19th Hole Amateur

NGCOA Canada and CGSA launch sustainable golf program

Photo: Bernard Brault, Golf Canada

The National Golf Course Owners Association Canada (NGCOA Canada) and the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) have announced an important new program which will extend further support and recognition to facilities for sustainability and climate action.

This long-term project is being delivered by the two Canadian associations in collaboration with the GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation, which is the international not-for-profit entirely dedicated to establishing golf as a leader in this field.

Core components of the initiative include:

“The rapid movement in sustainability is fundamentally critical to the future of golf, and in particular the ability to successfully operate golf courses”, stated Jeff Calderwood, CEO of the NGCOA Canada. “This initiative delivers new solutions supporting management efficiency, the popularity of our game throughout Canada, golf’s positive brand, and the long-term profitability of our golf businesses.”

“Climate change and loss of biodiversity are concerns across society and, as land managers, we have an important role to play,” added Dustin Zdan, President of the CGSA. “This program provides recognition for the stewardship work that our superintendents deliver, while our industry demonstrates to society and governments that golf is an effective environmental leader.” 

The GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation has been supporting golf in more and more countries around the world each year. Jonathan Smith, executive director of GEO, was very supportive of expanding their support in Canada. 

“Congratulations to the NGCOA Canada and CGSA for stepping forward and demonstrating this sustainability commitment,” said Smith. “The programs, tools and recognition are purely designed to help facility and association leaders to better review and quantify what they are already doing; to identify areas for further focus; to build more effective communication plans; and to accelerate their profile as a climate conscious community of golf businesses.”

In parallel to this golf course operations initiative, it should be noted that Golf Canada is also demonstrating leadership by working with partners such as GEO for sustainability programs at the RBC Canadian Open and the CPKC Women’s Open, as well as their own Amateur events. Collectively, the Canadian golf industry is positioning the sport and industry very effectively for the future of sustainability.

Golf course operators and superintendents are advised to watch for further details and participation opportunities being released by both the NGCOA Canada and CGSA.

Amateur DP World Tour Epson Tour Korn Ferry Tour LPGA Tour PGA TOUR PGA TOUR Americas

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PGA TOUR

Ludvig Aberg birdied three of his last four holes for his second straight round of 61 en route to winning the RSM Classic by four strokes. With his birdie on the final hole, Aberg tied the PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record set by Justin Thomas at the 2017 Sony Open. It was his first career win in just his 16th start – his 11th as a pro, becoming the first PGA Tour University alum to win on tour. Aberg is the third rookie to win on tour this year, earning exemptions into the first three Signature Events in 2024 as well as the Masters. Mackenzie Hughes carded a bogey-free round of 63 for his first runner-up finish of the season and fourth top-10 result of the year. His 25-under 257 total equalled the lowest score by a runner-up in a 72-hole event and his final two rounds of 60-63 were just one stroke shy of equalling Aberg’s record closing 36-hole score. His third-round 60 tied his career-low. Hughes just missed finishing in the top 50 of the FedExCup Fall standings, moving up to No. 51 which gets him into two Signature Events in 2024 – the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Genesis Invitational. …Adam Svensson notched his fourth top 10 finish of the year and he’s just the second player to record a top-10 while defending his title at the event. His final round 62 equalled his season low which came during last year’s RSM Classic, which he went on to win.

POS SCORESTOTAL
2Mackenzie Hughes68-66-60-63-25
T5Adam Svensson68-66-67-62-19
T44Corey Conners72-65-66-68-11
MCTaylor Pendrith68-71 
MCMichael Gligic70-76 

NEXT EVENT: Hero World Challenge (Nov 30) 

LPGA TOUR

Amy Yang overcame a three-stroke deficit and birdied the final two holes to win the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship and with it the $2 million winners check – the largest in women’s golf. It was Yang’s fifth career title but the first she has won on U.S. soil. At age 34 she becomes the oldest winner on the tour this year. Yang’s 27-under 261 broke the tournament record by four strokes. Nasa Hataoka and Alison Lee finished tied for second. It was Lee’s third straight runner-up finish. Lilia Vu, a two-time major champion this year and No. 1 in the women’s world ranking, finished solo fourth which earned her Rolex Player of the Year honours over Celine Boutier, who finished tied for 16th. …Brooke Henderson carded her third straight top-15 finish and ninth of the season. She will end the year outside the top-10 in the world rankings for the first time since 2017.

POS SCORESTOTAL
12Brooke Henderson69-67-66-71-15

NEXT EVENT: Grant Thornton Invitational (Dec 8)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Brooke Henderson & Corey Conners, Nick Taylor (with Ruoning Yin)

EUROPEAN TOUR

Nicolai Hojgaard birdied five of the last six holes to win the season-ending World Tour Championship by two strokes over a trio of golfers. It was his third career European title and enabled him to extend his streak of three straight years of winning at least one event. Hojgaard was two shots behind Tommy Fleetwood after a bogey at No. 12 before rattling off five straight birdies from Nos. 13 to 17 to take control of the tournament. Fleetwood, who needed to eagle the final hole to force a playoff, finished tied for second with Viktor Hovland and third-round leader Matt Wallace. The victory enabled Hojgaard to finish the season runner-up to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai standings. McIlroy, who secured the season-long title for the fifth time in his career before starting the tournament, finished tied for 22nd. While Hojgaard was celebrating the most lucrative win of his career, his twin brother had a day to forget. On track to be one of 10 players to earn PGA Tour cards among those who are not already exempt, Rasmus Hojgaard hit his second shot on No. 18 into the water and had to settle for par. Matthieu Pavon made a birdie on the same hole that moved him past Hojgaard in the rankings, leaving the Dane on the outside looking in by less than 27 points. …Aaron Cockerill did not qualify for the season-ending tournament but he sits a career-best 76th in the Race to Dubai rankings to retain his tour card for 2024.

NEXT EVENT: Joburg Open (Nov. 23)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Aaron Cockerill 

G4D TOUR

Englishman Mike Browne claimed the season-ending G4D Tour Season Finale @ DP World Tour Championship by three strokes over a trio of golfers including Canadian Kurtis Barkley. Inclement weather forced Friday’s round to be cancelled, reducing the event to just 18 holes. Despite a double bogey on the final hole, Browne’s 1-under 71 was enough to finish ahead of Barkley, Brendon Lawlor and World No. 1 Kipp Popert, who had a total of four wins in the expanded second season of the G4D Tour. It was the fifth runner-up result for Barkley who finished the year ranked third in the world.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T2Kurtis Barkley74+2

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Three of the eight Canadians who entered the first stage of qualifying for the Champions Tour are moving on to the final stage next month. Alan McLean, who made three tour starts this year, finished tied for fifth at the qualifying event in Florida. He will be joined in the final stage by Dennis Hendershott, who used a final round 66 to climb 19 spots in order to be among the top 18 to advance, along with David Morland IV. …Hall of Fame baseball pitcher John Smoltz was also among the group of players advancing to the final stage after finishing tied for 14th. In three previous first-stage appearances, Smoltz had never finished better than tied for 54th. …The final stage will see just five tour cards handed out for the 2024 season.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T5Alan McLean (Florida)67-76-71-68-6
T11Dennis Hendershott (Florida)74-73-75-66E
T14David Morland IV (Florida)70-78-71-70+1
T39Jeff Mills (Florida)75-77-73-69+6
41Billy Walsh (Florida)72-76-75-75+11
T46David Wettlaufer (Florida)75-76-75-76+14
MCCarl Pelletier (Florida)79-81-76 
MCWes Stewart (Mississippi)80-83-69 

NEXT EVENT: Champions Tour Qualifying – Final Stage (Dec 5)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Dennis Henderschott, Alan McLean, David Morland IV

Amateur ncaa Team Canada

Canada’s Ellie Szeryk wins Jim West Challenge for first NCAA individual title

Canada’s Ellie Szeryk had the golden touch over the weekend, winning four different ways at the Jim West Challenge. Szeryk won her first individual NCAA title on Monday, which in turn helped Southern Methodist University win its first team championship of the fall, just days after the Mustangs also won the tournament’s pro-am. 

Things were going so well for Szeryk and her teammates that they even won the tournament’s karaoke contest.

“It was pretty special. I honestly wasn’t really expecting it this week, so it was a nice surprise,” said Szeryk of her victories on the course. “It was really special that I got to win with my team as well. On our drive back to campus we were all super excited. “It was just really amazing.”


Szeryk, from London, Ont., won by a stroke, finishing at 16-under overall. She played bogey free in her final round including an eagle on No. 5 to finish the day at 9 under. That tied her for the second lowest round in Mustangs history and gave her eight top-10 finishes since she started at SMU in the fall of 2022.


“I think the biggest thing is my putting,” said Szeryk on how she finally came out on top. “This past year I did really well and I had been close a lot of times, but my putting just didn’t really come through.”


“It wasn’t really connecting at the right times or I would have it for the first couple rounds and then that final round, when I really needed it, I was just missing some crucial putts”


The Mustangs went into Monday’s final round tied for first with Houston and Texas State at 15 under. SMU quickly opened up a 10-stroke lead on the day, and eventually finished at 23-under par. The 18-hole score shattered the previous SMU record of -14 set back at The American Championship in April.


Szeryk and her SMU teammates started the Friday-through-Monday event on a winning note when their Shrek-themed routine set to Smash Mouth’s “All-Star,” complete with costumes, won the tournament’s karaoke challenge.


“You have to create this like dance routine, everything and so our team did Shrek and our team ended up winning,” said Szeryk, who dressed as the Gingerbread Man, laughing about the performance. “They have judges and the teams that win get more money toward their programs so we went all out for that.”


Szeryk gained professional experience competing as an amateur at the CPKC Women’s Open at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in August. She was paired with her older sister Maddie Szeryk, an LPGA Tour regular, at the event.


The younger Szeryk, who also played in the 2018 Canadian Open in Regina, said the exposure to the LPGA Tour helped set up the victory at the Jim West Challenge.


“I took a lot from the Canadian Open and what I’ve learned golf-wise was putting was the biggest thing that hurt me on that golf course,” said Szeryk, who is a political science major. “So just a lot of managing my time and a lot of time sacrifices. 


“Rather than going out with my friends, or staying up late, it’s a lot of like, ‘hey, I need to work on my putting, so I’m going to stay and practice a bit longer.”


LPGA TOUR — Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., is the lone Canadian in the field at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur. She’s 14th on the Race to CME Globe standings heading into the event at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.


PRESIDENTS CUP — Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., the captain for the International Team at the 2024 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal Golf Club, has elected to have six captain’s picks as opposed to the traditional four. The 12-on-12 event sees the best male golfers from the United States take on the top players from around the world, minus Europe. Six captain’s selections may mean that Weir loads up on Canadian talent. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., were on last year’s International team, the most Canadians to ever play in a Presidents Cup.

Amateur

Caddie Program at Hamilton G&CC: A time-honoured tradition revived and thriving in 2023

Back row – (left to right) – Caddie Master, Gary Hay and Keaton Flock. Front Row – Alex Min, Mia Vallonio, Everett Lou-Hing and Levi Kalampalikis

Caddies are as essential to the fabric of club culture today at Hamilton G&CC as they were more than a century ago when the program began.

Today’s Caddie Program is open to youngsters from 12 to 17 years of age and has been on the upswing after not operating in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and extensive golf course renovations.

In 2023, a pool of about 60 youngsters caddied in excess of 1,000 rounds at the club.

There are four levels of caddies C, B, A and AA with promotion based on performance and member input after each round with a caddie evaluation card that is filled out.

Caddie training is provided by the club and several members each spring with additional input from staff throughout the season.

Caddies make between $28 and $40 a round based on their skill level, plus optional member/guest tips.

Caddies are available at the club on weekends in May and June, daily throughout July and August, on weekends in September and October and upon special request from members.

The $8 Caddie Special is paid for by the member for each round including a Halfway House hotdog or sandwich with chips or chocolate bar and a drink.

Learn to golf lessons with Golfer Services Manager and Caddie Master Gary Hay, an Associate Professional and PGA class A professional for 24 years.

Annual Caddie Banquet at the end of each season for caddies who reach a minimum of 40 rounds with an added bonus of $10 per round plus donation from members including sporting tickets, gift cards and Professional Shop credit.

As they mature, top caddies are regularly promoted to the Golfer Services Team including the Back Shop and Practice Tee staff.

Caddies are able to play the Short Course and after successfully completing a playing ability they are able to play the championship courses.

“I believe the Caddie program is best in class due to the members and their continued support for the program. We are fortunate that members are providing caddies the opportunity to learn the game and the strong traditions here at HGCC. Having heard many members tell stories of their caddy days, they speak with a passion and pride that they are now helping these caddie understand and grow into,” says Gary Hay. “We are also fortunate for the young men and women who come out to caddie. With all that is available to them, to choose to caddie and to be with new friends and members has become a primary choice for them. They are very keen young people who are having fun working a caddie.”

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Hamilton Golf and Country Club will host the 2024 RBC Candian Open May 28-June 2. For more information, visit www.rbccanadianopen.com.

Amateur U.S Senior women's Open

Judith Kyrinis sets a record for the highest amateur finish at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Steven Gibbons/USGA

Portland, Ore. – Judith Kyrinis continues to enjoy a very successful season. This past weekend, Kyrinis was the lowest amateur in the 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open, finishing T6 at 2-over. 

This marks the best amateur finish since Martha Leach’s T-10 record finish. Kyrinis’ ball striking was consistent; she hit 46 out of 52 fairways, leading her to be T2 for fairways hit amongst the field. She shot 74-73-72-71 and was one of five players to shoot under par in the final round. Not far behind her, fellow Canadian Terrill Samuel finished T9 at 5-over.

This year’s 2023 U.S Senior Women’s Open took place at Waverley Country Club, a course familiar to Kyrinis, as she won the 2017 Women’s Senior Amateur on the same course.

She finds the course to be a pretty special place, “I have always said that. I obviously have very good memories here, and they flooded back once I got on the property. I just love it here.”

Her season has been going tremendously well, with two wins under her belt at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and the Golf Ontario Women’s Senior Championship. She also achieved Top 5 finishes at the Golf Ontario Women’s Match Play and the Doherty Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.

This week, Kyrinis will be competing in the 2023 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship at the Mill River Golf Resort in Woodstock, P.E.I. She is a two-time winner of the national championship having won in 2019 and 2016.

Amateur

Six advance to U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships

ST. CATHARINES, ONT – 19 JUNE 2023 JILLIAN FRIYIA, KRYSTAL LI, JORDAN HWANG, CARL-HANNS ARNDT AND JAMES MCNAIR AT THE U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR AND U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR CHAMPIONSIP

St. Catharines, Ont. – After a competitive 18-holes, Jillian Friyia, Krystal Li, and Michelle Xing have earned direct exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship by finishing atop the leaderboard at the U.S. Junior Girls qualifier at St. Catharines Golf & Country Club in St. Catharines, Ont.

Jordan Hwang, Carl-Hanns Arndt and James McNair have also earned direct exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship after finishing atop of their respective division at St. Catharines Golf & Country Club in St. Catharines, Ont.

While the U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifier went into a playoff to determine the third spot, Friyia and Li tied for first Medalist honours after shooting an even par score of 72 to earn their spots. Michelle Xing emerged from a five-player playoff to secure the final spot in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship to earn her place in the 2023 U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship

ST. CATHARINES, ONT – 19 JUNE 2023 THIRD EXEMPTION MICHELLE KING AT THE U.S. GIRLS’ JUNIOR QUALIFIER

Jordan Hwang finished atop the leaderboard to secure Medalist honours in the U.S. Junior Championship Qualifier. He shot an even par score of 70 to earn his sport in the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur tournament.

After a playoff, Carl-Hanns Arndt has secured second place and James McNair has placed third to also earn their sports in the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur tournament.

The 2023 U.S. Girls’ Junior will be taking place at Eisenhower Golf Club, which will be the first-ever USGA championship played on a military base, as the course resides on the property of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. The tournament will take place from July 15-22 and feature a field of 156 competitors.

The 75th U.S. Junior Amateur will be held at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, South Carolina from July 24-29. The tournament will have a starting field of 264 players competing. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Open and a spot in the 2023 and 2024 U.S. Amateur Championships.

For the full leaderboard click here.

Amateur

Strand and Kim qualify for 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

Sundre, Alta. – Kelli Ann Strand secured top spot while Lauren Kim emerged from a playoff to both earn direct exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship through the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier held at The Sundre Golf Club in Sundre, Alta. on Monday.

Strand, of Challis, Idaho shot a 3-under 69 to earn Medalist honours. Strand recorded three birdies on the front nine to get off to a strong start and held on to take the top spot in Monday’s qualifier. Strand, a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers Women’s Golf team, earned second-team All-Big Ten honours and won the Green Wave Classic in her freshman year this past season.

Kim, of Surrey, B.C. outlasted Leah John in a six-hole playoff to secure the second exemption after shooting a 2-under 70. She recorded three straight birdies on 14 through 16 and closed off her round with a pair of pars to get into the playoff. Kim is a member of Golf Canada’s National Team Program and attends the University of Texas. This past weekend, she placed T3 at the 2023 Digital Commerce Bank Glencoe Invitational in Calgary.

John will be the first alternate and Tiffany Kong of Vancouver is the second alternate. Monday’s field at The Sundre Golf Club featured 23 golfers from Canada and the United States competing for two direct exemptions. The 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship runs from August 7-13 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles with a field of 156 competitors.

For the full leaderboard from today’s qualifier click here.

Amateur Team Canada

Leah John: A Positive and Confident Approach

Leah John [Vancouver, BC] - July 24, 2018 - Canadian Women's Amateur Championship. (Golf Canada) Photo Credit: ( Golf Canada)

When Jason John and Lynn Furlotte told their only child that she could accomplish anything she puts her mind and heart into, they truly meant it – and just as important, she truly believed them. Today their daughter, Leah John, is 22 years old and is among a select group of elite athletes to be part of Golf Canada’s National Team Program.

Besides being regarded as one of the most promising amateur golfers in Canada, John is also an All-American Scholar at the University of Nevada where she is playing for the women’s golf team on a full scholarship.

That unique combination of high intellect, elite athleticism and talent is fully utilized by the five foot eight inch Canadian as she’s enjoyed notable recent success on the golf course.

John’s recent success on the links includes back to back British Columbia Women’s Amateur titles to go along with her maiden NCAA victory in February of 2022.

Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, young Leah spent time playing a number of sports. She was the type of gifted athlete that would excel at any sport she put her time and energy into. In high school, besides excelling on the golf course, she was also a star on the volleyball courts and the basketball courts.

Then at the age of 15, she made the decision to focus solely on golf.

“I chose golf because I personally felt it was the hardest sport out of all of them. I just found golf to be the most mentally and physically challenging; and I love challenges and being outdoors,” John pointed out.

After dedicating herself fully to the sport of golf, John soon started seeing breakthrough results. In 2018, just after graduating from high school, the then 18-year-old recorded a runner up finish at the B.C. Junior Girls’ Championship.

“I had shot four under the first day and led most of the tournament and ended up coming in second. It gave me a lot of confidence to do that against the best juniors in the province who had a lot more experience than me,’” she recalled.

After taking a gap year to hone her game, the Vancouver native earned a scholarship to the University of Nevada.

“It was a smaller school which was great because I felt that sense of community. They had the coaches, mentors, the resources, and the facilities to help me to develop as a player and a person. The school had all the things I was looking for,” she said.

John’s passion for golf grew during her time at the University of Nevada and that passion comes through in her positive and confident approach on the course.

“I like to have fun. You might see me laughing out there in between shots; but I’m always ready to grind also,” she noted.

That positive and confident mindset has served her well. In the summer of 2021, John recorded the most notable win of her young career when she captured the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship.

Building on the momentum of that big triumph, John would record her first NCAA victory by capturing The Show at Spanish Trail in February of 2022.

“On the third day, the conditions were very windy and I was trying my best to hold on to the lead. I hit some good shots and some not so good shots but found a way to win; and learned a lot about myself during that tournament,” said John of her maiden NCAA victory.

In the summer of 2022, she would defend her title at the British Columbia Women’s Amateur.

While winning in her province in two consecutive years is great, John said it was extra special to be able to share it with her family.

“My dad caddied for me in those two events and they were special wins for us. It brings me a lot of joy to think about that. My parents have always been my biggest supporters and it’s hands down the best time we spent together,” she said.

“Getting those wins in front of family and friends was just amazing and something I will always remember.”

The recent success on the golf course has John eager for more. And she believes her selection into Golf Canada’s National Team Program will give her the opportunity to reach her full potential as a golfer.

“I want to play this sport professionally and I want to be the best player I can be and the objective of the Program is to help us achieve that goal. I’m grateful Golf Canada sees the potential in me,” said John.

National Team women’s head coach, Salimah Mussani, speaks highly about John’s potential and her dedication to being the best version of herself.

“Leah is super powerful. She has the fastest club head speed on our team. She’s also very eager to learn and is very receptive and open to hearing feedback and exploring different things,” Mussani pointed out about the first year National Team member.

“She’s got all the talent and is also very dedicated; has a great work ethic and a great attitude. These are the type of things that could push her to that next level.”

Currently in her fifth year at the University of Nevada, the 22-year-old Canadian has her mind and heart set on playing the sport professionally at the highest level after she graduates.

As she prepares for that exciting journey ahead, she is motivated and inspired to see the success of other Canadians who have been through the National Team Program such as Brooke Henderson, Corey Conners, and Mackenzie, Hughes, just to name a few.

“Everyone has their own paths but if they did it and this is what it looks like then it gives me confidence to know that I’m following in their footsteps by being in this Program,” said John.

“It gives me a lot of trust that I’m doing the right things and gives me motivation to work even harder to achieve my goals.”

Amateur

Second Shot: The story of Dayton Price and Hayden Underhill

Canadians Dayton Price & Hayden Underhill were survivors of a horrific car crash in Texas that took nine lives, including seven members of the University of the Southwest golf team they were part of.

Here’s the story of their accident and how the game they love is helping them heal.

Amateur Inside Golf House Media Release

Golf Canada launches National Golf League in support of First Tee – Canada

Your League Levelled Up!

(April 3, 2023) – Golf Canada has announced the launch of The National Golf League (NGL), a nationwide network of existing recreational golf leagues designed to enhance the league experience for participants and generate charitable support for First Tee – Canada.

Built for golfers of all skill levels, the National Golf League will feature a six-week regular season that takes place within existing recreational league play during the summer. A series of regional playoff tournaments across Canada will take place in the fall at premium golf courses. The National Golf League will culminate with the NGL National Championship at Hamilton Golf and Country Club as part of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open tournament week celebration.

The National Golf League will also contribute to the development of a more sustainable and inclusive future for the sport by supporting a charitable component through First Tee – Canada. First Tee is a youth development program that provides accessible pathways to golf participation at schools, community centres, and golf courses across the country.

“League play is one of the most popular ways that Canadians engage with golf. The National Golf League will build on the fun that league golfers already have by supplementing and levelling up existing leagues through a national platform for regular season play and an exciting and unique playoff format,” said Golf Canada Chief Sport Officer, Kevin Blue. “The National Golf League will also provide important charitable support to First Tee – Canada, a program that creates youth participation opportunities for the next generation of recreational golfers.”

National Golf League competitions will utilize an official Golf Canada Handicap applied towards a net Stableford scoring system that allows golfers to earn points for the net score they record on each hole.

Regular season NGL competition will take place over nine holes during six weeks of identified league play called “NGL Majors” that are integrated into existing league play and scheduled at the convenience of the local league operator. A golfer’s best four net Stableford point totals of the six NGL Majors will count towards their season-long points total on the NGL leaderboard.

A portion of the top regular season finishers in each participating league will qualify for the NGL Regional Playoffs, which will take place at premium courses across Canada. Qualifying golfers will select a guest teammate who also played in their regular season league and participate as a team of two in a best-ball net Stableford competition over 18 holes. Successful teams in the NGL Regional Playoffs will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the NGL National Championship.

The NGL is open to recreational golf leagues played at both private and public courses. Participants must be Golf Canada members to ensure an official handicap is used. There is no registration fee for golfers or leagues to join the National Golf League. Participants will be asked to support First Tee – Canada in their home province by way of donation.

The size of the National Golf League will be limited in its launch year to ensure a positive experience for players and league operators. A limited number of spots remain for leagues to join the National Golf League in 2023—interested league operators should contact Ryan Logan (rlogan@golfcanada.ca) to express interest before April 15. For more information visit NationalGolfLeague.ca.