• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Surrey teen off to Augusta National; Motomochi cashes on NEXT Tour; du Toit third on Asher Tour; Hadwin surprises wife with made cut

    BC's Ha Young Chang Won A Regional Drive, Chip & Putt Competition At Pebble Beach - Image Courtesy Minku Chang

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Surrey teenager Ha Young Chang is counting the days until she visits Augusta National Golf Club for the finals of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship. She figures to be spending a lot of those days at the driving range and practice green.

    “I am really excited,” says Chang, a Grade 9 student at Elgin Park Secondary. “I have always watched it on TV. I know I’ll be a little nervous.”

  • Bell Let's Talk Day - Let's Create Positive Change

    Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25. We are joining in and committing to take meaningful action to create positive change.

    Since 2011, Canadians and people around the globe have joined in the world’s largest conversation around mental health on Bell Let’s Talk Day. Together we have taken big steps to reduce the stigma around mental health issues, inspire one another to take action, and help create a Canada where everyone can access the mental health support they need. But it is clear more needs to be done.

  • Happy Chinese New Year 2023!

    British Columbia Golf would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!

    This year, the Chinese new year, also known as Chinese Lunar new year falls on Sunday, 22 January 2023.

    According to the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese new year is always associated with the animals of the 12 zodiac signs. This year, Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, 22 January 2023 and the animal is rabbit. That is why the Chinese Lunar Year 2023 is the 'Year of Rabbit.'

    Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2023 is the year of the Rabbit; 2022 the year of the Tiger.

    On the 15th day of the first lunar month, two weeks after Chinese New Year, another important traditional Chinese festival, the Chinese Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Jie or Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节), is celebrated.

    It marks the first full moon of the new lunar year and the end of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) period. Chinese Lantern Festival 2023 will be celebrated on February 5th in 2023.

     

  • Six Month Countdown To NAIG 2023

    Don't miss the opportunity to be part of Team BC, including the golf squad, for the North American Indigenous Games 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

    Please note that each sport has a different registration deadline. All athletes must be registered for their selection process before their deadline.

    Read more below!

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Barker earns nice payday for his virtual round; Taylor T7 in Hawaii; Hadwin set for 2023 debut at American Express tourney; Sloan makes some changes

    Vernon, BC's Bryce Barker Cashed In Virtually For Real - Image Courtesy Bryce Barker

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Vernon’s Bryce Barker just earned his biggest payday as a tour pro and he didn’t even set foot on a golf course.

    Barker was one of 250 players who signed up to compete in the first round of the inaugural NEXT Golf Tour, a virtual professional tour open to players with access to TrackMan’s indoor golf simulators. And when that round was completed, Barker’s six-under 66 left him in a nine-way tie for third place. He earned about $4,700 US.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan hoping Korn Ferry Tour provides quick road back to PGA Tour; Svensson closes well at Kapalua; Taylor to make 2023 debut at Sony Open in Hawaii; Macdonald wins in Arizona

    Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan - Image Credit: Bernard Brault /Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When the harsh reality of losing his PGA TOUR card hit home, Roger Sloan acknowledges going through a period of mourning of sorts.

    “When we lost our card, it got really dark there for several weeks,” Sloan said in a telephone interview from his Houston-area home. “You don’t know when you are going to get back out there. Your friends are out there, you hang out with a bunch of guys out there and it kind of just gets ripped from you.

    “I still have dreams of winning on the PGA TOUR and it’s hard to win on the PGA TOUR when you are on the Korn Ferry Tour. So some dreams get ripped from you and that tugs at your heart a little bit. It does get dark. There is a period of time where you just have to let it sink in a little bit, know that it is going to pass and look forward to what opportunities you have right now.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: British Columbians a big part of Golf Canada’s new national teams; Svensson to tee it up in Maui; Whitworth remembered; Shaughnessy’s Zibrik named retailer of the year

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia is once again well represented on Golf Canada’s revamped national teams that were recently announced for 2023. A total of 57 players were named to the new Golf Canada squads and 17 of them are British Columbians...

  • Led By Henderson, Hughes And Svensson, Canadian Golf Hit New Highs In 2022

    (L-R) Mackenzie Huges, Brooke Henderson, Adam Svensson - Images Credit Golf Canada File Photos

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    John Chidley-Hill/ Canadian Press

    There’s an argument to be made that 2022 was the most successful year in Canadian golf.

    Brooke Henderson, Mackenzie Hughes, and Adam Svensson’s combined four wins between the LPGA and PGA Tours were highlights of the season. But the achievements of Canadian golfers were not limited to those victories.

    Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith became the first two Canadians to compete in the Presidents Cup at the same time, Mike Weir was named the first-ever Canadian captain of the International team for the 2024 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club, and the RBC Canadian Open and CP Women’s Open both returned after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Click HERE for complete story...

  • Top Moments In Canadian Golf For 2022

    Courtesy Adam Stanley/Golf Canada

    If you happened to miss the big-time moments and stories that unfolded in Canadian golf this year, not to worry! We’ve got nine collected right here – plus a handful of honourable mentions, too.

  • BC Golf Wishes All A Joyous Kwanzaa

    image courtesy flickr/TheBlackHour.com

    Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually on the sixth day.

    It was created by activist Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966. 

    Families celebrating Kwanzaa decorate their households with objects of art, colorful African cloth such as kente, especially the wearing of kaftans by women, and fresh fruits that represent African idealism. It is customary to include children in Kwanzaa ceremonies and to give respect and gratitude to ancestors.

    Libations are shared, generally with a common chalice, Kikombe cha Umoja, passed around to all celebrants. Non-African Americans also celebrate Kwanzaa."Joyous Kwanzaa" may be used as a greeting during the holiday.

    A Kwanzaa ceremony may include drumming and musical selections, libations, a reading of the African Pledge and the Principles of Blackness, reflection on the Pan-African colors, a discussion of the African principle of the day or a chapter in African history, a candle-lighting ritual, artistic performance, and, finally, a feast of faith (Karamu Ya Imani).

    The greeting for each day of Kwanzaa is Habari Gani?, which is Swahili for "How are you?"

  • PGA Of Canada Adjusts PAT Target Scores, Accommodations For Players With Different Abilities

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    In a first-of-its kind move, the PGA of Canada announced on Tuesday morning that it has received approval from the Board of Directors to adjust the Playing Ability Test (PAT) target scores to allow for more equitable access for people with different abilities...

  • Golf Canada Announces Amateur And Professional Athletes Named To 2023 Team Canada

    Record-breaking 57 athletes to be supported in 2023 including 35 Team Canada (amateur and professional) along with 22 Team Canada – NextGen golfers

    The national team program features a broadened roster of athletes, coaches, and integrated support staff along with an increased focus on talent identification at younger ages

    Driven by philanthropic support, new strategic framework for high-performance to accelerate Canada’s position in the global professional golf landscape to advance 30 Canadians to the LPGA and PGA TOUR by 2032

  • British Columbia Golf Wishes Everyone A Happy Hanukkah!

    Image Attribution: Yair Aronshtam from Israel, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

    Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

    Because the Hebrew calendar is based on the lunar cycle, the dates of Jewish holidays according to the Gregorian calendar change from year to year. For this reason, the beginning of Hanukkah can range from late November to late December.

    In short, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and of spirituality over materiality. 

    In 2022, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 18, and continues through Monday, December 26. The first candle is lit on the Chanukiah (menorah) on the first night of Hanukkah.

  • PGA TOUR Canada Announces 2023 Qualifying Tournament Schedule

    Courtesy Press Release

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — PGA TOUR Canada announced Wednesday it will hold six Qualifying Tournaments to determine Tour membership for the 2023 season, with registration beginning Monday, January 9, 2023, at noon EST.

    The Tour will hold five Qualifying Tournaments in the U.S., beginning in late-February, and conclude with its final qualifier in Canada at BC's Crown Isle a week before the Tour’s regular season, its ninth in history, begins.

  • Getting To Know BC's Shelly Stouffer, A Champion On And Off The Golf Course

    By Karen Kloske

    Women’s Golf Project contributor Karen Kloske recently spoke with Shelly Stouffer, who has been winning tournaments in both Canada and the USA this year, to gather some personal insights into the woman behind the trophies...

  • Give The Gift Of Golf Through First Tee Canada

    We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! Time is running out to double your giving power and directly support First Tee – Canada to empower youth through golf.

    In 2021, Golf Canada introduced First Tee – Canada, an accessible and affordable youth development program that teaches golf fundamentals with a life skill focus.

    For only a short while longer, donations will have double the impact as they will be matched through the Charles Schwab Challenge Grant.

  • Shaughnessy Has A Tough Act To Follow As It Prepares For CP Women’s Open Next Summer

    The Hockey Boards 17th Hole Was A Big Hit At The CP Women's Open In Ottawa And Will Be Returning In Vancouver - Image Credit Gary Yee (Golf Canada)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    As he prepares for the 2023 CP Women’s Open at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, tournament director Ryan Paul knows he has a tough act to follow. 

    The 2022 tourney, held this past summer at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, was a huge success and was named Tournament of the Year by the Tournament Partners of the LPGA at the recent season-ending awards ceremony in Naples, Fla. 

    Golf Canada’s Paul now must decide what he and his team are going to do for an encore. It’s a nice problem to have...

  • Craig Gibson Wins Head Professional Championship Of Canada In playoff, BC's Tadey 3rd

    Craig Gibson - Image Courtesy Golf Canada/PGA of Canada

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    When Sirocco Golf Club Head Professional Craig Gibson stood on the 16th tee on Thursday afternoon, he trailed by four strokes.

    That left just three holes to make up those four strokes on his playing partner, Rob Tadey, who entered the day with a one-stroke lead at the PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf and supported by G&G Brands.

    Click HERE for compete story...

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Making A Difference: Supporting The Recovery Of Injured Veterans Through Golf

    In this 1st episode of their 13th season, ModGolf Podcast creator and host, Colin Weston, talks with John Simpson, the founder of On Course Foundation which supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and veterans through golf.

    The Foundation's mission is to build confidence and self-belief in their members through golf skills and employment events, and set them on the path to meaningful full-time employment opportunities in the golf industry.

  • Victoria, BC's Brian Youell To Be Honoured By Canadian Golf Superintendents Association

    Brian Youell Of Uplands Golf Club In Victoria, B.C - Golf Canada Image

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    Mississauga, ON – The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) announced Brian Youell of Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. as its John B. Steel Distinguished Service Award recipient for 2022.

    The CGSA John B. Steel Award commemorates the CGSA’s first President, who was also the first superintendent to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. This award is presented annually to an individual, chosen by the CGSA Board of Directors, who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession of Golf Course Superintendent.