• Brooke Henderson Keeps Enthralling Canadian Golf Fans

    Brooke Henderson Has Clearly Established Herself As The Darling Of The Fans In Vancouver - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    By all rights, Alena Sharp should be the Canadian story at the CP Women’s Open at the Vancouver Golf Club. Sharp is currently the low Canadian, at (-2) 214 after a (-1) round of 71 which included a workmanlike two birdies and one bogey to go with 15 pars.

    “I had a lot of good opportunities,” said Sharp of her round. “I just didn’t make putts. I found the pins were pretty tough. I was above some of them today. It was hard to stop it below. . . It was a really good round. I played solid all day.”

    But it’s Smiths Falls, ON’s Brooke Henderson, sitting four strokes behind Sharp, who continues to garner all the attention.

  • Lexi Thompson Puts On Clinic For CN Future Links Kids At Seymour G&CC

    LPGA Major Winner And World Women's Number 8 Ranked Lexi Thompson Was On Hand At Seymour Golf & Country Club, Along With Host Head Professional Dale Schienbein, As A Thrilled Group Of Youngsters Took Part In A CN Future Links Clinic At The North Vancouver Layout - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski

    by Bryan Outram

    When the top players from around the world travel to Vancouver for the CP Canadian Women’s Open one of the great things they do is give of their time for various events surrounding the tournament itself.

    Not far removed from being a junior herself, she’s already a ‘veteran’ at the ripe-old age of 20, women’s world number 8 ranked Lexi Thompson came out to Seymour Golf & Country Club in North Vancouver on the Monday of tournament week to put on a clinic for a group of young aspiring players for CN Future Links National Junior Golf Development.

  • Tiffany Kong Happy With First LPGA Appearance At CP Women’s Open

    Vancouver's 14-Year Old Tiffany Kong Will Finish Off A Whirlwind Week By Taking A Family Vacation. Even 14-Year Olds Deserve Time Off - File Photo

    by Alfie Lau

    For Tiffany Kong, a week that began with two medals at the Western Canada Summer Games at Wood Buffalo, AB will end with a well-deserved Caribbean vacation.

    Oh, did we mention that Kong Monday qualified for the CP Women’s Open LPGA stop at the Vancouver Golf Club and played the first two rounds, shooting a (+9) score of 153 after rounds of 76 and 77?

    “It was tiring, but I had a lot of fun,” said the David Thompson Secondary student who earned one of four spots into the tournament with an even-par 72 at Pitt Meadows Golf Course on Monday.

  • British Columbia Golf A Big Presence At CP Canadian Women’s Open

    If There's An Event With A British Columbia Golf Presence You Can Be Sure BC Golf President David Atkinson (1st From Right) Won't Be Far Away - Image Courtesy WSGA

    by Alfie Lau

    Not even 24 hours after competing in the British Columbia Juvenile Boys and Girls Championships at Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club in Vernon, Roy Kang and Phoebe Yue were at the Vancouver Golf Club, cheering for their heroes playing the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

    Kang was hanging around the putting green and ecstatic that he got a picture with Lydia Ko, while Yue was headed toward the first tee, where Ko, Angela Stanford and Michelle Wie were about to start their second round.

    Look even further afield and in the scoring tent by the 9th green is British Columbia Golf President David Atkinson, who had a pivotal job of making sure the players were taking due care and attention in signing their official cards.

  • Brooke Henderson Granted LPGA Tour Membership

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Is Now A Full Fledged Member Of The LPGA Tour - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    For Immediate Release via LPGA Tour

    Canada’s Brooke Henderson has been granted immediate status on the LPGA Tour. Read the statement by the tour’s commissioner Michael Whan and one from Brooke below.

  • Vancouver's 14-Year Old Tiffany Kong Qualifies For CP Women's Open

    Tiffany Kong (2nd from L) Is Shown Here After Winning The MJT Odlum Brown Classic-PGA of BC Junior Championship Title At Northview Recently - Image Courtesy MJT (Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour)

    compiled by BC Golf editors

    Tiffany Kong carded an even-par 72 at Pitt Meadows Golf Club during the Monday qualifier for this week's CP Canadian Women's Open.

    The 14-year-old Vancouver resident who had just played her way into the LPGA event being held at the Vancouver Golf Club was overjoyed, “I am so excited right now,” Kong said. “I can’t believe I just made that putt and made those shots. Today was a fantastic day for me.”

  • Jim Rutledge Wins Fourth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship Of Canada Title

    Victoria's Jim Rutledge Picked Up His Fourth PGA Seniors' Championship Of Canada Title In Mississauga Last Week - Image Courtesy PGA of Canada

    Chris Fry/ PGA of Canada

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Jim Rutledge cruised to win his fourth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada presented by Adams Golf since 2010 at Credit Valley Golf and Country Club.

    The 55-year-old Victoria, B.C., native put together rounds of 64-71-69 for a three-day total of 9-under-par. His 54-hole score was three shots better than David Wettflaufer and Ken Tarling, who both fired 6-under-par 65 final rounds.

  • Canada’s Brooke Henderson Picks Up First LPGA Tour Win In Cambia Portland Classic

    Canada's Brooke Henderson Won The Cambia Portland Classic By 8 Shots For Her First Victory On The LPGA Tour - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    courtesy LPGA Communications

    PORTLAND, Ore. –Brooke Henderson captured her first LPGA victory in style, cruising to an eight-shot victory at the Cambia Portland Classic.

    “It’s amazing,” Henderson said with a smile. “It’s such an unbelievable thing it’s not even real life yet I don’t think.”

  • Three BCers Included In 14 Player Exemptions Announced For 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

    Kelowna's Samantha Richdale Is One Of Three British Columbians To Receive An Exemption Into The CP Canadian Women's Open Next Week - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    via press release

    Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific (CP) are pleased to announce the names of 14 players who have received exemptions into the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, August 17 – 23, 2015 at The Vancouver Golf Club.

    Headlining the list of exemptions is previously confirmed 17-year old Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario who earned her exemption by way of winning the 2015 PGA of Canada Women’s Championship, the third event on the 2015 Canadian Women’s Tour.

  • Megan Osland Top Canadian At Stage 1 LPGA Qualifying School, Advances To Stage 2 In Florida In October

    by Alfie Lau

    Kelowna’s Megan Osland’s golf future continues to burn bright after she finished T12 at the Stage 1 LPGA Qualifying School in Rancho Mirage, CA from Aug. 3-9.

    Osland, who just completed her senior year at San Jose State University, shot rounds of 73-72-69-72 to finish at (-2) 286 and handily advances to Stage 2 LPGA Q School, which will be held Oct. 19-25 at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, FL.

  • Vancouver Open Full of PGA Tour Canada Talent

    Pagoda Ridge Features Unique Asian-Influenced Pieces Of Architecture Including The Great Wall Of Langley, Which Greets You On The Right Side Of The 14Th Hole - Image Credit Alfie Lau

    by Alfie Lau

    If you didn’t know the event was the Vancouver Golf Tour’s Vancouver Open at Pagoda Ridge and Ledgeview, you might have thought it was the second Vancouver stop on PGA Tour Canada.

    Dotting the leaderboard is PC Financial Open runner-up Riley Wheeldon, PGA Tour Canada winner of the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray, Kevin Spooner, and PGA Tour Canada regulars Ryan Williams, Adam Cornelson, Brad Clapp, Kevin Stinson, Thomas Hay and Seann Harlingten.

  • Volunteers Urgently Required For CP Women's Open At Vancouver Golf Club

    The CP Canadian Women’s open is taking place at the Vancouver Golf Club this August 20 to 23 and there is a need for Volunteer Course Marshals.

    We are inviting groups to participate in marshalling a portion or an entire hole during the tournament.

    The Canadian Women’s Open Championship is one of the ultimate tournaments for the members of the LPGA Tour as it always draws the top 100 players in the world. Volunteers will have an opportunity to get close up to the world’s best women golfers.

  • Canada’s Brooke Henderson Awarded Special Exemption By Championship Committee As Entries Close For Star-Studded 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open

    Brooke Henderson Continues To Prove That She Made The Right Choice In Turning Pro - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    via press release

    (Scotland) July 1, 2015 - The 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open field is set to be strongest and most international Major of the year as entries have now closed for this year’s Championship at Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland, July 30 to August 2.

    Seventeen year old Canadian Brooke Henderson, who turned professional at the end of 2014 and, with only limited playing rights, has had an impressive professional debut year and stormed up the rankings, currently sitting at No.46 on the Rolex Rankings. All this has led to the Championship Committee awarding her a special exemption into the 2015 Championship.

  • West Vancouver's Kevin Spooner Wins Syncrude Boreal Open In Fort McMurray In Five-Hole Playoff

    West Vancouver's Kevin Spooner (R) Accepts The Trophy From Syncrude Canada CEO Mark Ward   After Winning The Syncrude Boreal Open In Fort McMurray - Image C/O Bob Nyen/Mackenzie Tour Canada

    by Alfie Lau

    West Vancouver’s Kevin Spooner became the second Canadian to win on the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada when he outlasted American Talor Gooch and fellow Canadian Ben Silverman to win the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray on Sunday.

  • Practice Range A Duffer’s Dream At U.S. Open

    by Alfie Lau

    It was just before noon and the World’s No. 1 golfer, Rory McIlroy, hit the driving range for his final warm-up before the Father’s Day round of the U.S. Open.

    McIlroy was sitting at (+4) for the tournament and he needed a big day to at least force the contenders 8 shots ahead of him to think about him if he were to post a low number.

    McIlroy had a great practice session, shooting a final round 66 that could have been much better if he had scored on any of the four final holes. But it was his practice session that had IG editor Bryan Outram and myself intrigued.

  • Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner – BC Golf Writers To Play Chambers Bay U.S. Open Set-up

    Okay, So Maybe It's Not Really Like Winning A Lottery, But To A Diehard Golf Fan It Comes Pretty Close

    by Alfie Lau (with files from Bryan Outram)

    It's Not Quite The Same As Winning A Lottery - But To A Golf Fan It's Pretty Close When They Draw Your Name To Play A U.S. Open Championship Venue The Day After It Finishes - Google Images

    Usually, 11:30 a.m. at a U.S. Open Media Centre is a busy time because it’s the beginning of lunch. But Sunday’s lunch surprise had nothing to do with food and everything to do with Monday’s breakfast and lunch plans.

    “You have been chosen to play Monday golf at Chambers Bay,” is the opening line of the email sent to both Bryan Outram and myself by the USGA.
    Because of the 18-hole playoff to determine a winner of the U.S. Open, the USGA keeps possession of the golf course for Monday and sends out these great notes to fill a tee sheet, but there’s one condition.

  • Brad Fritsch Finishes Top 50 In U.S. Open

    Brad Fritsch And Caddy Jeff Scott Walk To The 15th Green At Chambers Bay In The 2015 U.S. Open At Chambers Bay - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    Canada’s only hope at the 2015 US Open, Edmonton’s Brad Fritsch, had a passable weekend effort, shooting back-to-back rounds of (+2) 72 to finish the tournament at (+8).

  • Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open At Chambers Bay

    Jordan Spieth Casually Hangs Onto His Newest Piece Of Hardware The U.S. Open Trophy After Winning The 2015 Championship At Chambers Bay - Image Credit Bryan Outram

    by Alfie Lau

    Jordan Spieth is now halfway to the Grand Slam.

    Spieth survived a double bogey on the 17th hole to make a two-putt birdie from 15 feet 4 inches to defeat Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke at the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, WA. 
    Spieth, the first player to birdie the final hole to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones, heads to St. Andrews next month halfway to history and a worthy heir to World No. 1 Rory McIlroy. 
    Johnson will rue the par he made on the final hole, because after he hit a gorgeous 247-yard approach to 12 feet 4 inches, he hit his first putt three-and-a-half feet long and missed the comebacker to lose the U.S. Open in the most heartbreaking fashion.
  • It Ain’t Easy Being Green

    The 'Greens' At Chambers Bay Have Come Under A  Lot Of Criticism This Week At The U.S. Open - Image Courtesy CP

    by Bryan Outram

    If there has been a major championship in recent history that’s taken as much heat for the condition of its greens, this writer certainly can’t remember it.

    It’s not uncommon practice for the USGA to have its championship layouts become progressively harder and faster as a tournament goes along, but it appears in this case they’ve taken the firming of the greens to a new, and not very popular, level.

  • Anybody’s U.S. Open To Win On Sunday

    Will Sunday Be A Walk In The Park En Route To A U.S. Open Title For Jordan Spieth? - Image Credit Bryan Outram


    by Alfie Lau

    Not even an hour into Jordan Spieth’s third round on Saturday at Chambers Bay, the 21-year-old had dropped two bombs for birdies at the second and third holes and sat at (-7) for the tournament and two clear of his closest challenger.

    But then Spieth went on a horrendous bogey binge, with mistakes at five of his next eight holes and suddenly, the Texas Grand Slam was now seriously in jeopardy.

    Spieth would make one more birdie, at the par-3 15th, but may lament all the short putts he missed on the way in to his (+1) round of 71 that has him in a four-way tie for the lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open.