95th Arizona Amateur Championship, July 29-3.

The 95th Arizona Amateur Championship begins Monday, July 29, where 144 of Arizona’s elite amateur golfers will challenge the Superstition Mountain’s Lost Gold course.

Contested over six days, Monday’s play will begin with a two-day 36-hole stroke play qualifying, where the field will be cut to the low 64, eliminating 80 players. Beginning Wednesday, the 64-player field is set to play the match play portion, where players are seeded based on their finish in the stroke play portion. Match play is where two players compete head-to-head and the winner will be determined by the number of winning holes, rather than counting strokes. On Thursday, the 32 remaining will compete, where 16 will continue forward to another round of match play in the afternoon. On Friday, two players will need to finish an additional two rounds of match play with a win to advance to the championship round on Saturday.  Awaiting the coveted kachina doll hardware is the winner of six match play victories.

As for the field of 144 players, Jake Chanen, the 94th Arizona Amateur Champion, will look to repeat his win this year and claim his fourth Arizona Golf Association major title. Among the field of past champions is five-time Arizona Amateur champion, Ken Kellaney. He is the only player in history to win three consecutive Arizona Amateur title (1991, 1992, 1992). He defended his fourth title with a victory in 2003.

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Andersen, McCarty and Walicki Set to Represent the AGA at the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship

The 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship is set to kick off at the Championship Course at the University of New Mexico. Headed by a number of state, provincial and regional golf associations from throughout the western United States and Canada and presidential invites, the field of 90 is comprised of 23 of the top 200 world ranked amateurs.  Mason Andersen, Matthew McCarty and Adam Walicki will represent the Arizona Golf Association in the premier 72-hole stroke-play event.

Mason Andersen, 20, of Chandler, will be playing in his third Pacific Coast Amateur. The Arizona State standout and 2017 AGA Player of the Year recorded eight top-20 finishes his sophomore season, including a victory at Lamkin Grips SD Classic. Andersen, who qualified for the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, will make his way to Pinehurst at the end of this month to play in his fourth consecutive U.S. Amateur Championship.

Santa Clara senior, Matthew McCarty, 21, of Scottsdale, is competing in his first Pacific Coast Amateur. The two-time First Team All-WCC golfer had a solid junior season after racking up 7 top-15 finishes. McCarty played in all 11 events, posting the lowest stroke average (71.26) on his team.

Adam Walicki, 39, of Phoenix, will also be testing the greens at the Pacific Coast Amateur. Among the 2018 AGA Player of the Year’s AGA accomplishments during 2018 and 2019, are three victories, three second places finishes, a third-place finish at the AGA Stroke Play Championship and a spot in the U.S. Mid-Amateur field.

Among the Presidential invites are Arizona residents Michael Feagles, Preston Summerhays, and Zach Smith. Preston Summerhays is coming right off perhaps the most impressive victory of his amateur career, a win at the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Arizona Golf Association Executive Director, Ed Gowan, and past AGA and Pacific Coast Golf Association President, Drew Woods, serve as trustees on the Rules Committee of the Pacific Coast Golf Association. Gowan was the PCGA executive director for ten years.

The Sun Country Amateur Golf Association (SCAGA) will conduct the 53rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship, July 23-26, 2019. For the first time in history, the Pacific Coast Amateur will be played in New Mexico. This is a 72-hole event contested over four days with a 54-hole cut. The 2018 champion, Isaiah Salinda, who is joined by a list of distinguished champions, will be returning to the 2019 field.

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U.S. Amateur Qualifying

The best amateurs in the world will take on golf’s ultimate test at the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. With the Arizona Golf Association conducting two sectional qualifiers, four players punched their tickets to Pinehurst next month.

Wigwam Qualifier

Chaz Aurilla bested the qualifying field by four-shots at Wigwam Golf Club to secure his spot to North Carolina. Posting the 36-hole qualifier’s two lowest round with a 66 and 67, the medalist finished 11-under. This will be the UCLA incoming freshman’s first U.S. Amateur Championship.  University of Arizona junior, Trevor Werbylo, carded rounds of 68 and 69 to end 7-under and land him the second and final qualifying spot.

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Whirlwind Qualifier

Arizona State junior, Mason Andersen, 20, notched medalist honors for his second consecutive year after registering a bogey free 6-under on his final 18 at Whirlwind Golf Club. Finishing the qualifier 9-under advanced the 2017 AGA Player of the Year to his third USGA Championship. Finishing four shots behind and clinching the second qualifying spot, was Caden Christopherson, 18, of Chandler.  The Texas Christian University incoming freshman posted back-to-back rounds of 70 and 69 to end 5-under.

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Representing all 50 states and 60 countries, 7,191 applications were accepted by the United States Golf Association. The U.S. Amateur is the oldest championship conducted by the USGA. With a field of 312, the tournament will return to Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4, scheduled August 12-17.


The 76th Arizona Open Championship


The deadline to register for the 76th Arizona Open Championship is rapidly approaching.

The 76th Arizona Open Championship is scheduled to take place Monday-Wednesday, August 5-7, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz.

The Arizona Open Championship is a 54-hole, state open golf tournament open to both professional and amateur golfers nationwide. Administered by the Southwest PGA, the Arizona Open and has roots dating back to the inaugural event held in 1937. This historical championship has been held annually since 1953 and boasts an impressive list of past champions including Johnny Bulla, Dale Douglas and Curt Byrum.

The final Championship field will be 156 players, made up of place-winners from the five (5) Arizona Open Championship qualifying events and those players exempt from qualifying. The number of qualifying spots available at each site is on a pro-rata basis, to be determined following the entry deadline. Approximately 100 spots out of the 156 available will come from the five (5) qualifers. The purse for the 76th Arizona Open Championship is projected to be approximately $100,000.

The deadline for ALL registration is Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. MST.  There will be no exceptions.

Arizona Open Qualifiers
July 8 – Moon Valley Country Club (Phoenix, AZ)
July 11 – Lone Tree Golf Club (Chandler, AZ)
July 15 – McCormick Ranch Golf Club (Scottsdale, AZ)
July 18 – The Gallery Golf Club (Tucson, AZ)
July 22 – Las Vegas National Golf Club (Las Vegas, NV)

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Exempt players ONLY are welcome to register for the Championship Proper at the following LINK. The exempt players list can be found HERE.

For any questions, contact:

Bill Ibrahim

Southwest PGA

Senior Director of Operations & Public Relations

o. 480-443-9002 ext. 101

c. 630-675-8995

[email protected]


Caldarelli, Liam, Seay and Rosholt Qualify for the 119th U.S. Womens Amateur

The world’s most prestigious female amateurs are set to play at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, August 5-11, for the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The United States Golf Association accepted 1,375 applications, conducting 24 qualifiers across the nation.

The first to qualify for golf’s ultimate test at Tatum Ranch Golf Club, was Elizabeth Caldarelli, 19, of Scottsdale.  The Texas A&M junior earned medalist honors after posting a two-under 70, one shot ahead of the second. Qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2018 U.S. Girl’s Junior Championship, advancing to match play in bot, this marks Caldarella’s third USGA event she qualified for.

“ I Kept the ball in play and made a lot of birdie-putts, which was nice. It feels good. This is my first U.S. Women’s Amateur,” the medalist said.

Firing a one-under 70, Brooke Seay, 18, of San Diego and Alexis Linam, 20, of Phoenix, punched their tickets to Old Waverly Golf Club.

Seay, the incoming Sandford Cardinal, ranked 139 in WAGR at just 18-years-old, has a stacked golf resume. In 2017, Brooke finished atop the leaderboard at the AJGA Annika Invitational and was a member of the  Wyndham Cup West Team and PING Junior Solheim Cup team Additionally, she secured a top-5 finish at the 2018 World Junior Girls Championship, qualified for 11 USGA championships, and earned a spot in the inaugural  Augusta National Women’s Amateur. This will be her last tournament before she begins her college career.

“I played pretty steady. I was playing better than I have in a while. I had a lot of good opportunities for birdie, missed a lot of putts, but was playing pretty consistent. This will be my last tournament before I start college,” Seay said.

Carding two birdies on the front nine, GCU junior, Alexis Linam, was the only player in the to turn her card in with a lone bogey.

“My round went good today. This course was pretty difficult- the greens were pretty hard to read but it was definitely a good round. I hit the ball well and putted well. This is my first (USGA) qualifier I have competed in,” the GCU Lope said.

The fourth to lock up her spot in the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur field, was Chandler Rosholt, 19, of Austin. The Auburn sophomore grabbed the last qualifying spot after winning a sudden-death playoff against Xin Kou. She is competing in her sixth USGA championship.

“It was nice to make a four putter to win (the playoff). I’m super excited play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. I was there a couple of years ago and I am super excited to be back,” Rosholt said.

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