Lower Mainland: Amateur News

Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga Win 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:24 Wednesday, 13 May 2015 22:17

by Alfie Lau
 

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After one hole of the final of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Pacific Dunes, #13 seeds Mika Liu and Rinko Mitsunaga were one down to #2 seeds Robynn Ree and Hannah O’Sullivan.
 
And then Liu shifted her game into overdrive, making six birdies in her first eight holes to stake their team to a 3-up lead that the duo never relinquished en route to a 4&3 victory over the consensus favourites going into the final.

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Christina Proteau And Shawn Farmer Miss USGA 4-Ball Cut By One Stroke

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 20:47 Sunday, 10 May 2015 20:25

by Alfie Lau
 

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Close but no cigar for the only Canadian at the inaugural USGA Women’s 4-Ball at Pacific Dunes in Bandon, OR.
 
Christina Proteau of Port Alberni, playing in only her third round of golf since giving birth to son Jameson on December 7, 2014, partnered with Bellevue, WA’s Shawn Farmer and after rounds of (+4) 76 and (-1) 71, the duo finished at (+3) and one stroke out of a playoff for one of 32 spots in the Match Play segment of this tournament.

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The Canadian Content At The Washington Open Invitational

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 May 2015 12:35 Sunday, 10 May 2015 11:40

by Alfie Lau
 

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When the invite came into my mailbox requesting my presence at the Washington Open Invitational Media Day at Meridian Valley Country Club, I wondered what possible connection to British Columbia and Canadian golf there could be.
 
But look down the list of winners and in 1977, just below the name of 1978 Champion Fred Couples, is Kelowna’s own Dave Barr.
 
Barr won at Tumwater Valley Golf Club and that is the victory prominently listed as his first international title on his Golf Canada Hall of Fame record.

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Canadian Content At Washington State Abounds

Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 14:46 Monday, 27 April 2015 14:11

by Alfie Lau
 

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Washington State Cougars head golf coach Garrett Clegg may have gone to school at Utah, been an assistant coach at the University of Washington for four years and is currently completing his fourth year as WSU’s head coach, but he’s got a huge affinity for Canada.
 
Not only did he work with Nick Taylor at Washington, his current Cougars squad features fifth-year senior Sang Lee from Calgary and freshman Zach Anderson from Nanaimo.

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Highlights From The British Columbia Golf AGM

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 07:29 Sunday, 29 March 2015 22:09

by Alfie Lau

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Volunteers who’ve given countless hours to amateur golf were amongst the attendees at the 12th Annual General Meeting for the British Columbia Golf Association on March 28th at the Executive Airport Plaza in Richmond.
 
They were there to hear an informative presentation from Executive Director Kris Jonasson on the USGA’s Pace of Play Research Findings, hear about the Association’s financials, and give thanks to Karen Vanzella, this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner.

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