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Looking to establish a handicap in Arizona? Then an AGA Handicap Club membership is for you!  
A Handicap Club membership is for golfers who are interested in maintaining a USGA Handicap Index. In order to maintain a handicap, you must join an Arizona Golf Association member club.
There are three types of AGA member clubs:

Green grass clubs, also known as Type 1 clubs, are groups of individuals who are affiliated with a golf course property whether it’s private, semi-private, public, retirement, resort or military. The club is located at a single specific golf course with a valid USGA Course and Slope Rating where a majority of the club’s events are played and where the club’s scoring records reside. 
Affiliate Clubs, or Type 2 clubs, are not attached to any particular golf course, but conduct tournaments on a regular basis and whose members are affiliated or known to one another via a business, fraternal, ethnic or social organization. The majority of the club members had an affiliation prior to organizing the club 
Unaffiliated Clubs, or Type 3 clubs, consist of members that had no prior affiliation before joining and a majority of the recruiting and sign-up of the membership is done by solicitation to the general public. 

Club members must follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Golf Association in the administration of the handicap system. Memberships are available for both 9-hole and 18-hole clubs.
In most instances, individuals pay their AGA dues directly to the club to which they belong. Some AGA member clubs, however, have opted to allow members to pay their dues through the AGA website. 
Your AGA club handicap membership dues pay for more than just your USGA Handicap. The Arizona Golf Association:

Is licensed by the United States Golf Association (USGA) to provide handicapping services to its member clubs.
Provides access to the Arizona Handicap Network (AZHN), a state-of-the-art handicap system through association provided computers at all Arizona member clubs. The AZHN provides all AGA members an online, real-time method for posting scores.
Provides access to member clubs that allow the posting of scores over the Internet.
Through the AZHN network, provides management tools to clubs to ensure fair and accurate handicaps of its members – a vital responsibility of a club’s handicap/tournament committees.
Is the authoritative source of information on the operations of the USGA Handicap System — provides expertise and support to handicap committees to assist them in following the rules of the USGA Handicap System.
Conducts educational seminars to handicap committees in order to satisfy the USGA’s requirement that each club have a representative certified in the administration of the USGA Handicap System.
Publishes a magazine, Arizona, The State of Golf, free of charge to all AGA club members. The January issue includes tournament information for the upcoming year and a directory of all golf courses in Arizona.
Provides members with access to the AGA web site enabling them to post scores online, review both their own scoring records as well as the record of other members of the association, enter tournaments, and obtain information on Arizona golf course.
Provides discounts to the membership through alliances with corporate sponsors and partners.
Manages a successful club delegate program to facilitate communication with our member clubs.
Provides opportunities for volunteerism and annually recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the association and the game.
Oversees the Arizona Golf Foundation (AGF), a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, that is targeted toward juniors and relies on charitable donations to fund programs.
Conducts the Arizona Amateur Championship, the premier amateur championship in the state, as well as 30 plus tournaments each year, providing a competitive venue for individuals of all ages and ability.
Administers the regional qualifying rounds for the championships conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
Conducts an annual Club Team Championship at a premier golf facility in the state. Each club is entitled to enter one two-person team to participate in a qualifying tournament to determine the 52-team field.
Recognizes exceptional playing ability through its annual sponsorship of teams to participate in the Arizona Utah ‘Shootout’, the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, the International Team championship in Peru. Every other year it sends a team to represent Arizona at the USGA State Team Championship.
Assists college golf programs through financial support and assistance in the administration of regional competitions.
Provides an authoritative source of information on all aspects of tournament administration and course marking.
Provides expertise and education in the interpretation and application of the USGA Rules of Golf.
Is the local representative of the USGA in matters of amateur status.
Provides course measuring services to member clubs – a critical element of accurate USGA Course and Slope ratings.
Provides global positioning satellite (GPS) services for golf courses to acquire accurate measurements of sprinkler heads as well as golf course mapping, which is used to generate yardages books and effective irrigation management tools. Additional fees are required for this service.
Through a license with the USGA, rates all member clubs throughout Arizona and northern Mexico in order to provide the USGA Course and Slope Rating – an essential element of the USGA Handicap System.
Works with and supports local allied associations including the Arizona Women’s Golf Association, Cactus and Pine (golf course superintendents), Golf Industry Association) Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Southwest Section PGA.
Has representation on several USGA committees and has participated in changes and improvements to the USGA Handicap and Course Rating Systems.


Payne Stewart-2014 Bob Jones Recipient

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – As the game’s governing body committed to a longtime mission of preserving, promoting and celebrating the very best traditions and characteristics of the game, the United States Golf Association today announced the late Payne Stewart as the recipient of the 2014 Bob Jones Award. Stewart will be honored during a public ceremony as part of the festivities surrounding the 2014 U.S. Open Championship.
Presented annually since 1955, the Bob Jones Award is the USGA’s highest honor. It recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, personal character and respect for the game exhibited by Jones, winner of nine USGA championships. Previous recipients of the award include many of golf’s finest champions like Francis Ouimet (1955), Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1957), Patty Berg (1963), Arnold Palmer (1971), Jack Nicklaus (1975), Ben Hogan (1976), Nancy Lopez (1998), Annika Sorenstam (2012) and Davis Love III (2013), as well as others who have contributed to the fabric of the game in other ways, including Richard S. Tufts (1967), Joseph C. Dey Jr. (1977), Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (1978), P.J. Boatwright Jr. (1993) and President George H.W. Bush (2008).
Known for his passion for golf, sportsmanship and philanthropy, Stewart won 11 professional events, including three major championships, during an 18-year PGA Tour career that was cut short by a fatal airplane accident in 1999, four months after his second U.S. Open victory. Stewart’s wife, Tracey, and their children, Chelsea and Aaron, will be presented with the USGA’s Bob Jones Award at a public ceremony in the Village of Pinehurst during U.S. Open week on Tuesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. EDT.
“We are so pleased, and know that Payne would be extremely honored and humbled to be recognized with the prestigious Bob Jones Award,” said Tracey Stewart. “Payne loved the game of golf and sought to live out and promote the same principles of high character, sportsmanship and passion that Bob Jones embodied. We are grateful to the USGA for honoring Payne in such a wonderful manner.”
Stewart’s 18-foot par putt on the 72nd hole of the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst provided one of the championship’s most dramatic finishes. The celebratory moment is memorialized with a bronze statue of Stewart near the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2.
“Payne’s legacy continues to shine as an inspiration to players of all ages,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., incoming USGA president. “His spirit and gracious attitude left an indelible mark on everyone who surrounded him. His presence can still be felt by players who were fortunate enough to play with him and by the junior golfers that his Payne Stewart Foundation continues to support.”
“Payne’s larger-than-life personality made him one of the most likable players by peers and fans alike,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “Payne’s strength of character showed through clearly in victory and defeat, which he personally experienced in the U.S. Open. It is only fitting that we will make the presentation of this award to a two-time champion at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in June for players and fans to enjoy.”
“Payne was one of the most engaging and dynamic players that I had the fortune to play with,” said Peter Jacobsen, a USGA and PGA Tour champion and one of Stewart’s closest friends. “He was an intense competitor, but after the last putt dropped, he was warm and supportive, win or lose. That is the definition of sportsmanship and why I am glad to see the USGA honor Payne with the Bob Jones Award.”
Off the course, Stewart donated his time and financial assistance to charitable efforts that promoted the game and supported those in need. His legacy lives on in the Payne Stewart Foundation, formed by Payne and Tracey to teach their children about giving back to the community. The Payne Stewart Foundation supports charities that focus on children in need, as well as the development of the game of golf. Since 2007, the foundation has co-sponsored the American Junior Golf Association’s Payne Stewart Junior Championship.
“Payne Stewart personified the ideals of character, charity and sportsmanship, and is a worthy recipient of the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in the backyard of his greatest triumph,” said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Because of the virtues he extolled, the annual Payne Stewart Award was introduced by the PGA Tour in 2000 to pay tribute, carry on his spirit and serve as a reminder of just how special he was to us all. We are thrilled to see Payne receiving further recognition for his contributions, both on and off the golf course.”
As the winner of the 1989 PGA Championship and the 1991 and 1999 U.S. Open championships, Stewart is one of only eight players who have won at least two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001.


USGA Allows Distance Measuring Devices

USGA to Allow Distance-Measuring Devices in its Amateur Championships For 2014

Will Continue to Study the Impact of DMDs on Pace of Play

By USGAFebruary 6, 2014
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – In a continuing effort to allow current technologies that enhance the player experience in competition while maintaining the spirit and challenge of the game, the United States Golf Association has approved the use of distance-measuring devices (DMDs) in all USGA amateur championships and their respective qualifying events, beginning in 2014. The announcement was made by the Championship Committee of the USGA through its independent decision-making process scheduled during the Association’s Annual Meeting in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., and reflects a joint decision with The R&A, which together with the USGA governs the game worldwide.
The use of distance-measuring devices has been covered by an optional Local Rule, which has been available under the Rules of Golf since 2006 (see Note to Rule 14-3 of the Rules of Golf), and the USGA Championship Committee’s vote adopts this optional Condition for all USGA amateur championships in 2014.
This Local Rule will be introduced for the USGA’s amateur events only. It will not apply to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships or their respective qualifying events.
The devices may be used in amateur championships to measure distance only, and may not be used to measure other conditions such as wind speed or direction, temperature or elevation.
“We have seen progressive developments in technologies available to golfers who seek to improve their playing performance and enjoyment that also maintain the essential elements of the game,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “It is in this spirit that we are allowing the use of distance-measuring devices in our amateur competitions.”
The decision to allow the use of distance-measuring devices follows a recent study of such technologies during the 2013 USGA Women’s State Team and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur championships as part of the Association’s broad initiative to identify the causes and solutions to slow play in the game. From the data collected at these championships, USGA researchers found no evidence that DMDs had a negative impact on pace of play and will continue to monitor the use of DMDs in the larger pool of amateur events to further study their effect on pace of play.