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Bursey Unavailable to Defend Provincial Amateur Title

Gander, NL......Golf NL has been informed by Blair Bursey that due to the change in dates for the 2017 Royal LePage Provincial Amateur Championships he will not be able to defend his title. Due to the change in venue to The Wilds Golf Resort, Golf NL has had to reschedule the championships to July 16th to 19th.

In a statement from Mr. Bursey he noted that “it is with great disappointment that I will be unable to be at The Wilds this upcoming July to compete in the Royal LaPage Provincial Amateur Championships. With the dates being pushed back, it conflicted with another event I had previously scheduled. With my primary goal to make the Canadian National Team, it became apparent after talking it over with those around me that I should play the Porter Cup in New York on those dates”.

“Representing the province at every level has always been extremely important to me. It has been and always will be a huge privilege. With some hard work and good results, making the National Team would allow me to represent our great province at an even higher level going forward. With that being said, best of luck to all of the competitors at The Wilds and enjoy the awesome course”.

While Blair will not have the opportunity to represent the province at the national championships he will be competing as he has earned an exemption into the championship by virtue of his fifth place finish at the championships last year. Golf NL wishes Blair continued success and looks forward to the opportunity to host the Royal LePage Provincial Championships at The Wilds Golf Resort in mid July.

For more information on the championships please contact Golf NL at 709.424.3102 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Royal LePage Amateur Provincial Championships Venue Change

St. John's, NL... After consultation with representatives of Bally Haly Country Club, it has been decided that the best course of action is to change venue for the 2017 Royal LePage Amateur Provincial Championships. Suffering from the effects of an unusually harsh winter in the St. John's region, Bally Haly golf course has been slow to come into Championship conditions due to weather outside of the venue's control. After discussions with the Superintendent, Golf NL & the Club Management Team, it is jointly felt that the turf may not be ready in time to host the Championship in 2017.

As a result, the decision has been made to move the 2017 Royal LePage Amateur Championships to The Wilds Golf Resort. Due to a scheduling conflict, the dates of the competition will change to July 16th to 19th.

The schedule of activities will remain the same and competitors are advised that the practice round will be available for booking anytime during the period July 10th to 14th or on July 16th. Golf NL will be developing the first two (2) days of the draw prior to competition to allow players to make advance travel/accommodations arrangements. Finally, the registration deadline will be extended until Friday July 7th.

Golf NL is presently working with the Resort to develop an accommodations rate and block book a suite of rooms for competitors. Once the rate has been confirmed a separate notice will be circulated and information posted on the BlueGolf registration site.

Any competitor who wishes to withdraw as a result of this change of venue may do so by Friday, June 9th, 2017 by 5:00 P.M. Withdrawals received by this date will receive a full refund; any withdrawals after this date will be subject to Golf NL's refund policy. If you wish to withdraw, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Golf NL would like to thank the management of The Wilds Golf Resort for stepping up and agreeing to host this Championship on such short notice. Golf NL would also like to thank the management of Bally Haly Country Club for their understanding and their continued commitment to the integrity of their course and look forward to hosting the Royal LePage Provincial Amateur Championships at Bally Haly Country Club in 2018.

For more information contact the Golf NL office at 709.424.3102 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Wilds

April 2017 Newsletter



On behalf of the Board of Directors of Golf Nl, I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the 2017 eNewsletter.

This edition will provide you with information on a number of activities and initiatives of the organization for the coming year. To obtain additional information on the below topiocs please refer to our website at 2www.golfnl.ca or contact our office.

In the coming months Golf NL plans to circulate a monthly edition of the eNewsletter the second Tuesday of each month. The eNewsletter will provide information on our member courses, programs and services, golf promotional information, golf tip and other relevant information.

We look forward to the coming season and trust you find this edition of the Golf NL eNewsletter informative. If you have any comments or suggestions for future additions please feel free to contact the office.


GNL Locates to Sport NL Office

Golf NL is pleased to announce that effective Monday May 1st, 2017 the offices of the organization will be located in the Sport NL offices located in the Didham Building at 1296 Kenmount Road. This move will provide GNL with access to additional space for hosting meetings and storage, and working more closely with other PSOs and Sport NL.


2017 Royal LePage Provincial Championships Registration Opens

Golf Newfoundland Labrador (GNL), Competitions Committee in partnership with title sponsor Royal LePage and contributing supporters Taylormade-adidis, Old Dutch, Molson, Wedgwood Insurance and Jackson-Triggs is pleased to announce on-line registration for the 2017 Royal LePage Provincial Championships begins Monday April 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM NST

The competitions are open to amateur players. Provincial players must be a member of a golf club in good standing with GNL or are Gold level members of Golf Canada/GNL membership program. Foreign players must be members in good standing with their respective association.


Junior Championship - Boys and Girls Divisions

Hosted by the Grande Meadows Golf Club in Frenchman's Cove from July 2nd to 5th.

GNL has reserved accommodations at Marystown Hotel & Convention Center under “2017 Royal LePage Provincial Junior Championships” and encourage participants to confirm accommodations at this venue as soon as possible by calling the hotel (709) 279-1600


Amateur Championship - Adult Divisions

Hosted by Bally Haly Country Club in St. John's from July 9th to 12th.

Register for the Championships through the link below or by clicking on the Royal LePage Championships button located on the homepage of the GNL website: www.golfnl.ca.


2017 Royal LePage Provincial Junior Championships

Registration Link – https://register.bluegolf.com/secure/rcga17/event/start?rrui=Y&h=rcga1713&return=https%3A%2F%2Fgolfcanada.bluegolf.com%2Fbluegolf%2Frcga17%2Fschedule%2Findex.htm


2017 Royal LePage Provincial Amateur Championships

Registration Link – https://register.bluegolf.com/secure/rcga17/event/start?rrui=Y&h=rcga1714&return=https%3A%2F%2Fgolfcanada.bluegolf.com%2Fbluegolf%2Frcga17%2Fschedule%2Findex.htm

Competition details, schedule of events and related subjects are posted on the registration site. 
Please note that the schedule may change and competitors are requested to check the site on a regular basis for any additional information and/or updates.

This year, GNL anticipates a full field of 144 players. We encourage you to register as soon as possible and to inform any of your friends to register early.

2017 Atlantic Championships

Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club has agreed to host the 2017 Atlantic Golf Championships from Thursday August 17th to Saturday August 19th. Covered Bridge is located in Hartland, NB about an hour north of Fredericton.

The facility hosted the 2016 NB Men`s Amateur Championship, 2016 Estabrooks Cup (Ryder Cup event) and 2014 NB Mid-Amateur Championships in recent years. The golf course will be a great venue for the players and should work well.

Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club - http://coveredbridgegolf.nb.ca/

In addition, the club has cabins on sight that would work for team accommodations. The cabins are rustic with no TV or Internet, but have 4 single beds and those who have used them in the past have had no complaints.

Not all players will be able to stay on sight, however, the club has set aside all of the cabins for the moment and will be looking to book additional rooms at the Best Western in Woodstock (about 15 minutes from the golf course), for the Tournament Staff and other teams.

Please be advised that in order to represent Team NL at the Atlantic and/or National Championships a player must compete in the Provincial Championships.

2017 Tely Tour

Registration for the 2017 Tely Tour is now open and as in previous years in order for players to compete on the Tour they must have a 2017 ID Number. To obtain your ID Number please go to www.telytour.ca and submit the registration page. The 2017 Tour Schedule and registration fees for each event are posted on the site.


Terra Nova to Host 2017 Spring Development Camp

Golf Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL), through the Junior Committee, is pleased to announce that the seventh annual Spring Junior Development camp will take place from May 20th to 22nd at Terra Nova Resort & Golf Community in Port Blandford.

This camp is open to any junior age golfers (12 years and older) from across the province who wish to enhance and develop their golf skills and knowledge of the game. The activities for the weekend will include skill testing, course management, sport science sessions including nutrition, mental preparation and rules, strength and flexibility sessions and a number of rounds of golf on Twin Rivers and Eagles Creek.

Instructors and chaperones for the camp include Team NL Canada Games coach Wayne Allen, Development Team coach Jamie Moran, Team NL Canada Games Manager Sandra Sparrow, 2016 Provincial Men's Amateur Champion, Willingdon Cup Champion, and Utah Valley University Golf Team member Blair Bursey and a number of other staff. As part of the camp, players in attendance will be provided with information on the 2017 Royal LePage Provincial Junior Championships, 2017 Canada Games, 2017 Tely Tour Schedule and other junior activities for the coming season.

The player registration form and itinerary for the camp is posted on the GNL website at www.golfnl.ca. Space will be limited due to the number of instructors, facilities and accommodations. A player interested in attending this camp is encouraged to complete and return the registration form as soon as possible.

The $225.00 registration fee for the camp will cover player costs including participation in the skills competition, golf rounds, seminars, skills instruction, accommodations, meals and nutrition breaks. Each player will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the host site.


Rules of Golf Clinic

Golf Newfoundland Labrador (GNL) in conjunction with Golf Canada will be hosting Level III and Level IV Rules of Golf Seminar that will be held at “Bally Haly Country Club” from April 21st to 23rd, 2017.

The schedule of activities include the following:

Friday April 21st 8:15 to 5:30 P.M. Rules of Golf

Saturday April 22nd 8:30 to 5:30 P.M. Rules of Golf 
5:30 to 6:30 P.M. Reception

Sunday April 23rd 
8:00 to 9:00 A.M. Q&A with instructors (optional)
9:00 A.M. To Noon Exam (optional)
12:15 P.M. Lunch 
1:00 P.M. Exam Review
2:00 P.M. Close of Seminar

Level III Fee: $100.00 per person

Note that GNL will cover the registration fee for individuals wishing to challenge the Level III exam

Registration deadline: Friday April 14th, 2017 5:00 P.M.

Participants should have a 2016-2017 Rules of Golf Decisions Book

The seminar will be coordinated by Golf Canada Level IV Rules Facilitators Roland Deveau and Adam Helmer The seminar will include a detailed review of the Rules of Golf, and participants will be provided an opportunity to obtain certification at either the Provincial (Level III) or National Level (Level IV).

The registration fee will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch each day, coffee breaks, and clinic costs.


GNL Launches 2017 Golf Passport Program

Golf Newfoundland Labrador (GNL), in partnership with participating member courses is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Golf Passport Program.

The program will begin on Monday May 29th and run until October 6th , 2017 and is limited to individuals who are members of a participating golf course or hold a current Golf Newfoundland Labrador/Golf Canada Unaffiliated Gold Membership Card.

In order to participate in the program, individuals can obtain a Passport Card (ballot) from their member course or, for Unaffiliated Players, the offices of GNL. Each Passport Card (ballot) contains a list of all participating member courses and is grouped into five regions. A Passport Card will be converted into a ballot when an individual either:

1. Plays one (1) round in each of the five (5) regions or,
2. Plays a total of seven (7) rounds in three (3) different regions

The Passport Card becomes a ballot when an individual has played and has their passport stamped at a number of courses/rounds in the desired regions. The ballot would be completed with name, e-mail address with Home Course and then submitted to their respective course of origin for entry into the grand prize draw.

The draw for the Grand Prize Package will take place on Tuesday October 31st, 2017 and includes: Airfare for two from St. John's to the host city of the 2018 RBC Canadian Open, tickets for two to attend the RBC Canadian Open, and three nights’ accommodations for two. 


The Drive.....Growing the Game – Celebrating Success 

Golf NL invites you to help celebrate what was certainly our most successful year ever.

Golf NL will be hosting our third annual fundraising event. This year’s fun and games will take place at Clovelly on Saturday June 3rd with an afternoon of competition and a night of food and celebration.

The event will be co-hosted by Fred Hutton and Paddy Daly and include golf (optional), reception, buffet dinner, entertainment by Snook and the traditional silent, live and raffle activities. with a number of give-a-ways, a door prize and golf draws. 
Come celebrate our success with winning Newfoundland’s first Willingdon Cup Team National Championship - Blair Bursey, Nathan Peters and Chuck Conley, Atlantic Champions:
Nikashantess Penashue - Atlantic Amateur Title
Howie Hansford - Atlantic Senior Champion
Don Boland - Super Senior Victory

Proceeds from The Drive will help Golf NL achieve our goal of hosting “Best in Class” Golf Competitions at our Junior and Amateur Provincial Championships plus support for our Provincial Teams at the Canadian National Championships, Future Links Junior Championships and the Atlantic Amateur Championships.

The Drive tickets cost $175 per person, including golf, or $125 for our Celebration Dinner and Auction.

The schedule of activities include:

1:00 P.M. Golf Competition - optional
7:00 P.M. Welcome Drinks
7-9 P.M. Silent Auction
8:00 P.M. Dinner Service
9:00 P.M. Live Auction

Tickets can be obtained from any member of the Board of Directors or contacting GNL at 709.424.3102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the above activities or other programs and services of Golf NL contact GNL office at 709-424-3102 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


April 2017 Press Release

2017 National Order of Merit

Canadian golf’s Order of Merit gets a refresh

Written by Golf Canada 
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 The most reliable rankings in golf are based on merit—best on best athletes competing over the course of a season offers a definitive snapshot of performance consistency.

In addition to improving on the accuracy of Canada’s Amateur and Junior Orders of Merit, the evaluation system will be more closely aligned with the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).With that in mind, Canadian golf’s Order of Merit will be getting an overhaul beginning in 2017. Golf Canada set out to enhance Canada’s National Golf Ranking System to improve the accuracy of the rankings used to evaluate player performance at all levels of competition.

The improved system and evaluation criteria will award points based on the quality of the event combined with the numbers of participants in the field.

The revamped Order of Merit was tested in a BETA environment during the summer of 2016 to test the changes and determine how they would impact player rankings; to identify and correct perceived flaws in the new proposed system; and ensure that the changes were equitable to all competitors hailing from large, medium and small provinces.

The review and overhaul of the Order of Merit was tasked to a committee that included representatives from Golf Canada and the provincial golf associations along with Canadian Golf Hall of Fame honoured members Doug Roxburgh and Mary Ann Hayward, a duo well versed in amateur and high performance golf. The final recommendations of the Order of Merit Review Committee were presented to, and approved by, the Provincial Golf Associations prior to the start of the 2017 competitive golf season.

“We went through a very comprehensive review process in evaluating the changes to the National Orders of Merit,” said Dave Stockton, Director of Sport Programs with Golf Canada.  “The BETA testing phase last summer gave us some tremendous insight that we used to make some additional adjustments to the evaluation criteria. At the end of the day, you want the Order of the Merit to be a truly reflective measure of player performance and we think we’ve done that.”

Among the changes are a revised tournament listing for junior and amateur competitions adjusted for quality of event and strength of field as well as a reduction in the number of Order of Merit counting events from 12 to 10 (reduction from 12 to 8 on the Junior Orders of Merit). The Order of Merit point breakdown will now be tiered based on field size with seven tiers that range from 10 or less participants all the way up to 81 or more competitors. As well, Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Orders of Merit will no longer have Junior counting events, regardless of WAGR ranking.

“Reducing the number of counting events and the tiered points breakdown will really challenge players to put a focus on scheduling and choosing events that best meet their age and/or stage of development.  Obviously, higher ranking events will yield the most points,” added Stockton. “As well, removing junior counting events from the Amateur Order of Merit eliminates a perceived advantage from competitors who were additionally counting those events towards our Junior Order of Merit.

Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C. and Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont. topped the respective National Men’s and Women’s Orders of Merit in 2016 while A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam, B.C. and Mary Parsons of Delta, B.C. topped the Future Links, driven by Acura Junior Boys and Junior Girls Orders of Merits.

A link to the 2017 Canadian Golf Order of Merit including points breakdown and tournament standing is available here.

Click here for a full summary of changes.


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