• B.C. Golf Notes: Sloan Comes Close In Kansas; Taylor Needs Playoff Push; Jonas Receives Exemption Into Champions Tour Qualifier

    Merritt's Roger Sloan Is Getting Closer To The Coveted Top 25 Spot On The Web.com Tour Money List He Needs To Gain A Place On The PGA TOUR Next Year - Image Credit Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A bogey on the final hole Sunday cost Merritt’s Roger Sloan a spot in a playoff at the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open in Kansas.

    Sloan just missed a five-foot putt for par on the 18th hole that would have put him in a playoff with Americans Wesley Bryan, J.T. Poston and Grayson Murray. Instead, he ended up in a five-way tie for fourth place.

  • Naomi Ko’s Win Highlights Impressive British Columbia Performance At Canadian Junior Girls Championship

    Victoria, BC's Naomi Ko Accepts The Canadian Junior Girls Championship Trophy From Golf Canada President Roland Deveau (R) And One Of Canada's Finest (L) - Image Courtesy Twitter

    Mary Parsons Finishes Third As B.C. Places Seven Players In Top 11

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It hasn’t been a great summer in British Columbia, but don’t try telling that to Naomi Ko. She has been so much better than the weather. The 18-year-old Victoria resident’s super summer continued Friday in Shubenacadie, N.S., where she  won the Canadian Junior Girls Championship. 

    Ko birdied three of her first five holes en route to a even-par 72 at The Links at Penn Hills and finished the 72-hole event at five-under par. That was good for a four-shot win over Chloe Currie of Mississauga, Ont.

  • The Royal Ottawa Golf Club And Eagle Creek Golf Club Set For Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

    The Venerable Royal Ottawa Golf Club Will Be Co-Hosting The 125th Canadian Men's Amateur This Week - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Herb Fung/Golf Canada

    GATINEAU, Que. – History abounds at the 112th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. A number of significant milestones surround this year’s edition of the world’s third oldest amateur golf competition to be co-hosted by The Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Que., and Eagle Creek Golf Club in Dunrobin, Ont., from August 8-11.

    The championship returns to The Royal Ottawa Golf Club – the inaugural tournament’s host venue – in celebration of the club’s 125th year. Eagle Creek will co-host this historic competition as part of its festivities surrounding its 25th anniversary. The 2016 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship will also mark the first time the event has been staged in two provinces.

  • Sam Meek Crowned 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Champion; BC's Davison T3rd

    Sam Meek Of Peterborough, ON Is The 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Champion - Image Courtesy Golf Canada 

    Courtesy Herb Fung/Golf Canada

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Any memories of inclement weather during the 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Championship were all but forgotten thanks to clear skies and brilliant sunshine during the final round at Clovelly. Sam Meek took advantage of the conditions to earn a come-from-behind victory and claim the national junior title.

    With the victory, Meek becomes the prestigious championship’s 78th winner. The history of the competition and the significance of the victory were not lost upon the champion.

    “This win means the world,” said the native of Peterborough, Ont. “This is what I’ve strived to accomplish my entire junior golf career. To have my name on the same trophy as some of those winners is incredible. This is the top of junior golf in Canada, so just to be a part of that is an amazing feeling.”

  • Major Champions Sandy Lyle, Tom Kite And Ian Woosnam Commit To 2016 Pacific Links Championship

    The Pacific Links Championship Has Announced The Addition Of (L-R): Sandy Lyle, Tom Kite & Ian Woosnam To The Field For The September Event At Bear Mountain In Victoria - Image Courtesy Pacific Links

    Strong Field Continues To Build For September Event On PGA TOUR Champions

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Victoria, B.C. (August 2, 2016) – World Golf Hall of Fame members Sandy Lyle and Tom Kite, along with 1991 Masters Tournament winner Ian Woosnam, have committed to play the 2016 Pacific Links Championship. The event will be contested on Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 19-25, 2016, featuring a US$2.5 million purse, with 81 players competing for a winner’s share of $440,000.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Nolan Thoroughgood Plays His First National Tourney A Long Way From Home

    Victoria's Nolan Thoroughgood Has Enjoyed Success In His Home Province This Summer And Hopes To Have Similar Results As He Goes 'National' With His Game - Image Courtesy Brad Ziemer

    By Brad Ziemer British Columbia Golf

    Nolan Thoroughgood literally travelled from sea-to-shining sea to compete in his first national championship. The 15-year-old from Victoria, who last month became the youngest winner in the 114-year history of the B.C. Amateur Championship, is in St. John’s, Nfld., to compete at this week’s Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship.

    Thoroughgood, who also won gold at the recent B.C. Summer Games in Abbotsford, will also compete in next week’s Canadian Amateur Championship in Ottawa. He knows these two events will be a stern test.

  • Korea’s Hye-jin Choi Crowned 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion

    Korea’s Hye-jin Choi Is The 2016 Canadian Women's Amateur Champion - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Taylor Craig/ Golf Canada

    NEW MINAS, N.S. – Overcast skies hung heavy over Ken-Wo Golf Club as the final round of the 2016 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship drew to a close. Hye-jin Choi of Paju-si, Korea shot a final round 66 to claim a four-stroke victory.

    The reigning World Junior Girls champion recorded three birdies on the front nine, including two back-to-back on holes 8 and 9 for a 2-under 33. A bogey-free back nine complemented by two additional birdies on holes 11 and 13 brought Choi’s tournament total to 9-under 271.

    The 16-year-old is No. 14 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and was recently crowned the low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

  • B.C.’s du Toit Remains At The Top Of Weekly Rankings

    Kimberley, BC's Jared du Toit Thrilled Canadian Golf Fans With His Performance At The RBC Canadian Open - Image Credit Golf Canada

    Jared du Toit’s performance at the RBC Canadian Open vaulted him 35 spots in the world rankings to a career-high No. 25 in the world. It was only his second career professional tournament and the University of Arizona senior finished two shots ahead of World No. 1 Jason Day and just two back of former teammate and former top-ranked amateur Jon Rahm. Du Toit captured the Gary Cowan Medal as Low Amateur as a result of his finish

    Garrett Rank, a former top-ranked amateur in Canada, gained 13 places in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 77th at the RBC Canadian Open.

    Andrew Harrison moved back into the Top-20 with a 32-place gain in the world rankings. He is coming off a third-place finish at the Alberta Amateur.

  • Du Toit Takes Big Jump In World Ranking After His Top-10 At RBC Canadian Open

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Jumped 35 Spots In The World Amateur Golf Rankings After His Top 10 Performance At The RBC Canadian Open Last Week - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jared du Toit’s spectacular play at last week’s RBC Canadian Open has propelled the Kimberley resident up the world amateur golf rankings. The latest ranking released this week has du Toit at No. 25 in the world. He had been ranked 60th last week.

    The 21-year-old finished tied for ninth at the Canadian Open, which he was playing on a sponsor’s exemption. He shot rounds of 67, 71, 70 and 71 to finish the event at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., at nine-under par. That was three shots behind winner Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela.

  • Vegas Took The Trophy But du Toit Stole The Show

    Kimberley, B.C.'s Jared du Toit Won The Hearts And Admiration Of Golf Fans Across The Country As He Stayed In Contention For The National Championship All Week - Image Courtesy B. Brault/Golf Canada

    by Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    After he opened with a wonderful 5-under 67 to start the RBC Canadian Open, more than a few golf fans were turning to one another and asking, "Who's Jared du Toit?"

    Well, they know now. 

    The 22-year old amateur from Kimberley, B.C., who begins his senior year at Arizona State this fall, is very well known to those who follow amateur golf closely in the Pacific Northwest, having won the B.C. Junior Boys title in 2013, the B.C. Amateur in 2015 and adding the 2015 NCAA Big Sky Conference Championship title.

  • Canadian Amateur Jared du Toit One Back Of Leader Brandt Snedeker Heading Into Final Round Of The RBC Canadian Open

    Team Canada’s du Toit of Kimberley, BC, Shot 70 Including A Dramatic Eagle On The 18th Hole For A Share Of Second With Dustin Johnson - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Press Release

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Brandt Snedeker conquered the dense heat and gusty winds at Glen Abby Golf Club Saturday to card a 6-under 66 and take the lead at the RBC Canadian Open. Heading into the final round, Golf Canada National Amateur Squad member Jared du Toit holds a share of second with Dustin Johnson, one shot off the lead at the 107th playing of Canada’s National Open Championship.

    Du Toit tallied three bogeys and a pair of birdies across the front nine, but the resilient 21-year-old went on to finish bogey-free across his final nine holes, collecting a birdie on No. 13 and an eagle on No. 18. The crowd roared in approval and an impromptu performance of O Canada accompanied the Kimberley, B.C., native as he stepped off the course.

  • Kimberley's Jared du Toit Taking RBC Canadian Open By Storm

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Is Chasing The RBC Canadian Open Title At Glen Abbey GC In Oakville, Ontario. He Went Into The Weekend Just One Shot Back Of The Lead - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Kimberley BC's 21-year old Jared du Toit went into the weekend at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey GC just one shot back of leader Dustin Johnson. Chances are if you'd said a Canadian would be this close to the top of the leaderboard in his national open it would likely be an Adam Hadwin, Nick Taylor or Graham DeLaet.

    Even du Toit himself is at least a little surprised but as he said after his second round, “I didn’t have a lot of expectations coming in. To kind of vault up the leaderboard kind of caught me a bit off guard. But everything from now on is just cream on top.”

  • 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Set For Seattle Golf Club

    British Columbia Golf Is Well Represented At The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. From L-R: Jack Croucher (Past President), Chuck Gage (Past President), Stuart Macdonald (Team Member), Kevin Kwon (Team Member), Chris Crisologo (Team Member) And David Atkinson (Immediate Past President) - Image Courtesy PNGA

    via press release

    PACIFIC COAST GOLF ASSOCIATION (Seattle, Wash)- The 50th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, hosted by the Washington State and Pacific Northwest golf associations, will take place at historic Seattle Golf Club from July 26-29, 2016.

    Founded in 1900 with a 1996 redesign by Arnold Palmer, Seattle Golf Club has a history well deserving of hosting the Pacific Coast Amateur's 50th installment, including the 1952 U.S. Amateur, 1961 Walker Cup, 1981 U.S. Senior Amateur and three Pacific Coast Amateurs (1967, 1987, 1999).

    A world-class roster of amateur competitors will be taking part in the 72-hole, four-day stroke play competition in the hopes of raising the Dr. Ed Updegraff Trophy as champion. Without a defending champion, following Aaron Wise's departure to the professional ranks, the trophy and accolades coupled with victory are up for grabs.

  • Top-Ranked Jared du Toit Picks Up 10 Spots in the World Rankings

    Top-ranked Jared du Toit picked up 10 spots in the world rankings to sit at a career-best 57th in the world. The Golf Canada National Team member is coming off a win at the Glencoe Invitational. He became the first player from the host club, The Glencoe Golf & Country Club, to win the tournament since 1995.

  • B.C. Golf Notes: Jared du Toit Ready For First Taste Of Pro Game

    Kimberley's Jared du Toit Will See How He Stacks Up Against The Pros In This Week's SIGA Dakota Dunes Open - Image Courtesy Jared du Toit/Twitter 

    B.C. Amateur Champion Has Spot In This Week’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Event In Saskatoon

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Fresh off a big win at Calgary’s Glencoe Invitational, Jared du Toit will get his first taste of pro golf at this week’s Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in Saskatoon. Du Toit, the reigning B.C. Amateur champion from Kimberley, has been granted a sponsor’s exemption to play in the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open. 

    It will be the first professional tournament for du Toit, Canada’s top-ranked amateur player.

  • Team Canada Readies For Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    Team Canada Is Off To Japan For The Toyota Junior Golf World Cup. Among The Team Members Is Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart (3rd From Right) And Coach Robert Ratcliffe Of Comox, B.C. (Far Left) - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

    TOYOTA CITY, Japan – Team Canada Men’s Development Squad returns to the Chukyo Golf Club this week from June 14–17 for the 24th annual Toyota Junior Golf World Cup supported by JAL.

    Leading the way for the Canadian foursome is Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., who will be returning to the event for the third consecutive year. In 2015, the 18-year-old University of Houston commit finished T10 to lead the Canadians.

    He will be joined by teammates Charles-Éric Belanger (Quebec), A.J. Ewart (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Jack Simpson (Aurora, Ont.).

  • Canada’s Henderson Beats Ko To Win Women’s PGA Championship In Playoff

    Brooke Henderson Had A Dramatic Playoff Win Over Lydia Ko In The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship At Sahalee 

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Canada’s Brooke Henderson beat top-ranked Lydia Ko with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after overcoming a three-shot deficit on the back nine.

    The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., ranked No. 4 in the world, closed with a bogey-free 6-under 65 – the best round of the week at Sahalee – to match Ko at 6-under 278. Ko finished with a 67.

    In the playoff on the par-4 18th, Henderson hit her second shot from 155 yards to 3 feet, while Ko’s second from farther back in the fairway left her with 20 feet. Ko missed to the left, and Henderson tapped in to cap a week that started with a hole-in-one on her fourth hole of the tournament and ended with a major championship.

  • Victoria Golf Club Set To Host PGA Championship Of Canada

    The PGA Of Canada’s Best Players Tee It Up June 13-16 At Victoria Golf Club Battling For The Association’s Most Prestigious Championship And The Historic P.D. Ross Trophy

    Via PGA of Canada

    [ACTON, ONT.]—The PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf begins next week at one of the country’s most beautiful golf settings.

    Sixty-four of the PGA of Canada’s best players tee it up June 13-16 at Victoria Golf Club in Victoria, all vying for the association’s most prestigious championship and historic P.D. Ross trophy.

  • Women's Golf Day - A Global Success

    By All Accounts International Women's Golf Day Was A Great Success As Evidenced By The Turnout At Venues Like Langara GC Shown Here - Image Credit Gino Cutri

    By Gino Cutri, British Columbia Golf

    All it takes is a search of #womensgolfday on social media to see that the inarguable event was a global success. Women’s Golf Day was founded on three core principles: engage, empower, and support.

    Through these principles the event was designed to allow a simple and accessible platform to build a foundation and create a network to support the continuation of golf no matter the skill or interest level.

  • B.C.’s Adam Cornelson Makes Biggest Move in This Week’s Rankings

    Albin Choi made the biggest move among the Top-10, gaining 102 spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for fifth at the Web.com Tour Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. It was the third-best career finish for the Golf Canada Young Pro Squad member and helped him move from No. 10 in the Canadian rankings up to No. 7. Choi picked up 3.08 world ranking points, his third-straight points-paying finish.

    While Choi made the biggest move inside the Top-10, it was Adam Cornelson making the biggest move of the week with his win at Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada’s Bayview Place Island Savings Open. The Langley, B.C., native gained 882 spots in the world rankings after picking up his first career win while setting a new 72-hole scoring record on the Mackenzie tour. It was quite the turnaround for Cornelson, who finished 94th on the money list last year to lose his Tour status. After finishing tied for ninth at Q-School, he earned exempt status through the first four events of the year. The win was worth 6.00 world ranking points and moved him from No. 29 up to No. 14 in the Canadian rankings.