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Inside This Issue
Tennis Executive Laurence Applebaum Named New Chief Executive Officer Of Golf Canada
Women's Golf Day Is June 6, 2017 Around The World
Tyler McKay Announced As New Manager, Golf Participation For British Columbia Golf
Video: BC's Jackie Little Goes Into PNGA Hall of Fame
Parsons Prevails In Playoff To Defend Her Future Links Pacific Championship
Kelowna's Richdale: Proof That The Dream Never Dies
Honouring 125 Years Of Women?s Golf In British Columbia
Abbotsford's Taylor Ups His Play In The Nick Of Time
The R&A And USGA Work With Handicap Authorities To Develop A Single World Handicap System
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GM Brings New Focus to the Fernie Golf & Country Club
Victoria?s ?Seasoned Veteran?13-Year Old Jeevan Sihota Wins Future Links Pacific Tourney
SFU?s Chris Crisologo Named GNAC Player Of The Year
Leung Named GNAC Player Of Year, Rampuri Top Freshman
Video: Guinness World Record For Fastest Hole Of Golf Played
Victoria Teens Walk Their Way Into Full-Ride Scholarships
Help Fill A Dream Returns As Official Charity Partner Of 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Crisologo & Diack To Represent British Columbia In 90th Mexican Amateur
Defending Champion British Columbia Golf Announces North Pacific Junior Ladies Team
The Parting Shot
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Cel ebr at e Can ada's 150t h Bi r t h day ! Hav e A Bal l For Canada?s 150th Bi rth day Cel ebrati on - Get Out A nd Pl ay As Canada gets set to celebrate its 150th Birthday, golf associations across the country are joining in the festivities inviting golfers of all ages, abilities and involvement levels to help celebrate the country?s 150th by taking part in virtually any activity related to golf. Help British Columbia Golf reach its goal of having 150,000 Br it ish Colu m bian s t ak in g par t in 1.5 m illion golf act ivit ies in 150 days!
Alr eady a m em ber of Br it ish Colu m bia Golf / Golf Can ada? You ar e au t om at ically r egist er ed, r ecor d act ivit ies t h r ou gh t h e Golf Can ada Scor e Cen t r e.
There is no cost to register and participants can easily be taken through the simple process by going to the Register link HERE.
BY BRYAN OUTRAM
EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue Th i s year represents a si gni f i cant year f or Canada as 2017 i s th i s country?s 150th Bi rth day... A n ev ent th at's b ei ng cel eb rated i n gol f across th e l and w i th sev eral ?Get out and Pl ay?acti v i ti es tak i ng pl ace. Coincidentally, it also marks the 125t h an n iver sar y of Wom en?s Golf In Br it ish Colu m bia. The BC Golf M u seu m is recognizing this milestone with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new exhibit honouring women?s golf in this province on June 8th. You can read about it on page 29 - 125 Years Of Women?s Golf In BC.
We also have coverage of recent successes by BC?s women golfers including a story by Brad Ziemer on Kelowna?s Sam an t h a Rich dale found on page 22. We have a video of BC?s Jack ie Lit t le being interviewed as she accepts her entry into the PNGA Golf Hall of Fame (page 18), the recap of Canada?s number one ranked junior female golfer, Delta?s M ar y Par son s, who successfully defended her Future Links Pacific Championship at Chilliwack GC (page 19) and the announcement of BC?s team for the Nor t h Pacif ic Ju n ior Ladies Team M at ch es competition (page 48) in which they too are the defending champions. We also have news on Wom en?s Golf Day ar ou n d t h e w or ld (page 12), Golf Can ada?s n ew CEO (page 10) and much more in this month?s edition of The Scorecard.
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Ten n i s Execut i ve Laur en ce Appl ebaum Nam ed New Ch i ef Execut i ve Of f i cer Of Gol f Can ada executive vice president of the Florida-based Women?s Tennis Association, was introduced as Golf Canada?s new boss at a news conference May 16th in Oakville, Ont.
Golf Canada'sNewest CEO IsLaurenceApplebaum. HeHas20YearsOfSports BusinessExperience Gol f Canada h as reach ed i nto th e w orl d of w omen?s tenni s to f i nd i ts new ch i ef ex ecuti v e of f i cer. Laurence Applebaum, who has spent the past five years as
He succeeds Scott Simmons, who resigned in November after leading Golf Canada for 10 years. Applebaum will begin his new duties on July 10. ?I could not be more excited or honoured to take on this role,? Applebaum said. ?A position like this is really rare and it?s rare because it touches participation, it touches membership, it touches the professional game and big sports events.? A native of Toronto, Applebaum has more than 20 years of sports business experience. Prior to joining the WTA, he served as the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Toronto-based president of Salomon Canada from 2006-2011. He also worked in a number of roles for Wilson Sports and the brands of its parent company, Amer Sports, including Atomic, Suunto and Precor. Applebaum also spent two years as sales and marketing manager with Nike Golf Canada from 1997-1999. He said strengthening Golf Canada?s two national championships -- the RBC Canadian Open and the
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Canadian Pacific Women?s Open -- is his top priority. ?That really is such an opportunity for us to drive the organization forward and to also help fund some of our development initiatives,? he said. Applebaum said he wants to turn the two events into what he called 'big sporting events.' ?We are really going to evolve these into next-level championships,? he said. ?A phenomenal job has been done by the staff to be on that level and we are going to continue to drive that forward. ?I think in Canada there are so many competitive sporting environments for fans to choose from and our goal is to engage the fans and make the championships must-attend events.? Click HERE For Fu ll St or y
THEGAME Wom en 's Gol f Day Is Jun e 6, 2017 Ar oun d Th e Wor l d Women?s Golf Day is a one day event taking place on the 'Same Day Everywhere Around the World' June 6, 2017, celebrating girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. It's a collaborative effort by a dedicated team, golf management companies, retailers and organizations all working together to engage, empower and support girls and women through golf. The four hour experience allows a simple and accessible platform to build a foundation and creates a network to support the continuation of golf no matter what skill level
or interest. REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE You have the choice of participating at a golf course or a retail location near you. Here are the formats for the day for each location. GOLF COURSE FORMAT Tw o Hou r s of Golf in g Lesson s or 9 Hole Play (Su ggest ed Tim e: 4-6pm ) Participants have the option of: 2 hours of lessons ? One hour on the driving range and One hour chipping and putting or 2 hours of play - A 9-hole scramble or play their own ball CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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as long as the round can be completed in two hours
RETAIL FORMAT Fou r Hou r Exper ien ce (Su ggest ed Tim e: 4-8pm )
Tw o Hou r s of Socializin g (Su ggest ed Tim e: 6-8pm )
Up to four hours of basic
Socializing, networking and distribution of information regarding lessons, league play, ways to get involved in golf. In some locations there will be speakers, women?s golf teams from the closest university or high school, corporate networking groups etc.
instruction and lessons and socializing. Women and girls will rotate and try driving in the simulators or driving range and chipping and putting on the putting greens. Review basics like holding the club and set up position. Have a putting contest and a driving contest.
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TEAM BEHIND THE EVENT
and execute this global event. Read more about the Wom en's Golf Day Team .
A team of dedicated veteran golf industry professionals have come together to create
Practically every location that offers golf or golf-related products and
services can host an event on Women's Golf Day. Here are some examples of businesses that have hosted Women's Golf day events in the past: -
Public Golf Courses Semi Public Golf Courses Private Golf Courses Country Clubs Golf Stores Driving Ranges Mini Golf/Putt Putt View Par t icipat in g Locat ion s f or 2017
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Ty l er McKay An n oun ced As New Man ager , Gol f Par t i ci pat i on For Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f
British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce the addition of Tyler McKay to their staff as the new Manager, Golf Participation for BC Golf. Tyler will be responsible for managing current 'grow the game' initiatives within British Columbia Golf such as Future Links, Playground 2 Fairway (P2F), SOAR and Golf In Schools and will also be working with the Allied Golf Association to promote all grow the game initiatives. "I am very excited about the opportunities and challenges that will come with BC Golf. I think we have a great chance
to really grow the game in BC and I can't wait to start doing so,? said McKay. McKay is a recent graduate of Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri, with a degree in Business Administration and hails from Trail, BC and has been involved in golf from a very early age. British Columbia Golf Executive Director Kris Jonasson welcomed McKay to the organization, saying, ?Tyler will be a great addition to the administration of golf in British Columbia. His academic accomplishments make him well suited to fulfill the position and coupled with youthful passion we have no doubt he will be successful.?
Her accompl i sh ments on th e gol f course are not commensurate w i th h er l ast name by any stretch . Jackie Little has a very big list of titles to mark her stellar
amateur career and that fact was honoured recently with her induction to the PNGA Hall of Fame. Watch the video below to see Jackie's entry and accompanying interview on the night of her induction.
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Vi deo: BC's Jack i e Li t t l e Goes In t o PNGA Hal l of Fam e
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Par son s Pr evai l s In Pl ay of f To Def en d Her Fut ur e Li n k s Paci f i c Ch am pi on sh i p M ary Parsons i s l earni ng th at th ere i s more th an one w ay to w i n a gol f tournament. Some are def i ni tel y tough er MaryParsonsSuccessfullyDefended Her FutureLinksPacificChampionship th an oth ers. Last spring, Parsons went wire-to-wire to cruise to her win at the Future Links Pacific Championship at Th e Du n es in Kam loops. Her title defence at Ch illiw ack Golf & Cou n t r y Clu b was a little more difficult. Actually, a lot
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to make it back-to-back wins at the Future Links Pacific tourney. ?It was a little stressful out there knowing Euna is a solid player and I had to go low because I couldn?t count on her shooting high,? Parsons said. Parsons did go low -carding a five-under 67 to finish the 54-hole tournament tied with Han at five-under par. ?I had opportunities and I just had to take them,? Parsons said. Parsons, a Grade 12 student at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, won it on the second hole of the playoff when she got it up and down from the left fringe for par. Han?s approach shot into the green on the second playoff hole caught a branch and she couldn?t get up and down from 55 yards. Parsons still had to drain a
six-foot putt for par to secure the win. ?I was lucky to get up and down for par on this hole each day,? she said. ?I wasn?t overly confident standing over that putt. I just put a good stroke on it and trusted my line.? Han, who is only 14 and attends Gleneagle Secondary, was disappointed she couldn?t close out the tournament. ?it was a good week, but things just didn?t go well today and I can?t really do anything about it,? she said. ?I didn?t hit many greens, so I didn?t have many birdie chances. I will learn from this and come back.? Ph oebe Yu e of West Vancouver was two shots back in a tie for 3rd with Su san Xiao of Surrey at 3-under par, thanks to a course record 7-under 65 on Sunday that included two eagles. Click HERE For Fu ll St or y
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Kelowna'sSamanthaRichdaleContinuesToSwingTowardHer DreamOf PlayingRegularlyOnTheLPGATour It is great that Richdale has played so well on the Symetra Tour, where she has won four times. But the down side is that she has spent more time there than she?d hoped. She has now played 243 Symetra tour events. Richdale was surprised to learn she now topped the career money list. ?You know, that is not really a stat that I look at,? she said in an interview at Longbow with
British Columbia Golf. ?I have been out here for a number of years, but I am also proud to be out here. This is a great tour and the competition is getting better and better. ?I still think a win out here is very good success so I am proud of that and proud that I have four wins out here. I haven?t really looked at that career earnings list, but this is a great professional golf tour. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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If I am successful out here, then I'm happy.?
management has gotten better. It comes down to basically better managing the small things.?
Mind you, Richdale would be Richdale, a former B.C. happier if she Women?s could find a ?Th er e h ave been a l ot Amateur permanent of r eal l y gr eat t i m es champion who home on the an d gr eat exper i en ces, graduated from LPGA Tour. She?s had full som e t ough t i m es, but Illinois State University in or partial over al l I h ave got t o 2006 with a status there m eet a l ar ge am oun t of chemistry in 2016, 2012, r eal l y gr eat peopl e.? degree, said 2011, 2010 she still loves and 2009, but the vagabond lifestyle of a hasn?t been able to stick. Despite losing her card at the touring pro. ?There have been end of last year, Richdale did a lot of really great times and post a career best LPGA finish great experiences, some when she tied for 14th at the tough times, but overall I have got to meet a large amount of ShopRite LPGA Classic last really great people,? she says. June. ?I've got to travel to a lot of She believes she has the game really cool places.? to play full-time on the LPGA Richdale hasn?t quite ticked off Tour. ?I think overall, I have continued to improve over the all of the 50 states. But other than Alaska, she figures she's years,? she says. ?My swing has gotten better, my course played or driven through most CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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of the others.
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The purses on the Symetra Tour are not huge, ranging
have kind of like little families here and there that I can stay with really means a lot because I don?t have any
SamanthaRichdaleAndHer CaddyEyeTheSceneInTheCPCanadian Women'sOpenAt Vancouver Golf ClubIn2015 between $100,000 and $200,000. To save money many players stay each week with billets on the road. ?I've made some really great friends that way and for me being from Canada and to
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over the years. Richdale says it?s now a much deeper tour and the gap between it and the LPGA Tour is not as wide as it once was.
in making it a lot more like what you find out on the LPGA tour. It has definitely improved for the better.?
The top 10 on the money list at season?s end earn full exemptions on the 2018 LPGA ?It has improved a ton,? she says. ?We have so many more Tour. Through her first four tournaments, our purses are events this year, Richdale stood 17th. She turned 33 this bigger, we play a lot of really month and realizes the clock great golf courses. The tour has done a great job with that, is ticking on her pro career. She acknowledges having moments where she has ?We h ave so m an y contemplated doing m or e t our n am en t s, something else with her life, our pur ses ar e bi gger , but she is not ready to give w e pl ay a l ot of r eal l y up.
gr eat gol f cour ses. Th e t our h as don e a gr eat job w i t h t h at , i n m ak i n g i t a l ot m or e l i k e w h at y ou f i n d out on t h e LPGA t our . It h as def i n i t el y i m pr oved f or t h e bet t er .?
?Sure, there is always a decision as to if you want to do something else,? she says. ?But I always felt that I haven?t yet played to my potential and I am stubborn, so until I get there I think I will probably keep trying and trying.?
Hon our i n g 125 Year s Of Wom en 's Gol f In BC
On June 8th , at a speci al ri b bon-cutti ng ceremony, th e BC Gol f M useum w i l l unv ei l i ts l atest ex h i b i t h onouri ng 125 years of Women's Gol f I n Bri ti sh Col umbi a. It's something that museum curator Mike Riste (shown above) has been putting
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point for women's golf in the province. As one of golf 's premiere historians, Riste explained it this way: ?In 1893 - and this is all documented in their history books - the Victoria Golf Club was formed, on November 10, 1893. Harvey Combe had gone to England to visit the family brewery business and while there he played golf. When he came back to Victoria he decided to build a golf course.
PicturedLeft BehindACollectionOf TrophiesFor Women'sCompetition InBCIsNoraCombe,TheDaughter OfVictoriaGolf ClubFounder HarveyCombe. NoraWonSeveral TitlesIncludingTheVictoriaCity ChampionshipIn1920,22&25. Interestingly, he encouraged his wife and his daughter, who were tennis players, to play golf right away." Riste is also quick to point out, that on the east coast it likely would have become a men?s club, but not in British Columbia where at every club that was formed, women played. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Women's participation from the very start is further confirmed by the fact that the most common form of competition at that time was actually mixed competitions, two-ball alternate shot... a form of play very common throughout the early history of golf. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
Top: Golf AttireFor WomenAt TheTurn OfThe19thCentury- BottomLeft: The First ChampionshipTrophyFor WomenIn BCWasThisPerfumeBottle. NoteThe DateWas1897- BottomRight: APair Of Golf CleatsSeenOnTheRight Which WouldBeStrappedOver TheLadies' Regular BootsOrShoes.
can?t just build an exhibit, you have to have a focus, so they chose three main subjects? fashion, equipment and advertising. And with a visit to the Golf Museum located on the eastern end of University Golf Club, you'll find fascinating displays from each of these elements spanning the different eras as they've been identified essentially for the exhibit into pre-1930,
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Another interesting fact about golf at that time also is that it was a winter game, it was not a summer game. They played their tennis in the summer and golf started October 1st and ended at Easter and that lasted until the First World War. As Riste pointed out also you
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For playing ability names such as Marilyn Palmer and Gail Moore in the 70?s and 80?s and Dawn Coe in the 80?s and 90?s along with Lisa Walters and Gail Graham. Over the last 20 years although there may not have been a real face of women?s golf in BC at the pro level, the quality of young women golfers in junior being recruited for scholarships to top programs south of the border certainly bodes well for the future. As Riste summed it up,
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was Violet Pooley Sweeny. Following the second war probably the most influential woman was Margaret Todd, (above) a good player who also was very involved in administration.
"Golf in British Columbia has from day one been for everybody. It?s not been selective. For people to know what?s happening or what used to happen, well, that?s the BC Golf Museum?s job, to make sure we don?t forget and this new exhibit helps to do just that."
Abbot sf or d's Tay l or Ups Hi s PGATOUR Pl ay In Th e Ni ck Of Ti m e IMAGE COURTESY OF SKYSPORT
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Don't LookNow,But NickTaylor IsMovin' OnUpInTheFedEXCupPointsRace V ery q ui etl y, w h i ch i s k i nd of h i s styl e, Ni ck Tayl or i s putti ng togeth er a sol i d year on th e PGA TOUR. Recently at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, the Abbotsford native finally got the top-10 result that he felt he should have had at both the Valero Texas Open and the RBC Heritage tourneys in April.
Taylor closed with a one-under 71 at the Wells Fargo, birdieing the 72nd hole to finish inside the top 10 in a tie for eighth place. ?The last month I have played really well,? Taylor told British Columbia Golf in a telephone interview. ?The whole year I have felt like I've been hitting it well. I just kind of felt like I CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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haven?t been scoring great.? That had been especially true on weekends. At both the Texas Open and RBC Heritage tourneys, Taylor was in position to register a top-10 or even contend for a win heading into Sunday. But he instead faded and had to settle for a tie for 22nd in both events. ?I've been giving myself chances to win and all three of my last individual events could have been top 10s quite easily,? Taylor said. ?So it has been going really well. It has been consistent, which is nice.? Taylor ?s solid play of late has moved him up to 80th on the FedEx Cup points list and given him some breathing room. He must stay inside the top 125 to retain his exempt status for next year. Taylor admits it has felt a little different playing this year
without the security of an exemption in his back pocket. After winning early in his rookie year in the fall of 2014, Taylor earned exempt status through the end of this season. This year, he has no such luxury. ?It has definitely been on my mind knowing I had to play well or I am not going to be out here next year or I have to go back to Web.com Finals or whatever. But I also feel like my game is better than it ever has been so I am more confident that way. I had a decent fall so I wasn?t in any sort of panic mode. I am making a lot of cuts. I?m giving myself chances on the weekend and I haven?t quite got the results I?ve been looking for, but I am trending in the right direction the last four weeks.?
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Th e R&A An d USGA Wor k Wi t h Han di cap Aut h or i t i es To Devel op A Si n gl e Wor l d Han di cap Sy st em
Far Hi l l s, USA and St. A ndrew s, Scotl and Th e USGA and Th e R&A are w ork i ng w i th gol f ?s h andi cappi ng auth ori ti es to dev el op a si ngl e Worl d Handi cap System f or th e sport. More than 15 million golfers in over 80 countries presently have a handicap, a numerical index long used as a reference to gauge a golfer ?s potential CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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skill level. Handicaps are currently delivered through six different systems around the world. The aim of the proposed handicap system is to adopt a universal set of principles and procedures that will apply all over the world.
world have also been engaged with the current handicap authorities for the past two years to help shape the proposed system, which takes into account the many different golf cultures and most common formats of play.
An extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) has been undertaken.
Research conducted to date has also reviewed systems and best practices inherent to handicapping, such as course rating and administration. A joint committee led by the USGA and The R&A has been formed, including representatives from each handicap authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada. The joint committee plans to announce its proposal later this year.
Golf Canada is licensed under the USGA handicap system to administer handicapping in Canada. Golf organizations from different parts of the
For more information contact Craig Loughry, Golf Canada?s Director of Handicap & Course Rating: firstname.lastname@example.org
GM Br i n gs New Focus t o t h e Fer n i e Gol f & Coun t r y Cl ub
M ax Sh erw ood i s th e new General M anager and Head Pro at th e Ferni e Gol f & Country Cl ub and h e bri ngs w i th h i m some new i deas about grow i ng gol f i n th e communi ty. He is implementing a number of initiatives in an effort to make the Club more enticing for young players, women, families and seniors. Initiatives include reduced early morning and twilight green fees and offering a very affordable new one-hour
short loop. As an incentive to get young players out, children of adult members golf for free and adult club members can sponsor any junior in the community to a free full membership and driving range pass. This July the club is hosting the Future Links Western Canadian Championships Golf Tournament for the top 17 and under boys and girls in Western Canada. Sherwood has spent CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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?In i t i at i ves i n cl ude twenty-five years in the r educed ear l y m or n i n g region. In 1995 he joined an d t w i l i gh t gr een f ees Fernie Golf and Country Club an d of f er i n g a ver y as Assistant Pro. In 2007 an af f or dabl e n ew opportunity arose that he couldn?t turn down; to be the on e-h our sh or t l oop.? CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
Head Pro at the St. Eugene Golf Course. Returning this season to Fernie as the GM, is exciting for Sherwood on many levels.
picturesque, walkable and playable course. The 18-hole par 70 layout is a challenging course featuring mature, tree-lined fairways, ?I learned a lot in the last 10 strategically placed water years at St. Eugene and I am hazards and Rocky Mountain excited to share what I have views in every direction. The learned. Fernie is home for club has joined the Audubon me and it is nice to be back in Cooperative Sanctuary the community that I really Program for Golf and is love. I look forward to helping working toward being our club continue to grow into recognized by this award a vibrant community golf club winning education and that serves the residents, certification program. secondary home owners and For more information on The visitors and to be celebrating Fernie Golf & Country Club the 100th year anniversary please visit next year.? www.golffernie.com or Founded in 1918, the Fernie contact Max Sherwood at Golf and Country Club is email@example.com or call known for being a 250-423-7773
RESULTS BY BRAD ZIEMER
Vi ct or i a?s ?Season ed Vet er an ? 13-Year Ol d Jeevan Si h ot a Wi n s Fut ur e Li n k s Paci f i c Tour n ey
Th ere w as a cal mness about Jeev an Si h ota i n th e f i nal round of th e Future Li nk s Paci f i c Ch ampi onsh i p at Ch i l l i w ack Gol f Cl ub. No final-round jitters were evident as Sihota played the last few holes and sealed his win at the first major junior tourney of the season. After all, Sihota is a seasoned veteran. Oh, and he just turned 13. And is in Grade 7. ?I've been in these situations lots of times,? Sihota said after carding a final round 67 to win by one shot. Sihota explained that he already has three world titles under his belt. They were won at the ages of six, eight and 12 at U.S. Kids World Championship and Junior World competitions in Pinehurst, N.C., and San Diego. ?I felt like I just stayed calm,? he said. ?That was the key for me today. I putted really well at the end and hit the ball pretty well.?
Victoria'sJeevanSihotaWinsThe FutureLinksPacificChampionship At ChilliwackGC
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B.C. Junior Boys champion Tristan Mandur of Mill Bay, B.C. and Langley?s Khan Lee. Sihota closed with a four-under 31 on Chilliwack?s back nine. ?I didn?t really get off to a good start with the putter, but I stayed calm and the putter got hot at the end,? Sihota said. ?The putts started to fall and it was a good back nine.? Sihota, who only just turned 13 this past March, is believed to be the youngest winner of a Future Links event. Sihota was introduced to golf by his dad Jas when he was four years old. ?I actually started him off in baseball but he didn?t take a liking to it,? Jas said after watching his son win on Sunday. ?It was his mom?s call. I actually wanted him to play baseball, but his mom said we should let him try the sports he really wants to play. He was pretty quick to
?I act ual l y st ar t ed h i m of f i n basebal l but h e di dn ?t t ak e a l i k i n g t o i t .? pick it up. I really truly think he only liked it because he didn?t have to share the balls with anybody.? As impressive as Sihota?s round of 67 was on Sunday, his dad pointed to Saturday?s round of even-par 72 as being key. ?I think he really won the tournament Saturday,? Jas said. ?He only hit five greens yesterday and he got up and down 11 times out of 13. I think that is where he won it.? The top six finishers earned exemptions into this summer ?s Canadian Junior Boys Championship in Kingston, Ont. Keaton Gudz of Victoria, who was fifth at seven-under par, and Carter Graf of Red Deer, Alta., who finished tied for sixth at five-under earned the final two exemptions.
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SFU?s Ch r i s Cr i sol ogo Nam ed GNAC Pl ay er Of Th e Year
With four individual titles this season, Sim on Fr aser ju n ior Ch r is Cr isologo of Rich m on d was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and All-Conference First Team. Crisologo was joined by teammate Kevin Vign a of Coqu it lam , who was named to the 2016-17 GNAC Men?s Golf All-Conference Second Team. Crisologo put together his most dominant season to date for his second consecutive GNAC Player of the Year
award, finishing in the top 10 at seven of nine tournaments. The junior also finished in the top three among GNAC athletes at all but one event this year, before wrapping up the season with titles at the NNU Invitational and the GNAC Championships. Crisologo leads the conference with a 71.2 strokes per round average and has carded scores under par in 16 of 25 rounds. At the GNAC Championships, he shot a 5-under-par 208 to capture his first conference title with an even-par 71 in the final round to win by two shots.
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Leun g Nam ed GNAC Pl ay er Of Year , Ram pur i Top Fr esh m an
Three golfers from Simon Fraser University were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women?s Golf All-Conference Team, led by sophomore Player of the Year Em ily Leu n g, who helped the Clan earn its first-ever NCAA playoff berth after an emotional season. Leung was joined on the team by Jaya Ram pu r i and Kylie Jack . The late Joh n Bu ch an an was named the GNAC Coach of the Year by his peers after a legendary coaching career at Simon Fraser. Buchanan, who
began the Simon Fraser women?s golf program, coached the team though the fall before a battle with cancer took his life in January. Leung is a repeat first-team selection as a sophomore after winning the GNAC Championships at Coeur d?Alene Resort Golf Course. She shot a 5-over-par 147 over two rounds to win the tournament by six strokes and become the conference leader in strokes per round with 77.1. Click HERE For Fu ll St or y
Vi deo: Gui n n ess Wor l d CLIP Recor d For Fast est Hol e Of Gol f Pl ay ed
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hole ahead of the Real Club Valderrama Open de EspaĂąa. This inspiring effort features Garcia and 11 other European Tour stars.
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Sergio Garcia hosted the attempt as teams from Spain, France and Denmark tried to break the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest hole of golf by a team of four.
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Vi ct or i a Teen s Wal k Th ei r Way In t o Ful l -Ri de Sch ol ar sh i ps
River Bristow(L) AndTimPeacock(R) AreTheLatest VictoriaGolf ClubCaddiesToEarnChickEvansCaddie Scholarships. WithThemIsVictoriaGCMember And EvansCaddieScholarshipCo-ordinator BerneNeufeld
There were times over the last four years, on those days when the wind was blowing hard and the rain pounding sideways, when the golf bags they were carrying seemed especially heavy. But River Bristow and Tim Peacock soldiered on, knowing there was a potential pot of gold waiting at the end of their journey. And no, we?re not talking about the $40 tip they earned for most of their rounds working as caddies at Victoria Golf Club.
Bristow and Peacock, a pair of Victoria-area Grade 12 students, have earned something much more substantial than that. ?Life-changing,? is how the 17-year-old Peacock describes the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarships he and Bristow were recently awarded. The Evans Scholarship will provide Peacock and Bristow four years of tuition and housing (valued at about $150,000 US CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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each) to the University of Washington in Seattle this fall. They both feel like they have won a major championship, but Bristow and Peacock also say they have earned much more than a lucrative scholarship for their caddying at Victoria Golf Club. ?Caddying kind of changed my life, honestly,? says Peacock, who is finishing up his high school studies at Reynolds Secondary. ?It really opened me up to working in a professional environment. I got to work alongside these super successful people and I learned a lot about respect, being polite and working hard for what you want.? Bristow was an extremely shy 13-year-old when he entered the caddie program at Victoria, the private club that is British Columbia?s oldest course and one of its best. ?I
don?t think River hardly spoke the first year here,? says Victoria Golf Club general manager Scott Kolb. ?Now, when he did his interview to get the scholarship, both he and Tim, when they stood up at the mike not only did I not think I could speak like that at 17, I don?t think I could speak like that now. The maturity these kids have shown over their time here, you wouldn?t recognize them. They have gone from socially awkward to now being such strong personalities. It is fun to watch.? The Evans Scholars Foundation was founded in 1930 by amateur golfer Charles (Chick) Evans and has helped over 10,000 caddies graduate from college since. Click HERE For Fu ll St or y
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Hel p Fi l l A Dr eam Ret ur n s As Of f i ci al Ch ar i t y Par t n er Of 2017 Paci f i c Li n k s Bear Moun t ai n Ch am pi on sh i p
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of the PGA TOUR Champions Event. After a successful partnership through the 2016 Event, raising over $80,000, both parties were keen to continue the relationship and build upon what was accomplished last year. Canadian PGA TOUR Star Graham DeLaet, on-site for the 2016 event?s junior clinic, surprised Help Fill a Dream with a $10,000 cheque to help the organization grant more kids?dreams and continue their work with improving the quality of life of sick children. ?Pacific Links is pleased once again to support Help Fill a Dream with their mission of making life better for children with serious illnesses. We sincerely hope our contribution helps in some way with the heartache and pain endured by these
families. With generosity, we proudly support these families through this charity and hope you will join us in making a difference,? said Rudy Anderson, President at Pacific Links International. The Event will once again be played at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa the week of Monday, September 11th ? Sunday, September 17th, 2017. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.PacificLinks Championship.com by clicking on the ?Buy Tickets?tab. Websit e: www.helpfilladream.com Tw it t er : twitter.com/HelpFillADream Facebook : www.facebook.com/ HelpFillADream/
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Cr i sol ogo & Di ack To Repr esen t Br i t i sh StevenDiack(L) AndChrisCrisologo(R) Will Col um bi a In Represent BritishColumbiaInThe90th MexicanAmateur ChampionshipThisSummer 90t h Crisologo and Diack will play Mexi can as individuals and as a team simultaneously in the 16th Am at eur British Columbia Golf is pleased to announce that Ch r is Cr isologo of Rich m on d an d St even Diack f r om Coqu it lam will be representing BC in the 90th Mexican Amateur Championship June 8 -11, 2017 at the Campeche Country Club in Campeche located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
International Mexican Pairs Championship representing British Columbia. Play format for the Mexican Amateur Championship is 72-hole individual stroke-play, and is the most important Mexican amateur golf tournament of the year. The International Mexican Pairs Championship is a CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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54-hole stroke-play event played in an aggregate-score pairs format during the first three rounds of the amateur championship. The champion of the 90th MEXICAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP will receive: - Direct entry into the next U.S. Amateur Championship - Exemption from local qualifying stage for the next U.S. Open Team Br it ish Colu m bia Ch r is Cr isologo As a 21-year old junior Crisologo has already put together an outstanding college career at Simon Fraser University with 4 individual titles this season alone including the WWU Invitational, Otter Invitational, Northwest Nazarene Invitational and the GNAC Championship. He was just
recently named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. In 2016 Crisologo was 5th in the Canadian Universities Championship, T5th in the BC Amateur and was solo 4th in the Canadian Amateur. St even Diack The 24-year old Diack, from Coquitlam, BC, is a senior attending Wayland Baptist University, in Plainview, Texas and has been named semifinalist for the 2017 NAIA Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. He currently ranks 19th in the NAIA with a 72.39 scoring average. He finished 3rd at the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament while coming T5 in the 2016 BC Amateur along with a T15 in the 2016 Canadian Amateur.
The2017BritishColumbiaGolf NorthPacificJunior LadiesTeamMatches Squad,ClockwiseFromTopLeft: ShirinAnjarwalla,EunaHan,TiffanyKong, Abigail Rigsby,CecileKwonAndAkari Hayashi This year is the 31st edition of the North Pacific Junior Ladies' Team Matches and will see squads from Br it ish Colu m bia, Idaho, Oregon and
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Oregon. British Columbia Golf is looking to retain the title they won on home soil at Pit t M eadow s Golf Clu b in the 2016 event. The competition calls for six four-ball matches on day one and six foursome matches (alternate shot) on day two but due to the torrential rain that fell all day Saturday last year the event was shortened to just the six four-ball matches. Team B.C. accumulated 8.5 of the possible 9 points available to them to finish 2 points ahead of the previous year 's winners from Oregon. The event is patterned after the Curtis Cup Matches for amateur women (which stimulates friendly rivalry for women golfers from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland).
In 1997, the NPJL matches were expanded to include Oregon and Alberta, making it a four-association, six girls on each team, competition. Over the years the teams have changed and in 2015 Team Idaho was included. Each of the 4 teams now brings 6 players. Truly a ?North Pacific? event. Team Rost er s: BC Team m em ber s: (Hom e t ow n in br ack et s) Shirin Anjarwalla - (Nanaimo), Euna Han - (Coquitlam), Akari Hayashi - (Victoria), Tiffany Kong - (Vancouver), Cecile Kwon - (Maple Ridge), Abigail Rigsby - (Courtney) Not e: Euna Han, Abigail Rigsby and Shirin Anjarwalla are returning members from the victorious 2016 BC team. Team Capt ain s: Non-Playing Captains/Coach CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
match play, the front nine is worth one point, the back nine Br it ish Colu m bia - M at t is worth one point, and the 18 Cella (Head Coach ) an d Ch r ist in e Won g (Non -playin g is worth one point. On Day One, there are three Capt ain ) four-ball matches, for a total Idaho - Ken Spraker of nine possible points. On Oregon - Bobbi Breslin Day Two, there are three Washington - Chris Curtiss foursome matches (alternate Host Association - Oregon shot), for a total of nine Junior Golf Association possible points, and a two-day Th e Nor t h Pacif ic Jr . Ladies total of a possible 18 points. Team M at ch es em ploys t h e Tee times begin at 2:00pm f ollow in g scor in g syst em : Saturday with the Best ball The four teams are composed match play (four-ball) on of 6 players from each Saturday, and alternate shot state/province. In all match play (foursomes) competitions, which are on Sunday. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
TheIllaheHillsCountryClubWill PlayHost ToThe2017NorthPacific Junior LadiesTeamMatches
Courtenay,BC'sAbigail Rigsby,SeenHereTeeingOff InThe2016North PacificJunior LadiesMatchesAt Pitt MeadowsGC,HasReceivedAn All-HeartlandConferenceHonour Ok l ah oma Ch ri sti an f resh man A b i gai l Ri gsb y w as named to th e A l l -Heartl and Conf erence w omen's gol f second-team h onor l i st l ast month .
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finishes, including an eighth-place showing at the Heartland Conference Championship at Apple Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. She is tied for 81st in NCAA Division II, and is 11th in the Heartland Conference, in stroke average at 76.68 over 25 rounds. Rigsby also ranks
81st nationally in overall birdies with 42. "Abi is the hardest worker and continues to get better and better," OC coach Greg Lynn said. "You will hear much more from her golf. I expect she will have wins soon and be on everyone's first-team list."
A Wor l d-Cl ass Gol f TRAVEL Dest i n at i on Em er ges In Mi ssour i ?s Ozar k Moun t ai n s IMAGE COURTESY BIG CEDAR LODGE
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Sunset Over TheTopOfTheRockPar 3JackNicklausDesignedCourseAt BigCedar LodgeInMissouri Hi s b usi ness i s al l ab out h unti ng and f i sh i ng, so i t seems a tad surpri si ng th at Joh nny M orri s i s i ntent on turni ng th i s communi ty i n th e Ozark M ountai ns of south w est M i ssouri i nto a w orl d-cl ass gol f desti nati on.
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Lodge wilderness resort. How is this for a list? Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, Bill Coore-Ben Crenshaw and -- drum roll, please -- Tiger Woods, whose Payne?s Valley layout is scheduled to open in 2019. The course is named in honour of the late Payne Stewart, the former U.S. Open champion who grew up in nearby Springfield, Mo. Stewart?s widow, Tracey, joined Woods and Morris at a news conference recently to announce the new course. When completed, Payne?s Valley will be resort?s fifth course. It will join Top of the Rock, Nicklaus' stunning nine-hole par 3 course, Buffalo Ridge, Fazio?s championship layout, a 13-hole short course called Mountaintop designed by Player that will open this
summer, and The Ozarks, a Coore-Crenshaw design that is scheduled to open next year. When Morris decides to do something, he goes big, and is accustomed to getting what he wants. His Bass Pro Shops chain recently reached an agreement to purchase its competitor, Cabela?s, for a reported $5.5 billion. Woods won?t get quite that much for what will be his first design of a public golf course, but rest assured he is being well compensated for adding his name to this Murderers? Row of golf course designers. When it?s all done, it is certainly not a stretch to suggest that Big Cedar Lodge?s golf collection could get mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Bandon Dunes and Whistling Straits.
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BC touri ng pros Brad Cl app (Ri gh t) A nd Ri l ey Wh eel don (I nset Ri gh t) tal k to V i ctori a's K eaton Gudz (Lef t) at th e th e Future Li nk s Paci f i c Ch ampi onsh i p at Ch i l l i w ack GC. Cl app and Wh eel don acted as standard bearer and scorer f or th e f i nal j uni or boys group of th e day epi tomi zi ng gi v i ng b ack to th e game.
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