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Marc Apps wins the 2013 Short Course

Marc Apps prevailed over fellow Chapparal Pines member Dave Rasley to claim the 2013 Short Course by one stroke this past weekend.  Playing at Bear Creek Golf Complex-Cub Course, 72 players competed on a 3500, par 59 course that demanded more precision, especially on the final round where wind gusts reached 38 mph.  (Notice the flagstick in Marc’s photo on the home page) Apps went 54-61–115, finishing 3-under for the weekend.
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Ultimate Golf Fest 2013 is fun for the whole family

The First Tee of Phoenix invites families to Ultimate Golf Fest 2013 Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Tee of Phoenix South Mountain Facility, 9510 S. 7th Street in Phoenix. 
Festivities include a demo session, trick shot show, face painting, free golf, BBQ, an open house, inflatable bounce houses and much more. Each child age 7-17 who attends will receive a free T-shirt and be able to participate in free instruction sessions. 
For more information visit www.thefirstteephoenix.org.

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Win a 7 night golfer’s getaway to Cabo San Lucas

Sign up for our newest membership program ACCESS Global for free by April 15 and be entered for a chance to win the ultimate golfer’s getaway to Cabo San Lucas, valued at $5,000! Already signed up for ACCESS Global? Don’t worry, you’re automatically entered to win.
The grand prize includes:

8-day, 7-night golf vacation package in Cabo San Lucas, with accommodations for 2 people at either The Dreams Golf Resort or at a Club Campestre Luxury Home (as determined by ACCESS Global based on availability)
Golf for 2 people for 7 days on 3 golf courses (Club Campestre, Cabo Real, or Puerto Los Cabos) including golf carts, range balls, water and other amenities selected by ACCESS Global (Puerto Los Cabos Golf Course is an all-inclusive property and has a $10/person charge) 
One dinner for 2 at the Puerto Los Cabos Marina Container restaurant 
One lunch for 2 at the Campestre Beach Club 
Resort fee and airport pickup shuttle

Read the official rules for contest details. Must provide phone number when signing up for ACCESS Global to be qualified for contest. Current ACCESS Global members must have phone number on file with ACCESS Global to be entered to win.
Hurry, you have to be signed up by April 15 to be entered into the contest!

What is ACCESS Global?
ACCESS Global is a membership program for anyone who plans to golf, stay in a hotel, fly somewhere, rent a car, take a cruise or buy tickets to an event. It offers significant savings on travel, golf and entertainment and comes with a best-rate guarantee on essentially all golf and travel. If you find it for less, we’ll pay the difference. Play more than 3,500 golf courses worldwide, nearly 100 right here in Arizona (and growing!). Don’t believe us? We dare you to compare us to those other websites that say they’ll give you the best deal.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your whistle, ACCESS Global also includes a robust rewards program. You’ll earn credit for everything you book through ACCESS Global, credit you can use to save even more off your next booking.
And booking through ACCESS Global is easy. You can either book online or call our club concierge, a real-live person located right here in Arizona who is available 7 days a week for your convenience.
Try it free!
ACCESS Global is normally $139 annually, but we’re offering AGA members the chance to try it out for free! Sign up as a guest today and get $150 in instant savings to use toward your first travel booking.
What’s the difference between a guest and a member? As a guest you’ll earn rewards for everything you do. As a paid member, you earn rewards 5 times faster. Members can also take advantage of even deeper discounts not available to anyone else.
How do I sign up?
Visit the ACCESS Global website and enter your name and email address. Shortly after that you will receive an email containing your username and password for the website. Use that to log in and search for deals on golf, travel and entertainment. And remember that instant savings we are going to give you? We’ll automatically credit it to your ACCESS Global account so it’s yours to use on your first travel booking.

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Road to the LPGA starts in Mesa

Watch Mallory Blackwelder, Sara Brown, Blair O’Neal, Birdie Kim, Tiffany Joh and other Symetra Tour stars, the future LPGA Tour players, tee it up at Longbow Golf Club playing for their share of the $100,000 purse and an exemption into the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup.
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup exhibited its further commitment to the Symetra Tour with the announcement that the winner of the developmental tour’s 2013 VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic will receive an exemption into the LPGA event. The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will be played March 14-17 at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, just a short drive from Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, where the Symetra Tour’s 2013 season will begin at the VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic, held from Feb. 22-24.
“It is important for the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup to continue its support for both the local communities and the development of young aspiring golfers,” said RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Tournament Director Chris Garrett. “We are excited to partner with the VisitMesa.Com Gateway Classic, which is right down the road from our event, to offer the opportunity for a Symetra Tour player to get LPGA Tour experience.”
The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup marks the first domestic event on the LPGA Tour’s 2013 schedule and gives the Symetra Tour winner an opportunity to compete alongside former winners of the event including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng and LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb.
“The Symetra Tour is the best avenue for players to reach their dreams of playing on the LPGA Tour,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This exemption will give the winner an opportunity to compete alongside the world’s best golfers at the RR Donnelley Founders Cup. This is just another example of how the Symetra Tour is truly the Road to the LPGA.”
The exemption into the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup falls directly in line with the Symetra Tour’s mission of preparing the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since the Symetra Tour began in 1980, this season marks the second time the Symetra Tour will award 10 fully exempt LPGA Tour cards to the top-10 on the season-ending Volvik Race for the card.
More About the Event
Practice Rounds: Feb. 19-20Pro-Am: Feb. 21Tournament Rounds: Feb. 22-24
Location: Longbow Golf Club, 5601 E. Longbow Parkway in Mesa
Admission is free courtesy of visitmesa.com. 

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USGA introduces US Amateur Four-Ball championships

The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced the introduction of two new championships, the first national championships to be added to the USGA’s competition roster in more than 25 years. The addition of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will be played annually between mid-March and late May with the inaugural events scheduled for 2015, reflects the Association’s continued commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition well into the future.
The last time the USGA added a national championship for individual golfers was in 1987 with the creation of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the creation of national four-ball championships, given the popularity and enjoyment of this competitive format at the amateur level,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. “Because the four-ball format lends itself to spirited team competition and aggressive risk-reward shotmaking, we are confident these championships will deliver exciting amateur golf to the national stage for both players and spectators alike.”
Eligibility for both national four-ball championships will be limited to amateurs, with no age restrictions. Team partners will not be required to be from the same club, state or country, and substitution of partners will be permitted until the close of entries. Entry is limited to individuals with a USGA Handicap Index® not to exceed 5.4 for men and 14.4 for women.
The USGA’s national amateur four-ball championships will begin with sectional qualifying at dozens of sites across the nation. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball will consist of 128 and 64 two-player teams respectively, each playing their own ball throughout the round. Each team’s score will be determined using their better-ball score for each hole. After 36 holes of stroke-play competition, the field will be reduced to the low 32 teams for the match-play portion of the championship.
Four-ball has become a widely popular format for State and Regional Golf Associations across the United States. In 2012, more than 150 championships, either strictly four-ball or as part of a competition format, were conducted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“We appreciate the support and energy that the USGA is bringing to these new four-ball national championships,” said Jim Demick, executive director of the Florida State Golf Association, who served on the advisory group of State and Regional Golf Association executives and tournament directors consulted by the USGA. “Along with my fellow associations around the country, we look forward to showcasing this unique brand of team competition through what promise to be first-class events.”
Host sites for the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur FourBall Championship will be announced by the USGA at a later date.
In conjunction with the creation of two national four-ball championships, the USGA also announced the retirement of the U.S. Amateur Public Links (APL) and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) championships, following the completion of the 2014 competitions. The decision follows an internal review which determined that the APL and WAPL championships no longer serve their original mission because of the widespread accessibility public-course golfers today enjoy in USGA championships.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links was first played in 1922, and is the fourth-oldest championship conducted by the USGA. The APL was established to provide public golfers with access to a national championship because, at that time, the U.S. Amateur Championship was restricted to players from USGA Member Clubs. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links was established in 1977, for the same reason as the APL. In 1979, however, the USGA modified the entry requirements for the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships to allow entry to public-course players.
“While our fondness for these championships made this decision a difficult one, we will continue to proudly celebrate the legacy and important role that the APL and WAPL have had on the game by forever honoring them in the USGA Museum, as well as in other appropriate ways,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of Rules, Competitions & Equipment Standards for the USGA. “We also wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the champions, participants, host clubs, volunteers and benefactors who, over the years, helped build a strong legacy of public links competition.”
Over the course of their existence, the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championships have assembled a rich history across the competitive golf landscape, and are part of the USGA’s long heritage of supporting public golf. The competitions boast an impressive lineup of champions including most recently: Billy Mayfair (1986); Tim Clark (1997); Trevor Immelman (1998); Ryan Moore (2002 and 2004); Brandt Snedeker (2003); Yani Tseng (2004); and T.J. Vogel and Kyung Kim (2012). These championships have also contributed to the USGA’s record books: Michelle Wie (2003) became the youngest champion in USGA history when she won the WAPL at age 13; Ryan Moore (2004) became the first golfer to win the APL and the U.S. Amateur in the same year, while Colt Knost matched the feat in 2007; and Pearl Sinn (1988) and Jennifer Song (2009) won both the WAPL and U.S. Women’s Amateur in the same year.
In addition to staging the U.S. Open Championship at public courses, the USGA continues to grow public golf, and support all golfers, through its various programs, including Rules of Golf education, Course Rating services and Turf Advisory Service visits. Through its partnership with national organizations such as The First Tee, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, The PGA of America and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, the USGA supports numerous programs that benefit junior golfers, beginning golfers and golfers with disabilities who play at America’s public golf courses. With the development of its new pace-of-play initiative, the USGA hopes to serve golfers by helping public courses identify ways to reduce the time it takes to play the game.