• Whistler Couple Give New Meaning To Breaking 100

    Doug And Janet O’Mara Crossed The Century Mark Of Their Epic Golf Journey Deep In The Amazon Rainforest In Manaus, Brazil

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Doug and Janet O’Mara really didn’t set out to play golf in 100 different countries. It kind of just happened.

    The Whistler couple love to travel and are also avid golfers. After a number of different trips to all corners of the globe, it suddenly occurred to them that they had played a lot of golf in a lot of different places. So they started counting.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Sihota on bubble in Colombia; UBC women go for 3-peat at NAIA Championships...and much more

    Victoria, BC's Jeevan Sihota - Image Credit: Bernard Brault/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The Latin American portion of the PGA Tour Americas circuit concludes at this week’s Inter Rapidisimo Golf Championship in Bogota, Colombia, where Victoria’s Jeevan Sihota must make the cut to secure his playing privileges for the tour’s North American swing.

    Sihota enters the tournament ranked 61st on the Fortinet Cup points list. The top 60 players after this week’s event will be exempt for the nine Canadian events and one U.S. tournament on the North American swing that begins next month in Victoria.

  • UBC’s Una Chou Conquers Her Nerves And Wins PGA WORKS Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It was a day later and Una Chou was still thinking about the putt that won her the individual women’s title at the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship at the famed Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass.

    “It still feels surreal,” said Chou, who is completing her third year as a member of the UBC Thunderbirds golf team. “I have been looking back at that putt I made on 18 and saying, ‘How did I make that putt?’ It was like a six-foot slider and I knew I needed to make it for the win. I just tried to trust my routine. I was thinking, 'if it goes in, great, if it doesn’t it’s fine.'”

    It went in, of course, and Chou picked the ball out of the cup and looked up toward the heavens. “I just felt so relieved,” she said. “It was just like a big sigh of relief.”

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Embrace Change To Fuel Entrepreneurial Success - Carolin Pinegger, The Golf Pitch Challenge

    In this episode of the ModGolf Podcast, show creator and host, Colin Weston, speaks with Carolin Pinegger from Golf Pitch Challenge. Do you have a golf venture our product that you need help getting to the next level?

    Even if you're at the idea stage, Colin's guest Carolin Pinegger is looking for you to join them for the next Golf Pitch Challenge and Mastermind event May 22 and 23 in Orlando Florida.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Matthew Wilson wins NextGen Pacific title; Scutt new head pro at Royal Colwood; Redwoods to reopen this week; Mission Golf Club to host senior men’s tourney; UBC sweeps Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships

    Matthew Wilson File Photo - Image Credit Chuck Russell/Golf Canada

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Matthew Wilson wants to end his junior golf career on a high note and the Nanaimo native is off to a terrific start. Wilson kick-started his final round with a pair of chip-in eagles on his front nine at Summerland Golf Club and won the NextGen Pacific Championship by one shot over Joshua Ince of Surrey.

    “I have put in a lot of work this off-season and one of the things I really wanted to do, especially with this being my last year of junior golf, is get my game in a good spot to win a lot of golf tournaments,” Wilson said.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: A Non-Profit On A Mission To Revolutionize The Golfing Experience

    In this episode of The ModGolf Podcast, show host and creator, Colin Weston, speaks with Nick Darby from Get Golfing which is a UK non-profit that acquires and revitalizes distressed golf properties.

    While returning from The 2024 PGA Show Demo Day in Orlardo on a shuttle bus, host Colin Weston sat beside someone and asked how his day went. That young man was Nick Darby, who was attending on behalf of Get Golfing.  After an engaging bus ride conversation, Colin asked Nick if he would tell the Get Golfing story on The ModGolf Podcast.

  • Team BC Looking For 7th Consecutive NPJLTM Title

    Team BC Practices Prior To The 2023 North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches

    This year will be the 36th edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches (NPJLTM) and represents an opportunity for BC to win their 7th consecutive event, equalling a record set many years ago by the Washington Golf Association.

    The competition had been cancelled for 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Team BC having won the previous five events played, from 2016 - 2019 and 2022, 2023.

    The Oregon Golf Association will be playing host this year as the tournament is being held at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell, Oregon. 

  • Gary Pike Hopes He Can Help End B.C.’s Lamey Cup Drought

    British Columbia's Gary Pike - Image Courtesy PNGA

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Gary Pike made his PNGA Lamey Cup debut last year and is delighted he will be back for a second opportunity to play in the annual Ryder Cup-style competition featuring teams from the British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho golf associations.

    “It was a blast,” says Pike, a Victoria resident who won the B.C Mid-Master Championship last spring. “You are representing British Columbia and it’s a pretty cool experience. The event was very well run and meeting other players there was fun. It was a real privilege to play.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Macdonald and his dad win in Peru; SFU women, men head to NCAA regionals; Ewart earns first pro win; Summerland Golf Club set to host NextGen Pacific Championship

    BC's Stuart Macdonald And His Caddie, Father Rob, With The Diners Club Peru Open Trophy - Image Courtesy PGA TOUR Americas

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    When it was over, after Stuart Macdonald had tapped in a short putt to win the Diners Club Peru Open, he accepted congratulations from his two playing partners and then hugged his caddie. And wouldn’t let go.

    Macdonald’s caddie was his dad, Robert, who after battling a serious illness, had travelled from Vancouver to South America to carry his son’s bag.

    Stu Macdonald will never forget that emotional father-son embrace that followed a win that could change his professional golfing life.

  • Solar Eclipse Sensation: Inside Augusta's Merchandise Mania

    Coach Shayain Is Masters Ready With Her Eclipse Glasses - All Images Credit Shayain Gustavsp

    As the sun rose over the hallowed grounds of Augusta National, spectators eagerly awaited not only the sight of their favourite golfers but also a celestial spectacle – a solar eclipse. The air was charged with excitement as people flocked to witness this rare phenomenon, adding an extra layer of magic to the Masters experience....

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: UBC women primed for run at another national title; Victoria Liu wins second Ivy League Championship; Jeevan Sihota top-25s at Brazil Open; Lauren Kim third at Big 12 Championship

    The UBC Men's & Women's Golf Teams Were Both Victorious In The Warrior Invitational - Image Credit Toby Kerr (UBC Communications)

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Officially, the University of B.C. women’s team has won two straight NAIA golf championships. But factor in the two years UBC was forced to miss the national tournament because of Covid, the Thunderbirds have won the last three national titles they have been able to compete in.

    Don’t bet against them making it four straight when the NAIA Championships go May 14-17 at TPC Deere Run in Silvas, Ill.

  • A Family Affair: Canadian Golfers Shine At The 2024 Masters Par Three Contest

    Abbotsford, BC's Adam Hadwin Watches Friend & Fellow Ledgeview Clubmate, Nick Taylor During The Famed Par 3 Contest Prior To The Masters. Hadwin Is Joined By His Daughter Maddox And Wife Jessica, While Taylor's Young Son Charlie Tends The Flag As Mom Andie Also Looks On - All Images Credit Shayain Gustavsp

    By Shayain Gustavsp

    As the Augusta National Golf Club buzzed with anticipation during the iconic Par Three Contest, the presence of Canadian golfers Mike Weir, Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin, and Corey Conners added an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. But what truly stole the show was the heartwarming sight of these talented athletes sharing the moment with their families, as they brought their children and spouses along for a memorable day on the course.

  • Reflections On Tiger Woods At The 2024 Masters: Legacy, Challenges, & Nostalgia

    All Images Credit Shayain Gustavsp

    By Shayain Gustavsp

    As the 2024 Masters unfolded at Augusta National, one figure stood out amidst the lush greenery and hushed whispers of anticipation: Tiger Woods.

    Despite the passage of time and a myriad of physical setbacks, Woods' presence on the course ignited a wave of nostalgia and hope among fans and fellow competitors alike. From his early practice rounds to his final putt, Woods' journey at Augusta was a testament to resilience, determination, and the enduring allure of golf's greatest stage.

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Turning A Homemade Golf Game Into A Global Business Venture

    At the annual PGA Show in late January in Orlando, ModGolf creator and host, Colin Weston, always make a point of taking the 30-minute bus shuttle out to 'Demo Day' to kick the tires of the golf industry's latest equipment at the 360º range facility.

    The product that really caught his attention this year had nothing to do with hitting balls across the 400-yard diameter driving range. Off to the side was a compact setup that exuded a fun vibe where people were hitting oversized plastic whiffle balls with an oversized plastic club.... at buckets with flags in them.

    That was his introduction to BucketGolf. After playing a quick round he struck up a conversation with Founder and CEO Tyler Simmons to learn about how BucketGolf came to be.

  • Amelia Garvey And Madison Young Play Their Way Into U.S. Women’s Open At Vancouver Golf Club Qualifier

    New Zealand's Amelia Garvey Tees Off On No. 10 At Vancouver Golf Club - BC Golf Image

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    There just seems to be something about Kiwis and Vancouver Golf Club. New Zealand’s most famous golf export, Lydia Ko, has won a pair of LPGA events at the Coquitlam layout and now Christchurch native Amelia Garvey has produced a little magic of her own.

    Garvey dominated a 36-hole U.S. Women’s Open qualifier, shooting rounds of 69 and 71 to finish four shots clear of the field. “I guess I should have called Lydia for some advice,” Garvey said. “I didn’t know she had won on this course.”

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Adam Niles gets first collegiate win in final regular-season event; Taylor & Hadwin to team up again in New Orleans; Three T'birds to play in PGA WORKS Championship; SFU’s Muanyam a winner in California

    Adam Niles Wins RJGA Palm Valley Classic In Goodyear, Ariz. - Image Courtesy Josh Brown/WNMU Assistant Athletics Director

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Back in the fall of 2020, Adam Niles finished second in his first event at Western New Mexico University and remembers thinking that maybe collegiate golf wasn’t going to be as tough as he thought it might be.

    The 21-year-old Kamloops native chuckled as he recalled that memory following his first collegiate win at last week’s RJGA Palm Valley Classic in Goodyear, Ariz.

    “It has been a long time coming,” Niles said in a phone interview. “As a freshman I came second in my first event and that kind of set the expectations pretty high. After that, it was like, okay, maybe I can actually do this and compete with the guys out here. I have just been trying to get better each day I have been here.”

  • Happy Vaisakhi To All From British Columbia Golf

    British Columbia Golf is pleased to recognize that Saturday, April 13th is the first day of the Vaisakhi month. We sincerely hope everyone is able to celebrate in a safe and happy manner. 

    Vaisakhi (Punjabi: ਵਿਸਾਖੀ, IAST: visākhī), also known as Baisakhi, Vaishakhi, or Vasakhi is a historical and religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism.... Vaisakhi marks the Sikh new year and commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

    "Vaisakhi presents an opportunity for me to reflect on my journey as a Sikh, and to reaffirm my commitment to the values of Sikhism," said Harman Singh, senior manager of education at The Sikh Coalition.

    Traditionally, the Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) festival is celebrated in Punjab and is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by the Sikh diaspora. Vaisakhi is a harvest festival of Punjab, or according to the Punjabi calendar, it is the New Year for Punjabi people.

    This day is also observed as the Thanksgiving day by the farmers whereby the farmers pay their tribute, thanking God for the abundant harvest and also praying for future prosperity.

    Vaisakhi is one of the three festivals Guru Amar Das Ji chose to be celebrated by Sikhs. 

  • The ModGolf Podcast: Creating A New Type Of Golf

    ModGolf creator and host, Colin Weston, recently spoke with David Hinkle and Rio Valeriano with T36 Golf who are flipping the script on traditional golf and redefining the sport for a new generation of golfers.

    Their revolutionary "Double Loop" design lets you experience a full 18-hole game with a smaller environmental footprint and shorter playtime.

  • Ziemer's B.C. Golf Notes: Lauren Kim’s top-15 finish at Augusta National almost included an ace; Hadwin, Taylor head to Masters; Surrey’s Bonnie Zhai fifth at Bowling Green tourney; Rowe wins VGT’s summer series opener

    BC's Lauren Kim Tees Off On The 1st Hole At Augusta National In The Final Round Of The ANWA - Image Credit Chloe Knott/Augusta National

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Her scorecard, which Lauren Kim will undoubtedly cherish for the rest of her life, shows that she made a two on Augusta National Golf Club’s par 3 16th hole.

    Kim will always remember how close that two was to being a one.

    “I had the crowd roaring,” the 18-year-old Surrey native said of her tee shot that landed on the slope right of the pin and then slowly rolled down toward the hole.

  • Golf, It’s Good For You!

    Golf Canada Launches Season-Long Campaign That Highlights The Many Health Benefits of The Sport

    - New Golf and Health campaign website along with Golf Canada mobile app enhancements to focus on the sport’s positive physical, mental, and social benefits for participants -

    For Immediate Release | April 5, 2024

    Oakville, Ont. – Golf Canada is highlighting the physical, mental, and social benefits that the sport can provide on Canadians through its brand-new Golf and Health campaign.

    The campaign – Golf, It’s Good for You – launches this weekend leading into World Health Day April 7. All of the World Health Organization’s key criteria for health enhancing physical activity can be achieved through the sport of golf and Golf Canada is prioritizing communicating health as part of its strategic plan.