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Modernizing the Rules of Golf

On March 1st, the USGA and The R&A unveiled a preview of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf. This is a major revision and is part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. The potential changes are open to the public for comment until August 31st of this year.  Click the button below to read about the proposed changes and submit your feedback.  The rules changes will be  finalized in early 2018 and will go into effect January 1, 2019.

Breaking Par: Episode 4

Did you enjoy the first three episodes of Breaking Par and learning about what's trending in the golf industry?  A wide variety of content was covered that included challenging Blair O'Neal to hit the rock at Troon North, the newest golf technology, interviewing Michael Phelps at the Waste Management Open and so much more!  Find out what all the buzz is about by clicking below to watch episode 4. 

Breaking Par, produced by Ryan Johnson of Elevated Media, airs several times a month on Fox Sports TV. Check your local listings for times.
Watch More Breaking Par TV Episodes

2017 Executive Committee 

This year's Executive Committee for the Arizona Golf Association was announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting held at Phoenix Country Club in February.  

Mike McWilliams, President               Phoenix Country Club
Bill Burgesser, 1st Vice President      Superstition Mountain Golf Club
Bill Phipps, 2nd Vice President          Stone Canyon Club
Bob McNichols, Secretary                 Longbow Golf Club
Tim Brown, Treasurer                        Phoenix Country Club

Lee Decof                                          Lone Tree Golf Club
Judy Polidori                                      Alta Mesa Country Club
Scott McNevin                                   Junior Golf Association of Arizona
Jerry Huff                                          TPA Men's Club (new member)
John Souza                                       Moon Valley Country Club (new member)
Mike Kane                                         Arizona Golf Association Club
Mark Jeffery                                      Superstition Mountain Golf Club
Ryan Johnson                                   Arizona Golf Association Club
Joe Hickle                                         Tucson Country Club (new member)
Tim Hulscher                                     Junior Golf Association of Arizona (new member)

On behalf of the Arizona Golf Association, we want to thank outgoing president Bill Lich from SaddleBrooke for his many years of service to the game and to the AGA. Other outgoing members include Kevin Cruikshank, Mike Saladino and Matt Witzke.

Support Phoenix Public Schools

The Orthopedic Clinical Association (TOCA) Foundation is hosting the 1st Annual TOCA Charity Golf Tournament on April 27th at ASU Karsten in Tempe.  The event will benefit Phoenix Public Schools with proceeds going towards the math and science departments.  Your participation in the event can help provide our local students the tools to compete in a global future.  A $150 donation includes golf, prizes, welcome gifts, a silent auction, breakfast and lunch.  Click below for registration.
  Rules Trivia
Question: Player A requests player B to lift B's ball that is on A's line of play.  B refuses to do so.  What is the ruling?
A. In match play B is disqualified
B. In stroke play B incurs a two stroke penalty
C. In all forms of play B is disqualified
D. In stroke play B is disqualified

Upcoming Handicap Seminar

The Handicap Department is heading to Tucson for the next Handicap Seminar on Tuesday, March 21st at the Gallery Golf Club.  We encourage our southern clubs to send their Handicap Committees to this free seminar. We will cover items that will assist club administrators in the application of the rules of handicapping - topics such as when to post scores, responsibilities of the Handicap Committee, playing from different tees, handicap index calculation. handicap reduction due to exceptional tournament play and much, much more. Bring your questions and get answers from the experts.

Registration is 8:30am - 9:00am and the seminar is 9:00am - 12:30pm. 

All attendees must RSVP by email to AGA staff member Derek McKenzie at or call  800-458-8484 to reserve your spot. The seminar is filling quickly so register today!

Mickelson & Papago Golf Course

Phil Mickelson is taking part in some exciting new changes happening at Papago Golf Course in Phoenix!  Arizona State University is working with the Arizona Golf Community Foundation and the City of Phoenix to revive a landmark golf course primed for resurgence.  Mickelson, who designed the ASU practice facility at Papago said “Arizona State’s facility is going to be home to the single-greatest short game training space in the country,”

The investment in Papago Golf Course will have a resounding effect on both the local community and ASU golf programs.  Click on the video below to learn more!

Congratulations To...

...Mason Andersen, San Tan Amateur (66,68;134)
...Jerry Mahanke, winner of the 2016 Updegraff Award presented at the recent AGA Annual Meeting
...Tim Hulscher, AGA's 2016 Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year award winner

Save the Date:

March 21: Handicap Seminar-The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson
March 25-26: Mayan Palace Member Weekend - Vidanta, Puerto Penasco
April 20-23: 2017 Arizona Stroke Play Championship - Grand Canyon University Golf Course

More upcoming events 

Trivia answer: D.  See Decisions 2/3 and 3-4/1.  Also refer to "Refusal to Comply with Rule" in the index.

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