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Play 9- New USGA Initiative

The USGA is launching a new initiative to play 9 holes and Rickie Fowler shows us how!

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USGA AND AMERICAN EXPRESS LAUNCH “PLAY 9” PROGRAM ENCOURAGING GOLFERS TO MAKE TIME TO FIT THE GAME INTO BUSY LIFESTYLES
Rickie Fowler Featured In New PSA Launching During U.S. Open Championship;National “Play 9 Day” Planned for Wednesday, July 23
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (June 11, 2014) – The United States Golf Association (USGA), together with American Express, officially launched the “Play 9” program today to demonstrate how nine-hole rounds can help more golfers enjoy the game in less time.
A creative USGA public service announcement (PSA) starring Rickie Fowler will debut during 2014 U.S. Open Championship television coverage, showing the 25-year-old PGA Tour pro finding time to play the game with family and friends while still fulfilling other daily commitments and interests. “I don’t always have enough time to play a full round between practice and spending time with friends and family,” said Fowler. “I’m happy to join the USGA and American Express on ‘Play 9’ to encourage golfers to play a nine-hole round, especially if that’s what’s going to get them out onto the golf course to play more often.”
At the forefront of the USGA’s multi-year commitment to promote “Play 9” is the first annual “Play 9 Day” on Wednesday, July 23, when all golfers will be encouraged to play a nine-hole round. The program builds on the organization’s ongoing efforts to make the game more accessible, sensitive to time considerations and sustainable.
“During our extensive conversations with golfers, we’ve learned that they feel challenged by the time it takes to play,” said Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “By creating awareness of the nine-hole round, and the many ways that one can enjoy the game in less time, we hope this creative program featuring one of the game’s more dynamic and progressive players will energize and remind golfers how they can fit the game into their days.”
“American Express is excited to partner with the USGA and Rickie Fowler to support the game by encouraging more people to play nine-hole rounds,” said Deborah Curtis, vice president of sports and entertainment marketing at American Express. “With their support, we want ‘Play 9’ to demonstrate how golf can fit into the everyday lives of players – giving golfers everywhere a chance to play more often.”
Industry research indicates there is growing interest in this format of play. According to the National Golf Foundation, 27 percent – more than 4,000 – of America’s courses are nine-hole facilities. In addition, nine-hole rounds can be played at most 18-hole public facilities. However, just 24 percent of total rounds played last year, among those surveyed, were nine-hole rounds.
A separate study conducted in 2013 by Sports & Leisure Research Group for the USGA found that 33 percent of core golfers (those who play eight to 24 rounds annually) and 38 percent of casual golfers (those who play seven rounds or fewer) would play more nine-hole rounds if the format were “more strongly encouraged.”

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99th Annual Southwestern Amateur at Desert Mountain

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Sandy Painter Desert Mountain Club, Inc. 602-329-4101

Arizona lead the way at the Southwestern Amateur finishing in the top two spots.
Congratulations to Kyle Jones who won the 99th Annual Southwestern Amateur at Desert Mountain!
Kyle Jones of Taylor, Ariz., won the 99th Annual Southwestern Amateur June 7 at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jones, who opened with a 68/67 in the first and second rounds, went 66/67 on the weekend to win by two.
Jones, who will be a senior at Baylor in the fall and is ranked No. 38 on Golfweek’s men’s college individual rankings, edged out Zachary Wright of Phoenix with an eagle three on the 72nd hole. Wright, who will be a junior at LSU, finished second shooting 66/65 in the first two rounds and 68/71 in the final rounds.
Brigham Young University senior Justin Keiley of Provo, Utah, shot 68/67 in the first two rounds and a pair of 69s on the weekend to take third place.
The tournament was held June 4-7 on the Cochise course. The full field of 144 players, including 27 from Arizona, came from 31 states and 11 countries, and represented 98 colleges, universities and community colleges. Desert Mountain will host the tournament through 2016.
The Southwestern Golf Association is a non-profit organization that supports the tournament and promotes golf in the Southwest.

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55th Annual Father/Son Championship

Final Results – Pro and Handicap Division
Final Results – Scheid Division

Steve and Austin Quick prevailed over the 274 teams with a 70-68=138 total score. Thank you to all the  father/son teams that came to participate in the tournament!
The first three places in each flight will be awarded gift certificates. Ties for the top 3 places in each flight will be broken by a score card play-off in accordance with Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf and will be based on the back nine holes on the score card.
In the event that the teams played different golf courses on the final round, the tie breaker will be based on the back nine score played on the South Course, Gift certificates may be used for plaques or merchandise in the Golf Shop. Gift certificates not claimed will be mailed to the first player of a team as listed on the pairings.

-The Payout for overall champion is $200 per person.
For all flights:

1st place prize is $75 per person

2nd place prize is $66 per person

3rd place prize is $55 per person

If you have any questions please contact Monique Wantland ([email protected])