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2021 Arizona Golf Overseed Schedule

October 12, 2021

In case you missed it… our 2021 AGA Overseed Schedule is available to view and download.

Additionally, you can find it in our latest issue of the AZ Golf Insider Digital Magazine, which is shown below.
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Power Pair Lindquist and McCarthy take 2021 Arizona Four-Ball title

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz – John Lindquist and Patrick McCarthy combined to shoot an overall 17-under on the Wigwam Golf Club Gold course the weekend of September 11th to claim the 2021 Arizona Four Ball title. They started the competition by shooting a 7-under which left them trailing JGAA talents Adam Miller and Charlie Palmer by one stroke on the day.

McCarthy and Lindquist came out firing with a renewed spirit on Sunday though to shoot a 10-under, besting the rest of the field by four strokes.

“We just fed really well off each other. When one of us had a bad hole the other covered the others back,” said Lindquist.

“We kind of picked spots we wanted to go at because we knew there were some tough pin locations,” added McCarthy, “Today we just got off to a lot better of a start.”

This is Patrick McCarthy’s first AGA Championship win and second for John Lindquist who captured the 2020 Arizona Stroke Play Championship held at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course in Maricopa, AZ back in April.

In the Senior Divison, Jeff New & Lee Decof shot 9-under on the final day, after going bogey-free on the first day, to finish 14-under and win by four shots over the rest of the field.

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Lorenz, Anderson Lead AZ Amateur Day-One Qualifying at -7

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August 9, 2021

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LORENZ, ANDERSON EACH FIRE -7 (65) TO LEAD DAY-ONE QUALIFYING AT 97TH ARIZONA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Duo each makes one eagle en route to one-stroke lead at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course

SCOTTSDALE – Ben Lorenz and Cade Anderson each posted -7 (65) Monday at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course, surging to the top of the leaderboard for day one of qualifying at the 97th Arizona Amateur Championship. Lorenz and Anderson are one shot ahead of two-time winner Jake Chanen, and Zach Smith, each of whom shot -6 (66).

“It definitely was gettable if you were hitting it well,” said Lorenz, an incoming sophomore at the University of Oklahoma. “Tee to green is usually where I feel like I have an advantage. It’s a little bit tight, so if you’re hitting it in play and hitting those short-scoring clubs well, then you can make a lot of birdies. And I was able to do that.”

“I think Talon is not too bad from tee to green – certainly putting balls in the fairway but with a lot of scoring opportunities throughout the golf course,” said Anderson, a recent graduate of Notre Dame Prep headed to play golf at Rutgers University later this month. “I really struck it well, and making a few putts really helps out.”

Teeing off on hole 10 to start play, Lorenz drove the green on the 303-yard, par-4 13th, making the four-foot putt for eagle. He went out in 31, including a bogey, and made three more birdies on the back nine with a bogey to account for his final tally. He doesn’t plan on changing his mind frame going into day two.

“Just keep trying to hit good shots – you can only control what you’re doing,” said Lorenz, a graduate of Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria. “Just keep play well one shot at a time.”

Scottsdale’s Anderson posted eight birdies on the day, six of which came in a seven-hole stretch during the middle of his round. The Scottsdale resident said his hometown track suits his game off the tee nicely.

“There were a lot of wedge opportunities, and most of the par-5’s are reachable,” said Anderson.

Chanen also started his round on the 10th hole, making five birdies without a bogey to go out in 31. A triple bogey on the par-4 1st hole zapped his momentum, but Chanen roared back with an eagle on the par-5 3rd hole, and made two more birdies to finish at -6.

“Things were just rolling today – I got into some trouble on one but I was able to bounce back nicely,” said Chanen, a Grand Canyon University graduate who won the Arizona Amateur at Tonto Verde Golf Club (2018) and Desert Forest Golf Club (2020). “[The eagle] was big – I needed that. After making triple on one that was very helpful.”

Starting his round on hole 10, Smith also made five birdies on his first nine holes, mixing in a lone bogey to post a front-nine 32. The Morehead State University grad would birdie his last two holes to come in at 34.

Matthew Braley and Mason Domecq sit T-5 at -5, following respective rounds of 67. Nine players are at T-7 at -4. In all, 38 of the of the 151 players in the field finished under par at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Starting times for Tuesday’s day two of qualifying begin at 7:00 am, with play determining the top 64 players to advance to Wednesday’s Match Play. Any ties for the final Match Play spots will be determined by a playoff after all players have finished their second round.

All Round of 64 matches are scheduled for Wednesday. Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches will be played Thursday. Friday sees all Round of 8 and Round of 4 matches, with the last two players remaining in the field squaring off in Saturday’s Championship match.

Full leaderboard can be found by clicking here.

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Scottsdale Prep Academy Earns First Team Title at D-III State Championship

Scottsdale prep golf team wins D3 State Championships at omni Tucson
Words by: Andy Morales, AZPreps365

Scottsdale Prep shot a 7-under-par 273 on Tuesday to pull away from Valley Christian at the Division III state championships held at the OMNI Tucson National. The Spartans held a slim 4-stroke lead over the Trojans after the first round on the Sonoran Course on Monday but that lead grew as the day went on and the program finished with a 40-stroke victory (572 to 612) to claim the first golf championship for the program.

It was the biggest margin of victory at the D-III level since 2009 when Snowflake beat Payson 595 to 652. In addition, Scottsdale Prep sophomore Adam Miller finished 3-under on Tuesday to claim the individual state championship with a 1-under 139. His teammate, junior Talia Gutman, finished three strokes back for second place after she shot a 3-under on Tuesday. Arizona College Prep senior Rajveer Sethi also took second place after he finished with the best round of the tournament with a 4-under 66.

Gutman’s runner-up finish was the highest for a female athlete playing in D-III since former Estrella Foothills standout Sarah Freeman won a state title in 2007. Former Yuma Catholic standout Alexandria Schmunk took third place in 2018 and 2019.

Valley Christian won six of the last seven D-III championships, including 2018 and 2019, with former standout James Mackie winning it all as a freshman and as a senior in 2019. Now competing for California Baptist, Mackie took second place at the WAC championships earlier this month.

Mackie was the first freshman to win a championship in 2016 and Rancho Solano Prep freshman Brantlee Howard finished nine strokes back to take ninth place this year. As a team, Scottsdale Prep had four finishers in the top six and only Davis Johnson is a senior. Johnson took second to Mackie in 2019.

AZ College Prep took 12th place last year and Rajveer Sethi took 22nd.

Story via: Andy Morales, AZPreps365

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Inaugural LNGA Mid-Am/Senior tees off at Anthem Golf & Country Club

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STASI, JOHNSON LEAD MID-AMATEUR; INGRAM PACES SENIOR AMATEUR
Inaugural LNGA Championships Begin in Arizona

ANTHEM, Ariz. (April 19) – Four-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion Meghan Stasi, of Oakland Park, Fla., and Gretchen Johnson, Portland, Ore., both carded even-par 72 to share the lead in the Mid-Amateur Championship and highly decorated Sara Ingram, of Nashville, Tenn., shot 3-over 75 to pace the Senior Amateur Championship of the Ladies National Golf Association (LNGA) Thursday at Anthem Golf & Country Club.
“It a great golf course which tests you,” said Stasi, an eight-time Florida Amateur Player of the Year. “But the wind died down a little today from the practice rounds and I could attack a few more pins.”
Stasi posted five birdies against three bogeys and a double bogey and finished her up-and-down round with two birdies in the last four holes. Johnson, the 2017 and 2018 Oregon Golf Association Tournament of Champions winner, steadied her way around the course with 16 pars and a birdie and a bogey.
“I kept it where the lawnmower goes most of the day,” said Johnson, a semifinalist at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. “It’s kind of tight, like target golf and I hit a lot of greens and I got it up and down every time.”
Ingram, a 3-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, was three-over through four holes but overcame her early struggles to gain a one-stroke lead over 2004 U.S. Women’s Mid-Am winner Corey Weworski, of Carlsbad, Calif. Past U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur champion Mina Hardin, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Evelyn Orley, of Cardiff, Calif., trail Ingram by two.
“I had to work hard today,” said Ingram, the three-time USA Curtis Cup team member who will serve as captain of the team in the Match this August in Wales. “It was not an easy 75. I hit some good shots. My game was better than it’s been since coming back two years.”
Lauren Greenlief, of Ashburn, Va., the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur champion and a semifinalist in 2019, and Dawn Woodard, of Greer, S.C., an eight-time winner of the South Carolina State Amateur and three-time U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur medalist, trailed the Mid-Am leaders by two strokes with two-over-par 74s.
Both championships are 54-hole, stroke-play events in their inaugural year and are conducted by the Ladies National Golf Association. The Mid-Amateur Championship is for players 25-years-old and up with an index in the World Handicap System not exceeding 10.4. The Senior Amateur Championship is for players 50-year-old and up with an index in World Handicap System not exceeding 14.4. The Wilma Cup, in honor of the departed women’s golf advocate and LNGA leader Wilma Gilliland, will be presented to the Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur champions and remain in their custody for a year. Medals will also be awarded to the runner-up and third-place finisher in each championship.

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NOTES
• Ingram is a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame and the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame. She came back to golf after a long hiatus to serve as the general chairman of the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and to serve as Curtis Cup captain. She won the 2020 Tennessee Women’s Senior Amateur.
• Woodard and Stasi will play together at the 6th U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship next week at Maridoe Golf Club in Dallas.

QUOTES
Meghan Stasi: “It is a beautiful venue. The LNGA is doing a great job. It’s fun to have a solid tournament in April.”
“It’s great to be back with friends. We are all talking about where you can go and what you have to do to go anywhere. But, you have to be smart and follow the rules.”
Gretchen Johnson: “Where I’m from in Portland, I’m not used to the grain and the influence of the mountains, but I made a lot of short putts. The firmness of the greens puts a premium on lag putting.
“The goal is to play a little better each day. If I can continue to keep it in play and putt well everything else should fall into place. There are a lot of great players here. It may be a small field, but it is a strong field with a lot of good players.”
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ABOUT THE LADIES NATIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION (LNGA)
The LNGA is a national volunteer women’s amateur golf association founded in Kansas City Mo. in 1927 to promote amateur golf and good sportsmanship among women golfers and junior girls. Our events are hosted at venues across the United States. The events spotlight the nationally prominent amateur golfer that may be eligible for Curtis Cup team selection along with the skilled players from around the world. The LNGA Amateur, the Women’s Mid-Amateur and the Senior Women’s Amateur are included in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) list of golf championships.

Words by: Pete Kowalski
Media contact: Pete Kowalski, [email protected]; 908-216-8435