National Play Nine Day
People say that golf takes too long and costs too much. So why not cut that in half and just play 9. As part of their Play 9 initiative, the USGA promoted the second annual national Play 9 day on Wednesday, July 29 which the AGA was proud to participate in.
To promote the event and help members to reconnect with the game more regularly, AGA hosted the Play 9 initiative at Legacy Golf Resort. Members and their guests received a free clinic, drink tickets, pin prizes and more all while enjoying a fun 9 holes. "The course was nothing short of beautiful, everyone working was very helpful and courteous and the experience as a whole was memorable for a family outing."- Lindsey and John Hachat. Check out the pictures from the event!
Next AGA Member Event
AGA Member Outings offer members the opportunity to play in a non-competitive, championship - quality setting at some of the region's finest courses. Events are open to all members of all skill levels who want to participate. Bring a group of friends or join us as a single and we'll pair you with some future friends.
Don't let your summer end! AGA will be hosting their Member Day September 3, 2015 at the TPC Scottsdale-Champions Course. The event will begin at 8:00 am with an 18 hole shotgun start. The cost of the event will be $50 per player including golf, prizes and drink tickets.
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Golf Course Updates
Several of our AGA member facilities have undergone some exciting changes and renovations.
Seven Canyons in Sedona recently moved out of their temporary facility into a brand new clubhouse which provides members with 14,000 square feet of space overlooking the Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course surrounded by red rock canyons and national forest. Read more....
The Golf Club at Dove Valley Ranch reopened August 1 after a complete restoration guided by the new operator DVR Management, LLC allowing the golf course to emerge from the summer with a much improved offering to the membership and general public. Read more...
91st AZ Amateur
The AGA's longest running Championship is underway this week at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course in Maricopa, AZ.
With temperatures a blistering 108 degrees, 144 participants played 36 holes of stroke play hoping to be one of 64 players to make it to match play. Apparently the heat wasn't too much of a factor - the medalist, Bryan Hoops of Phoenix shot 67-69=136. The final cut was 149 - only 5 over par for the two days. Eight players ended up tied at that number and played off for two spots. That's great golf and a tribute to the quality of the field.
Match play got underway on Wednesday. Check out the results...
This ruling recently occurred in the stroke-play qualifying for the AZ Amateur. A player hooked his tee shot off the 8th tee. Not knowing where it was, he properly played a provisional ball into the same general area. Both balls were found. Instead of proceeding with his original ball, he played his provisional ball onto the green. He then discovered his error. What is the ruling? (answer at end of newsletter)
Andrew's Tip of the Month
War on Slow Play
The USGA is spearheading an initiative to bring awareness to the age old problem of slow play. They have recognized that it's not just the players that are to blame....it includes a plethera of elements including golf course practices - starting intervals, course conditioning - speed of greens, length of golf course and architectural factors - large, deep bunkers that are hard to get in and out of, severely undulating greens, etc.
The USGA has created a series of videos addressing these situations. Here is the first in that series: Understanding Slow Play - Why Traffic Jams Occur.
Bunkerville Tourney at Ventana Canyon
The final stop of this year's AGA/Bunker to Bunker fun-day schedule is a 2-person scramble with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. Price is $89 and includes entry fee, lunch, prizes and bounce back coupon for more golf.
And it gets better! The hotel is offering a special $95 bunker rate for anyone that wants a weekend getaway at the AAA Four Diamond resort. More info and registration...
...Jake Byrum, Colton Yates
and J. J. Gresco
who represented Arizona in the 49th Pacific Coast Amateur that was played at Eugene Country Club - the team finished 8th
...To the winners of the Southern Amateur played at Ventana Canyon: Blaine Staggs
- Open Division; Brad Wayment
- Masters Division; Murphy Mitchell
- Senior Division; and David Rasley
- Legends Division.
the low amateur at the 2015 Open Championship played at the Old Course in St. Andrews - he finished 11 under to tie for 6th place. Jordan was a former Patriot All-America participant in 2012
...Juniors Mason Andersen, Brock Goyen, Briggs Duce and David Ricciardelli
who represented the Arizona Team at the Junior Americas Cup at Pine Canyon and finished tied for 7th
Save the Date:
August 10: Senior Cup Series: Phoenix CC
August 26: AZ Mid Amateur Championship: Mirabel Golf Course
August 31: US Senior Amateur Qualifier: Mesa Country Club
Trivia answer: Since the original ball was found, it is the ball in play and the provisional ball must be abandoned. When the player made a stroke with that provisional ball he was playing a wrong ball. In stroke play there's a 2-stroke penalty and it must be corrected before the player tees off on the next hole. If it had occurred in the match play part of the championship, it would have been loss of hole for that player.