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2015 Senior Match Play at The Wigwam

The qualifying round of the Senior Match Play Championship concluded this afternoon and the first round matches have been set. 
Masters Division
The low qualifier in the Masters Division was Bruce Glasco with an opening round 70. 16 of the 24 signed up to qualify will advance to match play. 

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Senior Division
Jeff New and Tom Sweigart shared medalist honors with a 3-under 69. Jeff New ended up with 1st seed honors and will join 31 of the 39 Seniors that played today.

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Legends Division
The Legends Division was led by Ed Gowan with an qualifying round of 2-under par 70. Match Play will begin with 16 of the 20 players that attempted to qualify

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USGA Museum Opens Jack Nicklaus Room

Photo on home page: The Jack Nicklaus Room in the USGA’s Museum at United States Golf Association in Far Hills, N.J. as seen on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Copyright USGA/Jonathan Kolbe)

Far Hills, N.J.  — The United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, N.J., held a special event today to mark the opening of the Jack Nicklaus Room. The new room, which celebrates the life and career of the 18-time major champion, joins galleries that honor Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Mickey Wright.
The 1,200-square-foot exhibit space contains more than 80 artifacts, many on loan from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
“We are delighted that we are able to gather friends and family at the USGA Museum to celebrate the addition of a room devoted to one of the game’s greatest players, Jack Nicklaus,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA president. “The Nicklaus Room offers an interactive experience that will allow future generations the opportunity to appreciate Jack’s legacy and relive many of the greatest moments in American golf history.”
From his first U.S. Open victory in 1962 to his last Green Jacket in 1986, Nicklaus had the skill and the determination to compete more successfully than anyone else in golf’s major championships. He compiled the best amateur record since his hero, Bob Jones, capped his career by winning the Grand Slam in 1930. Nicklaus won two U.S. Amateurs and played on two victorious USA Walker Cup Teams. He turned professional in November 1961 and embarked on a career that included 73 PGA Tour victories and a record 18 major championship titles. He won a record-tying four U.S. Opens, six Masters Tournaments, three British Opens and five PGA Championships — an amazing testament to his three decades of sustained excellence.
Nicklaus did not become golf’s greatest major champion on ability alone, however. His competitive spirit, self-belief, commitment, integrity, perseverance and vision were among the values that helped turn his unquestioned skills into unmatched success.
“The USGA has had a great influence on my career, and helped shape my love of the game and for competition since I first picked up a club at age 10,” Nicklaus said. “My association with them — from the championships I played to the USGA leaders who have impacted my life — is one I have always valued. For them to recognize my career and life with this addition to the USGA Museum is humbling and meaningful to me and my family. I hope this room provides guests the opportunity to share some of the cherished memories I have, but more important, I hope parts of it can help educate a new generation of golfers and golf fans about our collective work to grow this great game.”
Notable artifacts:•    MacGregor Tommy Armour 3-woodNicklaus used this 3-wood from 1958 through 1995 and won all 18 of his professional majors and both U.S. Amateurs using it.•    “White Fang,” Acushnet Bull’s Eye PutterIn an effort to jump-start his game, Nicklaus switched to this putter before the 1967 U.S. Open. It was painted white and the round grip was altered with a pencil jammed into the end of it. He made eight birdies in a final-round 65 to win his second U.S. Open.•    MacGregor VIP 1-ironNicklaus won seven major championships and hit two of his most memorable shots with this 1-iron: the 238-yard approach to the 72nd hole at Baltusrol in 1967 and the tee shot at the 71st hole at Pebble Beach in 1972.•    Caddie overalls worn by Jack Nicklaus II, 1986 MastersNicklaus won his 18th major championship at Augusta National in 1986 at age 46. The victory was unforgettable, not only because of his final-nine heroics, but because his son Jackie caddied for him.•    MacGregor 5-iron, 1986 MastersComing off an eagle at 15, Nicklaus hit a 5-iron at the 170-yard 16th. As the ball was in flight, Jackie yelled, “Be right!” and Nicklaus said, “It is,” as the ball rolled back to within 3 feet, setting up a birdie.•    Wedding invitation and napkinJack and Barbara Nicklaus were married on July 23, 1960. Nicklaus has said that Barbara has been his foundation, his voice of reason, his biggest supporter, his best friend and the love of his life.•    Bronze sculptureJack is Back by Zenos Frudakis•    PaintingA Study of Jack Nicklaus 1 by Harold Riley
“Our partnership with the Jack Nicklaus Museum gives us the unique opportunity to display our collection of artifacts while enhancing the exhibit with many of Jack’s personal items,” said Michael Trostel, senior curator/historian for the USGA Museum. “In this exhibit, Nicklaus uses his own words to tell you what made him a successful player; respected golf course designer and businessman; and dedicated husband, father and grandfather.”
Jack Nicklaus Room Facts
•    The Jack Nicklaus Room is 1,200 square feet and contains 82 artifacts.•    Some of the artifacts on display in the room are on loan from the Jack Nicklaus Museum in Columbus, Ohio. We appreciate their support and look forward to continued collaboration.•    Six themes are highlighted within the room: competitive spirit, integrity, self-belief, commitment, perseverance and vision. Though these attributes are not unique to Jack, we believe the way he related to these principles make Nicklaus golf’s greatest major champion.•    There are nine short films and 27 “Ask Jack” vignettes highlighting Nicklaus’ four U.S. Open victories and the themes discussed above. Additionally, we created a timeline, a statistics page and an interactive course-design feature that gives visitors insight into Jack’s design philosophy and lets them create their own risk-reward par 4 by choosing the routing, and placing bunkers and the green.•    Two works of art were commissioned for the room: a painting by Harold Riley titled A Study of Jack Nicklaus I, depicting Nicklaus at Pebble Beach in 1972; and a sculpture by Zenos Frudakis titled Jack Is Back, showing Nicklaus celebrating a birdie putt on the 71st hole of the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol.•    The room is meant to be an intimate examination of Jack and his career. We explore the moments, people and events that shaped and influenced his life. By having Jack speak in the first person to the visitor, whether through written words or interviews, we hope it is a deeply personal experience for everyone.•    In addition to the exhibits in the room, the short films will be shared through USGA digital media channels in the coming months to reach a worldwide audience. The goal of these videos is to share Jack’s success, both on and off the golf course, with future generations.•    The architect of the project is Gensler. The exhibit designers are 1220 Exhibits and Peter Hyde Design.
About the USGAThe USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used in more than 50 countries on six continents.

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Highlights From the 2015 AZ Stroke Play Championship

Congratulations to Michael Feagles for his win at the 2015 AZ Stroke Play Championship held May 14-17 at Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix. Over the four days, he shot 74-67-69-65=275 to take a 3 stroke victory over the 2011 Champion, Peter Koo.  Rounding out the top 5 were Adam Walicki (278), Jake Byrum (282) and Greg Sohl at 283.
This year Jox Sports was their video-taiping the action.

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2015 AGA Member Day Signup

Thank you for your RSVP to the 2015 AGA Volunteer Appreciation Day.

If it is just you attending the volunteer day, your registration is complete. We look forward to seeing you on June 9.

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If you listed the names of your guests on the registration page, please use this form to pay for those guests. If you prefer to pay by check, please submit the total amount due to the Arizona Golf Association, Attention Alex Tsakiris, 7600 E. Redfield Rd., Ste 130, Scottsdale, AZ 85260Price per guest is $55.00.

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World Wide Handicap System a Possibility

The golf handicapping systems used in Scotland are different from the ones used in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. But the USGA is leading an effort to make handicapping systems uniform throughout the globe.
The following was reported by John Paul Newport in the Wall Streeet Journal May 15, 2015
Say you meet a 12-handicap golfer from Australia on the first tee at St. Andrews in Scotland. If your U.S. handicap index also happens to be 12, you might suggest a friendly little money game, with no strokes given. Bad move.
That’s because Golf Australia, the sport’s governing body there, doesn’t calculate handicaps the way that the U.S. Golf Association does. Handicap formulas also vary in Great Britain and Ireland, continental Europe, South Africa and Argentina. Similarly handicapped golfers from those regions won’t necessarily be better players than their U.S. counterparts, but they might be. There’s no way to know based simply on their index.
In three or four years, things could be different. The USGA is leading an effort to get the world’s six handicapping authorities on the same page. The U.S. handicap system, including the USGA’s course rating and Slope system, would be the basis for the proposed World Handicap System, but it would incorporate the best elements from the other handicapping schemes. Among the likely changes U.S. golfers would notice: daily adjustments to the handicap formula to reflect playing conditions. A 92 posted on a cold rainy day with howling wind would count for more than a 92 shot in benign conditions.
This initiative is the final piece in a long-term push for unified golf governance around the world. In the last decade or so, the USGA and its governing partner, the R&A (which oversees the game everywhere but in the U.S. and Mexico) have pretty much consolidated the game in three other areas: the playing rules of golf, equipment regulations and most recently the code of amateur status.
“The handicap system is effectively a fourth set of rules,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s point man for the initiative. Not all golfers keep a handicap, of course, but for those who do the score-posting requirements enforce a rules-like discipline. Yet those rules deviate from country to country. “We feel it would benefit the game enormously, and add to its enjoyment, if golfers everywhere had a single, portable handicap number that worked the same wherever they traveled,” Bodenhamer said.
The USGA has overseen handicapping in the U.S. for more than a century and its system is by far the most sophisticated in the world. In recent years, the roll call of countries outside the USGA’s jurisdiction that have voluntarily adopted its handicap system has grown to more than 30, including Brazil, Japan, and China. The system’s underlying course rating methodology, necessary to fairly adjust scores shot on courses of diverse difficulty, is used in more than 60 countries.
Unlike the USGA, the R&A doesn’t function as a day-to-day national governing body and hasn’t been involved with handicapping. Its primary functions are to administer the rules of golf on behalf of roughly 150 organizations in 138 countries and to run the British Open. The R&A long ago ceded handicapping to the various regional authorities that sprang up. Over time, those systems evolved to reflect local cultures.
In Argentina, for example, the vast majority of play takes place in club-sponsored competitions with strictly enforced rules. “No mulligans, no gimmes,” said Mark Lawrie, until recently the executive director of the Argentine Golf Association. (He is now director for Latin America at the R&A.) Another difference is the absence of equitable stroke control, which the USGA system includes. In Argentina, if you hit two drives out of bounds and score a 12 on a hole, all 12 strokes count in calculating your handicap. In the U.S., the worst you can do on a hole for handicap purposes is limited on a sliding scale based on your index.
“It’s a pretty harsh system,” Lawrie said. You might reasonably expect a 10 handicap Argentine to be a more consistent player than a 10 handicap American.
In Great Britain and Ireland, usually only competitive tournament rounds are used for handicaps. For many golfers, that may only be a handful of rounds per year. Indexes can be woefully out of date. In Australia, the predominate form of play, mostly in competitions, is in the Stableford format. Points are awarded for par, birdie, bogey and so forth. That system creates more incentive to take risks and less incentive to play out bad holes, since any net score above double bogey earns zero points.
All these cultural preferences impact the handicap index that individual golfers carry.
“We’re a long way down the road on the new system technologically,” Bodenhamer said. An international team of mathematicians and computer geeks has been working on it for more than two years, under the radar. But it’s still a work in progress. Ongoing discussions with the regional handicap authorities will try to accommodate how golf is played in different places, but the objective is for everyone eventually to handicap with the same system.
Bodenhamer is optimistic this will happen, in part because the USGA and the R&A will jointly bear the costs for maintaining and updating the new system. Local golf organizations would still supervise handicaps and remain connected to their members. But it’s likely to take some selling. That phase of the game is beginning now.