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2021 Wrap Up | Events, Winners and Qualifiers

The 2022 season is upon us so let’s look back at our 2021!

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AGA Women’s 18-Hole State Medallion Club Team Tournament – Sunday January 10, 2021

Winner: Amy Louis and Jill Pilcher (-1) Overall Champions

Linda Maynard and Beth Wrigley (E) First Place

Leigh Klasse and Barbara Wood (+2) Second Place

Mia Yohe and Melissa Johnson (+3) Third Place

Tori Totlis and Francine Coles (+5) Fourth Place

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/215142/rounds/663781/v2tournaments

 

AGA Women’s 9-Hole State Medallion Club Team Tournament

Flight 1:

Jill Amundson and Sharon Smith (+1) First Place

Flight 2

Yvonne Paris and Bonnie Elliott (E) Overall Champions

Linda Rouse and Barbara Bloch (+2) First Place

Karen Franz and Diane Coughlin (+5) Second Place

Flight 3

Jan Dunbar and Tricia Law (+5) First Place

Barbara Pocock and Catherine Frost (+9) Second Place

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/215154/rounds/663808/v2tournaments

 

2021 AGA Women’s Season Opener

Molly Steffes (Gross)

Penny Rady (Net)

Tori Totlis (Gross)

Percy Anderson (Net)

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2790898

 

2021 AGA San Tan Amateur

Player Purse Summary:

  1. Chris Kamin
  2. John Bearrie
  3. Johnse Good
  4. Jim Ognoffo
  5. Tyler Wooldridge

Overall

  1. John Bearrie (-9)

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2890469

 

2021 AGA Championship

Cameron Barzekoff

 

2021 Arizona Stroke Play Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2793248

Winner: Sean O’Donnell


2021 Falcon Amateur

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2793496

Winner: Jarrett Foote

 

2021 AGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3014585

 

2021 62nd Annual Father/Son Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3049233

 

2021 Arizona Division Stroke Play Championship – Senior Division

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2795544                

Winner: Conrad Stephens

 

2021 Arizona Divisional Stroke Play Championship – Masters and Legends Division

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2795877

Legends Winner: Tim Blau

Masters Winner: Chad Hassack

 

2021 Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship/AZ Amateur Qualifier #2

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2821981

Championship Winner: Bryan Hoops

Women’s Winner: Mari Miezwa

 

2021 Arizona Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2824584

 

2021 AGA Women’s Match Play Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2830740

 

2021 Southern Amateur / AZ Amateur Qualifying #3

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2844360

Open Winner: Jake Carlson

Masters Winner: Paige Peterson

Senior Division: Brad Wayment

Legends Division: Charlie Horn

 

2021 AZ Amateur Qualifier #4

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2934142

 

2021 AGA Women’s State Stroke Play Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2934210

Winner: Ashley Menne

 

97th Arizona Amateur Championship presented by PXG

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2947688

Championship Winner: Kristoffer Marshall

Nicklaus Bracket Winner: Evan White

Hogan Bracket Winner: Austin Quick

Woods Bracket Winner: Reece Nilsen

Palmer Bracket Winner: Kristoffer Marshall

 

2021 AGA Women’s State Senior Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2935161

Championship Flights Gross Winner: Susan Wooster

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 1: Kristi Reckard

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 2: Barbara Byrnes

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 3: Donna Hekker

Field Division Gross Winner Super Senior Flight: Judy Miller

 

2021 Arizona Four Ball

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pagRes/2831059

Open Division Winner: Lindquist and McCarthy

Senior Division Winner: New and Decof

 

2021 Arizona Division Match Play Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2943830

Masters Bracket Winner: Mike Davidson

Senior Bracket Winner: David Honerkamp

Legends Bracket Winner: Don Longe

 

2021 AGA Women’s Scotch Play Tournament

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2996335

 

2021 Northern Amateur (Divisional)

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2844897

Open Division Winner: Michael Martin

Masters Division Winner: Robert Brown

Senior Division Winner: Alex Stamey

Legends Division Winner: Jeffrey Zieky

 

2021 AGA Players Cup Championship

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3275229

Open Division Winner: Mahanth Chirravuri

Masters Division Winner: Mike Louden

Senior Division Winner: Brad Wayment

Legends Division Winner: Bob Burton

Women’s Division Winner: Ashley Menne

Women’s Senior Division Winner: Leigh Klasse

 

2021 AGA Women’s Partners Tournament

Full Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3215826

Flight 1 Total Gross Winner: Kimberly Eaton and Leigh Klasse

Flight 2 Total Gross Winner: Kelda Toliver and Krueger Kim

Flight 3 Total Gross Winner: Eva Prince and Nancy Harden

Flight 4 Total Gross Winner: Marcea Reuther and Jeri Shepard

Flight 1 Total Net Winner: Kimberly Eaton and Leigh Klasse

Flight 2 Total Net Winner: Marie Caldwell and Debra Bene

Flight 3 Total Net Winner: Eva Prince and Nancy Harden

Flight 4 Total Net Winner: Joanne Dowdy and Caren Bidegain

 

USGA Qualifiers

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Sewailo Golf Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237347/rounds/747246/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Phoenix Country Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237348/rounds/747248/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237349/rounds/747249/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier – Superstition Mountain
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237350/rounds/754330/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – The Country Club at DC Ranch
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237352/rounds/747252/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Senior Open Qualifier – Arizona Country Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237353/rounds/747253/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier – Arizona Country Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237354/rounds/747254/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Qualifier – Blackstone Country Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237356/rounds/747256/v2tournaments

U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier – Papago Golf Course
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237357/rounds/747257/v2tournaments
2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Qualifier – Longbow Golf Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237359/rounds/747260/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Amateur Qualifier – Alta Mesa Golf Club
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237360/rounds/747262/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237362/rounds/747264/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237363/rounds/747265/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237364/rounds/747266/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237366/rounds/747272/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237369/rounds/747314/v2tournaments

2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier
Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/leagues/237372/rounds/747316/v2tournaments

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Natarajan Goes Wire-to-Wire for 2022 AGA Short Course Victory

BY: ALEX GELMAN, USGA P.J. BOATWRIGHT INTERN

Shankar Natarajan won the 2022 AGA Short Course Tournament hosted by Augusta Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, finishing the two-day event at -8 overall.

“The best part of my game was my short game,” said Natarajan. “I had some crucial up and downs early that kept my lead and on a lot of shots, I kept it away from trouble and set myself up.”

Mike Louden finished in second place, -6, two shots back of Natarajan, followed by Sam Engle, -5, who finished third.

Natarajan followed up his first round -6 (55) with a -2 (59) Sunday to top a standout leaderboard. He carded 11 birdies over the weekend and just three bogeys.

This is the first time Augusta Ranch Golf Club has hosted to the AGA Short Course Tournament. Playing as a par 61, players noted the 3,846-yard course was in great condition over the two days of golf. Made up of seven par 4’s and twelve par 3’s, the field needed a solid strategy to navigate Augusta Ranch.

“I think the course played really well,” said Natarajan. “It was in great shape and there were some really tough pins.”

Natarajan is looking to follow the same path of friend Sean O’Donnell, who won the 2021 Short Course tournament en route to 2021 AGA Player of the Year honors. The AZ Short Course was O’Donnell’s first victory of the year, similarly to Natarajan.

“I would like to (win AGA Player of the Year) – I play with him (Sean O’Donnell) a lot,” said Natarajan. “We won the Phoenix City Team Championship last month. I felt like if I could get off to a good start, then we’ll see what happens later in the year. Try to get some major wins.”

Natarajan’s next AGA event will be the 2022 San Tan Amateur, scheduled for February 26-27 at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes.

Link to full results: www.golfgenius.com/pages/3320651

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Plata, Howe Earn 2021 Patriot All-America Titles After Stellar Final Round at the Wigwam Golf Club

 

by David Bataller
Director of Communications | Arizona Golf Association

 

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Michigan State University senior Valery Plata and Georgia Tech University senior Connor Howe went low in Friday’s final round of the 11th annual Patriot All-America to win their respective divisions. Plata birdied 18 for a -4 (66) to finish off a three-shot win at -12 overall on The Wigwam Golf Club Blue Course, while Howe tied the Patriot All-America low round mark of -7 (63) to finish -15 overall on Golf Course, also good for a three-shot victory. View the final leaderboard here.

“I didn’t know where I stood with the rest of the field coming up 18, so I just wanted to give myself a good look and not make any big numbers, and that’s what I did,” said Howe, whose 255-yard albatross on the par-5 10th hole shot him to the top of the leaderboard, part of a -7 (28) back nine. “I knew I needed to get something going – I didn’t know how much – but the albatross really kicked things into gear.”

“It feels really special – I’m just really happy to be able to get it done,” said Plata, a native of Floridablanca, Colombia, and a former Big 10 Player of the Year. “It was a hard day today at the beginning so I’m just happy that things worked out my way today.”

Plata came into the final round tied for the lead, but a double bogey on the par-5 3rd hole of The Wigwam Blue Course dropped her down the leaderboard. She would rebound to make six birdies in her last 15 holes to win the inaugural Women’s Division, three shots clear of Clemson University junior Ivy Shepherd at -9. Arizona State University sophomore Ashley Menne finished alone in third at -8, with Sabrina Iqbal of Texas Christian University, Caley McGinty of Oklahoma State University and Natasha Andrea Oon of San Jose State University tying for fourth. But no one could catch Plata.

“I was pretty confident on my approach shots,” said Plata. “I wasn’t hitting it all that great, but I hit a couple good ones, and then the putter was rolling in pretty well so I think that helped me a lot.”

Over on The Wigwam Gold Course, Howe made the turn at -8, two shots off the lead, before landing a 3-iron just short of the hole, finding the cup after one hop. He would go on to make five more birdies to finish the back nine at -7, the lowest closing nine in Patriot All-America history.

“I just started putting well – I made some putts on 12 and 13 and I had some good looks at birdie – and I capitalized,” said Howe. “Howe quote.”

Palmer Jackson of the University of Notre Dame shot a second consecutive -3 (67) to finish alone in second at -12 overall. Nick Lyerly of UNC-Greensboro, first round leader Chase Sienkiewicz of the University of Arizona, Mason Andersen of Arizona State University and 36-hole leader Hunter Eichhorn of Marquette University all tied for third at -11 overall.

The Patriot All-America honors fallen or severely wounded soldiers in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The golfers received a golf bag donated by PING Corporation at the event’s opening ceremony this past Sunday emblazoned with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. Participants also received a card with the soldier’s story so they can be familiar with that soldier.

For all information on the Patriot All-America, visit patriotallamerica.com. For in-depth extended coverage of the Patriot All-America, follow on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About The Patriot All-America Invitational
Featuring golf’s stars of tomorrow, The Patriot All-America is regarded as a top amateur event nationally, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States. The Arizona Golf Association (AGA), JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the tournament. For more information visit patriotallamerica.com.

About Wigwam Golf Club
The Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort, with 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Gold Course has hosted many signature tournaments over the years, including numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational, one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,430 yard, par 72 track has also received various industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including being named one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America.” In December 2009, The Wigwam (including the golf courses and resort property) was purchased by JDM Partners, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo. For more information, please visit www.wigwamgolf.com.

About Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.

About Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA’s mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.

About The West Valley Mavericks
The West Valley Mavericks Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) was born of the imagination and vision of a group of community leaders late in 2012. The West Valley Mavericks (or just ‘Mavericks’) is a group led by gentlemen who believe that the West Valley is an incredible place to live, work, and play. The Mavericks’ charter is to advance charity, culture, community, and commerce in the West Valley of Phoenix. As an organization, we use individual contributions, fundraising events, business sponsorships, ticket sales donations, as well as hands-on community service to raise money to assist children and families, help people in need, and improve the quality of life in our West Valley communities. For more information please visit westvalleymavericksfoundation.org.