GREEN, REDMAN WIN ARIZONA SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN IN PLAYOFF
Team needs two playoff holes to beat Maria McBride and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2023
David Bataller, Director of Communications
(602) 944-3035 | [email protected]
MESA – The team of Tammie Green and Michele Redman captured the 2023 Marilynn Smith Arizona Senior Women’s Open Wednesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, needing two playoff holes to outlast the team of Maria McBride and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc. Green and Redman finished -17 overall after a final round -7 (65) in a Fourball format and will take home the $15,000 first prize, the biggest team payout in the event’s $60,000 total purse.
“It’s quite an honor to be here to be able to win this championship against all these great players – we’ve been playing against them for a long time, and we’ve had a lot of fun out there,” said Green, of Somerset, Ohio, and a member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame. “We didn’t really get started off very well – we bogeyed the second hole. And then I think we took the cellophane off the hole on number six, and it didn’t look back actually. If I was out of the hole, [Redman] was right there. And we really teamed well.”
“We’re just really comfortable with each other – I think our games are really similar,” said Redman, a two-time LPGA Tour winner from Plymouth, Minn. “We’re both pretty laid back on the golf course. We don’t overanalyze things. We got off to a slow start, but we finished really well. So that was fun.”
Green and Redman came into the final round one shot off the pace after a first-round -10 (60) in the Scramble format. A bogey on the second hole wasn’t the start they were looking for, but four straight birdies from holes six through nine got the team back in contention. They would birdie four of their last five holes, including a crucial birdie on 18 to force a playoff. Both teams made par on hole 10 to start the playoff, but Redman stuck her tee shot on the par 3 11th hole to five feet and drained the birdie putt for the win.
McBride and Meunier-Lebouc recorded the best final-round score of the day, firing a -8 (64) that included an eagle on the 18th hole that gave them the lead in the clubhouse. The team took home $12,000 for finishing in second place.
Danielle Ammaccapane recorded the shot of the day, holing out from just over 200 yards with a five-wood on hole 18 for the first double eagle of her career.
Click Here for the final leaderboard.
|T1||Michele Redman + Tammie Green||-17||F||62||65||127|
|T1||Maria McBride + Patricia Meunier-Lebouc||-17||F||63||64||127|
|T3||Jordan Lintz + Nicole Jeray||-16||F||63||65||128|
|T3||Jackie Gallagher-Smith + Leta Lindley||-16||F||62||66||128|
|5||Barb Moxness + Christa Johnson||-14||F||63||67||130|
|T6||Denise Killeen + Maggie Will||-13||F||61||70||131|
|T6||Jean Bartholomew + Patricia Beliard||-13||F||64||67||131|
|T6||Lisa DePaulo + Sherri Steinhauer||-13||F||63||68||131|
|T9||Ellie Gibson + Lisa Grimes||-12||F||63||69||132|
|T9||Pat Hurst + Wendy Ward||-12||F||64||68||132|
|11||Moira Dunn-Bolhs + Tracy Hanson||-11||F||66||67||133|
|T12||AJ Eathorne + Gail Graham||-10||F||65||69||134|
|T12||Danielle Ammaccapane + Dina Ammaccapane||-10||F*||67||67||134|
|T12||Kim Eaton + Shelly Stouffer||-10||F||63||71||134|
|T15||Ashli Bunch + Karen Noble||-9||F||66||69||135|
|T15||Dana Ebster + Jill McGill||-9||F||62||73||135|
|T15||Hollis Stacy + Martha Leach||-9||F||65||70||135|
|18||Kay Cockerill + Sara Sanders||-7||F*||68||69||137|
|T19||Anne Marie Palli + Cathy Johnston-Forbes||-6||F*||67||71||138|
|T19||Leigh Klasse + Molly Steffes||-6||F||63||75||138|
|T21||Clarissa Childs + Lee Ann Walker||-5||F||66||73||139|
|T21||Evelyn Orley + Liselotte Neumann||-5||F||66||73||139|
|T21||Brandie Burton + Sandra Palmer||-5||F*||67||72||139|
|T21||Cindy Currier + JoAnne Carner||-5||F*||70||69||139|
|T25||Angie Ause + Martha Nause||-4||F*||68||72||140|
|T25||Barb Bunkowsky + Karen Bennett||-4||F*||71||69||140|
|27||Char Carson + Jackie Byrd||-3||F*||70||71||141|
|T28||Cary Kohatsu + Lisa Cornelius||-2||F||66||76||142|
|T28||Corey Weworski + Tina Tombs||-2||F*||68||74||142|
|T30||Jennifer Niebling + Roxanne Fey||-1||F*||70||73||143|
|T30||Mary Ritchie + Paula Weihe||-1||F*||69||74||143|
|T30||Carla Glasgow + Loretta Young||-1||F*||69||74||143|
|T30||Jane Geddes + Patti Rizzo||-1||F*||70||73||143|
|34||Marci DuBois + Sarah Ingram||E||F*||72||72||144|
|T35||Cindy Pallatino + Michelle Estill||+1||F*||67||78||145|
|T35||Robin Krapfl + Shannon Mason||+1||F*||69||76||145|
|37||Joy Bonhurst + Linda Nevatt||+3||F*||70||77||147|
|38||Claudia Pilot + Mary Sue Kuhlmann||+7||F*||71||80||151|
|39||Heather Risk + Le Ann Finger||+8||F*||77||75||152|
|40||Beth Rubin + Kore Grate||+24||F*||81||87||168|
KILLEEN, WILL (-11) LEAD AFTER 1ST ROUND OF ARIZONA SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN
Duo makes six birdies in seven holes on back nine for one stroke lead heading into final round
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2023
David Bataller, Director of Communications
(602) 944-3035 | [email protected]
MESA – Denise Killeen and partner Maggie Will took the first-round lead of the 2023 Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open Tuesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa to take a one-shot lead in Wednesday’s final round. Playing in a scramble format for the first round, Killeen and Will made 11 birdies on a clean scorecard for a 61, finishing ahead of three teams at -10 (60). The final round will be played in a Fourball format.
“Denise was great – that backside we shot 30, and we had a lot of good shots and didn’t make the putts starting out the first few holes,” said Will, a three-time LPGA Tour winner and longtime Tour veteran. “But then we got the speed down and it started rolling along. And we had great playing partners – they were playing well.”
The teams of Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Leta Lindley; Dana Ebster and Jill McGill; and Michele Redman and Tammie Green are all one shot behind Killeen and Will, with each team recording clean scorecards. Another seven teams sit one shot behind tied for fifth, setting the stage for an exciting final round.
Named for LPGA Co-Founder Marilynn Smith, the Arizona Senior Women’s Open brought out 80 of the country’s best professional and amateur players, competing for a $15,000 first prize and $60,000 total purse. The second-place team will take home $12,000, with third place winning $10,000.
The public is invited out to Longbow Golf Club to watch Wednesday’s final round free of charge. Click Here for a live leaderboard and final round pairings.
Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2022
Director of Communications
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the four inductees to the 2022 Class. Three modern candidates were selected by the Voting Delegates: Geri Cavanagh, Del Cochran and Missy Farr-Kaye; and one Legacy candidate was chosen by the Selectors Committee: Alice Cooper. The dinner and induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Invitations and RSVP’s to the ceremony will be available at a later date.
Geri Cavanagh, Amateur and Philanthropist
An accomplished golfer, businesswoman, philanthropist and volunteer, Geri Cavanagh’s contributions to the game of golf go well beyond her own achievements on the course. Her dedication to the game helped her capture numerous accolades, but perhaps more importantly, countless golfers have benefitted from her generosity over the last 50 years.
As a player, Cavanagh notched the first of her 12 Paradise Valley Country Club Championships in 1974. In all, she won 18 PVCC tournaments, eventually serving as the club’s President. She also served as President of White Mountain Country Club, and held board positions for the Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA) and Phoenix Country Club. Cavanagh won five Arizona State Amateur Championships, three Phoenix City Championships, two Navapache Opens and one AWGA Amateur Stroke Play title – and once qualified as an alternate for the U.S. Women’s Open. At age 32, Cavanagh joined the golf team at Arizona State University and played in the 1983 NCAA Championships at age 36.
Although Cavanagh no longer plays golf competitively, her passion for the game has never wavered. In recent years she has turned her attention and energy into enabling others to thrive. She co-founded the PING Banner Health LPGA Tournament, and alongside her late husband, received the Turquoise Award for their contributions to the tournament and cancer prevention. Over the past 23 years, Cavanagh has donated nearly $1.2 million to junior golf; assisted with and contributed to the development of the ASU Karsten Golf Course; and contributed more than $300,000 to the Silver Belle Championship, LPGA Foundation, Marilynn Smith golf tournaments, PING Junior Golf University and the AWGA.
In 2011, she was awarded the Dorothy Pease Achievement Award – the AWGA’s highest honor. With her induction, Cavanagh joins her late husband, Harry, in the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.
Del Cochran, Industry Leader
In 1963, Del Cochran made his first trip to Arizona, saw his first palm tree, smelled the orange blossoms, and decided this is where he was going to live. Raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cochran “headed West” to Arizona eight years later, working as an assistant professional at Apache Wells and Dobson Ranch before a two-year stint at El Paso Country Club, in Texas, working under renowned PGA Professional Bill Eschenbrenner. However, his love for Arizona was powerful, and he returned for good to become the first head professional at Pinnacle Peak Country Club from 1977 to 1981. During that time, he served on the Board of Directors of the SWSPGA with his final year as President of the section.
In 1992, Cochran joined his friend Gregg Tryhus to form the team that developed and operated Grayhawk Golf Club. They believed if something was good for golf, for Scottsdale, and for Arizona, they wanted to be at the forefront. Under their leadership, Grayhawk became one of the must plays in Arizona golf and remains so today.
A member of the Thunderbirds for 33 years, Cochran also spent 20+ years serving on the board of directors for Experience Scottsdale. In 2010, the American Junior Golf Association awarded Cochran the Digger Smith award, “honoring longtime service and dedication to junior golf.” Additionally, Grayhawk hosted the PGA Junior League Championship for six years, and is hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships from 2021-2023.
Missy Farr-Kaye, Arizona State University Women’s Golf
Lifelong Arizonan Missy Farr-Kaye has continuously left her mark on golf in her home state over the last four decades. After a standout career at Xavier Preparatory Academy and playing junior golf at Papago Golf Course, Farr-Kaye played at Arizona State University. Shortly after her playing career, she joined ASU’s coaching staff as an assistant, and eventually became the program’s head coach in 2015. In each of her roles at ASU, Farr-Kaye brought the program to new heights.
In 2017, Farr-Kaye led the Sun Devils to the program’s nation-leading eighth NCAA championship. This was her first national championship as a head coach, which completed the rare feat of becoming a three-time NCAA national champion: winning the first as a player in 1990 and the second as an assistant coach in 2009. Over her tenure on the coaching staff at ASU, Farr-Kaye has led her teams to 16 NCAA Championship appearances, two Pac-10/Pac12 titles and a myriad of team and tournament titles.
Academically, her golfers have won the Edith Cummings Mason Award, given to the top female golfer who is both a playing All-American and Academic All-American. She has had four golfers named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, and her 2015 team had the highest grade-point average (3.65) within Sun Devil Athletics. Although Farr-Kaye solidified her legendary status by helping her student-athletes flourish during and after college, her own accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Among them are being named the ASU Alumni Achievement award, as well as four different Coach of the Year awards following the 2017 national championship season.
Most admirably, Farr-Kaye is a three-time cancer survivor and continued to coach through each bout, inspiring everyone around her with her perseverance and strength. For that, she was awarded the Kim Moore Spirit Award by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in 2009, the first and only coach to receive the honor typically reserved for student-athletes.
Alice Cooper, Philanthropist
Already a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Alice Cooper made the Valley his home as a teenager and can now add Arizona Golf Hall of Famer to his resume. In the midst of a flourishing career on the stage, he has found solace on the golf course and has since used the game to benefit others through his philanthropic efforts.
Early on in his music career, Cooper lived a traditional rock-and-roll lifestyle and in 1982, it led him to a doctor’s visit and a wake-up call for him to change his lifestyle. He stopped drinking, but it meant that he needed to find something else on which to focus. That turned out to be golf. Cooper picked up the game quickly and soon found himself playing 36 holes in a day as often as possible. Since then, he has played golf all around the world, but calls Phoenix Country Club his home club. He’s averaged 250 rounds per year, and with a 4-handicap, he has established himself as one of the best golfers on the celebrity circuit.
Cooper credits golf with saving his life, but he also uses the game as a vehicle to benefit the next generation of artists. He regularly hosts, participates in and performs at golf events that benefit his non-profit, Solid Rock, which he founded in 1995. Solid Rock’s mission is to inspire and challenge teens to embrace excellence and reach their full potential through the arts. Cooper regularly hosts and participates in golf tournaments that benefit his organization.
Through Solid Rock, Cooper opened Solid Rock Teen Centers in Phoenix and Mesa, where teens can discover and hone their talents. Equipped with state-of-the-art studios and equipment, the centers provide teens with free training in music, dance, art, recording, lighting, staging and video production.
About the Hall of Fame Committee
The Hall of Fame Committee consists of representatives from six of the allied golf associations serving golf in Arizona: Arizona Golf Association, Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents, Club Managers Association, Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Southwest Section PGA.
Neuheisel Wins 98th Arizona Amateur Championship
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2022
SCOTTSDALE – Joe Neuheisel capped an outstanding week of golf with a 2 & 1 win over Camden Braidech to win the 98th Arizona Amateur Championship at Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course Saturday. Neuheisel made four straight birdies from the eighth hole through the 11th, and then won the 12th to take a 5-up lead, before claiming the championship on the 17th hole.
It’s a dream week, a lot of fun, a lot of golf, but everyone who knows me knows you can’t get me off the golf course, so it was as good as it gets,” said Neuheisel, 25, who was a first alternate at the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines as an amateur.
“It couldn’t have been better – this was one of the best weeks I’ve had on and off the course in a while,” said Braidech, 17, of Scottsdale. “I couldn’t have pictured a better way for this to go this week.”
In a tight match that saw hole-halving putts lip out, and approaches to a foot tied with long putts, Neuheisel jumped out to a 1-up lead with a birdie on the second hole, and extend the lead to 2-up after a par on the fifth hole. Showing off a significant length advantage off the tee, Neuheisel dropped a 157-yard approach on the par-4 eighth hole to six feet past the pin. Braidech’s second from 200 yards out landed softly in the middle of the green, but his 30-foot putt missed by a narrow margin, and Neuheisel buried his birdie putt to take a commanding 3-up lead.
“I always like to think I’m capable of good golf,” said Scottsdale’s Neuheisel, who played his college golf at Boise State and UCLA. “They say ‘horses for courses’ – I think my game suits this course pretty well. I hit it pretty straight off the tee and I’m an alright putter. So I think it was kind of the perfect storm.”
Neuheisel would extend the lead even further to 5-up through 12 after Braidech failed to get up and down from a greenside swale, but the week’s social media sensation would battle back to win three straight holes starting on the 14th. But trailing 2-up with two holes to play, Neuheisel’s conceded par on 17 ended any further comeback attempt by Braidech, and earned Neuheisel the coveted Kachina trophy as Arizona Amateur Champion.
“I built the lead, thank God, because I was leaking oil at the end,” said Neuheisel, who finished in second place (-10 over two rounds) during the Stroke Play Qualifying portion of the 98th Arizona Amateur Championship. “Camden is a great player and he made it tough on me at the end, but I’m fortunate to get it done.”
“It was awesome – I’m still trying to get recruited, working on figuring out where I want to go to school, and I think this will help that process a lot,” said Braidech, who is home-schooled as a senior and plans to play Division I collegiate golf. “It will help really the rest of my career, right? Finishing well at any tournament is going to help your confidence so this is a big boost.”
After semifinal play was suspended Friday due to inclement weather in North Scottsdale, both finalists recorded big victories when play resumed Saturday morning. Neuheisel beat reigning AGA Player of the Year Sean O’Donnell 5 & 4, shooting -7 through 14 holes in the win. Braidech, meanwhile, took down Stroke Play Qualifying Medalist Rylan Johnson 4 & 2.
Full Bracket and scores from the week of the 98th Annual Arizona Amateur Championship at the Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course can be found by clicking here. Full recaps can be found on the Arizona Golf Association website. And a wide selection of content from each day of the tournament can be found on the AGA’s social media channels: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Arizona Amateur Semifinal Play Suspended Due to Rain
For Immediate Release
August 12, 2022
SCOTTSDALE – Both semifinal matches were suspended due to inclement weather Friday afternoon at the 98th Arizona Amateur Championship, played at Desert Mountain Club’s Outlaw Course. Play will resume at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, with match winners advancing to the Championship match set for later Saturday.
“After monitoring weather reports and collaborating with Desert Mountain staff, we made the determination to suspend play for the day,” said Logan Rasmussen, Director of Rules and Competitions for the Arizona Golf Association. “We are excited to resume play in the morning and wrap up the championship tomorrow.”
Play was halted at 1:27 p.m., with Joe Neuheisel holding a 4-up lead through eight holes over Sean O’Donnell, with both players safely in the 9th fairway off the tee. Camden Braidech leads Rylan Johnson 3-up through seven holes, with both players having played their approaches to the 8th green.
Full Match Play bracket can be found by clicking here.