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Calling all middle school golfers

PHOENIX, AZ – The Arizona Middle School Athletics Association (AMSAA) announced it has opened registration for its first-ever Middle School State Boys & Girls Golf Championship, open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students in the state of Arizona. The event, scheduled Saturday, Sept. 24, will take place at Sundance Golf Club, one of the West Valley’s newest 18-hole championship golf courses. The course, located in Buckeye, Ariz., is a 20-minute drive from Phoenix. Golfers can register at amsaa.org. The $50 registration fee includes one round of golf, box lunch, event t-shirt and individual photograph. Spectators can purchase concessions on-site at the golf course. Golfers are encouraged to sign up early, as registration is limited. AMSAA’s premier golf tournament is open to all middle-school players; there are no handicap requirements. “We are so excited to bring this tournament to Arizona’s middle school golfers,” said Ralph Watkins, Chairman of the Board, AMSAA. “While the state of Arizona funds an array of competitive sports programs for high school students, there are far fewer opportunities for middle-school athletes.” “Research shows that athletic opportunities boost confidence and social skills, enhance self esteem and body image, and improve academic performance,” Watkins added. “Organized sports act as a safeguard against the difficult issues our kids are facing.” AMSAA, which produces annual state championship events in nine sports, plays a critical role in fostering middle-school athletics. The Senate is now proposing more than $262 million in budget cuts for K-12 schools; many schools are considering drastic cost-savings measures including raising athletic fees and decreasing equipment budgets. AMSAA helps fill the gap; in addition to producing major sporting events for middle-schoolers, the organization donates sporting equipment, provides funding to offset travel costs, and waives tournament fees for schools in need. About Arizona Middle School Athletics Association AMSAA is the local chapter of the National Middle School and Junior High Athletic Federation (NMJAF), a nonprofit organization that builds and supports athletic programs in schools. Through its local chapters, NMJAF produces championship tournaments for middle-school sports programs. AMSAA was created to foster, fund and promote middle-school athletics in the state of Arizona. The organization produces annual state-championship events for soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, flag football, track and field and bowling. AMSAA’s events give Arizona’s middle-school athletes a chance to compete at the state level, an opportunity typically reserved for high-school sports teams. Recognized by the Arizona Department of Education, AMSAA works hand-in-hand with Arizona middle schools to foster teamwork, build sportsmanship, and provide healthy, safe recreation for young athletes. For more information, visit amsaa.org, or contact [email protected]