Event Description and Listing
Major Men’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 & over) – Course set-up at 5,800 to 6,400 yards OR a course rating of 68.0 to 71;
- Legends (Age 70 and over) – low score will be recognized with a separate trophy.
NOTE: 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. Players competing in the Open Division will earn points in the appropriate Age Division, determined by the score returned in the event.
Eligibility for Divisional Players Cup 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 “Players Cup Points” for allocation rules.
Men & Women
- AGA Championship
- AZ Mid-Amateur Championship
- Net Stroke Play Championship
- AGA Player’s Cup Championship
- Arizona Stroke Play Championship
- Arizona Amateur Championship
Divisional Majors (includes Masters, Senior and Legends):
- Arizona Divisional Stroke Play Championship
- Arizona Divisional Match Play Championship
- Four-Ball Championship
- Match Play Championship
- Stroke Play Championship
- Senior Stroke Play Championship
Men & Women
- Mayan Challenge (new)
- Weekend Classic*
- Mixed Stix*
- Short Course
- San Tan Amateur
- Falcon Amateur
- Southern Amateur (Divisional)
- Arizona Four-Ball
- Women’s State Medallion Club Team
- Season Opener
- Scotch Play
- Partners Tournament
AGA Events Requiring Qualifying Rounds; Exemptions
Championships where qualifying rounds are required will be listed in the AGA Tournament Schedule. Qualifying sites may have field limits posted at the discretion of the AGA Tournament Staff. Entries in a qualifier are on a first-come basis. Please check the individual event information for details.
One-Day qualifiers earn Players Cup Points and thus are open to all AGA members, whether or not they have a spot in the Championship already. Any player who is entered into the qualifier and 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.
Vacancies in tournament fields will be filled at the discretion of the AGA staff.
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 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. There are three different Divisions: pro, handicap and Scheid. Scheid is a scoring format that allows those without a handicap to compete and enjoy the experience.
The Parent-Child Tournament teams can be any combination of fathers, sons, mothers and daughters. To be eligible, one member of the family must be an AGA member. A parent can play with up to three children and all are playing on different teams. Flights will be assigned according to the size of the field.
The format is modified Chapman – all players tee off. Each team then picks the best drive and alternates shots from there. If a parent’s ball is selected, each of the children play from that spot.
Many events are open to all members with gender- and age-based flights. Such Championships include the AGA Championship, Mid-Amateur, Net Stroke Play, Players Cup. The Weekend Classic and The Mixed Stix are events offered for men and women to play on the same team. The Weekend Classic has a Mixed Division as well as a Women’s Division. The Mixed Stix Tournament teams shall consist of one man and one woman (the female 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 of 54.0. 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, increase 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 and team members must be from the same club. Teams are flighted based on combined handicap. The championship flight competes at gross only and the rest play at both gross and net.
Clubs can use any method they’d 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 Club Team
The Women’s State Medallion Club Team Tournament is held for the winners of the low gross and low net prizes in their local club’s State Medallion 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.
The Players Cup will include all Divisions in the field. First Tier – Early Exemptions from the Points Lists (deadline for acceptance, October 16): Open – Top 16; Masters – Top 4; Seniors – Top 16; Legends – Top 4; Women Open – Top 4; Women Senior – Top 8. Second Tier – TPA Members, first-come (Deadline October 30). Third Tier – AGA members, first-come, final deadline November 18.
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. Among them are the Heather Farr Matches, Arizona/Utah Shootout, the Bob Goldwater Cup, the Southwest Team Challenge, International Partners Invitational (Peru) and the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship.
The deadline date to qualify for the Goldwater Cup and Arizona-Utah Shootout Teams is August 24, 2020. 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 online for the 2020 qualifying criteria.
The following is the Team Schedule for 2020:
International Partners April 12-18 Lima Golf Club (Lima, Peru) Heather Farr Cup Matches June 22-23 Papago Golf Club (Women’s) Pacific Coast Amateur Championship July 21-24 Royal Colwood Golf Club (Victoria, BC) 60th Bob Goldwater Cup Matches September 21 Phoenix Country Club Arizona vs. Utah Shootout October 5-6 The Club at Prescott Lakes Southwest Team Challenge December 6-9 Rio Secco Golf Club (Las Vegas, NV)
To enter USGA Qualifying events, players must register on their website at usga.org.
Multi-Day USGA Qualifiers: There is a cut after the first day of a multi-day USGA Qualifying event to the low 50 percent plus ties and all those within 8 strokes of the last qualifying position.
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. To ensure that only quality events are awarded Sanctioned Event status, the following minimum criteria must be met:
1. Event must have at least a two-year history.
2. Tournament must adhere to The Rules of Golf.
3. Tournament must be open to all AGA members.
4. Names and scores of top 10 places plus ties must be returned by mail, fax (602) 944-3228, or email to email@example.com 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.
5. Points are only awarded to the gross score championship category.
6. Tournament must strictly adhere to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status and the value of awards may not exceed $750 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 Cup Points Lists are being maintained.
Type I Sanctioned Events:
- Southwestern Amateur (when hosted in Arizona)
- Pacific Coast Amateur
- Arizona Open
Type II Sanctioned Events (Individual):
- Chandler City
- Mesa City
- Phoenix City
- Tucson City
- Arizona Senior Open
- Mesa Senior
- Phoenix Senior
- Tucson Senior
Type II Sanctioned Events (Team):
- Alta Mesa Divisional (Divisional Team Classic)
- Billy Bell Best Ball
- Mesa Best Ball
- Phoenix City Team
- Roy Tatum Best Ball
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.