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April 20, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

PING honored as Champion of Golf

It seems more than fitting that PING has been selected as the fourth recipient of the Champion of Golf Award, presented annually by the Arizona Golf Association as part of the festivities surrounding the Arizona State Stroke Play Championship.

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April 17, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Koo, 15, youngest AGA champ ever

Armed with a five-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round of the Arizona Stroke Play Championship, Peter Kyo Won Koo knew that he could make history as the state’s youngest amateur winner ever. Good thing the 15-year-old from Chandler also had the foresight to guard against the headiness of such a golden opportunity, because after just five holes at the TPC Champions Course, his big lead was gone with the wind.

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April 16, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Koo leads by 5, eyes AGA history

History could be made Sunday when the final round of the Arizona Stroke Play Championship unfolds at the TPC Champions Course.

Peter Kyo Won Koo, a 15-year-old who plays for the Chandler Hamilton High golf team, has a five-shot lead after carding a bogey-free, 3-under-par 67 in Saturday’s third round. Should Koo hold up, he would replace Bob Goldwater and Philip Francis as the youngest winner ever of a major championship conducted by the Arizona Golf Association.

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April 15, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Koo, 15, tied for AZ Stroke Play lead

Peter Kyo Won Koo, a 15-year-old from Chandler who plays golf for Hamilton High School, summed it up in one word when told he had a share of the lead at the midpoint of the Arizona Stroke Play Championship.

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April 14, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Wog leads early in windy Stroke Play

Michael Wog of Scottsdale, one of the pre-tournament favorites, managed to shoot a one-under-par 69 in windy conditions Thursday for the first-round lead in the Arizona Stroke Play Championship at the TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course. Wog, the Arizona Golf Association’s player of the year in 2009, was the only player to break par, although six players equaled it including Scottsdale teen-agers Blake Cannon and David Lowe, as well as Chandler’s Peter Kyo Won Koo, a 15-year-old.

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April 08, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

TPC Champions to challenge Stroke Play competitors

Even though it’s billed as the No. 2 course at the TPC Scottsdale, the Champions Course continues to gain respect in its Avis role thanks in part to the Arizona Stroke Play Championship.

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March 13, 2011 by Bill Huffman

UA golfer captures AZ Publinks playoff

TUCSON – A season on the brink of not getting to play for the University of Arizona golf team got a little better for junior Philip Bagdade when he took the weekend off from school to win the Arizona Publinks Championship. Bagdade beat a scrappy Patrick Geare of Tucson on the fourth playoff hole at Randolph Park North.  The 21-year-old college kid called the sudden-death encounter “very nerve-wracking’’ until he holed the winning par putt from 12 feet and watched Geare miss from 8 feet.

 

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March 11, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Berren shares lead in AZ Publinks

TUCSON – He’s not exactly a “weekend warrior,’’ but even Scott Berren knows he’s never led a major championship of the Arizona Golf Association – until Friday. Berren, an Ahwatukee resident who has a “real job’’ working for Arizona State, was the big surprise after the opening round of the Arizona Publinks Championship at venerable Randolph North Golf Course.

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March 01, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

ACCESS member night at Troon North

March 10 we're having our first-ever ACCESS AZgolf member appreciation night at Troon North. There are only 24 spots open, so if you're a 2011 ACCESS AZgolf member sign up for this free event today!

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February 24, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Announcing the 2010 Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to our 2010 Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year Michael Saladino.

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February 24, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

2010 AGA Player of the Year and Mayfair winners announced

The Arizona Golf Association congratulates our 2010 Player of the Year and Mayfair Award winners.

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February 24, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Barbara Burton honored with Updegraff Award

In all of her travels throughout the world of golf, Barbara Burton has relied on a mantra that serves her well to this day: “You just never meet a golfer that you don’t like.” That positive outlook and winning attitude has accompanied the easygoing Burton throughout her career as a championship player and nonstop volunteer. And her friendly nature that reaches out to virtually everyone she meets also is one of the main reasons why Burton was selected as the Updegraff Award winner for 2010.

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January 03, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Barbara Douglas honored by GWAA

Less than 24 hours after undergoing a 5½-hour surgery for ovarian cancer in March of 2009, a groggy but lucid Barbara Douglas was approached in her hospital room by noted oncologist Dr. Michael Janicek. Before the Phoenix surgeon could even give Douglas a progress report, she had an important question: Would her present condition prevent her from traveling to Bethlehem, Pa., for U.S. Women’s Open media day?

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October 06, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

Arizona Golf Hall of Fame announces 2010 inductees

Christi Dickinson, chairman of the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame, announces the 2010 inductees:  Dana Garmany of Scottsdale, Fred Hickle of Tucson, Sandy LaBauve of Scottsdale and Rick Rarick Sr. of Tucson. The four will be inducted Monday, Nov. 22 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club, 7600 Gainey Club Dr. in Scottsdale.

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September 22, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

Utah claims Shootout to tie series at 10-10

Once again, the visiting team proved to be too much in the 20th Annual Arizona-Utah Shootout held at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, AZ. Utah claimed the victory by a five-point margin with a total score of 38 ½ points to tie the series score at 10-10.

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July 24, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

Losole III captures 86th AZ Amateur

In a tense final match, Nicholas Losole III prevailed over Jake Golembiewski to win the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Golembiewski led almost the entire match, but it was Losole who prevailed at the end on the 19th hole. Play early on in the match was less than dramatic. Struggling with the speed of the greens early in the morning, both players got off to slow starts.

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July 23, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

Golembiewski and Losole to face off in championship

Former local junior golfers Jake Golembiewski (1) of Chandler and Nicholas Losole III (23) of Scottsdale will go head-to-head Saturday in the final 18 hole match of the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club.

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July 22, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

Golembiewski and Quinn advance to quarterfinals

Two of the three remaining medalists—Chandler’s Jake Golembiewski and Anthem’s Gary Quinn—advanced to the quarterfinals in the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club. Thursday’s match up included four matches that went into extra holes in the round of 32, and one in the round of 16.

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July 21, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

3 of 4 medalists advance in AZ Amateur

Three of the four stroke-play medalists advance Wednesday in the 86th Arizona Amateur Championship at Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale. Surprise’s Kyle Kallan, Chandler’s Jake Golembiewski and Anthem’s Gary Quinn defeated their opponents to win in the first round of match play.

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July 20, 2010 by Bruce Sandig

4 players shoot 139; advance to top seeds in AZ Amateur

The crowd gathered at Pinnacle Peak Country Club to learn their fate in the 2010 Arizona Amateur Championship late Tuesday, as the final golfers turned in their round-two score cards. Four players finished as co-medalists, with a two-day total of 139—round one frontrunner Kyle Kallan of Surprise, Jake Golembiewski of Chandler, Gary Quinn of Anthem and Marc Watkins of Scottsdale. To add to the excitement, 10 players, each with a two-day total of 151, played-off for the final three spots to advance to match play.

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