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  AZ Amateur at Southern Dunes

The 91st AZ Amateur is fast approaching. This year's championships will be played at AK-Chin Southern Dunes August 3-8. Make your plans now to participate in the qualifiers taking place now across the state (see qualifying dates and sites below). Read more...

 Located in Maricopa, AZ and managed by Troon Golf, the golf course spreads out over 320 acres of rolling hillsides.  Would you like to see it? Check out the flyover of all 18 holes.

Troon Introduces Play 9 Series

Troon Golf recently announced a new Phoenix/Scottsdale area summer series of events titled the Troon Summer Series which gives area golfers a chance to slip out after work and sneak in a quick nine-holes in a FedX Cup type of format. Accumulate points over the summer for a chance to win a trip to the Park Hyatt Aviera Resort and Golf Course in Carlsbad.  Eighteen, nine-hole events will be held throughout the summer at Troon facilities. The Series kicked off June 3 and runs through September 9, 2015 with tee times for each event starting at 4 pm.
Each event is played at Individual Net Stableford, where players earn points for making net pars or birdies and are deducted points for making bogies and double bogies. Those without a handicap are welcome to participate as well in a gross flight.  Read all about it!

Uniting Nations Cup

Do you like to travel? Do you like to play golf?
Then you need to check out the 6th annual Uniting Nations Cup that will be played October 29 - November 1, 2015 in the exquisite Riviera Maya, Mexico  south of Cancun. You will have the opportunity to indulge yourself for four nights at one of IBEROSTAR's two luxurious resorts, both of which are all-inclusive. You heard right, all your activities,(including spa treatments) meals and drinks are included, even the mini bar is FREE. And rates start at just $1,120 per player.

On the golf side, there will be men and women from across the US and Canada competing 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 Playa Paraiso Golf Club, recent host of the BIG BREAK.

So what are you waiting for? Event Information and registration...

A Podcast from TOCA

TOCA (The Orthopedic Clinic Association) is the best one stop resource for orthopedic care in Arizona, led by nationally recognized and established orthopedic physicians. Check out this interview as Dr Gus Armendariz discusses working with professional sports teams, a new recovery procedure and how to prevent injuries. Listen to Podcast

Rules Trivia

Q: A player plays his second shot, searches for the ball briefly and then goes back and drops another ball under Rule 27-1. Before he plays the dropped ball, and within the five-minute search period, the original ball is found. Is the player required to continue with the dropped ball?

Club Team Championship

Since 1998, the AGA has invited clubs to compete in our Club Team Championship - a two-person scramble that pits club against club. The inaugural event was held at the Desert Mountain's Apache course in January of 1999 after the original date in December had to be postponed due to a freak snowstorm.  Despite the dubious start, this championship has become one of our most popular events.

This year, Blackstone CC will be our host for the third time.  The championship is scheduled for Monday, December 14 and is open to all AGA member clubs. The format is a two-person scramble played at gross and net within flights. Partners must be from the same club. There is no limit to the number of teams a club can send to one of the qualifying tournaments that will be held in November. Make sure to pick your partner and enter this popular event. Questions? Contact Alex Tsakiris.

Click here for more information.

Bunkerville Tourney 

It's not too late to sign up for the Bunker to Bunker/ AGA Bunkerville Tournament THIS Saturday at the Mayan Palace Nicklaus Vidanta Course in Rocky Point. Come play the two person scramble on Saturday June 13th for just $99 which includes prizes, lunch, big raffle and a special 2 for 1 bounce back round of golf coupon* when you make a school supplies donation for the Rocky Point kids charity! Also enjoy Roger Clyne’s famous “Circus Mexicus” annual concert event going on all weekend at Sandy Beach… this is a weekend you do NOT want to miss! Read more...

Father/Son A Success

Once again, Antelope Hills was the host of the 56th Arizona Father/Son Championship held this past weekend. 464 fathers and sons from Arizona and beyond converged on the two golf courses. 

One father could play with up to three sons in a Chapman format (alternate shot). At least one member of the family had to be a member of the AGA. For those sons that did not have a handicap, we put them in a separate division and used the Scheid method to flight them after the first round.

We ended up with one Pro division, 14 handicap flights and 11 Scheid flights.

After 36 holes Greg and Will Mast were tied with Ted and John Pate - both at 2-under 141. It took just one playoff hole to determine a winner when Will Mast sank a 15-foot putt for birdie on the 10th hole of the South Course.

Vote for you favorite Best Dressed Father/Son pair. Go to our Facebook page, like the AGA, like your favorite team outfit and share with your friends. The most likes as of Friday, June 12 at 4:00 pm is the winning team.

Congratulations To...

...Michael Feagles for his win at the AZ Stroke Play Championship at Aguila GC
...Senior Match Play winners Scott Smith (Masters Division), Michael Murphy (Senior Division) and Tim Bateman (Legends Division) 
...Jon Rahm and Max Rottluff of ASU for making the First Team PING All-America team
...the South Mountain Community College golf team - 2015 National NJCAA Division II champions and their coach, Andy Walker recently named NJCAA Division II Coach of the Year.

Andrew's Tip of the Month
Each month we provide a new fitness tip by Andrew Fodge of Fitness by Andrew.

This month, Andrew is working on mobilizing the soft tissue of the lower leg, specifically the muscles of the calf. This area, among some others, is often neglected by golfers in that they don't know how "Tight" they are and/or they don't know how to mobilize or "Stretch" out this area. The muscles in the lower leg can be extremely dense and sometimes need a more assertive approach to mobilizing the "knots" or adhesions out of the soft tissue.

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

Save the Date:

June18-19: Falcon Amateur  and AZ Am Qualifier- Falcon Dunes
June 23-24: Pacific Coast Amateur Qualifier- Legacy Golf Resort 
June 27-28: AZ Four-Ball Championship - The Gallery GC North
June 30: Arizona Amateur Qualifier #2- Crooked Tree GC
July 7: Arizona Amateur Qualifier #3 - Antelope Hills GC
July 9: Arizona Amateur Qualifier #4 - McCormick Ranch - Palm Course

Trivia answer: Yes. When the player put the substituted ball into play at the spot of the previous stroke with the intent to play a ball under penalty of stroke and distance, the original ball was lost. (Decision 27-1/2) If the player abandons the dropped ball and plays the original ball, then he has played a wrong ball. In stroke play the player incurs a 2-stroke penalty and  must correct his error before teeing off on the next hole or be disqualified. In match play, he loses the hole (Decision 27-1/2.3)

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