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Congrats to ASU Junior Jon Rahm

It was recently announced that Arizona State University junior Jon Rahm-Rodriguez will receive a sponsor exemptions for the upcoming Waste Management Phoenix Open, scheduled to be played January 26 – February 1 at TPC Scottsdale.

Rahm-Rodriguez, originally from Barrika, Spain, is currently ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.Read more...

Kochevar Claims 2014 Patriot All-America

Kyle Kochevar, a junior from the University of Virginia, shot 2-under 68 in the final round of the Patriot All-America on a very cold, rainy day at The Wigwam Arizona. This put him in a tie for the lead with University of Arizona freshman George Cunningham who shot a final round 66.

The playoff was played on the18th hole. Both golfers lipped out birdie putts on the first playoff hole. Cunningham tapped in for par and Kochevar sunk a 2 1/2 footer. They went back to the 18th tee. Cunningham hit his second shot into the right greenside bunker in a very difficult lie. He left his next shot in the bunker and would go on to record double bogey. Kochevar parred the hole to win the title. Read more...

2014 Results


Seniors Win the Goldwater Cup

Phoenix Country Club hosted the 54th playing of the Bob Goldwater Cup Matches on January 5-6, where 24 of Arizona's top amateur golfers competed against 24 Southwest Section PGA Professionals.

The Southwest Section professionals have been on a long winning streak, but that came to an end this year in the senior division of the event.  Senior captain Pat Geare lead his team to victory, beating the SWSPGA senior team 14 1/2 to 9 1/2. 

In the open division, the team lead by Captain Bryan Hoops could not overcome the first day's deficit, eventually losing 10-14.

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Congratulation to...

...AGA Player of the year RJ Wood
...Divisional Players of the Year Scott Smith - Masters Division, Rusty Brown - Senior, and David Rasley - Legends
...Mayfair Award Winner Alex McMahon with a scoring average of 68.15
...2014 Updegraff Award winner Warren Simmons (The Updegraff Award is AGA's highest honor given to the individual that epitomizes the spirit of the game and sportsmanship)
...AGA Volunteer of the Year,course rater Michael Shoaff
...2015 Honorary Rules Captain, John Gusky

Awards presentation will take place at the AGA's Annual Meeting on February 5 at Phoenix Country Club.

Rules Trivia

Q: A player, believing his original ball might be out of bounds, played a provisional ball which came to rest short of where the original ball came to rest. He walked forward, saw his original ball and, believing it was in bounds, picked up the provisional ball. He then discovered that the original ball was out of bounds. What is the ruling?

2015 Uniting Nations Cup

Imagine being able to play in a tournament similar to the Ryder Cup, playing for your country against our neighbors to the south, Mexico. Now you can! Introducing the 2015 Uniting Nations Cup. Created to promote camaraderie between the US and Mexico using golf as its ambassador, the UNC has a history of bringing amateurs from the two countries together for a few days of fun, competition and friendship.

In 2015, the UNC series will be played in two locations in Mexico: Iberostar's Playa Paraiso Golf Club, Riviera Maya in Cancun (May 13-17) and the Peninsula Golf Course in Rocky Point (Oct. 22-25). The UNC is a competition in which 80 amateurs of all skill levels from the United States and Mexico play three days of match play in hopes to bringing home the title for their country. Team USA holds the most wins, at 3-1.

Registration for the for the May event will open later this week. Go to for more information. Registration for the Puerto Penasco tournament will open April 2015. More information...(need to provide link)

For more information please contact Brian Foster: 480-944-3035

2015 Tournament Schedule

The 2015 tournament schedule which includes the AGA major championships and USGA Qualifiers is complete. The details of the first three events of the year are posted online - registration will open shortly. Complete Schedule  (see links to individual tournaments below under Save the Date).

Watch for some other events going on in 2015:

  • The Senior Series schedule is being finalized. These are one-day better-ball team events for members 55 years of age and older. Registration for Senior Series events begin in February. Competition goes from April through August with an end of season championship September 21 at Encanterra CC.
  • We are putting together a schedule of one-day non-competitive fun events for members to enjoy different golf courses throughout the state.

Looking to Grow Your Club?

Is your club wanting to increase its membership? The AGA is happy to post information about your club. We can either direct individuals to join online at or provide them with the name and contact information of your club membership chairman. If you are interested in promoting your club on our website, contact Ginger Monroy to get started.


Save the Date:

January 24-25, 2015: Tempe Amateur - Ken McDonald GC
February 14-15, 2015: Short Course Tournament - Rolling Hills GC
February 21-22, 2015: San Tan Amateur - Las Colinas GC
March 13-15, 2015: AZ Publinks Championship - Randolph North


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Trivia answer: Since the original ball was out of bounds, the provisional ball was in play. When the player lifted the ball in play without authority under the Rules, he incurred a penalty stroke and was required to replace it under Rule 18-2a (Decision 27-2b/8)

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