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December 13, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Read the December 2012 issue of AZ Golf Insider online

If you haven't already received your copy of the December 2012 issue of AZ Golf Insider, it's on its way! We mail it to every AGA club handicap member who has an address on file with us, so if you haven't gotten it yet, log in to our website and verify that your address is correct in our system.

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December 07, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

AZ wins 2012 Southwest Team Challenge

Dec. 3-5, six amateurs representing the Arizona defeated amateurs from Utah and Colorado in a modified version of the Southwest Team Challenge at Cascata Golf Club in Las Vegas.

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Pros retain trophies after 52nd Goldwater Cup

November 27, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Pros retain trophies after 52nd Goldwater Cup

The results are in and the Southwest Section PGA Pros retain both trophies following the 52nd Bob Goldwater Cup at the Raven Golf Club - Phoenix.

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November 20, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Kloenne, Emerson and Purtzer inducted into Hall of Fame

The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame welcomes Bill Emerson, Tim Kloenne and Tom Purtzer as its newest members.

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October 22, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Technical Difficulties

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Getting to know GHIN

September 25, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Getting to know GHIN

It’s been a very busy few months at the AGA working through the transition from Golfnet to the Golf Handicap Information Network, more commonly referred to as GHIN (pronounced “gin”). The AGA and AWGA felt this was a good time to make a change — it went hand-in-hand with GHIN’s development of a web-based, real-time, score-posting solution and the development of some great tools to assist club administrators in managing the handicap system.

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AGA launches new, more user-friendly website

September 24, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

AGA launches new, more user-friendly website

As you visit azgolf.org you'll notice a change. No more clouds, no more busy homepage, no more frustration with signing up online. We took all the great content from our former website and organized it in a way that we hope you’ll find easier to use. We’ve also streamlined the online signup and renewal process to make it less cumbersome and to prevent the errors that members often experienced when paying online.

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August 04, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Aduddell wins 88th AZ Amateur

One of the great championship matches in the 88-year history of the Arizona Amateur ended in slight disbelief on Saturday, with a one-shot penalty against his opponent on the very last hole ultimately factoring into a 1-up victory by U.S. Air Force Captain Andy Aduddell. The ruling (Rule 18-3b), which came when Washington State sophomore Michael Anderson of Phoenix mistakenly picked up Aduddell’s ball and marked it on the 18th green at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, is only applicable to match play.

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August 03, 2012 by Bill Huffman

AZ Am final: Anderson vs. Aduddell

A veteran F-16 fighter pilot will square off against a 19-year-old college kid in Saturday’s finale of the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship, and while one will have maturity and mental toughness on his side the other will counter with raw talent and a red-hot game. U.S. Air Force Captain Andy Aduddell is 37 years old and has only played in two competitive tournaments in the past 10 years, one of those being this major championship sponsored by the Arizona Golf Association. His opponent, Washington State sophomore Michael Anderson of Phoenix, has played in eight tournaments in the past two months.

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August 02, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Fighter pilot among Elite 8 at AZ Am

With the match-play field down to the Elite Eight, there are only two “older guys’’ left who can stand in the way of a college or high school kid winning the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana. One of those "elders'' is Captain Andy Aduddell, a 37-year-old F-16 fighter pilot/instructor with the 56th Training Squadron at Luke Air Force Base in Litchfield Park. In fact, Aduddell was originally to be deployed to Afghanistan on Thursday, but got a leave of absence when a member of his family became ill, allowing him to play in this major championship sponsored by the Arizona Golf Association.

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August 01, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Tight matches define AZ Amateur

With the tees moved back to a demanding 7,349 yards, the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship got a little long and tight on Wednesday at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana. So intense, in fact, that 16 of the 32 opening round matches went to the 18th hole on the North Course – or beyond.

One of those close encounters was won by Phoenix’s Zachary Wright, last year’s state high school champ from Pinnacle High School who his on his way to LSU. Wright, who was 4-up with five holes to play, ended up going 21 holes before he prevailed over Snowflake’s James Smith, who had birdied the 15th, 17th and 18th holes along with a Wright bogey to make a match out of it.

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July 31, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Record seeded No. 1 in AZ Amateur

Matt Record, a junior college All-American from Scottsdale headed to Nebraska in the fall, ran away with medalist honors at the 88th Arizona Amateur Championship on Tuesday at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana. Record, a key player on South Mountain Community College’s national championship team last month, set a torrid pace on the Gallery’s North Course with rounds of 6-under-par 66 to go with a 68 on Monday for a two-day total of 10-under 134.

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July 27, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

AGA & AWGA make move to GHIN

The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced today that two Arizona golf associations will switch to receiving support for their handicap operations to the Golf Handicap and Information Network® (GHIN) beginning October 15, 2012.

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April 15, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Kim tops Wog for AZ Stroke Play title

C.J. Kim of Chandler came up big when it counted Sunday, a clutch effort that earned him the Arizona Stroke Play Championship and kept alive an uncanny streak in this tournament that dates back to 2007. Kim, whose one-over-par 71 was good enough to edge Scottsdale’s Michel Wog by a single shot, became the sixth straight Hamilton High School student or alum to win this major championship sponsored by the Arizona Golf Association.

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April 14, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Kim, Lapa share lead at AZ Stroke Play

Cold temperatures coupled with gusty winds on Saturday created a major upheaval in the leader board at the Arizona State Stroke Play Championship. When the day was done, the new guys on top going into today’s final round at the TPC Champions Course were C.J. Kim of Chandler and Mesa’s Kolton Lapa.

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April 13, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Wright leads by 1 in AZ Stroke Play

Oh what a difference a week can make when it comes to the game of golf. Just ask Zach Wright, the talented senior from Scottsdale’s Pinnacle High School. A week ago while defending his title in the Heather Farr Classic at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Wright could do no better than tie for 30th place. A week later, he’s got a one-shot lead going into the weekend of the Arizona State Stroke Play Championship.

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April 12, 2012 by Bill Huffman

MacDonald leads early in AZ Stroke Play

As always seems to be the case when it comes to the Arizona State Stroke Play Championship, the top of the leader board had a heavy influence of players from Hamilton High School in Chandler, including the defending champ, Peter Koo. At least that was the case after Thursday’s opening round on the TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course, where Goodyear’s Gerry MacDonald set the pace with a 2-under-par 68 and Scottsdale’s Michael Wog and Derek Laporte of Tucson were a shot back at 69.
 

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March 18, 2012 by Bill Huffman

Davidson tops Wog for AZ Publinks title

Glendale teen-ager Kale Davidson edged Scottsdale’s Michael Wog by a single shot to win the Arizona Publinks Championship on Sunday, the first major of the season for the Arizona Golf Association. Davidson capped his fast and furious finish that saw him go 5-under par on the last seven holes by saving par from five feet on the final hole at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. Wog, who had won this tournament in 2009, could not recover from a bad drive on the 18th that led to a bogey.

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February 29, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

JGAA Thunderbird Invitational preview

Papago, designed by renowned golf course architect Billy Bell and built in 1962 and recently renovated, will be the host site for the 18th annual Thunderbird Invitational which features some of the state’s finest junior golfers. This year’s event will be played on March 3-4.

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February 28, 2012 by Bruce Sandig

Jerry Mahanke named Volunteer of the Year

When Jerry Mahanke fills out a career resume, “Bozo” is at the top of the list, but he is no clown when it comes to Arizona Golf Association activities. Mahanke, who has done “just about everything,” but whose specialty is rating courses, over the past 12 years, was named the organization’s Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year for 2011.

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