• A September To Remember For Kevin Stinson

    Kevin Stinson Tees Off During A VGT Event - Image Courtesy Vancouver Golf Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Kevin Stinson has collected something much more valuable than a bunch of frequent-flier points the past three weeks. He has stored away some precious golfing memories that will last a lifetime. 

    It has been a September to remember for Stinson, a Mission resident who plays and teaches out of Cheam Mountain Golf Course in Chilliwack. He’ll never forget the camaraderie he had with his three teammates at the inaugural Four Nations Cup in South Africa and the immense pride he felt when they won the competition for Canada. 

    “Probably one of the coolest golf experiences I have ever had,” Stinson said in an interview.

  • Barkley And Stasiuk Defend Titles At 2022 Canadian All Abilities Championship, Presented By BDO

    Kurtis Barkley (L) And Natasha Stasiuk (R) Are The 2022 All-Abilities Champions - Golf Canada Photo

    By Dan Pino/ Golf Canada


    Windsor, Ont. – Kurtis Barkley of Williamsburg, Ont. and Natasha Stasiuk of Oakville, Ont. both completed wire-to-wire victories to defend their respective Gross Stroke Play titles at the second annual Canadian All Abilities Championship, presented by BDO and hosted at Essex Golf and Country Club in Windsor, Ont.

    Barkley followed up an opening-round 4-under 67 with an even par 71 on Wednesday to finish the championship at 4-under 138, one shot better than runner-up Chris Willis of Aurora, Ont. whose round of 1-under 70 was the low round of the day.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Du Toit, Allenby among large number of Canadian pros heading to Q School in Europe; Taylor, Svensson begin new PGA TOUR season; PGA Tour Canada season-finale set for Kitchener; Lepp cashes in at Cultus Lake

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Will Head To DP World Tour Q School This Fall - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Qualifying school usually means a trip or two to southern California or Arizona, but this Fall Jared du Toit will do his ‘studying’ abroad. And he’ll have lots of Canadian company. 

    The Kimberley native has decided to travel to Europe for the DP World (formerly the European) Tour Q School. “I am putting my eggs in that basket,” du Toit says. “Costs are kind of crazy to do both. It’s $6,500 US to do the Korn Ferry Q School, which is nine grand Canadian, and the Euro school is about three grand Canadian. So that played a factor.”

    Du Toit was also influenced by the fact his close friend Aaron Cockerill of Manitoba is experiencing success playing the DP World Tour.

  • BC's Kevin Stinson One of Four PGA of Canada Professionals Set for Four Nations Cup in South Africa

    Clockwise From Top Left: Pierre-Alexandre Bédard, Gordon Burns, Kevin Stinson and Branson Ferrier To Represent PGA of Canada professionals at Kyalami Country Club In South Africa - PGA of Canada Image

    Courtesy PGA of Canada

    The PGA of Canada is set to take on teams from the PGA of South Africa, PGA of Australia and PGA of New Zealand from August 31-September 4 in the inaugural Four Nations Cup.

    The team from the PGA of Canada was chosen based off the PGA of Canada Points Rankings and ability to attend.

    “The team is so excited to be competing this week in South Africa,” said PGA of Canada Championships Manager Matt Mueller, who is joining the team in Johannesburg. “It isn’t often that players get to compete in a team-based format, so for some of our top players to have the opportunity to represent our country and the PGA of Canada will be a phenomenal experience.”

  • Summer Of Shelly Continues As Stouffer Wins Canadian Senior, Mid-Am & Mid-Master Championships

    Triple Title Winner Shelly Stouffer - Image Credit Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shelly Stouffer keeps winning golf tournaments and making history. The Nanoose Bay resident not only defended her Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur title at Breezy Bend Country Club in suburban Winnipeg, she also won the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master championships that were being played concurrently.

    Call it golf’s version of a hat trick.

    Stouffer becomes just the second Canadian to win the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and the Canadian Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in the same year. World Golf Hall of Famer Marlene Streit was the first to do it in 1995.

  • EDGA 359 Pilot Project To Enhance Coach Training For All Abilities Athletes

    Golf Canada

    (September 1, 2022) – Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada are committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the physical, psychological, and social benefits golf can offer.

    As part of this commitment, the national golf organizations have launched the EDGA 359 Pilot Project, presented by Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, partnering with EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) on coach training designed to demystify adaptive golf and give coaches the confidence needed to launch and develop programs for golfers with disabilities across Canada.

    “Through this coach training, we are eager to increase support for golfers of all abilities and make our sport inclusive of more Canadians,” said Laura Wilson, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Safe Sport for Golf Canada.

    Click HERE for complete article...

  • A Parent's Guide On How To Watch Your Child Compete In Golf

    Photo Courtesy Golf Canada/Youth On Course

    By Brad Ewart

    Casper the friendly ghost would make a good golf parent.

    As an invisible ghost he could always remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind allowing his golfer to play without distraction.

    Often when parents think they are helping or doing what’s best for their player — they are doing the opposite. Negatively getting into their player’s mind and disruptively into their game.

    Perhaps as a parent-spectator you don’t realize that you could adversely affect your golfer and their result. Let’s hope that moving forward you will begin to help and not hinder your player.

  • BC's 12-year-old Lucy Lin Among Final Qualifiers For CP Women’s Open

    From L-R: Vanessa Zhang, Gianna Clements And Michelle Liu - Golf Canada Photo

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    OTTAWA, Ont. – When Michelle Liu qualified for the 2019 CP Women’s Open at 12 years, 9 months and 6 days old, it was a record that many thought would last for the foreseeable future.

    Then came Lucy Lin.

    On Monday, Lin earned a spot in the 2022 CP Women’s Open via a 3-for-1 playoff in the Final Qualifier at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont. and when she tees it up at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club on Thursday at the age of 12 years, 7 months and 12 days, she will become the youngest female ever to qualify for Canada’s National Women’s Open.

  • Older And Wiser, 15-year-old Michelle Liu Excited About Her Second Chance At CP Women’s Open

    Michelle Liu Holds The BC Women's Amateur Trophy At Age 13 - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    She isn’t exactly all grown up quite yet, but Vancouver’s Michelle Liu is feeling like she’s much better prepared for her second appearance at the CP Women’s Open.

    Three years ago as a 12-year-old, Liu made headlines when she became the youngest player to tee it up in a Canadian LPGA Tour event.

    She has some great memories of that tournament, held at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., but she also remembers being somewhat overwhelmed by the length of the course. Physically, she wasn’t quite ready to handle it.

  • British Columbia Golden At Canada Summer Games

    The Triumphant Golf Squad From British Columbia - Image Credit Ryan McCullough/Media Release

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Solid gold. That would be an apt description of British Columbia’s performance at the Canada Summer Games golf competition. 

    B.C. swept both individual titles and also won the mixed team competition at the Summer Games in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. Tina Jiang of Richmond won the female competition and Vernon’s Cooper Humphreys was the winner on the male side.

    All four members of the B.C. team — Jiang, Humphreys, Surrey’s Lauren Kim and Ethan Posthumus of Coquitlam — earned gold medals in the mixed team event.

  • Golf Canada Names Team For 2022 World Amateur Team Championships, Including Two From BC

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    (August 18, 2022) – Golf Canada is pleased to announce today the six athletes that will represent Team Canada at the 2022 World Amateur Team Championships, conducted by the International Golf Federation in France, outside the capital city of Paris.

    Representing Canada on the women’s side will be Lauren Kim, 17, of Surrey B.C., Nicole Gal, 17, of Oakville, Ont, and Brooke Rivers, 17, of Brampton, Ont. The trio will compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy in the 29th playing of the women’s competition, August 24-27 at Le Golf National (Albatros Course) and Golf de Saint-Nom-de-la-Bretèche (Red Course).

    Donning the red and white for the men’s team will be Johnny Travale, 21, of Stoney Creek, Ont., Garrett Rank, 34, of Elmira, Ont., and A.J. Ewart, 23, of Coquitlam, B.C. – the three highest ranked Canadian men on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The Canadian squad will vie for the Eisenhower Trophy during the 32nd edition of the men’s tournament, also being contested at Le Golf National (Albatros Course) and Golf de Saint-Nom-de-la-Bretèche (Red Course), August 31 – September 3.

  • Defending Champion Jin Young Ko & Canadian Star Brooke Henderson Headline Field For 2022 CP Women’s Open

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    Golf Canada in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP) announced today the final field of competitors set to challenge for the 2022 CP Women’s Open taking place August 22-28 at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club in Ottawa, Ont.

  • The CP Women’s Leadership Summit Returns To Ottawa In 2022

    Adam Stanley/ Golf Canada

    After two years of the CP Women’s Leadership Summit presented by ICON being a virtual affair, there is a ton of excitement to have the event return to an in-person setting this summer in Ottawa.

    And it promises to be a day of inspiring stories, laughter and fun.

    Hosted by TSN’s Lindsay Hamilton, the summit is taking place on Tuesday August 23rd, at the Infinity Convention Centre – just a short distance from the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.

    Click HERE for complete story.

  • BC Announces Golf Team For The Canada Summer Games

    From L-R: Tina Jiang, Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Posthumus & Lauren Kim - Golf Canada Player Images

    After years of planning, the Niagara 2022 Host Society is ready to welcome the country to Niagara for the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Canada.

    Featuring 18 sports and over 250 events, including a pair of festivals in Niagara Place and the 13 For 13 Cultural Festival, the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games will host approximately 5,000 up-and-coming Canadian athletes, coaches, and support staff in the Niagara Region from August 6th until August 21 for the 28th edition of the Canada Games.

    These Games mark just the third occasion in the event’s 55-year history that they have been held in the province of Ontario and the first time in 21 years.

  • Jean-Philippe Parr Goes Back-to-Back And Takes Home Second Canadian Junior Boys Title

    Jean-Philippe Parr - Golf Canada Image

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Prior to today, there were only seven players who could boast back-to-back Canadian Junior Boys Championship titles. Now, Jean-Philippe Parr from St-Célestin, Qué. adds his name to the list as the eighth.
     
    During the week at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, the weather reached upwards of 40 degrees. Hot, but not as hot as JP’s putter. The 18-year-old University of Tennessee commit fired a final round of 3-under-par 69 today to clinch his victory, finishing three shots ahead of the competition.

  • A Place To Call Home…

    By Laurence Applebaum, Golf Canada CEO

    With the new Canadian golf campus announced for construction on the property of TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., I know that buildings and structures will not advance our great sport. Collaboration will.

  • Parr’s Sights Set On Title Defence Ahead Of Final Round Of Canadian Junior Boys Championship In Kamloops

    Jean-Philippe Parr Leads The Canadian Junior Boys Championship After Round 3 - Golf Canada Image

    For Immediate Release/Golf Canada

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The rising temperatures today at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links were no problem for Jean-Philippe Parr. During the third round of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, the 18-year-old shot a 4-under-par 68 to extend his stay at the top of the leaderboard. 

    Parr, who calls St-Célestin Que. home, carded six birdies today, playing in a group with fellow Team Canada National Junior Squad members Cooper Humphreys and James Newton. To spectators observing the round, the group, familiar with playing together, clearly enjoyed the competition this afternoon.

  • Team Québec Secures Inter-Provincial Title; Parr Leads At Canadian Junior Boys In Kamloops

    Team Quebec Took The Inter-Provincial Title - Golf Canada Photo

    It was another scorching day in Kamloops as the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO brought the heat to Rivershore Estates and Golf Links while wrapping up the second day of play.

    The 36-hole inter-provincial competition came to a close as Team Québec, consisting of Jean-Philippe Parr, Felix Bouchard, and James Newton, extended their day one lead to capture the title by six strokes. Hot on their heels was Team Ontario who challenged throughout the afternoon but fell short of closing the gap that Team Québec laid out in round one. 

    Click HERE for complete story on Golf Canada. 

     

  • For Every Flower That Blooms: First Tee – BC and Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy

    Golf Canada Image

    Maddy Boelhouwer/ Golf Canada

    Pathways to success often depend on access to experiences and opportunities. Unfortunately, across Canada, many children all too often lack the resources or access to empowering extracurricular activities, such as sports or organized recreation.

    Knowing the positive impact that sport can have on a child’s life, Golf Canada’s junior programming through First Tee strives to break down barriers to accessing the game of golf. First Tee – Canada provides inclusive youth development activities to participants as young as five years old, using golf as a vehicle to support the personal growth and confidence of children.

    First Tee – Canada programming is offered at golf courses, schools, and community centres in regions across the country with specifically designed curriculum and instructor training for each of these impactful learning environments.

    On traditional Musqueam First Nation territory alongside the Fraser River lies The Musqueam Golf and Learning Academy. This tree-lined golf course and driving range [in/near Vancouver, B.C.] is home to First Tee – British Columbia.

    Click HERE for complete story on Golf Canada. 

  • Early Eagle Propels Mexico’s Luis Carrera To Canadian Men’s Amateur Win At Point Grey

    Rodrigo Pena (L) And Canadian Amateur Champion Luis Carrera (R) After 'Their' Win - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    An early eagle and some help from an old friend propelled Mexico’s Luis Carrera to the biggest win of his amateur career. Carrera and Rodrigo Pena were junior golf friends who were members of the same course in Mexico City.

    Neither could quite believe it when they ran into one another during the second day of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Point Grey Golf & Country Club. Carrera was in the field playing the event, while Pena had started working in the Point Grey pro shop about a month ago after moving to Vancouver recently with his Canadian wife.

    On Thursday, the two old friends had a day they will never forget.