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Utah Regains Shootout Lead With 43 1/2 to 28 1/2 Win Over Arizona

The see-saw series was all square at ten wins apiece going into this 21st annual contest and Utah earned a runaway victory, 43 ½ to 28 ½, at Victory Ranch. It put Utah back in the lead for the first time since losing to Arizona at Soldier Hollow in 2005. During the first 14 years of the series Utah was either ahead or tied in the series.
 
It was also broke a home team losing skein in the series. For the previous six years the visiting team has been the winner.
 
Utah held a three point lead after the four-ball and foursome segments, but that lead was quickly squared when Arizona’s women defeated Utah’s women by three points in the first two individual matches.
 
However, Utah’s seniors each won their matches by a point and after that it was a runaway for Utah. The at large portion of the Utah lineup won four individual matches, tied one, and lost only one.
 
Utah won the Four-Ball segment 13-5, but lost the Foursomes, 11 ½ to 6 ½, and led after the first day, 19 ½ to 16 ½. Utah won the Individual segment, 24-12.
 
Former State Am champion Tommy Sharp swept his individual points with a 3-0 win over Grant Cesarek, and Mike Branca and Steve Poulson each won 2 points in their matches.
 
Points are given in a Nassau style, a point for the front nine, a point for the back nine, and a point for the 18 holes.
 
Arizonas women edged Utahs women by a point, but the Utah seniors and at large contingent won by wide margins.
 
Final Results
Individual Matches
Arizona – Lauren Todd (2.5 pts) def. Utah Julie McMullen (.5 pt) 5 and 3
Arizona Echo Thatcher (2 pts ) def. Utah Annette Gaiotti (1 pt) 1 up
Utah Allen Simkins (2 pts) def. Arizona Steven Welker (1 pt)
Utah Bill Probst (2 pts) def. Arizona David Rasley (1 pt)
Utah Steve Poulson (2.5 pts) def. Arizona Takuya Fuji (.5 pts)
Utah Greg Wojtkun (1.5 pts) halve Arizona Michael Wog (1.5 pts)
Utah Kirk Siddens (2.5 pts) def. Arizona Adam Walicki (.5 pts)
Utah Jared Overton (1.5 pts ) halve Arizona Tim Beth (1.5 pts)
Utah Christian Jensen (2.5 pts) def. Arizona Patrick Geare (.5 pt) 4 and 2 Utah Scott Clark (2.5 pts) def. Arizona Trey Martin (.5 pt) 1 up Utah Tommy Sharp (3 pts) def Arizona Grant Cesarek (0 pt) 6&5 Utah Mike Branca (2.5 pts) def. Arizona Camron Howell (.5 pts) 4&2

 Four-Ball Totals- Utah 13, Arizona 5

Foursome Totals- Arizona 11 , Utah 6

Individual Totals- Utah 24, Arizona 12

Team Totals- Utah 43 , Arizona 28 1/2
 

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USGA Handicap Certification Seminars

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Tucson National Golf Club – Navajo

Address: 2727 W. Club Dr., Tucson
Registration: 8:30 a.m. Seminar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Directions: I-10 to Corterro, east to Shannon, north to golf course

 Thursday, October 27, 2011 Moon Valley Country Club

Address: 151 W. Moon Valley Dr., Phoenix
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Directions: I-17 to Thunderbird Rd., east to Coral Gables Dr., north to Moon Valley Dr., east to golf course

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Mesa Country Club

Address: 660 W. Fairway Dr., Mesa
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Directions: 1 block north of Brown on Country Club Dr., west on Fairway Dr.

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Free clinic for girls 5-17

“These Girls Rock” is gearing up for an amazing free clinic next week. 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 Girls Rock! events are free junior girls golf clinics open to any girl age 5-17 of any golf ability. Girls without golf clubs can borrow clubs on site. Clinics are 90 minutes long and will include fun, girl time, golf instruction, golf games, golf drills and exposure to The First Tee of Phoenix life skills curriculum. When: Thursday, September 29 Where: Desert Mirage GC (8710 W. Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305) When: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Format: This unique clinic will be divided into two separate classes. Level 1 for beginner and intermediate players and level 2 for more advanced players and high school girls. Level will be assigned upon registration. Please RSVP to The First Tee of Phoenix at 602.305.7655.

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Star Pass hosts charity golf tournament

Tucson, AZ – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is once again inviting golfers to take a swing at raising funds for Southern Arizona charities. The luxury resort is hosting the 15th Annual Southern Arizona Marriott Charity Golf Invitational & Gala on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 on Starr Pass’ award-winning Arnold Palmer desert mountain golf course. This year’s tournament will benefit the TMC Foundation/Children’s Miracle Network, the Autism Society of Greater Tucson, and the Tucson Conquistadores. Established in 1997, the Southern Arizona Marriott Golf Invitational is a prime example of Marriott’s long-held “spirit to serve” philosophy. In its 14-year history, the tournament has raised nearly $330,000 for various local charities. In 2010 alone, the tournament raised $5,000 for the Autism Society of Greater Tucson. Todd Howard, Chairman of the Golf Invitational Event and Director of Golf at Starr Pass, recently joined fellow community members who participated in the 14th annual tournament to deliver the $5,000 check to the Autism Society. Last year’s event also raised $43,000 for the two other Tucson charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network, which Marriott has sponsored for 28 years. Marriott remains the Children’s Miracle Network’s longest-sustaining sponsor. In addition to offering fun in the sun on Starr Pass’ 27-hole golf course, the goal of this year’s Golf Invitational is to increase the tournament turnout and raise even more much-needed funds for all four deserving charities. Tables for the gala begin at $1,000, while a golf foursome will cost players $2,000, which includes a table of 10 for the evening’s gala on November 18. Business sponsorships range from $3,000 to $10,000. These sponsorship packages include player gifts, continental breakfast, lunch buffet, company signage at the event, a table of 10 for the evening gala and more, depending on the level of sponsorship. In honor of the event, Starr Pass is offering a special room rate of $109 per night for all golf participants and gala attendees for Friday and Saturday nights, November 18 and 19. For more information about the event, registration, sponsorships or donation opportunities, please visit www.golfinvite.com/marriottgolftournament.

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“These Girls Rock” is gearing up for an amazing free clinic next week

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 GIRLS ROCK! events are FREE junior girls golf clinics Clinics are open to any girl age 5-17 of any golf ability (yes, we have clubs that you can barrow) THESE GIRLS ROCK!
Clinics are 90min 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

Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Where: Desert Mirage GC (8710 W. Maryland Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305)
 When: 4:30pm 6:00pm Format: 2 clinics in 1 This unique clinic will be divided into two separate classes. Level 1 for Beginner and Intermediate PLAYers and Level 2 for more advanced PLAYers and High School Girls. Level will be assigned upon registration.

PLEASE RSVP to The First Tee of Phoenix at 602.305.7655 and if you have any questions please let us know. We are excited about this girly opportunity and we look forward to seeing you next week!!!