USGA Boatwright Intern
Mike was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but growing up in Colorado Springs since age eight, considers himself a native of Colorado. Mike has family ties to Arizona including his grandparents residing in Scottsdale. This is where he found his love for the game.
His first trip to the driving range at Coronado Golf Course, with cut down clubs, came at the age of three. While the passion for the game remained, a desire to participate in other sports took a strong hold and led to practice time being filled with competitive baseball and soccer. After one year at CU Boulder, that desire to compete arose again and Mike transferred home to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he walked on to the NCAA Division II soccer team. While the school offered a degree in Professional Golf Management, time conflicts and team commitments interfered and ultimately he graduated with a BA in Communications in 2010.
Through most of high school and college, Mike worked part time at a local art gallery in Colorado Springs. After graduating in 2010, he increased his role at the gallery to full time. Out of school and unsure of his future, he turned his focus back to the first game he knew, golf. With increased time to dedicate to practice and following the game a new passion to work in and help nurture the game became apparent.
Colorado is where he will always call home, but looking for a fresh start and a warmer climate he moved to Phoenix in July 2015. A few months of enjoying the golf and the weather he was hired as the P.J. Boatwright Intern for the Arizona Golf Association. His internship will last from April 1, 2016 until the turn of the year.
As a Boatwright Intern the goal is for Mike to be exposed to as many aspects of the golf industry as possible during his time, but the focus will be on the tournament side of the association. He will also be involved in the event planning and coordinating throughout the year. Welcome, Mike, to the Arizona Golf Association. We are excited to have you be a part of the evolution and experience of the AGA.
Check out the New and Consecutive Winners
This year’s 2016 AZ Senior Stroke Play was hosted by Mesa Country Club. Created in 1948, Mesa Country Club was designed by legendary golf architect William “Billy” Bell. Bell is best known for his work in San Diego at the Torrey Pines South Course and La Jolla Country Club, however his portfolio extended into Arizona at both Mesa Country Club and the renowned original design of Papago Park. In the 1970’s long-time head golf professional and respected architect Richard “Dick” Turner made numerous enhancements to the original Bell design at Mesa, including adding length to several holes and moving bunkers to be in play for longer hitters (Turner performed similar work at Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale).
Last year, both Bryan Hoops (Masters) and Mark Coward (Senior) took first place in their division and did the same again this year with new comer David Rasley. Mark Coward took first overall shooting a total of 3-under with a 141.
Masters: Bryan Hoops
Senior: Mark Coward
Legends: David Rasley
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Welcome, Liz, to the AGA Staff
Liz Durnan is a native of Scottsdale, AZ and picked up the game of golf at the late age of 13. As most Arizona natives know, the youth in the Valley of the Sun start golfing at a much younger age. Starting at a younger age affords junior golfers the opportunity to turn their dreams into a reality whether that be attaining a golf scholarship or turning professional. Liz, however, was determined to pave that successful path for herself regardless of the age she got the golf bug.
Her hard work and determination landed her a spot on the roster with Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC. She played on the inaugural team in 2006 collecting many accolades just in her freshman year. She finished first individually at Lady Bear Intercollegiate, made first-team All-Conference, received Most Valuable Player, Player of the Year and was honored with the Michael A. Nalls Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Freshman Athlete. Throughout the rest of her career she had numerous top 10 finishes, helping the Abbey to the 2010 Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship, in which she finished second.
Liz went on to become an assistant coach for Western Texas College in Snyder, TX from 2011-12. She coached both the men’s and women’s teams to respectable years. The women’s team finished 3rd place at the NJCAA National Championship in Daytona Beach, FL which was the best finish in school history. The men’s team won WJCAC Conference Championship, TX State Championship and NJCAA Region 5 Championship and were runner-up at the NJCAA National Championship. The combined teams had a total of four players named All-American and eight players named All-Conference. Some players pursued their golf careers and turned professional.
After coaching in TX, Liz became the Associate Head Women’s Golf Coach at her alma mater, Belmont Abbey. The women’s program showed improvement in tournament and player performance throughout the year and moved up in NCAA ranking.
Liz will be taking the role as Member Service Coordinator here at the AGA Office. She will be supporting members in any TPP, GHIN and any questions related to membership. She will also be involved in the event planning and coordinating throughout the year. Welcome Liz to the Arizona Golf Association. We are excited to have you be a part of the evolution and experience of the AGA.
Matt Dorchinecz & Zachary Backer Win Four-Ball Championship
During the weekend of May 14th and 15th, Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson hosted the 2016 Arizona Four-Ball Championship. Bryan Hoops and Jeremy Defalco were the 2015 Champions. This year’s competition hosted 26 different teams across four flighted divisions separated by age. The competition consisted of 36 holes of four ball team play starting with a 1:00PM Saturday afternoon shotgun and commencing with a morning shotgun Sunday at 7 o’clock. Blustery conditions awaited the players but three teams battled the elements to break 70 the first day including Paige Peterson and Rob McIver(66), David Rasley and Roger Brown(67) and Matt Dorchinecz and Zachary Baker(69). While players hoped the breeze would subside for the round the following morning, they were disappointed to see gusty winds return by 8AM making for arguably more difficult conditions than the day before. While contending teams battled to better themselves from the preceding round only one was able to reach that goal. The team of Dorchinecz and Baker rounded the course with the day’s best score of 67 for a two-day total of 136, besting Peterson and McIver by one stroke to claim the overall title. Thank you to the teams who participated and we hope to see everyone next year.
Overall:Matt Dorchinecz, Zachary Baker 69-67= 136
Open Division: Matt Dorchinecz, Zachary Baker 69-67= 136
Masters Division: Paige Peterson, Rob McIver 66-71=137
Senior Division: Tom Sweigart, Cyrus Whitney 70-70=140
Legends Division: David Rasley, Roger Brown 67-70=137
Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifying Schedule
The USGA, Masters Tournament and the PGA of America have officially launched the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the local qualifying schedule across the country with the opportunity to advance and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
Stage 1: Local Qualifying (May/June/July/August) 256 host sites spread throughout all 50 states 3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Stage 2: Subregional Qualifying (July/August)50 host sites spread throughout 31 states2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue
Stage 3: Regional Qualifying (September)10 host sites in 10 defined regions 1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue
Stage 4: Championship Final (April 2, 2017)80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club
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Click here to download a full list of qualifying venues at the local and subregional level