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Top Image: Chris Crisologo at Freedom 55 Financial Open
Inside This Issue
British Columbia Golf Announces GJAC Team For 2017 In Las Vegas
Team BC Successfully Defends Title In NPJLTM Event
St. Eugene: Turn-Key In Every Way
Trio Of Fathers Commit To Playing In The 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Western Canada's "Go-To" Golf Vacation Company Pacific Tourney
Sunset Ranch "Best Value"
British Columbia Golf Announces Male Canada Summer Games Team
LoneWolf The Draw In The North
Golf Community Saddened By The Loss Of Longtime Club Professional And Friend Of Golf Cec Ferguson
Become A Friend of Fairwinds
Four Courses, One Outstanding Experience... Welcome To The South Okanagan Golf Trail
The Parting Shot: Aboriginal Day at Musqueam
RBCPGA Scramble National Final Headed To Cabot Links
Creston To Host World's Best Blind Golfers
Cowichan Celebrates 70 Years of Golf In the Valley
Kokanee Springs Adds To Offerings
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Ch ri s Cri sol ogo parlayed his invit e t o t he Freedom 55 Financial Open int o a Top 20 finish overall and was t ied for Low Canadian at 7-under playing as an am at eur. Chris has had a st ellar year at SFU wit h Clan winning GNAC Player of t he Year honours. He credit ed a lot of his success in t his event t o his Caddy A l i sh a Lau, herself an accom plished player in BC who is headed t o t he Universit y Of Colorado on a full-ride scholarship t his fall.
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EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue I n th i s edi ti on of Th e Scorecard w e prof i l e an ev ent and an i ndi v i dual th at embodi es th e spi ri t of gol f to i ts h i gh est degree. Nex t month Creston Gol f Course w i l l h ost th e I SPS Handa V i si on Cup f or Bl i nd Gol f ers. Creston?s very own Dar r en Dou m a, himself a blind golfer, will captain the North American squad against ?The Rest of The World?. Douma has been instrumental in organizing the tournament as well and British Columbia Golf ?s Brad Ziemer talked to him about it, which you can
read about on page 27. We also have announcements on two very important BC Teams, the men?s Canada Summer Games squad readying for Winnipeg (page 18) and the Junior Girls GJAC team heading to Las Vegas (page 39). There are a number of regional reports on course special offers to check out throughout the magazine along with news on the National RBC Scramble event that takes the winners to spectacular Cabot Links (page 22). Sadly we also had to say farewell recently to one of golf ?s most respected and well-liked individuals as longtime BC PGA Pro and member Cec Fer gu son passed away peacefully at home with family and friends alongside (page 54).
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Team BC Successf ul l y Def en ds Ti t l e In NPJLTM Even t
TeamBCCoachMatt CellaPosesWithHisWinningSquadFromTheNorth PacificJunior LadiesTeamMatchesAfter DefendingTheir TitleInOregon The team of Ak ar i Hayash i, Su m ie Fr an cois, Sh ir in An jar w alla, Cecile Kw on ,
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Golf successfully defended the title they won last year at Pitt Meadows Golf Course by taking the 4 team international event held this year at at the Illahe Hills Country Club in Oregon May 27-28.
Team BC col l ected 14 out of th e av ai l abl e 36 poi nts, w i th 2nd pl ace Wash i ngton 4.5 poi nts back at 9.5 w h i l e h ost Oregon w as 3rd w i th 6.5 and I dah o 4th w i th 6 poi nts. Th e Nor t h Pacif ic Jr . Ladies Team M at ch es em ploys t h e f ollow in g scor in g syst em : The four teams are composed of 6 players from each
state/province. In all competitions, which are match play, the front nine is worth one point, the back nine is worth one point, and the 18 is worth one point. On Day One, there are six four-ball matches, for a total of eighteen possible points. On Day Two, there are six foursome matches (alternate shot), for a total of eighteen possible points, and a two-day total of a possible 36 points.
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Pacif ic Lin k s Bear M ou n t ain Ch am pion sh ip Tournament Organizers announced that PGA TOUR Champions legends Fr ed Fu n k , Jay Haas an d Pau l Goydos have committed to playing in this year ?s event, held at Bear M ou n t ain Golf Resor t
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in Vict or ia, BC. The three golfers join Colin M on t gom er ie, Ber n h ar d Lan ger , St eph en Am es an d Scot t M cCar r on on the growing list of PGA TOUR Champions stars that have CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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committed to the 2017 event to date. The latest additions to the Pacific Links Championship are all proud fathers that share the theme of unique and touching stories on the impact that golf has on fatherhood. Jay Haas?playing career includes nine PGA TOUR wins, including three PGA TOUR Champions major titles. His 2017 season has already included two top-five and five top-25 finishes. Despite his numerous playing achievements, Haas?most memorable experience on the course came in 2015 when he was given the opportunity to select his son Bill Haas as a captain?s pick for the Presidents Cup - United States team. Bill could not have made his father more proud than by clinching the winning point for the Americans in the final
match on Sunday. Bill was not the only Haas son to play professionally. Jay Haas Jr. made the PGA TOUR in 2006 and spent time on the Web.com Tour from 2007-2011. Taylor Funk grew up in his father Fred?s footsteps, joining him on the road in his journey around the world while his dad accumulated eight PGA TOUR wins. Taylor recently finished his junior season of golf at the University of Texas, where he carded a career-low 65 at the NCAA Franklin Regional. Fred Funk?s PGA TOUR Champions career has included nine victories including three major titles. His 2017 season already includes three top-five finishes to date. Paul Goydos accumulated two wins in his PGA TOUR career to go along with four PGA TOUR CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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for his two young daughters. Since then, Goydos has juggled Champions victories to date being a full-time single father including the 2016 Charles on TOUR. The Pacific Links Schwab Cup Championship. Bear Mountain Championship Paul however had to put his will take place at Bear playing career on hold for 10 months in 2004 to provide care Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia the week of September 11-17, 2017. Tournament week will commence with Official Pro-Am?s on Wednesday and Thursday, where participating teams will play alongside a PGA TOUR Champions professional over 18 holes of premiere golf. Competitive action will follow with 54 holes of championship play from Friday to Sunday, with no cut.
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gated community adjacent to the course where you can live the dream. One of the big events you can participate in is the Mixed Classic Presented by Callaway Golf set to go June 4th. To register call the golf shop at 250-765-7700
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Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f An n oun ces Mal e Can ada Sum m er Gam es Team
BritishColumbiaGolf Will BeLookingToKeepTheir UnbeatenStreak AliveAt ThisYear'sCanadaSummer GamesInWinnipeg Can ada i s celebr at i n g i t s 150t h Bi r t hday t hi s year an d w i t h t hat t he Can ada Gam es w i ll hold i t s 50t h edi t i on w i t h t he Sum m er Gam es i n Wi n n i peg f r om July 28t h t o August 13t h. Featuring 16 sports and over 250 events, combined with a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Summer Games will
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In 2009 (the first year golf was played as a sport in the Summer Games) and 2013 the representatives from British Columbia took home every gold medal available, in individual and team competitions for both males and females. With the announcement of the male version of their golf squad this year, the coaches and managers of BC's Summer Games Team look to put
together the first component of maintaining that unblemished record. The team was chosen by a British Columbia Golf selection committee of 7 members following several provincial selection camps. The female golf team will be announced in early July. This year 's male golf team is comprised of: Coach M at t Cella, the director CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
of instruction at Olym pic View Golf Clu b in Victoria will be in charge of the team along with help from volunteer manager, Richmond?s Ch r ist in e Won g, a two-time B.C. Women?s Amateur champion and herself a member of the 2009 Summer Games gold medal-winning female team from BC. Golf competitions are from Tuesday, August 8 - Friday, August 11, 2017 at Sou t h w ood Golf & Cou n t r y Clu b. Click h er e to see detailed golf schedule.
CLICK HERE for more information on Golf at The Canada Summer Games. Past Can ada Su m m er Gam es M ale Golf Resu lt s - Team 2009 - Pr in ce Edw ar d Islan d Gold - British Columbia Silver - Quebec Bronze - Ontario 2013 - Qu ebec Gold - British Columbia Silver - Ontario Bronze - Quebec
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Th e country?s most tal k ed-about gol f i ng desti nati on w i l l pl ay h ost to th i s year?s RBC PGA Scrambl e Nati onal Fi nal .
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in the 54-hole national final.
?We couldn?t be more excited to be heading to Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs for the RBC PGA Scramble National Final,? said PGA of Canada president Taking place Oct. 12-14, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs will see Steve Wood. ?It?s widely known the golf at both Cabot teams from across the Links and Cabot Cliffs are country? comprised of four world-class, however, the amateurs and a PGA of Canada professional? playing entire Cabot Links CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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resort experience? lodging, dining, east coast charm? is also truly exceptional.? The RBC PGA Scramble starts
golfers? who will form their own team of four players. Teams will look to make it through local and regional qualifying with the ultimate
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of how RBC works together with the PGA of Canada to create exceptional events to support the growth of golf in Canada.?
a golf trip of a lifetime and will include a festival of special events, prizing, meals, activities and much more. Cabot Cliffs ranked No. 1, while Cabot Links ranked No. 4 on SCOREGolf ?s 2016 Best Golf Courses in Canada list. Cabot Cliffs also debuted 19th on the World?s Top TheWinningTeamFrom2016 100 Courses list by Golf Digest. The entry fee for a Local ?We are thrilled to support grassroots golf initiatives like the RBC PGA Scramble in communities across the country? ? said Matt McGlynn, Vice President, Brand Marketing RBC. ?This is just another example
Qualifier is $29.95 plus tax. Applicable green fees may be charged by the hosting golf course. All RBC PGA Scramble of Canada local qualifying events in 2017 will have guaranteed prize tables for the top three teams.
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Cr est on To Host Wor l d's Best Bl i n d Gol f er s
Wh en Darren Douma began to l ose h i s si gh t, h e th ough t h e w as goi ng to l ose gol f as w el l . Ph il M ick elson helped convince him otherwise. It was the spring of 2010 and Douma, having been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, was watching that year ?s Masters telecast.
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Mickelson was hitting his second
shot out of the pine straw on the par 5 13th hole in the final round and, well, you probably remember the shot, too. ?I almost quit when my vision started getting bad,? says Douma, a 46-year-old Creston, B.C. resident. ?I was very frustrated and I thought I was frustrating my group all the time having to locate my ball. I was watching the Masters and Mickelson?s famous shot on 13 and I just said, he went for it, no matter what the obstacles were in his way, and I thought, I have this obstacle and I have been going hard at it ever since.?
Happily, Douma didn?t lose golf. Years later, he continues to embrace the game and has ClickTheImageAboveToSeeThe2014ArticleInThe become one of the world?s top
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blind golfers. Next month at his home course, Creston Golf Club, Douma will captain Team North America versus Team Rest of the World in the third playing of the ISPS Handa Vision Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition featuring
six Americans and six Canadians. Team Rest of the World has three players from England, two from Scotland, three from South Korea, one from Israel, one from South Africa, one from Italy and one from Australia.
Douma was diagnosed with Stargardt disease in 2005. It is the most frequent form of inherited macular ABlindGolfer TeeingOff At TheCrestonGolf Club degeneration and causes progressive vision loss usually to the point of legal blindness.
some of the top visually impaired golfers from all over the world. ?North America has yet to win the Cup,? Douma says. ?We are hoping to do that this year on home soil.? The competition is held every two years. The inaugural event was held in 2013 in Atlanta and in 2015 Milan, Italy played host to the event. Each team is comprised of 12 players. Team North America has
He is tournament chairman of the Vision Cup and organizing the event, which goes July 21-23, has consumed much of his life for more than the past year. He has had lots of support from Creston Golf Club and its members. ?I have been living and breathing this event for quite a while,? Douma says. ?I don?t have a lack of volunteers. It is a great problem to have. I have to turn volunteers away. The support from the club CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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has been great.? Vision Cup competitors play in one of three categories. B1 players have no light perception, B2 players have five per cent vision and B3 players have about 10 per cent vision. ?Some of the B1 golfers coming are 25 or 30 handicaps,? Douma says. ?They are pretty impressive with what they can do.? Douma is a B3 player and plays to a handicap of 13 or 14 at Creston Golf Club, where he generally gets in two or three rounds a week. ?On our men?s day I play with a group of about 20 guys and they are all familiar with my situation,? he says. ?They are really good about helping me out, although I do hear the occasional blind joke.? One of the Team North America players from Pennsylvania has a seven handicap. Players use sight coaches or guides to help them around the course. Douma says the biggest challenge comes on the greens. ?I would definitely say putting is the toughest because you know
how tricky the terrain can be and all that. I used to be a solid putter and I still have my moments where I am draining some putts, but I honestly don?t see the hole or a lot of breaks. I just hit it at the hole and get lucky sometimes.? Douma hopes the Vision Cup can raise awareness about visually-impaired golf and help convince more people to play. He especially hopes to convince more blind women to play. Of the 24 players scheduled to compete in Creston, only one is a woman. TEAM NORTH AM ERICA Capt ain - Darren Douma, Creston, BC Vice-Capt ain - George Thirkill Langley, BC B1 Golf er s (No Ligh t per cept ion -No Vision ) Gerry Nelson Saskatoon, SK Joe Furber Winnipeg, MB B2 Golf er s (5% Vision ) Derek Kibblewhite Calgary, AB Darcy Furber Winnipeg, MB B3 Golf er s (10% Vision ) Darren Douma Creston, BC Doug Penner Winnipeg, MB
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Kok an ee Spr i n gs Adds To Of f er i n gs Kokan ee Spr i n gs Golf Cour se has alw ays had a r eput at i on as a golf ?Hi dden Gem ?? on e of t hose cour ses t hat on ce you play, you can ?t w ai t t o go back an d play agai n . With the addition of on-site accommodations (The Lodge) in the early 2000?s, it became much more attractive to make the trip, stay for a few days and tee it up to your heart?s content. More recently they have added high-end Villas that are situated on a ridge overlooking the 9th and 18th greens and are expanding
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into being more than just a golf resort. It?s now a place to get away from it all and connect with nature? something that is easy to do in Crawford Bay and the scenic East Kootenays. The Resort?s 750 acres includes over a mile of lake front on Kootenay Lake, on-site hiking and biking trails as well as natural wetlands and forests. This takes the resort from being something CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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for just golfers to being perfect for an entire family. To help, they have opened
It ?s n ow a pl ace t o get aw ay f r om i t al l an d con n ect w i t h n at ur e? som et h i n g t h at i s easy t o do i n Cr aw f or d Bay an d t h e scen i c East Koot en ay s. the "Adventure Centre" where you can rent bikes, kayaks and paddleboards with "Adventure Concierges" there to help you. To make hiking even more fun, they have added five registered ?geo-caches?out on the trail system and free Wildlife Bingo cards where you identify wildlife, birds and insects to fill out your bingo sheet. Ian Wiber is the Resort?s Director of Sales & Marketing
and sees the eco-tourism activities as being a real success, ?The trail systems around the community have really caught on this year, bikers and hikers are finding out about our hidden gem and taking advantage.? Still it?s the golf that most will come for and here every hole offers golfers spectacular panoramic views of the Kokanee Glacier and surrounding area. GolfAdvisor.com ranked Kokanee Springs in the top 10 most scenic courses in Canada in 2015. Also from a challenge point of view, Norman Wood?s masterpiece delivers. The long-time apprentice under Stanley Thompson worked a brilliant layout around some mountainous terrain. ?The entire area looked as though it was nothing but bush, water and CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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rocks?, Woods said at the time of construction in the late 1960s, ?with a towering mountain running into it, my choices were certainly restricted. I was sure the mountain was not going to move, so it was up to me to fit the course in around it?. The result is a big golf course. A well played round can take you 6.5 miles. There are many memorable holes but the most stunning has to be the 462-yard par-four 5th. Hit your blind tee shot from an elevated chute and watch the ball disappear as it drops to a fairway 50 feet below with bunkering left and right. If you have struck it well, you will be able to navigate the creek crossing the fairway on your second to a long, narrow green; otherwise, laying up is by far the best option. After your round, there are
excellent food and beverage options at Woods' Pumphouse Grill. There are many stay and play options here; basically the longer you stay the less you pay (per round and per night). There is one offer that is very popular and a great value? the ?5-Night Super Special?. Enjoy five days of golf with power cart, five nights of double occupancy course-side accommodation plus unlimited use of the practice range and short game practice area for one low price: May 14-18 or August 20-24: $589 + tax / July 23-27: $619 + tax - package upgrades available Getting to Kokanee Springs is either an easy hour ?s drive up from Creston or a relaxing trip across Kootenay Lake from Nelson on the longest free ferry ride in the world.
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Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f An n oun ces GJAC Team For 2017 In Las Vegas
The2017BCGirlsJunior AmericasCupTeamClockwiseFromTopLeft (With Non-PlayingTeamCaptainPat ThompsonInTheCentre): KathrineChan, TieganTaylor, TiffanyKongAndCecileKwon The 2017 Gi r ls Jun i or Am er i cas Cup t akes place i n Las Vegas, Nevada July 30t h ? August 3r d. This prestigious event is being hosted this year by the Southern Nevada Junior Golf
Association & Reflection Bay Golf Club. The GJAC was established in 1978 under the leadership of Joan Teats from the state of Washington. The first tournament was held at Tumwater Valley Golf Course CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
in Olympia, Washington. Eleven teams participated including Alberta, Arizona, Br it ish Colu m bia, Idaho, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, San Diego, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Washington. The second year teams from Colorado, Mexico, Montana and Utah joined the event. In 1985 Hawaii joined this prestigious competition along with New Mexico/Sun Country in 1990. Wyoming completed the 18 team event in 1991. Each team consists of the top four girls from each state/province/country. The tournament is a 54-hole competition with teams counting three scores and throwing out the team?s highest score. Being chosen to represent your province/state/country to play in the Girls Junior America?s Cup is one of the
highest honors in girls?junior golf. The 2017 BC Girls Junior Americas Cup Team: Tiegan Taylor Kathrine Chan Tiffany Kong Cecile Kwon Non -Playin g Capt ain : Pat Thompson. Non-Playing Captain Thompson exemplifies the element of volunteering within the game of golf as evidenced by her involvement at the regional, provincial and national levels for many years. Thompson is a past winner of the Sport BC Presidents Award, given annually to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who, "Represent the spirit of volunteering, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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development of their sport or organization." She has also been a Governor on the Golf Canada Board, on the executive committee for British Columbia Golf and was instrumental in
Association, and to the players, as GJAC attracts excellent competition and players are highly recruited by U.S. Coaches at this event," said Thompson after the team was announced.
TeamBCNon-PlayingCaptainPat Thompson(R) ReceivesThePresidents AwardFromBCGolf ExecutiveMember HelenSteevesIn2016 the transition of the merger between the BC Ladies Golf Associaton and the BCGA. "I have been fortunate to have been the non-playing captain for 7 previous GJAC tournaments and see great benefits to us as an
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foregoing the Canadian Junior Girls Championship to
participate in this top quality event. This is an amazing experience, to meet and play golf as a team, and we are excited to be playing at the beautiful and challenging Reflection Bay Golf Course on Lake Las Vegas," she said. For m at - The Team Competition format for the GJAC Championship shall be 54 holes of stroke play
- Team members will compete in a separate threesome (or foursome)
- The three lowest scores from each Team will be added together each day, with the highest score being discarded - The lowest three day totaled score will determine the winner - There is no individual competition For more information and live scoring please CLICK HERE
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St . Eugen e: Tur n -Key In Ever y Way
One of th e better turn-k ey opti ons i n th e prov i nce h as to be St. Eugene Gol f Resort & Casi no i n Cranbrook . They offer a wide range of room rates and golf packages and no matter which you choose, you can look forward to comfortable beds, quality amenities, great gaming,
first-class dining and what matters most? a first rate golf facility right outside your door. St. Eugene has the rep as one of the better manicured courses in the province and at 7000+ yards can meet the demands from the occasional to the elite player. Designed CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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by architect Les Furber, this course was rated by Golf Digest as one of the top three new courses in Canada
St . Eugen e h as t h e r ep as on e of t h e bet t er m an i cur ed cour ses i n t h e pr ovi n ce. in 2001. Playing here, you?ll enjoy spectacular views of the St. Mary River and the majestic Fisher Peak as you wind your way through open links and rolling woodlands. Golf packages here start at $139 a night and that gets you a shared one-night stay in a Lodge Room and 18 holes of golf including cart (use promo code: STAY & PLAY when booking). The number of rooms available per day for this package is limited, so book early. They also offer ?Multi-Course? packages that include rounds at two of the
other top quality courses in the area, Shadow Mountain and Bootleg Gap. Priced from $159 per person per night, they include a two-night stay and three rounds of golf. For those couples wanting to play just nine and dine, you can do that here for just $110. It includes nine holes of golf with shared cart and a $10 gaming voucher. Dining includes selected appetizers, choice of entrĂŠe and shared dessert at the 19th Hole. Offer available Sunday through Thursday throughout the golf season. Check out their new mobile golf app for both Apple iOS and Android, which contains information on the course, food and beverage, events, promotions, weather conditions and personnel contacts. Additionally, the app has a 3D flyover feature, a yardage guide and a scoring tracker.
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West er n Can ada's "Go-To" Gol f Vacat i on Com pan y I f th ere i s one ?Go-To? gol f v acati on company w i th th e personal touch , i t h as to be BCgol f gui de.com Now in its 20th year, it was the brainchild of golf enthusiast Ross Marrington. ?It started as a hobby when
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golf contests. For the first few years there was no business focus, the site simply served the golf community that was slowly turning to the web for golf related resources.? Things changed in 2001 when Ross and family moved to Kelowna to establish new roots. ?We owned a furnished rental home property that was posted onto the site and
We?r e pr oud t o say BCgol f gui de.com h as becom e t h e m ost act i ve an d l ar gest gol f t r avel com pan y i n West er n Can ada an d n ow of f er s t r i ps t o al l r egi on s of BC, Al ber t a Rock i es, USA an d i n t er n at i on al dest i n at i on s. If y ou ar e pl an n i n g a t r i p, con si der accessi n g BCgol f gui de.com - Wh er e w e m ak e Gol f Tr avel Easy !? BCGolfGuide.com Owner Ross Marrington
within days golfers from Alberta and the lower mainland were booking a golf trip. From that point it was evident what BCgolfguide.com would become.? Fast forward to 2007 when the number of happy BCgolfguide.com customers was accelerating with new destinations and more options for hotels also being added. From that time on, more and more resources have been expended to reinvent the site?s look and style as well as the need to enhance admin tools that provide better management of golf and hotel details, online payments, billing and reporting. ?It?s all been about the website visitor experience,? says Marrington. ?The site has gone through many more improvements / CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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enhancements for managing the growth of our bookings. We?re proud to say BCgolfguide.com has become the most active and largest golf travel company in Western Canada and now
offers trips to all regions of BC, Alberta Rockies, USA and international destinations. If you are planning a trip, consider accessing BCgolfguide.com Where we make Golf Travel Easy!?
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Lon e Wol f Th e Dr aw In Th e Nor t h I f you f i nd yoursel f h eadi ng north th i s summer, you w on?t regret goi ng to th e Lone Wol f Gol f Cl ub. Located in Taylor, BC, 60 km north of Dawson Creek, and 12 km south of Fort St. John on the world famous Alaska Highway, this 18 hole par 72 layout has a links-type feel. A tough test of golf at 7,141 yards from the back tees, its generous fairways are well protected by bunkers and fescue rough. Long days make late afternoon a great time to come out. The facility here is headed by PGA of Canada Executive Professional & General Manager Dave Callu m who, since the fall of 2008, has championed many positive changes at Lone Wolf.
Often referred to as ?the event headquarters of the north?, it now hosts the bulk of the Corporate and Charity fundraising events for the region. He and Head Professional Lar r y Ram st ad take great pride in their junior program, which has grown from seven children to 130 earning recognition from BC Golf. This year they have gotten a sponsor (Kikinaw Energy Services), and all Juniors play free when golfing with an adult. If you are planning a trip up, timing it for the Lone Wolf Classic Men?s Event July 23/23 is a great option
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Gol f Com m un i t y Sadden ed MEMORIAM By Th e Loss Of Lon gt i m e Cl ub Pr of essi on al An d Fr i en d Of Gol f Cec Fer guson IN
COURTESY PGA of BC
On Fr i day Jun e 2n d Cec Fer guson passed aw ay peacef ully at hom e i n t he com pan y of hi s t hr ee chi ldr en , Tan ya, Jason an d Cr yst al, alon g w i t h br ot her s Rob an d Gar y an d si st er -i n -law Colleen . He was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2016 and
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known for his golfing ability over a playing career that saw him represent Canada as an amateur, win the BC Open as an amateur and then compete professionally on the Canadian and Asian Tours back in the 1970?s. In the late seventies he settled into the life of a Club Professional and then stepped in to Club management, but not before winning the Canadian PGA Club Professionals?Championship in 1986. He served the memberships of Regina GC and Quilchena G&CC as Head professional before serving as General Manager at Myrtle Point GC, Wascana G&CC, and Vernon G&CC. For 20 years Cec directed the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society tournament fundraiser in memory of his friend, Constable Bruce Denniston, who died before a successful bone marrow transplant donor
could be found. ?The Denniston? was a popular event that attracted celebrities each year along with a host of amateurs who returned year after year to honour the memory of Bruce and raise funds and awareness of the need for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Cec Ferguson was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame of British Columbia in 2011. His last career was the one he might have enjoyed the most ? Coach driver for International Stage Lines. He looked forward to being on the road in his 50 passenger coach and entertaining his passengers along the way. Cec had the ability to analyze situations and find a way to achieve a positive outcome, and make and keep friends along the way. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
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Fai r w i n ds i n Nan oose Bay of f er s a ver y challen gi n g an d scen i c r oun d of golf . Green fees here range from $39 to $79 for 18 holes during peak season, based on time of day (prime time is 7:30am-12:00pm; early bird is
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and driving range tokens and cart, preferred green fee rates 15-day advanced online throughout the year, reduced booking privileges. Inquire in pricing on power cart rentals the Golf Shop for more information. Options are Becom e a ?Fr i en d available for Friends to upgrade to a full annual pass. of Fai r w i n ds? Contact the Golf Shop for car dh ol der f or on l y details.
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Four Cour ses, On e Out st an di n g Exper i en ce? Wel com e To Th e Sout h Ok an agan Gol f Tr ai l K now n f or i ts abundance of v i neyards, spark l i ng l ak es, w arm sunsh i ne, and spectacul ar scenery, th e South Ok anagan?s moderate cl i mate resul ts i n w arm spri ng w eath er, h ot and sunny summers, mi l d autumns and temperate w i nters.
Not sur pr i si n gly, t hi s r egi on i s hom e t o t hr ee golf f aci li t i es t hat of f er t he dest i n at i on golf er t he best of var i et y, challen ge an d un beli evable vi ew s. Perched on the mountainside overlooking the vineyards and wineries of Oliver, Fairview Mountain truly is distinctively
spectacular. Designed by renowned Canadian course architect Les Furber, FMGC is consistently rated a must play ?4 Star ? golf course by Golf Digest. With generous fairways, FMGC promotes aggressive play off the tee but the true defence of the course is its greens. With CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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speeds as high as 12 on the Stimpmeter during the peak of the season, these can be some of the purest putting surfaces in the province. In 2017, they have decided to revamp their popular Open to be a pro-am with the 1st Annual set to go June 3-4 with practice round on Friday, the 3rd. Entry is $230 for tournament rounds and there are lots of meals, prizing and on-course goodies included. 1-866-534-7264 -
f ai rv i ew mountai n.com The second course in Oliver is a combination of desert
and lush parkland. Owned and operated by the Osoyoos Indian Band, Nk?Mip Canyon, is a tale of two nines, the desert-dominated Canyon Nine and the more verdant Grove Nine. Originally expanded in 2001, just recently (in 2015), the course was redesigned to include two new spectacular holes. New here are the Golfboards (shown above right) that let you manoeuvre from shot-to-shot in a way that feels like snowboarding or surfing. GM Dave George says, ?Come ?Surf the earth? and play through the spectacular vineyard, sage and stone vistas and watch the sun play tricks on the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
and picturesque Okanagan surroundings. High above the town, the two full 18-hole layouts offer all golfers a unique experience. The Park Meadows is 18 holes of lush beauty. Rolling, hilled fairways, and graceful willow trees guarantee that you will not be disappointed. The par 71 Desert Gold eighteen is situated on a desert bench mountains.? One great deal overlooking Osoyoos Lake here is the Afternoon and the vineyards and ?Heater ? Special ? after 1:00 orchards of the South pm it includes golf, cart, & Okanagan. This desert range for $51.95 (July & Aug course layout offers length, only) - 1-800-656-5755 challenge and Okanagan nk mi pcanyon.com valley scenery second to Only 15 minutes further none. While anytime is good south and five minutes from for visiting here, timing your the Canada - US border, visit for either the Ladies Osoyoos with its lake is a Amateur Desert Open (Tues, true holiday destination. June 27th ) or the Men's While here, you?ll definitely Annual Golf O'Spiel (Oct 14) need to take a couple of days can add some competition to to play the 36-hole Osoyoos your stay. - 1-800-481-6665 Golf & Country Club. gol f osoyoos.com Osoyoos G&CC brings together ideal desert climate CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
The June 21st Aboriginal Da SNAG golf setup by Brit Participation Manager Tyler helm. His team included Ch Kettleson and Phong Pham. with over 160 kids swinging targets including this little du attire, perfectly dress
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