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Give a Day & Play

The Arizona Golf Foundation (AGF) & Friends of Freedom Golf Marathon is an incredible fundraising campaign, to raise some serious dollars for the Navy Seal Foundation, Snowball Express, Friends of Freedom and Fighter Country Partnership. You can participate by sponsoring a golfer or by playing 100 holes of golf! No, we are not kidding. One hundred holes are very doable. Many participants in past marathons have been able to play more than 100 holes! In fact, the record for a golf marathon is an amazing 409 holes in one day! 

The AGF & Friends of Freedom Golf Marathon will be played on November 24, 2015 at the Moon Walk course at Moon Valley CC. Besides a lot of fun and the satisfaction of helping the AGF and Friends of Freedom in a big way, you will receive breakfast, lunch, continuous refreshments, plenty of golf balls to smack away and the opportunity to earn some great prizes. 

For more information on how to sign up or to donate, visit the AGA website or call Ed Gowan or Lorraine Thies at 602-944-3035.


Rules Trivia

A player who started a round with 13 clubs broke his putter in anger, i.e. other than in the normal course of play, during the first nine holes. He bought another putter in the golf shop after the first nine holes and used it for the remainder of the round. Rule 4-3a(iii) permits replacing a club only if it becomes unfit for play in the normal course of play. Was the player subject to penalty?

Trick or Treat with The PGA Superstore  

AGA Members are invited to all PGA Tour Superstore locations for a special member day from 10am-1pm Saturday, October 31st. The first 30 members to sign in at any of the PGA Tour Superstore locations will receive a special treat. This is no trick!

All members who stop by the store during the member day hours will receive:
  • Raffle tickets to be entered to win golf balls, golf clubs and more!
  • A special discount on all store merchandise
  • The opportunity to win MORE prizes by entering into one or all of our contests: putting, longest drive and closest to the hole
For more details and to be entered into our early bird special drawing for a chance to win a Club Glove travel bag Click Here.  

2016 Membership Renewal 

Beginning October 15, we will open the early renewal for your 2016 membership in your club and the Arizona Golf Association. Sign up before December 31 and receive a $5.00 discount on next year's dues. If your club has enrolled in the online join/renew program, you will be able to log into the members only section of the website and renew that membership in just a few simple clicks. Once logged in, look for the listing of My Member Clubs. Once you find your club, there will be a box to click to renew.

NEW FOR 2016!  Because of the significant costs associated with tracking and processing multi-member rebates, the AGA and AWGA have adopted a new policy for 2016. Your first membership in the AGA is $35.00 ($30.00 if paid before 12-31). Any additional club memberships will be $15.00 per club. Each club will charge their members for the AGA portion of their dues. The individual will be responsible for requesting his/her partial rebate of those additional memberships beginning in January 2016. Rebates will be distributed in early July. More info...

Andrew's Tip of the Month 

Brian Benitz with OB Sports helps demonstrate the golf fitness tip for October. He will perform a 90/90 test, which measures shoulder range of motion. After that, he will demonstrate 3 exercises to help improve shoulder range of motion.

Hall of Fame

The 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Monday, November 23, 2015. This year the Hall of Fame Committee has chosen to recognize two long-standing philanthropic groups in Arizona: The Thunderbirds in Phoenix and The Conquistadors in Tucson.

There will be a pro/am or am/am golf event beginning at noon followed by heavy hors d'ouevres and the Induction Ceremony at 6:00 pm at the Camelback Golf Club. The golf and ceremony package is $200.00 per person and the ceremony only package is $70.00. Reservations must be made in advance not later than Monday, November 16.

Plan to join us for an evening of celebration of golf in Arizona! More info...

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7th Annual Octoberfest in November

You don't want to miss the opportunity to play this terrific golf course co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II. Mayan Palace is a challenging 18 holes of golf surrounded by incomparable natural beauty. Filled with a wealth of unique flora and even nine ocean-side holes, the Mayan Palace course is a golf experience beyond all expectations. 

On November 21-22, the Octoberfest tournament in Puerto Penasco Mexico will be a four person shamble with proximity prizes and raffle drawings and the chance to win a flat-screen TV, sets of irons, golf bags, drivers and more.For $240 per player, AGA members and their guest(s) will receive two rounds of golf, free beer and 2 lunches.

To book your room, contact the Mayan Palace at or by calling 011.52.638.383.0440 ext 4160. More info...

Congratulations To...

...The Open Division Team for their win at the 2015 Goldwater Cup against the Southwest Section PGA team hosted at Phoenix CC
...Senior Cup Series winners Richard Carroll and Dave Dean, scoring a net of 50 at Encanterra CC
...2015 Northern Amateur winners Chris Bragg (Open Division), Jeff Benton (Masters), Roger Kraig (Senior) and Tim Bateman (Legends) at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott, AZ
...Mills Brown, Steve Sabatini, James Wisda and Earl Inagarfield who qualified for the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur. Mills made it to the round of 64 and Earl to the round of 32.
...Tim Mickelson, Daniel Koernke, Bryan Hoops, Denny Pelle and Cory Bacon who qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
... Former Patriot All-America player Daniel Berger for being named Rookie of the Year by the PGA Tour

Save the Date:

October 31st: AGA Member Day: All PGA Tour Superstore locations in the valley 
November 16th: Octoberfest Member Day: Mayan Palace
November 23rd: Hall of Fame: Camelback Resort 
November 24th: AGF & Friends of Freedom Marathon: Moon Valley CC

Trivia answer: No. Since he started with 13 clubs, he was entitled to add another club under Rule 4-4a.

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