Scottsdale, Ariz. (March 27, 2019) – As the month of March draws to a close, Troon President Tim Schantz will officially move into his new role as chief executive officer of the world’s largest club management firm on April 1st, while Troon founder Dana Garmany becomes the company’s executive chairman.


Schantz has been with Troon since 1998 and has served as the company’s president since 2017. Prior to becoming president, he was the executive vice president of global business development for the 29-year-old management firm. Schantz has over 24 years of experience in the golf and hospitality industries, specializing in corporate and real estate transactions. Prior to joining Troon, Schantz served as vice president and senior corporate counsel for the Doubletree Corporation, a Phoenix-based lodging and hospitality company. A licensed attorney, Schantz began his career in the California offices of Latham & Watkins international law firm. Schantz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado Boulder and his Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Kansas.


Garmany founded Troon in 1990 with Troon North Golf Club as its flagship property. Under Garmany’s leadership, Troon has become the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including managing 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. Throughout its history, Troon has earned a reputation for delivering pristine golf course conditions, personalized member services, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings.


“I feel a personal responsibility to carry on Dana’s legacy, create value for him and the company, and maintain the feeling that we’re part of something very special that one guy started 29 years ago,” said Schantz. “Leading Troon will be a lot of responsibility, but it’s something I welcome. There are no dramatic changes planned. For Troon associates and our facilities, it’s business as usual with no big changes or reinventions.”


In his new role as executive chairman, Garmany will still be active with the company as he’ll continue to run board meetings and be a presence for Troon in the industry. He is the largest individual shareholder of the company.


“The timing is right for Tim to move into the role of CEO,” said Garmany. “He is a caring leader and a very smart dude. Troon is prepared and positioned for a strong future. As for me, I look forward to playing more golf, do some writing as a hobby and playing with a few bands I am involved with. That really is fun for me.”


Troon’s portfolio of companies includes Troon Golf®, Honours Golf®, Troon Privé®, CADDIEMASTER®, Troon International®, True Club Solutions®, Cliff Drysdale Management® and RealFood Consulting. In addition to its headquarters in Scottsdale, Troon has offices in Irvine, California; Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Birmingham, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Austin, Texas. Troon employs over 15,000 highly-skilled and dedicated individuals worldwide in every operational area from golf course maintenance to food & beverage, and management. Troon is also the largest employer of PGA professionals in the world.


About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including managing 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 35 states and 30 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 60 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 80 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Delaware; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Lofoten Links in Norway; and Mollymook Golf Club in Australia. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Blog, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.


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Arizona Golf Day at Chase Field

Come celebrate Arizona Golf Day at Chase Field on Saturday, April 13 to watch your D-backs take on division rival San Diego Padres! We’ll have interactive golf-inspired activities located in front of the ballpark before you enter the gates. $5 from each ticket will benefit Junior Golf in Arizona.

Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: Golf Expo begins 1:00 PM
First Pitch is at 5:10 PM

Visit and use offer code: AZGOLF to get your discounted tickets today!

For questions, contact Michael Keenan at [email protected] or (602) 462–4265.



Arizona Golf Announces Appointment of Tim Eberlein as Tournament Director


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Arizona Golf Announces Appointment of Tim Eberlein as Tournament Director

The Arizona Golf Association has hired Tim Eberlein, formerly Campus President for Golf Academy of America, as Director of Rules and Competitions.

Mr. Eberlein, a graduate of Gannon University and Master PGA Professional, will oversee the Association’s Championships and Tour events, including a volunteer group of nearly one hundred individuals managing sixty events annually.

As head of the Golf Academy of America’s Chandler, Arizona, campus since 2003, he has developed hundreds of professionals in all areas of golf services.   “Mr. Eberlein’s knowledge of all facets of golf operations at the club level, and many years educating young men and women in tournament management, Rules of Golf, and customer relations will bring extraordinary benefits to Arizona golf’s members and competitions,” said Ed Gowan, AGA’s Executive Director.   “We look forward to Tim sharing those extensive business experiences with our staff in service of the 80,000 members of the Association.  Arizona Golf is blessed to have found a person with such a varied background, especially with the volunteer and personal development aspects of his former profession.”

During his professional career, Tim achieved Master Professional status with the PGA of America in Teaching, has served six years on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Section PGA, as chairperson for Education.

He has been the recipient of the SWSPGA Horton Smith Award in 2010, 2014 and 2017.  Since 2009, he served on the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Rules Committee for the high school golf state championships.



Markham Breaks Record to Win 2019 AGA Championship


After a birdie fest weekend, George Markham sets a new tournament record en route to claim his first AGA Major Championship title.  The Colorado School of Mines standout shot a final tally of fourteen-under, six shots clear of Gabriel Salvanera.

Markham entered the final round with a four-shot advantage, finding four birdies on the front nine to card a 31. Salvanera, the 2017 D1 State Champion and a top ranked state golfer from Queen Creek, went low and posted an impressive front-nine 31 to stay in contention. Markham knew this win was not going to come easy on the final nine.

“I knew I started the day with the lead and Gabe made a bunch of birdies on the front nine. I knew he wasn’t going to make it too easy, so I had to keep on pushing forward,” Markham said.

Mixing eight birdies with two bogeys for the round, the 2018-19 RMAC Preseason Golfer of the Year posted his second 65 of the weekend. As the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s, Markham closed out with a tournament record total 65-69-65-199. Markham has been prestigious among the field in many AGA Majors. This was not the first time Markham flirted with a win. After a tough battle at the 2018 Arizona Amateur, he finished runner-up to GCU junior, Jake Chanen. This marks George’s first AGA victory.

“This is nice. I finished second at the Arizona Amateur this summer and had to come back and win the “big” trophy.”


And he did so in record-breaking style…


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Ak-Chin Indian Community To Host World’s Longest Drivers April 13-16


Maricopa, Ariz. (March 4, 2019) – For the second straight year, the Ak-Chin Indian Community has partnered with the World Long Drive Association (WLDA) to host the “Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun.”  The Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun will take place Saturday-Tuesday, April 13-16 adjacent to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino on a natural grass golf range (with stadium seating). The culmination of the event will be televised live on Golf Channel on Tuesday, April 16, featuring the Open (men’s) and Women’s Divisions as they crown respective champions.


The event will feature a 54-man field competing in the Open Division based on World Long Drive rankings, along with a Women’s Division field of 16 competitors. Qualifying rounds will narrow the field to eight men and four women advancing to take part in the televised portion of the competition on Golf Channel. As part of the WLDA tour event festivities, there will be two-days of open qualifying on Friday-Saturday, April 12-13. Also on Saturday afternoon, the World Long Drive Masters Division (age 45+) competition will be staged following open qualifying earlier in the day. Canadian Jeff Gavin claimed the Masters title at Ak-Chin in 2018.


In 2018, Phillis Meti of Auckland, New Zealand and Will Hogue of Memphis, Tenn. claimed the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun women’s and men’s division titles, respectively. In the Women’s Division final, Meti blasted her seventh ball 380 yards to outmatch the 351-yard drive of then reigning Volvik World Long Drive champion Sandra Carlborg of Alingsas, Sweden. On the men’s side, Hogue took advantage of a 421-yard drive on his second ball to win his second title in three weeks, after he claimed the Clash in the Canyon in Nevada in April 2018.


The Ak-Chin Indian Community is located adjacent to Maricopa, Ariz., a half hour from Phoenix-Sky Harbor Airport. Enterprises that make up the Ak-Chin Indian Community destination include Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and the Troon Golf-managed Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the country by Golfweek and Golf Magazine.


“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is proud to once again host the longest hitters in the world and welcome Golf Channel back to Maricopa, Arizona,” said Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Robert Miguel. “The 2018 Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun was a tremendous success in attracting people to our Community where they enjoyed Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.”


For more information on the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun, visit



Originating in 1976, the World Long Drive Association is an organization that brings together golf’s longest hitters from around the globe. Emerging as one of golf’s most popular grass roots competitions, World Long Drive was named a finalist at the 2018 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards in the League of the Year for a Breakthrough Sport and Live Coverage of a Breakthrough Sport categories. The broader sports industry also has taken notice, including ESPN proclaiming that long drive has “recently started to enter the mainstream of golf;” Men’s Journal noting “with the sport’s ascendant profile and ever-growing prestige,” fans should “buckle up for more high-octane action;” Golf Digest saying the World Long Drive is “on the upswing, gaining traction;” and claiming it as “an eye-opening experience”. Sanctioned WLD events are open to amateur and professional golfers. The 2019 WLDA season consists of events across the United States and around the world, culminating with the Volvik World Long Drive Championship, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, from WinStar World Casino and Resort on the Texas / Oklahoma border, where competitors will convene under the lights for the world title on Golf Channel. In 2018, 8.3 million unique viewers watched at least some portion of World Long Drive events (live and replay), +23% year-over-year, and the most-viewed season of World Long Drive on-record according to data released by The Nielsen Company.



The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 35 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.  Ak-Chin is an O’odham word translated to mean “mouth of the wash” or “place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 1,092 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. For more information, visit


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Troon / Ak-Chin Southern Dunes


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Jeff Szklinski

Golf Channel Communications


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Brittany Sourjohn

Ak-Chin Indian Community


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