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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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Meet Our Executive Committee

Officers 

Mike McWilliams
President Phoenix Country ClubMike McWilliams has been a commercial real estate professional for over 30 years, all while enjoying the game of golf. “I was fortunate to be introduced to the wonderful game of golf at a young age by my father. I have enjoyed everything about this game since.” Of all the many golf experiences Mike has had, the friendship and the lasting relationships are what ranks higher than all.

Bill Burgesser
1st Vice PresidentSuperstition Mountain Golf & Country ClubAs a registered professional Architect, Bill served as a principal in the firm of Quantum Group Architects & Engineers in Dallas, Texas and was responsible for all design and construction documents. Bill has been a member of the AGA’s Executive Committee since 2013 and is currently serving as 2nd Vice President He is also very involved on the USGA Services Committee which covers handicapping and course rating. He was the recipient of the Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year award for 2012. 

Bill Phipps
2nd Vice PresidentStone Canyon ClubIntroduced to golf as a teenager by his role model, his grandfather, Bill grew to love the game of golf. After playing on the golf team at Miami University, Bill continued with the game of golf and became a member of the USGA Committee, later winning the Ike Grainger Award in 2013. Bill stays busy being an Ohio Golf Association Board Member, a Greens Committee Chair of 5 Clubs and an AGA Board Member. Bill has been a member of the executive committee since 2012. 

Bob McNichols
 SecretaryLongbow Club Bob McNichols is the General Manager of Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, and of Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, LLC, a private real estate investment and commercial development company based in Phoenix. McNichols is currently a member of several boards in Arizona including The First Tee of Phoenix, Inc., Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Inc., and VisitMesa CVB. He is the Tournament Chair of the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club, the annual Arizona Junior Challenge at Longbow Golf Club and the annual AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic presented by Longbow Golf Club. McNichols has been ranked by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the state’s most influential developers. Bob has been a member of the AGA Executive Committee since 2012.

Tim Brown
TreasurerPhoenix Country ClubTim has been an avid golfer since his parents introduced the game to him when he was eight years old. He played competitive junior golf growing up in Nebraska and competitive amateur golf for many years in Nebraska and Arizona. Tim has been actively involved over the years in several golf related organizations, including The Thunderbirds, the Thunderbird Junior Golf Association, the JGAA and the Phoenix Country Club, where he is a past president and past board member. Tim has been a member of the executive committee since 2013 and currently serves as Treasurer.

Remaining Executive Committee

Lee Decof
Lone Tree Golf Club The game of golf was introduced to Lee by his father when he was 5 years old. “I feel I have something that can add to the future of golf in Arizona.  It’s important to to me to “give back”, and I am at a time in my life where I get great pleasure from doing just that.” Lee is an active player in our tournaments by interaccting with players, officials, and volunteers and an active board member. Lee has been a member of the executive committee since 2013.

Joe Hickle
Tucson Country ClubJoe has been around the game of golf his entire life and is an avid golfer.  He has spent many years working in the golf industry in various capacities.  For the last eight years, Joe has been a Commercial Insurance Broker with Crest Insurance Group.  He is a member of the Tucson Conquistadores organization which supports youth athletics in Southern Arizona and The First Tee of Tucson through the Tucson Conquistadores Classic – PGA Champions Tour event played in Tucson.  When Joe is not working or on the golf course, he can be found in a basketball gym fulfilling his role as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Pima Community College in Tucson. 

Tim Hulscher
Junior Golf Association of ArizonaTim is retired living in Gilbert, AZ with his wife Judy. He is a USGA certified Rules of Golf official and spends his time officiating at all levels of competitive golf. He grew up in Aberdeen, Washington and earned a degree at Central Washington University in French landguage and Business Administration studying in France for two years, and a MBA at Seattle University in Accounting and Financial Reporting retiring in 2012 from Starwood Hotels and Resorts. 

Jerry Huff
TPA ClubJerry is Senior Manager of Engineering for the world’s second largest electronics distribution company.  He has been designing warehouses and production facilities for over 15 years across multiple industries.  Jerry began playing golf in the Hazeltine Junior Golf program in Chaska, MN – site of the 2016 Ryder Cup.  He moved to Arizona in the early 1990’s and has been a consistent participant in Arizona Golf Association tournaments ever since.  For the last few years, Jerry has been a member of the AGA Tournament Committee and is excited to join the Executive Committee in 2017. 

Mark Jeffery
Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club Mark is the President and CEO of Aquimo LLC, www.aquimo.com, Managing Partner of Agile Insights LLC and Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at the Kellogg School of Management. Aquimo is a revolutionary mobile gaming platform for basketball, football, golf, bowling and other sports. His consulting expertise is data-driven marketing strategy and execution, enterprise performance management, and unlocking business value from marketing and IT. Over the last decade he has taught in many custom executive programs at organizations including Microsoft, DuPont, Sony, Nissan, and Philips. In 2011 his book “Data-Driven Marketing” was awarded the best book of the year by the American Marketing Association. 

Ryan Johnson
Arizona Golf Association Ryan is a life-long golfer with a passion for the game that extends equally into his personal and professional life. Whether playing competitively against friends or filming PGA TOUR Professionals, finding Ryan on a golf course is finding Ryan in his ‘happy place’. For the past five years, Johnson has been the videographer for the annual Patriot All-America Invitational held at The Wigwam. He has done a terrific job capturing the essence of this event. During the 2015 tournament, he created a 30-minute segment that will be aired on Fox Sports in March.

Mike Kane
Arizona Golf AssociationLong-time Arizona golfer, U of A Team member and Arizona Amateur Champion, Mike Kane remains a single digit handicapper with a love for course design analysis. Mike is a Senior Vice President in the Scottsdale Office of Colliers International and specializes in the sales and lease of office and industrial propertise. In 2004-2005 he was awarded the Top Professional Award at Colliers International. Mike has been a member of the executive committee since 2015.

Scott McNevin
Junior Golf Association of ArizonaScott has been a resident of Phoenix since the fall of 2006. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Scott migrated north to University of Oregon, where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in Journalism.Scott has been playing golf for over twenty years, and working in the business since graduating from college. In 2003, he interned with the American Junior Golf Association, and started working full-time as a Tournament Director for the AJGA in 2004. Scott was a Tournament Director for 15 national junior golf events across the country while working for the AJGA.In the fall of 2006, Scott joined the Arizona Golf Association staff as Tournament Director. For the last three years with the AGA he was the Director of Rules and Competitions. His duties included teaching Rules of Golf seminars for AGA member clubs, conducting AGA Championships and USGA Qualifiers and tournament scheduling.

Judy Polidori
Alta Mesa Country Club”From my youth in Scouts working on the Easter Seal Campaign, to my recent efforts with the AWGA to grow high school girls’ golf, I have proudly served my community for 6 decades.” Judy recently served on the AWGA Board of Directors as the Fundraising Chairman for 6 years, 2008-2014. In addition, the past two years, Judy has served as the AWGA/AGA Liaison.

John Souza
Moon Valley Country ClubJohn has been employed with PING Golf for 36 years. He is currently Director of PING Wrx. He started the Junior Golf University, a 501(c)(3) which runs the PING Junior Interclub. The Interclub allows courses to put together teams of boys and girls 12-18 years old and compete against other teams in their area. John has three children – Lauren 26, Annie 23 and John 20. John (jr.) plays golf at the University of Colorado. “Go Buffs!”