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European Tour Chief: Changes Must Be Made to Wentworth

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 18:52 Sunday, 05 June 2016 18:48

Danny WillettCanadian Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England (Steve Douglas/AP) — Significant improvements must be made to the West Course at Wentworth by its new Chinese owners if it is to continue hosting the European Tour’s flagship event, the head of the tour said.

Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter are among the top Europeans not playing the BMW PGA Championship this week because of misgivings about the course, which include the perceived poor state of the greens. Masters champion Danny Willett is the only top-20 player competing.

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said the tour has “every intention to be at Wentworth for a long period of time” but knows there are players “who don’t want to play this golf course.”



Approaching 50, Golfer Steve Stricker is Busier Than Ever

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 June 2016 18:48 Sunday, 05 June 2016 18:39

Steve StrickerCanadian Press

MADISON, Wisconsin (Genaro C. Armas/AP) — Steve Stricker gets busier as he gets older.

One of the PGA Tour’s most respected players will be a vice captain for the U.S. team under Davis Love III at the Ryder Cup this year at Hazeltine. He’ll be the captain for the U.S. squad for the Presidents Cup in 2017 at Liberty National.

Stricker is also getting ready to host his own tournament, the inaugural Champions Tour stop in Madison sponsored by American Family Insurance in late June. And Stricker isn’t even eligible to play in his own event until he turns 50 next year.

So much for taking life a little easier as he approaches a milestone birthday.



Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy Claims 2016 PGA of BC Tournament of Champions

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:44 Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:35

Dean Claggett and Brandon OrtizKELOWNA, British Columbia (PGA of BC) — Opening the PGA of British Columbia tournament season with a win in the Tournament of Champions presented by SYNLawn and Rampion Enterprises Ltd. was Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy’s Head Professional Dean Claggett and Club Champion Brandon Ortiz. The team shot a Best Ball score of 6-under 66 to take home the title by two strokes at the Okanagan Golf Club (Quail Course).

“I think we played good as a team,” said Ortiz. “We stayed really patient out there and just didn’t really make a lot of mistakes... And when we did, we really made up for it.”



Great Finish After Tough Start in MJT Ford Series at Swan-e-set; Several Qualify for Major Events

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:34 Wednesday, 01 June 2016 07:24

Braeden Cooper and Andy JangPITT MEADOWS, British Columbia — Heavy rain caused the opening round of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Ford Series at Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows, BC, to be shortened to nine holes. Great weather the following day allowed for a fine finish with players qualifying for various high level tournaments and three coming close to winning a 2016 Ford Focus SE in a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Ford of Canada and West Coast Ford Lincoln.



PGA of BC Opens Season with Tournament of Champions at the Okanagan Golf Club

Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2016 06:41 Monday, 30 May 2016 06:37

Okanagan Golf ClubRICHMOND, British Columbia — The PGA of British Columbia kicks off the 2016 tournament season on May 30, as 36 teams from across the province will compete at the Tournament of Champions presented by SYNLawn and Rampion Enterprises Ltd., hosted by The Okanagan Golf Club (Quail Course).

The Tournament is played in 18-hole Best Ball format, with teams consisting of facilities’ Head Professional, Head Teaching, or Executive Professional, and their reigning Club Champion. This year’s field features a strong contingent of regional representation, including teams traveling from Taylor, B.C. (Lone Wolf Golf Club), Fernie, B.C.  (Fernie Golf & Country Club), and Invermere, B.C. (Copper Point Golf Club).



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