Lewis and Schmunk Post Wins at the Thompson Invitational at Oro Valley Country Club

Trevor Lewis, 15, of Prescott, outlasted older brother, Riley, 17, to take first place in the Boy Championship division at the Thompson Invitational contested at Oro Valley Country Club September 22-23. Trevor followed a first-round 72 with a final-round 71, the lowest round of the tournament on the boy’s side, to finish at 1-under-par 143 for the championship. This marks Trevor’s first win in nine events entered this season. Riley shot 1-over-par 73-72—145 for the tournament, one stroke clear of third-place finisher, Charles Van Slyck, 16, of Scottsdale (72-74—146).
In the Girls Championship division, Trevor Lewis, 15, of Prescott, outlasted older brother, Riley, 17, to take first place in the Boy Championship division at 2-over-par 146 with round-one leader, Ashley Menne (72-74), 16, of Surprise. To force the playoff, Schmunk posted the low round of the tournament, 2-under par with four birdies and an eagle, before making one last birdie on the first extra hole to earn the championship. Madeleine Laux, 16, of Goodyear came in third place at 3-over-par 147 (76-71), one stroke off the pace.
“Congratulations to Trevor and Alexandria. They both broke through to the winner’s circle against strong players,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “Riley has been finishing ahead of Trevor all year, and Ashley has put together an unprecedented string of wins this season. They have to feel really good about coming out on top. Finally, we would like to thank Michael Thompson, Tucson native, for sponsoring the event. I’d also like to congratulate Michael for finishing in the top 25 of the Playoffs to retain his PGA Tour card for the 2018-2019 season.”
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Images courtesy of JGAA:

Madeleine Laux, Ashley Menne and Alexandria Schmunk
Riley Lewis, Trevor Lewis and Charles Van Slyck

About Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson, a Tucson native, grew up playing in the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf program, Southwest Section PGA events and JGAA tournaments from 2000-2003.  He was a member of the 2001 Eddie Hogan Cup team representing Arizona, where he finished third individually. Thompson played collegiate golf at the University of Tulane before transferring to the University of Alabama.  In 2008, Thompson was named the SEC Player of the Year and shortly after turned professional. In 2013, he won his first PGA TOUR event at the Honda Classic and finished 39th overall in the FedExCup standings that year. In 2017, Thompson finished in the top 10 once, top-25 six times and made 9 of 21 cuts on tour.
About the JGAA
The Junior Golf Association of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent to the game.  In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics.   The Junior Ambassador and Guest Speaker Programs give JGAA students the opportunity to learn, develop and adopt successful habits and practices – both on and off the golf course – from a collection of prominent, civic-minded community and business leaders.  The JGAA also awards two scholarship funds annually to high school senior members of the JGAA for their college education – the Tres Arnold and the John Wolfinger Memorial College Scholarships.  The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation has guided the organization for more than 30 years and is instilled in all of its members.  For more information JGAA, visit or call 602-944-6168. 


Arizona Well-Represented at the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur

The USGA accepted 4,709 applicants and Arizona’s own managed to clinch eight of the 238 available spots. Aaron Friedman, Bryan Hoops, Peter Ianello, Chris Kamin, Sean O’Donnell, Michael Martin, Shankar Natarajan, and Adam Walicki will tee off at Charlotte Country Club for the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Aaron Friedman, of Scottsdale, fired a one-under 71, resulting in a six-for-two playoff at Moon Valley Country Club. Friedman was the first to survive after a birdie on the second playoff hole. This will be his first U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
It’s not inconceivable that 22-time USGA qualifier, Bryan Hoops, is one of only ten players in the field with ten or more U.S. Mid-Amateur appearances. Bryan Hoops (Chandler, AZ) grabbed the sole qualifying spot at Red Hawks Golf Club after a bogey-free round of 69. Hoops is a two-time AGA Player of the Year and two-time Arizona Mid-Amateur Champion.
After a six-for-two playoff, it was Peter Ianello’s birdie on the fifth playoff hole at Moon Valley Country Club that determined the final spot in the U.S. Mid-Amateur field. The Scottsdale resident proves his golf game is strong, qualifying just three weeks later for the U.S. Four-Ball Championship, with his partner Bennett Blakeman. This will mark his second U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Chris Kamin (Phoenix, AZ) came out on top with medalist honors, after carding an impressive four-under 67 at Moon Valley Country Club. The 44-year-old, Bradley University golf alumni, played on mini-tours before reinstating his amateur status.
Sean O’Donnell (Glendale, AZ) was the second player at Moon Valley Country Club to punch his ticket to Charlotte. After finishing as an alternate in his last USGA qualifier, O’Donnell shot a two-under 70, walking off the greens as a 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier.
After carding a one-under 70, Michael Martin bagged the fourth and final qualifying spot at Stoneridge Golf Club in Stillwater, Minnesota. Martin, 34, of Scottsdale, will be playing in his second U.S. Championship of the year, after advancing with his partner to the round-of- 32 at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship.
Shankar Natarajan (Phoenix, AZ) clinched the final qualifying spot at Redlands Country Club in Redlands, California. His one-under-par 69 forced a two-for-one playoff, resulting in a victory for Shankar.
With a three-under 69 at Annandale golf Club in Pasadena, California, Adam Walicki (Phoenix, AZ) claimed the second qualifying spot.  The 2003 USGA Men’s State Team Championship low individual is no stranger to the U.S. Mid-Amateur, having played in six of the last eight.
The USGA is known for hosting ten of the world’s most desirable amateur championships. The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will land at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina for the first time in history, September 22-27, 2018.
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2018 Goldwater Cup Matches

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Join the AGA for five rounds of golf in Scotland

Dundonald Links
Carnoustie Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links

Old Prestwick

Royal Troon Old Course

The Arizona Golf Association has partnered up with Sullivan Golf Travel to create an unforgettable international experience to the home of golf, Scotland. The trip includes eight nights accommodation, Scottish breakfast each morning, and five rounds of golf at a selection of world-class golf links.   We will be spending time at the Old Course in St. Andrews; however, the course fees there are not included in the pricing.                                                             

Ed Gowan, Arizona Golf Association, +1 602-944-3035 | Email Ed Gowan


AWGA Members Join Page

2019 Join & Renew is Now Open!
Welcome to the Arizona Golf Assocaition online join and renew portal. We are excited about the integration between the AGA and AWGA and would like to help you through the new join process. 
Two things to remember:
1. YOUR CURRENT AWGA LOGIN CREDENTIALS WILL NOT WORK ON THE AGA SITE, unless you choose to use the same credentials when making a new profile.
2. If you have any problems along the way, please contact either the AGA at 602-944-3035 or the AWGA at 602-253-5655.

Now, let’s get started…what would you like to do?
If you are active in a club (AGA or AWGA) in Arizona and would like to renew that membership for 2019, you will need to log into the AGA website. 

I’ve Never Logged into the AGA site before:

Chances are, you have never been on the AGA site so you will need to set up a new profile.To create an AGA profile, click First Time Login. This will take you to a page where you will enter your GHIN number and Name. Once verified, you will be able to set up a username and password.

I already have a username and password to the Arizona Golf Association site:

If you’ve already established a username and password, just click Login.The link will take you back to our homepage – the login section is located on the top left of the page.


Click Join Now! to join a NEW club in Arizona for the first time, or to REACTIVATE a membership from prior to 2018. Use this link even if you are currently a member of a different club in Arizona. If you have a GHIN number from any club throughout the US, you will need to have that number handy when you go through the join process.

NOTE: Not all clubs allow members to pay online. If your club is not listed on the next page, you will have to join through the golf shop.