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National initiative begins July 5

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – ‘TEE IT FORWARD,’ a new national initiative to help golfers have more fun on the course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities, kicks off, July 5, at participating golf facilities nationwide. TEE IT FORWARD encourages all golfers to play the course at a length that is aligned with their average driving distance. Golfers can have more fun and potentially speed up play by utilizing tees that provide the greatest playability and enjoyment. Supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association, TEE IT FORWARD was launched, in May, during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. “We are excited that TEE IT FORWARD has been enthusiastically received by both PGA Professionals and consumers,” said PGA President Allen Wronowski. “The PGA would like to thank the USGA and Barney Adams, founder of Adams’ Golf, for their efforts in helping generate the tremendous interest in TEE IT FORWARD.” Through TEE IT FORWARD, The PGA and USGA hope to influence the mindset of golfers in a positive way. By playing from forward tees, amateur golfers have the opportunity to play the course at the same relative distance as a touring professional would over 18 holes. The playing field is leveled by giving golfers the chance to play from distances that are properly aligned with their abilities. This should result in fewer overall shots, shorter distance traveled on each hole, and potentially, fewer lost balls. To see a chart that provides guidelines for aligning a player’s driving distance with total course length, please visit PlayGolfAmerica.com. The PGA and USGA are providing more than 11,000 facilities around the country with information about TEE IT FORWARD they can use to promote the initiative to their golfers, including a poster featuring Jack Nicklaus, Paula Creamer and Dustin Johnson, and the suggested distance chart. Golfers can TEE IT FORWARD anytime, anywhere, and can find a list of officially registered facilities on PlayGolfAmerica.com. Golfers, who TEE IT FORWARD, are asked to provide feedback about their experience on PlayGolfAmerica.com/TEEITFORWARD to help direct the future planning of the initiative. A sweepstakes will be conducted of all eligible persons who submit comments prior to July 17, 2011. One Grand Prize winner will receive a stay-and-play package for four at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort and one runner-up will receive two tickets to the 2012 U.S. Open Championship and a second runner-up will receive two tickets to the 2012 PGA Championship. See Official Sweepstakes rules at PlayGolfAmerica.com/TEEITFORWARD. About the USGA The USGA annually conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and 10 national amateur championships. It also conducts two state team championships and helps conduct the Walker Cup Match, Curtis Cup Match and World Amateur Team Championships. Each year, more than 35,000 players representing more than 80 countries submit entries to play in USGA championships. The USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. The USGA writes and administers the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, and, since 1920, has been a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history, and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org. About The PGA of America Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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Special stay-and-play rates at Omni Tucson National

The Omni Tucson National Resort is offering special rates for Arizona Golf Association members. Bookings may be made online.

Experience $30 million of expansive amenities including the collection of 79 mountain vista guestrooms, the 4-star Mobil-rated spa, unmatched dining at Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Legend’s Bar & Grill and 36-holes of championship golf.

If you are looking for a native challenge in Tucson, try our new desert-style target course. This Tom Lehman designed course offers a combination of native desert vegetation with strategic fairway bunkering. Players can approach each hole in a variety of ways, keeping the course challenging and unique with each new round.

Promotion Details:

Golf for two
$25 Food & Beverage Credit

Rates start at $139 per night. Go to www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/TucsonNationalGolfResortAndSpa/Exclusive/AGA.aspx and enter promo code "AGAGLF" or call 800-THE-OMNI to book your stay today.

Terms & Conditions: Stay Dates: May 21 – September 7, 2011. Subject to availability. Blackout dates apply. Not applicable to previous reservations, groups or conventions.

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Grow the Game of Golf Media Scholarship

The Arizona Golf Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for high school students who reside in our state. The Grow the Game of Golf Media Scholarship is designed to assist students pursuing a career in journalism with an emphasis on sports reporting, and in particular, golf. SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

$2,500 to the winning entry along with an official award certificate
$1,500 to the 2nd place entry along with an official award certificate

SCHOLARSHIP ENTRY DETAILS

Entry is open to all Arizona high school seniors statewide, including those attending public, private and/or parochial schools. Home-schooled 12th grade equivalent high school students are also welcome to submit.
Each entrant must prepare an essay on the subject “How to Grow the Game of Golf.” Essay must be typed, double-spaced and be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 2,000 words.
Entries must be submitted via email to: [email protected] by 5pm (Arizona time) on October 10, 2011.
All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form.
Essays must include the student name, phone and email addresses on each page. All pages must be numbered.
Essay entries are limited to one per student.

AWARDS PRESENTATION Winners of the Grow the Game of Golf Media Scholarship will be notified by November 1, 2011. Presentation of the scholarship awards will take place at the Arizona Golf Foundation Hall of Fame awards dinner on November 21 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club. SCHOLARSHIP RULES

All entries become of the property of the Arizona Golf Foundation and may be used for promotional purposes by the AGF and its partners.
Any entry not following the entry detail guidelines above or submitted past the deadline will not be considered.
Scholarship winners will be featured throughout the year on the Arizona Golf Association website.

Winning entries will be submitted to various golf media outlets for publication consideration.

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Free event for girls ages 5-17

The First Tee of Phoenix invites girls age 5-17 to a free event Wednesday, June 29. See below for details. Name of Event: These Girls Rock Clinic When: Wednesday, June 29, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Where: Moon Valley CC (151 W. Moon Valley Drive) Overview: The LPGA Girls Golf Club of Phoenix, The First Tee of Phoenix and other local organizations are teaming up to offer special opportunities for all AZ girlies, called THESE GIRLS ROCK! These events are FREE junior girls golf clinics and are open to any girl age 5-17 of any golf ability. THESE GIRLS ROCK! Clinics are 90 minutes in duration and will include: FUN, girl time, golf instruction, golf games, golf drills and exposure to The First Tee of Phoenix Life skills curriculum. RSVP: Please reserve your spot with The First Tee of Phoenix by calling (602) 305-7655.

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Splish Splash Golf Bash for kids

The First Tee of Phoenix invites Valley youth to its 7th annual Splish Splash Golf Bash, to be held Saturday, June 25 at the South Mountain Facility. See below for details. When: Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. – noon (Lunch will be served at 11 a.m.) Where: The event will take place at The First Tee of Phoenix South Mountain location at 9510 S. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042. Overview: This will be a water-filled fun day that will have the children soaked as they play games, golf drills, and other fun golf activities. All will receive free lunch courtesy of Honey Bears BBQ, drinks and ice cream. The Phoenix Fire Dept will also pay a visit and speak to the attendees about fire/pool safety and allow all participants to tour their Fire Truck. RSVP: Please reserve your spot with The First Tee of Phoenix by calling (602) 305-7655.