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July 29 is Play 9 Day

As part of their Play 9 initiative, the USGA has announced the second annual national Play 9 day on Wednesday, July 29. 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 the initiative, the AGA is planning a fun member day at the Legacy Golf Club located at Baseline and 32nd Street in Phoenix.

Come out, bring a friend (does not have to be an AGA member) and have some fun. We'll start with a 30-minute clinic (optional) at 4:00 pm and golf at 5:00 pm. Cost is $45 per player and includes the clinic, golf, prizes and hors d'ouevres immediately following golf. More Information...

2016 US Four Ball Championship

The inaugural US Four Ball Championship held this past May was a huge success. We had the highest number of teams attempting to qualify in Arizona at 80.

It's already time to start thinking about next year's championship which is scheduled for May 21-26 at the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

This is the one event that the window for qualifying goes from August through April. The Arizona qualifier will take place September 10, 2015 at Superstition Mountain Golf Club.

If you have a Handicap Index of 5.4 or less, get your partner today. Entry deadline is 5:00 pm Eastern time Wednesday, August 5. Register Today...

Uniting Nations Cup

The 2015 Uniting Nations Cup held in Rocky Point, Mexico has been finalized. This is the fourth year of our competition. The US has been victorious in three of the four years.

We are inviting men and women from the US to compete in a Ryder Cup format against our Mexican counterparts. We're uniting the nations in friendship and golf. Participants must have a verifiable Handicap of 18.4 or less. You'll play four rounds of golf (one practice round and three match play rounds) at the Vidanta Golf Club at the Mayan Palace south of Rocky Point. We have various entry fees depending on room requirements but all fees include 3 nights lodging, 4 rounds of golf, a cocktail reception, 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 3 team shirts, a golf cap, goody bag and prizes.

So what are you waiting for? Join our team! Registration will be open Friday. 

Rules Trivia

Q: In stroke play, C and D are playing together. A and B are playing immediately behind them. C's ball lies on the putting green and, since D is searching for his ball, C and D invite A and B to play through. Subsequently, A putts and his ball strikes C's ball. What is the ruling?

Andrew's Tip of the Month

Fun Facts

One of golf's most obvious quirks is the terms that explain various aspects of the game and while the Mashie, Niblicks, Jigger and Sammys of the golfing world have long been resigned to golf's history books, there is still plenty of golfing jargon that is probably quite confusing for those on the outside looking in.

Ever wonder where the terms Birdie, Eagle and Albatross came from? We recently came across a fun article at that explains just that. It also includes a video of the top 10 Albatrosses recorded on the PGA Tour.  Read more... 

Bunkerville Tourney at Ambiente

The next stop on the Bunker to Bunker/AGA member day circuit is Saturday, July 18 at Ambiente Golf Club and Camelback Inn. Your entry fee of $84.00 gets you a round of golf, prizes, lunch, big raffle and a coupon for a bounce back offer for more golf when you help us with a mulligan donation for Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The format is a two-person scramble and gets underway at 7:00 am to beat the heat!

Better yet, plan to spend the weekend at the Camelback Inn at their special Stay and Play Package of $99.00 per night. Want a practice round? Ambiente is offering a $35.00 rate for play on Friday. More information and registration...


O'Sullivan's Progress Meteoric

This was the headline that the USGA used in a recent interview with 17-year old high schooler, Hannah O'Sullivan who will be competing this week at the US Women's Open being played at Lancaster Country Club July 9-12. She's had quite the year - winning a Symetra LPGA Tour event this past spring at Longbow GC in Mesa - as well as 3 AJGA championships of which two were considered upper tier events.  Read entire interview...

Catch all the action at this year's US Women's Open.

Congratulations To...

...Sam Triplett for his win at the Falcon Amateur at Falcon Dunes GC (68-65=133). Second flight was won by Scott Berren (74-68=142) and third flight by Tim Blau (69-68=137)
...Jake Byrum, Colton Yates and J. J. Gresco for qualifying to represent Arizona in the Pacific Coast Amateur to be played at Eugene Country Club in August
...Bryan Hoops and Jeremy DeFalco for winning the Open Division of the AZ Four-Ball Championship. Other winners included Kevin Trent and Jeff Benton - Masters Division, Frank Ellenburg and Rich Morrison - Senior Division and Steve Dallas and Ed Smith - Legends Division

Save the Date:

July 20: Senior Cup Series: Ambiente GC
July 24-26: Divisional Team Classic: Alta Mesa CC
July 29: AGA Play 9 Member/Guest: Legacy Golf Resort
August 3-8: 91st AZ Amateur: AK-Chin Southern Dunes

Trivia answer: A incurs a penalty of two strokes and must play his ball as it lies per Rule 19-5. Even though A is not part of C and D's side, it is still a ball in play and not an outside agency. If A's ball had been off the putting green prior to the stroke, there would be no penalty.

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