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Longbow Golf Club Selected to Host 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship
Longbow Golf Club of Mesa, Arizona, announced Monday they will showcase the nation’s top disabled golfers at the 2020 United States Disabled Open Golf Championship, May 18-21. For the first time in the tournaments three-year history, the championship will be contested over three days through 54 holes of stroke play with no cut.
“Longbow Golf Club is honored to be the host site for the 2020 U.S. Disabled Open Golf Championship,” said Bob McNichols, General Manager and developer of Longbow Golf Club. “Longbow Golf Club has long advocated and supported adaptive golf. We have provided access, training, specialized equipment and partnered with Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, and various community organizations to promote access to the game of golf for the adaptive golf community. We look forward to welcoming the competitors and presenting an exciting championship for top U.S. and international adaptive golfers.”
With the field capped at 90 players, the championship is expected to draw the highest number of participants this May. The inaugural championship in 2018 attracted 48 male and female golfers representing eight different countries. Last year, the championship brought in 72 golfers from eight countries.
To qualify for the championship, the golfer must have an established and current WHS handicap index of 30 or below. Striving to encourage all physical and intellectual impaired golfers 16 years and older of all abilities to compete, the Open is flighted into several different playing categories, net and gross: three divisions of gross and net, seated, non-seated, and women gross and net.
The entry fee is $280 and will include one practice round, three rounds of competition, an opening banquet and ceremony, a meal at the conclusion of the second day, and awards to the top three finishers of each category of the conclusion of the tournament.
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About the United States Disabled Golf Association:
In 2011, USDGA Founder, Jason Faircloth became the first and only American to play in the Disabled British Open. He was one of only three persons with Cerebral Palsy to play in the event. The Disabled British Open was televised on SKY Sports throughout Europe. Jason finished 34th overall, sixth in his flight in 2011 and 28th overall and runner-up in his flight in 2012. When he returned from the Disabled British Open in 2011, Jason said “ Based on the number of Americans with disabilities, the number of golf courses we have in this country, and the popularity of the sport of golf, there is no way we cannot successfully organize competitions across the United States.“ In May of 2015, the United States Disabled Golf Association became a registered 501c3 with a mission to provide people with physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities an opportunity to showcase his or her ability in a golf championship at the highest level in the USA. His primary goal with the USDGA was to have a world class annual national tournament for golfers of all disabilities that would showcase their ability and talents . thought he was ready to hold his first The inaugural United States Disabled Open Golf Championship was held on May 8-10, 2018 at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
About Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail, hotel and residential uses surrounded by desert vegetation, a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Troon managed Longbow Golf Club was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1997. In 2003, Daedalus commissioned Kavanaugh to execute a complete redesign of the golf course creating a complete refresh layout. Longbow Golf Club has played host to the American Junior Golf Association’s Ping Heather Farr Classic, the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic,
LPGA Volvik Founders Cup Qualifier as well as tournaments for the AGA, USGA, NCAA, NJCAA, high school and The First Tee. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit www.longbowgolf.com or call 480-807-5400.
Sothwestern Golf Association Unveils New Logo
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – February 6, 2020 —The Southwestern Golf Association is proud to
announce its new Sombrero logo starting with the upcoming 105th Southwestern Amateur
The Sombrero reflects the Southwestern’s roots established in 1915, as well as the transition to
be a more inclusive tournament.
As indicated in our May 2019 announcement, 2020 will be the first year of the tournament in
which competition will be open to women as well as mixed team play.
“The board felt that the format change was the right thing to do and the new logo change is
envisioned to complement this change,” said SWGA president, Phil Mahoney.
The event has been played at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale for the past seven years and
the Club will continue to host the expanded tournament scheduled for June 17-20, 2020.
“We are excited to be breaking new ground by bringing an additional tournament to women’s
amateur golf as well as continuing the 105-year-old men’s tournament.,” said John Ranslem,
executive director of the Southwestern Golf Association.
The tournament will be a four-day event and will be played on two of Desert Mountain’s Jack
Nicklaus courses. The mixed-team play will consist of one man and one woman for a total of 72
teams. The team event will take place the first two days, while individual play will span four
days and 72 holes.
The Southwestern Golf Association is a non-profit organization that promotes amateur golf in
the southwestern US. For more information, visit www.swga.net.
The Country Club at DC Ranch debuts new Nine-Hole Course: Making Golf Fast and Fun
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Making Golf Fast and Fun
The Country Club at DC Ranch debuts new Nine-Hole Course
Making Golf Fast and Fun
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 2020) In today’s fast paced society, everyone is always looking for ways to squeeze more time into a day. The golf industry has seen a big movement in creating opportunities for golfers to play the game either on a shorter course or in less time than your traditional 4 hours. In keeping with this trend, The Country Club at DC Ranch has introduced two new opportunities to make the game of golf fast and fun.
Introducing the Horseshoe! The Country Club at DC Ranch debuted its a nine-hole, short course this Winter. In continuing with The Club’s brand, the short course was named, The Horseshoe. Featuring nine holes ranging from 54 to 104 yard and designed by Greey/Pickett, this course is perfect for a relaxing, fun, quick round of golf. Great for beginner golfers, wine and dines, family golf, lessons, Juniors, and Seniors; this course is an excellent fit for the diverse Membership at The Country Club at DC Ranch. Making golf more approachable is key. Members are busier than ever and want an opportunity to play even if they do not have 4 hours to commit. This is a perfect fit. Those golfers new to the sport, may be intimidated to play a traditional course. The short course will allow for a fun opportunity to learn and enjoy the game. The Horseshoe features the same tif eagle Bermuda grass putting surface greens like the main course. Fronting these 9 greens, are sand bunkers for a similar look that members would experience on a traditional golf course. Other additions to the Practice Park included: an 8500 square foot practice putting green, an increase practice tee space and a larger short game area with 2 chipping greens and greenside bunkers. This enhanced practice area gives members plenty of space and opportunity to improve their game.
In addition to the Horseshoe, the Club recently presented the Gold Tees to its Membership. The new golf tees play to a yardage of 3969 yards, 1100 yards shorter than the red tees and approximately 3000 yards shorter than the black tees. This new tee is a great option for players of all ages and ability levels including our Junior golfers. The Gold Tee Box, gives members the opportunity to play and get on the green in regulation more often. The Gold Tee is rated at 60.5 with a slope of 98 for men and is rated at 61.6 and a slope of 100 for the women.
In keeping with The Club’s objective in making golf approachable for all levels, The Horseshoe and Gold Tees do just that. The Country Club at DC Ranch continues to be at the forefront of what a modern Club should look and feel like. The Club continues to welcome all players of every level, while still boasting a very competitive opportunity for those with low handicaps.
Genuine, welcoming and warm in spirit, The Country Club at DC Ranch celebrates families and friends coming together to enjoy the best of times in a truly distinctive setting – including golf on DC Ranch’s classic course layout, redesigned by Tom Lehman and John Fought. It is one of the most classically designed courses in the Valley – resulting in a golf experience that is aesthetically more interesting and strategically more challenging.
Poised prominently on a knoll near the McDowell Mountains, The Country Club at DC Ranch’s stunning Ranch Hacienda Clubhouse, combines the most charming aspects of historic Arizona architecture with those of great Western resorts of the 1920’s and 30’s.
Waste Management Phoenix Open repeats as PGA TOUR Tournament of the Year; Phoenix-area TOUR stop also wins award for “Best Integrated Marketing Plan” in 2019
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Waste Management Phoenix Open (Scottsdale, Arizona) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on November 20.
For the second consecutive season, the Waste Management Phoenix Open was named the PGA TOUR “Tournament of the Year,” marking the fourth time (2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) in the last six years the event has taken top honors. The Phoenix-area tournament also won the “Best Integrated Marketing” award for its engaging and creative year-round integrated marketing plan.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am thrilled to congratulate the Waste Management Phoenix Open on once again being named the ‘Tournament of the Year,’” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The Thunderbirds and title sponsor Waste Management continue to reach new heights each year with an unparalleled fan experience, seamless title sponsor integration and record charitable impact, all while continuing their mission as a zero-waste event.”
The 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won by Rickie Fowler, continued to reach new levels with its fan experience, marketing and social media strategy, and charitable impact. In recent years, the tournament has enhanced the overall experience for general admission holders, adding and expanding public venues along the closing stretch of holes at TPC Scottsdale, beginning with its famous coliseum-style 16th hole. As part of a sold-out, four-night concert series, more than 38,000 fans enjoyed 11 musical acts, with headliners including Old Dominion, Jake Owen, The Chainsmokers and Snoop Dogg.
Working closely with the PGA TOUR, Skratch and Golf Channel, the tournament reached new audiences with engaging content through the “Legends of the Green” campaign, celebrity influencers and an unforgettable moment shared between 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Gary Woodland and Special Olympics golfer Amy Bockerstette. More than 50 million people have since watched Amy, who has Down Syndrome, sink a par putt on the 16th hole during a practice round with Woodland, making it one of the most viewed Facebook videos in PGA TOUR history. The moment has been covered by all major sports and news outlets, and garnered new attention when Woodland won the 2019 U.S. Open and reunited with Amy on the TODAY Show.
“We’re extremely proud to be acknowledged by the PGA TOUR in back-to-back years and we want to say thank you to our fans, sponsors and the community for their commitment to our event,” said Chance Cozby, 2019 WM Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman. “The Thunderbirds could not achieve this success without the tireless effort of so many involved, starting with our title sponsor Waste Management. Our goal each year is to make the Waste Management Phoenix Open better than the last so we can continue to grow our charitable give to the Valley of the Sun.”
As the tournament continues to grow, so does the charitable impact. Proceeds from the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open generated a record $13.2 million for local charities, the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history. Since Waste Management became title sponsor in 2010, the tournament has raised more than $81 million for local charities.
“Since Waste Management became title sponsor in 2010, we are proud of the positive impact the Waste Management Phoenix Open continues to bring to benefit the community and the environment,” said Jim Fish, President and CEO of Waste Management. “Together, with our partners The Thunderbirds, we strive to find new ways to improve one of the top sporting events in the world, and this recognition acknowledges our collaborative effort. We’re thrilled to be the title sponsor of this event for the next decade to come.”
The 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open, won this year by Rickie Fowler, will be held January 27 – February 2 at TPC Scottsdale.
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