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AGA EVENTS

Major Championships and Tour Events are conducted in the following age Divisions as designated:

Open: Open to all ages/Course set-up at 6,700 yards or longer OR a course rating of 72.0 and above.
Masters: Ages 40-49/Course set-up at 6,400 to 7,000 yards OR a course rating of 71.0 to 73.0.
Seniors: Ages 50-59/Course set-up at 6,300 to 6,800 yards OR a course rating of 70.0 to 72.0.
Super Seniors: Ages 60-69/Course set-up at 6,000 to 6,400 yards OR a course rating of 68.0 to 71.0.
Legends: (70 & over)/Course set-up w/Super Seniors or shorter depending on course design. (NOTE: Any of the tees above may be combined based on course design and conditioning.)

The course set-up lengths for each Division represent approximate ranges and will vary due to individual course characteristics. For all Divisional events, contestants compete in the Division determined by their age and one champion is determined in each Division. In all Divisional events, contestants may compete in the Division of their choice for their age group or a younger one, as indicated at the close of entries.

Events having Masters, Senior, Super Senior and Legends flights are classified as Divisional Events. Tournament results are determined within each age Division. Any event classified as an Open event does not make a distinction for age in determining tournament results. Eligibility for Divisional Players Cup Points is based on the player’s birthdate at the beginning of the Calendar Year. If a player’s birthdate creates eligibility for another Division, the player may compete for a trophy in any event for which his age makes him eligible, but may gain points only through the Division in effect as of January 1 for the year. Divisional player points are determined by the score returned for any player choosing to compete in a Division other than his own. Such points to not affect those earned by players competing in the relevant age Division.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Open Majors:
AZ Amateur Championship (match play)
AZ Mid-Amateur Championship
AZ Stroke Play Championship
AGA Championship

Divisional Majors:
Arizona Senior Match Play Championship (includes Masters, Senior, Super Senior and Legends)
Arizona Senior Stroke Play Championship (includes Masters, Senior, Super Senior and Legends)
Players Cup Championship (includes Open, Masters, Senior, Super Senior and Legends)

TOUR EVENTS

AGA Four Ball
Falcon Amateur
Northern Amateur (Divisional)
San Tan Amateur
Short Course
Southern Amateur (Divisional)

Events that Require Qualifying

Championships at which qualifying rounds are employed will be listed in the AGA Tournament Schedule on-line at azgolf.org. Qualifying sites may have field limits posted at the discretion of the AGA Tournament Staff. Places in the qualifying field are on a first-come basis. Please check the individual event information for details.

One-Day qualifiers earn Players Cup Points and thus are open to all AGA members, whether or not they have a spot in the Championship already. Any player who is entered into the qualifier and already exempt into the Championship will not be considered in determining the number of qualifying positions available to the field.

Alternates may be accepted to fill vacancies at the discretion of the AGA. The number of qualifying spots available will be posted on the Notice to Players provided at the starting tee.

When multiple qualifying sites are employed (AZ Am), all players not qualifying at individual sites will be put on an Alternates List based on their finishing place in that qualifier. Any replacements into the Championship field will be done on a random selection from a) first place alternates, b) second place alternates, etc.

There is no limit how many times a player may attempt to qualify for a given event, provided a separate fee is paid for each attempt. No reimbursement for withdrawals will be given unless the player’s position is filled by an alternate.

If conditions prohibit the completion of the local qualifying round, the qualifying round may be cancelled. At the discretion of the AGA, a reduced number of qualifying positions determined pro rata based on those allocated may be granted to finished scores. Players not completing play will have the option of (a) a return of all fees; or, (b) priority position in another qualifying round if one is available. Qualifying positions not allocated will be transferred to remaining qualifiers; or if none, applied to the Alternates List.

FATHER-SON TOURNAMENT

The annual Father/Son tournament is held each year the first weekend in June at Antelope Hills Golf Course. To be eligible, one member of the family must be an AGA member. A father can play with up to three sons and all are playing on different teams. Family members can be any combination including fathers, sons, grandfathers, grandsons, stepfathers and stepsons. Uncles or nephews do not qualify.

The format is a modified Chapman - all players tee off. Each team then picks the best drive and alternates shots from there. If a father’s ball is selected, each of the sons play from that spot.

The tournament is open to all types of golfers. There are three different divisions: pro, handicap and Scheid. Scheid is a scoring format that allows those without a handicap to compete and enjoy the experience.

PARENT-CHILD TOURNAMENT

The Parent-Child Tournament will mirror the Father-Son Tournament except that the teams can be any combination of fathers, sons, mothers and daughters. To be eligible, one member of the family must be an AGA or AWGA member. A parent can play with up to three children and all are playing on different teams.

The format is modified Chapman - all players tee off. Each team then picks the best drive and alternates shots from there. If a parent’s ball is selected, each of the children play from that spot.

As in the Father-Son, three flight formats will be available.

SENIOR CUP SERIES

The Senior Cup Series are one-day partner events for AGA members aged 55 and older with a handicap index of 36.4 or less. These are Four-Ball stroke play events, four flights, played at net with a gross winner recognized in each flight.

Teams earn points for their net finish in each event. However, the points are applied individually so participants may play with different partners in different events. Courses are set up at 6,000 to 6,500 yards (Ages 70+ are permitted to play from a tee closest to 6,000 yards when available.)

Senior Series Points accumulate over the season and the top point winners are invited to participate in the season-ending championship. The more events played, the better chances of qualifying for the finals.

CLUB TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The Club Team Championship is an annual tournament that challenges clubs to submit a team or teams to compete against other clubs throughout the state. The format is a two-person scramble and team members must be from the same club. Teams are flighted based on combined handicap. The championship flight competes at gross only and the rest play at both gross and net.

Clubs can use any method they'd like to determine their teams. A series of qualifiers are held at various sites throughout the state. Two individuals from the same club may compete irrespective of any club-selected team. The top 52 teams are invited to participate in the 18-hole championship. The defending champions and host site also receive a spot in the finals.

MEMBER DAYS

Member days are an opportunity for our members to play golf at a wide range of facilities throughout the year. Public, Resort and Private courses will be used. These are open to all Arizona golfers on a first-come basis. There may or may not be an organized tournament structure depending on the players and the venue. 

TEAM COMPETITIONS

The AGA supports several Team Competitions and selects players for certain Invitational events. Among them are the Arizona/Utah Shootout, the Bob Goldwater Cup, the Southwest Team Challenge, Peru Invitational and the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. 

August 24, 2018 is the designated qualifying date for the Goldwater Cup and Utah Shootout Teams. Other qualifying criteria are outlined under each team. Participation is governed by the Tournament Committee or, in the case of the Pacific Coast Amateur and Peru Invitational, the AGA's designated Trustees. See each event for the 2018 qualifying criteria.

The following are the Team Competitions for 2018:

Pacific Coast Amateur Championship
Bob Goldwater Cup
Peru Invitational
Arizona vs. Utah Shootout
Southwest Team Challenge

For details and eligibility, click here

USGA QUALIFYING

To enter USGA Qualifying events, you must register on their website at usga.org

Multi-Day USGA Qualifiers: There is a cut after the first day of a multi-day USGA Qualifying event to the low 50% plus ties and all those within 8 strokes of the last qualifying position.  

SANCTIONED EVENTS

The AGA has no role in Sanctioned events other than to allocate points to players participating in the tournaments. The distribution, receipt & confirmation of entries, conditions of competition, entry fees, eligibility, pairings, start times, course setup, tournament policies, prize fund and submission of results to the media and the AGA are the responsibility of the organizing tournament Committee or host club. In an effort to ensure that only quality events are awarded Sanctioned Event status, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  1. Event must have at least a two-year history.
  2.  Tournament must adhere to The Rules of Golf. 
  3. Tournament must be open to all AGA members. 
  4. Names and scores of top 10 places +ties must be returned by mail, fax 602-944-3228, or email to aga1923@azgolf.org within 14 days of the event. If it is an age Division event then ages must also be included. No retroactive postings will be made. It is the obligation of players earning these awards to notify the AGA as noted if the Event does not do so on its own.
  5. Points are only awarded to the gross score championship category. 
  6. In Arizona State Opens, points are determined by the order of finish of amateurs entered. 
  7. Tournament must strictly adhere to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status and the value of awards may not exceed $750 per person. If excess prizes are provided the event becomes ineligible for inclusion.

An event's tournament Committee or organization must submit their request for Sanctioned Event status certifying the above criteria has/will be met to the AGA Tournament Committee for final approval. The AGA will review sanctioned events from year to year to ensure that AGA tournament players are participating in the events and the integrity of the Players Cup Points Lists are being maintained.

Type I Sanctioned Events:
Southwestern Amateur (when hosted in Arizona)
Pacific Coast Amateur
Arizona Open
Arizona Senior Open

Type II Sanctioned Events (Individual):
Chandler City
Mesa City
Phoenix City
Tucson City
Mesa Senior 

Type II Sanctioned Events (Team):
Alta Mesa Divisional (Divisional Team Classic)
Billy Bell Best Ball
Mesa Best Ball
Phoenix City Team
Roy Tatum Best Ball
Yuma Best Ball