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Six Canadians Qualify For PGA Tour LationamĂŠrica Status In 2017


Inside This Issue



Canada Games Team BC Selection Camp To Take Place March 4-5 At Mayfair Lakes

Golf Greats To Host 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By Mastercard


Du Toit, Ko And Ewart Chosen As Finalists For Sport BC AOY Awards


Performance Club Fitting


Jack, The Three-Part Definitive Film On Jack Nicklaus, Premiering Sunday Night Following The Masters


Victoria?s Naomi Ko Wins First NCAA Event


Coach Labs Unveils Generation Intelligence Ball


Exclusive Top Quality Resort Golf: Four Seasons Resort on Lana'i

Remembering And Honouring Coach John Buchanan


By The Numbers: Research On Driving Distance In Golf Published

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2017 Provincial Championship Schedule


Message From The President


Adam Hadwin Update


Nick Taylor Update


Ziemer 's News & Notes


Victoria Developers Continue To Build Golf Community


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Cl i ck H Ou t M ERE To Fi n d o Va n co r e Ab o u t Th u v er G e o l f To u r

Th e V ancouv er Gol f Tour is m ade up of som e hardy souls who play a fun com pet it ive t ournam ent circuit t hat includes event s t hrough t he wint er. Here one m em ber finds an innovat ive way t o get a t ee in t he ground at t heir st op at Meadow Gardens during t he February cold snap.




EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue Golf is no different than other sports in its continual efforts to keep the game healthy and thriving for each generation. In order to do that it remains imperative to introduce the game to youngsters and give them opportunities to learn how to play and enjoy the pastime. To that end our cover story offers a terrific insight into the passion and generosity shown by the Bayview Place development group run by Patricia and Kenneth W. Mariash Sr. and how they?ve taken their support for golf in the Victoria area to a new level. Already the sponsors of the Mackenzie Tour - PGA Tour

Canada Bayview Place Victoria Open, the Mariash?s have stepped up to lend a huge helping hand for the development of junior golf in the capital city region. Read about that here. We also have some very interesting articles that look at the findings of the R&A and USGA?s annual research on driving distance in golf (click here), a fascinating new ?intelligent?golf ball unveiled at the PGA Show in Orlando (click here), and the importance of being properly fitted for clubs including the too often overlooked but critical element, the club shaft (click here). All that and plenty more, including some very amusing and entertaining videos along with news on BC?s best players both in the amateur and professional ranks, can be found in this month?s edition of The Scorecard.


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Summer Games w i l l be h osted i n Wi nni peg, M ani toba f rom A ugust 9-12th f or th e sport of gol f .

The second of three Canada Games BC Team Selection Camps is coming up March 4th and 5th at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club. The 2017 Canada Summer Games BC Team Selection process includes a series of selection camps with the Final Team Selection to be done by a BC Golf Canada Games Selection Committee.

Par en t s an d player s sh ou ld con t act Debbie Pyne, M an agin g Dir ect or of Player Developm en t , or Elizabeth Dunn t o in qu ir e on an y f u n din g available f or at h let e t r avel f or cam ps & t r ain in g.

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Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f

2016 Year In Revi ew A s w e get ready to h ead i nto th e new gol f year f or 2017 and th e Bri ti sh Col umbi a Gol f A nnual BY PATRICK KELLY General FROMTHE M eeti ng i s to tak e pl ace M arch 5th , I am pl eased to h i gh l i gh t a number of notabl e BC Gol f accompl i sh ments ov er th e past year.


BC Golf Oper at ion s Our operational and financial picture is good. With our new, modernized office, all staff now enjoys working together in one shared space. I especially want to acknowledge the excellent work

The association is fully clear of debt and has a strong positive balance sheet.

done by the board finance committee, the property task team, and the staff in delivering outstanding results on our property situation. The association is fully clear of debt and has a strong positive balance sheet.

St r at egic Par t n er sh ips BC Golf has established a working partnership with Alberta Golf in which both associations are collaborating to support each other to achieve operational efficiencies and to build on each other ?s strengths. BC Golf Past Pr esiden t David At k in son has been elected to the Golf Canada board of directors. BC Golf is working closely with Golf Canada and the United States Golf Association in organizing the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


upcoming golf symposium to be held in Vancouver in March. The USGA symposium is featuring a BC Golf leadership panel with your President, Kr is Jon asson , an d dir ect or s M ich elle Collen s, Helen Ju n g, an d Jolly Dh aliw al. The USGA considers the BC Golf structure, diverse board composition, and our focus on results to be an excellent example of good, modern governance. British Columbia Golf is delighted with the progress made with its Allied Golf partners and particularly with the BC Government. We look forward to seeing many of the progressive initiatives discussed together coming to fruition as we go forward.

Golf er Accom plish m en t s Dou g Roxbu r gh played in his 50th consecutive BC Amateur. Nolan Th or ou gh good became the youngest winner in the history of the BC Amateur at age 15. The Pacific Northwest Golf Association named Jar ed du Toit and Naom i Ko as Players of the

Year. Sport BC announced three finalists, Jar ed du Toit , A J Ew ar t an d Naom i Ko for the 2016 Athlete of the Year award, decision to be announced in March. Three BC golfers ranked number one in Canada for 2016 in their categories ? Jared du Toit, Men; AJEwart, Jr. Boys; Mary Parsons, Jr. Girls. Naomi Ko ranked number two in Women?s. Naomi Ko was Canadian Girls Champion. Well done to all!

Am er icas M ast er s Gam es Vancouver hosted for the first time a very successful 25-sport competition event from August 26 to September 4, 2016. The three local Vancouver public golf courses, Fraserview, Langara and McCleery played host to a four-day golf medal competition. BC Golf Executive Director Kr is Jon asson won a Gold medal with his 12 year old granddaughter as his caddie. BC Golf looks forward to another successful year ahead. Fore! Patrick Kelly, President




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Top 10 At Pebbl e Gi ves Tay l or Som e Br eat h i n g Room When Abbot sf or d?s Nick Taylor won the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship in just his fourth start as a PGA TOUR regular, he earned more than just the $720,000 US top prize.

Click HERE For His Expan ded St at s St or y He must finish inside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list to retain his status on the PGA TOUR and his performance at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on California?s Monterey Peninsula will help him meet that goal. Taylor finished tied for 10th place at Pebble Beach, earning a paycheque of $172,800 and some valuable FedEx Cup points. He now stands 70th on the points list, giving him some breathing room.

Taylor was also awarded a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. In other words, he had that precious commodity of job security on the PGA TOUR. That exemption expires after the 2017 season, meaning Taylor is playing with Taylor ?s finish at Pebble Beach some extra pressure this year. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




was his third top-10 result in 73 PGA TOUR starts. You could make the argument that apart from his win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, it was Taylor ?s most impressive performance on the PGA TOUR. His only other top 10 came last March when he tied for fifth at the Puerto Rico Open. That tournament, like the Sanderson Farms, is an event that is played opposite a World Golf Championship event. That means the likes of Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day -- who all competed at Pebble Beach -were not in the field at Puerto Rico or Sanderson Farms. Taylor ?s Pebble Beach cheque moved him over the $2 million mark in career earnings on the PGA TOUR. Taylor and fellow Abbotsford resident Adam Hadw in , who

T39th at Pebble Beach, both made the cut (T55 & T34) in this week?s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Hadwin, who has had a solid start to 2017, currently stands 13th on the FedEx Cup points list. M R. SUNDAY: Vict or ia?s Jim Ru t ledge closed the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour with a seven-under 65. If that sounds familiar, it should. Rutledge has made a habit of going low on Sundays. Trouble is, those fabulous Sunday finishes often follow less than stellar starts to his week. That was the case at the Allianz Championship, where Rutledge opened with an 80 before firing a three-under 69 in Saturday?s CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


second round. He ended up tied for 62nd place and earned $2,538. Had he turned that opening round 80 into an even-par 72, Rutledge would have finished tied for 23rd and made more than $16,000. Rutledge?s 65 on Sunday came thanks to a sizzling 29, which included five birdies and an eagle, on the back nine at the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Fla. BUCHANAN REM EM BERED: Simon Fraser University has established the John Buchanan Golf Endowment in memory of the Clan?s longtime coach who died on Jan. 19 at age 77. The hope is the fund will provide one full-ride scholarship per year to a student golfer.

Buchanan spent 50 years at SFU, where he coached both the soccer and golf teams. In 2014 Buchanan received the Chancellor ?s award for his years of volunteer work with the golf teams at SFU. Each year, SFU will play host to the John Buchanan/SFU Golf Classic at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam. This year ?s event goes April 10. SLOW STARTS: It has not been a stellar start for British Columbians through the first four events of the Tour season. Su r r ey ?s Adam Sven sson an d Roger Sloan of M er r it t made their 1st cut in 4 tries at this week?s stop in Panama while Ju st in Sh in of M aple Ridge has made one of four cuts after missing out in Panama. Lan gley ?s Adam Cor n elson is 0-for-3 so far.




Patri ci a and K enneth W. M ari ash Sr., th e dev el opers beh i nd V i ctori a's Bayv i ew Pl ace h av e supported top-ti er pro gol f i n BC's capi tal ci ty f or more th an a decade. Now th ey are addi ng support f or th e amateur si de... and more. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE




It started in 2007 when Ken and Patty first became involved with the Mackenzie / PGA Tour Canada's Victoria Open. That relationship grew to the point, when in 2013, Bayview Place, their development along Victoria?s Inner Harbour, became one of the title sponsors of the long-running tournament. Then, last year, the couple started looking at how they could further impact golf in the Capital region... to continue growing the game and growing the golf community. At a press conference on February 10th, speaking on behalf of the Mariash?s who were unable to attend, Bayview Place pr oject m an ager Ch r is Reit er


Th ere i s no doubt K en M ari ash h as a passi on f or gol f . He carri es th ree sets of sti ck s i n h i s trunk and h as membersh i ps at more th an a dozen gol f cl ubs. A nd th at passi on h as crossed ov er i nto support of th e game as w el l .

THEBAYVIEWPLACEDEVELOPMENT SHOWNATBUILDOUT recalled Ken Mariash explaining their vision for supporting all aspects of golf. ?Ken didn?t believe that it was enough (just to sponsor the Victoria Open). The idea of the junior side came about about a year ago? that was when he set down the mission for us to get something for junior golf and then came the Performance Tour that would allow adults to compete as well." The result is a commitment of CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


$75,000 over three years to assist the various programs of the local Vikes Junior Golf Tour and also the newly formed Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour. A part of the local golf scene since 2008, the now THELITTLEVIKES named Bayview PROGRAMPROVIDESA Place Vikes Junior NATURALENTRYPOINTFOR Golf Tour was the KIDSAGES4-13 TOGET brainchild of Jim EXPOSEDTOGOLF. Goddar d, Dir ect or BAYVIEWPLACE'S of Golf at Cor dova SPONSORSHIPWILLMAKE Bay.


"I came to the AFFORDABLEAND realization after ACCESSIBLE being in Victoria for a while that these kids did not have anywhere to play programs designed to sequence competitively early in the year... the kids from just starting to and really throughout the year," competing on the tour? the said Goddard during an interview. "Little Vikes" and Youth The tour began as 13-14 events in partnership with the UVIC Department of Athletics and Men's and Women's Golf teams that filled the space between late February and early May. Seeing steady growth, three years ago they launched two new

Development Clinics. The Tour has become a almost a victim of it own success. "... three years into that and we are seeing so many 10, 11 and 12 year-olds we are almost overrun CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



with them," says Goddard with a smile. With its size and associated costs increasing, the timing for Bayview Place coming on board could not have been better. Their involvement has allowed the Tour to


expand to an approximately 20 tournament year long schedule. Rieter also spoke about the value of the association with the University of Victoria plus something new... a scholarship program. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

FromLeft ToRight: Paul Corns, ChrisRieter, Akari Hayashi, BobRussell, NolanThoroughgood JimGoddardand KevinCarrigan




"You can't overvalue the brand relationship with UVic. I can't tell you how important it is for parents looking to get their kids involved in sports to see that (Vikes) brand. It's a mutually beneficial relationship, especially now that there will be the Bayview Place scholarship fund that is going to be used to provide financial support to the graduates of our tour who intend to pursue studies at UVic." The Bayview Vikes Jr. Tour has proven to be a strong training ground for area golfers. Vik es Tou r r egu lar Nolan Th or ou gh good won the 2016 BC

Amateur championship at the tender age of 15 (making him the youngest winner ever) and when asked about the experience of playing on the Vikes Tour, replied that " has meant a lot. It (the experience) was priceless and... also affordable." Another Vikes Tour star, 14-year old Ak ar i Hayash i has played the Vikes' Tour since she was eight years-old and credits alumnus Naomi Ko (now the 138th ranked amateur in the world) and the culture of the tour for her success. "Naomi Ko mentored me and I want to do that for other girls," confirmed Akari. "The (Vikes) tour is more than just tournaments... it's a community of golfers." The other major initiative announced is one guaranteed to provide some buzz for the local golf scene.




K ei th Dagg, Di rector of th e Bayv i ew Pl ace DC Payments V i ctori a Open Gol f Soci ety



Bringing together the region's top professionals, amateurs and juniors, the newly established Bayview Place Vikes Performance Tour will see the elite from all three ranks tee it up head-to-head in two-day events.

Aside from continuing top flight competition, there is an added bonus. The top three players on the order of merit (one each from pro, amateur and junior) at the time of the Bayview Place DC Payments Open will receive sponsor 's exemptions into the field of the tournament to be held at Uplands GC (this year June 04-11). Some golfers may not be aware how important the Mariash's sponsorship has been to the Victoria Open. Keit h Dagg is t h e Dir ect or of t h e Bayview Place DC Paym en t s Vict or ia Open Golf Societ y, and puts their involvement in perspective. ?I was one of four people who

"I hope the Victoria community knows how lucky we are to have Ken & Patty living here and always giving back. After doing this for 36 years I sure do." founded the tournament in 1981? said Dagg , ?and if Ken and Patty Mariash had not stepped up as a co-title sponsor four years ago this tournament would have been over. And now they have added this wonderful sponsorship for three CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Th e Bayv i ew Pl ace V i k es Perf ormance Tour's Jef f Pal mer

more levels of local golf including kids. I hope the Victoria community know how lucky we are to have Ken & Patty living here and always giving back. After doing this for 36 years I sure do? When all is said and done, it may be the totality of what the Mariash?s are supporting that makes the big difference. It is conceivable that a four-year old could join the Little Vikes, graduate to the Bayview Place Vike Jr. Tour, win that Order of Merit and a scholarship to attend UVIC, then play on the Bayview Place Performance Tour and earn a spot in the Bayview Place DC Payments Open. One of the driving forces behind the Performance Tour, Jef f Palm er , GM at Ar dm or e GC, sums up where he, and likely everybody else associated, sees this headed. "... It's going to be a great thing and we think it will be recognized nationally as a progressive growth of golf movements."

"... it's going to be a great thing and we think it will be recognized nationally as a progressive growth of golf movements." To find out the Bayview Place Vike Performance Tour schedule so far and the link to sign up ...

Click HERE For Expan ded St or y For other information visit the following links The Bayview Place DC Payments Victoria Open Bayview Place Real Estate The Bayview Place Vikes Junior Tour






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18-t im e M ajor Ch am pion , Gar y Player and Boyzlife duo, Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy for Cart-pool Karaoke at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

Watch as Ryder Cuppers Chris Wood and David Howell, South African, Thomas Aiken; the Ladies European Tour ?s Caroline Martens and Beth Allen amongst others join

Abu Dhabi?s second hosting of the Gary Player Invitational on February 6, was held in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and raised funds for UAE-based Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs.





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Th e RBC Canadi an Open h as l aunch ed a new V I P corporate h ospi tal i ty of f eri ng f or th i s year?s ch ampi onsh i p, w h i ch runs Jul y 24-30, 2017 at Gl en A b bey Gol f Cl ub i n Oak v i l l e, Ont. The Courtyard Cabanas, located between No. 16 and 17 fairways and adjacent to the new Courtyard Games

area, are all-inclusive private cabanas featuring alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as full lunch and afternoon hors d?oeuvres. The Courtyard Cabanas offer a private, Vegas-style venue featuring a sheltered interior with plush seating and outdoor patios. Available on a per day or weekly basis, hospitality buyers must pre-book Courtyard Cabanas, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


which includes 10 tickets per day, preferred parking, as well as wait staff for food and beverage delivery. ?The Courtyard Cabanas feature VIP amenities and are paired with views of some of the most exciting golf Glen Abbey has to offer,? said Dave Kay, Director of Business Development for Golf Canada and the RBC Canadian Open. Courtyard Cabana attendees can also enjoy friendly rivalry at the new Courtyard Games area, where guests can challenge each other to cottage-style games such as Giant Jenga, Bean Bag Toss, Washers and more.

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NUMBERS Resear ch On Dr i vi n g Di st an ce In Gol f Publ i sh ed The R&A and USGA have published their second annual review of driving distance. It examines driving distance data from seven of the major professional golf tours. Data from studies of

male and female amateur golfers has also been included for the first time.

A k ey f act noted i n th e paper states th at betw een 2003 and th e end of 2016, av erage dri v i ng di stance on f i v e of th e sev en tours h as i ncreased by approx i matel y 1.2%, around 0.2 yards per year w h i l e on th e oth er tw o tour i t actual l y f el l . Click HERE For Fu ll St or y



COURTESY the European Tour

FTF Vi deo: Th e Eur opean Tour Br i n gs Us ?Th e Aw k w ar d Repor t er ? Th e European Tour h as been great ov er th e years putti ng togeth er some v ery entertai ni ng v i deos. Showcasing their willingness to have a good time and



enjoy themselves while promoting the game at the same time. In this latest installment they?ve ambushed some top pros with a fake interviewer being prodded on by other ?behind the scenes?players who are in on the ruse.



PGATOUR Si x Can adi an s Qual i f y For PGA Tour Lat i on am ér i ca St at us In 2017

ClockwiseFromTopLeft: DevinCarrey, DavidRose,PatrickWilliams,Matt Hill, Russell Budd&AllyTidcombeHaveAll EarnedStatusOnThePGATOUR LationaméricaCircuit For 2017

PGA Tour Latinoamérica by way of Q-school. The Canucks were led by Nova Scotia?s Ally The final two of four PGA Tour Tidcombe, who finished 4th in Latinoamérica Qualifying Argentina & Devin Carrey of Tournaments came to a close Burnaby, B.C., whose 7th in in Argentina and Colombia on Mexico gives him status for Jan. 27th, with three more the first half of 2017. Canadians earning status in Click HERE For 2017. In total, six Canadians Fu ll St or y have earned status on the



TOUR Gol f Gr eat s To Host 2017 Ar n ol d Pal m er In vi t at i on al Pr esen t ed By Mast er car d Four of golf ?s most recognizable players will help lead Arnold Palmer ?s namesake tournament in 2017.

Pet er Jacobsen , Gr aem e M cDow ell, An n ik a Sรถr en st am , an d Cu r t is St r an ge will join former Secretary of Homeland Security and family friend Tom Ridge to host the 39th Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, taking place in Orlando March 16-19.

"Arnold was a force of nature, on and off the course, we can?t fill his shoes but we can carry on his passion for Graeme helping others." McDowell Click HERE For Fu ll St or y




Du Toi t , Ko An d Ew ar t Ch osen As Fi n al i st s For Spor t BC AOY Aw ar ds

Th ree out of f our gol f ers nomi nated by Bri ti sh Col umbi a Gol f f or a Sport BC A th l ete of th e Year A w ard h av e b een ch osen as f i nal i sts f or th ei r parti cul ar category. Jared du Toit of Kimberley is a finalist for the Male Senior AOY, with Victoria?s Namoi Ko as Female Senior Athlete and

Coquitlam?s A.J. Ewart in the Male Junior Athlete categories also being acknowledged as finalists with the winners to be announced March 8th at the annual Sport BC AOY awards dinner. Also nominated by British Columbia Golf but narrowly missing out being selected as a finalist, despite winning the

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Shallon Olsen from Surrey in BC Junior Girls Championship, Gymnastics and Maggie Coles-Lyster of Maple Ridge putting up four victories in total among 9 top 10 finishes for Cycling. and being the number one The Athlete of the Year ranked junior female golfer in Awards, founded by Sport BC, Canada, was Delta?s Mary is the longest standing Parsons in the Female Junior amateur sport recognition Athlete category. event in the country. Awards The 3 finalists in her category in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, are Nian Schultz from New coaches, and officials on their Westminster in Athletics, performance and contribution to Finalists in the categories which sport in the nominees by British Columbia Golf province of British will be competing: Columbia. The Male Junior At hlet e of t he Year awards play a Finn Iles (Whist ler) ? Cycling valuable role in Benjam in Sigouin (Vancouver) ? Tennis nurturing athletic A J Ewart (Coquit lam ) ? Golf success while Fem ale Senior At hlet e of t he Year recognizing Hilary Caldwell (Vict oria) ? Swim m ing extraordinary Pricilla West lake (Delt a) ? Lawn Bowling accomplishments Naom i Ko (Vict oria) ? Golf in BC. Male Senior At hlet e of t he Year Scot t Morgan (Vancouver) ? Gym nast ics Jared du Toit (Kim berley) ? Golf Evan Dunfee (Richm ond) ? At hlet ics

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Per f or m an ce Cl ub Fi t t i n g

Th i s M arch Royal Col w ood's Jason Gi esb rech t w i l l partner w i th f el l ow PGA of Canada prof essi onal and Gol f Lab f ounder, Li am M uck l ow , to present on th e topi c of Perf ormance Cl ub Fi tti ng at th e PGA of A l b erta Spri ng Educati on Semi nar. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



GOLFLABCO-FOUNDERLIAMMUCKLOW I n h i s ow n w ords Jason ex pl ai ns h ow h e and Li am w i l l be sh ari ng some of th e meth ods th ey use to h el p members, students, and customers sh oot th e l ow est scores possi bl e. What we know conclusively from PGA TOUR Shotlink statistics (based on millions of shots from PGA TOUR Players) is the closer

you get to the hole, the easier it is to score. This starts with performance on tee shots and then approach shots. Performance Club Fitting is rooted in a scientific approach to determine a golfer's optimum equipment set up. A scientific approach is simply a method of inquiry based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


specific principles of reasoning. Aided by the use of launch monitor technology such as TrackMan or Foresight, two of the protocols we use in our driver fittings are processes called SpeedSet and WeightSet.

Th ere i s a common mi sunderstandi ng i n th e gol f communi ty th at a l i gh ter sh af t eq uates to greater cl ub speed. Th i s, i n our ex peri ence, i s sel dom th e case. We know shaft weight has a profound impact on a golfer?s ability to generate club head

speed. In the WeightSet protocol we are measuring how to maximize Club Head Speed based on shaft weight. For the WeightSet protocol we ask golfers to hit 5 drivers with 5 different shaft weights (usually ranging from 40 ? 80 grams) and measure their average club head speed for the 5 shaft weights (using the same driver head). There is a common misunderstanding in the golf community that a lighter shaft CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


equates to greater club speed. This, in our experience, is seldom the case. Once we have determined the shaft weight which creates the most club head speed we go to our second protocol, SpeedSet. In SpeedSet protocol again we ask golfers to hit 5 shots each with 5 shafts ranging from 43 inches to 47 inches to measure the effect shaft length has on average Ball Speed (again with same driver head).

As Ball Speed is an outcome of club head speed and centeredness of strike we can determine the shaft length which optimizes a player?s ball speed. While other factors need still be addressed in a fitting, by employing an evidence-based approach to measuring optimum shaft length and weight, we are well on our way to making a performance-based recommendation which gets our golfer the additional yardage they are looking for. About the author: Jason Giesbrecht Director of Golf at Royal Colwood Golf Club .

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"Jack " Th e Th r ee- Par t Def i n i t i ve Fi l m On Jack Ni ck l aus, Pr em i er s Sun day Ni gh t Fol l ow i n g Th e Mast er s Live From the Masters. Presented by Nationwide, it will feature limited commercial interruption.

The product of nearly 100 Gol f Ch annel interviews and hundreds of announced i ts nex t hours of archived film blends Gol f Fi l ms proj ect, recollections from Nicklaus, " Jack " , on record as well as his playing 18-ti me maj or competitors, family members, sports legends, business ch ampi on and Worl d partners, and childhood Gol f Hal l of Fame member Jack Ni ck l aus friends, along with golf and sports media. Also included The three-part biopic will play are signature moments from over three consecutive nights a storied career. in prime time, beginning Click HERE For Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 9:00 Fu ll St or y p.m. ET following Golf Central

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Vi ct or i a?s Naom i Ko Wi n s Fi r st NCAA Even t

ReigningCanadian JuniorGirls ChampionNaomi KoOfVictoria,BC WonHerFirst Event OnThe NCAACollegiate Circuit In PuertoRico Ko, a sophomore at N.C. State, closed the 54-hole event at the Rio Mar Country Club with a score of 1-under par (74-71-70) to enter a five-way tie for first. The Royal Colwood GC member went on to capture medallist honours by way of a scorecard playoff. Click HERE For Fu ll St or y

Team Canada?s Naomi K o of V i ctori a, BC, h ad a day to rememb er on Tuesday, h oi sti ng h er f i rst col l egi ate troph y af ter a pl ayof f v i ctory at th e Lady Puerto Ri co Cl assi c.



INNOVATION Coach Labs Un vei l s Gen er at i on In t el l i gen ce Bal l Coach Labs, manuf acturers of DuoTrac Gol f , th e w orl d?s f i rst compl ete sw i ng and h i p sw ay anal yzer, unv ei l ed w h at cal l th e w orl d?s f i rst true i ntel l i gent b al l at th e 2017 PGA M erch andi se Sh ow i n Orl ando. Officially named ?Gen i1? for ?Generation Intelligence,? Phase 1 of the ball's roll out will see it being used to connect to an App to display ball speed, back spin, launch

angle, carry distance and smash factor within seconds. A short game feature will also allow players to see initial direction, path, peak height and ball speed. It will also provide detailed information on the putter face at impact as well as general stroke data. ?At Coach Labs, we are continuing to push the envelope with multi-sensor technology,? said Jason Koo, CEO & Founder of DuoTrac. Click HERE For Fu ll St or y



MEMORIAM Rem em ber i n g An d Hon our i n g Coach Joh n Buch an an Obi tuary and Uni v ersi ty A nnouncement (includes the details for the Celebration of Life)

Joh n Buch anan - I n M emori am Page

Celebration of Life Friday March 3, 1pm-3pm The Vancouver Golf Club M ORE I NFO

Chance for people to write a few words or share stories about coach Buchanan. M ORE I NFO

SFU Gol f Team - M essage to Coach Buch anan Cl i ck i mage ri gh t to see v i deo created b y th e current SFU Gol f Team to remember Coach .




FRINGE Tak e Th e Cl ub Ch uck Ch al l en ge Wi t h Next gen gol f

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How far do you think you could throw a club? The guys at Nextgengolf have set the bar high... one guy in the video moves it out there 70 yards! To learn more about Nextgengolf, check h er e.




2017 Pr ovi n ci al Ch am pi on sh i p Sch edul e

Women's Seni or, Super-Seni or and Net-Stabl ef ord Ch ampi onsh i p Su n sh in e Coast Golf & Cou n t r y Clu b at Rober t s Cr eek - Practice Round June 19, Competition June 20-22 - Senior ? age 50 and older as of first day of National championship - Super-Senior? age 60 and older as of first day of National championship - Players will compete in all events in which they are age eligible - 54-hole stroke play - Stableford Championship 3 flights based on handicap factor ? Net Stableford - More Information

Women?s A mateur Ch ampi onsh i p Ver n on Golf Clu b - Practice Round June 26, Competitive Rounds June 27 - 30 - Maximum factor 18.0 - 72-hole stroke play; cut after 36 holes - More information


Women's & M en's M i d-A mateur/ M i d-M aster Ch ampi onsh i ps Kok an ee Spr in gs Golf Cou r se, Cr aw f or d Bay - Practice Round July 3, Competitive Rounds July 4 - 6 - Mid-Amateur ? age 25 and older as of first day of National championship - Mid-Master ? age 40 and older as of first day of National championship) - Players will compete in all events in which they are age eligible - Maximum factor 18.0 women; 9.0 men - 54-hole stroke play - More information women's championship; More information men's championship

Juni or Gi rl s? Ch ampi onsh i p Th e Ok an agan Clu b, Kelow n a - Practice Round July 3; Competitive Rounds July 4 - 7 - Females age 18 and younger as of August 1st - Maximum factor 22.0 - 72-hole stroke play; cut after 54 holes - More Information


Juni or Boys' Ch ampi onsh i p Squ am ish Valley Golf Clu b, - Practice Round July 3; Competitive Rounds July 4 - 7 - Males age 18 and younger as of August 1st - Players must qualify through their zone, be previously exempt - 72-hole stroke play; cut after 36 holes - More information

115th BC A mateur Ch ampi onsh i p M or gan Cr eek Golf Cou r se, Su r r ey - Supplemental Qualifier ? Northview - Canal Course, Surrey July 16 - Championship Practice Round July 17; Competitive Rounds July 18 - 21 - No Gender or age restriction - Players must qualify through their zone, be previously exempt or play in the Supplemental Qualifier. - 72-hole stroke play; cut after 36 holes - Supplemental Qualifier more information; Championship more information


M en?s Seni or/ Super Seni or Ch ampi onsh i ps M yr t le Poin t Golf Clu b, Pow ell River - Practice Round July 24; Competitive Rounds July 25-27 - Senior ? age 55 and older as of first day of National Championship - Super Senior ? age 65 and older as of first day of National Championship - Players will compete in all events in which they are age eligible - Maximum factor 18.0 - 54-hole stroke play - More information

Juv eni l e Ch ampi onsh i ps ? Boys' & Gi rl s' Gr an it e Poin t e Golf Clu b, Nelson - Practice Round August 15; Competitive Rounds August 16 - 18 - Age 16 and younger as of August 1st - Maximum factor 22.0 - 54-hole stroke play; with cut after 36 holes - More information


Bantam & Nov i ce Ch ampi onsh i ps ? Boys' & Gi rl s' Ch r ist in a Lak e Golf Clu b, Ch r ist in a Lak e - Practice Round August 20; Competitive Rounds August 21 - 22 - Age 14 and younger as of August 1st - 36-hole stroke play - Novice Championships for players with higher handicap factors ? net Stableford scoring - More information

BC Hi gh sch ool Ch ampi onsh i ps - A & AA - Cast legar Golf Clu b, Cast legar - AAA - Ledgeview Golf Cou r se, Abbot sf or d - Practice Rounds June 5; Competitive Rounds June 6 - 7 - A Championhip more information - AA Championship more infomration - AAA Championship more information

Bri ti sh Col umbi a Gol f Tournament Pol i ci es Cl ub/ Z one and oth er associ ated ev ents Played in ou r even t s in t h e past ? Log in t o you r Blu egolf Accou n t t o m an age you r pr of ile an d r egist er f or even t s. Regist r at ion Open s M ar ch 1st . CHAM PIONSHIPS SUPPORTED BY BRITISH COLUM BIA GOLF




Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f Si gn s A ?Decl ar at i on Of Com m i t m en t ? To Er ase Bul l y i n g In Spor t ; You Can Too!

Bullying is unwelcome or aggressive behaviour that involves a real or perceived power imbalance and can take many forms including physical, verbal, emotional or other types of intimidating or humiliating behaviours. The behaviour is often repeated and can occur on or away from the playing field, court or arena.

British Columbia Golf signed the Declaration of Commitment to erase bullying in sport. Find out how you and your organization can take part as well by v i si ti ng th e v i aSport w ebsi te HERE and the Government of B.C. recognize that all those involved in

sport ? participants, athletes, coaches, parents, caregivers, officials, organizations, partners, volunteers, and others ? can play a role in this great cause. Click on the link to download the Declaration of Commitment from the viaSport website. Please use this Declaration of Commitment to help strengthen the work that your organization is doing to address bullying in sport and encourage members of your organization to take the pledge to #ERASEBu llyin g in Sport at w w w.viaspor t .ca/ er asebu llyin g.

Th e v i aSport #ERA SEBul l yi ng campai gn i nv i tes organi zati ons and i ndi v i dual s to TA K E THE PLEDGE TODA Y TO #ERA SEBULLYI NG I N SPORT

British Columbia Golf - The Scorecard Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 2  
British Columbia Golf - The Scorecard Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 2