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November 19, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Mesa Country Club’s renovation lives up to its history

Mesa Country Club always has had a storied history, laced with tradition and ingenuity. Now, thanks to some new ideas and renovation efforts of its members and management team, the club that dates back to 1948 is adding another chapter.

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August 28, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Come September, LPGA Founders Cup gets new title sponsor

It’s been a busy summer for Chris Garrett, the tournament director of the LPGA Founders Cup. There had been his weeks of preparatory work at the Solheim Cup up in Denver, and, of course, a little on-going topic of conversation called . . . uhmmm . . .  finding a title sponsor for his event.

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August 05, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Unheralded Colegrove captures AZ Amateur

Evidently hard work, self-confidence, imagination and perseverance still play critical roles in the game of golf. Just ask Christian Colegrove, who came out of nowhere to capture the 89th Arizona Amateur Championship.

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July 24, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Defending champ: AZ Am is loaded with talent

He’s only been playing in tournaments conducted by the Arizona Golf Association for about a year, but Air Force Maj. Andy Aduddell already gets it. That happens when you win the very first two AGA majors you enter, the AZ Amateur and the AZ Mid-Amateur, and capture player of the year honors for 2012 all in one fell swoop.

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July 22, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Lefty rewrites legacy with Open win

Phil Mickelson’s victory at the 142nd Open Championship on Sunday was pure shock and awe. Even more than that, it changed the perception we have of the player I’ve always considered the People’s Choice.

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July 15, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Why I love the bloody ‘Open’

When it comes to the Open Championship, just never make the mistake of calling it the British Open. As a friend from over the pond once told me: “Only Americans refer to it as the British. Everyone else in the entire world calls it ‘the Open.’ ”

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July 02, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Troon Privé adds Pine Canyon, Torreon

After five years of relatively sluggish-to-no growth, or in some cases financial disaster, the private golf scene in northern Arizona seems to be on a bit of a resurgence. Amazing, when you consider that pretty much every club north of Payson but Forest Highlands in Flagstaff has been through the wringer.

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June 10, 2013 by Bill Huffman

After 5 years, it’s Tiger’s time to win again

Tiger Woods will win the U.S. Open this week at Merion Golf Club, the little golf course that boasts the big reputation just outside Philadelphia. If you don’t believe me, then how about his former coach, Hank Haney?

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May 25, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Mickelson has ASU on its way to No. 50

Tim Mickelson looks back and laughs, while insisting that there never was a real defining moment of panic in his debut season as the Arizona State men’s golf coach. Indeed, if there were any doubts about the 2011-2012 campaign, a year of that saw the Sun Devils plunge to No. 83 in the country and miss the NCAA tournament, it didn’t come from the little brother of ASU icon Phil Mickelson.

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May 21, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Long and short of it: Ruling bodies ban anchoring

Well, it’s official even if it’s not going to be over with for at least another two and a half years. And when all is said and done, I’m not sure the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews might have changed a darned thing.

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May 21, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Is TPC’s renovation really worth $15 million?

The TPC Scottsdale is planning a $15 million renovation on its Stadium Course in 2014. Some critics of the renovation say the price tag is too steep for keeping the Waste Management Phoenix Open here in the Valley, and want the Scottsdale City Council to reconsider its deal with the PGA Tour.

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May 02, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Ahwatukee Lakes closes its doors after 35 years

There was a time when little Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Club hosted some mighty big tournaments in Arizona, prestigious events like the AGA’s Arizona Short Course Championship and the Phoenix Metro Championship, a mainstay of the JGAA. Sad as this is to report, the Lakes, which divides its golfing corridor into two equal sections along 44th Street between Warner and Knox, will close its doors following play on Sunday.

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April 16, 2013 by Bill Huffman

AZ Stroke Play theme for 2013: Young and restless?

When it comes to the AZ Stroke Play Championship, younger has been better than being older ever since this tournament moved to the Champions Course at the TPC Scottsdale. And being from Chandler’s Hamilton High School certainly doesn’t hurt a player’s chances, either, when it comes to Arizona Golf Association’s second major championship of the season.

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April 08, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Why Woods won’t win this week’s Masters

The Masters is upon us. Doesn’t it feel good? After a West Coast Swing that weathered wind, hail and snow, after a Florida campaign that gave us (more) rain and darkness, it’s springtime in Augusta, Ga., the home of the Masters.

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March 27, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Heather Farr’s legacy lives on at Longbow

Every year about this time, I start thinking about Heather Farr. I guess that’s because of the tournament that is played in her honor at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa. And also that I’ve never known another golfer in my lifetime that was more inspirational than the former Arizona State All-American and LPGA star.

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March 17, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Just what LPGA needs: Lewis ascends to No. 1

Say this about the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup -- it has produced some great champions in its brief history. But of those three winners, Stacy Lewis certainly delivered the most inspiring story at Wildfire Golf Club, overcoming what looked like a disastrous two-shot penalty Saturday and a seemingly invincible Ai Miyazato on Sunday.

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March 16, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Miyazato up big after Lewis’ bunker blunder

Catching Ai Miyazato is difficult enough when you trail by two strokes going into the final round of an LPGA tournament. But trailing by four, a predicament that Stacy Lewis finds herself in after a two-shot penalty ended her round on Saturday, might be mission impossible against the rock-steady Japanese star. 

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March 15, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Lee leads Founders Cup; Miyazato, Lewis lurking

Technically, Jee Young Lee of South Korea is leading the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup by a single stroke over Japan's Ai Miyazato. But leader board aside, this could be a shootout between Miyazato and Stacy Lewis, the 2012 player of the year from Texas.

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March 14, 2013 by Bill Huffman

Miyazato’s 63 takes LPGA Founders Cup lead

Ai Miyazato speaks softly a carries a big stick – a putter. The 5-foot-1 Japanese star that drags along with her more media types than any other player in women’s golf, was especially stellar with the flat stick during Thursday’s opening round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.

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March 12, 2013 by Bill Huffman

LPGA Founders Cup looks to be bigger, better

Compared to “the old days,” when over 100,000 LPGA fans would turn out for the week at places like Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club (2004-2008) and Papago Golf Course (2009), the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup has not drawn all that well, with attendance being closer to 30,000 to 40,000 for the week. But this week might be different for the third-year tournament that is being held once again at Wildfire Golf Club next to the JW Desert Ridge Marriott Resort and Spa.

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