Preview: San Tan Amateur at Oakwood Country Club
February 26-27, 84 players will tee off in the 2022 San Tan Amateur at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Oakwood consist of three 9-hole courses (Lakes, Palms, Sonoran). Starting at 9:00a.m. for each round, this 18-hole amateur competition will be played on the Lakes 9 and Palms 9 course. The course is playing as a par 72 with different tees for Open/Masters, Senior, and Legends. This is the first time the event will be divisional, marking four eventual champions Sunday afternoon.
Open Division (no age restriction) = 45 players
Masters Division (40+ years old) = 18 players
Senior Division (55+ years old) = 15 players
Legends Division (65+ years old) = 6 players
Past Champions at the San Tan Amateur:
John Bearrie – 2021
Adam Walicki – 2020
Noah Hofman – 2019
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About the San Tan Amateur: The San Tan Amateur is part of the all encompassing “AGA Tour” of events. The “AGA Tour” is made up of all competitive events/tournaments held by the Arizona Golf Association. Events such as the AZ Short Course, Northern Amateur, Southern Amateur, and more. The AGA Tour also includes AGA Championship events such as the AGA Championship, Stroke Play Championship, and Arizona Amateur Championship among others. Playing in these events will accumulate points which will determine the Player of the Season and Mayfair Award winner at the conclusion of the competitive season.
Back-to-Back Arizona / Utah Shootout Titles for Team AGA
MARICOPA, Arizona – A strong AGA Team pulled off an impressive title defense at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club for the 2021 Arizona / Utah Shootout matches. The matches, originally to be played in Utah in November, had to be postponed to December. Hats off to the Utah Golf Association and co for making the extra effort to come down and keep the annual Shootout on the calendar, it was a great contest between the sides.
The following 12 golfers made up Team Arizona:
The shootout format has teams play Four Ball Matches and Foursomes Matches first and then finishes with Singles matches, making for two full days of competition. Team Arizona stayed ahead throughout each portion of play to win overall with 45.5 points to Utah’s 25.5 points. A substantial 19 point difference.
Walicki Claims San Tan Amateur
Adam Walicki captured yet another title at the San Tan Amateur this past weekend at Alta Mesa Golf Club carding an impressive final round of 7-under 65 to overtake GCU freshman, Nick Hedman.
The 2018 Player of the Year entered the day three strokes behind the lead after finishing even par in the first round. sinking three birdies on his first four holes was enough to notch the lead along side round one leader, Nick Hedman. Walicki ended the day with a total of seven birdies and a final score of 72-65-137.
Hedman finished runner-up despite leading the pack after round one and sinking an eagle on the par-5 10th hole in round two. He finished the day with three birdies and two bogies, carding a total score of 69-69-138.
Jimin Yoo finished third at 3-under after rounds of 73-68, while Ted Neville and Mike Wagner tied for fourth at 2-under 142.
This is the first title of the year for Walicki, his most recent being the Arizona Players Cup Championship back in November.
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Chanen Clinches the Arizona Amateur Championship Title
RIO VERDE, ARIZ.- After six days, eight rounds, and 118 holes at Tonto Verde Golf Course, Jake Chanen walked off the greens on the 18th as the 94th Arizona Amateur Champion.
Starting Monday, 145 of Arizona’s hottest golfers were in the field. As the field got smaller, Jake’s game got stronger.
“This week went really well. I started off a little shaky on the first round of the stroke-play, but then my game got more solid each day. I hit it really straight and didn’t miss it offline too much. I made a lot of putts,” Chanen said.
The Grand Canyon University collegiate golfer and No. 12 seed in match-play snatched a 1-up victory over No. 2 seed George Markham. As the two went head-to-head, Chanen built a quick 2-up lead on the front nine. Markham fired back to square the match, winning holes 10 and 11. Chanen went on to win the 13th and 14th greens, which propelled him back into the lead by two. Chanen went dormie after 16, meaning that Markham had to win the next two. Markham responded by winning on an impressive 17th hole, forcing play on the 18th. Chanen’s consistent play on the 18th hole decisively determined his victory.
Chanen already had a solid resume entering the tournament, he has won back-to-back Arizona Stroke Play Championships and qualified for three USGA Championships. He now can add the Arizona Amateur Championship title to his list.
“This victory is really important to me because I have never won this tournament. I have only played in it twice and last year got eliminated in the quarterfinals. So this year, it was a goal of mine to see how far I could go,” the champion said.
The Arizona Amateur is the oldest tournament conducted by the Arizona Golf Association. It is known as being the state’s most prestigious amateur golf championship. The event consisted of a 36-hole stroke-play qualifier, followed by a 64-player match-play.
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2018 Tournament Player’s Association
The Tournament Players Association (TPA) provides discounted entry fees into select AGA tournaments, eligibility for team participation and other benefits.
$25 discount on entry fees to ALL AGA Major Championships in 2018
Official AGA Membership and USGA handicap through the TPA Men’s Club
First eligibility for Goldwater Cup Matches and AZ/UT Shootout Team selection
Special Invitations to National or Regional Amateur events through the AGA i.e. Bethpage Amateur, Lima Invitational, SW Team, etc.
Ability to request placement in a time segment during first round of AGA TOUR events (will be accomodated if it can be done without a negative impact on event pairing criteria)
Cart privileges at AGA TOUR events
Receive discounts on orders placed with AGA partners: FJ, Titleist, Anitgua, etc.
Exclusive TPA Member Gifts: Customized 32oz Tempercraft water bottle, Titleist glove with Stroke Play Championship entry
First option to enter AGA Players Cup Championship
Discounts on Entry Fees TPA Members receive discounts on all AGA Championships (AGA Championship, Arizona Stroke Play, 94th Arizona Amateur Championship, Arizona Mid-Amateur, AGA Players Cup, Arizona Senior Match Play and Arizona Senior Stroke Play).
TPA Men’s Club This is considered a Type 2 USGA club and provides all benefits of membership of an AGA Club including a USGA Handicap Index. It also satisfies the eligibility requirements for entry into the AGA Championships.
AGA Team Eligibility Only TPA Members are eligible for automatic selection to Arizona-Utah Shootout and Goldwater Cup Matches (see Captain’s exemption). An individual must join the TPA prior to August 1 to be eligible for that year’s teams.
Starting Time Consideration *TPA member may request preferential consideration for starting times Day 1 (early, late) by contacting the AGA Tournament Dept. prior to the tournament entry deadline. *Note – it is common practice for Rd. 1 pairings to be composed of lowest handicap players teeing off first (or #1 for shotgun starts), ascending to highest handicap players later in the pairings. TPA members making requesting a preferential starting time should be aware that such a request may result in playing with players of different skill levels and not all requests will be accommodated.
Cart Privilege TPA members will be granted the benefit to ride solo in the golf cart when a group of three is the pairing structure.
AGA Partnership Benefits By placing an order through the AGA with one of our many partners, TPA members can save time and money on their favorite golf suppliers.
TPA Member Gift All TPA members will receive a 32-oz Tempercraft water bottle with TPA sign up. The bottles are customizable with name/nickname and color choice. All bottles are made to order so please plan for 2-4 weeks for delivery. All shipments will be made to the AGA office and TPA members will be notified of their arrival. Contact the AGA Tournament Dept. to schedule a pick up. All TPA members who enter the 2018 Stroke Play Championship will receive a gift from Titleist during the first round.