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August 05, 2011 by Bill Huffman

AZ Amateur final act: Osborn vs. Wog

A waiter from Scottsdale, Michael Wog, will meet a “weekend warrior’’ from the same city, Bowen Osborn, in Saturday’s championship match of the 87th Arizona Amateur at the Country Club at DC Ranch. It marks the first time in eight years that a college-age player will not win this major championship sponsored by the Arizona Golf Association.

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August 04, 2011 by Bill Huffman

2 Sun Devils in AZ Am quarterfinals

The last time Jin Song went this far into the Arizona Amateur’s bracket of 64 players, he was just like his future teammate, David Lowe – an 18-year-old fresh out of high school kid just two weeks away from going to Arizona State. But here it is three years later, and there’s Song again in the quarterfinals of this major championship sponsored by the Arizona Golf Association. And there’s Lowe, too, trying to do his best imitation of Song, who won the 2008 AZ Am.

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August 03, 2011 by Bill Huffman

No. 63 Sardina posts AZ Am shocker

Zachary Sardina, an 18-year-old from Goodyear, was well aware of the challenge he faced Wednesday as the No. 63 seed in the 64-player bracket of the Arizona Amateur. After all, he was pitted against Sierra Vista’s Colin McCarty, the No. 2 seed and a very good player headed to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville this fall. Then came the 18th hole at the Country Club at DC Ranch, with the match surprisingly all-square and both players putting for birdie – Sardina from 20 feet with McCarty just inside of him.

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August 02, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Walicki leads way to AZ AM match play

In recent times the Arizona Amateur has been ruled by college players, with the past seven champions falling into that age-group category.
This year’s version is so heavy with collegians that even a coach from a major university showed up for the first two rounds of qualifying at the Country Club at DC Ranch. Yes, Tim Mickelson, the new guy at Arizona State who just moved into his office on Tuesday, has been “a very interested spectator.’’

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August 01, 2011 by Bill Huffman

Mulder among AZ Amateur leaders

If former major league pitcher Mark Mulder really took his golf seriously, who knows how well he’d play? But even if it’s “just for fun,’’ as Mulder likes to say, the ESPN commentator is pretty adept at golfing his ball. Mulder had it going Monday during the opening round of qualifying for the 87th Arizona Amateur Championship.

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July 29, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

2011 Arizona Amateur preview

For 86 years the Arizona Amateur Championship has been contested at the state’s finest golf venues. That illustrious list includes old school layouts like Arizona, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Pinnacle and Tucson country clubs, as well as dynamic desert tracts like Desert Forest, Desert Mountain, Stone Canyon, The Gallery and Troon, to name a few.

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July 29, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Energy abounds for AGA volunteer Dick Gardiner

The early bird might catch the worm, but it has nothing on Richard “Dick” Gardiner, the Arizona Golf Association’s consummate volunteer.

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June 20, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Grow the Game of Golf Media Scholarship

The Arizona Golf Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship for high school students who reside in our state. The Grow the Game of Golf Media Scholarship is designed to assist students pursuing a career in journalism with an emphasis on sports reporting, and in particular, golf.

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June 07, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Father/Son wrap-up

Since 1960, fathers and sons of all ages have been teeing it up together at Antelope Hills Golf Course in cool Prescott for the AGA Father/Son Championship. Cool is great, especially if you live in Phoenix, Tucson or any other desert location where the temperature regularly breaks 100 degrees in the summer.

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May 12, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

Patriot All-America Invitational announced

The Arizona Golf Association, The Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) have partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational. The 54-hole amateur event will be held Dec. 28-30 at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz., and will feature current men’s collegiate golfers. The Patriot All-America will be hosted by the Arizona Golf Association with invitations administered by the GCAA.

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May 10, 2011 by Bruce Sandig

April happenings at the AGA

The Arizona Golf Association is keeping busy serving you. Read below about what we've been up to over the past month.

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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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