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11-Year-Old Ryan Blair Qualifies for the Masters

Only two Canadians have qualified to be at the Masters at Augusta, Georgia in April. One is Mike Weir of Ontario, who won his green jacket in 2003. The second is Ryan Blair, an 11-year-old from Oakbank, Manitoba, who was selected over 40,000 youngsters competing in tournaments throughout the United States last summer for the chance to play alongside the greats in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which tees off just before the Masters tournament gets underway on April 9.

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Naomi Ko Named Female Junior Athlete of the Year

Victoria golfer Naomi Ko, after posting an outstanding campaign in 2014, has been declared the winner of the 2015 British Columbia Female Junior Athlete of the Year award.

Representing 13 different sports with individuals and team members from 20 communities within BC, Sport BC announced the athletes, coaches and officials who were the successful recipients being honoured for their excellence in and contribution to sport in front of 480 guests at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Thursday evening.

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Rookie Mike Griffin Leads Vikings to 1st Place

victoriavikeslogo2015.jpgWith rookie Viking Mike Griffin claiming the top individual spot, the University of Victoria Vikes men's golf team captured first place following their third and final round of the Corban Spring Invitational at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore. this week.

Griffin shot 71 in his final round to lead all Vikes with an overall score of 3-under par 210 while UVic finished first at 7-over par 859 score.

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Thunderbirds 4th at Sacramento State Invitational

ubcthunderbirds200pix.jpgThe University of British Columbia Thunderbirds finished fourth at the third annual Sacramento State Men's Invitational at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove, California this week with a team score of 886.

16 teams and 20 individuals took part in the 54 hole event at the par 72, 7,064 yard course.

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SFU Men's Golf Clan Open 2015 Tied For 3rd

sfuredwhitelogo200.jpgLed by sophomore Kevin Vigna, the 2014 GNAC Champion, eighth-ranked Simon Fraser University men's golf team opened their 2015 schedule with a third-place finish at the Notre Dame de Namur Argonaut Invitational this week at the Poppy Ridge Course in Livermore, CA.

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Bill Kelly New President of PGA of BC

billkellybcprgpres2015300pix.jpgBill Kelly, head golf professional of Glacier Greens Golf Course in Comox, British Columbia, has been selected by the PGA of British Columbia Board of Directors as the association's 38th president for 2015-2016.

A resident of Naniamo, Mr. Kelly served the last two years as Vice President of Administration and Finance. He succeeds Fairview Mountain Golf Club's Executive Professional Brian McDonald, who previously held the position since 2013. McDonald will remain on the PGA of BC Board as Past President.

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2015 AGM For Golf Canada

golfcanadalogo200pix.jpgPaul McLean of King, Ont. was inducted as Golf Canada's 112th President during the National Sport Federation's Annual General Meeting this weekend in Mississauga, Ont.. succeeding 2014 President Douglas Alexander of London, Ont. Roland Deveau of Bedford, N.S. becomes First Vice-President and Leslie Dunning of Calgary assumes the role of Second Vice-President.

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Couples, Clarke: Captains For New Tournament

fredcouples-iconscaptain300pix.jpgThe ICONS Cup.

From Dubai in the United Arab Emerates comes word of a first-of-its-kind, two-day, team competition, that major champions Fred Couples and Darren Clarke will serve as captains for the inaugural International event on April 22-24 at Jumeirah Golf Estates' Earth Course.

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Mountain Bikers Replacing Golfers In Fernie

Simonhowse-ParastoneGM200pix.jpgIs golf dead as a development anchor?

Well, that's the question that faced Parastone Developments' Simone Howse in Fernie as he took over a failed golf course proposal in the Kootenays two years ago.

Today, he's peddling his way to success because "Canadians are playing less golf than they used to."

It seems they may have found the answer: switching from golf to focus on mountain bike trails. The change paid off, which has seen a rapid sell out of the first phase of its 20 home sites at Montane in Fernie.

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Accor Vietnam: World Masters Golf Championship

pullmandanangbeachresort500pix.jpgAfter 20 years of staging successful World Masters tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, Go Golfing has partnered with Golfasian to host the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship in Danang from September 6 to 12, 2015

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Billy Casper, Jr.; 1931 - 2015

billcasper1933-2015-300pix.jpgProfessional golf legend Billy Casper, often regarded as "the best putter on the planet," died Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. MT of a heart attack at the age of 83. He was surrounded by family at his home outside Salt Lake City, Utah.
His health setback over the past several months included multiple surgeries and a month-long hospital stay in December, 2014.

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Charlie Sifford: 1922 - 2015

charlessiffordpgatour200pix.jpgCharlie Sifford, who only wanted a chance to play and broke the color barrier in golf as the first black PGA Tour member, died Tuesday night, the PGA of America said.
Sifford, who recently had suffered a stroke, was 92.

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Trinity Western University: A Clear & Timely Judgement

twu-emailbanner-president250pic.jpgToday TWU received a decision regarding our proposed law school from the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. In a very clear and comprehensive judgement (139 pages), Justice Campbell ruled strongly in favour of TWU. This is very welcome news and a timely answer to much prayer.

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2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

davemills-bobweeks-gordstollery-350pix.jpgFormer Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) Executive Director Dave Mills together with SCOREGolf Editorial Director & TV personality Bob Weeks, and the late (Arthur) Gordon Stollery of Markham, Ont. will be honoured for their contributions to the game of golf as the 2015 co-recipients of Golf Canada's Distinguished Service Award.

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Canadian Open Champion Kel Nagel: 1920 - 2015

kelnagle-peterthomson-200pix.jpgIt is with a heavy heart that the PGA of Australia advises the passing of one of Australia's golfing greats, Kel Nagle.

A winner of the 1964 Canadian Open and two-time Canada Cup winner, Mr. Nagel passed away peacefully at 1.30 Thursday morning at Mona Vale hospital, Australia, at age 94.

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Adam Hadwin: Selected 2014 Golfer of the Year

adamhadwin2014poty300pix.jpgAfter winning two tournaments on the WEB.COM Tour and finishing the season as that circuit's leading money winner, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford has been selected top golfer of the year for 2014, edging out fellow Ledgeview alum Nick Taylor and Graham DeLaet.

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Jim Rutledge, Rick Gibson: Champions Tour Qualifiers

Victoria, British Columbia's Jim Rutledge and Rick Gibson, long time Islander ball chasers, can't be too unhappy with the way things turned out at the Champions Tour qualifying school.

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The Tiger Woods 2015 Golf Foundation Fund Raiser

tigerwoods2014300pix.jpgOne of golf's most decorated players, Tiger Woods has always kept himself busy away from the sport; whether he's doing commercials or making personal appearances around the world, Eldrick Woods has become a global superstar on and off the course.

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Four BC golfers selected as 2014 PNGA Players of the Year

Adam Svensson of Surrey, Kevin Corrigan of Victoria, Christina Proteau of Port Alberni and Naomi Ko of Victoria have been selected as the 2014 Pacific Northwest Golf Association's Players of the Year.

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A Boat Built For 'The Shark'

theshark_aussierules500pix.jpgGreg Norman recently took delivery of his newest toy, named 'Aussie Rules', which he helped to design and, at 69.5 meters in length (228 feet long), it is the world's largest aluminum and composite private yacht.

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