Golf Greens Coloring seminar

The USGA and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension is holding a Golf Greens Coloring seminar Thursday, May 24 from 7 a.m. to noon at Paradise Valley Country Club, 7101 N. Tatum Blvd. Presenters include Kai Umeda (UA Cooperative Extension) speaking on recent research project in Arizona, Grady Miller (North Carolina State University) speaking on paints/dyes/pigments/colorants for turfgrass as well as results of paint use in the southeast US, and Brian Whitlark (USGA) speaking on the effects on turfgrasses from using colorants. For more information go to Registration fee is $45 and must be received before May 18.


McCormick Ranch offers junior golf academy

McCormick Ranch Golf Club will hold three golf academies this summer for ages 7-17: June 4-8, June 11-15 and June 18-22. Each session is $125 per student and runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7-9 p.m. Academies will include individualized instruction, teach swing technique and introduce students to the Rules of Golf, etiquette and golf course strategy. Participants will also benefit from reduced greens fees and range rates all summer. Each session will conclude with an awards party and graduation. Call the McCormick Ranch pro shop at 480-948-0260 for more information.


Attention juniors

June 2-3 Oro Valley Country Club will host the Optimist Oro Valley Junior Championship, sponsored by the Optimists and run by the Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association. The tournament is the Arizona qualifier for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship. Boys and girls ages 10-18 are eligible to compete. The entry fee is $75 and entries will be accepted through May 26. For more information go to


Summer specials just for AGA members

We’ve worked with our partners to help you save on golf and stay-and-play packages this summer. As an AGA member you can save at Tatum Ranch, Raven at Verrado, Superstition Mountain and McCormick Ranch, as well as great courses in Las Vegas like Stallion Mountain, Angel Park, Desert Pines and Royal Links. You can even save at New York New York. See all of this month’s sizzling deals.

And watch your email inbox. We’ll send you one email per month this summer with deals exclusively for AGA members. If you don’t currently receive our emails, join our mailing list.


JGAA announces upcoming tournaments and clinics

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona has a full slate of tournaments scheduled this summer throughout the state. Upcoming JGAA tournaments include:

Yuma Junior Championship at Desert Hills Golf Course, May 19-20
Tucson City Junior Championship at Randolph Golf Complex, May 30-31
Antigua Milt Coggins Stroke Play Championship at Encanto Golf Course and Maryvale Golf Course, June 6-8.
Thunderbird Junior Classic at Biltmore Country Club, June 13-14
Mesa City Junior Championship / Jr. World Qualifier #1 at Dobson Ranch Golf Club and Viewpoint Golf Resort, June 21-22

JGAA Members must attend a JGAA rules clinic and pass the online JGAA rules quiz to be eligible to compete in summer tournaments. Rules clinics in May will be held at Cave Creek Golf Club, Starfire Golf Club, Dobson Ranch Golf Club, Desert Hills Golf Club, ASU Karsten Golf Course and Randolph Golf Course. Also new for 2012, the JGAA Boys Golf Club, in partnership with Arizona Junior Golf, will be offering free clinics at select Boys Golf Club events for junior golfers. The June 9 Boys Golf Club Father/Son at Palm Valley Golf Club will have a free clinic at the event. To sign-up, please contact the JGAA office at 602-944-6168. Full membership in the JGAA is open to all boys and girls who are at least 8 years old and have not reached their 19th birthday or entered college. Membership is calendar-based membership and good until the end of 2012. Membership is $70 and required for participation in JGAA tournaments.