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Patriot Volunteers Needed

We are once again in the throes of plans for the 2015 Patriot All-America Invitational - a 54-hole stroke play event that provides PING All-America collegians an opportunity for a bowl-like experience at the Wigwam Gold Course December 29-31, 2015.

Each year the players from NCAA Division I, II, III schools, NAIA, NJCAA, AJGA, military academies and special International Invitees are eligible. This is a special tournament in that the players not only compete for the Championship, they also honor a military hero by carrying a golf bag donated by PING that has the name of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. For many of the participants, it's a life-changing experience.

Do you have any junior golfers in your family? There will be a junior clinic hosted by the Junior Golf Association and the First Tee of Phoenix on Tuesday, December 29 from 2-4 pm.

Junior Clinic Sign up to Volunteer A Patriot's Story

Itty Bitty Open

You can never be too itty bitty to swing a golf club. Enjoy a day where you and your mini-me, son and/or daughter, along with a cartoon friend, will learn the basic skills of golf. Saturday, January 16th you and your child will be involved with a clinic taught by a PGA or LPGA golf professional followed by a fun, non-competitive golf tournament.

The event is open to ages 3-5 year-old's only.  For your convenience, there will be 15 locations and 3 times offered. Each golfer with receive a set of plastic golf clubs, balls, a bag, and a visor but must have an adult caddy accompany each golfer. Space is limited so sign up today! For more information on locations please visit

Register Online See Flyer

Goodbye to Three Special People

Within the last few weeks, Arizona Golf has had to say farewell to three friends and lovers of the game.
...Paul Skelton, General Manager of Country Club at DC Ranch and member of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame
...Ken Hardt, long time volunteer for the Arizona Golf Association and it's allied partners ...Robert Laubach, the 2005 AGA Updegraff Award winner and long-time USGA committee member 

Click to read more about their contributions and about their memorial services.

Rules Trivia

True/False: A ball enters a burrowing animal hole, the entrance to which is out of bounds, and comes to rest underground in bounds; the ball is considered to be out of bounds.


A Dozen Days of Holiday Giveaways 

As the year comes to an end, the AGA would like to thank you for your membership with a Holiday Sweepstakes. For 12 days we will be giving away a different gift each day, including a foursome, a (2) night stay at Camelback Inn and much more. The gift giveaways will begin December 13th and is FREE to enter. Fill out the sweepstakes form below and winners will be contacted by text message and announced daily on Facebook and Twitter. You don't have either of the two most popular social networking accounts? Have no fear, we will also be announcing the winners on our website under the "AGA News" Tab. We want to thank you for all that you do, enter to win now! 

Feherty - Live Off Tour

Former professional golfer on the European and PGA Tours, current writer and broadcaster with NBC Sports and the Golf Channel, David Feherty, will make his Fox Tucson Theater debut on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:30 pm. After Feherty retired from the tours in 1997, he became an on-course reporter and golf analyst. In 2014, Feherty decided to take his act a step further and travel across North America for his new live show Feherty - Live Off Tour. His cutting edge style is full of great stories from behind the scenes, a show you don't want to miss. Receive 10% off your purchase when you use promo code AGA and have a group of 10 or more.

To Purchase Tickets...

Tuesday, February 2 @ 7:30 in Tucson, AZ
In Person: Fox Theatre Box Office | 17 W. Congress St | 520-547-3040
Online Purchase

Wednesday, February 3 @ 7:30 in Phoenix, AZ
In Person: Orpheum Theatre Box Office | 100 N. 3rd St | 877-840-0457
Online Purchase

Love Stories From St. Andrews

Would you love to make a holiday trip to St. Andrews but just don't have the time, money or your spouse is already planning the Annual holiday party that you MUST attend? Well don't become a Scrooge quite yet. Links to St. Andrews is a series of beautifully written "Love Letters to the Home of Golf" from many famous and not so famous golfers who have made the pilgrimage - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sir Michael Bonallack, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson; course architects, golf historians, caddies, coaches and more. It also includes more than 400 images, from commissioned fine art and inspired photography to vintage posters and seldom-seen archival photos.

This book is essential for anyone who loves golf or loves a golfer. Treat yourself to a wonderful Christmas gift or give the gift that keeps on giving. 

Visit the Website             Get the Free Sample             More Info & Purchase the Book

Andrew's Tip of the Month 

This month, we are going to share some of the advantages of Medicine Ball training. Following, we will demonstrate 2 solo and 3 partner exercises to effectively help improve your SPEED and Power, with a variety of body positions from supine, half kneeling and standing postures. 

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

USGA Handicap System

In tandem with the 2016 updates to the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association has announced revisions to the USGA Handicap System, effective Jan. 1, 2016. 

Six significant changes are among those noted in the upcoming edition, which will impact approximately 10 million golfers who hold a Handicap Index® issued throughout the U.S. and 32 licensed associations, federations and unions around the world.

2016 Changes to the Rules of Golf

Come join John Van der Borght of the USGA for a free seminar on the 2016 changes to the Rules of Golf. The free seminar will take place Tuesday, December 15 at Phoenix Country Club.

Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 am. Seminar goes from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. There is an optional lunch followed by an on-course demonstration presented by the AGA staff at a cost of $25. Here's your opportunity to hear about the changes directly from the source. If you have any questions, please contact Ginger at 602-944-3035 or
Rules Changes Only Seminar, Lunch & On-course Demo

Congratulations To...

...2015 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Inductees: The Thunderbirds and Tucson Conquistadores 
...Rose Nehring receiving the AWGA Dorthy Pease Award 
...JGAA Players of the Year Award, Kenny Steubs receiving the First Tee of Phoenix Greg Hoyt Junior of the Year Award,
...Bob Phillips receiving the Johnny Bulla Award
...Debbie Waitkus receiving the Champion of Golf Award,
...November Newsletter Survey Winner Tim Crofford
...the 54 teams that qualified to play in the Club Team Championship at Blackstone Country Club 

Save the Date:

December 14th: Club Team Championship: Blackstone Country Club
December 15th: Rules of Golf Seminar: Phoenix Country Club
December 29-31: Patriot All-America: Wigwam Golf Course

Trivia answer: False. Decision 25-1b/23. Under Rule 25-1b, the player may drop the ball, without penalty, within one club-length of the point on the ground directly above its position in the burrow. In such cases, vertical distance is disregarded in applying the Rules.

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