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Mid-Amateur Championship 

The AZ Mid-Amateur Championship is an AGA Major open to amateur golfers ages 25 and over. In 2015, Ken Tanigawa won the event for the second consecutive time. Longbow Golf Club, home of this year's tournament, was honored as one of the Top 100 Resort Courses in the country by Golfweek.

This year, in addition to the Championship, there will be a two-day tournament flighted by handicap for individuals 25 and older as well as an optional two-day qualifier for $40 for the AZ Amateur Championship. To register for the event or for more information visit

Farewell to Ginger

For the past 20 years, Ginger Monroy has been a fixture at the Arizona Golf Association. As Director of Members Services, she has touched the lives of so many of our clubs and individual golfers. A non-golfer, Ginger often brought a fresh perspective to the game that we can often get wrapped up in, frustrated with, and passionate about - she always brought it back to "it's just a game." Ginger retired this week and plans to spend more time with her grandchildren. We hosted a wonderful retirement celebration at the Country Club of DC Ranch to bid her farewell.  She will be missed by members, staff and volunteers.

Taking Ginger's place in working with the membership is, Liz Durnan. Liz grew up in Phoenix and played most of her golf at McCormick Ranch. She went to Belmont Abbey College on a golf scholarship and coached women's golf for a while after graduation. She comes to us with great knowledge and understanding of the game.

Handicap Seminar

The AGA Handicap Department is pleased to announce an upcoming USGA Handicap Certification Seminar taking place on Wednesday, May 25th at the AGA office in Scottsdale. Although no longer a USGA club compliance requirement, handicap certification seminars are intended to educate golfers and club administrators on various handicap related topics such as:

  • Highlights of the USGA Handicap System 
  • The important role the Handicap Committee plays in local oversight of players
  • Intricacies behind how a Handicap Index is calculated to encourage equitable competition
All attendees must pre-register for this seminar by contacting AGA staff member, Derek McKenzievia email, or by phone 602-944-3035 to reserve your spot. Please provide your name, GHIN number and list of club(s) you represent. CLICK HERE for more details on the event.
Rules Trivia
Question: A pine cone falls from a tree and comes to rest behind a ball which is lying in a bunker. Under the principle of being entitled to the lie that you had when the ball came to rest (Decision 13-4/18), may the player remove the pine cone without penalty?

Bunker to Bunker Tour

Just an easy drive down 1-10 and a little over an hour away awaits a retreat in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa will be the host of the June Bunker getaway for an unforgettable Play and Stay weekend! The Resort, along with the price, are magnificent in all aspects. The Bob Cupp/ Craig Stadler TPC golf facility is World Class and you can't miss out! Register or click here for more information.

Arizona Golf Month Deals

In 2015, in an effort to take advantage of the state's great weather and to promote golf for local Arizonans, the AGA, Arizona Women's Golf Association and Junior Golf Association of Arizona declared May as Arizona Golf Month.

The month-long statewide campaign will be supported and promoted by golf courses throughout the state. Courses such as TPC Scottsdale, Dove Valley Ranch, Longbow Golf Club and more are offering great deals. Receive an 8 round golf pass from Camelback, free golf balls and even free golf during the month of May! See offers.


Volunteer of the Month

Robert Binkley
The Arizona Golf Association would like to recognize Robert Binkley as the May Volunteer of the Month.

As a long time golfer, Robert reached out to the Arizona Golf Association in 2011 in an effort to give back to the game through involvement with the AGA’s course rating endeavors. Soon thereafter, he underwent the comprehensive training program to obtain the knowledge necessary to serve as a contributing team member. In the subsequent 4 years, Robert has invested countless days on the course serving the AGA rating team, attending upwards of 100 rating evaluations around the Valley and outlying regions of Arizona.

(From L to R: Michael Shoaff, Bill Burgesser, Brian James, Robert Binkley, Jeff Vincent, Derek McKenzie, Mike Saladino)

While always serving with a smile and positive attitude, Robert has consistently presented himself as a model rating team volunteer with his generosity of time and efforts invested in the AGA’s course rating department. Over the years, Robert’s expertise in the USGA Course Rating system has grown to become a valuable resource while on the course and educating fellow rating team members.

Due to recent events, Robert has been forced to limit his involvement with the course rating team but should be recognized for the valuable team member capacity he has served over recent years. On behalf of fellow AGA rating team members and staff, "thanks Robert for your endless support and contributions."

For more information on the Arizona Golf Association's role in the USGA Course Rating system Click HERE.


Andrew's Tip of the Month

This Month, Andrew is demonstrating ankle mobility drills for the members of the Arizona Golf Association which can be a great addition as a warm-up to either a workout, practice or round of golf. Mobilizing your ankles is important because it is your connection to the ground with your feet. As strong and as fit as you might become through fitness, if your ankles can't handle the force that you are able to exert, you are going to lose some power. Andrew will show you some drills with a mobility stick and a golf club.

Call Andrew at 602-638-3000 or email for a complimentary golf performance screening in Scottsdale of Mesa.

Congrats To...

... AGA's March Newsletter Survey Winner, Jim Davis

Save the Date:
May 23-24th: 2016 AZ Senior Stroke Play Championship- Mesa Country Club 
May 27-29th: 5th Annual Bunker to Bunker Stay and Play: Wigwam Golf Resort
June 1st: AZ Am Qualifier #1 & Arizona Am Mini-Tour: Wigwam (Gold)
June 4-5th: 57th Father/Son Championship: Antelope Hills Golf Course 
More upcoming events 

Trivia answer: NO. The principle behind Decisions 13-4/18 is applied only in cases in which the lie of a ball has been altered as a result of an act by another player or caddie, or by a spectator or other animate outside agency. In this case, the lie was altered through natural causes. (Decision 13-4/18.5)

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