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New Executive Committee Announced

At the recent AGA Annual Meeting held February 5 at Phoenix Country Club, the 2015 AGA Executive Committee were installed.

President - Bill Lich, Saddlebrooke CC; 1st Vice President - Paige Peterson, Dobson Ranch Men's Club; 2nd Vice President - Mike McWilliams, Phoenix CC; Secretary - Mike Saladino, Bogey Boys of Arizona; Treasurer - Tim Brown, Phoenix CC.

Other EC members include Bill Burgesser - Superstition Mountain, Kevin Cruikshank - Golf Club of Estrella, Lee Decof - Lone Tree GC, Mike Kane - AGA Club, Mike Langston - CC at DC Ranch, Robert McNichols - Longbow GC, Bill Phipps - The Gallery GC, Rick Rarick - Tucson CC, Matt Witzke - Saguaro GC, Ed Gowan - AGA Executive Director.

Retiring Executive Committee Members were Jeff Zieky - Desert Mountain and Dick Haugland - Moon Valley CC who will now join other past presidents on the Council of Past Presidents.

Simmons Honored with Updegraff Award

Warren Simmons from Arizona Country Club and Forest Highlands was presented with the Ed Updegraff Award at the recent AGA Annual Awards Dinner at Phoenix Country Club. According to Warren, the highlight of the evening was playing golf with Dr. Ed that afternoon at Arizona Country Club and having him present the award. More about Warren Simmons....

Also honored that evening were Michael Shoaff (Volunteer of the Year), John Gusky (Honorary Rules Captain) and Dr. Paul Rowe (Champion of Golf).  Read more...

Play Wickenburg Ranch

Wickenburg Ranch Golf and Social Club will host Bunker to Bunker, The Golf Show's first 2015 tourney of the year benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation on Saturday, February 28. Join them to play the spectacular and brand new Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club! This is the golf course everyone is talking about! Don’t miss out, space is very limited, so make your reservations today!

The format is a two-person scramble - a 10:00 am shotgun. The $94.00 per person entry fee includes a Travis Mathew Golf Shirt and Warm Up...More Information ....Register Today

Congratulation to...

...AGA Player of the Year, RJ Wood; AGA Divisional Players of the Year, Scott Smith (Masters), Rusty Brown (Senior) and David Rasley (Legends);and Mayfair Award winner Alex McMahon
...Austin Quick, Arizona native and former member of the ASU golf team, for qualifying to compete on the PGA Latin Tour in South America. 115 competitors played the La Planacie Golf Course in Lima, Peru where 30 were given tour cards. Austin shot 74-72-70-71 to finish tied for 21st.
...ASU golf-team member Jon Rahm for finishing tied for 5th in the Waste Management Phoenix Open shooting 70-68-66-68=272. This finish resulted in making him the 2nd ranked amateur player in the world.
...Brooks Koepka, PGA Tour professional and participant in the Inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational in 2012, for his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open shooting 71-68-64-66=269.
...Ted Neville for winning his first AGA event - The Tempe Amateur at Ken McDonald Golf Club in a one-hole playoff with Jackson Whisenhunt  (67-68=135). Flight winners were Jackson Whisenhung-1st Flight; Scott Berren-2nd Flight; Clayton Hill-3rd Flight; and Ron Wood-5th Flight.

Rules Trivia

Q: A player playing in the rain holds an umbrella over his head with one hand while holing a very short putt, gripping the putter with the other hand. Is this permissible?


2015 Uniting Nations Cup

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 May event is now open...all-inclusive hotel packages begin at $1,250 US per person and include golf, hotel, all on-site food & beverage (alcohol included) and hotel activities.

.event details ...lodging packages ...register today

For more information contact Brian Foster: 602-944-3035.

2015 Senior Series Schedule

The 2015 Senior Series events are now posted and eligible for signup. Don't wait too long because these events fill up fast. Scheduled sites include Falcon Dunes, Sewailo GC, Arrowhead CC, Talking Rock GC, Desert Highlands, Blackstone CC, Superstition Mountain, Ambiente GC, Phoenix CC and The Gallery GC. The season-ending Championship will be hosted by Encanterra CC on September 21, 2015.

Register today


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:

February 21-22, 2015: San Tan Amateur - Las Colinas GC
March 13-15, 2015: AZ Publinks Championship - Randolph North
March 21-22, 2015:  Mayan Palace Member Weekend - Rocky Point


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Trivia answer: Yes, Rule 1-2a prohibits a player, while making a stroke, from accepting protection from the elements from someone other than himself. However, it does not prohibit him from protecting himself. (Dec. 14-2/2) Decision 14-2/0.5 defines "elements" as sunlight, rain, wind, snow and other weather conditions.

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