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Antigua National High School Invitational

The 3rd Annual Antigua National High School Golf Invitational will be played September 7th and 8th at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over 200 junior golfers will be participating, representing Boys and Girls teams from the United States and Canada. Returning to defend their titles will be the 2010 team champions, the Syracuse Titans (Syracuse, UT) and the 2011 team champions and tournament host, Hamilton Huskies (Chandler, AZ) in the Boys division. Also returning to defend their title 2010 and 2011, Hamilton Huskies (Chandler, AZ) in the Girls division. “Antigua is proud to support all aspects of golf, especially junior golf and high school golf”, said Ron McPherson, president and CEO of the Antigua Group. “We are also very proud of our new and ongoing sponsors who are presenting this fine event. Our thanks go to the Phoenix Thunderbirds, the Scottsdale Charros and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau who have extended their support. We would also like to thank the various affiliated organizations, both locally and nationally, who have assisted us in developing and promoting the tournament.” The event was envisioned by Steve Kanner, the Boys golf coach at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona, with the assistance of Tournament Chair Tom Marreel, the founder and CEO of Marreel Slater Insurance, one of the event’s original sponsors. Learn more at www.anhsgi.org.

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Awards

Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year
Each year the AGA staff honors an individual (other than an executive committee member) who most exemplifies volunteerism through his or her commitment of time and effort to the association. In 2010, this award was named after Robert “Doc” Graves, a long-time AGA volunteer who exemplifies the selfless contributions of time and dedication to serving golf in Arizona.
Updegraff Award
Established in 1990, the Updegraff Award is the AGA’s highest honor given in recognition of those who, by their actions, exemplify the spirit of the game. The award is named for Dr. Ed Updegraff of Tucson, honoring his lifetime contributions and dedication to amateur golf in Arizona.
Players of the Year
The AGA awards Player of the Year in each of its three divisions (Masters, Senior and Legends), as well as overall, to the eligible player having the best overall year in Arizona events. Learn how to qualify.
Mayfair Award
The Mayfair Award is presented to the AGA member with the lowest stroke average from selected events during the season. Learn how to qualify.

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Register for GHIN training

The AGA and AWGA are pleased to offer and host GHIN handicap administration and TPP tournament software training classes for your club. We have scheduled both day and evening classes to make it as easy as possible for club representatives to get informed.

The full-day workshops consist of GHIN administration training from 9:30 a.m. to noon and the Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) training will run from 1-4 p.m. Lunch will NOT be provided but will be available on site. Evening classes will be GHIN administration training only.
PHOENIX AREA

Sept. 11 at Pebble Creek Golf Resort THIS TRAINING IS FULL 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 11 at The Country Club at DC Ranch: THIS TRAINING IS FULL 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 12 at Sun Lakes Golf Club: THIS TRAINING IS FULL 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 18 at AWGA office: THIS TRAINING IS FULL 6-9 p.m. (GHIN administration)

Sept. 20 at AWGA office: THIS TRAINING IS FULL 6-9 p.m. (GHIN administration)
Sept. 22 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 24 at Arizona Golf Resort:: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)

TUCSON AREA

Sept. 12 at Arizona National Golf Club: THIS TRAINING IS FULL 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 13 at Canoa Ranch Golf Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Oct. 1 at Tucson National Golf Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Oct. 2 at The Gallery Golf Club: 4-7 p.m. (GHIN administration)

NORTHERN ARIZONA

Sept. 14 at Prescott Country Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 23 at Pinetop Country Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Sept. 24 at Pinetop Country Club: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)

WESTERN ARIZONA

Oct. 5 at the Hampton Inn (245 London Bridge Road) in Lake Havasu: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)
Nov. 6 at Cocopah Golf Resort: 9:30 a.m. to Noon (GHIN administration) and 1-4 p.m. (Tournament Pairings Program)

WEBINARS

Webinars will run as follows:
10 a.m. – Noon: GHIN handicap adminsitration
1p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Getting started (downloading, installing, setting up club information and course information)
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Setting up an individual event from start to finish
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Setting up a team event from start to finish

Sept. 13 online – Register from azgolf.org homepage
Sept. 14 online – Register from azgolf.org homepage

Please share this information with additional individuals at the club who are involved in using the handicap administration or tournament software. Representatives of the same club do not have to attend the same training class.

PGA members will receive MSR credits for their attendance.

We hope that you will make it a priority to attend one of the AZHN/GHIN training classes. It is the goal of the AGA and AWGA to make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone involved. We appreciate your patience and that of your members as we work to put this new program in place.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the AGA at 602-944-3035 or [email protected] or the AWGA at 602-253-5655 or [email protected]

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FAQs about the GHIN transition

TRANSITION TO GHIN

Q. When will the switch to the GHIN system take place?
A. Members will receive their final handicap revision in the current system on October 1. Shortly thereafter all posting will be suspended for 7-10 days in order to make the final transfer of scoring information to the GHIN database. During this period members will be informed of their new GHIN member numbers and other information regarding the transition process. The first revision using GHIN will take place on October 15.
Q. How will golf course and personal club administrator computers be updated with the new GHIN programs?
A. The AGA will contact with each golf facility in the near future to install the necessary system upgrades and programs to be ready for the GHIN program implementation once the conversion occurs in early October. Club administrators will be able to access the Handicap Administration program (GHP) remotely by logging a club username and password into the GHIN online handicap program website. The Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) will initially be available to club administrators through a simple download onto their personal computer and accessed through a club specific username and password.

MEMBER NUMBERS

Q. What happens if I already have a GHIN number from another golf association?
A. The AGA/AWGA will be able to transition your Arizona handicap record into your established GHIN member number. However, for this to occur, you must supply the AGA with your GHIN account information by filling out the survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHIN. Note: If you already have an IGN link established in your AGA handicap account, you will not need to fill out the survey as the account will automatically be converted.
Q. I know that I have a GHIN handicap record in another state but I don’t know what member number I have been assigned in the GHIN system. How can I locate this information?
A. If you hold an active GHIN handicap account (currently, or within the past 2 years) through another State Golf Association, you may contact that Association directly or your affiliated out of state club to inquire about your assigned GHIN member number. After receiving this number, please input it along with all other requested information on this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GHIN, in order to assure your current Arizona record is combined into the existing GHIN account upon the transition in early October.
Q. My current AGA member number was carried over when the AGA used GHIN as its handicap vendor prior to 2000? Will I be able to continue to use that number after the transition back to GHIN?
A. If your AGA/AWGA member number is a 5-7 digit number that was your “GHIN” number prior to switching to EZLinks in 2000 has not subsequently been reassigned by GHIN, you will be able to maintain that number. All others will be transitioned into a newly assigned member number. The AGA will be working with GHIN in an attempt to assign new numbers as similar as possible to the current AGA number you possess.
Q. I used to have a GHIN account many years ago through another Golf Association but do not remember what member number I was assigned. Should I try to find this old member number so that my current AGA record can merge into that previous GHIN account?
A. Only if you GHIN account has been active within the past 2 years can we be assured that it is available to be merged into. After 2+ years of inactivity, the GHIN database often times recycles account information and reissues member numbers. Therefore, the GHIN account that was inactivated years ago will no longer be available for use in the transition from your existing AGA record. If your currently assigned AGA number is available within the GHIN system, you will continue to be assigned that value. If it is not (due to number of digits or if already being used by another GHIN account), every effort will be made to assign you a value that is a close variation of the current AGA number.

MEMBER HANDICAP RECORDS

Q. Will my current handicap record, including scores and handicap history be available after the transition?
A. Yes, scoring records and handicap history going back several years, as well as other account information will automatically be carried into your new GHIN handicap record.
Q. Will I still be able to post scores at the golf course kiosk and online?
A. Yes, golf courses will still be supplied with a score posting computer which may be used by members and guests to post their scores. GHIN is the final testing phase of offering an online, web-based solution to score posting that should be released by the time we finalize our transition in October.
Q. Will I still be able to post scores via the AGA or AWGA website?
A. Yes. In addition, a smart phone app (i-Phone and Android) will be available for AGA/AWGA members to log their scores remotely.
Q. Will my Handicap Index continue to be updated on the 1st and 15th of each month?
A. Yes, all Associations utilizing the USGA Handicap System are on a standard revision schedule with handicap calculations being processed on the 1st and 15th of the month, thus you will not experience any change from what is currently in place.
Q. Will club administrators still be able to generate the same reports that are currently being utilized?
A. Yes, the GHIN Handicap and Tournament programs have a robust amount of standardized reporting options that will cover most needs of the club. In the case where a club specific report is not available among the standard options, there is an ad hoc report generator available to design custom reports.

TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM
Q. Does GHIN offer a tournament administration program?
A. Yes, GHIN offers the Tournament Pairing Program (TPP) which is fully integrated into the handicap system and will be available to all AGA member clubs at no additional cost.

Q. Past versions of the Handicap Administration and Tournament Management programs have been Windows based applications that are not compatible with MAC computers. Will the GHIN programs have any additional compatibility?
A. Fortunately for many club administrators who own a MAC computer, GHIN Handicap Administration (GHP) is a web based program that simply requires an internet connection in order to gain access. No longer will administrators need to download an application in order to access and manage club member records, regardless of what computer or operating system they utilize. However, the Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) is still a Windows based program that will not run on a MAC computer. The good news is that GHIN is diligently working toward an online version which will allow all the same access capabilities as what already exist for the Handicap Administration program. We will keep clubs informed about the development.

GHIN PROGRAM TRAINING
Q. Will there be training provided to club administrators, staff, and members on the new GHIN Handicap and Tournament programs?
A. Yes, both in person and online training will be available for club representatives and members. Beginning in early September the AGA/AWGA will host training seminars throughout the state. These seminars are designed for club representatives who will be administering the handicap and/or tournament programs to manage their club member accounts and events. For those who are not able to attend a seminar, an online training Webinar will be available through the AGA website. Information on training seminars will be available shortly at www.azgolf.org and www.awga.org.

MEMBERSHIP AND BILLING
Q. If I have already paid for a GHIN handicap account in Arizona do I still need to pay in another state golf association in another part of the country which I reside?
A. Yes, GHIN is simply the handicap calculation service utilized by many State Golf Associations across the country. When you submit member dues to the Arizona Golf Association (or other state golf association) you are obtaining membership with the local club and authorized golf association, not with ‘GHIN’. One of the key components of the USGA Handicap System is the requirement of peer review among members (i.e. the ability to review the scoring details of fellow golfers within the club). Unless you are maintaining your handicap with that local club, other members will not have access to the full details of your playing record and the handicap committee will not have the opportunity to perform the necessary compliance requirements in order to maintain a license to utilize the system.

State associations pay GHIN for each member within its organization – whether or not they have a membership in another association. Your AGA member affiliation not only affords you an official USGA handicap, but various other benefits (i.e.-access to club & AGA hosted tournaments and member days, ability to post scores at AGA affiliated golf courses and website, subscription to our magazine AZ Golf Insider and monthly AGA e-newsletter, member special pricing at many golf courses throughout the state, amongst many others). In addition, the member dues help to support the association in various other programs such as a computer at each member course, USGA Course and Slope rating services, playing opportunities from the championship level to the higher handicap players, USGA qualifiers, supporting amateur and junior golf programs, educational opportunities, etc.

Interface with Third-Party Software
Q. Our club currently utilizes the Golf Fusion program to manage our member communication and publication of club news and events. Will this program still be supported after the transition to GHIN?
A. Yes, the AGA will continue to support the Golf Fusion program even after the transition to GHIN. However, GHIN does have a similar club and member management program called eClubhouse which will also become available to clubs in the near future. Currently, GHIN is making a number of upgrades to this program and as they are completed club officers will be notified by the AGA with details of this program offering and the opportunity implement it for local club use going forward.

Q. What other programs does GHIN interface with?
A. The following software currently interfaces and communicates with GHIN software. Once we have completed the transition to GHIN, we will be happy to talk with clubs that use this software about how the interface works.

Golf Fusion
Chelsea Information Systems
ForeTees
Jonas Systems
Event-Man Tournament Software

Tournament Expert

Swing by Swing

GBT

Golf Status

Vision Perfect

Club Satellite Network

Core Motion Media/LA Golf

AGA Billing
Q. Will 2013 member dues change as a result of transitioning to GHIN?

A. No. Dues will remain the same as 2012 at $35.00 per member. If an 18-hole club pays the AGA memberships dues prior to January 1, 2012, they will receive a $10.00 per member discount; 9-hole clubs will receive a $5.00 discount.

Q. Will the club billing process change once we have switched to the GHIN system?

A. As in the past, all current AGA club memberships will expire as of December 31st, 2012. Clubs can either collect the member dues and send a payment via check or credit card or they can elect to allow their members to pay online at www.azgolf.org beginning October 15, 2012. Clubs allowing their members to pay online will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their club and contact information. Online signups should open around October 15.

Q. Will the club administrator still have to inactivate golfers before the end of 2012 in order to prevent being billed for them (refers to AGA only)?

A. In past years, club administrators were required to inactivate golfers that they did not want to be billed for. This year will be slightly different. As members commit to their membership for 2013, the administrator will be required to flag those that have paid (if they utilize the online payment process it will be automatic.) Anyone that has not been flagged as paid for 2013 will be automatically inactivated in the GHIN system as of end of day on December 31. More information will be sent to clubs toward the end of September.

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Aduddell wins 88th AZ Amateur

One of the great championship matches in the 88-year history of the Arizona Amateur ended in slight disbelief on Saturday, with a one-shot penalty against his opponent on the very last hole ultimately factoring into a 1-up victory by U.S. Air Force Captain Andy Aduddell. The ruling (Rule 18-3b), which came when Washington State sophomore Michael Anderson of Phoenix mistakenly picked up Aduddell’s ball and marked it on the 18th green at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, is only applicable to match play. Had Anderson done the same in stroke play, there would have been no penalty (Rule 18-4). Aduddell, an F-16 fighter pilot and instructor at Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield Park, probably said it best. “It was disappointing in that it wasn’t the way I wanted to win it,’’ said the 37-year-old Aduddell (pronounced “A-duddle”), who held a 5-up advantage after 11 holes only to see Anderson storm back down the stretch with four birdies and a winning par to make it all square going into the last hole on the Gallery’s North Course. “I felt like I played good enough to win, but so did Michael.’’ Anderson, knowing he could make no better than double-bogey 6 after three putts and the penalty stroke, conceded the match when Aduddell had two putts from 3 feet to win it. And he took the setback like a gentleman, admitting that he didn’t know the rule. “It was a tough loss, the second tough loss in two weeks,’’ said the 19-year-old Anderson, who had lost a playoff at the prestigious Pacific Coast Amateur at Bandon Dunes just prior. “The way it ended, I had so much momentum, to have that happen, it was kind of weird. I know that it’s different in stroke play — that you can mark and pick up your opponent’s ball and put it back with no penalty — so that’s kind of a wacky rule that just applies to match play. All I know is, I’m playing some of the best golf of my life, so I can’t complain too much. To come back from so far down that was great. But (Aduddell) played great, too.’’ Rules are rules, but the sick feeling that this ending left for those involved – players, officials and those in the gallery — was much like Ernie Els’ recent win at the British Open, where Adam Scott’s demise factored in heavily, and Els was subdued during the Claret Jug ceremony. “That’s exactly how I felt about it, subdued. In fact I was thinking about that very thing (Els’ victory) afterward,’’ said Aduddell, a former University of Texas player who once was a pro before 9/11 gave him the impetus to switch careers and join the Air Force in 2002. “The whole thing (Anderson picking up the wrong ball) seemed to take place in slow motion, but yet it happened so fast. I was approaching the green in a cart, and saw him mark and pick up the ball and then put it back down. Believe it or not, I used to read the Rules of Golf quite a bit, and I knew right away that there was an issue.’’ So did Robin Farran, the Arizona Golf Association rules official that made the call.  Adding to the strangeness, both Aduddell and Anderson were playing a Titleist 3 Pro-V 1-X with a black line and a dot on it. But Aduddell’s dot was on the right side of the Titleist logo while Anderson’s dot was on the left. “I had started with a Titleist 2 but switched to a 3 somewhere during the round,’’ Anderson said. “Plus, both of our shots were to a blind green on the same line, so it was just one of those things where everything that could have gone wrong, at least for me, did.’’ Actually, it was a terrific match, as Aduddell had made six birdies through his first 11 holes to build the 5-up lead. At one point, the players combined for seven straight winning birdies, and only three holes were halved during the entire match. But Anderson, who is known as a human birdie machine, just kept rolling in putt after putt beginning at the 12th hole. Of the six birdies Anderson made on this day, none were bigger than the one that squared the match at No. 17, a short par 4 where he hit his drive into the desert and still made a “3.” “(The errant drive) was playable, and then somehow I made a perfect shot that went by the pin and spun back to four feet, and I made the putt,’’ Anderson recounted. “Then the ending just kind of took it out of me, but you learn.’’ Aduddell also said he learned a lot, mostly about the state of his game although he, too, was obviously stunned. For the record, it was his first win in 10 years and only the second tournament he had played in, having finished fourth earlier this year as a member of the AGA’s team that competed in the Lima International Golf Championship in Peru. “I guess the big lead I built early held up,’’ said the good-natured Aduddell. “I mean, 6 under through 11 (holes), well, that’s as good as I’ve got. “What does it mean to win the biggest amateur championship in Arizona? I don’t even know yet. I guess it proves to me I can still play the game a little bit. I was under par in all (six) of my matches for the week, and I did it against some really strong competition on an unbelievably tough golf course. “Honestly, I didn’t have any great expectations coming in here this week, but I’m happy about winning this tournament even if it wasn’t exactly how I imagined. And I’m very grateful to the AGA for asking me to come out and play.’’ Yes, come Monday, Captain Andy Aduddell will go back to his “day job’’ with the 56th Training Squadron. Until then, he’ll fly high as the champion of the 88th Arizona Amateur — mission accomplished! Editor’s note: According to the Rules of Golf, if you are competing in a stroke play competition and you, your caddie or your equipment touch another player’s ball, there is no penalty, and if the ball is moved it must be replaced (Rule 18-4).  In match play, there is no penalty if a player, their caddie or their equipment moves, touches, or causes their opponent’s ball to move while they are searching for it (Rule 18-3a). However, if a match-play player’s ball is moved other than during the search, the opponent who moved the ball does incur a penalty of one stroke (Rule 18-3b).  In either case, if the ball is moved it must be placed.