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Putter News about YAR

Arizona’s own Dr. V and her YAR Putter have significant video evidence of proper ball roll with a putter. See Miyahira’s Department of Defense-type Phantom Camera takes on balls coming off various putter faces.
See video here.
Contact: (602) 388-1498 Email: [email protected]

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Junior Golfers Wanted for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

The Masters Tournament Foundation, the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association have partnered to create the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, nationwide junior skills competition, where participants will compete in local and regional qualifiers. Participants will advance through local and regional qualifying to the championship final at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2014, the day before the start of the 2014 Masters Tournament. This is a wonderful opportunity for juniors in your area and we encourage you to pass this information along to parents.
Competitors will be comprised of boys and girls ages 7-15 in four age categories: 7-9 years old, 10-11 years old, 12-13 years old, and 14-15 years old. Participants are limited to registering to only one local qualifier, and the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. EST on April 30, 2013.
Some helpful information:
• Parents/guardians must register their children online at the Drive, Chip and Putt website: www.drivechipandputt.com.
• Participation will be limited. When entries exceed the available spots in any age division, the applicants will be chosen through a random drawing.
• There is no entry fee.
• There are 11 qualifying regions: Georgia, Illinois, Metropolitan New York/New Jersey, Middle Atlantic, New England, Northern Texas, North Florida, Pacific Northwest, Southern California, Southern Texas and Southwest. To view a list of event locations within each region, please click here.
• Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 6, 2014, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 6, 2014.
• From local qualifying, the top two overall point earners in each division from the four age brackets will advance to the regional qualifying level of the competition. Contestants who qualify for a regional competition must compete at the location in which they are assigned. Each local qualifying location is notified of their regional competition site prior to the start of competition.
• The regional qualifier and national championship final are new competitions and will have no carryover from the previous qualifier.
For more information, visit the championship website at www.drivechipandputt.com or email [email protected] with questions.

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2013 Central Section Event Pro Am and Seminar

Please join us for the 2013 Central Section Event Pro Am and Seminar
Union Hills Country Club Sun City, AZ
Registration Deadline: April 26!
Pro-Am (Sunday): Pros will play their own ball. Amateurs will scramble and have the option to use the Professional’s shot.
Pro Competition (Sunday/Monday): 36- hole Stroke Play Championship / Senior Divisions
Pro-Pro (Monday): Two Person Scramble Seminar
(Tuesday): Quiet Mind Seminar by Steven Yellin
Pro Am: $150 per amateur | Seminar: $125 per attendee
Pro Am & Seminar: $245
To register or for more information, contact: Peggy Gustafson LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Central Section Vice President 602-503-8380 [email protected]

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Petefish prevails in playoff to win AZ Stroke Play

Pardon Christopher Petefish if he looked more relieved than jubilant in the aftermath of his big victory in the AZ Stroke Play Championship on Sunday. Golf at the highest level will do that to you on occasion, especially when you’re just 17 years old and learning the ropes.Petefish, a lanky junior who plays golf for Scottsdale Christian Academy, blew a three-shot lead on the final hole then emerged victorious from a three-hole, sudden-death playoff over Cory Bacon. Petefish, who had trailed Bacon by one shot entering the final round on the Champions Course at the TPC Scottsdale, closed with a 4-over-par 74 for a winning total of 2-over 282. Petefish’s bogey on the third playoff hole was good enough, as Bacon needed two shots to get out of a bunker there en route a triple-bogey 7 – the same score that that Petefish had absorbed on the 72nd hole to create OT. Bacon, 23, a recent graduate of the Colorado School of Mines who works as a club designer at PING, carded a 75.In defense of Petefish and Bacon, only three players among the 65 who had made the rather hefty cut of 13-over 153 managed to break par on the final day, as firm greens and tough pin positions sent scores soaring. One of that trio in the red was Tyler Kertson, a senior at Brophy Prep, who shot the days’s best round, a 67 that earned the Santa Clara University-bound recruit third place at 3 over. Peter Koo, a home-schooled teen-ager from Chandler who captured the 2011 AZ State Stroke Play, was among three players tied for fourth at 6 over after a 72. Air Force Major Andy Aduddell, the 2012 Arizona Golf Association Player of the Year, tied for seventh at 7 over following a 74. Petefish’s victory marked the seventh time in seven years that the tournament, which features the state’s best amateurs, was won by either a high school are college player. But it broke a streak of six years in a row that that either a current student or alum of Chandler’s Hamilton High School was the winner.“I’m just thankful that I won the playoff,” said Petefish, who has verbally committed to play golf for Georgia Tech beginning in 2014-15. “Obviously, if it hadn’t worked out that way I’d have been kicking myself.”No kidding. Petefish got off to a shaky start, trailed Bacon by three shots at the turn, and then turned it on over the back nine as Bacon started to back up. That began immediately on the tenacious 10th hole, a par 5 turned par 4 for the tournament, where Bacon made double bogey and Petefish ran in a 15-foot putt to save par. One hole later, when Petefish holed a birdie from 20 feet and Bacon bogeyed, both players were suddenly at even par for the tournament. Two holes later, Petefish grabbed the lead when Bacon three-putted for bogey at the always-tough par-3 13th hole.That lead grew to five shots at the 14th, where Bacon made another triple bogey and Petefish holed a 10-foot birdie for a four-shot swing. But Bacon hung in there with birdies at the 15th and 17th holes to battle back within three shots of the lead. And when Petefish fanned a 3-wood into a desert bush at the dangerous, water-guarded 18th, played and then failed to get up and down from an almost impossible greenside bunker shot, the stage was set for sudden death.“I didn’t have my ‘A game’ on the back nine, but I was proud of myself for hanging in there and getting into the playoff,” said Bacon, a native Californian who was playing in just his second AGA event after finishing tied for 29th at the AZ Publinks Championship at Aguila Golf Course in March.“I’ve never won a golf tournament in my life, so my expectations were not all that great coming in. I had hoped to be in contention, and I achieved that goal. I guess that’s the positive I take from this.”Petefish, who tied for 16th in the Publinks and more recently was the runner-up in the AJGA Heather Farr Classic at Longbow Golf Club, called the win a steppingstone.“For sure, it’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won,” said Petefish, who was out-driven by Bacon most of the day but managed to stay on top with a fearless putting stroke, including a 15-foot, downhill save on the first playoff hole to keep his hopes alive.
 
“(The final round) was kind of a roller-coaster. I started out with bogeys on two of the first four holes, then made a few putts (for birdie) to hang in there before I got it going on the back nine. When I was up by five (shots) with four (holes) to play I was feeling pretty good, but (Bacon) came on strong with birdies on two of the last four holes, and then I probably selected the wrong club off the tee at the 18th, which led to the (triple bogey). “In hindsight, I should have hit 4-iron and laid up, even if that meant making bogey, because I still would have won (by two shots). But you learn from your mistakes, and I’m just happy that it all worked out and I won the tournament.”Even though there was a lot of relief that hung heavily over Petefish’s celebration, the youngster said he’s “excited to be playing so well.” Especially since he’ll be defending his title in the Division 3 high school state championship in two weeks.“This really gives me a lot of confidence,” he said in what might turn out to be a huge understatement for Christopher Petefish. Yes, youth was served again at this AGA major, and extends a odd streak of either a high school player of collegian winning this title dating back almost 10 years. Who was the last “veteran” to get the job done at the AZ Stroke Play? That would be four-time champ Ken Kellaney way back in 2004.

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Christopher Petefish wins the 2013 Arizona Stroke Play

Chris Petefish and Cory Bacon battled in the final round of the 2013 Arizona Stroke Play Championship, each coming in at 2-over(282) for the tournament.  The sudden death playoff went to #10, followed by #9, and then back to #10 before a bunker in front of the green proved to be too much for Bacon.  Congratulations to Chris Petefish for winning the 2013 Arizona Stroke Play Championship at the TPC Scottsdale.  Read More