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Mayfair Lakes GC Goes Forward By Moving A Step Back


National Coaches Week Sept 23-30th


Junior Boys Champion Christian Zalli Commits To Playing For UBC

BC's Kathy Gook Among Inaugural List Of 50 Best LPGA Teachers


Video: Hollywood Swings & Misses With 'Happy Gilmore'

Register Now For Fraser Valley Girls Regional Golf Camp


Coach Of New Competitors Clinic Coming To University Golf Club

Surrey?s Susan Xiao Sweeps Canadian Junior And Juvenile Titles


Abbotsford's Taylor Can't Wait 'Til Next Year... Starting Next Month


Roxburgh Goes Wire To Wire To Win His Third B.C. Senior Title


Phil Jonas Wins PGA Of BC Club Professional Championship


Canada's 150th Birthday


Golf Spectating Benefits Health, New Study Shows

Surrey?s Adam Svensson Locking Up PGA TOUR Card


44 Million Yard Challenge

Gamble Sands Named Washington's


The Parting Shot: Kids In Golf


The Rules Of Golf And Why You Should (Or Shouldn?t) Know Them


BC's Steven Diack Looks Forward To Pro Career





Video: Phil Mickelson Gets Advice From Young Fan


The Easily Accessible South Okanagan Golf Trail


Helping Kids Take Their First Golf Swing


Rating Golf Courses A Science For BC Golf ?s Kwadwo Frempong



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EDITOR'SDESK In si de Th i s Issue In this month's issue of The Scorecard we focus on the great work being done by British Columbia Golf ?s Manager of Golf Participation, Tyler McKay. You can read the story by Brad Ziemer about how McKay is helping to get young kids involved and interested in golf on page 27. Included in those helping players reach their potential are BC Golf Coaches and we have some good articles about an upcoming Coach?s clinic (page 19), National Coaches Week in BC (page 40) and the recognition by the LPGA of one of BC?s top golf teachers, Kathy Gook on page 42. And if you?ve ever wondered

what goes into creating the course & slope rating for a golf course you?ll want to read Ziemer ?s story and interview with British Columbia Golf course rater, Kwadwo Frempong, on page 30. You can find updates on the continuing success stories from BC?s top pros, including Abbotsford?s Nick Taylor (page 50), Surrey?s Adam Svensson & Merritt?s Roger Sloan (page 60). Along with all that we have some terrific deals on golf across the province in the magazine to tell you about as well as updates on results from championships in BC and nationally, including Susan Xiao (page 48) who did the province proud in the national junior championships. Last but definitely not least, read about how being a spectator at a golf tournament is really good for your health, on page 32.




Th e Rul es Of Gol f A nd Wh y You Sh oul d (Or Sh oul dn?t) K now Th em

It ?s been sever al year s n ow , but i t seem s li ke on ly yest er day. My good golf i n g buddy Dave, w ho w as Club Capt ai n of t he Men ?s Club at t he cour se w e w er e m em ber s of , w as at t em pt i n g t o con vi n ce m e I should joi n t he Boar d an d con t r i but e m y i deas t o t he gen er al ben ef i t of t he m em ber shi p.

There was alcohol involved and after some debate back and forth I asked what position Dave thought I might be suited for. Dave replied there was an opening for the Chair of Rules and Discipline he thought I?d be perfect for. Allow me to pause here and state that when you?re the Chair of the Discipline committee, people are very friendly to you on a regular basis, whether they?ve done anything to worry about or not. I questioned Dave as to what CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


was involved and he explained I would have to take the RCGA Rules Course in order to be qualified. Like most golfers, I knew some of the rules and thought, ?How hard could it be??

...certai nl y opened my eyes as to h ow many and h ow i ntri cate th e rul es of gol f are.

The course itself took up most of a Saturday morning and certainly opened my eyes as to how many and how intricate the rules of golf are. We were issued a pocketbook size, official RCGA rules book and sent on our merry way.

I commenced my duties as Rules and Discipline Chair and found out rather quickly that while there were disciplinary issues that needed to be dealt with, the vast majority of my time involved rules interpretation and infractions.

It was much later that I discovered that there was an additional book called the ?Decisions? book. This reference may not make any sense to you of the Millennial Generation as you?re blissfully unaware of what a ?telephone book? looks like, however, the Decisions book is roughly twice the size of the old New York City telephone directory. Should you ever have to barricade your doors against a home invasion, this is the book for you.

The other discovery that I made was that most people were unhappy with the answer you gave them regardless of whether it was the correct one or not. They always seemed to be sure that what they?d done while on the golf course was completely within the rules and took exception to being told that it wasn?t. Please CLICK HERE for complete story.




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BC's Stev en Di ack Look s Forw ard To Pro Career When St even Di ack deci ded he w as goi n g t o t ur n pr o, t her e w as an obvi ous place t o st ar t t he n ext phase of hi s golf i n g li f e. The Van couver Golf Tour ?s Van couver Open played Sept . 22-24 at Nor t hvi ew Golf Club i n Sur r ey, a place t hat has been good t o Di ack i n t he past . ?Once I saw the Vancouver Open was at Northview I was like, that is so good for me,? Diack said in an interview. ?I love that place and I can?t wait to go out and start this new chapter in golf. I have actually won two tournaments out there. I won a MJT (Maple

Coquitlam'sStevenDiackIsLooking ForwardToHisProCareer Leaf Junior Tour) tournament a long, long time ago and I won the VGT Spring Championship out there as well.? Diack?s pro debut comes after he came so close to a storybook swan-song to his amateur career. The 25-year-old Coquitlam resident tied for second at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship in Regina, losing in a 3-man playoff to Todd Fanning of Winnipeg. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Diack led the tournament right from the start and carried a five-shot lead into the final round of the 72-hole event. He didn?t play his best golf that final day, but said he will take so many positives from the week that he thinks will pay dividends as he prepares for his pro debut. ?I've had leads before but obviously nothing that put that much pressure on me,? he said. ?To kind of be there four days in a row, I have never really experienced that before and I really learned about composure and being super-patient." Diack has had a full summer of elite amateur competition that he thinks has helped prepare him for his pro journey. He teamed with Ch r is Cr isologo of Richmond and represented British Columbia at the Mexican Amateur

Championship, where they finished third. He was sixth at the Glencoe Invitational in Calgary and also competed in the Pacific Coast Amateur at Chambers Bay in Washington state. Diack plans to head to Arizona and play some mini-tour golf in the Phoenix area before returning home to try the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada qualifying school next May at Crown Isle Golf Resort in Courtenay. Click HERE for complete story.




B.C. Juni or Boys Ch ampi on Ch ri sti an Z al l i Rev erses Course A nd Commi ts To Pl ayi ng For UBC Th underbi rds When Chr i st i an Zalli w on t he B.C. Jun i or Boys Cham pi on shi p i n July at Squam i sh Valley Golf & Coun t r y Club, t he Van couver r esi den t w as adam an t t hat college golf w as n ot i n hi s f ut ur e. He was going to the University of B.C. to focus on his studies and would not be playing golf. But Zalli has had a change of heart and UBC golf coach Ch r is M acDon ald is thankful about that. Zalli?s priorities have not changed. The 18-year-old David Thompson Secondary graduate is serious about his studies and will major in political science at

2017BCJunior BoysChampionChristian Zalli Will BeStudyingAndPlayingGolf At UBCThisFall



UBC. But the more he thought about it over the summer, the more he figured he could strike a balance between school and golf. "I looked at my schedule for school and I thought maybe I can play. I spoke to Chris and we discussed it and it wasn?t as high pressure of a schedule as I thought so I figured I could swing it.?

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The SCGA makes no claim to own V i deo: SCGA or to the rights of Happy Gilmore. Rul es Crew All content is used under the Fair License as this is a critique of Hol l yw ood Sw i ngs Use the film's implementation of the & M i sses Wi th rules of golf. Happy Gilmore is owned by Universal 'Happy Gi l more'

The Rules Cr ew t akes a look at Happy Gi lm or e, an ageless classi c. See w hat r ules t hey got r i ght , w hi ch on es t hey got w r on g an d ever yt hi n g i n bet w een .





Coach Of New Competi tors Cl i ni c Comi ng To Uni v ersi ty Gol f Cl ub October 10 -12th Fr om Oct ober 10-12t h t hi s f all t he PGA of Can ada w i ll be holdi n g

a Nat i on al Coachi n g Cer t i f i cat i on Pr ogr am at Un i ver si t y Golf Club i n Van couver as par t of i t s pur sui t t o gr ow t he quali t y of coachi n g an d i n st r uct i on i n Can ada. One of the instructors at that event will be Provincial and Nationally Certified Coach, Colin Lavers, out of Seymour Golf and Country Club in North CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

ColinLavers,Shown HereWorkingWith PlayersAt ABCGolf Development Camp, Is OneOfOnlyAFew NationallyCertified CoachesFromBC




Vancouver. Lavers is one of the few coaches who is CNC certified in the province and he also oversees a National Junior Golf Development Centre (NJGDC) at Seymour G&CC as part of a ?tri-partnership?with Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and British Columbia Golf. PGA of Can ada Coach in g pr ogr am The PGA of Canada?s coaching program is developed in partnership with Golf Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). The PGA of Canada is one of 67 sports participating in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), which represents coaching and instructing excellence in Canada. The PGA of Canada?s NCCP is delivered with the goal providing coaches with the best practical experience in an optimal learning environment. As in any sport, athletic

Bei ng a good ath l ete or accompl i sh ed gol f er does not necessari l y gi v e an i ndi v i dual th e sk i l l s f or bei ng an ef f ecti v e coach . accomplishment and coaching are separate skillsets. Being a good athlete or accomplished golfer does not necessarily give an individual the skills for being an effective coach. The PGA of Canada?s certification recognizes that a coach?s teaching, technical and coaching skills all meet an internationally recognized standard for coaching practice. The PGA of Canada?s NCCP is broken into three streams: Community Stream, Competition Stream, and Instruction Stream. Com m u n it y St r eam Community Sport ? Initiation (Community Golf Coach) has CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


been designed for the community golf coach who is, or would like to, work with children or youth and is introducing the basic skills of

community coach. Com m u n it y St r eam (Special Olympics Golf Coach) ? The PGA of Canada remains the only sport in Canada to have sport-specific coach training


golf. The overall goal of this workshop is to help prepare coaches to be competent in the skills required by a

for Special Olympics athletes. This one day workshop is available at various times of the year. Contact your Special


Olympics Chapter for more information on upcoming workshops or register here. Com pet it ion St r eam Coaches in the Competition stream (Coach of New Competitors and Coach of Developing Competitors) usually have previous coaching experience or are former athletes in the sport. They tend to work with athletes over the long term to improve performance, often in

preparation for provincial, national, and international competitions. In st r u ct ion St r eam ? Instruction stream (Instructor of Beginner Golfers, Instructor of Intermediate Golfers, and Instructor of Advanced Golfers) are designed as part of the mandatory requirements for Candidates for Membership of the PGA of Canada on their pathway to become a Class ?A? member. CLICK HERE for compete article and NCCP schedule.




PGATOURFANTIPS V i deo: Ph i l M i ck el son Gets A dv i ce From Young Fan Th en Says, " You Can Caddy For M e A nyti me"

Lon g a f an f avour i t e on t he PGA TOUR, Phi l Mi ckelson , playi n g i n t he Dell Techn ologi es Cham pi on shi p at TPC Bost on , asked a youn g f an w hat he w ould do i n t hi s si t uat i on af t er

'Lef t y' had f oun d t he lef t r ough of f t he t ee. The young man, whose name is Riley, offered a quick no-nonsense reply, "If I could hit my 3-wood 260 I would probably go for it." It seems CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


the gallery along with Mickelson, who said, "I like the way you think," felt that was the best strategy and the 3-time Masters Champion loaded up his 3-wood from the

rough and let fly. Following the shot, which appeared to turn out quite well, Mickelson turned to the youngster, smiled and said, "Riley, you can caddy for me anytime."






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Hel pi ng K i ds Tak e Th ei r Fi rst Gol f Sw i ngs Tyler McKay di scover ed golf as a ki d gr ow i n g up i n t he West Koot en ay com m un i t y of Rosslan d an d i t w asn ?t lon g bef or e he becam e hooked on t he gam e. Years later, it?s now McKay?s job to get British Columbia youngsters interested in golf and he relishes that challenge. McKay, British Columbia Golf ?s new Manager of Golf Participation, figures the game sells itself. His biggest challenge is getting kids exposed to golf, so he spends most of his days doing just that. McKay sets up shop in parks and lets children take their first swings. It wasn?t all that long ago that McKay was

BritishColumbiaGolf'sManager OfGolf Participation,Tyler McKay,SeenHereWithA BuddingGolf Superhero,IsBringingTheConcept OfTheGameToYoungstersInAFunFashion doing just that back in his Rossland home. His summers were spent playing on Birchbank Golf Course with his two brothers and his dad. ?I wanted to get in the golf business because I love the game and its challenges so much and I found this CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


opportunity,? he says. ?I really like working with kids so it's the best of both worlds.?

regulation golf. The clubs are light and feature large plastic heads that make it easier to get the ball in the air. And the ball is more like a tennis ball than a golf ball. It?s covered with an adhesive material that allows it to stick to targets set up on the ?course. Bear Creek is full of kids and their parents and it isn?t long before a couple of inquisitive youngsters wander over to give it a try. Others quickly follow. Claire Lovan, the new B.C. Juvenile Girls champion from Surrey, has dropped by to help McKay and the two of them spend the day helping kids take their first swings.

On this day, McKay?s ?office?is Bear Creek Park in Surrey, where he unloads his van and sets up his SNAG course. SNAG Some do better than others, -- an acronym for Starting New but the goal is to just have At Golf -- is kind of a cross CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE between miniature golf and


some fun and McKay and Lovan offer plenty of encouragement. The kids seem to have a blast and each receives a prize -- an oversized sponge golf ball, a wrist band or a sticker. They also receive a

an area that is not a stereotypical golf course. The SNAG equipment allows a kid to get the ball in the air, have some success and then they are inclined to want to play on a golf course later on in life. I think in all sports, but with golf

Future Links Certificate of Achievement. ?Essentially it is a first-touch program,? McKay says. ?This SNAG equipment is very user friendly and it shows the kids they can try golf out in

in particular, once you start experiencing some success you really sort of get the itch and you want to keep going." CLICK HERE for complete story.


Rati ng Gol f Courses A Sci ence Of Sorts For BC Gol f ?s K w adw o Frempong Kw adw o 'Kojo' Fr em pon g spen ds a lot of hi s w or ki n g day on t he golf cour se an d i t seem s m an y people ar e a li t t le jealous about t hat . ?I get asked a lot , how di d you get t hat job, an d how do I get a job li ke you,? Fr em pon g says w i t h a chuckle. ?An d I say, 'You have t o w ai t un t i l I di e.' Then I add t hat i t ?s ver y st r essf ul.? Frempong?s job is to do the course and slope ratings for golf courses in the province



for British Columbia Golf. And that entails spending a lot of time on the course. It?s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. The truth is, Frempong doesn?t get to play as much golf as you?d think. Instead, the job requires spending a lot of time making measurements and recording details like green speed, length of rough, location of bunkers and lots more. Frempong?s golf clubs always accompany him on his visits to courses, but he usually only ends up hitting a CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


GoldenEagle'sNorthCourse are two parts to the course rating,? Frempong says before we hop in his cart for his look at Golden Eagle. ?There is the course rating and there is the slope. The course rating On this sunny August morning, measures the difficulty for the scratch player. The slope is for Frempong is at Golden Eagle the bogey player.? Two courses Golf Club in Pitt Meadows to could have the same course rate the North Course. More precisely, he is there to re-rate rating -- say 71.5 from the blue tees -- but different slope it. Courses are generally rated ratings. One might be 120, the before they open and then other 132. The higher the British Columbia Golf tries to re-rate them about every eight slope rating, the tougher the course is . Overall, yardage is years after that to make sure the biggest predictor of a nothing has changed. course rating. In general, the With very few new courses longer the course, the higher opening in recent years, most the rating. of Frempong?s work is of the re-rating variety. Such was the Click h er e for full story. case at Golden Eagle. ?There handful of shots and a few putts. Still, as offices go, golf courses aren?t a bad spot to spend your work day. And each one is a little different than the other.


Gol f Spectati ng Benef i ts Heal th , New Study Sh ow s The Un i ver si t y of Edi n bur gh i n con jun ct i on w i t h t he Golf & Healt h Pr oject r eleased n ew r esear ch about t he healt h ben ef i t s of golf spect at i n g, show i n g t hose w ho at t en d golf even t s could pot en t i ally gai n ben ef i t s si m i lar t o t hose playi n g i n t hem . The study is the first to assess spectator physical activity

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while watching golf, showing that of the fans surveyed, 82.9% met the recommended daily step-count levels by achieving on average 11,589 steps. The study suggests that golf spectating can provide health CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


enhancing physical activity; whilst also allowing spectators to spend time in green space, socialise with friends and family, and watch their

sporting heroes compete in real life. Those surveyed rated obtaining exercise as an important reason for attending golf events, equal to seeing star players, being part of the ?atmosphere?around an event, and getting fresh air. 60% also said they would like

to be more physically active after the tournament. These reasons for attending events could have benefits for event promoters in terms of engagement with spectators, local communities and funding organizations, along with wider public health implications in encouraging people to be more active more often. The studies, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, and BMJ Open Sports and Exercise Medicine are part of the Golf & Health Project, which is supported by the World Golf Foundation. Researcher, Dr An dr ew M u r r ay, from the Physical Activity for Health Research CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Centre at the University of Edinburgh, urges golf executives to emphasize the physical benefits of golfspectating: ?Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health, adding years to life and increasing health and happiness. These pilot findings show golf spectators can experience physical activity to benefit their health while watching a top quality sport at close quarters. This could have huge implications on event attendance and encouraging more people to attend a professional event or begin playing the sport.? Further research could include assessing how best to

provide physical activity information to spectators at events, larger and more representative samples allowing for a better estimation of accrued physical activity and potential gender and age differences, along

with whether golf events could be used as ?teachable moments?to help educate and inform people on the benefits of physical activity in general. For complete story CLICK HERE





Gambl e Sands Named Wash i ngton's No. 1 Publ i c Gol f Course i n 2017 The Davi d McLay Ki dd cour se t hat open ed i n 2014 i n Br ew st er , 30 m i n ut es n or t h of Chelan has been r an ked t he st at e?s No. 1 publi c golf cour se f or t he f i r st t i m e by Cascade Golf er m agazi n e, headli n i n g t he r egi on al golf ?s m agazi n e?s bi -an n ual r an ki n gs of t he Top-10

Publi c Golf Cour ses i n Washi n gt on . The result marks the first time since Cascade Golfer began publishing its official rankings of Washington's top public courses in 2013 that any course other than Chambers Bay, site of the 2015 U.S. Open, has finished in first place. After finishing second to CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Chambers Bay in 2015, its first year on the ballot, Gamble Sands earned 40 first-place votes ? more than double the 17 of Chambers Bay, which had the second-highest total, and equal to the next four

highest-rated courses combined. "Gamble Sands looks and plays like it's been there for 100 years. It's perfect," wrote voter Tanner Ketel, a Cascade Golfer reader. The voting panel consisted of local golf writers,

photographers and media members, plus Cascade Golfer readers who voted via email, social media and online at Designed by David McLay Kidd, the architect of the original course at Oregon's acclaimed

Bandon Dunes Resort, Gamble Sands was named America's "Best New Course" by Golf Digest when it opened in 2014, and ranked 37th on Golf Digest's 2017 rankings of America's best public courses overall.


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Mayfair LakesGCInRichmondHaveTakenAStepBackward- InOrder ToMoveForward - AsThey'veRe-PositionedTheir TeeBlocksFor TheGoodOfTheGame Red, w hi t e an d blue have been the forward tees at have t aken on a n ew most courses. Those red tees m ean i n g at Mayf ai r have, unfortunately, also come Lakes Golf Cour se. to be known to many as the The Richmond course has flipped its tees in an effort to convince its players -- mainly the male ones -- to play from the appropriate set of tees. And according to general manager M ik e Sm edst ad, it?s working. The back tees at Mayfair are now red, which traditionally

?ladies?tees. And of course that means most guys don?t want to be seen playing them. Smedstad wanted to change that and thought making the switch might persuade more players to re-think their tee choices. ?We are trying to get away from gender-specific CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


tees,? Smedstad said. ?Play the tee box that is best suited to your skill set. It doesn?t matter about the colour.? Smedstad, who was persuaded to make the change after attending a United States Golf Association innovation symposium held this past March in Vancouver, said the response to the move has been overwhelmingly positive. ?It really has made a difference,? he said. ?There actually has been a lot of instances where instead of playing the back tee box because it's red, guys will move forward and play the more forward tee which now is gold. Everyone seems to really like the idea. A lot of women, especially, say 'you know what, we love that'. It takes away that stigma.? Smedstad feels like educating players about their tee choices is critical for

?We are tryi ng to get aw ay f rom gender-speci f i c tees, Pl ay th e tee box th at i s best sui ted to your sk i l l set. I t doesn?t matter about th e col our. the golf industry. For starters, having players play tees that suit their ability will speed up play and that, of course, is good for the bottom line. Play it forward has become one of the new mantras in the golf industry. ?What it does is lend itself to people to having a better playing experience because let?s face it, if you are out there taking less strokes and having a better score hopefully you are having a lot more fun,? Smedstad says. Please click h er e for complete article




Sept. 23-30th Sept em ber 23 - 30, 2017 m ar ks t he t hi r d an n ual Nat i on al Coaches Week an d vi aSPORT i s aski n g Can adi an s ever yw her e f or t hei r help celebr at i n g. Whet her you'r e f r om a Nat i on al Spor t Or gan i zat i on , Pr ovi n ci al/ Ter r i t or i al Spor t Or gan i zat i on , club, or you ar e a coach, par en t , or at hlet e, t hey w an t your

help sayi n g ?t han ks!?t o coaches f r om coast t o coast . National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. Join the conversation on social media using #Th an k sCoach and #Coach esWeek . CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE



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BC's K ath y Gook A mong I naugural Li st Of 50 Best LPGA Teach ers The Ladi es Pr of essi on al Golf Associ at i on (LPGA) Teachi n g an d Club Pr of essi on als (T&CP) m em ber shi p r ecen t ly an n oun ced t he laun ch of an an n ual r ecogn i t i on of t he LPGA Teachi n g an d Club Pr of essi on al?s Top 50

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LPGA Teacher s, pr esen t ed i n par t n er shi p w i t h Wom en ?s Golf Jour n al. This new initiative will identify and recognize the best LPGA instructors from more than 1,700 LPGA certified professionals worldwide. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


All LPGA Class A Members in good standing who meet the eligibility requirements were invited to apply. An independent golf industry selection committee reviewed eligible applications and identified the LPGA Top 50 Teachers, utilizing a weighted points formula. One of those recognized was Quesnel, Br it ish Colu m bia's own Kat h y Gook who moved to Phoenix in 1985 after graduating from Simon Fraser University to pursue a career in golf. She began playing golf at the age of 23, after a successful college and semi-pro career in Basketball. After playing golf professionally for 4 years on the European, Asian and Mini-Tours within the United States, she found her passion in Teaching Golf. A member of the LPGA T&CP since 1992, Kathy achieved her

Class A status and has taught extensively throughout the United States and Canada with much of that time spent working with British Columbia Golf and programs such as Playground to Fairway (P2F), among a number of other initiatives she's been involved with to bring golf to children, including SOAR and The First Tee Greater of Vancouver. ( Kathy was also the BC Summer Games coach for 2010, 2012 and 2014 for Zone 8 (Cariboo) for the Games as well as BC's provincial coach for 2015 for Canadian Junior Girls Interprovincial Team. She coached the 2011 Girls Junior America?s Cup Team, 2012 Canadian Junior Girls Team and in 2013 co-coached the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team Matches squad. CLICK HERE for complete story.






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Regi ster Now For Fraser V al l ey Gi rl s Regi onal Gol f Camp The f ocus of t he upcom i n g 2017 Br i t i sh Colum bi a Regi on al Cam p bei n g held Oct ober 14t h at Chi lli w ack Golf & Coun t r y Club i s t o i den t i f y f em ale player s i n a par t i cular r egi on on t he com pet i t i ve st r eam an d t o ali gn Pr ovi n ci al Coachi n g suppor t w i t h t hem f or t he 2018 com pet i t i on s. Coaching and training will

serve to support player growth and encourage the development of an annual training plan for the upcoming competitive season. In addition, players and families of competitive juniors will be informed and guided on all aspects of the Long Term Player Development Pathway inclusive of leading them to the next stage. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Regist r at ion Begin s: Aug. 30th, 2017 at 8:00 AM PDT En t r y Deadlin e: Oct. 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM PDT En t r y Fee: CAD $131.25 (incl. tax) Open To: - Girls aged 18 and under as of Oct 14, 2017 Day & Locat ion - October 14th, 2017 at Chilliwack Golf & Country Club The camp is strongly recommended for players considering: Progression on the BC/Golf Canada Competitive Pathway for Juveniles, 16U Identification for Provincial Team and/or Provincial Training Program - Required to attend 1 BC Golf Camp within 2 year cycle as Team Selection Criteria Consideration for the 2018 BC Teams traveling internationally, example:

North Pacific Girls Team and Girls Junior Americas Cup Lead Coach Jen n if er Gr eggain is a LPGA T&CP Class "A" Member, PGA Of Canada Member, TPI Certified Level 1 Instructor, K-Vest Certified, University of the Fraser Valley Assistant Golf Coach, Sardis Secondary Golf Academy Head Instructor, BC Golf Provincial Coach and coached the BC Development Team at the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. READ BEFORE REGISTRATION You do not require a BlueGolf ID to register. If you do not have one, please select the, "I don't know my BlueGolf ID and password" and press continue. Registering without a BlueGolf ID will still proceed normally. DEADLINE TO REGISTER: October 5th @ 8:00am CLICK HERE to register and for more information




Surrey?s Susan X i ao Sw eeps Canadi an Juni or A nd Juv eni l e Ti tl es



Surrey'sSusanXiaoHoldsTheTrophyAlongside Delt a?s Mar y OneOfCanada'sFinest FollowingHer VictoryIn Par son s Ti es For TheCanadianJunior GirlsChampionship Secon d; Tw o Ot her Br i t i sh Colum bi an s She did just that, parring the In Top 10. 18th hole to win by five shots. Su san Xiao didn?t make a bogey on the last day until it really didn?t matter. The only blemish on Xiao?s card in the final round of the Canadian Junior Girls Championship came on the par 4 17th hole, where a bogey cut the 15-year-old Surrey resident?s lead to five shots from six. Xiao figured she could hang on from there.

She also captured the Juvenile Championship for players 16 and under, which was being contested at the same time at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont. ?This means the world to me,? said Xiao. ?This is the biggest win I have ever had. It definitely means a lot to me.? CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


Xiao closed with a three-under 69 and finished the 72-hole event at five-under par. Delta?s M ar y Par son s and Ellie Szeryk of London, Ont., tied for second. Xiao began the day with a slim one-shot lead over Szeryk and a serious case of butterflies. ?I was definitely feeling a lot of pressure before the round,? Xiao said. Those nerves settled when she rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the second hole. But it wasn?t until she made three straight birdies early on the back nine that Xiao began to entertain thoughts of actually winning the tournament. ?I started my back nine par, birdie, birdie, birdie and that?s when I started to think I was going to win,? said Xiao, who plays out of Morgan Creek Golf Club and is about to enter Grade 11 at Southridge school

?I started my back ni ne par, bi rdi e, bi rdi e, bi rdi e and th at?s w h en I started to th i nk I w as goi ng SUSAN XIAO to w i n.? in Surrey. ?I was confident and wanted to win this week, but I really didn?t think I?d win,? she said. Two other British Columbians finished inside the top 10.B.C. Junior Girls champion Alish a Lau of Richmond tied for sixth at four-over par after carding an even-par 72 on Friday. Han n ah Lee of Surrey tied for seventh at six-over. CHIP SHOTS: Xiao is the third straight British Columbian to win the Canadian Junior Girls Championship. Naom i Ko of Victoria won last year, while Surrey?s M ich elle Kim took the title in 2015. For complete story click h er e.



A bbotsf ord's Tayl or Can't Wai t 'Ti l Nex t Year... Starti ng Nex t M onth



Abbotsford,BC'sNickTaylor ReflectedOnAPositive2017PGATOURSeasonAndIs AlreadyLookingAheadToNext Year,WhichStartsNext MonthWithTheNewSchedule Ni ck Taylor says he w i ll some down time and work on t ake m an y posi t i ves sharpening the one part of his f r om hi s just -con cluded game that he felt at times let 2017 PGA TOUR season him down this past season. an d can ?t w ai t un t i l That would be his putting. ?On n ext year . He w on ?t the greens I wasn?t great this have t o w ai t lon g. The 2018 PGA TOUR campaign starts in just a couple of weeks at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., which goes Oct. 13-16. Until then, Taylor will enjoy

year putting, so I think that is an area where I can get better,? Taylor said in an interview with British Columbia Golf. ?In some of those tournaments where I



was in contention, if I could have putted a little better it would have made a real difference. Overall though, there were a lot of positives this year.? Taylor ?s season ended on Labour Day in Boston, where he tied for 56th at the Dell Technologies Championship, the second event of the PGA TOUR?s FedEx Cup playoffs. Only the top 70 players on the FedEx Cup points list after the Boston event advanced to the BMW Championship and Taylor finished 93rd. So his season is done. It was a solid campaign for the 29-year-old Abbotsford native. Taylor had four top 10s, made 20 of 29 cuts and earned more than $1.25 million. More importantly, he finished well inside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list to remain fully exempt next year. Taylor will spend much of the next while in Abbotsford,

Tayl or w i l l spend much of th e nex t w h i l e i n A bbotsf ord, w h ere h e w i l l h ol d h i s annual Ni ck Tayl or Ch ari ty Pro-A m at Ledgev i ew Gol f Cl ub on Sept. 27. where he will hold his annual Nick Taylor Charity Pro-Am at Ledgeview Golf Club on Sept. 27. ?I made a bunch of cuts the first couple of years out here, but a lot of them I was around the cut line, so I had to have great weekends to get a top 10 or 20. I was in better position the first couple of days this year.? Taylor said he is delighted for and has been inspired by the play of fellow Abbotsford product Adam Hadwin. He and Hadwin grew up together playing Ledgeview. ?I think it's great that he made the (International) Presidents Cup team,? Taylor said. ?It's great to see him play as well as


he has. It was no surprise to me or anyone who has played with him much. But it is something I think I can achieve at some point as well. It is fun

to see someone you know well do it. It kind of gives you a push to do the same thing.? Click h er e for full story




Rox burgh Goes Wi re To Wi re To Wi n Hi s Th i rd B.C. Seni or Ti tl e


Legen ds appar en t ly don ?t r et i r e. They just keep w i n n i n g cham pi on shi ps. Dou g Roxbu r gh , at age 65, added another line to his Hall of Fame resume winning the B.C. Senior Men?s Championship July 27th at Myrtle Point Golf Club in Powell River. It was Roxburgh?s 3rd B.C. Senior Men?s title to go along with his 13 B.C. Amateur titles, four DougRoxburgh(L) AcceptsBCSenior Men's Canadian Amateur ChampionshipTrophyFromBCGolf President crowns, a Canadian Sr. PatrickKelly championship and That was good for a two-shot countless other titles. He won win over Burnaby?s Joh n with a score of 1-under par Gallach er . Roxburgh after closing the 54-hole event managed his game beautifully with an even-par 72.



fortunately one of the guys all week, seldom hitting a stray had a putt on a similar line and I saw it break quite a bit at shot. And when he did, he the end and I played a bit showed a magical ability to more. I was fortunate I picked recover. the right line and An example of " I t?s more f un now it broke at the that came on the par 4 11th and i t?s not th e end end.? Gallacher hole when he of th e w orl d and th e acknowledged drove his ball courses are easi er that was a big right and into th an w h at I used to turning point. He missed a good a lateral pl ay as an amateur. I birdie hazard. After j ust l i k e to get out opportunity on taking a drop, the hole and and pl ay gol f ." Roxburgh had instead of a to play to the possible two-shot swing, there left side of the green and was was no swing at all. ?I think the left with a long putt of more biggest turning point was on than 30 feet for par. With a 11 where he made that four,? four-shot lead at the time, he Gallacher said. ?I thought there was playing for a bogey. was going to be a big change.? Instead, he rolled in that long putt that broke hard left-to-right and saved his par. ?I was definitely playing for bogey,? he said. ?I had to take a drop and I had no shot at the pin. I hit a nice shot to get it on the green and then

Roxburgh also captured his first B.C. Super-Senior Men?s title, which is for competitors 65 and older and was held in conjunction with the Senior Men?s tourney. You can?t help CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


everybody else aspired to be growing up. I remember finishing rounds in the B.C.

but think there are more of those in his future. ?My game was pretty solid and the course kind of suited me,? Roxburgh said. ?I drove the ball quite well except for that one hole." Roxburgh laughed when asked if winning gets old. After all, he?s done an awful lot of it over the years. ?I still get nervous, but it?s a different type of nervous,? he said. ?It?s more fun now and it?s not the end of the world BCSenior Men'sTeamFor TheCanadian and the courses are ChampionshipL-R:JohnGallacher,DougRoxburgh, easier than what I used GregBismeyer &BCGolf President PatrickKelly to play as an amateur. I Amateur and hurrying out just like to get out and play there just to watch him play golf.? And his fellow and learn. ?It was an honour competitors absolutely love just to play with Doug today, playing against him. ?Doug is just an amateur phenom,? said considering what he's done Mission?s Gr eg Bism eyer , who over the years. It was my (56th) birthday today so it was finished solo third and played kind of cool.? For complete in Roxburgh?s group on story CLICK HERE Thursday. ?He was what






Ph i l Jonas Wi ns PGA Of BC Cl ub Prof essi onal Ch ampi onsh i p

Ph i l Jon as separ at ed hi m self f r om t he f i eld t o w i n t he Clevelan d AFinal-Round66SecuredATwo-StrokeTriumph Golf / Sr i xon Can ada For Phil JonasInThePGAOfBCClubProfessional PGA of BC Club ChampionshipAt VictoriaGolf Club Pr of essi on al 137, beating out M at t h ew Cham pi on shi p Palsen bar g(Northview Golf pr esen t ed by Oakcr eek Academy) by two strokes to Golf & Tur f at Vi ct or i a claim the Dick Munn Memorial Golf Club. Trophy. Jonas (Philip Jonas Golf Academy) fired a tournament-low, 4-under-par round of 66 on the esteemed Oak Bay course to finish with a 36-hole total of 3-under-par

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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





Surrey?s A dam Sv ensson Real i zes Ch i l dh ood Dream Lock i ng Up PGA TOUR Card It w as t he bi ggest put t of Adam Sven sson ?s li f e an d he st i ll doesn ?t qui t e kn ow how he m ade i t . ?I w as shaki n g,? Sven sson sai d of t he 15-f oot bi r di e put t he f aced on t he 18t h gr een Sun day at t he Tour ?s

Alber t son s Boi se Open . Svensson had glanced at the scoreboard and knew that if he made the putt he would move inside the top five and make enough money to lock up his 2018 PGA TOUR card. ?I was looking at the leaderboard and saw that I was tied for eighth,? Svensson said in a telephone interview with British Columbia Golf. ?I knew if I made the putt I would go to T4 and I figured if I make this putt it looks pretty good. I was nervous, I was shaking a little bit. I just CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


somehow made it. I can?t even tell you what the read was right now.? Svensson, who also birdied the 17th hole Sunday, shot a five-under 66 to finish tied for fifth place at the Boise Open, the second of four Tour Finals events. The top 25 money-winners in the four Finals events earn their PGA TOUR cards and the $35,125 Svensson earned on Sunday moved him into seventh spot with $37,937. That almost certainly will be enough to stay inside the top 25 with just two events remaining. In 2015, it took $32,206 to finish inside the top 25. It seemed only a matter of time before Svensson made his way to the PGA TOUR. He is a two-time B.C. Junior Boys champion and also won the 2010 B.C. Amateur Championship. He had a

stellar collegiate career at Barry University in Florida and won the Tour qualifying school in the fall of 2015. ?I was about eight or nine years old when I first started thinking about playing on the PGA TOUR,? Svensson said. ?It has been a dream of mine my whole life, so to finally fulfill that is pretty amazing.? Svensson will join fellow British Columbians Adam Hadw in and Nick Taylor as a PGA TOUR regular next year. And Roger Sloan of Merritt is now in a good position to join them. Sloan finished tied for ninth in Boise and is tied for 20th on the Finals money list with $22,375. He likely needs to make at least another $10,000 in the next two weeks to earn his PGA TOUR card. CLICK HERE for full story




Ci ti A nd Presi dents Cup A nnounce Th e Ci ti 44 M i l l i on Yard Ch al l enge In celebration of the global impact of the Presidents Cup, tournament officials and Presidents Cup Global Partner Citi announced the Cit i 44 M illion Yar d Ch allen ge that will run through the 2017 Presidents Cup (Sept 26 ? Oct 1) at Liberty National Golf Club

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in Jersey City, New Jersey. Golfers and participants will drive a golf ball the 43,825,760 yards it takes to circle the globe. In honor of the challenge, Citi is donating enough for No Kid Hungry to provide one million meals to kids in need. No Kid Hungry?s mission is to end childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE


nutritious food as well as teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. No Kid Hungry is able to provide up to 10 meals to kids in need for every dollar that Citi donates. Participants will hit golf balls in mobile golf simulators that will travel around New York and New Jersey, as well as by engaging on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag ?#Citi44MilYards.? Each use of the hashtag will be equivalent to hitting the ball 1,000 yards. Fans and

participants can follow the progress of the Citi 44 Million Yard Challenge and find the latest information on the golf simulator stop locations and timing by CLICKING HERE The professionals participating in the Presidents Cup will also contribute to the total yards throughout the Challenge. Players?tee shots from the end of the 2015 Presidents Cup through the end of the 2017 Presidents Cup will be included in the total yardage. To see the full article and view video, click the video below.



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British Columbia Golf - The Scorecard Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 9  
British Columbia Golf - The Scorecard Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 9