Amateur News

  • Thunderbirds Bickell, Lafayette Top Leaderboard After First Round of B.C. Amateur Championship

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf •  ABBOTSFORD (July 9, 2024) — They are college teammates and good friends, but Mackenzie Bickell and Hudson LaFayette are always trying to beat one another. Nothing has changed now that school is out for the summer.

  • The Top Ten Images From Day One

    Photographer Jordie Arthur and BC Golf Jeff Sutherland were out on the course and here are their top shots from the first round...

  • Burnaby’s Luna Lu Delivers Personal Best To Win U.S. Junior Girls Qualifier

     Nanaimo’s Manpreet Lalh And Jason Yu Of Vancouver Earn Spots In U.S. Junior Amateur

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Luna Lu fired her career-low competitive round and that meant everyone else was playing for second place at a U.S. Junior Girls qualifier at Riverway Golf Course in Burnaby.

    Lu, a former B.C. Junior Girls champion, shot a bogey-free six-under 66 to win the qualifier by five shots and earn a spot in the U.S. Junior Girls Championship, which goes July 15-20 at El Caballero Golf Club in Tarzana, Calif.

  • Girl power! Crofton House And York House Win B.C. High School Golf Championships

     By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    In what is a B.C. first, two all-girl teams have won British Columbia High School Golf Championships.

    The girls from Vancouver’s Crofton House School captured the Double-A Championship played at Pheasant Glen Golf Course in Qualicum. Up the road in Nanoose Bay, the York House School all-girls team from Vancouver was winning the Single A provincial title at Fairwinds Golf Course.

    This is the first year that Crofton House, which is an all-girls private school, has had a golf program. Nothing like starting out on top.

  • Remembering Jordan Mason: A Golfing Legend at Beach Grove

    Jordan Mason tragically passed in early May and is remembered in this piece by fellow Beach Grove member Jeff Norris, reprinted with the kind permission of the Club...

  • Zone Qualifying Starts As BC Summer Games Gets Set For Maple Ridge In 2024

    The Golf Competition In The 2024 BC Summer Games Will Take Place At Meadow Gardens GC - Image Credit: Bryan Outam/BC Golf

    After having the 2020 version of the BC Summer Games cancelled due to Covid-19, Maple Ridge will host the 2024 BC Summer Games, from July 18-21

    “Maple Ridge is home to a number of famous athletes and will soon become the centre of sports in our province with the upcoming B.C. Summer Games,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

    As a prelude to the BC Summer Games there will be a number of qualifying events at various sites and that will hold true for golf as well. You can find general information and more details on zone qualifying for golf to take part in the games below. 

  • The Zone 3 & 4 Junior Girls Spring Tour Series is BACK!

    The Spring Tour Series is BACK!

    Ezzabella Hernandez and Christine Wong have committed to their roles as the Zone 3 and Zone 4 Junior Girls Chair for 2024 and look forward to hosting the junior girls this year.

    A big thank you to the Spring Tour Series hosts this year for supporting the Junior Girls - Richmond GCC, Quilchena GCC, Capilano GCC. Your support is greatly appreciated!

    *They will be adding to the schedule in the next few weeks. The official schedule has now been shared to the public, click on the link below.

  • Vancouver's Victoria Liu An Ivy League Star At Princeton

    BC's Victoria Liu Wins Third Ivy League Title This Year - Image Courtesy GoPrincetonTigers.com

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Victoria Liu headed to Princeton University with more than a little apprehension about how she would balance the academic challenges of an Ivy League school with playing college golf.

    It turns out the Lord Byng high school graduate from Vancouver need not have worried. Liu is registering excellent grades as she pursues a computer science degree at Princeton and is absolutely acing things on the golf course...

  • EDGA 359 Pilot Project To Enhance Coach Training For All Abilities Athletes

    Golf Canada

    (September 1, 2022) – Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada are committed to providing opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the physical, psychological, and social benefits golf can offer.

    As part of this commitment, the national golf organizations have launched the EDGA 359 Pilot Project, presented by Golf Canada and the PGA of Canada, partnering with EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) on coach training designed to demystify adaptive golf and give coaches the confidence needed to launch and develop programs for golfers with disabilities across Canada.

    “Through this coach training, we are eager to increase support for golfers of all abilities and make our sport inclusive of more Canadians,” said Laura Wilson, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Safe Sport for Golf Canada.

    Click HERE for complete article...

  • British Columbia Golden At Canada Summer Games

    The Triumphant Golf Squad From British Columbia - Image Credit Ryan McCullough/Media Release

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    Solid gold. That would be an apt description of British Columbia’s performance at the Canada Summer Games golf competition...

  • A Parent's Guide On How To Watch Your Child Compete In Golf

    Photo Courtesy Golf Canada/Youth On Course

    By Brad Ewart

    Casper the friendly ghost would make a good golf parent. As an invisible ghost he could always remain out-of-sight and out-of-mind allowing his golfer to play without distraction...

  • Ziemer's July Golf Notes...

    Another award for A.J. Ewart; Angela Arora makes final of PNGA Women’s Amateur; Pacific Coast Amateur set for Columbia Edgewater in Portland...

  • Roxburgh Turns Back Clock At Christina Lake

    By Brad Ziemer, BC Golf - Doug Roxburgh posts a five-Under 67 In His 55th B.C. Amateur Championship Appearance...

  • 2022 Chilliwack Open Features Multiple Big Winners

    The 2022 Chilliwack Open Presented by Langley Concrete Group saw two pros - and one am - take home some significant cheques…

  • Some Parental Advice From Jack Nicklaus

    All Images Courtesy Brad Ewart

    18-Time Major Winner Jack Nicklaus Presents Coquitlam, BC's A.J. Ewart With The 2022 Jack Nicklaus Award 

    By Brad Ewart

    It’s not easy being a golf parent.

    But, there are times when advice from another source can be very helpful. Especially when that source is Jack Nicklaus...

  • June Tournament Listings From Across The Lower Mainland

    Find listings for all the June tours, tournaments, and selected special events from Pemberton to Hope...

  • Shaughnessy’s Patrick Weeks Prevails In Playoff To Win B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship At Talking Rock

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CHASE, British Columbia — Seven final-round birdies weren’t enough, so Patrick Weeks made one more. The longtime Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club member birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Brent Pound of Kamloops and win the B.C. Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Talking Rock Golf Course.

    “This is amazing,” said Weeks. “I honestly can’t believe it is true. I have been second so many times — [in 2021] at the B.C. Amateur, then I lost in a playoff at Big Sky in the Mid-Am in 2014. This is redemption. I was two shots back the last time the Mid-Am was here at Talking Rock [in 2015] and they called off the final round due to rain. So this is poetic justice.”

  • Vancouver’s Nonie Marler Goes Wire-to-Wire At B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship At Talking Rock

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    CHASE, British Columbia — Nonie Marler led from start to finish at the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have to overcome a little adversity along the way.

    During the final round at Talking Rock Golf Course, Marler was cruising along with a three-shot lead when her tee ball on the par 4 13th hole sailed slightly right, struck the top of a tall tree, and was never seen again. 

    No one saw it come down — there’s a good chance it remained up in the tree V and suddenly Marler was under some pressure.

  • Surrey Teen Lauren Kim Gets A Spot In U.S. Women’s Open

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    The email informing Lauren Kim she has a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open came in the middle of the night. Her dad, an early riser, saw it first.

  • UBC Women Ready To Put Perfect Season On The Line At NAIA Championship Tourney

    By Brad Ziemer, British Columbia Golf

    It would have been easy for the UBC Thunderbirds to be a little upset with their No. 3 ranking heading into the upcoming NAIA Women’s Golf Championships in Oklahoma City.

    All the Thunderbirds have done this season is win all 10 events they played in. What does a team have to do to be No. 1?