94th Arizona Amateur Championship
RIO VERDE, AZ-Arizona Amateur golf is in full swing this week at Tonto Verde Golf Club, where 144 of Arizona’s most prestigious amateur golfers will complete for the 94th Arizona Amateur Championship title.
Play will begin Monday with a two day 36-hole stroke-play qualifying round, played on Tonto Verde’s Peaks Course and Ranch Course. Each player will play one round on each course. The low 64 player will be advancing to the Match-Play Championship.
Beginning Wednesday, the remaining 64 players will move onto match-play qualifying, where the field will be cut to 32. Match play is where two players will compete head-to-head and the winner will determined by the amount of winning holes, rather than counting strokes.
On Thursday, 32 players will compete with the low 16 players advancing to a second match-play, where eight players will continue forward.
The next day, there will be two more rounds of match-play, where the field will be halved after each round. Two players will advance to the final round of match-play to compete for the Kachina Doll Trophy and 94th Arizona Amateur Champion title.
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9 Golf Workouts that Will Improve Your Game by Lucy Wyndham
9 Exercises for a Better Golf Game by Lucy Wyndham
24.9% of golfers surveyed in 2017 stated that they believed that buying the right equipment could immediately improve their game. However, sometimes your golf game isn’t a reflection of your skills or even of the equipment you’re using. Sometimes your game is a reflection of your physical fitness, and one of the best ways to give your game a boost is to improve your fitness routine. Here are 9 outstanding exercises for a better golf game.
Cardio & Weight Lifting Combo
This is a great option for golfers looking to lose weight while gaining muscle. Try to dedicate yourself to train only one muscle group each day while adding cardio exercises before and after the workout. This will allow you to build both endurance and strength.
Great for warming up and strengthening your leg and hip flexibility, leg swings offer you the chance to improve mobility from your legs all the way up to your lower back, which is great for a golfer wanting to improve their swing speed. It’s a fairly easy exercise to complete, making it a great option for golfers who are just starting out stretching.
Swiss Ball Russian Twist
This exercise not only works your core, but it works your hamstrings, glutes, back and hips. Working out your hips can allow you to improve flexibility and spine rotation, which is crucial in a great golf swing. The exercise involves utilizing rotational strength in your core to work other muscle groups.
Arm Bar With Screwdriver
This is one of the best exercises for shoulder stability, and as an added bonus, you can work out your core and hip flexors. You’ll need a kettlebell for this exercise, and it is suggested most for golfers who have suffered from a shoulder injury or are prone to shoulder pain.
This one is a must, as it will help prevent “golfer’s elbow.” You’ll want to start out standing up. Bend down at the waist and put your hands on the Slowly walk your hands out into a pushup position. Then, making sure to keep your knees straight, walk your toes toward your hands. Repeat 10 times!
If you do a lot of sitting at the office or have a long drive to get to the green, you’ll want to perform this exercise to stretch out your glutes before playing golf. Strong glutes lead to a strong core, which can lead to overall improved performance. There are many variations of a glute bridge, and as you get stronger you can continue to develop the exercise as it suits you best.
Hip Flexor Stretch
While playing golf, the range of motion in your trunk is related to the ability to generate club head speed. This means that it’s important to stretch and strengthen various muscle groups to increase flexibility and range of motion. Start by kneeling on one knee with the opposite foot out in front of you. Lean forward and push your hip forward until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat with the other hip.
Medicine Ball Throws
Great for building explosive power that can transfer into your swing, medicine ball throws are a great way to increase power through hip extension. To prevent tiring yourself out from one simple variation, it’s suggested to mix up the types of medicine ball throws you’re incorporating into your fitness regime.
This exercise is fantastic for practicing maintaining your posture throughout a swing as it will force you to keep your back straight and lift your knees up to your chest while activating your glutes. You can stand up or sit down depending on your comfort level.
By incorporating a mixture of these 9 workouts into your fitness routine, you can improve mobility, strength and overall performance while also feeling healthier. It’s important to give yourself rest days in between workouts, and to understand your limits before completing any high-impact exercises. Do these three to five times a week and you’ll be sure to notice an improved golf swing and better game.
Donald Kay and Brian Blanchard Qualify for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship
SCOTTSDALE, AZ- Qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship has officially come to an end, and two spots were up for grabs this Wednesday at DC Ranch Country Club.
University of Oregon rising sophomore, Kay Donald, was the first to secure his spot, finishing as the medalist. He closed at six-under-par for the two-day qualifier. Donald separated himself from the rest after round one, posting a low-round 65 on the par-70 course, ending the day with a three-shot lead. Donald’s round two card included four birdies mixed with four bogeys, taking the medalist honors by one stroke.
Brian Blanchard was the second player to advance to the U.S. Amateur Championship, finishing at five-under for the qualifier. The Phoenix native managed to put out two solid rounds of golf, shooting a 68-67–136. This will be Blanchard’s second USGA championship, as he earned the low-medalists honor at the 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Posting a 70-67–137, Jonathon Walters will serve as first alternate after finishing two strokes behind Blanchard. Sean O’Donnell grabbed the second alternate spot.
The 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship is the oldest championship hosted by the USGA , and will consist of the world’s top amateur golfers. The tournament will return for the third time to Pebble Beach Golf Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, scheduled for August 13-19.
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