2015 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Inductees

Phoenix Thunderbirds and Tuscon Conquistadores
The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame will enshrine the Phoenix Thunderbirds and Tucson Conquistadores at the Annual Ceremony on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The Ceremony is preceded by a ProAm at noon with the Ceremony beginning at 5:30 with cocktails and a light dinner.
The Phoenix Thunderbirds have been the driving force behind the Waste Management (Phoenix) Open for 80 years.   “On behalf of The Thunderbirds I want to thank the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Committee for our induction into this elite group,” said Thunderbirds Big Chief Danny Calihan.  “We are honored to be one of the first groups to be inducted, along with the Tucson Conquistadores, and we are thrilled that this prestigious achievement comes on the heels of a milestone year for the Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.”
The Tucson Conquistadores have been a driving force both for golf and charitable fundraising in the southern Arizona community though multiple PGA Tour, World Championship and Champions Tour events.   In reflecting on the impact of the Conquistadores, “The privilege to host PGA TOUR and LPGA events for our community over the past 53 years is one thing,” said Tucson Conquistadores’ president Oscar Lizardi. “Helping tens of thousands of Southern Arizona kids engage in sports as a result of our partnership with professional golf is the ultimate reward.”
Each of the participating associations in Arizona will begin the evening by honoring a special award recipient from their association:
Champion of Golf to Ms. Debbie Waitkus
Dorothy Pease to Rose Nehring
The First Tee
Greg Hoyt Junior of the Year to Kenny Steubs
2015 Division Champions
Southwest Section PGA
Johnny Bulla Award to Bobby Phillips
 All Arizona Golfers are welcome. ProAm participants are $200 or $800 per team, $70 for the ceremony only. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH. All participants must be paid for in advance. No money will be accepted at the event.
Questions? Contact Ginger Monroy at [email protected] or 602.944.3035.
The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame is part of the Arizona Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable entity.   The Hall of Fame is managed by Arizona’s golf associations: Arizona Golf Association, Arizona Women’s Golf Association, the Cactus & Pine Superintendents Association, the Club Managers Association of Arizona, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Southwest Section PGA.


2015 Champion of Golf

Debbie Waitkus
President and Founder of Golf for Cause
Debbie Waitkus, speaker, author and consultant is the president and founder of Golf for Cause. She is passionate about helping others Turn Golf into Gold®, enriching their lives both personally and professionally.
A true advocate of the sport, she is a founder and managing partner of the National Women’s Golf Alliance — evaluating and certifying golf facilities for how well they “Roll Out the Green Carpet™” for women, past-president of Women in the Golf Industry and sits on National Golf Course Owners Association Arizona Advisory Board. Debbie donates a portion of the proceeds of her popular book Get Your Golf On! – Your Guide to Getting in the Game to the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund, advancing the opportunity for girls to play golf in college.
A thought leader who speaks regularly at golf industry functions, Debbie appears in numerous media and is a Top 100 Panelist with Golfweek. She is the recipient of the YWCA Sports Leader Award and the Eller School of Management Entrepreneurship Award. She is also a featured author in Teeing Up for Success, published by the EWGA Foundation in 2014.
Golf for Cause teaches organizations how to leverage the business power of golf through events, business-golf education, motivational speaking and consultation. Clients include Better Business Bureau, Microsoft, National Bank of Arizona, Navigate Research, RW Baird, Wells Fargo, Vanguard, among others.
Prior to founding Golf for Cause, LLC, Debbie was president of a 37-year-old, $130 million private mortgage banking firm, where she attributed golf as one of her keys to success. Mother of two, she sits on a number of community and professional boards and, with her husband, Jack, owns Video West, Inc., a 30+ year-old audio, video, lighting rental and staging company.


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100 Holes of Golf Marathon

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I Want to Participate in the Marathon

We’re so excited that you are interested in helping with the AGF/Friends of Freedom Marathon!

What is the AGF/Friends of Freedom Marathon?
It is an incredibly fun fundraising campaign, which will raise some serious bucks for AGA Friends of Freedom. It is a way for participants, both duffer and low handicapper alike, to rally support while doing something they will really enjoy – playing golf. When compared to a traditional golf tournament, golf marathons are more fun and substantially more profitable.
Here’s the Fun Part!
Yes, you will play 100 holes. No, we’re not kidding. One hundred holes are very doable. Many participants in past marathons have been able to play more than 100 holes. In fact, the record for a golf marathon is an amazing 409 holes in one day! Several changes in the format of the game are made to speed up the play…

All participants are in golf carts and play at their own speed.
Golfers will hit multiple balls, and each ball counts as one hole played.
No looking for lost balls, OB’s etc. Merely drop another ball and keep hitting.
Whenever your score on a hole reaches triple bogey, pick up, score the hole as completed, and move on to the next hole.
You may play any hole, or series of holes, in any order as many times as you want. We are the ONLY players on the entire course – very fun!!
On the green, any putt inside the flag stick is a “gimme.”

What’s In It For Me?
Besides a lot of fun and the satisfaction of helping the AGA and Friends of Freedom in a big way, you will receive…

Breakfast, Lunch and continuous refreshments
Plenty of golf balls to smack away.
The opportunity to earn some great prizes, depending on the amount of pledges that you have raised.

OK, What’s the Catch?

Well, there really isn’t any catch. Each participant in the Golf Marathon will be required to do three things.

Give A Day & Play golf at the golf course. Shotgun start right after breakfast.
Sponsor yourself for at least $1 per hole.
Solicit sponsorships from business associates, friends and family with a goal of raising an additional $24 per hole…that amounts to $2,500 each golfer can raise for this most worthwhile cause. So, you can see with a field of 48 participants, each raising $2,500, we could $120,000. WOW!

OK, “Gimme” the Details

The AGA/Friends of Freedom Golf Marathon will be played on April 19, 2016 at Moon Valley CC, with the location details to follow in upcoming newsletters. The Marathon will give you a very rare opportunity to play on a golf course, almost by yourself, and complete the equivalent of a year’s worth of golf in one day! Our day’s agenda will be something like this…

April 19th At Palo Verde Golf Course 
Breakfast at sun up
Shot gun start.
Flail away for at least 100 holes.
Marathon stops when 100 holes are completed or the golf course staff runs us off.
Go home, soak your muscles, rub on some Ben Gay or reach for the Aleve!
Smile a lot – you’ve done a great thing today!

How Do I Sign Up?

This is the easy part. You can…

give us a call at 602-944-3035 or 800-458-8484 and talk to Ed Gowan or Lorraine Thies or 
fill out your information on the attached Marathon Brochure and fax to the AGA at 602-944-3228
Email Ed or Lorraine to let us know you are interested in participating in this great cause.