PGA Tour The Masters

Matsuyama becomes first Japanese to win Masters; Conners T8

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all.

Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket.

Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th.

Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.”

So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. With a four-shot lead, he went for the green in two on the par-5 15th and it bounded hard off the back slope and into the pond on the 16th hole.

Matsuyama did well to walk away with bogey, and with Schauffele making a fourth straight birdie, the lead was down to two shots with three to play.

The next swing all but ended it. Schauffele’s tee shot on the par-3 16th bounced off the hill left of the green and dribbled into the pond. His third shot from the drop area went into the gallery. It added to a triple bogey, and his third close call in a major.

Never mind that Matsuyama bogeyed three of his last four holes, the first Masters champion with a final round over par since Trevor Immelman shot 75 in 2008.

All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory.

And that’s what he did, soaking in the moment with a few thousand spectators on their feat to celebrate a career-changing moment _ for the 29-year-old Matsuyama, and he hopes for an entire country.

“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama said.

Will Zalatoris, the 24-year-ld Masters rookie, holed an 18-foot par putt on the last hole for a 70 and was runner-up. It was the best performance by a first-timer to the Masters since another Dallas kid, Jordan Spieth, was runner-up in 2014 to Bubba Watson.

Spieth had a few fleeting thoughts of coming from six shots behind except for too many missed putts early and missed opportunities late. He bogeyed his last hole for a 70 and tied for third with Schauffele, who shot a 72 with a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card.

Matsuyama finished at 10-under 278 for his 15th victory worldwide, and his sixth on the PGA Tour.

He becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods.

Canadian Corey Conners finished six strokes back of Matsuyama, tied for eighth with American Patrick Reed. The top-10 finish clinched his sport at next year’s Masters. Conners also finished in the top 10 at last year’s event.

There were moments, though, the native of Listowel, Ont., seemed poised to challenge for the green jacket.

Conners had a hole-in-one Saturday and sat in sixth after the third round. He climbed the leaderboard Sunday with a birdie on the second hole, but collapsed through the middle of the round with three bogeys and a double bogey before ending the day with a 2-over 74.

Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished in a six-way tie for 40th spot.

Returning to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, Matsuyama again put on the green jacket and raised both arms in triumph. Augusta National allowed limited spectators, believed to be about 8,000 a day, and most might have remembered him from a decade ago.

He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn an invitation to the Masters, and he was low amateur — tied with defending champion Phil Mickelson that year — to earn a trip into famed Butler Cabin. He won in Japan as an amateur, and four times after he graduated college and turned pro. His first PGA Tour victory was at the Memorial in 2014, prompting tournament host Jack Nicklaus to say, “I think you’ve just seen the start of what’s going to be truly one of your world’s great players over the next 10 to 15 years.”

That moment came Sunday.

Matsuyama is not big on emotion, and he speaks even less even when cornered after every round by the large contingent of Japanese media.

Most of the media was absent this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and Matsuyama had said on the eve of the final round that it has been a lot less stress.

There was plenty on the golf course, right from the start.

Matsuyama sent his opening tee shot into the trees right of the first fairway. He punched it under the trees from the pine straw, hit a soft pitch that rolled down the slope away from the pin and was happy to leave with bogey. Two groups ahead of him, Zalatoris opened with two straight birdies.

Just like that, the lead was down to one.

No one got any closer until the final hour. Matsuyama made birdie from the front bunker on the par-5 second hole. He didn’t make another birdie until the par-5 eighth, and it didn’t matter because no one could put any pressure on him.

Zalatoris misjudged the speed on No. 3 and three-putted for bogey from just off the back of the green. Schauffele was within three of the lead going to the third hole, only to go bogey-bogey-double bogey on the toughest three-hole stretch on the course.

Matsuyama delivered what appeared to be a knockout punch with a nifty up-and-down from right of the green on the eighth for a tap-in birdie, and a lob wedge to the dangerous left pin on the ninth that rolled out to 3 feet. That sent him to the back nine with a five-shot lead.

For the longest time, it looked as though Matsuyama couldn’t wait to get to Butler Cabin and see how he looked in green.

Schauffele, however, rammed in a 20-foot birdie putt from behind the 12th green. He two-putted from 10 feet for birdie on No. 13. He nearly holed out from the fairway for a tap-in birdie on the 14th. And with he nearly holed his greenside bunker shot on the par-5 15th for a fourth straight birdie.

And then all that that worked ended when his ball disappeared below the surface of the pond.

Matsuyama could afford a few bogeys, and all that affected was the final margin. He is the Masters champion, a major that defines his elite status in the game and gives Japan the biggest week it has ever had in April. The week started a week ago Saturday when Tsubasa Kajitani won the second Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Matsuyama wasn’t around to see it, but he was well aware of it. All he wanted was to follow her path and made Japan proud. His play spoke volumes.

Golf Canada The Masters

Corey Conners sits 6th at Masters after hole-in-one; Matsuyama leads

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Corey Conners of Canada reacts on the sixth green after hitting a hole-in-one during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Hideki Matsuyama showed he could handle Augusta National when he first showed up as a 19-year-old amateur. Ten years later, the Japanese star put himself on the cusp of a green jacket Saturday at the Masters.

In a stunning turnaround after storms doused the course, Matsuyama had four birdies, an eagle and a superb par at the end of a 7-under 65, turning a three-shot deficit into a four-shot lead as he tries to become the first Japanese player to win a major.

“This is a new experience for me being a leader going into the final round in a major,” Matsuyama said. “I guess all I can do is relax and prepare well and do my best.”

Matsuyama was at 11-under 205, and no one could stay with him after the delay. It lasted 1 hour, 18 minutes because of dangerous weather and just enough rain fell that crusty Augusta National was a little more forgiving.

He hit what he said was his worst shot of the day right before the delay, a tee shot into the trees on the right. He punched a 7-iron out to 20 feet for birdie and was on his way.

The break brought the Masters to life, and at times it was hard to keep up.

Xander Schauffele ran in a 60-foot eagle putt across the 15th green to momentary join a four-way tie for the lead. Seconds later, Justin Rose holed a 25-foot birdie putt back on the par-3 12th to regain the lead. That lasted as long as it took Matsuyama to rap in his 5-foot eagle putt on the 15th to take the lead for good.

The entire sequence took no more than two minutes.

But after that, no one could catch Matsuyama. When the round ended, Schauffele (68), Rose (72), Marc Leishman (70) and Masters rookie Will Zalatoris (71) were all at 7-under 209.

Canadian Corey Conners was close behind at 6-under after shooting a 68. It was a mixed day for the Listowel, Ont., native. After a bogey on the fifth hole, he shot a hole-in-one on the sixth. Conners had five birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., recorded his third-straight even-par score to sit in a tie for 21st.

Jordan Spieth was within two shots of the lead despite a double bogey on the seventh hole, but he couldn’t keep pace and shot 72 to fall six shots behind.

Matsuyama will play in the final group with Schauffele, a comfortable pairing. Schauffele’s mother was raised in Japan and he speaks enough Japanese to share a few laughs with Matsuyama during Saturday’s pairing.

Matsuyama will play in the final group with Schauffele, a comfortable pairing. Schauffele’s mother was raised in Japan and he speaks enough Japanese to share a few laughs with Matsuyama during Saturday’s pairing.

That won’t eliminate all the pressure. His lone shot at a major was at Quail Hollow in the 2017 PGA Championship when he was one shot behind with three holes to play and missed a crucial par putt. He was in tears after that round, a player under enormous pressure in golf-mad Japan.

Matsuyama wasn’t the first Japanese star of his generation _ that was close friend Ryo Ishikawa _ but he is by far the most accomplished. Matsuyama has 14 worldwide wins, five on the PGA Tour. He has reached as high as No. 2 in the world.

He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010 that earned him a spot in the Masters the following year. He was the only amateur to make the cut, finishing on the same score (1 under) as defending champion Phil Mickelson.

A decade later, he is on the cusp of history. The only other player from an Asian country to win a men’s major is Y.E. Yang in the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

Matsuyama wouldn’t have believed he could leave Augusta National on Saturday night with a four-shot lead. But he knew he was playing well, and he showed it. On a course that has played difficult all week, he delivered the first bogey-free round of the week.

The signature shot was his 5-iron to a left pin to 5 feet for eagle. Equally stellar was an 8-iron to the front right shelf on the par-3 16th to 5 feet for a birdie, and then his pitching wedge to 10 feet behind the hole on the 17th. His work still wasn’t through.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 10: Corey Conners of Canada reacts on the sixth green after hitting a hole-in-one during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

From a fairway bunker on the 18th, Matsuyama sent it soaring over the green and up the walkway toward the clubhouse, some 25 yards to the hole with little margin for error with a back pin. His chip bounced with enough spin to trickle out to 3 feet for par.

It was reminiscent of Spieth closing out his third round in 2015 with a tough par save on the 18th to take a four-shot lead into the final round. That’s what Matsuyama has on Sunday, with a nation watching.

He rarely can go anywhere on the PGA Tour without a dozen or more Japanese media following. Their numbers are limited this year because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“Being in front of the media is still difficult. It’s not my favourite thing to do,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter. “It’s been a lot less stress for me. I’ve enjoyed this week.”

A victory would give Japan a sweep this week. Tsubasa Kajitani won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur last Saturday.

PGA Tour The Masters

Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes, Mike Weir set to represent Canada at Masters

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 06: Mackenzie Hughes of Canada plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 06: Mackenzie Hughes of Canada plays his shot from the third tee during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 06, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

National Press.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Three Canadians will tee it up in the first men’s golf major of the year today.

Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont.; Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont.; and Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., are in the field for the Masters at Augusta National.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 07: Corey Conners of Canada talks with his caddie Danny Sahl on the third hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 07, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Weir gets in by virtue of winning the 2003 edition of the tournament.

Hughes is in after qualifying for last year’s Tour Championship, while Conners gets his berth for tying for 10th at last year’s Masters.

The event is back on its traditional April date after being moved to November last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conners is 43rd in the world men’s golf rankings, Hughes is 51st and Weir is 808th.

Amateur Golf Canada

Canadian Alexis Card wins girls 7-9 division at Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 04: Alexis Card, participant in the girls 7-9, poses with her first place overall trophy during the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club on April 04, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

AUGUSTA, Ga – Canadian girls continued their success at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship once again on Sunday with a victory from Cambridge, Ont., native Alexis Card.

Card, 8, won the girls 7-9 division with a total of 23 points for a two-point victory over fellow Canadian Anna Wu of Victoria, B.C. Card impressed getting full points in both the driving and putting categories (10) while rounding it out with three points at the chipping station.

It was Wu stole the show at the chipping station, chipping one in and giving off a memorable reaction which caught the attention of star Phil Mickelson.

With the win, Card becomes the fourth Canadian (all females) to win a Drive, Chip and Putt title in as many years. Savannah Grewal (Mississauga, Ont.) won in 2017, followed by Vanessa Borovilos (Toronto) in 2018 and Nicole Gal (Oakville, Ont.) in 2019.

Cole Roberts of Oshawa, Ont., was the lone male to play in the event, finishing in 7th place in the boys 7-9 division.

Click here to view final scoring.

2021 Golf NB Tournament Registration

Golf NB is excited to announce that our 2021 tournament registration will open on April 12th at 7:00 AM.  

Golf NB and Golf Canada have transitioned to a new Tournament Software provider for 2021 (Golf Genius). To ensure a smooth registration process, please take the time to read the following tips to familiarize yourself with the new process:

Membership & Personal Information

Your first and most important step (before tournament registration opens) should be to login to the Golf Canada Score Centre and make sure ALL of the following are updated:

It is critical that this information is correct as this will be synced to your new Golf Genius profile

Handicap Index

Your Golf Canada Score Centre account login information is now your primary login information to register for Golf NB championship events

CLICK HERE to log into your Golf Canada membership account.



Once you have completed the above, you will be ready for registration. Here are some other tips:


 
If you have any questions, please us via email at info@golfnb.ca

Want to make registration easy? Follow our 5 Easy Steps to Register via the Golf Canada Score Centre & the Golf NB Website

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not for profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 45 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include: provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and  junior golf development programs.

Golf Canada Media Release

Golf Canada will tee it up for 2021 National Amateur Championships

Golf Canada will tee it up in 2021 to conduct national amateur championships and is working with public health authorities in host communities to finalize operational protocols so that the competitions may proceed safely. 

Following a 2020 season that saw the cancellation of all Golf Canada competitions due to the pandemic, the 2021 schedule will feature nine National Amateur Championships, eight NextGen Championships for junior-aged golfers, and several USGA qualifiers which will be hosted at member clubs across Canada. 

“We are taking a measured but optimistic approach to conducting our 2021 championship season and we are excited to welcome the athletes back to our competitions,” said Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer Kevin Blue. “Golf Canada will continue to prioritize the safety of players, volunteers, host club and tournament staff, and host communities and will work with regional health authorities and our host clubs to get our national amateur competitions back on the tee. We also want to thank our roster of host clubs and volunteer committees for giving back to the game and joining us in this journey.” 

CLICK HERE TO SEE GOLF CANADA’S 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Operational protocols for each competition will align with local and provincial health and safety guidelines that have allowed golf courses to open for regular play. Should public health guidelines or interprovincial travel restrictions warrant, Golf Canada will make modifications to the competition schedule including a change to the size and composition of tournament fields or an outright event cancellation should circumstances dictate.

National Amateur Championship registration will open on Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00pm EDT while registration for all NextGen Championships will open on Monday, March 29 at 12:00pm EDT.

Applications will be open to any Golf Canada members who meet the eligibility criteria.  Given the current federal travel restrictions in place, Golf Canada will not be accepting registration from foreign residents for our championships at this time.  More information on the application procedure will be available on each championship information page.

Please visit www.golfcanada.ca/competitions-calendar/ to register for Golf Canada competitions.  

Golf Canada will also resume calculation of the NextGen National Junior Order of Merit to identify and give recognition to top-performing junior girls and boys across Canada who have achieved success during the 2021 season. The 2021 NextGen National Junior Order of Merit schedule can be viewed here and consists of Canadian events from the period January 1 to August 15, 2021 with a maximum of five (5) counting events for a player’s ranking.

With continued COVID-19 limitations and international travel restrictions, Golf Canada will not track a National Amateur Order of Merit in 2021. Golf Canada is carefully following the impact of the pandemic on international travel and competition and how those factors might impact the Team Canada Selection criteria for 2021/22, which are currently under review and can be accessed here once published.  

Golf Is Calling Tee It Up

An Invitation to Canadians: GOLF IS CALLING

Golf Canada

Canadians needing a social outlet and a sense of recreational normalcy during the uncertainty of the pandemic in 2020 turned to golf in a major way. Now Golf Canada, with the support of industry partners, will build on the excitement, increased interest, and elevated levels of play with a national golfer retention campaign to welcome new and returning players back to the golf course in 2021. 

The campaign – GOLF IS CALLING – is a Canada-wide marketing initiative to speak to new, younger golfers as well as the community of avid players, each uniquely drawn to the game whether it be for exercise, the social experience or the challenge of the sport. 

“For so many Canadians who needed an outlet to play, be social and feel a sense of normal, golf was there for us,” said Applebaum.

“Golf is a sport of invitation, where we bring others along to experience and enjoy the game for a lifetime. GOLF IS CALLING is also a return invitation to the avid players and new enthusiasts who enjoyed the game in record numbers this past year. It is also an outreach and welcome to young and diverse audiences and a powerful confirmation that our sport offers the healthy attributes, safe environment, and industry capacity of nearly 2,300 facilities to support physical, social, and mental well-being in a meaningful way.” 

GOLF IS CALLING features a vibrant and new look for golf. The campaign messaging and creative was informed by deep market research as well as creative trends from across industries and broader sport to reflect an industry-wide effort to promote golf participation. This season long, national marketing campaign features a fresh and inviting energy as the calling for Canadians to play more golf.

“As marketers and sport leaders, we look for moments to connect with golfers, and this past year has offered an unparalleled signature moment for the golf community to influence and entrench behaviours that will benefit our sport for the long run,” said Golf Canada Chief Marketing Officer Vanessa Morbi. “With more than 700 customizable assets that golf facilities and industry partners can leverage in their marketing efforts, this is a special moment to rally the full weight and collective voice of our sport to inspire more play in 2021.”

The suite of tools is available to golf courses and industry stakeholders to share in national roll-out of the golfer retention campaign. The bilingual campaign will be presented as SORTEZ, GOLFEZ across all French language assets and Golf Canada will support the campaign with a paid media buy executed across social and digital channels.

In conjunction with the campaign, Golf Canada has also relaunched its website as a portal to enhance the golfer experience and support tee-time booking through a national course look-up tool. This feature can be found on www.golfcanada.ca and will connect golfers with facilities across the country. 

Despite a season suspended in most parts of Canada through early May, data from the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) of Canada reported a 18.9% increase in total rounds played across the country in 2020. Golf Canada members as well as public players who track an official handicap index experienced a significant lift in play, posting a record 7.8M scores to the Golf Canada Score Centre, a 7% lift over the prior year with monthly score posting records set from June through October. 

Canadian levels of engagement in the sport mirrored strong growth metrics across North America as new and avid players invested in tee times as well as memberships, equipment, league play, junior golf, and instruction.

As Canadian golf facilities continue to manage the impact of the pandemic on non-golf revenues, the game is thriving as a safe and healthy recreational option that drives significant economic, employment, tourism, environmental and charity benefits to communities across Canada. 

Supported by comprehensive healthy and safety protocols enacted by the golf community as well as adjustments made to the golf course experience, the sport is well positioned with momentum. 

“Creating a national campaign that speaks to golfers of varying abilities and connection to the game is no easy feat, and we continue to be extremely sensitive to the disastrous impact of the pandemic which has taken a significant emotional, economic and mental toll,” added Shawn Evans, President and CEO of GolfNorth Properties who is also Chair of the Golf Industry Advisory Council. “At the same time, we see the opportunity in golf’s emergence through the pandemic to present our sport in a fresh way to new audiences with a visceral consumer experience that will be noticed.”

Golf NB Championships

Golf NB Announces 2021 Championship Schedule

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB) is pleased to announce its 2021 Tournament Schedule which will include 15 various competitions and see the naming of some 34 separate provincial champions at 11 of New Brunswick’s top golf facilities.

The 2021 schedule is headlined by Golf NB’s six “Major Championships”, the NB Under-13 & 15 Championship (June 19th-20th, Gage Golf & Curling Club), the East Coast Junior Championship (June 29th-30th, Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club), the NB Ladies Provincial Championships, Driven by Audi Moncton (July 4th – 6th, Royal Oaks Golf Club), the NB Men’s Amateur Championship (July 9th – 11th, Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club), the NB Under-19 Championships (July 17th – July 19th, Hampton Golf Club), and the NB Men’s Senior & Mid-Master Championships (July 26 to 28, Fredericton Golf Club).

For a complete Golf NB Event & Championship Schedule CLICK HERE.

As the Provincial Golf Association and the governing body of golf in New Brunswick, Golf NB conducts the province’s amateur golf championships as part of its mandate to promote the sport and support the game of golf in the province

Golf NB’s Championship Season at a Glance…
The 2021 competition calendar includes seven team events and seven individual stroke play events including;

NB Men’s Four Ball, Presented by TaylorMade Golf Canada
May 29 & 30, 2021 – Algonquin Golf Course

Golf NB will once again kick off the competitive golf season with the 39th playing of the NB Men’s Four Ball.After the event’s cancellation in 2020, Golf NB is excited to return to the beautiful and historic Algonquin Golf Course for 2021.Hosting both Amateur Men’s and Senior Men’s divisions, the NB Men’s Four Ball will once again provide the perfect starting point to New Brunswick’s competitive golf season, at one of the provinces’ most challenging and picturesque venues.

Entry into the 2021 NB Men’s Four Ball includes two competitive rounds, a tee gift, a food and beverage voucher, and the opportunity for prizes in both gross and net flights.

NB Ladies Four-Ball, Presented by Four Rivers Brewing Co. 
June 13, 2021 – Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club

The Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club will play host to NB Ladies Four-Ball for the ninth time in the event’s 14-year history.  Tied to Gowan Brae’s annual Ladies Two-Person Scramble, the 2021 NB Ladies Four-Ball is a perfect way for the golfing women of New Brunswick to spend time with friends while enjoying one of the province’s top championship courses.

Entry into the 2021 NB Ladies Four-Ball, Presented by Four Rivers Brewing Co. includes one competitive round, a tee gift, a food and beverage voucher, and the opportunity for both gross and net prizing.


NB Under-13 & 15 Championship
June 19 & 20, 2021 – Gage Golf & Curling Club

The Gage Golf & Curling Club will play host to newly revitalized NB Under-13 & 15 Championship as some of the province’s best young junior players converge in Oromocto to start the competitive golf season.  Previously incorporated with the NB Under-19 Championship, 2021 will mark the resumption of a separate event to showcase New Brunswick’s Under-13 & 15 boys and girls players.

Entry into the 2021 NB Under-13 & 15 Championship includes one practice round, two competitive rounds, a tee gift, a food and beverage voucher, and the opportunity for both gross and net prizing.


East Coast Junior Championship
June 29 & 30, 2021 – Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club

The Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club will once again open its doors to some of eastern Canada’s top junior golfers during the 22nd playing of the East Coast Junior Championship.  With 1,000 Golf Canada Order of Merit Points up for grabs and past champions like Charles-Eric Bélanger, Valerie Tanguay, Anne-Chatherine Tanguay, Maude-Amiee LeBlanc, Ron Harvey Jr., and Brodie Flanders, the East Coast Junior Championship has been Atlantic Canada’s premier junior championship since its inception.

Entry into the 2021 NB East Coast Junior Championship includes one practice round, two competitive rounds, a tee gift, and championships in the Under 19 Boys, Under 19 Girls and Under 15 Boys categories.

NB Ladies Provincial Championships, Driven by Audi Moncton
July 4 to 6, 2021 – Royal Oaks Golf Club   

Royal Oaks Golf Club, in Moncton, NB will challenge New Brunswick’s to female golfers, as it plays host to the 85th playing of the NB Ladies Provincial Championships from July 4th to 6th.  With Leanne Richardson set to defend three of the four trophies on the line (the NB Ladies Amateur, NB Ladies Mid-Amateur, and NB Ladies Senior) and Kathy Grebenc looking to hold on to her NB Ladies Super Senior crown, the 54-hole event is sure to see another exciting finish.

Entry into the 2021 NB Ladies Provincial Championships, Driven by Audi Moncton includes one practice round, three competitive rounds, a tee gift, and food and beverage vouchers and the opportunity for both gross and net prizing for competitors.


NB Men`s Amateur Championship
July 9 to 11, 2021 – Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club  

The Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club will play host to the NB Men’s Amateur Championship for the fifth time, and first, since 2005 when the Sussex Golf & Curling Club’s Ron Harvey Jr. claimed his first NB Men’s Amateur title.  “We are excited to be able to bring the NB Men’s Amateur Championship back to Gowan Brae, which has proven to provide the ultimate test of golf”, said Gary Melanson, Golf NB Tournament Chair.

In addition to the NB Men’s Amateur Championship, eligible players will also compete for the 2021 NB Mid-Amateur crown and five positions on Team NB, three positions on the NB Men’s Amateur Team, and two positions on the NB Mid-Amateur Team.  With the final Mid-Amateur Team position, as well as the first alternate positions, being awarded at the NB Mid-Master Championship to be held later in July at the Fredericton Golf Club.

Additionally, upon registration availability the 2021 NB Men’s Amateur Championship may also include a Senior Men’s field, with a minimum of 42 participants to be contested from a forward set of tees, of between 5,800 and 6,000 yards.  The overall field size for the NB Men’s Amateur Championship will not exceed 144 and the total number of participants in the Senior division will be dependent on the overall number of entries from the Amateur / Mid-Amateur age categories.

Entry into the 2021  NB Men’s Amateur Championship includes one practice round, three competitive rounds, a tee gift, and the opportunity for prizing based on a minimum of four divisions.

NB Under-19 Championships
July 17th to July 19th, 2021 – Hampton Golf Club  

The Hampton Golf Club in Hampton, NB will once again play host to the NB Under-19 Championships. With four championships up for grabs, Boys & Girls Under 19 & Under 17 titles, as well as positions on the Team NB, there will be lots to play for on the 6,509 yard, Graham Cooke layout, that will also serve as the host venue for the 2023 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

Entry into the 2021 NB Under 19 Championships includes one practice round, three competitive rounds, a tee gift, and the opportunity for prizing.

NB Senior & Mid-Master Championships
July 26 to 28, 2021 – Fredericton Golf Club

The Fredericton Golf Club, in Fredericton, NB, plays host to the 45th NB Senior Men`s Championship and the 2021 NB Mid-Master Championship from July 26th to 28th.

The two events will be run concurrently, as separate events, over the same three-day period and will carry a maximum field of 144 players overall.  In addition to the NB Men’s Senior & Super-Senior Championship and the NB Mid-Master Championship, eligible players will also compete for four positions on Team NB, three positions on the NB Men`s Senior Team, and one position on the NB Mid-Amateur Team.

Entry into the 2021 NB Men’s Senior & Mid-Master Championships includes one practice round, three competitive rounds, a food and beverage voucher a tee gift, and the opportunity for prizing based on divisions.

NB Family Classic & Adult Junior, Driven by Audi Moncton
August 9, 2021 – Country Meadows Golf Club

The 41st playing of the NB Family Classic & Adult Junior, Driven by Audi Moncton at Country Meadows Golf Club.

This 18-hole event uses a Pinehurst Scoring method where partners both drive on each hole and then each play a 2nd shot with the other’s ball.  After the 2nd shots, a choice is made regarding the ball with which the hole will be completed, playing alternate shots from there until the ball is holed out.  This unique event provides opportunities for the entire family with three different divisions; Male/Male, Female/Female, and Mixed in both the Family Classic and Adult Junior flights.

Entry into the 2021 NB Family Classic & Adult Junior, Driven by Audi Moncton includes one competitive round, a meal, and a tee gift.


Jim Connolly “Little Swingers”

August 9, 2021 – Country Meadows Golf Club

The Jim Connolly “Little Swingers” is open to two-player teams made up of one youngster between the ages of 5 and 10 and one adult.  The Jim Connolly “Little Swingers” combines a 45-minute instructional clinic with 9 holes of golf using the Pinehurst Scoring method.  Named for the late Jim Connolly, the Golf Professional Emeritus of The Riverside Country Club, the date for the Jim Connolly “Little Swingers” has yet to be determined but will be posted on golfnb.ca once it is available.

Entry into the 2021 Jim Connolly “Little Swingers” includes a pre-event clinic, 9 holes of golf, a meal, and a tee gift.

Atlantic Golf Championships
September 18 & 19, 2021 – Mill River Resort (PEI)

The 2021 Atlantic Golf Championships will return to Prince Edward Island (PEI), as the Mill River Resort gets set to host the 7th playing of the Atlantic Golf Championships on September 18 & 19, 2021, where some of the region’s top amateur golfers will gather to compete over 36 holes for both individual and team titles in this unique invitation-only event. 

The 2021 Atlantic Golf Championships will see male and female golfers in amateur (under 40) Mid-Master (male 40-54 & female 40-49), Senior (male 55+ and female 50+), and Super-Senior divisions (one male and one female over 65) competing for both provincial teams and individual titles.  With individuals being invited to participate based on their 2020 performances in Golf NB’s three adult Player of the Year Challenges, Team NB will set out in search of it’s 4th consecutive Atlantic Golf Championship team title after capturing the most recent 2019 Atlantic Golf Championships.

Entry into the 2021 Atlantic Golf Championships is by invitation only and includes one practice round, two competitive rounds, a players’ banquet, and the opportunity to earn an exemption into the 2022 Canadian Championships.

Past Presidents’ Cup Inter-Club Challenge, Driven by Audi Moncton
September 18 & 19, 2021 – Lakeside Golf & Country Club

The Lakeside Golf & Country Club will play host to the 21st playing of the Past Presidents’ Cup Inter-Club Challenge.  The yearlong competition involves clubs entering 16-player teams (divided into five different handicap flights) in search of the 2021 crown.  Each round of the competition consists of a home and home series between the clubs, with each team fielding 8 sets of two-player teams who compete in a “Hole by Hole” match play format with the team winning the most total holes advancing to the next round.  The final matches will be hosted at the Lakeside Golf & Country Club on September 18th and 19th in 2021.

“The Past Presidents’ Cup Inter-Club Challenge, Driven by Audi Moncton is one of Golf NB’s most inclusive events”, said Tyson Flinn, Executive Director of Golf NB.  “With players ranging in handicap indexes from 0.0 to 20.0+, the Past Presidents’ Cup provides a truly unique form of comradery and competition that is unmatched in any other event.”

Entry into the 2021 Past Presidents’ Cup Inter-Club Challenge, Driven by Audi Moncton is open to all Golf NB partner facilities.

Estabrooks Cup, Driven by Audi Moncton
October 2 & 3, 2021 – Memramcook Valley Golf Club

The North and South will renew their rivalry at the Memramcook Valley Golf Club for the 24th playing of the Estabrooks Cup on October 2nd & 3rd.  The 2021 Estabrooks Cup, Driven by Audi Moncton will again pit the best golfers, in the Amateur Men, Senior Men, and Ladies divisions, in the province against each other in this best on best “Ryder Cup” style competition.

The Estabrooks Cup has seen many changes over the years, but 2021 will again see the makeup of each team include 2 Amateur Men, 8 Senior Men, and 8 Ladies, for 18 player teams, which will include two “Playing Captains”, one male and one female, from each side.

Entry into the 2021 Estabrooks Cup is by invitation only with players being selected from the TaylorMade NB Men’s Player of the Year, the  NB Senior Men’s Player of the Year, and the Royale NB Ladies Player of the Year Challenges.

Dormie Workshop Par 3 Challenge
2021 will mark the second year of the Dormie Par 3 Challenge, a unique competition for players participating in the Golf NB East Coast Junior Championship, the NB Under 19 Championship, the NB Ladies Provincial Championships, the NB Men’s Amateur Championship, and the NB Senior Men’s & Mid-Master Championship.

The Dormie Par 3 Challenge will see the players with the best performance on the par-3’s of each event receive a unique prize provided by Dormie Workshop.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not for profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 45 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include: provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and  junior golf development programs.

PGA Tour RBC Canadian Open

2021 RBC Canadian Open cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 challenges

RBC Canadian Open
Round 3 of the 2019 RBC Canadian Open at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club,

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA AND TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – Due to logistical challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PGA TOUR, title sponsor Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Golf Canada announced today that the 2021 RBC Canadian Open, scheduled for June 7-13 at St. George’s Golf & Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario, has been cancelled.

“Even with an extensive health and safety plan in place, we faced a number of significant logistical challenges that led us to this decision,” said PGA TOUR President Tyler Dennis. “While we are disappointed to cancel Canada’s National Championship, we are thankful to our partners RBC and Golf Canada – along with our Canadian fans — for their unwavering support and cooperation throughout this process. We look forward to the RBC Canadian Open returning to our schedule next year.”

The RBC Canadian Open had put together a comprehensive health operation protocol with consultation and direction from local, provincial, and federal government and health officials, and was working together with a multitude of partners to navigate the impact of the travel restrictions and quarantine measures currently in effect, given the number of stakeholders required to cross the border for the week of the event. A decision timeline was also established to allow the PGA TOUR a sufficient window to fill the event date.

Tournament organizers will now redirect efforts to the return of the RBC Canadian Open to the PGA TOUR schedule in 2022.

“Together with RBC and the PGA TOUR, we set a decision timeline based on the most up to date travel and quarantine restrictions in effect along with consideration for the TOUR’s ability to pivot and successfully fill a significant date on the schedule,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “It was also important to be respectful partners to the health leaders and government officials who have helped inform our operation protocols and provided great direction on this journey. The timing simply did not align for us and we are deeply disappointed that the celebrated return of the RBC Canadian Open will have to wait another year.”

Since assuming sponsorship of Canada’s National Golf Championship in 2008 and the RBC Heritage in 2012, RBC continues to be a strong advocate for the game, supporting PGA TOUR and LPGA players through Team RBC, and funding youth and amateur golf initiatives in Canada through the Golf Canada Foundation.

“We share in the disappointment with our RBC Canadian Open community over the cancellation of this year’s tournament,” said Mary DePaoli, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, RBC. “Persistent challenges and health and safety considerations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including international travel restrictions, quarantine measures and government mandates, presented significant logistical challenges for this year’s tournament. We are immensely proud to be title sponsor of Canada’s National Open Championship, and to promote this great sport. We are more excited than ever to return in 2022 and bring this world-class event to new and existing Canadian golf fans.”

Established in 1904, the RBC Canadian Open — the third-oldest national championship in golf behind The Open Championship and the United States Open — had been previously conducted every year since 1904, with the exception of wartime cancellations from 1915-18 and 1943-44, and as the result of complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The RBC Canadian Open was last played in June 2019 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Ontario, with Rory McIlroy winning in his debut appearance.

To fill the week left open on the calendar, the PGA TOUR will secure an alternative venue in the United States to host an official FedExCup event for one year only. Details on the replacement event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

IWD2021

Happy International Women’s Day 2021

Today, we are celebrating #InternationalWomensDay To everyone who has shown the strength and courage to overcome obstacles & stand up for inequality, we thank you. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. We all must #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021