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Pacific Am. Gears Up for the 20th Year

There’s something about a competitive round of golf that gets the heart beating a little faster when standing over that first tee shot of the day. Whether it’s the club championship at your home course, the weekly league match or a skins game with your buddies from college – golf is more fun when there’s something on the line.

It’s also more fun when there’s free beer, great food, tons of laughs and a lifetime of memories waiting for you after the round.

For 20 years, the Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic in Central Oregon has been the epitome of fun and competitive golf in the West. The PacAm is a three-day, 54-hole net, stroke-play tournament hosted by Sunriver Resort and held on eight Central Oregon golf courses.

Old favorites were added back to the mix last year and are expected to return in 2016. In turn, this will set up a tournament with a true Central Oregon flair. Players this year will tee it up at Widgi Creek and Lost Tracks in Bend, Aspen Lakes in Sisters, Black Butte Ranch’s Big Meadow Course and Sunriver Resort’s Meadows and Woodlands Courses. The top four players in each flight qualify to play in the winner-take-all Championship Round at the famed Crosswater Club at Sunriver.

AGA Golf Days

As summer comes to an end, now is the perfect opportunity to sign up and participate in a fun, non-competitive format with your friends! Come out and join the AGA in our next golf day on Friday, August 12th at Troon North before you have to worry about who is going to pick up the kids from school. You will receive an AGA Swag bag at check-in, be able to participate in raffles and compete for proximity prizes. In addition, the first 20 people to sign up will be entered into a drawing to win an AZGolf Insider Magazine autographed by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals.
Friday, August 12th
Troon North Golf Course 7:30am Shotgun 

Pacific Coast Amateur 

The 50th contesting of The Pacific Coast Amateur will be held at Seattle Golf Club in Washington, which features the top amateur golfers from associations in the Pacific/Western states of the U.S and two associations from Canada. The three day event is one of the oldest amateur golf events in North America. In 2010, the championship named its perpetual trophy in honor of Dr. Ed Updegraff, a close friend to the AGA. 

While many states look at previous results of tournaments from that year to assemble their teams, Arizona is one of the few states in which you must qualify in order to play the event. 

This year’s qualifier was hosted by, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course in Maricopa. The two-day tournament took place June 8th and 9th. While the first two spots were taken by Blake Cannon (134, -10) and Colton Yates (137, -7), the third position had to be decided by a sudden death hole-by-hole playoff. The participants of the playoff were J. J. Gresco and Tyler Katherineberg, both finishing with a two-day total of 140.

After matching scores on the first two playoff holes, Gresco played a shot from the middle of the fairway on hole number nine which landed within tap-in birdie range and awarded him the third and final spot in Seattle. This will be Colton Yates and J. J. Gresco’s second consecutive year representing Arizona in the Pacific Coast Am.

Please join the Arizona Golf Association in wishing our representatives the best of luck and a safe journey to the Pacific Northwest! Link for more information on the Pac Am Championship
Rules Trivia
Question: A players removes an out of bounds post on his line of play. Before hitting the ball, he realizes he made a mistake and replaces the post before playing his next stroke. What is the ruling? 


Patriot Day

This year marks 15 years since tragedy unexpectedly struck our nation. To commemorate the anniversary, Friends of Freedom will be hosting two events -Poker & Casino Night and a Golf Event- in an effort to raise money to support those that serve and their families.
Casino & Poker Night 
Saturday, August 27th
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               Golf Event
    Saturday, September 10th
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Friends of Freedom (FOF) believes that America's military veterans and similarly impacted, first respondents, deserve the full measure of care and assistance they need to live with dignity, hope and independence.

Carlson's Blazing Putter

Featuring a field of many of the top amateurs from across the state, the 2016 Falcon Amateur was hosted by Falcon Dunes Golf Course June 23rd and 24th. Though the surrounding sights and sounds provided for quality entertainment, the awaiting golf course featured a stern but fair test for players. One player in particular could not wait to get out and hit that first tee shot. 

Opening up the front nine with a score of 28, Brandon Carlson didn't let the wind or F-35 Fighter Pilots flying above him phase him one bit. 

“Shooting the 28 was pretty awesome! I started on hole 1 the first round and I actually hooked my opening tee shot into the desert and chipped out and maybe about a 15-20 footer for par. I then went on to birdie the next 3, two of the birds were both from inside 5 feet and the other was about a 15 footer. I made a good up and down on the long par 3, and then I just went off and birdied the next 4. I literally made every putt on the front 9. I only had 9 putts. I even rolled in about a 30 footer on hole 8."
Attending Southern Illinois University, the newly 21-year-old from Gilbert finished the first day with a 65. He was only a few strokes away from his goal of 59.  

The second round provided a day much like the first - hot conditions and little to no wind. Carlson knew he would have to put together another solid performance to stave off his challengers, many of whom were within 3 shots. He proved up to the test respectively shooting 33,35 (68) and on his way to a two-day total of 133. His scores earned him a two-shot victory over Will Twitty and Kameron O’Nam. Congrats to our Champion!  Read more about Carlson's mindset going into day two and and his future ambitions. 

Volunteer of the Month

The Arizona Golf Association would like to recognize Course Rating team member, Jeff Vincent as July’s Volunteer of the Month.

Jeff first became involved as a volunteer after attending a USGA Handicap Certification Seminar in 2011. As course rating is an integral aspect of the handicap system, Jeff learned that the AGA hosted a regional rating team made up of volunteers who were tasked with the official Course Rating and Slope Rating values for each golf course in Arizona. Shortly thereafter, he formally began investing his time in these rating team efforts and quotes one of his most notable memories to the initial training he received from long-standing USGA Course Rating expert, Warren Simmons.

“On one of the first ratings I attended, I was being trained by Warren and was in awe of his ability to speak about specific details of the rating system and formula without needing to reference the USGA rating guide that was being used by all the other team members.”

Only later did Jeff learn that Warren was, in fact, one of the primary contributors in the formulation of the modern USGA rating system utilized by the AGA and hundreds of other Regional Golf Associations across the world.

Over the past 5 years, Jeff has taken part in well over 100 course ratings throughout Arizona and also represented the AGA at the 2013 USGA National Course Rating Calibration Seminar at Sahalee Country Club in Seattle, WA. He contributes his longevity and overall satisfaction to the rating challenges that are encountered on some of Arizona’s most difficult golf courses as well as the camaraderie of working with a great group of fellow volunteers.

On behalf of Arizona Golf Association staff and all the golfers impacted by your rating team efforts, thank you Jeff for your substantial contributions!

Bunkerville Tour

Next stop, the spectacular Padre Course at Camelback Golf Club. Play in the tournament Saturday, July 30th. Make a weekend of the event and receive the special Bunker "players" stay and play rate from Friday, July 29th- Sunday July 31st for only $109.  On July 30th, Bunker to Bunker will host a two-person scramble starting at 7:00am with 18 holes of golf which will include a BBQ lunch and a free bounce back round. That's 2 rounds of golf, lunch and numerous prizes for only $85. The tournament benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix has limited space, so register now! Play the tournament or stay and play for the whole weekend enjoying golf, friends and the historic JW Marriott Camelback Inn. 

Andrew's Tip of the Month

For the Arizona Golf Association this month, Andrew will be demonstrating 3 battle rope exercises that could benefit any golfer at any fitness level. There exercises work on stability of the lower body and dynamic rotation, shoulder stability and strength, and torso stability with core strength and mobility. Call Andrew at 602-638-3000 or email for a complimentary golf performance screening in Scottsdale or Mesa.

AGA Exclusive Summer Special Offer 

TPC Scottsdale is pleased to offer all Arizona Golf Association Members an exclusive special offer on their Champions Course, When you purchase an 18 hole round on the Champions Course you will receive a $20 bounce back coupon. The coupon is valid from now until September 18th. Remember to use PROMO CODE: AGABounce to receive this special offer. 

Congrats To...

... Brandon Carlson, champion of the 2016 Falcon Amateur Championship
... 2016 AZ Mid- Amateur winner, Bryan Hoops
... the three AGA Pacific Coast Amateur Representatives Blake Cannon, J. J Gresco, and Colton Yates
... June Survey Winner, Michael Silverman 

Save the Date:

July 16-17: 2016 Southern Amateur (Divisional): VIstoso Golf Course 
July 25-28: Senior Match Play Championship: Octotillo Golf Resort 
July 29: Bunker to Bunker Golf Tournament: Camelback Golf Club (Padre Course)
Aug 12: AGA Golf Days: Troon North (Monument Course)
More upcoming events 

Trivia answer: The player was in breach of Rule 13-2 the moment he removed the post and there was nothing he could do to avoid the penalty of 2 strokes. The replacement of the post before the next stroke was irrelevant. 

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