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Golden Bear confirmed for skins

65-year-old Jack Nicklaus to join Vijay Singh, John Daly and Stephen Ames in Telus Skins Game

Black bears are a frequent sight on the Nicklaus North Golf Course, but it’s been a while since the legendary Golden Bear has made an appearance.

Jack Nicklaus, one of the winningest golfers in PGA history, confirmed last week that he would round out the foursome in the annual Telus Skins Game. He will be joining Vijay Singh, currently second on the tour standings, long-driver John Daly, and Calgary’s Stephen Ames, who was eighth on the PGA circuit last season.

Nicklaus should be quite familiar with the course, having designed it a decade ago. At 65, Nicklaus is quietly pulling away from the competitive golf scene, recently announcing that this year’s British Open will be his last, but he jumped at the opportunity to play in Whistler.

Previously Michelle Wie, a 15-year-old girl from Hawaii that has been turning heads around the LPGA the past few years, was considered for a spot in the skins game.

The skins game, which Nicklaus North last hosted in 1997, will take place July 4-5.

Tickets go on sale this Monday, April 25 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. You can purchase online at, by calling 1-888-833-4447, or by visiting the Ticketmaster outlet at Millennium Place. A two-day tournament pass is $129, and tickets are $75 each day. For kids 12 and under, all tickets are half price.

The last time Nicklaus North hosted the Skins, the tickets sold out in under an hour.

Form for runners

Local trainer and coach Val Burke is hosting a seminar Wednesday, April 27 on Run Form and Efficiency that will discuss how theories have changed over the past 15 years, and what is now considered the best form to adopt, and how to run more efficiently. She will show people how to judge their own form and efficiency and provide running drills.

Register at the front desk of Meadow Park. The cost is $25 plus tax, and the seminar will last two hours, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Sonya Derry Room. Two BCRPA points will be provided to participants.

Admission is free for Burke’s current clients, but she needs to be notified to know what numbers to expect.

Dirt bikes a concern in Squamish

The Squamish Off Road Cycling Association is concerned with the issue of motorized dirt bikes using mountain bike trails in the area. SORCA has discovered trails that have been damaged by the bikes, including the new Farside section which has already been repaired and destroyed again. SORCA has also had reports from members that have had run-ins with people on dirt bikes.

The concern is not with motorized trial bikes, but with large dirt bikes.

To resolve the issue, SORCA is urging all of its members to report trail damage and run-ins with dirt bikes to, as well as to let councillors know that they consider the issue to be a priority.