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92nd Arizona Amateur Championship

The picturesque Country Club at DC Ranch will be hosting this year’s 92nd Arizona Amateur Championship, August 22nd-27th.  The tournament will start out with 144 players competing in a 36-hole stroke play qualifying format with the top 64 advancing to match play.  The course design was a joint effort by Tom Lehman and Jeff Fought – it will prove to be an excellent test of the players’ abilities.  If you are already signed up for the event, you may play your practice round between August 6th-20th for $50.  You can book your tee time up to four days in advance by calling 480-342-7200.  If you have yet to sign up and would like to do so, click here for registration.  The entry deadline is August 16th

AGA Golf Days

We received an astounding amount of entries for our next AGA Golf Day on Friday, August 12th at Troon North!  If you signed up but unfortunately did not make it into the 8:30am shotgun, two-person scramble, we have two more upcoming Golf Days for you to participate - September 10th at TPC Champions and October 1st at Stoneridge.  Upon check-in, you will receive an AGA swag bag and have chances to win proximity prizes!  For more details or to get ahead of the game and register early, click here to have your fun in the sun! 

Faldo Course at Wildfire JW Marriott Desert Ridge to Host "Bunkerville"

Bunker to Bunker will be hosting their famous, "Bunkerville" on Saturday, August 27th with proceeds supporting Phoenix Children's Hospital.  The format is a two-person scramble and the entry fee is $85 per person which includes a BBQ lunch, post party, raffle entry and a bounce back golf coupon offer for another round of golf.  If you want to play a practice round before the event, special rates apply Monday thru Friday from now until August 26th - before 10am, you can play for $35 and anytime thereafter, the rate is $25.  
Call Wildfire Golf Shop at (480) 293-3800 press “0” and ask for the Bunker to Bunker special. You can also go to and enter booking code ”bunker2016” to play the Faldo Course.

Club Team

To honor the AGA's 75th anniversary, the Club Team Championship was formed in 1998.  During its brief existence, this event has proved to be one of the AGA's most successful tournaments.  In fact, except for the first year, the AGA has had to conduct qualifiers to narrow the 54-team field.

The inaugural event was played at the Desert Mountain Club's Apache course in January of 1999 after the original date in December had to be postponed due to a freak snowstorm.  Since then, a few other prestigious sites that have served as hosts for the membership-wide championship include The Gallery, The Country Club at DC Ranch, Scottsdale National, Desert Highlands and this year, Moon Valley Country Club.  The Championship is scheduled for December 12th and is open to all AGA member clubs. The format is a two-person scramble played at gross and net within flights. Partners must be from the same club. There is no limit to the number of teams a club can send to one of the qualifying tournaments that will be held in November. Make sure to pick your partner and enter this popular event. Questions? Contact Alex at
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Volunteer of the Month

Cecil Morris has been a long time AGA volunteer.  The time he has kindly given to the Association includes being a club delegate, running an AGA Member Club (Arizona Sunset GA), competing in numerous Club Team Championships and serving on the Senior Cup Series Committee.  Most recently for the 2016 season, Cecil was selected as the Senior Cup Series Committee Chairman.  In addition to the extensive duties of managing the series, he also plays in every event to stay on top of his golf game. Congratulations, Cecil! The Arizona Golf Association is lucky to have you on our team.
Rules Trivia
Question: A player's partner, opponent or fellow-competitor plays a stroke from near a bunker and the divot comes to rest near the player's ball lying in the bunker. May the divot be removed?


Judy Bell Receives Bob Jones Award

Receiving the Bob Jones Award is the highest honor an individual can receive from the USGA.  This year, Judy Bell received the award on June 14th during the week of the 116th U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.  It has been presented to deserving individuals since 1955 to recognize those who demonstrate the spirit, personal character and respect for the game.  Bell not only exudes all those traits, but her long list of accolades exemplifies why she is also deserving of this award - winner of nine USGA Championships, first female president on the USGA (1996-1997), competed on the victorious Curtis Cup Teams in 1960 and 1962 and many more!

Judy's accomplishments were one aspect the USGA took into consideration when selecting her for the Bob Jones Award.  Another being, how she gave back to the game of golf.  She established "Fore the Good of the Game" which is a grants program that has dedicated more than $65 million toward national and local projects devoted to improving the lives of communities through accessible golf. The AGA Congratulates Judy on her outstanding achievements and award.

To read her full story and more about how she gave back to the game of golf, click here.

Andrew's Tip of the Month

For the Arizona Golf Association this month, we have John Burns with McDowell Mountain Golf Club and client, Kelsey Kipp, to review a common swing fault - over the top. They will focus on one potential cause which is lack of separation between the torso and the hips. Then, they demonstrate two drills to help resolve that particular swing fault. Call Andrew at 602-638-3000 or email for a complimentary golf performance screening in Scottsdale or Mesa.

Give Back with Golf

At Arizona Golf Association, we firmly believe in supporting events that advocate for a greater cause.  Are you hosting a charity golf event but don’t know how to spread the word?  Let us help you!  All you need to do is visit our website at, toggle over “Tournaments” and click on “Charity Events” for a full description of the details you need to submit.  Send the information to Joselyn Wojtalewicz, Manager of Communication and Website Design via e-mail at

If you would like to participate in an upcoming charity event, click here and select the golf tournament of your choosing.  Proceeds will go back to support charities such as St. Mary's Food Bank, Phoenix Children's Hospital, National Kidney Foundation and many more! 

Congrats To...

... 2016 Senior Match Play Championship winners Bryan Hoops (Masters), Jeff New (Senior) and Dave Potthast (Legends) at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.
... Shankar Natarajan, overall winner (Open Division) of the 2016 Southern Amateur (Divisional), Scott Smith (Masters), Gary Leob (Senior), David Rasley (Legends) hosted at Vistoso Golf Club
... the three AGA Pacific Coast Amateur Representatives Blake Cannon, J. J Gresco, and Colton Yates
... Bryan Hoops, Blaine Staggs, Colton Knadler, and Brandon Russell qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship held at Stonewall Links in Elverson, PA September 10th-15th 
... July Survey Winner, David Kopec

Save the Date:

Aug 12: AGA Golf Days- Troon North (Monument Course)
Aug 27: Bunkerville- Faldo Course at Wildfire JW Marriott Desert Ridge
Sept 10: AGA Golf Days- TPC (Champions) 
Sept 14: USGA Men's Four-Ball Qualifier- Golf Club of Estrella 
More upcoming events 

Trivia answer: A player is entitled to the lie which his stroke gave him. Accordingly, in equity (Rule 1-4), the divot may be removed without penalty. The same would apply if the player's ball was lying in a water hazard.

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