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Chris Meyers Scores an Albatross!

In the final round of the 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Christopher Meyers of The First Tee of Tucson holes his second shot on the par-5 18th hole for a double eagle and to win the Pro Junior competition.

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2014 USGA Men’s State Team Championship

The Arizona Golf Association is sending the 2013 Player of the Year Trey Martin, 2014 Points Leader RJ Wood, and 2014 AZ Mid-Amateur Champion Ken Tanigawa to French Lick, Indiana to compete in this year’s Men’s State Team Championship.  The competition begins on September 30th and you can follow their scores by clicking on the link below.

Congratulations to Team Arizona. They finished 29th in the 2014 USGA State Team Championship.

USGA Men’s State Team Results
Championship Home Page

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e-Clubhouse Login

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Toka Sticks Men’s Club

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Snowflake Men’s Golf Association

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Congratulations, Tina Tombs for Winning Teacher of the Year!

Tina Tombs-Teacher of the Year!
The award is given annually to the woman golf professional who has most exemplified her profession during the year.
As Director of Golf Instruction at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz., since 2001, Tina Tombs has developed a premier teaching program for golfers of all ages and skill levels, from youth programs to corporate clinics to women’s groups to professionals. This year, Tombs built a state-of-the-art facility at the Arizona Biltmore, including a cover shot mobile canopy system with two teaching bays.
“I am honored and very grateful to receive this prestigious award and feel very fortunate to have my name added to this distinguished list,” said Tombs. I’m thankful for the opportunities the LPGA has given me throughout my career and want to say thank you to all of you who have mentored me, believed in me and supported my vision to help better the game of golf through advanced teaching technologies and instruction.”
As an amateur, Tombs won the New Hampshire Junior Golf Championship in 1979 and followed by the New Hampshire State Championship in 1981. She captured the 1982 New England Amateur Championship title and in 1984 became the Eastern Amateur champion. Tombs was ranked among Golf Digest’s top-10 amateur golfers in 1984. She was inducted into the New Hampshire Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. As a collegiate player at Arizona State University, she captured two tournament titles and was a two-time All-American. In 2006, Tombs was inducted into the Sun Devil Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tombs joined the LPGA Tour in 1988 winning the LPGA Jamie Farr Classic in 1990 and in 1993 had a career-best round of 64 en route to a runner-up finish after a 3-hole playoff in the Sara Lee Classic. Tombs toured the world with the LPGA and with two daughters, Sarah and Heidi. She was one of the original founders of the LPGA Smucker’s Day Care Center in the early 1990’s. This day care center has continued to grow and has allowed women with children to follow their dreams on the LPGA tour.
As a member of the LPGA Tour, Tombs trained with the best psychologists, coaches, and instructors the game has to offer. She decided to share this wealth of knowledge with the community around her by becoming a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division. She earned her Class A certification in one year.
In 2012 Tina partnered with Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix to host The FORE Barrow Challenge. This team event, featuring LPGA Seniors and current LPGA players, raised funds to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Phoenix Crisis Nursery. Tombs was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of two.
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Local Arizonan, Kerry Graham Awarded The Ellen Griffen Rolex Award

Credit:www.worldgolf.com
The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP membership in 1989 to honor the late Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who has made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf. Griffin, who passed away in 1986, was one of the best-known women’s golf teaching professionals in American history.
Beginning golf at nine years of age, Kerry Graham played junior golf competitively in the summers in Wyoming and then in college at Arizona State University. She began her professional golf career teaching and working in a golf shop at a retirement community in Arizona.
For the next 45 years Kerry journeyed through the golf industry as an instructor, club fitter, college coach, golf shop merchandiser, country club manager and golf course design team member. In 1985 Kerry entered into leadership of the LPGA, first as an LPGA T&CP Section President and Education Committee member and then from 1987 to 1993 as National President of the Teaching Division. During those six years, Kerry led initiatives to found the LPGA Girls Golf Club, the LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program (the forerunner of The First Tee) and led the LPGA Teaching Division to continue emphasis and improvement in the Teacher Training and Certification program.
In 1991 as National President, Graham envisioned and initiated the first Women in Golf Summit, hosted by the LPGA in Orlando, Fla. Additional summits were held in 1993 and 1995. The objective of Summit ’91 was to define the issues most important to women’s golf in the 1990s. It gathered, for the first time, more than 400 men and women representing all aspects of the golf industry, including associations, golf management, manufacturing, travel and real estate, golf course design, media, college and high schools, professionals and amateurs. Graham received the National Golf Foundation’s Joe Graffis Award for her dedication to growing the game through these summits.
“Kerry Graham was not only a pioneer in the early development of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals, but a visionary for the entire golf industry.” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals and LPGA Foundation President. “Many of today’s programs would not even exist if it weren’t for her forward-thinking work and dedication to teaching and growing the game. I think Ellen would be absolutely delighted that Kerry has received this award.”
After serving as LPGA National President, Graham turned her energy to helping the golf agendas in the state of Arizona. She served on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona Board and Foundation, both as a board member and President. She also served on the Board of Governors of the Phoenix-based LPGA Tournament for 15 years.
Through the years Kerry has been recognized with many golf industry awards, including the Graffis Award for Education, the Patty Berg Award, the LPGA Commissioner’s Award, and the Women’s Sports Foundation President’s Award. In 2005, Graham was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame, and in 2008, the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.
“I was fortunate to have known Ellen Griffin and observed her incredible dedication to her students and the joy she lived in helping them through golf,” said Graham. “It was truly fun and inspiring to know her and I am so honored to be chosen to receive this award.”
Graham currently teaches golf in Phoenix and continues to study all aspects of the game, both physical and mental, to improve her skills and service to her clients. She has developed strategies to identify individuals’ learning styles, keep instruction focused and simple and assist each student to identify how to best accomplish their goals in learning and playing golf. Graham is most grateful and passionate about her golf instruction and coaching career.
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Media Contact: Diane Cody, LPGA T&CP Communications Coordinator, [email protected] 386-274-6200.