National: What's New
Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2016 01:00 Friday, 20 May 2016 00:53
MUIRFIELD, Scotland (Steve Douglas/AP) — Muirfield was stripped of its right to host the British Open after the Scottish club voted against admitting female members in a move that provoked sharp criticism from players and lawmakers.
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which owns Muirfield, announced its decision to retain the club’s male-only policy following a ballot of its members. A two-thirds majority was required for change. Out of 616 members who voted, 36 percent were against allowing women.
Within minutes, the Royal and Ancient, which runs the British Open, said Muirfield was off the list of 10 courses that can host golf’s oldest major championship.
“Going forward we will not stage the Championship at a venue that does not admit women as members,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement. “If the policy at the club should change, we would reconsider Muirfield as a venue for The Open in future.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 23:51 Thursday, 19 May 2016 23:44
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada) — Graham DeLaet and brewer Bomber Brewing have launched a new craft beer, Prairie Baard – Blue Collar Craft.
Over the upcoming weeks, the beer will be available in SLGA locations across Saskatchewan and in liquor distributors throughout Alberta – including Sobeys, Safeway, Co-op, and Liquor Depot, with plans to expand its footprint coast to coast across Canada in the near future.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:24 Thursday, 19 May 2016 06:15
(Paige Schappert/British Columbia Golf) — British Columbia is proud to host the 2016 North Pacific Junior Ladies’ Team Matches. This year marks the 30th anniversary of these team matches and will see squads from British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington competing Saturday, May 28, to Sunday, May 29, at Pitt Meadows Golf Club.
The event is patterned after the Curtis Cup Matches for amateur women (which stimulates friendly rivalry for women golfers from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland).
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:59 Thursday, 19 May 2016 05:43
(Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf) — John (Johnny) Johnston, a former Canadian Amateur champion who is a member of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, died Tuesday at the age of 91.
Johnston, known as J.J. to his many friends, was a longtime member of Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.
Johnston’s long list of achievements as an amateur golfer include a B.C. Amateur title in 1966. He won the B.C. Open at Marine Drive as an amateur in 1967 and that same year also won the Mexican Amateur.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 22:51 Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:46
TROON, Scotland (AP) — Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of this year’s British Open, is consulting members on whether its male-only membership policy should end.
Troon says it has written to its 800 members “seeking views on the issue of the admission of women members.”
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