Arizona Golf Honors 2021 Annual Awards Recipients

Throughout the year men and women compete across their respective divisions in hopes of landing on top of the AGA Player Rankings. Players who find themselves at the top of the rankings get to make their mark in Arizona Golf history, earning the coveted AGA Player of the Year Award. Annually, these awards are given out alongside four other service awards which are granted to individuals or organizations who have exemplified selfless commitment and contribution to golf in Arizona. Those service awards come in the form of the Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year award, Champion of Golf Award, Dorothy Pease Achievement Award and the Dr. Ed Updegraff Award. On Thursday,  February 17, 2022 while gathered at Phoenix Country Club, the Arizona Golf Association honored these upstanding individuals. Continue reading to learn more about the awards, honorees and their accomplishments.

The honorees are as follows:

Women’s Senior Player of the Year
Kim Eaton

Women’s Player of the Year
Ashley Menne

Men’s Masters Player of the Year
Bryan Hoops

Mayfair Award – Lowest Scoring Average
Bryan Hoops – 67.92

Men’s Senior Player of the Year
Brad Wayment

Men’s Legends Player of the Year
Frank Ellenburg

Men’s Open Player of the Year
Sean O’Donnell

Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year Award
Steve Tomlinson

Champion of Golf Award
Judy McDermott

Dorothy Pease Achievement Award
Peggy Briggs

Dr. Ed Updegraff Award
Jack Blair, Sr.


Women’s Senior Player of the Year

Kim Eaton

Women’s Four-Ball Championship | Champion
Women’s Partners Tournament | Champion
Arizona Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship | T3
Women’s Players Cup Championship | 3
Women’s State Senior Championship | T3
*Qualified for 2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
*Qualified for 2021 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur, reaching the round of 32.

Women’s Player of the Year

Ashley Menne

Women’s State Stroke Play Championship | Champion
Women’s Players Cup | Champion
*Pac-12 All Conference Honorable Mention
*2021 WGCA All-American Honorable Mention as a freshman at ASU.
*Invited to Augusta National Women’s Amateur for April 2022.

Men’s Masters Player of the Year & Mayfair Award

Bryan Hoops

AZ Short Course | T8
AZ Stroke Play | 7
AGA Championship | T2
San Tan Amateur | T4
Divisional Stroke Play | T4
*Made final stage of PGA Tour Champions Qualifying

Hoops finished the tournament season with an adjusted scoring average of 67.92, earning him the Mayfair Award for 2021.
*To be eligible for the Mayfair Award, a player must compete in at least one USGA qualifying round in Arizona and at least two AGA individual major championships; or, compete in at least one USGA qualifying round in Arizona, at least one AGA individual major championship and a collegiate championship in Arizona. All scores count towards the adjusted average.

Men’s Senior Player of the Year

Brad Wayment

AGA Players Cup | Champion
Southern Amateur | Champion
Divisional Stroke Play | 3
Northern Amateur | 4
Divisional Match Play | Quarter Finalist
*Qualified for U.S. Senior Amateur & made it to the Round of 32

Men’s Legends Player of the Year

Frank Ellenburg

Divisional Stroke Play | T2
Southern Amateur | 2
Northern Amateur | T2
Divisional Match Play | Semi-finalist
AGA Players Cup | 9
AZ Senior Open | T8

Men’s Open Player of the Year

Sean O’Donnell

AZ Short Course | Champion
AZ Stroke Play | Champion
Players Cup | T3
AGA Championship | T8
San Tan Amateur | T6
Falcon Amateur | 6
AZ Four Ball | T3
Southern Amateur | T9
Northern Amateur | T10
Arizona Amateur | Round of 64
Phoenix City Championship | Champion
Phoenix City Team Championship | Champion
AZ / UT Shootout Team (C) |Champion
Bob Goldwater Cup (C) | Champion

Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year Award

Steve Tomlinson

Each year the staff of the AGA honors an individual (other than an Executive Committee member) who most exemplifies volunteerism through his or her commitment of time and effort to the association. In 2010 this award was named after Robert Graves, a long-time AGA volunteer who exemplifies the selfless contributions of time and dedication to serving golf in Arizona.

Steve was introduced to the game of golf in the 6th grade by his good friends, when one of their fathers allowed them to take an old bag of clubs to the park to play with.  They created their own course around the landscape, selecting just one club to use from the bag and aiming at a can they dug in the ground. He became more serious about the game a couple years later when his mother fell ill and her doctors recommended she try the game to assist her healing process. The quality time they spent together made him even more passionate about the sport and he continued playing through his professional work career, eventually moving to Arizona and retiring in 2008.

The Rules of Golf were something that always interested Steve and he knew them well from being a player. With a little more time on his hands, he picked up his first Decisions Book in 2010, after being encouraged to dedicate himself to the rules by his good friends, Bob Ford and Ralph Warrington. After working local events at his club in Rio Verde for a couple years, he was
introduced to the Arizona Golf Association at an ASU Collegiate event in 2013.  It was there he
shadowed his friend Bob during the competition, solidifying his desire to give back to the game.

Since then, Steve has devoted himself to serving both the AGA and JGAA as an expert Rules Official. He has become one of the most respected
individuals on the course, and can be easily
identified by his wide brim hat and the occasional cigar. He has volunteered thousands of hours over the years, and in 2021 spent 103 days on the golf course, an incredible number and something that is truly appreciated by all.

When asked what he enjoys most about volunteering, Steve replied,

“I enjoy the opportunity to help the player not make a mistake…our job is to ask the right questions and help them through a situation, so they do not get penalized.”


Champion of Golf Award

Judy McDermott

In recognition of selfless lifetime service to the Game of Golf in Arizona, the Champion of Golf Award is given annually to a person who, by his or her accomplishments, has created lasting benefit to the game.

Tucson’s golf landscape would look different without the Judy McDermott touch over the past three decades. McDermott moved to Tucson in 1992, taking a position as the Marketing
Director for the Conquistadores and the PGA TOUR’s Northern Telecom Open. She quickly climbed the ranks within the organization, becoming Tournament Director only two years
later, eventually being promoted to Executive Director in 2007 when the WGC-Accenture Match Play was scheduled at The Gallery. When the WGC event found a new home outside of Tucson in 2014, she immediately brought a PGA TOUR Champions event to Tucson National the following year, the Cologuard Classic.

In 2006, she and the Conquistadores partnered with the City of Tucson and PGA TOUR to
establish The First Tee of Tucson.  Juggling multiple organizations proved no problem for McDermott, and her leadership over the years has brought in $26 million to youth sports in Southern Arizona.  She stepped away from professional golf and the Tucson Conquistadores in 2019 and now focuses her efforts full time as the Executive Director of The First Tee of  Tucson.

Dorothy Pease Achievement Award

Peggy Briggs

The Dorothy Pease Achievement award was established in 2011 to honor the memory of Dorothy Pease, and to recognize the contributions to golf by the outstanding women who have followed in her footsteps. This year’s recipient is Peggy Briggs.

Peggy Briggs was born in Iowa and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She played many sports growing up in a family of six, and as a senior in high school was the all-around state gymnastics champion. Peggy was introduced to golf but did not actively pursue it until she and her
husband moved to Arizona in 1994.

In 1997, she joined the LPGA and began her career learning all aspects of the profession.
Peggy played two years on the Players West Mini Tour before achieving her Class A
Professional status. She soon learned that teaching was what she loved best, “I love bringing people into the game of golf and keeping them there.”

Growing the game of golf hasn’t just about giving lessons for Peggy. She always wants to make sure that her lessons include keeping people passionate about playing golf and learning how golf can bring people together. She took this a step further and became a golf writer,
co-authoring a book, “Smashing Balls, Golf Opening Doors for Women”.

Because Peggy found that she had some extra time and a lot of extra passion for the game, she began volunteering with several local organizations. She volunteered for Dr. Debbie Crews and her Gila River Program in 1999. Peggy was one of the first instructors to work with the Arizona Women’s Golf Association to teach their Golf 101 Program, introducing women to the game of golf and the Golf Performance Series which focused on the body/swing connection. She also volunteered with Kathy Knadler in the LPGA Girls Golf Program. This is where she fell in love with junior golf. Peggy has also participated as a Golf Professional for Mesa High School with the AWGA’s “High School Build A Team Program” to help more girls in high school become interested in golf.

For the last five years, she has volunteered with the JGAA coaching the Arizona Girls Junior Americas Cup Team and she has been the  Tournament Director of The Joanne Winter Silver Belle Championship since 2017. Peggy also takes an active role with the LPGA Central Section by serving as Secretary and member of several committees. In 2020, she was awarded the Marilyn Smith Service Award from the Central Section of the LPGA by her peers.

With more than 25 years devoted to the game of golf in Arizona, the AGA cannot think of a more deserving
recipient of this year’s Dorothy Pease Award.

Congratulations Peggy and thank you for all you do for golf in Arizona!

Dr. Ed Updegraff Award

Jack Blair, Sr.

Established in 1990, the Updegraff Award is the Arizona Golf Association’s highest honor, given in recognition of those who, by their actions, exemplify the Spirit of the Game. The award is named after Dr. Ed Updegraff of Tucson, honoring his lifetime contributions and dedication to amateur golf in Arizona.

Jack Blair, Sr. was born in Decatur, Illinois on June 8, 1928, and it’s been said he was a golfer since the day he could walk. He spent 32 years in the military, beginning in 1951 when he entered active service as a National Guard Officer, culminating in his promotion to Brigadier General in March of 1976.  His military career took him all over the globe, and during his tours he was a post, camp, or fort golf champion in every area he served.  He won numerous other Championships during this time, beating notable names such as Orville Moody and
finishing runner-up to Roberto Devicenzo in the 1959 Panama Open.

After he retired from the Army in 1980, he decided to stay in Sierra Vista and became Vice-President of Arizona Operations for land developer Tenneco.  It was then he became very active in the Arizona golf community, both as a player and supporter.

He served on the Arizona Golf Association’s Executive Committee and was a USGA Committee Member from 1990 to 1993.  Most notably, he completed the development of Pueblo del Sol Country Club, an 18-hole championship level facility in Sierra Vista known for having some of the best conditions in the state.  To honor his accomplishments for the golf community in Southern Arizona over the past few decades, the General Jack Blair Four-Ball was announced in 2021 and conducted at Pueblo del Sol as a Sanctioned AGA event.

A small sample of Jack’s playing accomplishments in Arizona include: Qualifying for three US Senior Amateur Championships; AGA Senior Player of the Year; AGA Senior Stroke Play Champion; Five-time Goldwater Cup Team Member; AGA Senior Four-Ball Champion; AGA Southern Amateur Senior Champion; 17-time Pueblo del Sol Club Champion.

His dedication to amateur golf will forever be felt in Arizona. Congratulations to the 2021 Updegraff Award Recipient, Jack Blair, Sr.

RELATED: Past AGA Award Recepients

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2021 Wrap Up | Events, Winners and Qualifiers

The 2022 season is upon us so let’s look back at our 2021!

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AGA Women’s 18-Hole State Medallion Club Team Tournament – Sunday January 10, 2021

Winner: Amy Louis and Jill Pilcher (-1) Overall Champions

Linda Maynard and Beth Wrigley (E) First Place

Leigh Klasse and Barbara Wood (+2) Second Place

Mia Yohe and Melissa Johnson (+3) Third Place

Tori Totlis and Francine Coles (+5) Fourth Place

Full Results:


AGA Women’s 9-Hole State Medallion Club Team Tournament

Flight 1:

Jill Amundson and Sharon Smith (+1) First Place

Flight 2

Yvonne Paris and Bonnie Elliott (E) Overall Champions

Linda Rouse and Barbara Bloch (+2) First Place

Karen Franz and Diane Coughlin (+5) Second Place

Flight 3

Jan Dunbar and Tricia Law (+5) First Place

Barbara Pocock and Catherine Frost (+9) Second Place

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2021 AGA Women’s Season Opener

Molly Steffes (Gross)

Penny Rady (Net)

Tori Totlis (Gross)

Percy Anderson (Net)

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2021 AGA San Tan Amateur

Player Purse Summary:

  1. Chris Kamin
  2. John Bearrie
  3. Johnse Good
  4. Jim Ognoffo
  5. Tyler Wooldridge


  1. John Bearrie (-9)

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2021 AGA Championship

Cameron Barzekoff


2021 Arizona Stroke Play Championship

Full Results:

Winner: Sean O’Donnell

2021 Falcon Amateur

Full Results:

Winner: Jarrett Foote


2021 AGA Women’s Four-Ball Championship

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2021 62nd Annual Father/Son Championship

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2021 Arizona Division Stroke Play Championship – Senior Division

Full Results:                

Winner: Conrad Stephens


2021 Arizona Divisional Stroke Play Championship – Masters and Legends Division

Full Results:

Legends Winner: Tim Blau

Masters Winner: Chad Hassack


2021 Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship/AZ Amateur Qualifier #2

Full Results:

Championship Winner: Bryan Hoops

Women’s Winner: Mari Miezwa


2021 Arizona Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

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2021 AGA Women’s Match Play Championship

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2021 Southern Amateur / AZ Amateur Qualifying #3

Full Results:

Open Winner: Jake Carlson

Masters Winner: Paige Peterson

Senior Division: Brad Wayment

Legends Division: Charlie Horn


2021 AZ Amateur Qualifier #4

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2021 AGA Women’s State Stroke Play Championship

Full Results:

Winner: Ashley Menne


97th Arizona Amateur Championship presented by PXG

Full Results:

Championship Winner: Kristoffer Marshall

Nicklaus Bracket Winner: Evan White

Hogan Bracket Winner: Austin Quick

Woods Bracket Winner: Reece Nilsen

Palmer Bracket Winner: Kristoffer Marshall


2021 AGA Women’s State Senior Championship

Full Results:

Championship Flights Gross Winner: Susan Wooster

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 1: Kristi Reckard

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 2: Barbara Byrnes

Field Division Gross Winner Flight 3: Donna Hekker

Field Division Gross Winner Super Senior Flight: Judy Miller


2021 Arizona Four Ball

Full Results:

Open Division Winner: Lindquist and McCarthy

Senior Division Winner: New and Decof


2021 Arizona Division Match Play Championship

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Masters Bracket Winner: Mike Davidson

Senior Bracket Winner: David Honerkamp

Legends Bracket Winner: Don Longe


2021 AGA Women’s Scotch Play Tournament

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2021 Northern Amateur (Divisional)

Full Results:

Open Division Winner: Michael Martin

Masters Division Winner: Robert Brown

Senior Division Winner: Alex Stamey

Legends Division Winner: Jeffrey Zieky


2021 AGA Players Cup Championship

Full Results:

Open Division Winner: Mahanth Chirravuri

Masters Division Winner: Mike Louden

Senior Division Winner: Brad Wayment

Legends Division Winner: Bob Burton

Women’s Division Winner: Ashley Menne

Women’s Senior Division Winner: Leigh Klasse


2021 AGA Women’s Partners Tournament

Full Results:

Flight 1 Total Gross Winner: Kimberly Eaton and Leigh Klasse

Flight 2 Total Gross Winner: Kelda Toliver and Krueger Kim

Flight 3 Total Gross Winner: Eva Prince and Nancy Harden

Flight 4 Total Gross Winner: Marcea Reuther and Jeri Shepard

Flight 1 Total Net Winner: Kimberly Eaton and Leigh Klasse

Flight 2 Total Net Winner: Marie Caldwell and Debra Bene

Flight 3 Total Net Winner: Eva Prince and Nancy Harden

Flight 4 Total Net Winner: Joanne Dowdy and Caren Bidegain


USGA Qualifiers

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Sewailo Golf Club

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Phoenix Country Club

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

2021 U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier – Superstition Mountain

2021 U.S. Open Local Qualifier – The Country Club at DC Ranch

2021 U.S. Senior Open Qualifier – Arizona Country Club

2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier – Arizona Country Club

2021 U.S. Girls Junior Amateur Qualifier – Blackstone Country Club

U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier – Papago Golf Course
2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Open Qualifier – Longbow Golf Club

2021 U.S. Amateur Qualifier – Alta Mesa Golf Club

2021 U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifier

2021 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Qualifier

2021 U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier

2021 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Qualifier

2021 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Qualifier

2021 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier


Barzekoff Picks Up AGA Championship Victory

By Brianna Gianiorio

LAVEEN, ARIZ- Cameron Barzekoff shot a final-round 69 Sunday at Aguila Golf Course to overtake second-round leader Jacob Letman and win the 2021 AGA Championship by two strokes. Barzekoff combined his opening-round 69 and second-round 70 to finish 2-under 208 for the tournament, the only player under par for the weekend.

“This win means a lot – this is my first tournament since early November,” the first-time AGA Major winner said. “I took a long, long time off – just been working on my game. I have not won a tournament since maybe this past summer.”

Evan Chien turned in the low round of the day, an impressive 3-under 67 to finish tied for second with reigning AGA Player of the Year Bryan Hoops at even-par.

Prevailing through rain, wind and cold weather during the first two rounds of the championship, Letman was the only player to record both rounds under par. Entering the final round 3-under, Letman started the day with a narrow one-shot lead ahead of Adam Walicki and a two-shot lead ahead of Barzekoff.

Barzekoff, a 20-year-old Las Vegas resident, found himself one behind the lead after he birdied the first hole. When Letman and Walicki turned in bogeys on the par-4 5th hole, Barzekoff jumped into his first lead of the tournament. After a birdie on hole 8, Barzekoff made the turn with a 1-under 34, two shots ahead of Hoops and Zach Smith.

It was an up-and-down back nine for Barzekoff, who still managed to hold the lead through the final stretch. He recorded two bogeys and a birdie on his first five holes to drop his lead to one. It was a clutch eagle on hole 15 that made for his two-shot win..

“Today it was a little bit more wayward off the tee, I made some clutch holes coming in, like the eagle and 15,” Barzekoff said. “I think I went driver driver off the deck and then made a 30-foot for eagle. That was what kept me kind of in the tournament.”

He finished out his final three holes bogey, birdie, bogey to claim the win.With tough hole locations and weather, he was the only player to turn in three rounds of par or better.

“I didn’t have much confidence coming into the greens this week after the first two rounds,”he said. “Trusting your line is probably the biggest thing – a couple of my longer putts I trusted and I happened to make a few when they counted.”

This marks Barzekoff’s first tournament and win of his 2021 amateur season. The champion gave up D1 college golf at Boise State University to return back home to Las Vegas after his father was diagnosed with cancer but hopes to return to college golf soon.

“I played two years there (at BSU). I decided to come home for my father’s health in Vegas- he has been battling cancer for the last two and a half years, so I wanted to come closer to him and hopefully I’ll be on UNLV’s roster next semester.”

2021 marks the 32nd year of the AGA Championship since its inception in 1989. Formerly known as the AZ Publinks, the Championship is one of seven championships conducted by the Arizona Golf Association. Held over a three-day period, the 54-hole event with a cut after 36 holes, is the first AGA Championship of the year. The next Championship is the Arizona Stroke Play Championship hosted by Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course set for April 22-25, 2021.

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