Homeless veterans clothing drive golf event

Arizona Golf Resort’s Saturday Men’s Club is sponsoring a homeless veterans clothing drive golf event Dec. 10 at the Arizona Golf Resort. It starts with a shotgun at 8 a.m. The event is $71 per person which includes golf, cart, range balls and lunch. A silent auction is also on the agenda. The event is co-sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Additionally they are collecting donations of adult-sized male and female clothing, duffel bags and toiletries. Monetary donations are also welcomed and will be used to purchase undergarments, socks and cases of bottled water. Donations from the drive will benefit homeless military veterans in Arizona.

For more information call Joseph Tidwell at 480-827-9673 or 623-398-5918.


Hot off the press

Read the April 2011 issue of Arizona the State of Golf by clicking on the cover image below. Inside you’ll find articles on public courses where the U.S. Open is played, Arizona’s USGA liaison Ron Read, cruise port golf excursions, Arizona’s water conservation efforts, recycled headcovers, AGA annual award winners and more.


Help us support our troops!

This may sound crazy, and you may think we’re nuts, but WE NEED YOU to play 100 holes of golf with us on May 16 at the TPC Champions Course.

We all share a significant interest…namely the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces. With nominal participation from 100 volunteers, we can raise $250,000 or more in the next few weeks to honor and support these brave men and women of our military. This one day event is a terrific way to raise some significant dollars for a remarkable group of people who ask nothing of us, but give 100% of themselves… for us.

We need 100 passionate champions wanting to help support the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. We have made a commitment, and now WE NEED YOU! Right now we are putting together our Champions Team and we want you on it! WE NEED YOU to participate in a KEY volunteer position. Each volunteer has very limited, yet well defined, responsibility. We promise you, this will not take a lot of your time! We need volunteers who will commit to following the instructions of this proven program, raising significant dollars for our troops.

You can be “A Champion”
Here is what we are asking each “Champion” to commit to accomplish:

Show up on Monday, May 16 from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM [breakfast and lunch included] at TPC Champions Course in Scottsdale to play your 100 holes of golf! (Not as hard as it may seem, as we throw away the rule book and have some unique fun on the course.)

Sponsor yourself for at least $1/hole.
Raise a minimum of $24 more per hole from your spheres of influence. This is easy, as people will want to support you in your commitment to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

You can be “A Champion Team Captain”
We need 25 Team Captains to accomplish the above 1 – 2 – 3 and put together a team of 4 (including yourself) Champions.

We have created a website for this campaign and it is the key to our success, where you enter your sponsor’s pledge information (you do not have to collect any monies, just get pledges from those you know: your friends, family, associates) and the site will send them a big thank you, tax deductible letter, and where they can send their sponsorship of you. People give to people and all you have to do is ASK for help in this all-out endeavor in support of our brave men and women.

Let us know that you want to be a “Champion” or a “Champion Team Captain” and we’ll handle the rest. Just call 602-944-3035 and we’ll get all the details to you.

Proceeds from your fundraising will benefit: Champions 100 / Arizona Golf Foundation is acting as the umbrella for the groups listed below, and is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation (Tax ID 86-0761350) for your records. Fifty percent will go to Birdies for the Brave, 20 percent to both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Navy Seal Foundation and 10 percent to Folds of Honor.

Here is a brief description of the military home-front groups that will benefit from your commitment:

Birdies for the Brave
Birdies for the Brave is a military outreach initiative that supports individuals in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, through military homefront groups directly serving military men and women lost or injured in the line of duty.

Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project, raising awareness and enlisting help from the public for the needs of injured service members, as well as provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the specific needs of individuals in their recovery efforts.

Folds of Honor Foundation
Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service.

Navy Seal Foundation
Navy Seal Foundation provides tragedy assistance for families who have lost a loved one in training or combat, as well as scholarships and educational assistance to active duty personnel, their spouses, and children. Additionally, the Navy Seal Foundation ensures the contributions of these elite warriors are always remembered, recognized, and documented for future generations, by preserving the rich history and heritage of the Naval Special Warfare community.


Member weekend at Mayan Palace

Join us for two days of golf at the beautiful Mayan Palace Beach and Golf Resort March 26-27. This member weekend is open to all AGA Handicap and ACCESS AZgolf members, as well as SNGA and Golf Hub members. The cost to participate is $129, which includes two rounds of golf, two lunches and an hour of open bar on Saturday. The resort has also set up special room rates for the event.

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February magazine now available

The February issue of Arizona the State of Golf is now available to read online. In this issue, read about the LPGA Tour’s return to the Valley, a tournament in which players will donate their prize money to charity. Prepare for a double header–spring training and golf–with our guide to spring training facilities and the golf that surrounds them. Get to know Ian Poulter, this year’s defending champion at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Tucson.

And as always, peruse our regular features. The AGA news section will update you on what has been happening at the Association. Take a sidelong look at the gender issue in Out of Bounds. Get a primer on USGA Handicaps in Rules and see who this month’s caricature is.