• UBC Women Win NAIA Championship To Keep Perfect Season Intact

    UBC's Women's Golf Team Overcame A Bizarre Pre-Tournament Incident To Run Its Record This Season To 11-0 - Image Courtesy NAIA/UBC Athletics

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    These ’Birds can’t be beat. The UBC Thunderbirds women’s golf team added another chapter to its storybook season by winning the NAIA Championship in Oklahoma City.

    The UBC team of Grace Bell, Elizabeth Labbé, Sonja Tang, Emily Li and Shania Remandaban led from start to finish en route to the national championship. UBC is a perfect 11-0 in tournament play this season.

  • Bowen Golfathon For The Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis

    Many Canadians have a strong connection to Ukraine. We all feel for the many colleagues, clients, and community members who have deep connections to Ukrainian family and friends here in Canada and in the Ukraine. To those who are living this nightmare, we share their worry for loved ones and stand with them in the hope that this catastrophic war and resultant refugee crisis will end soon.

    Hoping to make a difference to the lives of these refugees, Peter Boronkay, a governor of Golf Canada and resident portfolio manager, along with a team of volunteers is attempting to set a new Bowen Island Golf Course record for the number of rounds played in one day. Peter will play from dawn to dusk in order to attempt to complete 10 rounds (90 holes) on Monday, June 6, 2022.

    You are invited to support this initiative by contributing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appealthrough the following donation portal or by calling:
    1.800.418.1111

    http://www.redcross.ca/UkraineCrisis/GolfMarathonforUkraine

    Donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable donation tax receipt.

    Sample donation sizes for an estimated 90 holes played:

    $0.50/hole = $45
    $1/hole = $90
    $2/hole = $180
    $5/hole = $450
    $10/hole = $900

  • Registration is now open for WGD Palooza 2022, coming May 31, 2022

    It is that time of the year again, where women around the world get together to celebrate International Women's Golf Day! To help kick things off once again the WGD Paloooza is having a Digital Day Celebration on May 31st.

    Below is the official press release and more information.

  • Drive For Five On For B.C. At North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    BC's NPJLTM Squad Are No Strangers To Success On The Golf Course. Clockwise From Top Left: Angela Arora, Yeji Kwon, Luna Lu, Martina Yu, Tina Jiang & Katherine Hao 

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The long wait is over for Team British Columbia in its quest for a ‘five-peat’ in the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches. 

    It was way back in 2019 that British Columbia won its fourth straight title in the annual competition that features junior teams from B.C., Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

    B.C.’s drive for five was put on hold when the 2020 and 2021 matches were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, finally, the matches are a go and scheduled for May 28-29 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Ewart wins again at NCAA Regionals; Taylor bounces back with tie for 15th at Wells Fargo; Whistler prepares to start a new season; UBC’s Sonja Tang impresses at PGA WORKS tourney

    Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart Picked Up His 5th Win Of The Year Last Week - Photo/Ethan Lowe VSU)/Barry U

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    A.J. Ewart is the top-ranked player in NCAA Division II golf and the Coquitlam native keeps showing us why.

    Ewart won again, in most impressive fashion, at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional tourney in Valdosta, Ga. Ewart, a junior at Barry University in south Florida, closed with a six-under 66 on what was his 23rd birthday (on May 7) and beat the field by six shots with a 54-hole total of 13-under par.

  • BC's Shelly Stouffer Wins The Match She Had Been Waiting For; Washington Defends Its Lamey Cup Team Title As B.C. Finishes Third

    Nanoose Bay's Shelly Stouffer Won Her Singles Match Over 3-Time Reigning U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Champion Lara Tennant 4&3 In The 2022 Lamey Cup - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    To say Shelly Stouffer was looking forward to her singles match with Oregon’s Lara Tennant at the PNGA Lamey Cup would be something of an understatement. 

    Quite simply, it was a match Stouffer had wanted since learning she would be a part of Team British Columbia at the 15th playing of the Lamey Cup at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. 

    On Thursday, Stouffer got her wish and delivered in a big way, defeating Tennant 4&3 in cool, wet conditions. “She’s the three-time reigning U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion,” Stouffer said after her win. “Why wouldn’t you want to play her?”

  • Little Shakes Off Pre-round Accident And Helps Deliver Two Points To Team B.C. In Lamey Cup Competition

    Proctor, BC's Jackie Little - Image Credit Brad Ziemer/BC Golf

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Jackie Little and Shelly Stouffer wouldn’t want to change a thing after their two matches Wednesday at the PNGA Lamey Cup team competition at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. Well, maybe one thing. 

    Little and Stouffer won both of their matches in convincing fashion after something of a scare just prior to their morning four-ball match. That’s when a cart attendant plowed into Little’s push cart, which then banged her and sent the British Columbia Golf Hall of Famer flying into a rock wall.

    Little, who now lives in the small Kootenay community of Procter, played both matches with a sore lower back, but you never would have known it.

  • 15th PNGA Lamey Cup Set To Begin At Bellingham Golf & Country Club

    Courtesy PNGA

    Tacoma, Wash. – The 2022 Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s (PNGA) championship season kicks off this week as 48 of the top amateur golfers in the region prepare to square off in the 15th PNGA Lamey Cup, to be held May 4-5 at Bellingham (Wash.) Golf and Country Club.

    Due to the pandemic, and due in particular to the U.S.-Canada border closure during this time, the competition was canceled in 2020 and 2021, with this year marking the first time since 2019 that the event will be held.

  • Lamey Cup Returns After Two-year Hiatus And B.C. Players Can’t Wait To Compete

    Mid-Amateur Champions Craig Doell & Shelly Stouffer Head Up BC Golf's PNGA Lamey Cup Team

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The PNGA Lamey Cup is named in honour of Dr. Jack Lamey, a former president of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association who started the Ryder Cup-style team competition featuring players representing the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia golf associations 16 years ago.

    Kelowna’s Norm Bradley, a former B.C. Senior Men’s champion, considers it his good fortune to have played in nine of them. He’ll make his 10th appearance in early May when the Lamey Cup resumes after a two-year Covid-induced hiatus at Bellingham Golf & Country Club.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Attitude adjustment propels Wheeldon to Q-school win; T-Birds advance to NAIA Championships; Another honour for A.J. Ewart; Victoria Liu wins Ivy League championship; Sagebrush opens its season

    Riley Wheeldon Has Fully Exempt Status This Year On The PGA TOUR Canada - PGA TOUR Canada Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Riley Wheeldon will tell you it was a lot more than home course advantage that propelled him to his impressive performance at last week’s PGA Tour Canada qualifying school at Crown Isle Golf Resort. 

    Sure, his intimate familiarity with the Crown Isle layout that is located not far from his childhood home in Comox came in handy, but Wheeldon credits an attitude adjustment with his solid play. 

    “My game has always been there,” Wheeldon said. “My attitude hasn’t. That was one thing I said to myself last summer, that if I was going to keep doing this, my attitude has to change. Having a little refresh this winter, I was able to come out and focus on attitude and let everything else fall into place and behold, this game is pretty fun.”

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Building Community As A "Senior-Preneur" - Jim Plumb, Co-Founder Of Fore! Sixty

    In this edition of the ModGolf Podcast, creator and show host Colin Weston speaks with Jim Plumb, the Co-Founder of FORE! SIXTY. 

    FORE! SIXTY is a unique online community dedicated to enhancing the game for golfers sixty and over with age-relevant information, videos and a wide selection of curated value offerings on golf equipment, natural, anti-inflammatory pain relief and Sun Smart UPF50 sun protection apparel.

  • ModGolf Podcast: Creating A Sustainable Golf Future Through The "Seventh Generation Principle"

    In this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host, Colin Weston, speaks with Steve Tooshkenig, CPGA Golf Professional and inspirational Indigenous Speaker.

    "Walk in that good way, helping and sharing your journey so those before you can smile."

    - Steve Tooshkenig

  • Mike Weir One Of Four Captain’s Assistants For 2022 Presidents Cup

    Canada's Mike Weir Will Make His Third Appearance As A Presidents Cup Asst. Captain - Image Credit Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — International Team Captain Trevor Immelman announced his four captain’s assistants for the 2022 Presidents Cup: Canada’s Mike Weir, Korea’s K.J. Choi, Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy, and Colombia’s Camilo Villegas. The foursome will join Immelman at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 20-25.

    Weir will make his third appearance as captain’s assistant after serving for Nick Price at the 2017 Presidents Cup and in 2019 for Ernie Els. The Canadian has competed in five Presidents Cups (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009) and was teammates with Immelman in 2005 and 2007. An eight-time PGA TOUR winner, Weir is 13-9-2 all-time at the Presidents Cup and is one of five International Team members with 10 or more match wins in competition.

  • Canada Secures Spot At Victoria's Royal Colwood For 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup

    Team Canada L-R Back Row: Jeff MacDonald (Coach), Cooper Humphreys, Ethan Wilson, Jean Phillippe Parr, Felix Bouchard, Robert Ratcliffe (Head Coach), L-R Front Row: Jennifer Greggain (Coach), Michelle Liu, Yeji Kwon, Nicole Gal - Image Courtesy Golf Canada

    Via Golf Canada

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Team Canada’s National Junior Squad boys and girls teams both finished with top spots on the leaderboard at Royal Colwood Golf Club to secure the opportunity to play in the 2022 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Whatcom County courses excited to welcome back B.C. golfers; Hadwin records third straight top 10; PNG Lamey Cup returns after two-year hiatus; SFU men second in regular-season finale

    Homestead Farms GC Is Offering Some Great Deals For Canadians Ready To Play Down South Again - Image Courtesy Homestead Farms GC/Pixabay

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The British Columbians are back and no one is happier about that than the folks at Homestead Farms Golf Course in Lynden. Homestead has always relied heavily on British Columbia traffic, so when the border closed more than two years ago due to Covid-19, it had a devastating effect on the course. 

    “I would say it is at least half of our business,” says Trevor Parsons, who works in the Homestead pro shop. “We’re right on the border so the last couple of years have been tough. We have been missing the Canadians.” 

    As of April 1, costly Covid testing requirements that kept B.C. golfers north of the border, were dropped. Whatcom County courses are obviously hoping to see lots of B.C. golfers this spring and summer.

  • BC Golf Goes For Unprecedented 'Five-Peat' In North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    In 2019 British Columbia Picked Up Their 4th Consecutive Win In The NPJLTM - Image Credit Jurgen Kaminski/BC Golf

    British Columbia's North Pacific Junior Ladies Team will be on a quest not often realized at any level of sports competition when they tee off at the Home Course in Washington State this May 27th - 29th for the 34th edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches.

    Although the annual NPJLTM competition has been cancelled the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they are back on track this year and Team BC just happens to have won the last four events played, from 2016 - 2019. Thus they take to the links in search of the rare 'Five-Peat'. 

    The return to competition after a two-year break will bring with it some new faces to the BC Team, both on the player's side and the coaches as well.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Texas crash hits home for UBC coach; Hadwin notches second straight top 10; Bald Eagle could be put up for sale; Victoria Liu earns first collegiate win; Canadian Open regional qualifier set for Meadow Gardens

    UBC Golf Coach Chris Macdonald - BC Golf Photo

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Chris Macdonald has spent considerable time thinking about the young lives lost in the devastating accident in Texas involving a New Mexico school’s golf teams.

    The longtime coach of the University of British Columbia’s men’s and women’s golf teams has also reflected on how much time he has spent driving his teams to and from tournaments.

    “It’s just devastating, such a tragedy,” Macdonald said of the crash that killed six members of the University of the Southwest men’s and women’s golf teams, as well as their coach, and left two other students critically injured. “I think I have probably driven over 200,000 kilometres in a mini-van with the teams in the 22 years I have been here.

  • ModGolf Podcast: Taking A Position To Help Create Positive Change - Jim Beatty, Executive Editor With African American Golfer’s Digest

    At The 2022 PGA Show in Orlando ModGolf Podcast creator Colin Weston had the opportunity to reconnect with Jim Beatty at The Diversity and Inclusion Forum, which he was co-hosting.

    Jim Beatty wears several hats, including Executive Editor for the African American Golfer’s Digest (www.africanamericangolfersdigest.com), President of Jim Beatty Golf Ventures (www.jimbeattygolfventures.com) and Chair of The We Are Golf, Recreational Play Subcommittee, Diversity Task Force (www.wearegolf.org).

  • Holly Stewart Claims The Pot Of Gold At The End Of Her Caddying Rainbow

    Victoria Teen Holly Stewart Is Off To The University of Washington This Fall After Earning Prestigious Evans Scholarship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Holly Stewart was 12 years old when she began caddying at Victoria Golf Club and in those days it often felt like the bag she was carrying weighed as much as she did. 

    On some days, particularly when the wind whipped off the water and swept across the oceanside layout, her ‘loop’ was something of a balancing act. “You’d arrive at the club and it’s like, oh, it’s a beautiful day, nice and sunny, and then you get out there and the wind is whipping all around you,” Stewart says.

    “And as a tiny little 12 year-old I did not have good balance. I slid down hills a few times because I couldn’t stand up.”

  • Orlando PGA Show Returns With A Different Flair According To ModGolf Podcaster Colin Weston

    ModGolf Podcast creator and host, Colin Weston, recently returned from the 2022 PGA Show in Orlando, FLA after missing the event last year due to COVID restrictions. He found a slightly different but still extremely informative and enjoyable show presentation on this visit and put together this blog to share with us about his observations and experiences at 'golf's biggest industry event'. - editor

    The ModGolf Podcast at The 2022 PGA Show

    Contributed by Colin Weston/ModGolf (reposted with permission)

    It's been two long years since I last attended The PGA Show in Orlando and although I was apprehensive about getting on a plane from Vancouver with the Omicron variant still swirling around us, I'm glad I made the decision to go.

    After hundreds of Zoom video calls over the past 24 months has pushed me to the point of burnout, reconnecting with old golf industry friends and meeting some new ones face-to-face was exactly the medicine my spirit needed.

    So here's a recap of my eight days in central Florida and my takeaways from golf's biggest industry event.