What to Know about the First Major of the Year: the AGA Championship

two men hang out on the edge of the practice putting green at aguila golf course

The best amateurs in the state converge at Aguila Golf Course today as they tee it up for the first Major AGA Championship of 2022. Here is what you need to know about the event, field and venue. (Scroll to the bottom for fast facts).

The Event

One of Phoenix’s most popular municipal courses, Aguila Golf Course, plays host to the 33rd AGA Championship, formerly known as the AZ Publinks before changing names in 2018. The 72-hole event will be played in an individual stroke play format and conducted over four days, a new approach for every AGA major championship this year.

With tee times slated to go off at 7:00 am Thursday morning, players will get to take advantage of the cool morning temps, courtesy of the dwindling Arizona winter. There will be no shortage of competition as a 144-person field featuring old and new faces ready themselves to contend for the title. Players will be hoping to advance to Saturday’s third round as a cut to the low 60 players (plus ties) will take place after 36 holes.

The Field

Familiar faces in the field include three recent AGA award winners: Sean O’Donnell (2021 POTY recipient), Bryan Hoops (2021 Mayfair & Masters POTY recipient) and Brad Wayment (2021 Senior POTY recipient). O’Donnell, who’s coming off a win at last month’s San Tan Amateur, is returning to the same event and venue where he earned his first AGA Major victory in 2020. After shooting 70-70-66 for an overall 7-under 206. Surely, he is looking for the same winning outcome this week.

Other notable players in title contention are recent JGAA standouts Mahanth Chirravuri and Joseph Lloyd, as well as AGA Short Course Champion Shankar Natarajan, who is looking for his first AGA Major victory. Chirravuri, a recent JGAA grad, is currently committed to play Division 1 college golf at the University of Southern California while Lloyd is riding out the last semester of his freshman year with the University of Utah men’s golf team.

The Venue

The venue, Aguila Golf Course, situated eight miles southwest of downtown Phoenix at the base of South Mountain, will provide scenic views and a challenging championship level course for the 72-hole stroke play event.


Weather Forecast:

four day weather forecast for Laveen, AZ


Fast Facts:

Championship Course Aguila Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ
Championship Yardage 7032 | Par 72
Dates March 17-20
Field Size 144
Format 72 holes of individual stroke play
Cut Low 60 players (+ ties) after 36 holes
Tournament Record Score 2019 George Markham  (65, 69, 65) | Overall 14-under 199
Defending Champion Cameron Barzekoff | (69,70,69) | Overall: 2-under 208
Past Champions in the field Past Champions in the field: Sean O’Donnell (2020), Sam Engel (2016), Jimmy Kozikowski (2013)
Pairings & Results:



Preview: San Tan Amateur at Oakwood Country Club

A view of Oakwood CC's tee box area with green grass and sparse bushes.

February 26-27, 84 players will tee off in the 2022 San Tan Amateur at Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes, Arizona. Oakwood consist of three 9-hole courses (Lakes, Palms, Sonoran). Starting at 9:00a.m. for each round, this 18-hole amateur competition will be played on the Lakes 9 and Palms 9 course. The course is playing as a par 72 with different tees for Open/Masters, Senior, and Legends. This is the first time the event will be divisional, marking four eventual champions Sunday afternoon.

Division breakdown:
Open Division (no age restriction) = 45 players
Masters Division (40+ years old) = 18 players
Senior Division (55+ years old) = 15 players
Legends Division (65+ years old) = 6 players

Past Champions at the San Tan Amateur:

John Bearrie – 2021 

Adam Walicki – 2020 

Noah Hofman – 2019 

Parings this week:
Results this week:


RELATED: Men’s Tournament Schedule

About the San Tan Amateur: The San Tan Amateur is part of the all encompassing “AGA Tour” of events. The “AGA Tour” is made up of all competitive events/tournaments held by the Arizona Golf Association.  Events such as the AZ Short Course, Northern Amateur, Southern Amateur, and more. The AGA Tour also includes AGA Championship events such as the AGA Championship, Stroke Play Championship, and Arizona Amateur Championship among others. Playing in these events will accumulate points which will determine the Player of the Season and Mayfair Award winner at the conclusion of the competitive season.


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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Scroll for tournaments, winners and links from the 2021 competitive season.

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

Full Results:


2021 AGA Women’s Season Opener

Molly Steffes (Gross)

Penny Rady (Net)

Tori Totlis (Gross)

Percy Anderson (Net)

Full Results:


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)

Full Results:


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

Full Results:


2021 62nd Annual Father/Son Championship

Full Results:


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

Full Results:


2021 AGA Women’s Match Play Championship

Full Results:


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

Full Results:


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

Full Results:

Masters Bracket Winner: Mike Davidson

Senior Bracket Winner: David Honerkamp

Legends Bracket Winner: Don Longe


2021 AGA Women’s Scotch Play Tournament

Full Results:


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