• Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Hadwin, Sloan & Taylor Off To Playoffs; Vancouver’s Victoria Liu Second At Canadian Juniors; Strong Showing By Roxburgh In Scotland

    Three B.C. Boys Will Tee It Up In The FedEx Cup Playoffs Beginning This Week. L-R: Adam Hadwin, Roger Sloan & Nick Taylor - File Photos

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A record five Canadians, including three British Columbians, have qualified for the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup playoffs. Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, both of Abbotsford, and Merritt’s Roger Sloan will join Ontario natives Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes in this week’s first of three playoff events, The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

    Hadwin enters the playoffs at No. 46 on the FedEx Cup points list and is in good position to be among the top 70 players who will advance to next week’s second playoff event, the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. Taylor and Sloan will need big finishes in Jersey City to advance. Sloan enters the playoffs at No. 91, while Taylor is 117th.

  • Shaughnessy Excited About Welcoming LPGA Tour’s CP Women’s Open Next Summer

    Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club Head Professional And Director of Golf, Ashley Zibrik, Happily Addressed Those On Hand For The Announcement Her Club Would Be Hosting The 2020 CP Women's Open - Image Credit Bryan Outram/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club got rave reviews from PGA TOUR players and proved to be a stiff test when it played host to the Canadian Open back in 2005 and 2011. 

    Ashley Zibrik, Shaughnessy’s new Head Professional and Director of Golf, expects more of the same when a collection of the world’s best female players gather at the classic Southwest Marine Drive layout late next summer.

    Shaughnessy was officially announced as the site of the LPGA Tour’s 2020 CP Women’s Open on Thursday. The tournament will be played over the Labour Day weekend, Sept. 3-6.

  • Ladner, BC's Mike Darby Gets New Lease On Caddying Life

    BC's Mike Darby Poses With Winner Jim Herman After Herman's Second Career PGA TOUR Victory, This One In The Barbasol Championship With Darby On The Bag - Images Courtesy Facebook

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Ladner resident Mike Darby took some good-natured ribbing from some of his fellow PGA TOUR caddies after his recent win with Jim Herman at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

    The win was Darby’s third on the PGA TOUR. He had previously partnered with Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor to win the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship and with American D.A. Points to win the 2017 Puerto Rico Open.

    “The big inside joke on tour right now is me going for the opposite field Grand Slam,” Darby said with a chuckle in an interview this week. “If we had won in Reno last week I would have sealed it up. It’s either Reno or the Dominican Republic, so that’s my goal.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Roger Sloan’s Super Summer Continues; Amateur A.J. Ewart Wins Golden Ears Men’s Invitational; 12-year-old Michelle Liu Plays Her Way Into CP Women’s Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It is turning into a 'super summer' for Merritt’s Roger Sloan, who posted another top-10 finish Sunday on the PGA TOUR . Sloan tied for seventh at the Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev.

    In his last four events, Sloan has finished tied for 21st, T15, T10 and T7. He seems to have his game in solid shape with the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup playoffs set to start in two weeks.

    Sloan finished with 37 points at the Barracuda, an event that uses the Stableford scoring system. That was 10 points behind winner Collin Morikawa, a rookie from Los Angeles. The nice finish in Reno moved Sloan up 13 spots on the FedEx Cup points list to 91st.  Surrey’s Adam Svensson finished 65th in Reno, but dropped five spots on the FedEX Cup list to 171st.

    The PGA TOUR regular season wraps up at this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The four British Columbians who are PGA TOUR regulars -- Sloan, Svensson, Adam Hadwin (No.41 on FedEx list) and Nick Taylor (No. 114) -- are all scheduled to play at the Wyndham.

  • BC's Roger Sloan On Making The Most Of His Second Chance On The PGA TOUR. . .And The Beatles

    Merritt, BC's Roger Sloan Has His Golf Game In A Groove Of Late. And, Yes, He Does Know Something About Liverpool's Fab Four, Despite What Peter Kostis Thinks - Sloan Image Credit Alfie Lau/BC Golf (Beatles Image Used With Consent)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Roger Sloan wasn’t born Yesterday. Of course he knows who the Beatles are. Sloan, the 32-year-old Merritt product who is wrapping up a successful season on the PGA TOUR, laughs when the subject of the Fab Four is broached. “That is a funny story,” Sloan says.

    It was at the John Deere Classic earlier this month when CBS golf analyst Peter Kostis suggested on air that Sloan, who was in contention that week, didn’t really know anything about John, Paul, Ringo and George. Sloan says that could not be further from the truth.

  • PGA TOUR Announces Korn Ferry As Umbrella Sponsor Of Newly Named Korn Ferry Tour

     Image Courtesy PGA TOUR/Korn Ferry Tour

    Written by Korn Ferry Tour Communications/Courtesy Golf Canada

    (June 19, 2019) PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – The PGA TOUR and Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) announced today a 10-year agreement making the Los Angeles-based, global organizational consulting firm the Umbrella Sponsor of the newly named Korn Ferry Tour.

    In replacing Web.com, Korn Ferry’s sponsorship takes effect June 19 and extends through the 2028 season. The Korn Ferry Tour will continue to award PGA TOUR membership to the Tour’s 50 leading players, including the top 25 from the Regular Season points list and the top 25 from the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals points list.

  • Henderson Sets Canadian Wins Record On PGA Or LPGA Tour With Ninth Title

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Holds Up The Trophy After Winning The Meijer LPGA Classic - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Courtesy Golf Canada

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine.

    The 21-year-old Henderson led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70 in chilly conditions to hold off Lexi Thompson, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare by a stroke.

    Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark.

  • Juli Inkster Wins Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup, BC's Little 2nd Low Amateur

     Juli Inkster Was The Wire-to-Wire Winner In The Second Annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup At White Horse GC In Kingston, WA - Photo credit: Rick Sharp

    SEATTLE, June 8, 2019 – Californian Juli Inkster was a wire-to-wire winner at the second annual Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing.

    The LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member posted a final-round score of 7-under 66 to finish at 15-under 131 at White Horse Golf Club.

    Inkster played two bogey-free rounds and added final-round birdies on hole Nos. 16 and 18 to win by four strokes over runner-up Michele Redman of Minnesota. Redman recorded a final-round score of 66 for a two-day total of 11-under 134.

  • BC's Legendary Little To Let It Fly With LPGA Legends At White Horse GC

    Procter, BC's Jackie Little Is Set To Tee It Up With The LPGA Legends This Week At White Horse GC As One Of Four Amateurs In The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    By Bryan Outram/British Columbia Golf

    If ever there was an aptly named professional event for amateur great Jackie Little to appear in it has to be this one.

    The LPGA Legends Cup taking place at the White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, WA this Friday and Saturday will feature several of the best known and accomplished LPGA stars over the last few decades. 

    With an amateur record that has her already in both the BC Golf Hall of Fame and the PNGA Hall of Fame, Little is looking forward to teeing it up with and against some of the players she looked up to as an amateur player growing up.

  • BC's Allenby Leads Canadian Contingent Securing Final Four Spots In 2019 RBC Canadian Open

    BC's James Allenby (Holding Flag) Leads The 'Final Four' Contingent, All Canadians, To Qualify From Heron Point Golf Links For The RBC Canadian Open - Golf Canada Image 

    HAMILTON, Ont. – James Allenby of Langley, B.C., Thomas DeMarco of LaSalle, Ont., Étienne Brault of Mercier, Que and JC Deacon of Toronto have all earned entry into the 2019 RBC Canadian Open through Final Qualifying at Heron Point Golf Links in Alberton, Ont.

    Allenby was the low qualifier by carding a 4 under par 67. Four birdies on the final six holes helped him qualify for his first RBC Canadian Open. 

    “You just have to keep playing,” said Allenby of his four back nine birdies. “I can’t really tell you what it was. Two 30-footers went in and those are always nice. I’ve been putting well all year, so I’m not surprised, but I’m very happy. My mental game has really taken a step up this year, and that will help me get around [Hamilton Golf & Country Club].”

  • Langley, BC's James Allenby Plays His Way Into The RBC Canadian Open

    Langley Resident James Allebby Shot A Four-Under Par 67 To Win The RBC Canadian Open Monday Qualifier At Heron Point Golf Links - Image Courtesy Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    James Allenby has waited a long time to play in his first PGA TOUR event and now that he has finally achieved that goal the Langley native hopes to make the most out of it. “It is a massive opportunity that I am going to try and take advantage of by just playing my game,” Allenby said after winning the Monday qualifier for this week’s RBC Canadian Open.

    If Allenby does play his game, he should be just fine. The 34-year-old has been on quite the roll of late on both the Vancouver Golf Tour and PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit.

  • PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours Canadian Player Results Week of May 20, 2019

    The PGA TOUR and its affiliated Tours boasts a large roster of players from Canada as members. Here is the recap from this past week’s action and their performances.

  • Langley's Allenby Settles For Second At Canada Life Open

    California's Jake Knapp Came From Behind To Win The Canada Life Open At Point Grey Golf & Country Club With Langley, BC's James Allenby Finishing 2nd, Two Shots Back - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Mackenzie Tour

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    James Allenby knew it couldn’t last forever, this magical run he had been on where nearly all of his putts seemed to drop and the birdies came in bunches. The Langley native hoped he could squeeze out one more special round in Sunday’s finale of the $200,000 Canada Life Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club and maybe change his golfing life in a big way.

    A win in the season-opening event on the PGA Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit would have paid Allenby -- who was playing on a sponsor’s exemption -- $36,000. It also would have made him exempt for the rest of the Mackenzie Tour season and earned him a huge bonus: a spot in next week’s RBC Canadian Open.

    He came oh so close.

  • Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor Earns Spot In Next Month’s U.S. Open At Pebble Beach Golf Links

    Nick Taylor Will Be Making His First Trip To The U.S. Open Since 2009 After Finishing As Co-medallist In A Sectional Qualifier In Dallas - File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Nick Taylor has some great memories of the U.S. Open, but they are distant. He now has a chance to create some new ones. After a 10-year wait,Taylor is finally heading back to the U.S. Open.

    Taylor sailed through a 36-hole sectional qualifier in Dallas on Monday to earn a spot in next month’s 119th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

    The 31-year-old Abbotsford pro carded rounds of 66 and 65 to finish at 10-under par. That made him co-medalist with fellow PGA TOUR member Brendon Todd. 

  • With His Surgeon Father Assisting, Burnaby's Belle Looks To Make The Cut In His Mackenzie Tour Debut

    With His Father, A surgeon, By His Side As His Caddy, Burnaby's Michael Belle Is Looking To Make The Cut In His Mackenzie Tour Debut At Point Grey GC Next Week - Image Courtesy Twitter/BC Golf File Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Sure, Mike Belle is excited about making his debut on the PGA Tour Canada-Mackenzie Tour circuit at the season-opening Canada Life Open at Point Grey Golf & Country Club. Almost as excited as his dad.

    When Belle finally earned his Mackenzie Tour status in what was his third attempt at qualifying school earlier this month, he knew right away who he wanted by his side at Point Grey. He asked his dad, Ralph, who introduced him to the game 20 years ago at Vancouver Golf Club, to caddie for him.

    The two of them, often accompanied by Belle’s mom, Kim, have played more rounds than they can count over the past couple of decades.

  • Kelowna, BC's Megan Osland Plays Her Way Into 2019 U.S. Women's Open

    Image Courtesy Facebook

    Kelowna’s Megan Osland won the 36-hole U.S Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier held at the Bradenton Country Club in Florida, Monday, May 6th shooting 3-under par 68 in the first round and 1-under par 70 in the second to finish 4-under in the one day tournament.

    This secured her a spot in the 2019 U.S Women’s Open Golf Tournament to be held at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina May 30-June 2.

  • McCain Claims Medalist Honours At Mackenzie Tour's Courtenay Q-School; Burnaby's Belle Top Canadian

    Tennessee's Andrew McCain Claimed Medalist Honours In The Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Q-School Stop At Crown Isle Resort In Courtenay, B.C. With Burnaby's Michael Belle (Inset) Finishing as Top Canadian At T6 - Images Courtesy Minnesota Golf Assosciation & Vancouver Golf Tour)

    Via Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada Communications

    (Courtenay, British Columbia) — Making 22 birdies and an eagle through four rounds at Crown Isle Resort, Andrew McCain claimed medalist honours by three strokes at the sixth and final Mackenzie Tour Q-School event of the 2019 season.

    “It’s not really like a normal golf tournament because it’s more stressful all the way through,” said the Knoxville, Tennessee native. “At the same time, it’s almost more satisfying just because you have one shot every year to do it, so to show up and have some game when it matters, that means a lot.”

  • Victoria, BC's Naomi Ko Qualifies For U.S. Women's Open

    Image courtesy Golf Canada

    WOODBURN, Oreg. – Canadian Naomi Ko has punched her ticket back to the U.S. Women’s Open.

    Ko, a Victoria, B.C., product, bested the 56-player field earn medalist honours with a final score of 3 under par (70-71) at the OGA Golf Course, one of 25 qualifying sites this year. The win marks the second time Ko earned a spot in the LPGA major—she qualified in 2016 as an 18-year-old.

    The Team Canada National Amateur Squad member will take to Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., when action gets underway from May 30 – June 2.

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  • Video: Andy Sullivan Tries To Make A Hole-in-One With 500 Balls

    European Tour Originals presents the 'Chase The Ace Hole-In-One Challenge', episode 3. How many balls would it take a professional golfer to make a hole-in-one?

    The odds of an average golfer making an ace are roughly one in 100,000, while stats suggest a European Tour pro's chances are closer to one in 2,500. Introducing Andy Sullivan...

  • Canada Life to Assume Title Sponsorship of Two Mackenzie Tour Events Including Point Grey's F55 Open

    Toronto, ON – Following the announcement that Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are coming together under one brand in the Canadian market – Canada Life – two Mackenzie Tour events will have new names for the 2019 season.

    Formerly the Freedom 55 Financial Open, the newly named Canada Life Open will be played in Vancouver, B.C., from May 20-26th at Point Grey G&CC, while the formerly named Freedom 55 Financial Championship will now be known as the Canada Life Championship and played in London, Ont., from September 10-16.