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2016 AGA Annual Meeting   

The AGA held its 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner February 10 at Phoenix Country Club. This was an evening to report on the activities of the AGA, present the Nominating Committee's report on the 2016 Executive Committee and to honor our award winners from 2015. Read more...

Walgreens Charity Classic

Arizona is, once again, lucky enough to host a major tournament by the LPGA. March 4-6 Kris Tschetter will be returning to defend her title in the 5th Walgreens Charity Classic at Grandview Golf Course in Sun City West, AZ. Fifty Legends of the LPGA, including Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, will compete for $250,000 purse in an event that draws thousand of fans from the community. All ticket proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association and Aunt Rita's Foundation. You can purchase tickets at Walgreens starting February 15. Don't miss the opportunity to watch The Legends Tour!

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Andrew's Tip of the Month

Come see us at Golf Fest February 12th and 13th from 9am-5pm at LongBow Golf Club, Mesa, AZ. Our team will be providing Titleist Performance Institute Functional Screens and introducing visitors to our K-Vest 3D system with Biofeedback demonstrations to those who visit.  We will be near the teaching area right across from the driving range. Look for the Fitness by Andrew Tent.

In this month's tip, we are going to demonstrate a test that we use for gluteal activation to see how well your glutes are contributing to your swing. Then some exercises to improve their function and strength, leading to more hip power.  

Call Andrew at 602-638-3000 or email for a complimentary golf performance screening in Scottsdale or Mesa.


The True Festival of Golf

Whispering in the air of Mesa is the buzz of one of the top outdoor golf shows featured this year at Longbow Golf Club; Golf Fest Phoenix will tee off February 12 and 13. Everything new in golf will be on display along with a free golf clinic by PGA pros, a trick shot exhibition, and a wide variety of vendors featuring the latest in golf clothing, shoes accessories and clubs. Golf Fest won't only feature watching golf but also playing golf- all attendees will a free round of golf at Longbow. Come this weekend to check out a Guinness World Record long drive attempt, meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer and much more! For tickets and more information on the fun filled weekend CLICK HERE. 

Rules Trivia
Question: During a tournament, a player uses a distance measuring device to determine his distance to the green. The local rule allowing the use of these devices is NOT in effect.

100 Holes of Golf Marathon
Give a Day & Play. The AGF/Friends of Freedom Marathon is an incredibly fun fundraising campaign, which will raise some serious dollars. It is a way for participants, both duffer and low handicapper alike, to rally support while doing something they really enjoy - playing golf. And in the process they are raising money to support military charities that take care of our soldiers and their families.

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USGA Play 9 Initiative
On July 29, 2015, golfers everywhere joined in to play 9 holes of golf to get people to keep playing the game no matter if it's one hour or two hours. Last year, AGA helped support USGA Play9 Initiative by having a fun filled day at Legacy Golf Club where the Golf Academy also held a clinic for all those who participated. 

Creating opportunities that are both fun and low pressure became an important goal to the USGA. Because of such great success in 2015, the USGA has decided to not only dedicate one day a year to playing 9 but 6 days. Starting May 9 the USGA will dedicate the 9th day of each month to playing 9 holes of golf until October. The AGA is excited to support the cause and can't wait to expand the great game of golf! 

Mayan Member Day
Once again the AGA will host a member event at the Mayan Palace Golf Resort. But act quickly because this event is only open to the first 110 AGA and AWGA Handicap members and their guests. Enjoy a 36-hole 4-person shamble where each player hits their drive and the best is selected. From there, each player plays his own ball and you will score the best two balls. The event is March 26-27 with an entry fee of $179.00 which includes 2 rounds of golf, FREE beer, 2 FREE lunches and fabulous prizes. Enjoy the first 2016 Member Day at the beautiful Peninsula Course!

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Talking Golf with Patrick Peterson
Cardinals all-pro Patrick Peterson loves football, golf, and helping kids learn to read. The February issue of AZGolf Insider gives you a tell-all on Patrick Peterson's golf game, his charity "Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success," his favorite places to golf, and his 2015 season with the Cardinals.

This issue doesn't only feature one of our favorite football players, but also one of our favorite authors. For Josh Evenson, creating the book Links to St. Andrews: Love Letters to the Home of Golf was a chance to give back to the game while at the same time learning more about it. There are not only paintings of the magnificent course, but also drink recipes, letters from famous players, and a letter from your good friend, Ed Gowan. 

Congrats To...

...The 2016 Tempe Amateur Champion Greg Cesarek 
...Lorraine Thies. the AGA Assistant Executive Director for being presented with the Ike Grainger Award by the USGA. The award is presented to individuals who have volunteered their services to the USGA for 25 years.
...2016 AGA Honorary Captain, Denis Walsh
...2015 Volunteer of the Year, Roger Waterer
... 2015 Updegraff Award, John Souza  
...Harold Lindamood, AGA's January Newsletter Survey Winner 

Save the Date:
February 12-13: Golf Fest- Longbow Golf Club
February 20-21: San Tan Amateur- Alta Mesa Golf Club
March 4-6: Walgreens Classic- Grandview Golf Course 
March 17-20: Arizona Stroke Play Championship- Grand Canyon University 

Trivia answer: Since there is no local rule specifically allowing the use of distance measuring devices, the player is assessed a 2-stroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. Any subsequent use of a DMD during the round would result in disqualification (Rule 14-3). This penalty was revised in 2016. In prior years the penalty would immediately have been disqualification.

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