Papago Men’s Golf Association Club Championship


September 25, 2019



The Club Championship of the 366 member Papago Men’s Golf Association was held at Papago over two days last weekend, with Sunday’s final round played from Papago’s 7,330 yard Black tees.  2018 PMGA Club Champion Jeff Morgan retained his title in dramatic fashion, making an 8 ½ foot par putt on the uphill 464 yard par 4 18th to force a playoff with Brandon Hill, who was already in the clubhouse with a two-day total of 146.  On the first playoff hole, the 561 yard par 5 1st, with Hill facing a five foot par putt, Morgan drained a 20 foot birdie putt to claim the Championship.  Morgan is believed to be PMGA’s first repeat champion since the long reign of multiple champion Ken Kellaney.  The already challenging length of Papago’s championship tees was heightened by hole locations that matched those played by the NCAA competitors during the last two rounds of the ASU Thunderbird Classic in March.


PMGA also awards its President’s Cup to the low net player over 36 holes from the 88 player, five flight field, which was won by Ken Desmarchais with a two-day total of 8 under 136.


Four Ways to make a Birdie on a Budget

By Gillian Vance, USGA P.J. Boatwright Jr. Intern

Golf is said to be one of the greatest games ever played. It also has an unfair reputation as being one of the more expensive sports to play. In 2009, Golf Magazine reputed that the average golfer spends about $2,776 per year on golf related activities. The cost of golf clubs alone can put a massive dent in your wallet, in addition to of other equipment needed like golf balls, tees, ball markers, repair tools and so on. For those who choose to be a member of a private golf facility or country club, the initiation fee can be anywhere between $1,000 – $175,000 according to Golf Membership Spot. Here are some great ways to enjoy the game of golf on a fair budget.

  1. Play When Prices are Lower

In the hot Arizona off-season, with the increase in temperature comes a decrease in green fees and apparel prices. This is the time of year when people should consider playing great facilities when green fees are lower. Thanks to dynamic pricing in the Arizona golf industry, players may find lower prices throughout the day during the summer. Golf courses typically offer lower rates in the afternoon, after a certain time (i.e. 2pm). Get the biggest bang for your buck by playing in the afternoon/evening using twilight rates offered. Arizona is a great place to enjoy twilight golf as the prices are very reasonable and the scenery is breathtaking, however, the temperature will likely be warmer.

  1. Seek Various Discount Opportunities

There are many opportunities that golf courses offer for discounted golf. One great way to save big is by taking advantage of Frequent Player/Member Cards which may offer exclusive deals on apparel, rates, rental fees and more. Many club management companies and individual golf facilities offer these types of cards. The Arizona Golf Association offers a Membership Advantage program, allowing members the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive deals at incredible golf facilities and resorts such as Oakcreek Country Club, Sedona Golf Resort, and August’s offer, Trilogy at Vistancia. Be sure to look into these options as well as other offers at specific golf courses.

  1. Think about Golf/Sporting Goods Retailers

If you are looking for more affordable places to purchase golf-apparel or equipment, off-course retailers are an option worth considering. There is a great selection of golf apparel shops in Arizona with a greater variety of styles and sales.

  1. Pick Up Golf Tees

Collecting tees will save you as well. There is nothing more irritating than running out of golf tees. By picking up tees, you may save yourself from needing to purchase tees in the future.

Golf is a healthy hobby that allows you to enjoy the great outdoors, engage with your playing partners and release your competitive side. Not to mention, it is a wonderful tool for business purposes. However, golf does not have to be a game that breaks the bank. These tips are great to consider if you are looking to play the game more frequently and save a little money in the process.


Wilson, Potter-Bobb Lead Way With 4-Under 68s


Written by: USGA

Two-time champion Julia Potter-Bobb, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Caryn Wilson, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., both shot 4-under-par rounds of 68 to lead the way on Saturday in Round 1 of stroke play for the 33rd U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on the Meadow Course at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Potter-Bobb, 31, who won this championship in 2013 and 2016 and was the runner-up in 2014, and Wilson, 58, a semifinalist in the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur two weeks ago, matched the lowest stroke-play score in U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur history. Two players had previously shot 68: Dawn Woodard in the first round of the 2005 championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas; and Lauren Greenlief in the second round of the 2017 championship at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas.

“This was the most solid round I’ve played in a long time,” said Wilson, who is one of two people, along with Althea Gibson, to have played in the U.S. Women’s Open in golf and tennis. “I had one bogey, and it was a good bogey. I putted well today.”

Potter-Bobb’s previous best stroke-play score in six championship starts was a 69 in her first Women’s Mid-Amateur round ever, in 2013 at Biltmore Forest Golf Club in Asheville, N.C. She went on to earn medalist honors and win the first of her two titles that year at age 25.

“I’m incredibly happy with how I played,” said Potter-Bobb, who was the oldest player to reach match play last month in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club, where she lost in the first round. “It could have been better, but everyone says that. I’m very happy with being 4-under going into tomorrow.”

Potter-Bobb and Wilson each had five birdies against a lone bogey, with both blemishes coming on the par-4 sixth hole, a 369-yard par-4 that ranked as the seventh-toughest on the course today. Courtney McKim, 29, of Raleigh, N.C., a quarterfinalist in this championship in 2017, shot a 3-under 69, which matches 12 previous players who had that score in Women’s Mid-Amateur stroke-play history.

Sarah Gallagher, 46, of Canton, Ga., who missed the cut last year in her first USGA start in 25 years, was alone in fourth place after a 2-under 70. A total of seven players shot scores of 1-under 71, three of them USGA champions: seven-time champion Ellen Port (who has four of her titles in this championship), 2015 Women’s Mid-Am champion Lauren Greenlief and 2017 Women’s Mid-Am champion Kelsey Chugg, who was the runner-up last year to Shannon Johnson. Johnson, of Easton, Mass., opened with a 2-over 74.


U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifying

Two teams used an eight-under 64 to stamp their tickets to the 5th U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club in May of 2020. The duo of Nathan Grintjes and Kurt Watkins alongside Sean O’Donnell and Chris Thomas were crowned co-medalists on Wednesday at Tonto Verde Golf Club.

Grintjes and Watkins caught fire early on after combining six birdies on their first nine holes. The team went two-under on their final nine after mixing three birdies with a lone bogey. The Four-Ball Championship will be Grintjes’s first USGA Championship and Watkin’s third, having previously competed in the U.S. Public Links.

“We started off on the back and shot 30 and just kept it together on the way in,” stated Grintjes.“We had a good redemption from the last year,” Watkins reminisced.” “We played terrible.”

O’Donnell along with Thomas carded a best-ball score of 33 on the back nine followed by five-under 31 en route to their metaling finish. Thomas, who picked up his first AGA victory this past June at the Falcon Amateur, will be competing in his first ever USGA Championship this May.

“The round started off pretty slow. We didn’t make anything for the first six holes. I kind of got hot, 7, 8, 9, and then I made three more birdies and an eagle on the final nine. Now we are moving on,” Thomas said.

A trio of teams posted a seven-under 65 to force a playoff for the two alternate spots. Bryan Hoops and Mike Wagner were granted the first alternate spot. The team of Gerod Black and Brady Shivers will serve as the second alternate.

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Susan Wooster Claims Arizona Women’s State Amateur Senior Championship Title

Australian native, Susan Wooster claimed the Arizona Women’s State Amateur Senior Championship title on Friday, September 6 at Briarwood Country Club.

Heading into the final round, Wooster trailed Leigh Klasse, the second round leader, by two stokes. Showing no fear for the competitive field or tough conditions, she gained great momentum on her final 18.. Wooster made up for the deficit on her last nine-holes – with four birdies – to shoot an impressive 2-under, 70 to solidify her victory. She rounded out the tournament with a three-day total of 216. Between the heat, treacherous venue, and talented field, Wooster rose to the top of the leaderboard. This victory came one week after her impressive runner-up finish at the 2019 Women’s U.S. Senior Amateur Championship for her second consecutive year.

Finishing three strokes behind the Champion was Briarwood member, Leigh Klasse, who held strong and consistent through the tournament, firing 72, 72, 75 for a three-day total of 219. Karri Kinkead, also a Briarwood member, finished third with a three-day total of 223.

Mary Jo Slunder from the Working Women’s Golf Association captured the Overall Net Championship.

The Championship recognized five different age-specific flights within the field; the Championship, Field, Super Seniors (70-74), Masters (75-79) and Legends (80+). In addition to the field awards, the AGA Women’s State Amateur Senior Championship recognizes five additional awards including the following:

Mo Cruikshank Memorial Trophy – to the member club with the two lowest gross scores in the Championship flight, won this year by Briarwood Country Club.

Mary Lou Sauer Memorial Trophy – to the member club with the two lowest net scores in the Field flight, won this year by the Working Women’s Golf Association.

Dr, Ann Pittman Memorial Trophy – to the two-person blind-draw team with the lowest combined net score in the Super Senior Flight – won this year by Marilyn Miller and Ada Davison.

The Legends Gross Championship – to the lowest gross scorer of the Masters and Legends flights combined – won for a third consecutive year by Wendy Stone.

The Legends Net Championship – to the lowest net scorer of the Masters and Legends flights combined – won by Gail Plimpton

Briarwood Country Club proved to be a worthy and fair golf course for the Championship, providing great hospitality and proud members who volunteered and welcomed to the players.

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