Cory Whitsett wins Inaugural Patriot All-America

Cory Whitsett closed with a five-under-par 66 to win the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Whitsett’s three-round total of 14-under 199 was three strokes better than his college roommate at Alabama Bobby Wyatt.
Whitsett entered the round with a two-shot lead but Wyatt applied pressure early by pulling even with an eagle on the first hole. Both players birded the fourth hole. Whitsett would move back into the lead with a birdie at No. 5. Wyatt responded with two-straight birdies before a bogey at eighth hole pulled the pair even at 11-under for the tournament. Whitsett would reclaim the lead for good after a birdie on No. 10 was paired with a Wyatt bogey. Birdies on Nos. 12, 15 and 18 pushed Whitsett’s lead to its final margin of three shots.
“I didn’t get off to the best of starts,” said Whitsett. “I had a par on one. Made good birdies on four and five and got some good momentum going on the back nine. Birdied 10 and bogeyed 11 but played pretty steady from then on in. Had a bunch of good opportunities and converted a few of them. I knew that Bobby (Wyatt) was going to do some good things. He’s been putting to well all week. I felt like any time it was on the green it could have gone in. Sticking to my guns is what I’ve been doing all week and giving myself opportunities and that’s all I needed to do.”
Austin Cook and Julian Suri tied for third at 4-under while Joe David and Paul McConnell shared fifth-place at 3-under 210. Johannes Veerman, Richy Werenski and Andrew Yun finished in a three-way tie for seventh with a total of 211 (-2). Evan Beck, Ben Klaus and Patrick Rodgers completed the top 10 at 1-under for tournament.
Each player in the field received a golf bag at the opening ceremony with the name and branch of service of a fallen or disabled military member whom they represented this week. The respective athletic departments of the student-athletes will auction these golf bags with all proceeds designated for the Folds of Honor Foundation.
“It’s a great idea first of all, the event,” stated Whitsett. “Obviously nothing’s been done like this before. It’s awesome. They (United States Armed Forces) do so much for us. They’re the reason we’re here today and could compete. I’m just glad that we could help them anyway that we could.”


Amateurs take 2011 Gibson Cup

The 17th annual Gibson Cup Matches featuring 12-man teams representing the AGA and the SWSPGA were conducted at difficult La Paloma Country Club in Tucson December 17-18. The first day Best Ball Matches ended with the defending champion Professionals of the SWSPGA taking a commanding lead, 13.5 to 4.5 points. The Sunday singles matches saw a reversal, as the Amateurs representing the AGA played well and came back to win the Gibson Cup for the fifth time in the last 6 years, winning 24.5 of the available 36 points, to win and regain the Gibson Cup 29 to 25 points. The Professionals have won the Gibson Cup 10 times to 7 for the Amateurs. The AGA would like to extend our sincere gratitude for La Paloma’s Director of Golf, Steve Hughes, who has generously hosted the event for the fourth year in a row. 


US Kids Golf Phoenix announces fall tour champions

The U.S. Kids Golf Phoenix Fall Local Tour wrapped up its third tour of 2011 Sunday December 18 at Rio Verde CC. Throughout the fall, U.S. Kids Golf played eight of the finest courses in the Phoenix area, Gainey Ranch GC, Bear Creek GC, Grandview GC, Villa De Paz GC, Vista Verde GC, Ken McDonald GC and Rio Verde CC. Congratulations to all winners!

Girls 7 – Sky Avery (Rio Rancho, NM)
Girls 8 – Madeline Adam (Chandler, AZ)
Girls 9 – Emily Shimkus (Cave Creek, AZ)
Girls 11 – Aliece Pierce (Prescott, AZ)
Girls 12 – Elizabeth Calderelli (Scottsdale, AZ)
Girls 13 – Makayla Fitzpatrick (Phoenix, AZ)
Boys 6 and under – Isaiah Saucedo (Glendale, AZ)
Boys 7 – Devon Sanders (Buckeye, AZ)
Boys 8 – Thomas Velarde (Chandler, AZ)
Boys 9 – Jack Homer (Scottsdale, AZ)
Boys 10 – Ben Lorenz (Peoria, AZ)
Boys 11 – Davis Evans (Phoenix, AZ)
 Boys 12 – Gabe Velarde (Chandler, AZ)
Boys 13 – Brady Hatten (Gilbert, AZ)
 Boys 14 – Trevor Balvin (Scottsdale, AZ)

US Kids 2012 Tour kicks off April 1, 2012 at Lone Tree Golf Club. The tour will play eight events in April and May. Coming up February 18 and 19 is US Kids Regional Tournament held at the Wigwam Resort. Last year’s event brought almost 300 golfers from 44 states and 7 countries. For more information, visit U.S. Kids Golf Local Tours provide boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, the opportunity to advance their golf skills in age-appropriate competition without having to take the time and incur the costs of having to travel long distances. Similar to the PGA Tour, players at U.S. Kids Golf events are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best. Allowing caddies is a special component of our tournaments and is part of our commitment to encouraging family interaction that builds lasting memories. Players age 8 and under must have a caddie at all times. The top five finishers in each age group will receive priority status from U.S. Kids Golf, granting them priority registration for major events. The Player of the Year in each age group will receive green status, the highest level awarded, which results in an invitation to the World Championship, held each year at Pinehurst Resort. For more information contact Dale Balvin at [email protected] or phone 602-350-5733. About the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 400 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 40 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, six Regional Championships, a European Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C. In partnership with the PGA of America, the Foundation also supports the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course program, which provides guidelines that help courses make the game easier to learn and more fun for kids and their families.


Quintero opens to public play under new ownership

The new owners of Quintero Golf Club, Infinity Capital Golf Resources, are opening the doors to public play at the once-private course. They want to give the daily fee golfer the opportunity to play one of the most spectacular golf courses in the Southwest, and their focus on providing exceptional customer service is sure to bring golfers back time and time again.

Quintero, located on Carefree Highway about five miles west of Lake Pleasant, has been ranked in the top 75 private clubs in the country. The course is set in Hieroglyphic Mountains and completely surrounded by thousands of acres of federally protected land. It features elevation changes of 200 feet as the layout traverses through pristine desert and stretches to nearly 7,300 yards from the championship tees.

"This is truly one of the magnificent golf courses in the Western United States," said Elliot Lewis, the managing partner of Infinity. Quintero will be the newest golf course with public access in the Phoenix area. "Previously, a few members and their guests had the opportunity to enjoy this picturesque location and challenging test of golf. Now, residents of the Phoenix area and tourists to Arizona will get to experience a first class golf experience that Quintero provides," Lewis said.

Quintero is offering an exclusive rate to ACCESS AZgolf members. For a limited time ACCESS AZgolf members can play Quintero for $85, with no restrictions on day of the week or time of day. Not an ACCESS member yet? Sign up today!