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DePaulo, Jones Capture Inaugural Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open

 

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2022

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MESA – Lisa DePaulo and Rosie Jones won the inaugural Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open’s Senior Division Wednesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, playing outstanding golf to the tune of a final-round -10 (62) in a Four-Ball format for a five-shot win. DePaulo and Jones will split the winning $10,000 first prize, the biggest team payout in the event’s $30,000 total purse.

“To be able to play golf at this age and for people to be interested and take the effort to make a tournament like this, we just had so much fun,” said DePaulo, of Lakeway, Tex., who shot -9 (63) on her own ball in the final round. “Gosh, getting a chance to play with a Solheim Cup Captain and Champion (Jones), it was just like a dream come true.”

DePaulo and Jones’ Four-Ball score of 60 was four shots better than their first-round Scramble score. The duo caught fire from the seventh hole on, with nine birdies and an eagle to finish the last 12 holes in -11. Five of the birdies and the eagle came from DePaulo’s white-hot putter.

“Lisa started really hot right out of the box with birdies on 1 and 2, and we just kept it going,” said Jones, a Santa Ana, Calif., native with 25 professional wins on her résumé. “And then Lisa just lit up the back 9.”

Pat Hurst and Wendy Ward finished in second place, shooting a final-round -5 (67) to finish -15 overall. The duo birdied holes 8 and 9 to go out in 34, and birdies on 14, 15 and 16 accounted for the final tally on a clean scorecard, and the $8,000 second place prize.

“We had a great time – yesterday we definitely ham and egged it a lot more than today and I think we did a great job,” said Hurst, the 2021 Team USA Solheim Cup Captain.

World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley and partner Barb Moxness carded a final-round -3 (69), but were unable to keep up the momentum that saw them hold the first-round lead at -11. Their -14 overall was good for solo third place, and $6,000 in prize money. Clarissa Childs and Lee Ann Walker posted the second-best round of the day at -7 (65) in the Four-Ball format for -12 overall, and earned $4,000 for fourth place. Christa Johnson and Kris Hanson tied for fifth overall at -8 with Ellie Gibson and Lisa Grimes, with each team earning $2,000.

Click Here for the final leaderboard.

 

1 DePaulo/Jones -20 F -12 64 60 124
2 Ward/Hurst -15 F -5 62 67 129
3 Moxness/Bradley -14 F -3 61 69 130
4 Walker/Childs -12 F -7 67 65 132
T5 Johnson/Hanson -8 F -2 66 70 136
T5 Gibson/Grimes -8 F -2 66 70 136
T7 Palli/Johnston-Forbes -7 F -2 67 70 137
T7 Ammaccapane/Ammaccapane -7 F -2 67 70 137
T9 Burton/Palmer -6 F +2 64 74 138
T9 Ebster/Kohatsu -6 F E 66 72 138
T9 Tombs/Rarick -6 F -2 68 70 138
T12 Fruhwirth/Brown -5 F -1 68 71 139
T12 Mason/Krapfl -5 F E 67 72 139
14 Glasgow/Young -4 F E 68 72 140
15 Eaton/Finger -1 F -1 72 71 143
16 Klasse/Steffes +1 F +3 70 75 145
17 Robyn/Miller +5 F +4 73 76 149
T18 Zimron/Risk +6 F +6 72 78 150
T18 Niebling/Fey +6 F +4 74 76 150
20 Kueny/Baker +14 F +10 76 82 158
21 Starr/Farrell +16 F +12 76 84 160
22 McNamara/Schumar +31 F +23 80 95 175
23 Hanes/Hawkins +35 F +21 86 93 179
24 Solberg/Brown +41 F +32 81 104 185

 

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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. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit longbowgolf.com or call (480) 807-5400.

About Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.

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Bradley, Moxness Lead Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open

 

 

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2022

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PAT BRADLEY, BARB MOXNESS (-11) TAKE FIRST ROUND LEAD AT INAUGURAL MARILYNN SMITH ARIZONA WOMEN’S OPEN

18th hole eagle puts duo one stroke up on Pat Hurst and Wendy Ward heading into final round

 

MESA – World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley and partner Barb Moxness posted a -11 (61) in the first round of the inaugural Marilynn Smith Arizona Women’s Open’s Senior Division Tuesday at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa. Playing a two-person Scramble format, Bradley and Moxness eagled the closing 18th hole to take a one-shot lead over Pat Hurst and Wendy Ward into the final round.

“Barb hit a great drive, and she hit a great second shot in to about 20-25 feet,” said Bradley, the Team USA Solheim Cup Captain in 2000. “I stood over it and I told Barb, ‘I’m not going to be short on this.’ And I found the right speed and the right line and it went into the hole for eagle.”

Hurst and Ward recorded five birdies on each side to go out and come back in matching 31’s. Birdies on 17 and 18 gave the team solo second place and positive vibes heading into Wednesday’s play.

“Wendy and I definitely ham and egged it pretty well out there,” said Hurst, last year’s Team USA Solheim Cup Captain in Ohio. “We both hit it well, we both putted well, and if we were out on one hole the other one was in. We played pretty well together.”

The team of Brandie Burton and Sandra Palmer is currently tied for third with Lisa DePaulo and Rosie Jones at -8 (64). Burton and Palmer recorded back-to-back birdies to close out the round, giving the duo momentum going into tomorrow’s Four-Ball portion of the event. DePaulo and Jones made four birdies on each side on a clean scorecard for their 64.

But no one could keep up with the white-hot duo of Bradley and Moxness, a 10-year member of the LPGA Tour. They birdied holes five through nine to go out in 29, and then played the last four holes of their round in -4, capped by the eagle on 18. Building momentum and sustaining it was key to the standout round.

“I think we jelled really well – we stayed in the game together and gave ourselves choices, gave ourselves chances,” said Bradley, who has 36 professional wins in her illustrious career. “Barb made some beautiful putts on the front side, and then we got hot on the back with the last four holes.”

Named for LPGA Co-Founder Marilynn Smith, the Arizona Women’s Open’s Senior Division brought out 48 of the country’s best professional and amateur players, competing for a $10,000 first prize and $30,000 total purse. Bradley spoke for many of the players in detailing what brought her to Mesa for the inaugural event.

“Marilynn is one of our role models that we looked up to on the LPGA Tour,” said Bradley, a six-time major winner on the LPGA Tour. “She’s a Founder. If it wasn’t for Marilynn Smith and her friends, we would not have the careers that we had. So, we are grateful that the Arizona Golf Association put this together and put Marilynn Smith’s name upon it. We are both honored to be here in honor of Marilynn.”

“She’s one of our Founders and she has this vision for giving back to the game like we all do,” said Ward, a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour. “She’s taken it to a whole other level and raising money for scholarships for girls to get to have the same opportunities that we did, it just brings it full circle to be able to give back.”

The public is invited out to Longbow Golf Club to watch tomorrow’s final round free of charge. Click Here for a live leaderboard and final round pairings.

 

 

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. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit longbowgolf.com or call (480) 807-5400.

About Arizona Golf Association

The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.

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Blanchard Wins First AGA Major of the Year at Aguila Golf Course

LAVEEN, Ariz. – Brian Blanchard needed a playoff, but brought home the first AGA Major title of the year Sunday at Aguila Golf Course, shooting -7 overall after a final round even-par 72 at the AGA Championship. Blanchard’s final round tally made up a three-shot deficit, forcing a playoff with 54-hole leader Bryan Hoops and Adam Walicki. He would make birdie on the first playoff hole to triumph in the blustery conditions at Aguila for his first AGA tournament victory, doing so in major fashion by carding rounds of 70-74-65-72.

Close up of Brian Blanchard holds his kachina trohpy in front of him with golf course in background

Blanchard, of Desert Forest Golf Club, and Kurt Watkins were the only players to card rounds of 65 in the competition, with Watkins coming in the first round and Blanchard’s in the third. Going low seemed to give Blanchard some much-needed momentum going into the final round, where he would eventually outlast two former AGA players of the year en route to victory.

 

Full AGA Championship Leaderboard: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3320756

RELATED: Watkins leads after R1 of AGA Championship

 

Another tournament highlight came from Mike Davidson on the drivable par-4 eighth hole, where he made an Albatross with a hole in one. Check out the video below.

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Kurt Watkins Leads After First Round of the AGA Championship

Watkins’ -7 (65) leads 144-player field by a shot Aguila Golf Course

by Alex Gelman
USGA PJ Boatwright Jr. Communications Intern

The weather and conditions were superb as 144 players this morning and afternoon teed it up at Aguila Golf Course for the start of the AGA Championship – the association’s first major championship of the season. Kurt Watkins fired a 7-under (65) to lead the field through 18 holes. Watkins was 9-under through 16 holes with five birdies and two eagles, until making his first blemish on 17, a double bogey.

Just one shot back of the lead, tied for second, is 2021 AGA Player of the Year Sean O’Donnell, 6-under. O’Donnell birdied three of the last five holes to finish his round. 2018 and 2019 AGA Player of the Year, Adam Walicki, also shot 6-under in the opening round.

Shankar Natarajan, winner of the AZ Short Course at Augusta Ranch last month, is currently alone in fifth place, 3-under (69).

“The energy was really high – the players have been looking forward to the first major championship for a few months now,” said Logan Rasmussen, AGA Director of Rules and Competition. “The golf course is in incredible shape and there are a lot of different options for course set up (tees, hole locations) which keeps it fresh and interesting.

“This is the first time the event has been played over four days. Having that variety of hole locations and an ability to challenge the players is what makes this event so great.”

The field will be cut to the top 60 players and ties after Friday’s second round. Those left will battle it out over the weekend for the coveted Kachina trophy.

The second round begins Friday morning at 7:00a.m. For the full leaderboard, CLICK HERE. For second round tee times, CLICK HERE.

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What to Know about the First Major of the Year: the AGA Championship

two men hang out on the edge of the practice putting green at aguila golf course

The best amateurs in the state converge at Aguila Golf Course today as they tee it up for the first Major AGA Championship of 2022. Here is what you need to know about the event, field and venue. (Scroll to the bottom for fast facts).

The Event

One of Phoenix’s most popular municipal courses, Aguila Golf Course, plays host to the 33rd AGA Championship, formerly known as the AZ Publinks before changing names in 2018. The 72-hole event will be played in an individual stroke play format and conducted over four days, a new approach for every AGA major championship this year.

With tee times slated to go off at 7:00 am Thursday morning, players will get to take advantage of the cool morning temps, courtesy of the dwindling Arizona winter. There will be no shortage of competition as a 144-person field featuring old and new faces ready themselves to contend for the title. Players will be hoping to advance to Saturday’s third round as a cut to the low 60 players (plus ties) will take place after 36 holes.

The Field

Familiar faces in the field include three recent AGA award winners: Sean O’Donnell (2021 POTY recipient), Bryan Hoops (2021 Mayfair & Masters POTY recipient) and Brad Wayment (2021 Senior POTY recipient). O’Donnell, who’s coming off a win at last month’s San Tan Amateur, is returning to the same event and venue where he earned his first AGA Major victory in 2020. After shooting 70-70-66 for an overall 7-under 206. Surely, he is looking for the same winning outcome this week.

Other notable players in title contention are recent JGAA standouts Mahanth Chirravuri and Joseph Lloyd, as well as AGA Short Course Champion Shankar Natarajan, who is looking for his first AGA Major victory. Chirravuri, a recent JGAA grad, is currently committed to play Division 1 college golf at the University of Southern California while Lloyd is riding out the last semester of his freshman year with the University of Utah men’s golf team.

The Venue

The venue, Aguila Golf Course, situated eight miles southwest of downtown Phoenix at the base of South Mountain, will provide scenic views and a challenging championship level course for the 72-hole stroke play event.

 

Weather Forecast:

four day weather forecast for Laveen, AZ

 

Fast Facts:

Championship Course Aguila Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ
Championship Yardage 7032 | Par 72
Dates March 17-20
Field Size 144
Format 72 holes of individual stroke play
Cut Low 60 players (+ ties) after 36 holes
Tournament Record Score 2019 George Markham  (65, 69, 65) | Overall 14-under 199
Defending Champion Cameron Barzekoff | (69,70,69) | Overall: 2-under 208
Past Champions in the field Past Champions in the field: Sean O’Donnell (2020), Sam Engel (2016), Jimmy Kozikowski (2013)
Pairings & Results: https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3320754