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Top Image: BC Junior Boys Champion
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Inside This Issue
Pultz Prevails In Playoff Over Horwood To Win Elusive B.C. Senior Women's Championship
Canada?s Brooke Henderson Looking For Super Summer After ?Breakthrough?Win In Michigan
BC?s Nolan Thoroughgood Weighing His Collegiate Golf Options
Maddie Szeryk Cruises To Four-Shot Win At B.C. Women?s Amateur
Mark Calcavecchia Commits To Playing 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Canadian Contingent Ready To Shine In Ottawa As The CP Women's Open Converges On Nation's Capital For Canada 150 Christian Zalli Holds Off His Little Brother To Win B.C. Junior Boys Championship
BC's Motomochi Movin' On
B.C. Coaches Gear-Up For Canadian Championships
DuVall Prevails In Playoff To Win 115th B.C. Amateur Championship
Doell, Deslauriers Sweep Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master Titles At Kokanee Springs
Chan, Parsons Play Their Way Into U.S. Women?s Amateur Championship
British Columbia Golf Announces 2017 Canada Summer Games Female Squad
Alisha Lau Cruises To Victory In B.C. Junior Girls Championship
British Columbia Golf Announces 2017 Eddie Hogan Cup Team
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BY BRYAN OUTRAM
EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue I n th i s edi ti on of Th e Scorecard w e l ook at ?Ch ampi onsh i p Season? f or Bri ti sh Col umbi a Gol f as June/ Jul y sees no f ew er th an 7 Prov i nci al Ch ampi onsh i ps tak e pl ace. We have the results and wrap-ups from 6 of those including the BC Senior/Super Senior Women?s on page 10, the BC Junior Boys on page 16, BC Amateur on page 27, BC Mid-Amateur/Mid-Master on page 32, BC Junior Girls on page 34 and the BC Women?s Amateur on page 54. We also have news on the announcement of the Provincial
Teams that will represent B.C. in the Eddie Hogan Cup (page 61) and at the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg (page 67). B.C. has the distinction of being the two-time defending champions in both male and female individual as well as team categories. We have a very interesting piece on the British Columbia Golf coaches program on page 23 taking a look at the hard working behind-the-scenes members of B.C.?s successful provincial golf teams. You?ll also find a couple of great stories from Brad Ziemer as he spoke with record-setting 2016 B.C. Amateur Champion Nolan Thoroughgood about his upcoming college career (page 48) and on the other side of the coin former top B.C. junior golfer Jonnie Motomochi who fell victim to new strict labour laws south of the border forcing him to leave his post as a coach at Oregon State University (page 20).
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Pul t z Pr evai l s In Pl ay of f Over Hor w ood To Wi n El usi ve B.C. Sen i or Wom en ?s Ch am pi on sh i p
Th e 2017 BC Women's Seni or and Super-Seni or Ch ampi on K aren Pul z (R) Poses Wi th Team BC Teammates Hol l y Horw ood (L) Jack i e Li ttl e (C)
It 's n ot li ke she n eeded a r em i n der , but Kar en Pult z got on e t he n i ght bef or e t he f i n al r oun d of t he B.C. Sen i or Wom en ?s Cham pi on shi p at Sun shi n e Coast Golf & Coun t r y Club. At the tournament banquet, Pultz was looking at the long list of past Senior Women?s champions when her good friend and a past champion of the event, Phyllis Laschuk, gave her some words of encouragement. ?Phyllis said it's time you put your name on this,? Pultz recalled. ?I'm 60 years old and I was probably known as one of the best players never to have won the B.C. Senior. And now I am a little bit in shock to say the least because I've done it!? Pultz, a Surrey resident and longtime member of Peace Portal Golf Club, got that CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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elusive B.C. Senior Women?s title when she defeated defending champion Holly Horwood of Vancouver on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff on a Sunshine Coast course that played exceedingly difficult. Pultz won it on the first playoff hole when she got it up and down for par and Horwood three-putted for bogey. Both players finished the 54-hole event at 25-over par. That was 13 strokes higher than Horwood?s winning score last year at Kelowna Golf & Country Club. Pultz said Sunshine Coast presented as stiff a test as she has encountered in her competitive career. ?It was demanding off the tee, on top of that it is a second-shot golf course, and when you do get to the green you have to negotiate the slopes and
where the ocean is and the influences that has,? Pultz said
" I t w as demandi ng of f th e tee, on top of th at i t i s a second-sh ot gol f course, and w h en you do get to th e green you h av e to negoti ate th e sl opes and w h ere th e ocean i s and th e i nf l uences th at h as" Pultz also captured the Super-Senior Championship for golfers 60 and over. One shot behind Pultz and Horwood was Jackie Little and those three players will represent BC at the Canadian Senior Women?s Championship Aug. 22-24 at Humber Valley Resort in Little Rapids, Nfld. For full story & scoring CLICK HERE
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Can adi an Con t i n gen t Ready To Sh i n e In Ot t aw a As Th e CP Wom en ?s Open Con ver ges On Nat i on ?s Capi t al For Can ada 150
As part of Canada 150 celebrations, the nation?s capital is hosting the stars of the LPGA Tour, including a strong Canadian contingent led by 4-time LPGA Tour winner Br ook e Hen der son. Golf Canada, in partnership with Canadian Pacific (CP), has announced many of the world?s top players have committed to play in the 2017 CP Women?s Open CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
Canadi an Women's Gol f Legend Lori e K ane (L) A nd Current LPGA Sensati on, Brook e Henderson, Wi l l V i e For Th e CP Women's Open Ti tl e A t Th e Famed Ottaw a Hunt Cl ub I n A ugust
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from August 21-27 at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn leads a stellar list of early commitments set to challenge for the $2.25 million USD purse, one of the largest prizes on tour. Three-time CP Women?s Open champion and world No. 2 Lydia Ko of New Zealand will be searching for a record fourth Canadian Women?s Open title. World No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, who won the inaugural CP Women?s Open in 2014, will also compete at Ottawa Hunt. Jutanugarn and Ryu are among nine of the top-10 players on the LPGA Tour Official Money List who have confirmed their intention to compete in the nation?s capital this summer. Other top-10 commitments include In Gee Chun, Christie
Th e Worl d?s Best Wi l l Be A t Ottaw a Hunt To Compete For Th e CP Women?s Open Troph y, Wi th A strong Canadi an Conti ngent Led by Smi th s Fal l s' Brook e Henderson Kerr, Can ada?s Br ook e Hen der son, Inbee Park, Anna Nordqvist, Sei Young Kim and Sung Hyn Park. No player will generate more excitement than Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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of nearby Smiths Falls, Ont., who will compete in her seventh career National Open, this time in front of hometown crowds at Ottawa Hunt & Golf
Club. Other Canadians include: World No. 71 and Canadian Olympian Alen a Sh ar p of Hamilton, 4-time LPGA Tour winner PEI's Lor ie Kan e who will be competing in Canada?s National Open Championship for a record 27th consecutive time. Jen n if er Ha of Calgary and M au de-Aim ĂŠe LeBlan c Sherbrooke are also set to compete with more Canadians to be announced in the coming weeks. Visit cpw om en spen for more information.
CHAMPIONSHIP Ch r i st i an Zal l i Hol ds Of f BY BRAD ZIEMER
Hi s Li t t l e Br ot h er To Wi n B.C. Jun i or Boy s Ch am pi on sh i p
Ch ri sti an Z al l i Def eated Younger Broth er I l i ri an A nd V i ctori a's K eaton Gudz By Tw o Sh ots To Wi n Th e 2017 B.C. Juni or Boys Ch ampi onsh i p
He w as pr oud of hi m self , but Chr i st i an Zalli also couldn ?t help f eeli n g a t i n ge of r egr et . To w i n t he B.C. Jun i or Boys Cham pi on shi p at Squam i sh Valley Golf & Coun t r y Club, Zalli had t o beat hi s li t t le br ot her Ili r i an .
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And that wasn?t easy. That it came down to the final hole made it even more difficult. Unfortunately, there are no ties in golf, so when Christian and Ilirian stepped up to the 18th tee late in the final round tied for the lead, you knew one of them was going to walk away disappointed. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Christian won it with a par on the 18th hole after Ilirian air-mailed the green with his approach and could not get it up and down to force a playoff. When it was over, Christian, 18, gave his 15-year-old brother a hug. ?He is a competitive guy, he's going to be a little bit upset now,? Christian said. ?But he will get over it. He's a young kid, he's really good. I told him, don?t worry about it. I don?t want him to feel like it?s the end of the world. He is a very good player. He has a lot of road to go. He is going to be back in this position, maybe even on a bigger stage. I am excited for him. He will realize it on the car ride home. He will be sad and then he will get over it.? The Zalli brothers, who live in Vancouver and play out of Richmond Country Club, are
close and that was evident when they played the final two rounds together at Squamish. They encouraged one another as they walked their way around the course. Ilirian would tie for second place at two-under par with Victoria?s Keat on Gu dz. ?I did the best I could, especially on the back nine,? said Ilirian, last year ?s B.C. Bantam Boys champion. Christian, who just graduated from David Thompson Secondary, won with a 72-hole score of four-under par. He fired a three-over 75 on Friday. It was hardly a masterpiece, but it got the job done. ?I have been under quite a bit of stress these last few hours,? a relieved Christian said. ?Winning is always in the back of your mind. I just wanted to not shoot myself in the foot. I had a big lead, I just wanted to stick around. I had a hard front CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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nine but I knew I could bring it back on the back nine as I did yesterday.?
Christian is on his way to UBC this fall, but has no plans to play collegiate golf. Instead, he plans to focus solely on his studies. ?I have thought long and hard abut this,? he said. ?It's a decision that took a long time to make. I am a good player, but I am not good enough to be a pro. If you're going to go to college to play
golf you are expecting to go pro.? Gudz, the 2014 B.C. Junior champion, fired the low round on what was a very windy day at Squamish -- a three-under 69 -- to grab a share of second place.He will join the Zalli brothers and represent British Columbia at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, which goes July 31-Aug. 3 in Kingston, Ont. CHIP SHOTS: A two-man best-ball competition was held in conjunction with the tournament. The teams of Thoroughgood and Gudz and the Zalli brothers tied at 26-under par. . . Next year ?s B.C. Junior Boys Championship will be played at Kamloops Golf & Country Club. CLICK HERE for the full story and complete scoring.
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BY BRAD ZIEMER
BC's Mot om och i Movi n ' On
Del ta, BC?s Jonni e M otomoch i (R) Hopes To Stay Wi th Coach i ng A f ter Leav i ng Oregon State Wh en Hi s Work V i sa Was Deni ed
Jon n i e Mot om ochi doesn ?t kn ow i f he i s a vi ct i m of Don ald Tr um p?s pledge t o cr ack dow n on f or ei gn er s obt ai n i n g vi sas t o w or k i n t he Un i t ed St at es. He just kn ow s he i s out of a job t hat he loved.
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He recently attempted to renew the visa he needed to keep working in the United States. His application was denied. ?I took my petition to the border and I was in customs for a few hours and they denied me,? Motomochi said in an interview.
Reehoorn called the loss of Motomochi a blow to his program. ?First, I feel really badly for Jonnie,? Reehoorn said in a telephone interview. ?He made the commitment to come down here and finished his Masters degree and we still weren?t able to make it work.
"It's also a big blow to the team. Obviously, we had some Motomochi, now 26, was one of British Columbia?s top junior success recruiting in the golfers as a teenager. He made Vancouver area and B.C. kids headlines back in 2003 when he qualified as a 12-year-old to play in the Canadian Amateur Championship at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. He said he doesn?t know if U.S. President Donald Trump's ?America First? pronouncements influenced his case. ?I will say it wasn?t easy before and he probably made it harder,? Motomochi said. Oregon State head coach Jon
and passion to work every day. and Jonnie played a major role I was very disappointed to lose in that. He is well respected by him.? the guys on our team and he Motomochi plans to spend brings a lot of knowledge and some time caddying for his really just brings a lot of energy friend, Riley Wheeldon of Courtenay, on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada circuit this summer. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE
But he very much hopes to remain in coaching in some capacity. ?I really want to stay in coaching,? he said. ?That is really what I love and have a passion for. I am kind of looking at my options right now. I will figure it out." CLICK HERE for full story.
BCGOLF TEAMS BY BRYAN OUTRAM
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B.C. Coach es Gear-Up For Canadi an Ch ampi onsh i ps Wi t h t w o Can adi an Jun i or Ch am pi on sh i ps com i n g up, B.C.?s f our coach es w i l l be at t h e n at i on al ch am pi on sh i ps w or k i n g w i t h t w o pr ovi n ci al t eam s an d t w o devel opm en t t eam s.
The coaches will be travelling with 14 B.C. juniors to national competitions and coaching them throughout the week. Both of the championships take place the same week of July 31st - August 4th in Ontario, with the boys in Kingston at Cataraqui Golf & Country Club and the girls in Cumberland playing the Camelot Golf & Country Club. British Columbia Golf ?s plan this
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year is to double the number of certified provincial coaches working with their junior performance program. This golf season, 30 juniors will have received some form of coaching service at the national or international level of competition through the B.C. provincial team program. These players come from various regions of the province to represent British Columbia. British Columbia Golf is striving to have all provincial coaches highly qualified through the assistance of the PGA of Canada?s coach education program and is working hand-in-hand with them to increase the standard of coaching in this province. Player Development Manager Debbie Pyn e says, ?All four provincial
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coaches have an excellent rapport working together. They regularly share feedback and have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. It?s great to have a well-rounded team of coaches to build a new B.C. junior program. They are not shy on seeking advice and looking at ways to self-improve as a coach, especially from the national program at Golf Canada.?
British Columbia Golf took the time to get some insight from B.C. Team coaches Ker i M of f at , Jen n if er Gr eggain , M at t Cella and Colin Laver s regarding their outlook on what it means to them to be
?I t?s great to h av e a w el l -rounded team of coach es to bui l d a new B.C. j uni or program. Th ey are not sh y on seek i ng adv i ce and l ook i ng at w ays to sel f -i mprov e as a coach , especi al l y f rom th e nati onal program at Gol f Canada.? involved with these dedicated athletes and play a role in developing them while helping the players reach their potential both on and off the golf course. For that insight please CLICK HERE for full story
RESULTS BY BRAD ZIEMER
DuVal l Pr evai l s In Pl ay of f To Wi n 115t h B.C. Am at eur Ch am pi on sh i p
The2017BritishColumbia Amateur Champion,Jake DuVall,HoldsTheBostock TrophyOver HisHeadAfter WinningTheTitleInA Playoff Over Washington's JacobKoppenberg It m ay have been t he bi ggest f i st -pum p i n t he 115-year hi st or y of t he B.C. Am at eur Cham pi on shi p. Victoria?s Jak e Du Vall was more than a little excited
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?This is huge,? an elated DuVall said. ?I have never really won any big tournament anywhere near the stature of this one. It kind of gives me belief going forward into golf, thinking about turning pro, that I can do it in pressure situations and I am really excited.? The 23-year-old DuVall exchanged chest-bumps with several of his Victoria-area buddies as he walked off the green to accept the historic Bostock Trophy. DuVall won the playoff after missing a five-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the championship. ?I have never been that nervous in my life,? DuVall said of that missed putt. ?I have never been in a situation like that. I played that hole perfectly. But I knew even if I missed it we would be playing more, so that helped.?
DuVall, who plays out of Uplands Golf Club, and Koppenberg both finished at 12-under par. DuVall closed with a three-under 69 on Friday, while Koppenberg shot a 70. Koppenberg, a 30-year-old member of Bellingham Golf Club who has a spot in next month?s U.S. Amateur Championship, looked like he was going to run away with the tournament on the front nine. He birdied four of his first seven holes to move to 14-under and had a four-shot lead. But things changed on the back nine, where he made bogeys on the 10th, 13th and 15th holes. ?I hit a chip on 10 that hit a sprinkler head and it kicked straight right,? Koppenberg said. ?On 13 I hit a good shot in and left myself an impossible chip and on 15 I hit a good shot in CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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and it ran a foot off the green into someone?s footprint. It could have gone one way or the other. If I could have got one break it may have saved me a shot, but that is just how it goes. It?s golf.?
spring as an amateur. I will probably do that.?
DuVall and Koppenberg finished one shot ahead of Victoria?s Kevin Car r igan , who shot a five-under 67 to move to 11-under. It was the second time Carrigan has finished one Koppenberg had a 20-foot shot back at a B.C. Amateur. ?I look for birdie on the playoff was super happy with the way hole, but it just missed on the I played today,? said Carrigan, low side. He had a feeling that last year ?s B.C. Mid-Amateur DuVall would make his putt. champion. ?I stayed in it the ?Once I missed, I just had a whole way and made lots of feeling,? he said. DuVall said he birdies. I was doing everything wasn?t nearly as nervous the well. I just came up a little second time around on 18. ?It short. I was very proud of was crazy how much less myself and how I played all nervous I was on that last one week. I honestly didn?t think I on the playoff than I was for was coming here to win so it is the one in regulation,? he said. a delightful surprise.? DuVall played his collegiate golf at Southwest Oklahoma State University and is taking a year to work on his golf. ?I am kind of contemplating whether I should turn pro this fall or just stay amateur and play the Mackenzie Tour Q-school next
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Toronto. ?This is the fifth time I have qualified for the Willingdon Cup team,? said Carrigan, who has won two Canadian Mid-Amateur championships. ?And that means a lot because I know how important it is in the history of B.C. golf. It's a 100-year-old event, we measure good players in the province based on how many Willingdon Cups they have played in.? Crisologo, who is about to begin his senior year at Simon Fraser University, sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to grab the final Willingdon Cup spot. He finished solo fourth at eight-under par after shooting a two-under 70 on Friday. ?I had an idea I needed to make that putt,? Crisologo said. ?I haven?t been on a Willingdon Cup team so that was obviously one of my goals
coming into the tournament. So it means a lot for sure.? Zach An der son of Nanaimo finished tied for fifth at seven-under with 13-year-old Jeevan Sih ot a of Victoria. Anderson fired a six-under 66, the low round of the tournament, on Friday, Sihota closed with an even-par 72. CHIP SHOTS: Vancouver ?s Dou g Roxbu r gh finished tied for 54th at 14-over after shooting a seven-over 79 on Friday. . .Defending champion Nolan Th or ou gh good of Victoria closed with a four-under 68 and finished 17th at one-over par. . . Next year ?s B.C. Amateur will be held Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops. . . Sihota and Tr ist an M an du r of Mill Bay won the two-man best-ball competition with a four-round score of 29-under. For complete final scoring CLICK HERE
Doel l , Desl aur i er s Sw eep Mi d-Am at eur , Mi d-Mast er Ti t l es At Kok an ee Spr i n gs Vi ct or i a?s Cr ai g Doel l w on t he B.C. Mi d-Mast er Cham pi on shi p an d t hen had t o w or k a li t t le over t i m e t o clai m t he Mi d-Am at eur t i t le at Kokan ee Spr i n gs Golf Resor t . Doell captured the Mid-Am crown on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff with Cam er on Pow ell of Fer n ie. Both players had finished the 54-hole competition at three-over par. Doell closed with a one-under 70 on Friday. Doell extended the playoff
Crai g Doel l , Pi ctured Here Wi th Len Fergi e, Won Both Th e M i d-A mateur A nd M i d-M aster Ti tl es A t K ok anee Spri ngs
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when he made a 20-foot putt for par on the fourth extra hole. He made another 20-footer on the fifth playoff hole and won it when Powell missed from short range. The Mid-Amateur competition is CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
Th e M i d-A mateur competi ti on i s open to pl ayers 25 and ol der. Th e M i d-M aster category i s reserv ed f or pl ayers 40 and ov er. open to players 25 and older. The Mid-Master category is reserved for players 40 and over.
runner-up Jack ie Lit t le of Pr oct er . Por t Alber n i?s Ch r ist in a Pr ot eau finished third in the Mid-Amateur competition at 17-over. Little also placed second in the Mid-Master competition, while Van cou ver ?s Ph yllis Lasch u k and Lyn da Palah n iu k of Kelow n a tied for third at 18-over.
A best-ball competition was also held in conjunction with Doell won the Mid-Master the Mid-Amateur and competition by one shot over Mid-Master Championships. San dy Har per of Nan aim o. Dan iel Br ow n of Gr an d For k s Por t M oody ?s Gu dm u n d and Adam Ker n an of Lin dbjer g was third at Kam loops won with score of five-over, while Van cou ver ?s 13-under par. That was one Dou g Roxbu r gh finished better than the teams of Doell alone in fourth place at and partner Gr eg Tr am m ell of six-over. Van cou ver and Harper and On the women?s side, Par k sville?s Josee Deslau r ier s Har r y Fer gu son of In ver m er e. swept the Mid-Amateur and CLICK HERE for complete Mid-Master crowns. Deslauriers shot a two-over 75 Women's scoring Friday to finish at 11-over par. CLICK HERE for complete That was five shots better than Men's scoring
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BY BRYAN OUTRAM
Al i sh a Lau Cr ui ses To Vi ct or y In B.C. Jun i or Gi r l s Ch am pi on sh i p
Th e 2017 B.C. Juni or Gi rl s Ch ampi on A l i sh a Lau, Fl ank ed By Ok anagan Gol f Cl ub Di rector Of Gol f Lee Ranger (L) A nd General M anager Dan M ath eson (R)
It w asn 't exact ly a n ai l-bi t er , but t hat doesn 't t ake aw ay f r om a ver y i m pr essi ve per f or m an ce by t he 2017 Br i t i sh Colum bi a Jun i or Gi r ls Cham pi on , Ali sha Lau.
Quilchena Golf & Country Club in her home town of Richmond, once again posted the only score under par on the final day of the tournament on The Bear Course at The Okanagan Golf Club to finish the event at
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9-under with a total of 279. The win was doubly, or should we say triply, rewarding for the 17-year old Lau as she not only took home the hardware as B.C. Junior Girls Champ, she also earned a spot on the B.C. Team at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship August 1-4th at the Camelot Golf & Country Club in Ontario as well as learning that she had been named to the B.C. Team for the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg July 28 August 13th. Told by B.C. Golf Coach Keri Moffat following her win here in the Junior Girls Championship that she had been chosen for the Canada Games Team, Lau was overjoyed, saying, "It's something that's been on my mind for quite a while, I really wanted this so it's just great news."
Lau, a disciple of the Rob Houding Golf Academy, was never challenged from the first day here at The Okanagan Club when she set a ladies'
Sh e not onl y took h ome th e h ardw are as B.C. Juni or Gi rl s Ch amp, sh e al so earned a spot on th e B.C. Team at th e Canadi an Juni or Gi rl s Ch ampi onsh i p A ugust 1-4th at th e Camel ot Gol f & Country Cl ub i n Ontari o course record at The Bear with a 5-under par 67. She lead from wire-to-wire taking an 8-shot lead into the final round, eventually extending it to a 10-shot victory with a bogey free 4th round of 2-under par 70. Finishing in second spot was CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Swan-e-set Bay's Est h er Lee with a 1-over total of 289 after shooting an even par 72 on the final day. Lee will join Lau and 3rd place finisher Han n ah Lee of Surrey, who was solo third with a 5-over total of 293, on the B.C. Team at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship. In fourth place alone was Lau's Quilchena Clubmate Kar en Zh an g with a total of 6-over
294, while 14-year old An gel Lin of Morgan Creek GC in Surrey rounded out the top 5. In the Best Ball Competition, it was Lau and Hannah Lee taking the honours with a 4-round total of 22-under par and an 11-shot advantage over the 2nd place team of Michelle Zheng and Esther Lee. In 3rd place at 10-under was the Kelowna duo of Emma Sabbagh and Tiegan Taylor. The 2018 B.C. Junior Girls Championship will take place at the Kimberley Golf Club from July 2-6th. CLICK HERE for complete scoring.
Th e B.C. Juni or Gi rl s Team For Th e Canadi an Juni or Gi rl s Ch ampi onsh i p From L-R: Hannah Lee, A l i sh a Lau A nd Esth er Lee, Wi th Coach K eri M of f at
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FROMACROSS Abor i gi n al Day Pr ovi des CANADA Opt i on & Oppor t un i t y BY BRYAN OUTRAM For Ki ds In Gol f
BC Gol f Parti ci apti on Dur i n g t he r ecen t Abor i gi n al M anager Tyl er M cK ay (L) Day f est i vi t i es held Jun e 21st Hel ps I ntroduce A Young at Musqueam ?s Com m un i t y SuperHero To Th e Game Of an d Cult ur al Cen t r es i n Gol f A t Th e A bori gi nal Van couver , a t eam f r om Day Ceremony A t M usq ueam Last M onth Br i t i sh Colum bi a Golf & Fut ur e Li n ks, Dr i ven by As part of the initiative to Acur a, set up t hei r SNAG golf inspire everyone to get active di splay on a beaut i f ul ear ly and involved in moving the sum m er day an d saw over 160 community forward, BC Golf ?s youn gst er s t ake par t i n t r yi n g new Manager of Participation, t hei r han d at hi t t i n g shot s Tyler McKay, was on hand with t ow ar d t ar get s w i t h t he CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE speci ally desi gn ed equi pm en t .
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a great crew of assistants that included SFU Clan standout Chris Crisologo, UBC T?Bird Women?s Golf team member Avril Li, former Team Canada Junior member Matt Kettleson and BC Golf intern Phong Pham. Between them all they were instrumental in helping interested youngsters, some who had swung a golf club before and many who had not, have some fun in hitting the velcro-style balls at nearby targets. In a fun, friendly and non-threatening environment, groups of young boys and girls took turns aiming for the special targets and it was tremendous to see how quickly all of them showed improvement in just a few swings with the assistance of the BC Golf team. And every one of them
seemed to enjoy the experience, with several parents smiling broadly upon witnessing the fun the kids were having at the same time.
?Th e maj ori ty of our k i ds pl ay soccer, w h at w e?re tryi ng to do i s, f or th ose k i ds th at don?t pl ay soccer, w e?re tryi ng to prov i de th em w i th an opti on.? NOLAN CHARLES The involvement of British Columbia Golf along with Future Links is a culmination of talks started a couple of years ago between self-described ?golf junkie? Nolan Charles, a council member for the Musqueam Band and British Columbia Golf Chief Executive Officer Kris Jonasson, which was then taken further by Tyler McKay?s predecessor Matthew Steinbach, who has since CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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involvement through hole moved on to take the role of sponsorship at some early head golf coach at Simon events has evolved to a much Fraser University. greater program of awareness As Charles stated, ?We have to and opportunity for Aboriginal give credit where credit is due. Youth to become involved at the grass roots level in golf. As We started with Matt Charles pointed out, ?The majority of our kids play soccer, what we?re trying to do is, for those kids that don?t play soccer, we?re trying to provide them with an option.? Th e BC Gol f - Future Li nk s Team Fl ank He went on to M usq ueam Counci l M ember Nol an Ch arl es (3rd From Lef t) L-R: Ph ong explain that, Ph am, A v ri l Li , (Ch arl es), M att K ettl eson, ?This August Tyl er M cK ay & Ch ri s Cri sol ogo we?ve got lined Steinbach and travelled to up another sponsorship of places like Osoyoos and some holes for an event at the Kamloops and met with the BCAFN (British Columbia Aboriginal leaders and got Assembly of First Nations) and things going from there.? that way we can branch out What started as simple CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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and reach out to more communities and say, ?if you?ve got facilities or in your adjacent communities if you can work something out?? we?ve got a vested interest in doing so.? Asked whether it was too soon to tell if there had been any effect with the young kids being introduced to the game of golf in these communities, Charles was very quick to say, ?Oh ,no? it?s had an immediate effect. We started with the BCGA and then SOAR (Sharing Our Activities and Resources) developed and now we need to reconnect with SOAR (the SOAR group is made up of British Columbia Golf, Curl BC and Tennis BC) and say, ?hey, how do we get SOAR involved in the communities as well??" Charles also points out the importance of Golf Canada?s involvement relating how a golf foursome 3 years ago that
included himself, BC Golf ?s Jonasson and former CEO of Golf Canada Scott Simmons, was the inception that laid the groundwork of ?let?s talk.?That just created the idea of the awareness being there and now it?s time to take it to the next level. Charles has some good things to say about the Golf Canada Future Links program as well. ?I really admire the Future Links program because what they want to do at the end of the day is create - can we call it - a mentorship program within the Aboriginal communities, where there are people within the community that actually teach the sport, members of the community teaching their own kids,? said Charles, before adding, ?And the social aspect of golf. That?s the great thing about golf, it teaches social etiquette.? So whereas it looks like the CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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involvement of BC Golf and Future Links in BC?s Aboriginal communities appears to be having some early positive reactions, Charles is not content to leave it at that. ?I look forward to not just expanding it in B.C., but across the nation,? he said. ?Because I?ve already talked to the Chiefs across the nation that participate in the assembly of First Nations. So there are
people out there that are aware, it?s just a matter of when can we get there.? Charles also has a personal goal saying that he?d like to see the game well-entrenched in Aboriginal communities in BC within 5 years and in 10 years, to see that success nationwide. To see an album of photos taken at Aboriginal Day CLICK HERE
BY BRAD ZIEMER
Canada's Brook e Henderson, Seen Here Teei ng Of f I n Th e CP Women's Open A t V ancouv er Gol f Cl ub I n 2015
Sum m er i s just get t i n g st ar t ed an d Br ooke Hen der son has an i n kli n g she i s goi n g t o have a ver y good on e. The 19-year-old Canadian LPGA Tour star sounded like she was oozing with confidence in a conference
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win and I think it's going to turn around my entire season,? Henderson said. It's not like Henderson had been playing terribly. She had seven top-15 finishes in her first 14 events before her win in Grand Rapids. But she had not been the dominant player she was in 2016, when she won twice, including a major championship. ?I definitely didn?t receive the results I thought I deserved because my game was in a really great place,? said Henderson. ?I was hitting the ball really well, my ball-striking had been the best it has been the last three years. I just wasn?t getting those couple breaks, wasn?t making those couple putts early in the week that can really make a huge difference when the tournament is over. ?I feel this was a breakthrough week for
me, it is kind of a turning point in my season. Just the confidence and feeling of being able to hoist a trophy again is unexplainable and it's such a great feeling to do it on Sunday. I kind of reminded myself that I do belong here and can contend on the LPGA Tour and get back to some of my bigger goals and knowing I am able to do it.? Her two-shot win over Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson at the Meijer LPGA Classic was Henderson?s fourth LPGA Tour victory and the first that did not occur on the west coast. She had won the Cambia Portland Classic twice in Oregon and last summer won the KPMG Women?s PGA Championship in a playoff over Lydia Ko at Sahalee in Seattle. That win at Sahalee raised expectations to a sky-high level CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Brook e Henderson Has Her Si ster Bri ttany A s Her Caddi e for Henderson and her less than stellar start to 2017 had been frustrating. That frustration now seems to have transitioned to confidence after her win in Michigan. Henderson was the 15th different player to win in 15 LPGA Tour events this season, a stat that speaks to the parity in women?s golf. ?It just proves how strong this game is right now. You need a couple of good breaks and I
was able to get those and also my game is in a really good place. I felt like anything was possible and I felt like I was going to get this win. ?I think it was good timing for the rest of the summer for me to win this week and gives me that extra boost where hopefully I win a few more times." CLICK HERE for full story.
BY BRAD ZIEMER
BC?s Nol an Th or ough good Wei gh i n g Hi s Col l egi at e Gol f Opt i on s
Th ere's Lots Of I nterest I n V i ctori a Teen Nol an Th orough good Si nce Wi nni ng Last Summer?s B.C. A mateur Ch ampi onsh i p
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influences that,? he said after the opening round of the B.C. Junior Boys Championship at Squamish Valley Golf Club. ?I want to find a coach that is not going to be upset when I play bad because that?s golf and it happens. And I just want to try and figure out
?I w ant to f i nd a coach th at i s not goi ng to be upset w h en I pl ay bad because th at?s gol f and i t h appens.? NOLAN THOROUGHGOOD
where I fit on the team. I kind of have a check-list that I do when I am assessing each team.? Thoroughgood, a junior member at Royal Colwood Golf Club, said the process was a little overwhelming at first. ?I had to send all these emails, I had to do research,?
he said. ?I was like, 'I don?t want to do this, I just want to go and play golf.' But because I've narrowed it down to which ones I'm talking to, it?s now just a matter of choosing which one.? The process has also been stressful on Nolan?s parents. Like nearly everyone else, they were taken by surprise by his breakthrough win last summer and the doors it has opened for their son. ?I think the first challenge for us is that it came out of nowhere,? said Nolan?s dad, Garth. ?To be honest, it's like drinking from a fire hose for my wife and I because we weren?t really prepared for it.? Nolan has already visited two U.S. schools and planned to visit another after the BC Jr. Boys Championship. Thoroughgood figures to be B.C.?s most heavily recruited player this summer, but plenty of other players in the field in CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Squamish drew interest from collegiate coaches. Longtime University of B.C. coach Chris MacDonald and new Simon Fraser University coach Matt Steinbach were both in Squamish as they looked to fill their rosters for the fall of 2018.
?I l ook at h ow th ey carry th emsel v es around th e gol f course, th e i n-betw een sh ots, I th i nk th at tel l s you a l ot about ch aracter." M ATT STEINBACH
the marshals, all those little things add up because if you're Both programs are losing going to represent the senior golfers this coming year university, I need to have faith and have big holes to fill. that you are going to carry Steinbach said when he yourself properly.? attends tournaments he's not really paying much attention to MacDonald echoed Steinbach?s comments. ?I just like to see scores or golf swings. their demeanor,? he said. He usually knows what a particular player is capable of ?You can usually see how their on the golf course. He is more attitude is going to be and their interested in the intangibles. ?I personality. If you can watch them long enough, which is look at how they carry always the trick because there themselves around the golf course, the in-between shots,? are so many players at these events, you can see how they Steinbach said. ?I think that tells you a lot about character. do with a bit of adversity, how they handle things when they How they interact with other do hit it into the woods or hit players, with the volunteers, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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to make an offer that will be comparable to what he would one OB and how they get anywhere,? MacDonald said respond.? MacDonald is making a pitch to of Thoroughgood. Thoroughgood, who in addition (ed.note: As of 07/18/17 Thoroughgood had verbally to being a promising golfer is committed to Oregon State) an excellent student. ?We are in a financial position
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Maddi e Szer y k Cr ui ses To Four -Sh ot Wi n At B.C. Wom en ?s Am at eur
Team Canada's M addi e Szeryk Won Th e BC Women's A mateur By 4 Sh ots A t V ernon Gol f & Country Cl ub
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from Allan, Tex., finished the 72-hole event at nine-under par after closing with a three-under 70 on Friday. ?I played really well to begin my round and it was nice to start that way,? Szeryk said. ?I was then able to focus on hitting good shots and giving myself chances.?
?I pl ayed real l y w el l to begi n my round and i t w as ni ce to start th at w ay, I w as th en abl e to f ocus on h i tti ng good sh ots and gi v i ng mysel f ch ances.? She capitalized on most of those chances, making six birdies in her round. Five of them came on the front nine. The win was Szeryk?s second provincial championship. She won the Ontario Women?s
Amateur in 2015. ?To have two provincial championships under my belt is pretty awesome,? she said. Szeryk?s mom, Karen, was all smiles. Karen, a non-golfer, caddied for her daughter for the first time this week. ?I did not ruin anything, she only had to tell me a couple of times to get out of the way,? she said with a laugh after the round. ?My job was to keep it light. Every night I read a couple of articles so I could talk about what was going on in the world and not talk about golf.? Maddie told her mom she could give her just one piece of advice a day. That came early in Friday?s round. ?Today I had to give it on the second hole, and it was ?let?s stay out of the trees today,?? Karen said. That, of course, is easier said than done at Vernon, where the fairways are lined with CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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poplars, weeping willows and assorted other trees. ?This course has a lot of trees,? Karen said. ?And we?ve seen a lot of them." The tournament featured all four members of Golf Canada?s national amateur team and three of them finished 1, 2, 3. Calgary?s Jaclyn Lee was second, thanks to a five-under 68 on Friday that featured four straight birdies starting on the seventh hole. Naom i Ko of Vict or ia tied for third at even par with 2015 B.C. Women?s Amateur champion M ich elle Kim of Su r r ey. The fourth Team Canada member, Grace St.-Germain of Ottawa, finished alone in fifth place at three-over par. Lee had it to seven-under for her round through 16 holes, but finished with two bogeys. ?It was a solid round today,?
" Th i s course tests ev ery part of your game. I f you mi ss i n th e w rong spot you are i n troubl e so you h av e to h av e ev eryth i ng pretty sh arp." MADDIE SZERYK said Lee, a 20-year-old two-time Alberta Women?s Amateur winner who attends Ohio State University. ?It was disappointing to finish bogey-bogey but I was happy with the number of chances I gave myself today.? Szeryk, Canada?s top-ranked amateur at No. 29 in the world, began the day with a three-shot lead on Ko, who had set a course record with a six-under 67 on Thursday. But her fast start on Friday put to rest any hopes the rest of the field had of catching her. ?This course tests every part of your game,? Szeryk said. ?If you CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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miss in the wrong spot you are in trouble so you have to have everything pretty sharp.? Szeryk said she kept peeking at Lee?s score on the back nine. ?We could kind of see the score guy ahead and it was like, 'okay, she keeps making birdies,' but I was making some birdies, too.? Szeryk was doused with water by her national team friends after holing out for par on the 18th green. Friday?s result was just the latest in a long list of impressive results for Szeryk. She won the Women?s Western Amateur two weeks ago in Chicago and had an impressive junior year at Texas A&M University. Kat Kennedy, the Canadian University and College champion who just completed her collegiate career at the University of British Columbia,
aced the 122-yard par 3 third hole Friday with a 9-iron. Kennedy, from Okotoks, Alta., finished in sixth place at seven-over par after shooting a 74 on Friday. ?To be honest I think I thinned it a little,? Kennedy said of her hole-in-one. ?I was just hoping it would clear the front bunker. I kind of turned away and didn?t see it go in.? As the three top British Columbia finishers, Ko, Kim and Lan gley ?s Glor ia USu Ch oi, will represent B.C. at the Canadian Women?s Amateur Championship, which goes July 25-28 at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont. Choi beat Por t Alber n i?s Ch r ist in a Pr ot eau in a playoff to earn the third spot. The 2018 B.C. Women?s Amateur Championship will be played at Golden Golf Club. CLICK HERE for complete final scoring.
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CHAMPIONSTOUR Mar k Cal cavecch i a Com m i t s To Pl ay i n g 2017 Paci f i c Li n k s Bear Moun t ai n Ch am pi on sh i p
M ark Cal cav ecch i a Has Had Great Success I n Canada A nd I s Look i ng For M ore I n 2017 Th e Paci f i c Li nk s Bear M ountai n Ch ampi onsh i p
2005 Can adi an Open Wi n n er Di scusses Hi s Ret ur n t o Br i t i sh Colum bi a i n an Exclusi ve In t er vi ew . Tournament Organizers have announced that 2005 Canadian Open winner and 1989 Open Championship winner Mark Calcavecchia has committed to playing in the 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. Calcavecchia has won two tournaments in British Columbia on the PGA TOUR; the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open at Northview and the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. Calcavecchia also won the 2012 Montreal Championship on PGA TOUR Champions. In the spirit of Canada Day, the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship will be offering a 15% discount on all ticket options from July 1 ? 31, 2017. Fans can enter promo code HAPPY150 to unlock this limited time offer at CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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select you r t icket s.com ?Calc? as he is affectionately referred to by his fans, sat down with the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship staff to talk about his return to Canada. Q:You have a PGA TOUR Champions victory in Montreal and two PGA TOUR titles at the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open at Northview and the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy. Is there something about Canada that makes you perform at your best? CALCAVECCHIA: ?I?ve always had a good time in Canada. I?ve enjoyed the golf courses that we?ve played, I?ve enjoyed the people, and I?ve always said I like the beer. It?s just such a great place ? especially in the summer. I?ve just always enjoyed playing up there. I?ve always said, winning the 2005 Canadian Open was the second biggest win of my career. I was happy to see we had a
tournament up there on Vancouver Island. I think it?s a pretty cool course.? Q:You wore bacon-themed pants in Iowa this year. Can we expect any bold fashion statements in Victoria at the Pacific Links Championship? CALCAVECCHIA: ?The bacon pants are only for Iowa. I?m not even sure if they are going to make an appearance next year, but we won?t worry about that now. I?m not a super flashy dresser by any means, so I feel a little weird in those pants. I?ll leave the crazy pants patterns to John Daly.? CLICK HERE to read complete interview. Tickets for the event can be purchased at pacif iclin k sch am pion sh ip.com through the BUY TICKETS tab.
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Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f An n oun ces 2017 Eddi e Hogan Cup Team
Team Bri ti sh Col umbi a I n Th i s Year's Eddi e Hogan Cup Consi sts Of From L-R: A i dan Goodf el l ow , Z ach Ryuj i n, I saac DH Lee A nd Joel V eenstra
The 49t h an n ual Eddi e Hogan Cup t our n am en t i s scheduled t o t ake place August 11t h ? 13t h, 2017 at t he Ri ver si de Golf & Coun t r y Club i n Por t lan d, Or egon an d Br i t i sh Colum bi a has been r epr esen t ed ever y si n gle year si n ce i t s i n cept i on i n 1969.
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2013 where team member Kevin Vign a also won the individual title. The Eddie Hogan Cup is filled with excellent competition from across the USA including Southern and Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii and others. It is restricted to boys 18 years of age or younger as of the final date of competition. However, a player may NOT have started college. The 2017 team from British Columbia will be represented by: Joel Veen st r a, Smithers G&CC, Smithers, BC Aidan Goodf ellow , Pheasant Glen GR, Parksville, BC Isaac DH Lee, Swaneset Bay Resort, Pitt Meadows, BC Zach Ryu jin , Marine Drive GC, North Vancouver, BC
The team was selected over a one month period by a BC Golf selection committee as this year 's Eddie Hogan Team is a 2-year development program in order to prepare for next year 's 50th Anniversary of the Eddie Hogan Cup matches. The team will be coached by Colin Lavers from Seymour Golf & Country Club in North Vancouver. This will be Colin's initial international event as a provincial coach. Abou t t h e 49t h Hogan Cu p The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches pit the best junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada against each other in a team format with the three lowest scores each day determining the team total. Awards are presented to the top three teams as well as the top three individuals in the field. The event began in 1969 in CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, their long-time head golf professional who served the club from 1939 until his tragic drowning death in 1968. At its inception, the competition was between the Portland Metro All-stars and junior golfers representing the rest of the region. Hogan, an Oregon Amateur champion and PNGA Amateur Champion, was credited for transforming the role of the golf professional, developing what is now considered the standard for the green grass pro shop. Hogan was also dedicated in helping the Oregon Golf Association develop its widely-recognized junior golf program. Being selected to compete in Hogan Cup matches is an honor that has been bestowed
Bei ng sel ected to compete i n Hogan Cup match es i s an h onor th at h as been bestow ed to f ew i ndi v i dual s, and th e ex cel l ence of past parti ci pants i s i ndi cati v e of th e q ual i ty of th e smal l , sel ect f i el d. to few individuals, and the excellence of past participants is indicative of the quality of the small, select field. Click on the website links below for more information. River side Golf Cou r se Eddie Hogan Websit e
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Ch an , Par son s Pl ay Th ei r Way In t o U.S. Wom en ?s Am at eur Ch am pi on sh i p
Kat hr i n e Chan lear n ed Mon day t hat bor i n g i s n ot alw ays bad. A r oun d of 18 st r ai ght par s t hat Chan called ?bor i n g? ear n ed t he 17-year -old Ri chm on d r esi den t a spot i n n ext m on t h?s U.S. Wom en ?s Am at eur Cham pi on shi p i n sout her n Cali f or n i a. Chan?s even-par round of 72 topped the field and earned her one of two spots that were up for grabs at a qualifier at Richmond K ath ri ne Ch an (L) A nd M ary Parsons Earned Th ei r Entry I nto Th e 2017 U.S. Women's A mateur A f ter Comi ng 1-2 I n A Qual i f i er A t Ri ch mond Country Cl ub CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Country Club. Delta?s Mary Parsons earned the other spot with a one-over 73. ?I think this is a first for me,? Chan said of her long string of pars. ?I am pretty surprised with myself. I felt like I was scrambling all day for par. I made a lot of up and downs. It was a boring round, but I am happy with the result. The U.S. Amateur is a tournament I have always wanted to play in.? Chan is heading into Grade 12 at J.N. Burnett secondary in Richmond and hopes to play college golf. ?I'm just going through that process,? she said. ?It?s complicated and tough, but in the end it's going to work out.? The U.S. Women?s Amateur goes Aug. 7-13 at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. While Chan was churning out pars, Parsons birdied her final
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today,? she said. ?I felt like I was back in my zone, something that I have been missing for a while. I had been
" I ?m di sappoi nted to be mi ssi ng out on th e Canada Summer Games, but I k now goi ng f orw ard U.S. A m i s a w h ol e oth er th i ng to be ex ci ted about. Th ey are di f f erent, one i s a team ev ent and one i s i ndi v i dual . But th ey are both presti gi ous ev ents" kind of struggling on the course and mentally wasn?t in it. Today it felt like I was back to myself on the golf course.? Her round on Monday created a dilemma of sorts for
Parsons. She had been awarded a spot on British Columbia?s team to the Canada Summer Games next month in Winnipeg. That event conflicts with the U.S. Women?s Amateur, so Parsons had to forfeit her spot on the Summer Games team. It wasn?t an easy decision. ?I have mixed feelings,? She said. ?I?m disappointed to be missing out on the Canada Summer Games, but I know going forward U.S. Am is a whole other thing to be excited about. They are different, one is a team event and one is individual. But they are both prestigious events.? Parsons was happy to learn that her Canada Games team spot will be going to her good friend, Tiffany Kong of Vancouver. Parsons, who is off to begin her freshman year at the University of Indiana, now CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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has a busy end to her summer. She has the Canadian Women?s Amateur, the Canadian Junior Girls and the U.S. Women?s Amateur in succession. ?Three big events and then I head to school right after,? Parsons said. CHIP SHOTS: Seventeen players competed in Monday?s qualifier. . .Surrey?s Michelle Kim (74) and Phoebe Yue of West Vancouver (75) were
awarded first and second alternate positions. . .Debbie Pyne, managing director player, development for British Columbia Golf said Hannah Lee of Surrey and Alisha Lau of Richmond will join Kong on B.C?s Canada Summer Games team. The boys?team, announced earlier this month, includes Nolan Thoroughgood and Keaton Gudz, both of Victoria, and Tristan Mandur of Mill Bay.
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Br i t i sh Col um bi a Gol f TEAMS An n oun ces 2017 Can ada Sum m er Gam es Fem al e Squad
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 Au. Featuring 16 sports and over 250 events, combined with a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Summer Games will bring together exceptional athletes and artists from coast to coast to celebrate the
occasion. One of those sports is of course, Golf, and when it comes to competing in the Canada Summer Games, few provinces can boast the results in any discipline quite like BC can when it comes to golf. 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 CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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gold medal available, in individual and team competitions for both males and females. BC also holds every record for individual low score in a round and the tournament as well as team score in a round and for the tournament - by both male and female contestants.
With the announcement of the female version of their golf squad this year, the coaches and managers of BC's Summer Games Team now have their entire team assembled and look forward to maintaining that unblemished record. Th is year 's f em ale t eam is com pr ised of :
Th e Com plet e M ale & Fem ale Golf Squ ads f or BC's 2017 Can ada Su m m er Gam es Team ar e as f ollow s: Fem ale - Tiffany Kong, Alisha Lau, Hannah Lee, Akari Hayashi M ale - Keaton Gudz, Nolan Thoroughgood, Tristan MandurKhan Lee Coach Matt Cella, the director of instruction at Olympic View Golf Club in Victoria will be in charge of the team along with help from volunteer manager,
Richmond?s Christine Wong, a two-time B.C. Women?s Amateur champion. 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 HERE to see detailed golf schedule. CLICK HERE for more information on the Golf at The Canada Summer Games.
Can ada's 150t h Bi r t h day Cel ebr at i on Gol f Act i vi t y Cen t r e Now Li ve
Br i t i sh Colum bi a Golf 's 'Get Out An d Play' pr ogr am laun ched w i t h Golf Can ada's 'Get Out An d Golf Day' celebr at i on at t he en d of May. The goal to see 150,000 Br it ish Colu m bian s par t ak e in 1.5 m illion golf act ivit ies in a span of 150 days begin n in g on M ay 28t h is well underway. The Golf Act ivit ies Cen t r e is up and running on the Golf
Canada site. It's a simple process to become involved and help reach this goal as we help celebrate Canada's 150th in a fun, healthy and inclusive environment. To find out how you can be a part of this celebration simply click on the link below and follow the instructions. Then 'Get out And Play!' CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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he BC Women's Amateur at nner Maddie Szeryk, Szeryk's die, and Naomi Ko looking on.
IMAGE CREDIT JURGEN KAMINSKI