world to get on to,” Knoetze says.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: GreenTee Golf Shop will cater to high-end clientele; Michelle Liu third in Orlando; Lauren Kim top 5 at Junior Orange Bowl; McDonald tops PGA of BC list

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A new golf shop is about to open in Coquitlam, but there won’t be any equipment from the likes of Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist or Ping lining its walls. 

    Instead, the GreenTee Golf Shop, located on the Lougheed Highway not far from Ikea, will feature names like Honma, Majesty, Fujimoto, Miura and Itobori. Golf Town this is not.

    “It’s only 2,500 square feet so it’s minimal if we compare it to Golf Town, but what we carry is actually very top tier,” says Bo Wu, who is director of JK World Group’s golf division. “We don’t carry any of the North American brands.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: New owners plan to take Pagoda Ridge private; Crown Isle gets one of seven Mackenzie Tour Q-schools; Lowe promotion opens up GM vacancy at Nicklaus North; Yeji Kwon a winner in Florida

    Pagoda Ridge GC Is To Become Private After Being Purchased By New Owners - Pagoda GC Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The new owners of Pagoda Ridge Golf Course have big plans that include a new name and an upscale clubhouse to serve members when the Langley facility goes private. For now, however, it’s business as usual at Pagoda, which changed hands last month when the Brown family -- the course’s original owners -- sold the facility to Coquitlam-based JK World Group.

    Justin Kim, president and chief executive officer of JKWG, told British Columbia Golf that the course will remain open to the public for the next two years. Once the course goes private, it will operate as GreenTee Golf Club.

  • 9 Things Canadian Golfers Can Look Forward To In 2022

    Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada


    Golf continues to provide a record number of Canadians safe refuge during the COVID-19 global pandemic as a proven activity that benefits physical and mental health.

    As we look ahead to 2022, there is comfort in knowing golf can continue to be a haven for safe gathering and fitness – for all.

    And beyond just the ability to continue to play the game, the world of golf has given Canadians much to be excited about as we look ahead to a new year!

  • Golfers Share Their 2021 Stats As Part Of New Golf Canada #MyGolfYear Campaign

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    OAKVILLE – (Golf Canada) – Some golfers claim their favourite aspect of the game is recanting highlights (and maybe even some lowlights) with friends following a round of golf.

    Now, members of Golf Canada and their respective provincial golf association who track their games with Golf Canada Score Centre can do just that… digitally.

    Introducing Golf Canada #MyGolfYear – a retrospective of a member’s golf year generated by the scoring data posted to the Golf Canada Score Centre in 2021.

  • Community Generosity Results In More Than $2.8M Raised For BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Calgary, AB – Canadian Pacific (CP) is proud to announce that fundraising efforts over the past two years for the CP Women’s Open (CPWO) have helped raise more than $2.8 million to support important equipment purchases and research at BC Children’s Hospital, along with an additional $557,000 for Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital.

    “CP is honored to support BC Children’s Hospital in their critical efforts to improve cardiac care for children,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO.

  • Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Announces 2022 Qualifying Tournament Schedule

    Seven Sites, Including Courtenay, BC's Crowne Isle Resort, Will Host The PGA TOUR Canada's 2022 Qualifying Tournaments - Image Courtesy Golf Vancouver Island

    FOR RELEASE: December 28, 2021

    TORONTO—The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada announced December 28 it will hold 2022 Qualifying Tournaments at seven separate sites over a six-week period, beginning in mid-February and concluding in late-April at Courtenay, BC's Crowne Isle Resort.

    While the global pandemic made it difficult for PGA TOUR Canada to conduct its season as it had since its 2013 inception, the Tour did play a series of eight tournaments for players living in Canada this past summer on top of a set of four events it held in 2020. The 2022 campaign will be the first full season in two years that features a complete complement of members.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Kathy Gook returns home to run Quesnel Golf Club; Ewart ties for fifth at South Beach Invitational; University of the Fraser Valley signs South African recruit

    Quesnel's Kathy Gook Is Back Home Again - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Quesnel Golf Club has new local owners who have selected a familiar face to run the facility. Quesnel native Kathy Gook is returning home as general manager and director of golf. She was hired by new owners Joe Hart, Dennis England and Kit and Gary Collins. 

    “I know the new owners very well,” said Gook, who has spent the past three years as director of golf at Bighorn Golf Course in Kamloops. “They are local people who have supported the community over the years in so many different areas and now they are doing the same with the golf course.”

  • BC's Jeevan Sihota Named PNGA Junior Boys Amateur Player Of The Year

    Photo credit: Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    The Pacific Northwest Golf Association announced their 2021 Players of the Year this past week and Victoria, BC's Jeevan Sihota has been named the PNGA's Junior Boys Amateur Player of the year. 

    Sihota earned the PNGA Junior Boys’ Amateur Player of the Year award after a standout 2021 season. Competing against seasoned tour professionals, he finished runner-up at the Mackenzie Tour DC Bank Open, finished T6 at the Mackenzie Tour ATB Financial Classic, and finished T29 at the Mackenzie Tour Golf BC Championship.

    He also finished T4 at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and T23 at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

    The Victoria Now has further details on Jeevan's win HERE.

    To see the complete story on all the PNGA Players of the Year click HERE.

     

  • R&A Announces Record Numbers Now Playing Golf Worldwide

    Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada via R & A

    (St. Andrews, Scotland) – New research figures revealed by The R&A and Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) show golf has enjoyed a significant increase in popularity worldwide since 2016 with over five-and-a-half million additional golfers taking up the sport.

    The number of total golfers globally has increased from 61 million to 66.6 million in a five-year growth period, surpassing the previous high mark of 61.6 million set in 2012.

    The measure includes club members and non-member independent golfers playing nine or 18 holes and users of driving ranges in markets where course availability is limited.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Victoria courses roll out winter welcome mats; Arora third at Dixie Amateur; Sihota named PGNA Junior Player of the Year; Several PGA of BC pros up for national awards

    The Multimat™ Could Be A Real Game-Changer For Golf Courses And Golfers - Image Courtesy Multimat™

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    We are blessed in some parts of British Columbia to be able to play golf year-round. But let’s be honest about it, the courses we play on many of those dreary December and January days are often more than a little wet. 

    Hands up everyone who hasn’t received a face full of mud after striking an iron a little fat off a soggy lie. The golf courses also take a beating during winter play as fairways become scarred with divots that won’t grow back.  Some Victoria-area courses have come up with a solution.

    Cordova Bay and Olympic View are requiring players to play with specially designed mini mats on fairways. Players are guaranteed a perfect lie and the courses are saved the wear and tear of divots at a time of year when the grass doesn’t grow. It’s a win-win.

  • Follow Canadians In This Week's Prestigious Dixie Amateur

    One of the longest running amateur golf tournaments in south Florida is being contested this week with many Canadians in the field.

    Dating to 1924 in the Men’s Division, the Women’s tournament was added in 2002 and the event has grown to such a stature that it now attracts fields of players from around the world.

    Both the men and women will play this week from December 16-19 with the men tackling Eagle Trace Golf Club and the women taking on Palm Aire Country Club.