EVENT DESCRIPTION AND LISTING
Major Men’s and Women’s Championships and Tour Events are conducted in the following age Divisions as designated:
- Open – Championship course set-up of near maximum distances and hole placement;
- Masters (Ages 40-54) – Course set-up with Open, or at 6,700+ yards, course rating of 72.0 and higher;
- Seniors (Ages 55-64) – Course set-up at 6,300 to 6,800 yards;
- Legends (Ages 65 and over) – Course set-up up at 5,800 to 6,400 yards OR a course rating of 68.0 to 71.0;
- Women’s – Championship course set-up of 5,700 to 6,200 yards.
- Women’s Seniors (Ages 50 and above) – Course set-up of 5,300 to 5,700 yards.
Any of the Divisions above may be combined to accommodate course design and conditioning. Events having Masters, Senior and Legends flights are classified as Divisional Events. Tournament results are determined within each age Division. Any event classified as an Open event does not make a distinction for age in determining tournament results even though there are Open divisions for some age-events. The course set-up lengths for each Division represent approximate ranges and will vary due to individual course characteristics.
Eligibility for Divisional Player of the Year Points is based on the player’s birthdate at the beginning of the Calendar Year. When a player’s birthdate creates eligibility for another Division, the player may compete for a trophy in any event for which his age makes him eligible but may gain points only through the Division effective January 1. The Divisional winner must play from the tees designated for that Division. See “Player of the Year Points” for allocation rules.
- AGA Championship
- Arizona Stroke Play Championship
- Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship
- Arizona Amateur Championship
- Arizona Four-Ball Championship
- AGA Players Cup Championship
- Four-Ball Championship
- Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship
- State Stroke Play Championship
- Senior Stroke Play Championship
- Match Play Championship
- AGA Players Cup Championship
- Short Course
- San Tan Amateur (Divisional)
- Falcon Amateur (Divisional)
- Arizona Divisional Stroke Play Championship
- Southern Amateur (Divisional)
- Arizona Divisional Match Play Championship
Northern Amateur (Divisional)
- Women’s State Medallion
- Season Opener
- Women’s Short Course
- Weekend Classic
- Mixed Stix
*Team event with one male and one female
- Scotch Play
- Partners Tournament
QUALIFYING ROUNDS – FOR ARIZONA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
One-Day qualifiers for the Arizona Amateur earn Player of the Year Points and thus are open to all AGA members. Any player who is entered into the qualifier but already exempt into the Championship will not be considered in determining the number of qualifying positions available to the field.
The number of places available in a qualifier will be posted on the Notice to Players provided at the starting tee. Number of qualifying spots will be available to players once the event is closed as well as posted online.
When there are multiple qualifying sites (AZ Am), all players not qualifying at individual sites will be placed on an Alternates List based on their finishing place in that qualifier. Any replacements into the Championship field will be done by random selection from a) first place alternates, b) second place alternates, etc.
There is no limit how many times a player may attempt to qualify for a given event, provided a separate entry fee is paid for each attempt.
If conditions prohibit the completion of the local qualifying round, the qualifying round may be cancelled. At the discretion of the AGA, a reduced number of qualifying positions determined pro rata based on those allocated may be granted to finished scores. Players not completing play will have the option of (a) a return of entry fees; or, (b) priority position in another qualifying round if one is available. Qualifying positions not allocated will be transferred to remaining qualifiers; or if none, applied to the Alternates List.
The annual Father/Son tournament is held the first weekend in June at Antelope Hills Golf Course. To be eligible, one member of the family must be an AGA member. A father can play with up to three sons and all are playing on different teams. Family members can be any combination including fathers, sons, grandfathers, grandsons, stepfathers and stepsons. Uncles or nephews do not qualify.
The format is a modified Chapman – all players play from the tee, then each team chooses the best drive and alternates shots from there. If a father’s ball is selected, each of the sons play from that spot. The tournament is open to all golfers (age 9 and older). There are three different Divisions: professionals, handicap and Callaway. (Callaway is a scoring format that allows those without a handicap to compete and enjoy the experience).
Many events are open to all members with gender and age-based flights. The Mixed Stix is an event offered for men and women to play on the same team, with teams consisting of one man and one woman (one teammate must be a member of the AGA).
The Senior Cup Series are one-day partner events for any AGA members age 50 and older with a handicap index. These are Four-Ball stroke play events in four flights, played at net with a gross winner recognized in each flight.
Teams earn points for their net finish in each event. However, the points are applied individually so participants may play with different partners in different events. Courses are set up at 6,000 to 6,500 yards (Ages 70+ are permitted to play from 6,000 yards when available.) Women will play from 5,000 to 5,200 yards.
Senior Series Points accumulate throughout the season and the top point winners are invited to participate in the season-ending championship. The more events played, increases the chances of qualifying for the finals.
The Club Team Championship is an annual tournament that challenges clubs to submit a team or teams to compete against other clubs throughout the state. The format is a two-person scramble with team members from the same club. Teams are flighted based on combined handicap. The championship flight competes at gross only and the rest of the field plays at both gross and net. Clubs may use any method they like to determine their teams. A series of qualifiers are held at various sites throughout the state. Two individuals from the same club may compete regardless of any club-selected team. The top 52 teams are invited to participate in the 18-hole championship. The defending champions and host site also receive a spot in the finals. Tee placements recognize the different abilities of the entrants.
Women’s State Medallion Tournament
The Women’s State Medallion Tournament is held for the winners of the low gross and low net prizes in their local club’s State Medallion Qualifying Tournament. The format is a two-person individual stroke play event (both 18-hole and 9-hole competitions) with the team score being the total of the gross player’s gross score and the net player’s net score. Teams are flighted based on the handicap of the gross player. Maximum handicap index limit of 54.0 shall be used for the competitions.
Players Cup/Tournament of Champions
The Players Cup / Tournament of Champions will include all Divisions in the field with qualifying/registration as follows:
First Tier – Those players who have won an AGA Tournament in the current year. (Deadline to enter is October 7)
Second Tier – Top Players from the Points Lists: (Deadline to enter is October 21)
Open – Top 50 Legends – Top 10
Masters – Top 10 Women – Top 5
Seniors – Top 30 Senior Women – Top 10
Third Tier – TPA members, first-come (Deadline November 4)
Member and Just 4 Fun Days
Member days are an opportunity for our members to play golf at a variety of facilities throughout the year. Public, Resort and Private courses are used. These are open to all Arizona golfers on a first-come basis. There may or may not be an organized tournament structure depending on the players and the venue.
The AGA supports several Team Competitions and selects players for certain Invitational events. (See page 17 for additional descriptions).
The deadline date to qualify for the Goldwater Cup and Arizona vs. Utah Shootout Teams is August 15, 2022. Additional qualifying criteria are outlined for each team event. Participation is governed by the Tournament Committee or, in the case of the Pacific Coast Amateur and International Partners Invitational, the AGA’s designated Trustees. See each event listing for the 2022 qualifying criteria.
The following is the Team Schedule for 2022:
International Partners TBD Lima Golf Club (Lima, Peru) Heather Farr Cup Matches June TBD Pacific Coast Amateur Championship July TBD 60th Bob Goldwater Cup Matches September 26 Phoenix Country Club Arizona vs. Utah Shootout October 9-11 Hosted in Utah in 2022 Southwest Team Challenge December TBD
To enter USGA Qualifying events, players must register on the USGA website at usga.org.
USGA U.S. Amateur Qualifiers: There is a cut after the first day of the U.S. Amateur (multi-day USGA Qualifying event) to the low 30 percent and ties. Only those making the cut will play the second day.
The AGA has no role in Sanctioned events other than to allocate points to players participating in the tournaments. The distribution, receipt and confirmation of entries, conditions of competition, entry fees, eligibility, pairings, start times, course setup, tournament policies, prize fund and submission of results to the media and the AGA are the responsibility of the organizing tournament Committee or host club. If an event wishes AGA sanctioning, it must provide a two-year history and meet the following criteria:
1. Tournament must adhere to The Rules of Golf.
2. Tournament must be open to all AGA members.
3. Names and scores of top 10 places plus ties must be forwarded to the AGA by email to Le Ann Finger at [email protected] within 14 days of the event. Age Division events must include players’ age designations to be included. No retroactive postings will be made. It is the obligation of players earning these awards to notify the AGA as noted if the Event does not do so on its own.
4. Points are only awarded to the gross score championship category. (Only in the Championship Flight, not age divisional flights since some events flights do not match up with AGA Divisional age flights. i.e. Phoenix City Senior age flights do not match AGA ages.)
5. Tournament must strictly adhere to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status and the value of awards may not exceed $1,000 per person. If excess prizes are provided the event becomes ineligible for inclusion.
An event’s tournament Committee or organization must submit their request for Sanctioned Event status certifying the above criteria has/will be met to the AGA Tournament Committee for final approval. The AGA will review sanctioned events from year to year to ensure that AGA tournament players are participating in the events and the integrity of the Players of the Year points are being maintained.
Type I Sanctioned Events:
- Southwestern Amateur (when hosted in Arizona)
- Pacific Coast Amateur
- Arizona Open
- Ladies National Golf Association Mid-Amateur/Senior Amateur Championship (when hosted in Arizona)
Type II Sanctioned Events (Individual):
- Arizona Senior Open
- Chandler City
- Gilbert City
- Mesa City
- Phoenix City
- Tucson City
- Mesa Senior
- Phoenix Senior
- Tucson Senior
- Phoenix Women’s
- Tucson Women’s
Type II Sanctioned Events (Team):
- Rich Stokes Divisional (Divisional Team Classic)
- General Jack Blair Four-Ball
- Mesa Best Ball
- Phoenix City Team
- Roy Tatum Best Ball
- Phoenix City Women’s Team
Note: Other Arizona events not listed may be assigned Type II points if the scratch portion of the field is 20 or more players. Points will be allocated on a percentage of field against 40 players.