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Arizona Golf Announces Appointment of Tim Eberlein as Tournament Director

 

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Arizona Golf Announces Appointment of Tim Eberlein as Tournament Director

The Arizona Golf Association has hired Tim Eberlein, formerly Campus President for Golf Academy of America, as Director of Rules and Competitions.

Mr. Eberlein, a graduate of Gannon University and Master PGA Professional, will oversee the Association’s Championships and Tour events, including a volunteer group of nearly one hundred individuals managing sixty events annually.

As head of the Golf Academy of America’s Chandler, Arizona, campus since 2003, he has developed hundreds of professionals in all areas of golf services.   “Mr. Eberlein’s knowledge of all facets of golf operations at the club level, and many years educating young men and women in tournament management, Rules of Golf, and customer relations will bring extraordinary benefits to Arizona golf’s members and competitions,” said Ed Gowan, AGA’s Executive Director.   “We look forward to Tim sharing those extensive business experiences with our staff in service of the 80,000 members of the Association.  Arizona Golf is blessed to have found a person with such a varied background, especially with the volunteer and personal development aspects of his former profession.”

During his professional career, Tim achieved Master Professional status with the PGA of America in Teaching, has served six years on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Section PGA, as chairperson for Education.

He has been the recipient of the SWSPGA Horton Smith Award in 2010, 2014 and 2017.  Since 2009, he served on the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Rules Committee for the high school golf state championships.

 

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2019 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

At the 2019 Arizona Golf Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration we honored club representatives, champions, volunteer and committee members, and those who have contributed to the success of Arizona Golf.

 

Below is a brief message from our President, Mike McWilliams, on AGA’s activities in 2018:

 

For the fourth year we have experienced slow but steady growth in membership while expanding our mission to all golfers in the state through the integration with the       Arizona Women’s Golf Association– now together as Arizona Golf.

Our new website, which just debuted  this month, is much easier to navigate and includes many more options for golfers from competitive to social events and plenty of activities for visitors or those becoming interested in joining the world of golf.

Highlights for 2018 include 59 individuals qualifying for USGA Championships, expanded member and “Just for Fun” events for all, travel golf events from Mexico to Ireland, and the 8th Patriot All-America for the world’s best collegians playing in honor of our military heroes, once again ranked among the best events in the world.   Alumni include Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Cameron Champ among many   other current Tour stars.

The AGA magazine, AzGolf Insider, continues to receive applause from both members and outside media.   Please let us know if you haven’t been receiving your free copy.

We’ve introduced the new Rules of Golf in style, having already hosted over fifty seminars for 3,000 plus members, and distributed over 35,000 Rules books, more than any other golf association to date.  A new GHIN platform will be launching in 2019, and in the fall, we will begin our education on the World Handicap System in anticipation of its launch in 2020. 

I especially wish to thank all of you attending, and the hundreds of other members and supporters who make Arizona Golf the success that it is.  You can count on us in the future.  The AWGA has joined with the AGA to make your golf experience even more valuable and interesting in 2019.

Sincerely,

Mike McWilliams

 

2019 Award Winners

 

Legends Player of the Year……………………………………..Tom Preston

Super Senior Player of the Year………………………………Rusty Brown

Senior Player of the Year………………………………………..Jeff Benton

Women’s Senior Player of the Year………………………….Liz Waynick

Masters Player of the Year………………………………………Thuhashini Selvaratnam

Open Player of the Year……………………………………………Adam Walicki

 

Senior Cup Champions…………………………………………..John Richards & David Schlenker

 

AGA Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year Award………….Jeff Vincent

AWGA Kathy Ehrlich Volunteer of the Year Award……Jan Biddle

 

Champion of Golf………………………………………………………John Spensieri

AWGA Representative of the Year……………………………Twyla Gerdes

 

Honorary Captain…………………………………………………..Lyman Gallup

Host Club of the Year……………………………………………..Jeff Ostlund, Tonto Verde Golf Club

 

Dorthy Pease Award……………………………………………….Tina Barret

Updegraff Award……………………………………………………Drew Woods

 

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AGA Staff & Consultants

Executive Staff

Ed Gowan
Executive Director
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Lorraine Thies
Assistant Executive Director 
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Handicapping & Course Rating

Derek McKenzie
Director of USGA Services  

Handicapping
Course rating
Course rating volunteers
USGA compliance

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Michelle Evens
Club Programs Manager

AZHN equipment and software
Handicap Department support
Hole-in-one certificates

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Member Programs, Events & Services

Alex Tsakiris
Director of Club & Member Outreach

Outside Services
Club Visits
Member Fun Events

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Rules & Competitions

Mike Mason
Tournament Operations Manager 

Tournament Pairings Program (TPP) 
Tournament Players Association (TPA)
Senior Cup Series
Tournament volunteers

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Jim Franko
Director of Rules and Competitions

Championships 
Qualifiers

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Andrew Polonec
Director of Rules and Competitions 

Championships
Qualifiers 

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Matt Dally 
USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern
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Marketing, Communications & Member Development

Chris Montgomery
Director of Communications & Partnerships
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Paris Garcia
Manager of Communications and Marketing
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Brianna Gianiorio
USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern 
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Magazine & Sponsorships

Brian Foster
Owner: Business Marketing Group, LLC
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Administration

Betty Saltzgiver
Accounting 

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Sharon Goldstone
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
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