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Top Image: Team BC At The Canada Summer Games In Winnipeg
Inside This Issue
Shins Big Finish Clinches Golden Ears Win; Wong Records First Albatross In VGT History
Four PGA TOUR Winners Commit To Playing The 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
The Key To Your Best Round Of Golf - Think About It
Team British Columbia Takes Title, Thoroughgood Medallist In The 45th Junior Americas Cup
How To Watch The Best Play
Lisa Longball: Distance Tips
Stephen Ames Enjoying Life On The PGA TOUR Champions Circuit
Sihota, Lovan Win Big At B.C. Juvenile Championships
Pacific Links - Bear Mountain Field Shaping Up Nicely
Redwoods GC Drive For Relief Supports Fire Victims
Victoria's Jim Rutledge Wins Fifth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors' Championship Of Canada
BC's Mandur, Thoroughgood Place 2nd In Canadian Boys Championships
2017 Invictus Games In Canada To Include Golf For The First Time
Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration Golf Activity Centre Now Live
The Parting Shot: 2016 Pacific Links
PGA Of BC Championship On August 24-25, At Capilano G&CC
NGCOA Canada Acquires Vancouver Golf & Travel Show, Event Re-Branded As Vancouver GOLFEXPO
Team B.C. Captures Three Silver Medals And A Bronze At Canada Summer Games In Winnipeg
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TEA M BC Got I nto Th e Spi ri t Of Th i ngs A t Th e Canada Summer Games I n Wi nni peg. From Lef t To Ri gh t: M att Cel l a (Coach ), K eaton
Gudz, Nol an Th orough good, Tri stan M andur, Ch ri sti ne Wong (A sst. Coach ), A l i sh a Lau, IMAGE COURTESY Ti f f any K ong & Hannah Lee CANADA SUMMER GAMES
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EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue I n th i s month ?s i ssue of Th e Scorecard w e f ocus on th e upcomi ng Paci f i c Li nk s Bear M ountai n Ch ampi onsh i p comi ng to th e V i ctori a resort f rom September 11-17th . Last year the PGA TOUR Champions event made its debut at the Bear Mountain GR facility and now that it?s back for another run we?ve got some interesting articles to help you enjoy the tournament even more. On page 27 you can read about some of the big names who have committed to playing including Big John Daly, former Canadian & British Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia and others.
There?s a great piece written by Bear Mountain?s Doug Hastie with tips on how to get the most out of being a spectator at a high level tournament like this, entitled ?How To Watch The Best Play?on page 13. Along with all that we have some terrific deals on golf across the province throughout the magazine to tell you about as well as updates on results from championships in BC and nationally. Tristan Mandur & Nolan Thoroughgood (page 63) did the province proud in the national junior championships. Jeevan Sihota and Claire Lovan (page 57) continued their rise in the world of amateur golf And for those looking to add more distance to all their clubs on the golf course, there?s a great swing tip from 7-Time Canadian Women?s Long Drive Champion Lisa ?Longball? Vlooswyk on page 19.
Team Bri ti sh Col umbi a Tak es Ti tl e, Th orough good M edal l i st I n Th e 45th Juni or A meri cas Cup
Team Br i t i sh Colum bi a w on t he 45t h An n ual Jun i or Am er i ca?s Cup, at The Hom e Cour se i n DuPon t , Wash.
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British Columbia, represented by Tr ist an M an du r , Keat on Gu dz, Nolan Th or ou gh good
and Callu m Davison , shot a final round team score of 2-over par 218 to finish the championship at 3-under par overall as a team. No other team finished under par as a team. Southern California finished in second place at
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even-par, and Team Utah rounded out the top-3 at 2-over par overall. Similar to a collegiate event, the Junior America?s Cup features 18 teams of four boys representing their state, province or country. The competition is held over 54-holes with each team counting its best three scores
each round. Second round leader Nolan Thoroughgood of Victoria, B.C. continued his great play firing a final round of 2-under par 70 on the 7,220 yard layout. Thoroughgood?s 3-day total of 8-under par 208 gave him a four shot victory for the individual title over 2nd-place finisher William Mouw of Southern California. For complete story CLICK HERE
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How To Watch YOURGAME Th e Best Pl ay IMPROVING
BY DOUG HASTIE
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YouCanLearnALot FromWatchingPlayersLike 2016PacificLinks ChampColinMontgomerieWhenYouKnowWhat ToLookFor
Di r ect or Of In st r uct i on Doug Hast i e t alks about how t o get t he m ost out of at t en di n g The Tour n am en t Next Mon t h at Bear Moun t ai n Last year, after the event, I had many members talk to me about what they observed watching the tournament. Most comments were about so-and-so?s technique, a great shot they saw or a really bad shot they saw. Making the comparison of their own game to the world?s best was also fairly common. I have had the opportunity to attend many great tournaments, including the Canadian Open almost every year when I was young... usually with a pro from my home club. We had a routine, first we would sit on the range and just watch. He would point out the players?different tempos, their impeccable balance, how their
ball flights were so consistent and how they went about their warm up. We would then follow a group for at least nine holes. He wanted me to watch how they went about playing the course, their routines, and how they did not hit ?perfect? shots all the time. I remember following journeyman Tommy Armour III one day for 18 holes. He hit it all over the map in my opinion, looked out of sorts, and didn?t seem to do anything special. He shot 68. That was a great lesson for me. To ?score well?sometimes all you need to do is play your game, keep the mistakes to a minimum, and be ?good enough?. If you want to learn about technique, I would not recommend trying to copy something you see or replicate a shot that your favourite player made. Instead, I would take note of the similarities in their grips, set ups and finishes. Notice how an individual?s tempo will never vary whether they are hitting a drive, an iron, a chip or a putt. Watch
how they take time to decide what shot to play and club to hit, but then very little time once those decisions are made. Take note that not all of them hit it where they are aligned, it is okay to have your body lined up a little right or left, if it works better for you. Lastly, marvel at how good they are around the greens, making the short shots look routine when we know they are not. In closing, great players are great for a reason, they work hard at their trade and make it look easy.
Comparing yourself to them would be like comparing your uncle that plays piano at family gatherings to a concert pianist... not really all that fair. Doug Hastie is the Director of Instruction At The Westin Bear Mountain Resort. He has received numerous awards including 2007 PGA of BC Teacher of the Year and can be reached at Doug.Hastie@ westinbearmountain.com
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BY LISA 'LONGBALL' VLOOSWYK
Ar e you looki n g t o add di st an ce t o all of your clubs? Clubhead speed and ball speed lead to distance. For every 1 mph of clubhead speed added, a player can gain up to 3 yards. Here is a drill to increase your clubhead speed and in turn your ball speed.
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After 4 weeks his students gained 8-10 miles per hour on average.
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My swing coach Paul Horton, had his NCAA students swing a ?Swing Fan? as fast as possible 10 times in a row followed by swinging a shaft without a head on it or an alignment stick 10 times as fast as possible. He would have them repeat each set of 20 swings five times 3-5 days a week.
?Swing Fans? are available at Golf Town locations or can be found for purchase at retailers on line by searching ?Golf Swing Fan?. There are multiple manufacturers of swing fans available. Go Long! Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk is a 7-Time Canadian Long Drive Champion and currently ranked Top 5 in the World. She runs her own Golf School for Women and has just launched an Instructional Video to help golfers hit it Longer, Straighter and Better. Lisa can be contacted at www.LisaLongball.ca.
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The53-year-oldAmesisnowinhisthirdfull seasonon thePGAChampionscircuit. Tosayheislovinghisnew leaseonhisgolfinglifewouldbeanunderstatement.
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St eph en Am es En joy i n g Li f e On Th e PGA TOUR Ch am pi on s Ci r cui t Am es w as i n Vi ct or i a i n Jun e t o pr om ot e t he Paci f i c Li n ks Bear Moun t ai n Cham pi on shi p, a $2.5-m i lli on Cham pi on s Tour even t scheduled f or Sept . 15-17.
understatement. ?Let?s put it this way, the 19th hole is the favourite hole,? he said of the Champions tour.
?It?s a lot more relaxed off the golf course. The camaraderie amongst the players and their The 53-year-old Ames is now in wives and girlfriends, we have his third full season on the PGA a lot more fun in that respect, Champions circuit. To say he is but again the funny thing that loving his new lease on his golfing life would be an CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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really surprised me is the quality of the golf the guys are still playing. ?You expect that. Guys don?t want to give up. Some of them have got some really big egos and they want to continue playing and they are feeding that part of it. Bernhard is a classic example of that, especially the way he has played the last couple of weeks. For me, I am absolutely loving this. It?s funny how everyone works their whole life to retire and play golf. I get to play golf for the rest of my life. I?m in a happy situation.? Ames has called Vancouver home for the past three years and does much of his practising at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club. ?The Director of Golf and the members have given me an opportunity to play and practice there,? Ames said. ?I feel like one of the members. I
?I am dri v i ng th e gol f bal l a l ot better th an I ev er h av e,? h e sai d. ?Th at i s th e part th at I h av e ch anged th e most.? even played men?s night one night. Shaughnessy has been a lot of fun for me.? Ames had four wins on the PGA TOUR, including the 2006 Players Championship. He tied for 54th at last year ?s event at Bear Mountain, firing rounds of 74, 69 and 69, and feels like he has a score to settle with the resort?s Mountain course. Ames added that every part of his game is better than what it was last September at Bear Mountain. ?I am driving the golf ball a lot better than I ever have,? he said. ?That is the part that I have changed the most.? Along with Ames, tournament CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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sponsor Pacific Links announced that Langer, defending champion Colin Montgomerie and Scott McCarron will be in the field for this year ?s event. Montgomerie won last year ?s tourney in a playoff over McCarron. Both players finished the event at 15-under par. Ames suggested some of the players could be running on fumes by the time they get to Bear Mountain. ?The unfortunate thing with this is
that this is going to be the fifth of six events in a row and we are coming back from Japan,? Ames said. ?So a lot of guys are going to be very tired.? CHIPS SHOTS: Pacific Links is under contract to sponsor the tournament through 2018 and president Rudy Anderson said he hopes the event will return to Bear Mountain for a third year. ?Our intent is to be here at Bear Mountain,? Anderson said of 2018. ?We are looking for success like we had last year and hopefully to grow on that.?
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COVERSTORY Paci f i c Li nk s Bear M ountai n Fi el d Sh api ng Up Ni cel y The lat est player t o com m i t t o t he 2017 Paci f i c Li n ks Bear Moun t ai n Cham pi on shi p i s John Daly... f i ve-t i m e PGA TOUR w i n n er an d on e of t he m ost popular player s i n t he gam e. Daly i s i n hi s secon d f ull season on t he PGA TOUR Cham pi on s an d has alr eady secur ed a t our n am en t vi ct or y af t er w i n n i n g t he In sper i t y In vi t at i on al i n May.
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been releasing names throughout the summer and Daly will be joining an elite field of golfers that now includes Charles Schwab Cup leader Ber n h ar d Lan ger as well as, Sir Nick Faldo, St eph en Am es, Scot t M cCar r on , Fr ed Fu n k , Jay Haas, Tom Leh m an , M ar k O?M ear a, Jer r y Kelly, Rocco M ediat e, Pau l Goydos an d M ar k Calcavecch ia. ?Calc?, the 1989 Open
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Championship winner has had a love affair with Canada. He won the 1997 Greater Vancouver Open at Northview, the 2005 Canadian Open at Shaughnessy, and since being on the PGA TOUR Champions he has also won the 2012 Montreal Championship. Asked by tournament organizers about his Canadian trifecta, Calcavecchia replied, ?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. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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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.? Calcavecchia did play last year as well and commented very favourably on the experience. ?Overall, it was great. I know I had a really good Sunday. I remember the scores were really low on Sunday. I think I shot six under and left with a really good taste in my mouth. I really
?I ?v e al w ays h ad a good ti me i n Canada. I ?v e enj oyed th e gol f courses th at w e?v e pl ayed, I ?v e enj oyed th e peopl e, and I ?v e al w ays sai d I l i k e th e beer. I t?s j ust such a great pl ace ? especi al l y i n th e summer." MARK CALCAVECCHIA
enjoyed the area, the city ? we went downtown a couple of times and did some sightseeing. It was a lot of fun.
Everyone stays right there. The accommodations are fantastic, right there on Bear Mountain. You run into your friends at dinner. That one par three on
the back nine (14), it was beautiful. I think the course is great and I?m looking forward to it again this year.?
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Set al ong th e f ai rw ays of th e 17th and 18th h ol es of th e Nk ?M i p Canyon Desert Gol f Course i n Ol i v er i s th e new Canyon Desert resort communi ty. The team behind the Canyon Desert Golf Resort is made up of GGC Development Ltd., Bellstar Developments Inc. and the highly successful Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation, led by Chief Clarence Louie. When complete, this master-planned active community will encompass a wide range of residences, tourist
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accommodations, restaurants, fitness and recreation services, and other fine amenities. The first component of residential to be marketed are the Golf Villas. Starting in the low $400?s, they are equipped to make life comfortable and effortless with an open plan design with spacious living/dining areas that flow seamlessly to integrated outdoor areas to maximize living space. Other benefits include hassle-free, lock and leave ownership plus free golf membership.
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donate to the Red Cross. The reality - $52,500 was raised through support from locals, golf industry representatives, community businesses, and of The shotgun tournament was course the Redwoods Golf planned, organized and Course. Doug Hawley, executed in short notice. It was managing director at a fund-raising effort to support Redwoods, came up with the the victims of this year 's idea. Hearing stories of wildfires in British Columbia. hardship, and watching The goal - raise $30,000 and CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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devastation on the news had motivated him to help. Redwoods donated the course for the day and100% of all the proceeds went to the Red Cross. Even the days wages of Redwoods staff were donated. The course's local Academy golf pros, donated an hour of lessons on the range, prior to the shotgun. Tailgate party, live music, and golf with prizes filled the afternoon event. BBQ dinner, with donated steaks, a silent auction followed by more live
music filled the evening. The smoky skies seemed almost fitting for the day. It was a humble reminder of the many victims who were displaced and suffered loss. The event proved the community?s good Samaritan
spirit! It's incredible that in such short time, many local vendors, business owners, and the golf industry came together to ensure success. The entire team at Redwoods are very grateful, and cannot thank everyone enough!
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PGA Of BC Ch ampi onsh i p On A ugust 24-25, A t Capi l ano G&CC Given the venue for this year ?s Taylor M ade & Adidas Golf PGA of BC Championship presented by Axis In su r an ce M an ager s, the buzz around this year ?s tournament has been palpable since the beginning of the season. The Association?s premier championship takes place at Capilano Golf & Country Club on Aug. 24 and 25, with nearly 100 Professionals from across the province coming to compete in 36 holes of stroke play at the prestigious West
Vancouver facility. Proof positive that the event is one of the most anticipated championships put on by the PGA of BC in recent memory is how quickly the field filled up. It?s been at capacity since mid-March, just a few weeks after registration opened. Host Head Professional Mark Thirtle wasn?t surprised to see his colleagues clamouring to compete at Capilano, which is perennially ranked among the country?s top courses. The rich CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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history and tradition, the stunning Stanley Thompson course design and impeccable facilities make Capilano a must-play for any British Columbian golfer. ?Any time you can get your industry colleagues to come to your facility, you?re excited to show it off to them,? said Thirtle. ?The fact that they get to play and it will be in perfect condition, to PGA TOUR standards on the greens and the setup, I think it?s going to produce a worthy champion. The championship will be the first PGA of BC event at Capilano since the 2009 Tournament of Champions, but the Association?s history books suggest this will be the first time in almost 40 years that the club has hosted one of the PGA of BC?s active stroke-play championships. Thirtle said the membership
?...i t?s th e f l agsh i p ev ent f or th e A ssoci ati on" and staff at Capilano are thrilled to be welcoming the tournament. ?It was unanimous when it went to the Match Committee for approval,? he said. ?They realize it?s the flagship event for the Association ? It?s nice the members have given it their blessing and it?s going to be a great event.? The PGA of BC Women?s Champion will also be crowned on Aug. 25, with the title going to the low-scoring female Professional in the field. Tee times will begin at 7 a.m. in both rounds, while the final groups will tee off at 12:20 p.m. each day. CLICK HERE for full tournament information.
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The Br i t i sh Colum bi a Chapt er of t he Nat i on al Golf Cour se Ow n er s Associ at i on Can ada (NGCOA Can ada) i s pleased t o an n oun ce t he acqui si t i on of t he Low er Mai n lan d?s con sum er golf exposi t i on f r om pr evi ous ow n er s Ow en Hoski n son an d John Ti ppi n g of Cascadi a Even t s (Seat t le, WA) w hi ch w i ll be r e-br an ded as Van couver GOLFEXPO.
1,300 members across Canada. "It has been our pleasure to oversee the Vancouver Golf & Travel Show since the Winter Olympics displaced the event in 2011 we are even more thrilled that the NGCOA Canada has stepped up to take over the event. We have tremendous confidence that this organization has the relationships and credibility to take it to the next step." says John Tipping
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February 18th at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street in Vancouver. ?The BC Chapter of the NGCOA Canada is pleased to have acquired this consumer golf exposition and are looking forward to working with our members and the golf industry towards building upon the successes of the show as we move forward,? stated Ms. Corinne Allan, President, BC Chapter, NGCOA Canada (General Manager, Fraserglen Golf Course). For more information, visit
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Team B.C. Captures Th ree Si l v er M edal s A nd A R E S U L T S BY BRAD ZIEMER Bronze A t Canada Summer Games I n Wi nni peg
TeamBCAt The2017CanadaSummer The gold r ush f i n ally GamesInWinnipeg. L-R:TristanMandur, en ded f or Team Br i t i sh NolanThoroughgood,KeatonGudz,Alisha Colum bi a at t he Can ada Lau,HannahLeeAndTiffanyKong Sum m er Gam es, but Summer Games golf t her e w er e plen t y of tournament concluded si lver li n i n gs. The boys and girls teams each took home silver medals, and Richmond?s Alish a Lau won silver in the individual girls competition as the Canada
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British Columbia had swept all eight gold medals in the first two Canada Games, in 2009 and 2013, where golf was contested. This year, it was Quebec?s turn. Quebec won both team competitions and also captured both individual titles. Lau and teammates Han n ah Lee of Surrey and Tif f an y Kon g of Vancouver finished the team competition at five-over par. That was eight shots behind Quebec. ?We all played pretty good and tried our best,? Lau said in a telephone interview. ?We are all proud of each other.?
Lau, w h o l ast month w on th e B.C. Juni or Gi rl s Ch ampi onsh i p, h ad a one-sh ot l ead i n th e i ndi v i dual competi ti on w h en th e f i nal round began. Sh e pl ayed Fri day not f eel i ng h er best af ter f al l i ng i l l Th ursday ni gh t.
round today was a grind for me,? Lau said. Lau closed with a four-over 76 to finish the 72-hole competition at one-over par. That was six shots behind Celeste Dao of Notre-Dame-de-L?Ile-Perrot, Lau, who last month won the B.C. Junior Girls Championship, Que. Lee finished alone in fifth place at seven-over, while had a one-shot lead in the Kong was eighth at 14-over. individual competition when the final round began. She The B.C. boys team of Mandur played Friday not feeling her and Victoria residents Nolan best after falling ill Thursday Th or ou gh good and Keat on night. ?I was actually pretty CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE sick last night so the entire
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Gu dz finished at eight-under par, six shots behind Quebec. Mandur had to settle for bronze after losing on the
Vandette of Quebec. It's been a nice couple of weeks for Mandur, who is about to start his freshman
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good finish for B.C., I think we're all very happy, said Mandur. "Thoroughgood finished alone in 6th place at one-under par, while Gudz was 9th at four-over par. Lau and Mandur called the Summer Games a terrific experience, both on and off the golf course. ?This whole experience at the Canada Games has been awesome,? said Lau, who is about to begin her freshman year at the University of Colorado. ?We went out to watch some other sports and cheered on Team B.C. It was a lot of fun to be part of a team sport this week.? Said Mandur, ?It's been phenomenal, It's been great to be part of a multi-sports Games like this. The whole vibe with the atmosphere here has been awesome.? For complete Summer Games golf scores CLICK HERE.
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Sh i n?s Bi g Fi ni sh Cl i nch es Gol den Ears Wi n; Wong Records Fi rst A l batross I n V GT Hi story
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with his finish Sunday at the Golden Ears Men?s Invitational at Pitt Meadows Golf Club. Shin, who closed with an eight-under 64 to finish the 36-hole event at 11-under par, won by two shots over Eu gen e Won g. It was Wong who registered that two on Pitt CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Meadows?par 5 10th hole on Sunday. Vancouver Golf Tour commissioner Fraser Mulholland said he thinks it is the first albatross recorded on his tour. Shin?s great finish started on the par 3 16th hole, where he sunk a long birdie putt. ?Then on 17 I hit a good shot to eight feet and made that one,? Shin said. Shin came close to an albatross of his own on the par 5 18th hole when he stuck a 6-iron from 185 yards a foot from the hole. ?The last hole was really special,? said Shin, a Langley resident who teaches at The Lab at Northview Golf Club in Surrey. ?This is a little redemption for me. A couple of years ago at this tournament I shot 65 the final day and tied Nathan Leonhardt, who had a birdie-eagle finish. We went to a playoff and I lost. It feels
good to come out ahead today.? The 38-year-old Shin earned $2,500 for the win, which should help pay for some baby furniture. Shin and his wife are expecting their first child next month. DOUBLE EAGLE: Wong?s albatross was a first for the North Vancouver native. ?They are pretty rare, much harder than a hole-in-one,? said Wong, who had 195 yards left and hit a 5-iron. ?It happened so quick,? he said. ?I hit my shot perfect, right at the flag, and it went one, two, three and rolled in.? Wong made $1,500 for his second-place finish. For more from the VGT CLICK HERE
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Fal l Mean s Even t s At Bi g Sk y Wh en many courses are w i ndi ng dow n af ter Labour Day, Bi g Sk y i n Pemberton seems to be j ust rampi ng up. Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the season, there is live music & great food in Fescues Restaurant. Every Tuesday through Oct 3rd is Men?s Night with all skill levels welcome. Nine hole tee times start at 4:30pm and the $45 cost includes power cart, shared appies, pint of beer or glass of wine & prizes! Other events include Ladies Night Golf & Dine #4 (Sept 7) and Ladies
Nine & Wine (Sept 7, 21, 28, & Oct 5). Tournaments include the 2017 Big Sky Amateur (Sept 23-24) and the 2017 Turkey Shoot (Oct 7). Check their website for more details.
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Commi t To Pl ayi ng Th e 2017 Paci f i c Li nk s Bear M ountai n Ch ampi onsh i p
ClockwiseFromTopL: TomLehman,MarkO?Meara,JerryKellyAndRoccoMediateHaveAll CommittedToCompetingIn2017PacificLinksBear MountainChampionshipInVictoria Tour n am en t Or gan i zer s Tom Lehman, Mark O?Meara, an n oun ced t hat f our golf Jerry Kelly and Rocco Mediate st ar s have com m i t t ed t o will all be joining the field at playi n g i n t he 2017 Bear Mountain Golf Resort in Victoria, British Columbia the Paci f i c Li n ks Bear Moun t ai n Cham pi on shi p. week of Sept. 11-17, 2017. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Tom Leh m an, who currently sits ninth on the Charles Schwab Cup money list, is the only golfer in history to have been awarded Player of the Year honours on all three tours operated by the PGA: the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Champions. In 2009, Lehman became the 13th player to win his PGA TOUR Champions debut tournament. M ar k O?M ear a spent nearly 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from their debut in 1986 to 2000. In a late finale to his PGA TOUR career, O'Meara won two majors in 1998, The Masters and the Open Championship. In 2007 O'Meara began play on the PGA TOUR Champions and had several top-10 finishes in his first 3 seasons. Jer r y Kelly is in his first year on the PGA TOUR Champions and
currently sits 24th on the Charles Schwab Cup money list. The Madison, Wisconsin native has won three PGA TOUR events in his career. Kelly made his PGA TOUR Champions debut at the 2017 Chubb Classic, where he finished T3. Rocco M ediat e has won six times on the PGA TOUR and three times on PGA TOUR Champions. Mediate's most notable moment of his career came in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where he finished runner-up after losing the first sudden death hole after an 18-hole playoff to Tiger Woods. Mediate joined PGA TOUR Champions in 2013 and won in his debut at the Allianz Championship, the 16th PGA TOUR Champions player to do so. For tickets or more information visit: w w w.pacif iclin k s ch am pion sh ip.com
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Th e K ey To Your Best Round Of Gol f - Th i nk A bout I t
Ther e i s n o doubt i n m y m i n d t hat t he key t o your best r oun d of golf i s t he ?sw i n g t hought .? We constantly hear that the game is far more mental than physical and therein lies the power of the swing thought. Anyone who?s become infatuated with the game likely has a tremendous pool of resources from which to compile a working, or? again, not working, library of swing thoughts. This very web article that you?re now reading, the Golf Channel, lessons from a pro, advice from your friends and playing partners and even advice from strangers who?ve never seen you swing a golf club, all are potential sources
from which to amass your arsenal of swing thoughts. If you have managed to accumulate less than 300 swing thoughts throughout your golfing life so far, you require more input. However, please be forewarned that it?s extremely dangerous to use any more than 6 of these CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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swing thoughts at the same time. Let?s start with some of the basic rules as they apply to: Th e Sw in g Th ou gh t 1. The swing thought(s) that you use on the driving range before your round are not necessarily going to work during the course of your round. 2. A swing thought that appears to be working perfectly during the course of the round may suddenly and without apparent reason cause you to hit a shank. 3. Once the aforementioned ?shank? has occurred, it?s best to change swing thoughts immediately, which is one of the advantages of having multiple swing thoughts before every swing. 4. Should you not have an extensive library of swing thoughts to choose from after
the shank has taken place it?s completely permissible to accept advice from your playing partners as to what may or may not have caused the miscue in the first place. (Please feel free to ignore Ru le #8 of the Rules of Golf, as such a traumatic experience removes any obligation to follow what has to be considered a foolish rule in the first place). You may then incorporate any of this advice into your next swing thought. 5. Swing thoughts rarely, if ever, work from one round to the next. Should you find a swing thought or thoughts that work for a whole round be prepared to abandon it/them when you start your next round. This becomes more manageable the older you get as remembering anything at all becomes increasingly more difficult. CLICK HERE for complete article
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Th e Pr i vat e Cl ub Exper i en ce I f you?re l ook i ng f or th e member cl ub ex peri ence i n th e Ok anagan V al l ey, th e A .V . M acan desi gned K el ow na G&CC may be th e ri gh t ch oi ce. The only golf club in the city owned by the members predominantly caters to their play, but does welcome the public or resort player to experience this traditional layout. As there is a wait list to join here, this time of year is great to add your name. Initiation is
currently $7,500 and spouses can be added for $5,000 more. For those wanting to play as a guest, green fees are $95.
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Si h ota, Lov an Wi n Bi g A t B.C. Juv eni l e Ch ampi onsh i ps
JeevanSihota(L) AndClaireLovanAreThe2017B.C.JuvenileBoys' &Girl'sChampions Bot h w en t w i r e-t o-w i r e an d bot h w on bi g. Jeevan Si hot a of Vi ct or i a an d Clai r e Lovan of Sur r ey si m ply dom i n at ed t hei r com pet i t i on at t he B.C. Juven i le Cham pi on shi ps at Gr an i t e Poi n t e Golf Club i n Nelson .
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Sihota closed with a two-over 74 to finish the 54-hole event at seven-under par. North Vancouver ?s Fin n Law lor finished second at four-over par after firing a three-over 75. Lovan shot a two-over 76 and finished the tourney at two-over. Kar en Zh an g of Richmond was second at 10-over after firing an 80 on the final day. The Juvenile Championships were open to players 16 and under as of Aug. 1. Sihota?s margin of victory in his first provincial title would have been even larger if not for a hiccup early on his back nine Friday. He tripled-bogeyed the par 4 11th hole and followed that up with a double on the par 4 12th. ?I had such a big lead, it was hot and it?s a tough walk here as well,? Sihota said. ?I kind of lost a bit of focus and hit a couple of bad shots. That
was very disappointing but I am glad I got the job done.? Sihota, who plays out of Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria, was 11-under par on the par 5s at Granite Pointe during his three rounds. M at t Hopley of Kelowna and Leo Har per of Burnaby tied for third at seven-over par. Lovan, who plays out of Eaglequest-Coyote Creek in Surrey, began the day with a four-shot cushion and by the end of the day had doubled it. Her round included three birdies, three bogeys and one double. This is also Lovan?s first provincial title and comes about a month after she finished second at the Future Links Western Championship in Fernie. Ak ar i Hayash i of Victoria finished third at 12-over par. CLICK HERE for complete final scoring.
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today and I wasn?t feeling all that well when I rolled up this morning, so I was just trying to get as much water and bananas into me as possible,? Rutledge admitted. ?I got off to a really good start, which was really surprising, and after that I just kind of cruised. I hit some not-so-great iron shots on the back-nine,? Rutledge said. ?But I was mis-clubbing in the right spots, which is very important out here.?
Canada titles. Norman has eight titles, with seven coming in consecutive years. ?I?d love to win a few more and it excites me to think about it,? Rutledge said about the prospects of winning more titles. ?Moe Norman is a legend and I by no means put myself in the same category as him, but I?ll chase him if the opportunity comes along.?
The PGA of Canada?s 12th-ranked Scot t Allr ed finished alone in 4th at Rutledge?s past Mr. Lube PGA 1-under-par, while Coqu it lam , Seniors?Championship of BC's Ph il Jon as and Ontario's Canada victories came in 2010, Ken Tar lin g were T5 at even 2012, 2013 & 2015 2016. He?s par. BC's Rich m on d Cou n t r y also a former winner on the Clu b Professional Dou g Web.com Tour, has six M or gan was alone in 8th at Mackenzie-PGA TOUR Canada plus two after a final round 68. titles and is a former PGA In addition to finishing T2, Championship of Canada Hamilton won the Super winner. Senior division for the second With his fifth win, he now only time in three years. trails golf legend M oe Click h er e for the full Nor m an for most PGA leaderboard. Seniors?Championship of
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BC's M andur, Th orough good Pl ace 2nd I n Canadi an Boys Ch ampi onsh i ps Tristan Mandur finished second at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Cataraqui G& CC in Kingston, Ont. while Nolan Thoroughgood finished second in the Juvenile division for players 16 and under. He was solo fourth overall in the Junior championship. It was a terrific result for the two Vancouver Island golfers, who the following week were part of an all-southern Vancouver Island B.C. team at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. (see story page 42) Mandur and Thoroughgood were joined on that team by Keat on Gu dz of CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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Victoria. Gudz missed the cut by one shot at the Junior Boys tourney. Mandur, of Mill Bay, had a tough task as he entered the final round seven shots behind Calvin Ross of Fredericton. N.B. Mandur, the 2016 B.C. Junior Boys champion, cut that lead to four shots early on the back nine, but could get no closer. ?I fought pretty hard in the beginning and it was getting close and then he made a nice birdie on 16 and I fell back with a bogey,? Mandur said. ?That kind of hurt a bit.? Mandur finished the 72-hole event at two-under par after firing a one-over 71 on Thursday. Ross, who also closed with a 71, ended up winning with the seven-shot margin he started the day with. This was the last of four Canadian Junior Championships for Mandur, who is about to begin his
sophomore year at the University of Utah. Thoroughgood finished just one shot behind Juvenile champion Christopher Vandette of Beaconsfield, Que., who was playing in the final group behind him. ?I kind of had an idea of where he was at,? the 16-year-old Victoria resident said. ?I was watching the scoreboard in behind me and I gave myself lots of chances to try and make up that gap. I just never converted.? Thoroughgood, the 2016 B.C. Amateur champion, shot a one-under 69 Thursday to finish at even-par. He and Mandur were joined in the top 10 of the Junior competition by Kh an Lee of Langley (T5 at one-over) and B.C. Junior Boys Champion Ch r ist ian Zalli of Vancouver (T8 at two-over par). For complete final scoring CLICK HERE
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2017 I nv i ctus Games I n Canada To I ncl ude Gol f For Th e Fi rst Ti me
England'sPrinceHarryHadAVision For AnExpandedInternational GamesFor Ill AndInjuredWar Veterans. ThisYear It'sTaking PlaceInCanadaFor TheFirst Time AndIncludesGolf Th e In vi ct us Gam es Tor on t o 2017, Sept em ber 23r d - 30t h, w i ll f eat ur e a dozen adapt i ve spor t s, i n cludi n g ar cher y, at hlet i cs, i n door r ow i n g, pow er li f t i n g, cycli n g, si t t i n g volleyball, sw i m m i n g, w heelchai r basket ball, w heelchai r t en n i s an d w heelchai r r ugby.
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Also, new to the sports lineup will be the addit ion of golf . All competitions will take place in state-of-the-art venues throughout Toronto. Hosting the Games in Canada in 2017, the year the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of its Confederation, will provide a CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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unique opportunity for Canadians to commemorate and honour its ill, wounded and injured soldiers, and their families. Following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans, En glan d's Pr in ce Har r y was inspired to create an expanded international version. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014 and attracted more than 400 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 14 nations. The Invictus Games demonstrate soldiers?and veterans?indefatigable drive to overcome and the power of
sport on their journey to recovery. Tr an sf or m in g Em pat h y In t o Em pow er m en t Canadians have a powerful feeling of empathy for soldiers, veterans and their families. They recognize that service members experience a wide range of physical and psychological challenges when serving and after they have left the military. The empathy, however, is often latent; there is little opportunity to show support for active duty and veteran service members and their families as the military experience, for most Canadians, is far removed from their day-to-day existence. When Canadians are reminded of the sacrifice of its military members? often as a result of tragedy, such as the death of a soldier? they respond with an outpouring of support. The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will provide an opportunity to CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE
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awaken the latent empathy that Canadians feel for its military and transform it by empowering the Canadian public, politicians and corporations to solicit long-term advocacy, donations and support for the country?s service members and military families in need. invictusgames 2017.com/ why-canada/
?I AM?is the motto for the Invictus Games, inspired by the final two lines of the poem Invictus, penned by English poet William Ernest Henley. In vict u s is Lat in f or u n con qu er ed. The speaker in the poem proclaims his strength in the face of adversity. I AM reflects and defines the Games?core purpose: to provide a platform
for personal achievement, to compete, not just against each other, but against oneself and prove that ?I AM the master of my fate, I AM the captain of my soul.? In vict u s, by William Er n est Hen ley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. For more information on the Invictus Games please CLICK HERE.
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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