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23 The Top 64
Geoff Ogilvy defends his title in the upcoming 2010 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. For complete details about the Tournament, including players to watch, ticket information, and how the Accenture Match Play Championship enhances the lives of children, see pages 22-40 of this issue.
24 Match Play Overview
Executive Director, Wade Dunagan, offers a 2010 overview.
30 Tucson Conquistadores
Just the facts; including how your ticket purchase will support our youth.
35 The First Tee of Tucson
Among the 64 players expected to play, these four will attract lots of attention.
36 $1 Million Annually
Some frequently asked questions are addessed, plus winners back to 1999.
38 Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mtn
Thousands in attendance locally, plus media coverage in 207 countries.
40 Course Directory, Map
26 Ticket & Event Schedule 27 Four to Watch
28 What Is Match Play?
29 The World Is Watching
FEATURES: 08 10 12 13 14
“Ask the Pro” - Don Pooley ‘09 SWSSCPGA Award Winners Rules with Brad Gregory Pro am Results High School State Championship
Dramatic finish for Catalina Foothills girls.
16 Instruc0on: Maria Przymierski I’m supposed to be out here relaxing!
18 Instruc0on: Glen Griﬃth Preparing for your golf events.
19 Health: Sco1 Thompson
The importance of fitness for the golfer.
21 Instruc0on: Tom Tatum
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The mystery of Match Play.
43 Tucson’s Golf Legacy 44
Golf legends; thanks for the memories.
Masters Memories: Dennis Palmer “The King”, Arnold Palmer
ABOUT THE PGA
The Southwest Section PGA is one of 41 Sections of the PGA of America, consisting of more than 1,500 members in the state of Arizona and Southern Nevada. The Southern Chapter PGA is the six southern counties of Arizona. Currently the President of the Chapter is Mike Hayes from Tucson City Golf, Vice President Dan Wickman the General Manager from San Pedro Golf Course and Secretary Steve Hughes Director of Golf at La Paloma Country Club.
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout all the PGA Sections nationwide.
This civic group supports youth athletic programs through professional golf.
A pioneer in the development of Junior Golf since the 1960’s. Local charities benefiting from the Tucson Conquistador Foundation. Dec. 18 marks the grand opening of new resort. See inside the elegance. Play a round at any of our challenging courses while visiting for Match Play.
45 Instruc0on: Rich Mueller Take your swing to dance class.
46 Preparing Fore The Best
Making a World-Class playing surface.
61 Learn to Golf! 48 Meet the AWGA
Gals have fun at Girl Golf Days.
50 Play Away
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With over 500 press credentials issued during the 2009 World Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and 463 million people viewing from their homes, the world was clearly watching as Geoff Ogilvy, played out of this bunker on Championship Sunday to take home the 2009 title.
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Pooley BY RICK PRICE, PGA
Don Pooley is a Tucson golf legend, he was a member of the University of Arizona golf team and his career on the PGA Tour, and now the Champions Tour, has endured for over 30 years.
This rewarding profession has certainly seen its ups and downs including winning two PGA Tour events, 1980 BC Open and the Jack Nicklaus 1987 Memorial Tournament. In 1985, he won the Vardon Trophy, awarded annually by the PGA Tour leader for lowest scoring average. Pooley’s dramatic Million-Dollar-Hole-in-One always brings back memories from the 1987 Bay Hill Classic. What was even more classic was that by making the hole in one the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women also received $500,000 for his efforts.
Later into his PGA Tour career, he began to suffer neck and lower back injuries, which limited his play for a few years. However, as time past and his injuries improved, a new resurgence of life came back to Pooley’s game when he turned 50, and he qualified for the Champions Tour.
A professional golfer’s goal and dream will always be to win a major championship and that is actually, what happened next.
A Tucson Legend for over
In 2002, after only competing for a year on the Champions Tour, Pooley won the US Open Senior Championship in the most dramatic fashion. Defeating one of the all time best players Tom Watson in a five hole playoff. The following year he found himself in the winners circle again at the 2003 Allianz Championship.
Although he has not won since 2003, Pooley has had numerous outstanding performances since his last victory, recording over 30 top ten finishes. This year he was runner up in the AT&T Classic and finished 3rd place in The Ace Group Classic. The final 2009 year end Champions Tour results had Pooley ranked 29th on the money list winning $629,476 and a 70.85 scoring average.
Pooley is a man of spiritual faith and has been involved in the PGA Tour Bible study group throughout his career as well as other national Christian organizations. He is a long time Tucson native with his wife Margaret and his two daughters.
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“Ask the Pro”
Don, congratula0ons on another successful year on the Champions Tour. Please tell us what your biggest highlight of the year was on Tour?
The biggest highlight this year was ﬁnishing in the top 30. That gave me fully exempt status for next year and also qualiﬁed me for the year-end Schwab Cup Championship. I seemed to play my best golf at the start of the year and my worst golf at the end, but all in all, it was a very good year.
Q. What do you a1ribute your longevity and success to your playing career on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour?
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I’ve always had a good short game and mentally I’ve persevered and kept learning. Having a great family has been important too. But, over the years, there have been so many talented players who have not survived that I think it is God’s grace that I’m s1ll compe1ng.
Q. What drives you to s0ll compete a"er all these years and what are your plans for the future?
With my very limited amateur record, I honestly thought my professional career would be a short one. There are no guarantees in golf and you have to play well enough each year to qualify for the next. So, I took it a year at a 1me and no one is more surprised than me that I’ve been at it for 37 consecu1ve years!
I had a good 1me for 26 years on the PGA TOUR, but I’ve had even more fun on the Champions Tour – the money is be2er now and the old guys are nicer than they used to be!
I hope to play a full schedule for two more years on the Champions Tour, which will put me at 60 years old. I’d like to play as long as I’m compe11ve and it’s ﬁnancially proﬁtable, but with all of the “young” players coming out, my 1me is certainly limited.
How do you keep your game so consistent and stay so focused with all the distrac0on that comes along with Tour life?
I’ve always had tunnel vision mentally, which is good for golf (but not for some other things!). And, I’ve had the ability to keep the ball in play and score. My short game has been the key to consistency and scoring well. Also, my wife and daughters have always been very suppor1ve of my career and have traveled extensively with me. It would have been a lonely life on the road alone and I doubt that I would have con1nued very long without them.
How is your health and tell us what you do to keep so ﬁt, especially since you are on the road all the 0me?
A. I have had many back issues and have been very fortunate to have
found a Physical Therapist in Georgia who has kept me playing over the years. Exercising is one of my least favorite things to do! I’ve had to do it to compete and I’ve probably done the minimum throughout my career. For the past 10 years, I have tried to eat healthy (no white ﬂour, fried foods, or carbonated drinks). I do pre2y well on this diet, but ea1ng out 200 days/year, makes it impossible to be perfect.
Q. Tells us about your golf equipment and your favorite club? A. I currently play Callaway clubs. I love the square driver-the
original FTi-it doesn’t look or sound good, but it sure goes straight! Roger Cleveland designs the Callaway irons now and they are a lot more tradi1onal looking, which I like. My favorite club is s1ll the pu2er (although I’ve had a few years where that wasn’t the case).
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I HOPE TO PLAY A FULL SCHEDULE FOR TWO MORE YEARS ON THE CHAMPIONS TOUR, WHICH WILL PUT ME AT 60 YEARS OLD.
What is your opinion on the future of sponsorships for not only the Champions Tour but also the other professional tours?
The economy has made it tough for many of our events. We have quite a few events that have been sponsored by the ﬁnancial and automobile industries. So, we have lost many of those sponsors. Other companies have stepped up, but there will be some a2ri1on in the number of events we play. On the Champions Tour, we will play several new events in foreign countries next year and that may be the direc1on of our tour.
What are some key 0ps you can pass on that would help the average golfer become a be1er player?
Prac1ce your short game 75% of your allo2ed prac1ce 1me. That will enable you to quickly save strokes oﬀ your scores. There are a few fundamentals that you will need to learn (take a short game lesson from your local professional) and then spend some 1me prac1cing.
When on the golf course, play the % shots-the ones that you are most comfortable with. Trying the miracle shot is fun, but o"en just causes higher scores. Miss hits are part of the game, but that’s where a good short game comes in. SPONSORED BY:
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Hayes Recognized as Leader in Junior Golf and Industry
f you have played Junior golf or have a child that has played golf you probably have met, or have at least heard of, Mike Hayes.
Mike Hayes has volunteered his professional services to the Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program for the past twenty years. His passion for helping Junior’s learn to play the game of golf, was recently recognized when Hayes was honored as the recipient of the Southern Chapter PGA’s Junior Golf Leader Award. Additionally, since Hayes has won this award numerous times through the local PGA Chapter and the Section, the Southern Chapter PGA Board of Directors decided to recognize him with the highest of all honors by renaming the Junior Golf Leader Award as the Mike Hayes Junior Golf Leader Award. The Southern Chapter Southwest Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year is awarded to the individual professional whose contribution to the game best exemplifies the complete PGA Golf Professional. The selection is based on his or her service to the local Southern Chapter, the Southwest Section, and the PGA Association as a whole. The promotion of the game of golf, leadership ability, and the ability to inspire fellow golf professionals are key components to the complete PGA member. Past winners include other Professionals such as Tucson Country Club's Michael Haywood, Southern Chapter PGA’s Operation Coordinator Rick Price, The Stone Canyon Club's Todd Huizinga, Westin La Paloma's Steve Hughes, and the PGA Tour's Wade Dunagan.
Pro-Assistant Champions from Skyline Country Club, Chris Dompier and Don Li1rell teamed up for a be1er ball score of -11 under par 61 at The Gallery Golf Club’s South Course to claim the 0tle.
CLUB CAR PROCPRO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
hosted by The Lodge at Ventana Canyon surrendered a -10 under par score of 62 to the winning team of Kim Griggs from Sun City Vistoso and Skyline Country Club's Chris Dompier.
2009 nominees included, Tucson City Golf ’s Mike Hayes, The Gallery Golf Club's Paul Nolen, Canoa Ranch's Rich Elias, the Stone Canyon Club's Dean Vomacka, Tucson Country Club's Michael Haywood, John Basden of Basden Golf Dynamics and the Southern Chapter's Rick Price. This year’s winner oversees five different golf courses here in Tucson, and still makes time to serve as the President of the Southern Chapter PGA, serves on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Section, The First Tee, Ricki Rarick Junior Golf, Southwest Section Junior Golf Committee, The Sportsman Fund, The Parks Foundation and Southern Arizona Tee Time Magazine. He has been elected into the Pima County Sports and Salpointe High School Hall of Fame. The 2009 Southern Chapter PGA Golf Professional of the Year is Tucson City Golf 's Deputy Director of Golf, Mike Hayes. SATT 8 SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PGA ASSISTANT'S CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE went to Josh Brown from The Wes0n La Paloma CC with a two-day total of -4 under par 140.
2009 Award Winners
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PGA TEACHER OF THE YEAR
awarded to the teacher who ini1ates and implements innova1ve teaching programs, publishes golf ar1cles and excels at teaching at his or her facility. Our Teacher of the Year has proven that she can excel at implemen1ng an innova1ve teaching and custom club ﬁ3ng programs while running a successful golf school, Green Valley Golf Instruc1on, she teaches out of two of Green Valley's ﬁnest facili1es, Torres Blancas and Canoa Ranch. The Teacher of the Year is Green Valley Golf Instruc1on's Maria Przymierski.
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PGA APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
The award is given based on overall performance at his/her facility, service to the Southern Chapter, the Southwest Sec1on and the Associa1on as a whole. Leadership, image and the ability to inspire golf professionals are also considered. His performance as the Guest Services Supervisor, a teacher, cer1ﬁed club ﬁ2er, and tournament operator at his home club, the Stone Canyon Club has been excep1onal. He successfully completed his requirements for PGA membership this fall, congratula1ons go to Andrew Cochran.
KANE PLAYER WILLIE OF THE YEAR
This award goes to the player who accumulates the most points for the year. This year’s award winner for his outstanding play, from Tucson Golf Schools' is Glen Griﬃth.
SENIOR PLAYER THE YEAR OF
Bob Goana a life0me PGA member and long 0me Tucson resident, who had played on the Senior Tour, and in the U.S. Senior Open, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year was this year’s winner.
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The championship was hosted by the Vistoso Golf Club, with a 3-day total of -9 under par 207, with an eagle at the last hole and a ﬁnal round score of 69, the winner Dean Vomacka from the Stone Canyon Club.
SOUTHERN CHAPTER PGA SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
DELL URICH AWARD
was held at Oro Valley Country Club, with his ﬁnal round -1 under par 71 and a"er a sudden death playoﬀ found Robert Taylor with Dick's Spor0ng Goods claiming the 0tle.
The Stone Canyon Club played host to the top 16 qualiﬁers in the Southern Chapter. The Stone Canyon Club's own Andrew Cochran and Tucson Golf Schools' Glen Griﬃth played their way into the ﬁnal match with Glen Griﬃth winning the ﬁnal match with a 3 & 1 victory.
is given to the player in the Southern Chapter with the lowest stroke average in tournament play throughout the year, with a stroke average of 69.0 the award goes to The Stone Canyon Club's Dean Vomacka.
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Match Play vs. Stroke Play
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BY BRAD GREGORY, PGA
lmost every week on the PGA Tour the player with the lowest 72 hole score is the winner. The exception is the World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club-Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. During this week the world’s best 64 players play single-elimination match play. One poor round will send a player packing. Yes, match play is a different animal. Match play is the original game of golf. It differs from stroke play in how it’s played, the rules involved and how it’s officiated. Single match play consists of one player playing against another. The game is played by holes. A hole is won by the player that holes his ball in the fewer strokes. A match is won when a player leads by a number of holes greater than the number remaining. The results of a match are stated in this way (e.g. 2 and 1 (two holes up with one hole to play) or 4 and 2 (four holes up with two holes to play)). If the match is all square after 18 holes, extra holes will be played until a winner is determined. The winner advances to the next round. This is the case in each round except that the Championship Match is 36 holes. In match play some Rules are different. In stroke play a player must hole out on
each hole. During a match a player may concede the match, a hole or his opponent’s next stroke. Because of the nature of match play, it is imperative that the players play in the correct order. On the tee the player with the honor must play first. During play of a hole the player’s ball farther from the hole must play first. For the most part, in stroke play there is no consequence for playing out of turn. However, in match play the opponent has the opportunity to require the player to cancel the stroke and replay it in proper order. Many remember the 2000 Solheim Cup in which Annika Sorenstam holed a chip shot out of turn and was required to chip it again. In match play some penalties are different. Most two stroke penalties in stroke play are a loss of hole penalty in match play. Most one stroke penalties remain just that, one stroke. There are some exceptions. When a player plays from outside the teeing ground, in stroke play a two stroke penalty would incur but in match play there is no penalty. The opponent may recall the stroke similar to a player playing out of turn. If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected by his opponent, his caddie or his equipment, there is not a one stroke penalty on the opponent. In this case the player has an option to replay the stroke. Match play is officiated differently. The
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World Golf Championships are sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours. At the Accenture, the Rules Officials come from all over the world. The PGA Tour, the European Tour, Australasia Tour, Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour (South Africa) as well as other golf organizations are represented. Because of a limited number of Officials, in the first round of 32 matches, the Officials are available only if a player requests them for a ruling. This applies even if the Official sees a breach of the Rules. It is up to the players to protect themselves by calling for an Official when a dispute occurs. However, starting in the second round of matches, these Officials serve as Referees, one to a match. A Referee will walk with the match. His duties include determining who is farther from the hole, answering any questions and applying the Rules. The Referee is required to act on any Rules infraction he observes. These are a few of the differences one will see when viewing this World Golf Championship. The Accenture Match Play Championship is unique. Enjoy the matches! SATT Brad Gregory is a PGA Master Professional from Show Low, AZ and serves as a Vice Chairman of the PGA of America Rules Committee. Along with the Accenture Match Play Championship, Brad has served as a Rules Official at the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, The Masters, The Players and the British Open Championship.
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The Head Golf Professional from Skyline CC, Chris Dompier carded 4 birdies and a bogey enroute to a -3 under par 69 at the La Paloma Country Club’s Southern Chapter PGA Pro Am to take the individual low Professional honors. Dompier’s play lead his amateur team of Don Brown, Hank Mickells and JP Heustis to a first place finish in the team competition shooting -17 under par total of 127. Jay Synkelma golf instructor from Hilton El Conquistador fired a -2 par 70 with five birdies to finish in second place. The Stone Canyon Club’s Brent Newcomb finished in third with a one over par 73 after shooting
Pro am Results MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
three under par on the back nine. The second place team of professional Jay Synkelma and amateurs John Pierpont, Lee Nelson and Joe Moats finished at 130 -14 under par. Brent Newcomb’s team of Stewart Smith, John Tellman and Edward Lyman were 4 strokes back at 134 finishing in third place. The overall low gross winners JP Heustis, Skyline CC and Juan Louer, Tucson CC both shot 79’s. At four under par 68, the low net winner was Lee Nelson. Closest to the hole on hole #7 was Tex Phippin, La Paloma CC and hole #12 from Heritage Hylands GC Jim Carlson. SATT
PHOTOS: Top (L); Brent Newcomb, Top (R); Jay Synkelma. Bo2om (L to R); Hank Mickells, Chris Dompier, Don Brown and JP Heus1s.
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Dramatic Finish For Catalina Foothills Girls at High School State Championships did.” At that point they realized her score may be incorrect. After reviewing her scorecard hole by hole with the rule's officials, she found her mistake by signing for an incorrect score on the fourth hole, a score of 3 was recorded when she actually had a 4. As the scoreboard changed from 73 to DQ a large gasp came from the crowd as McKee was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
BY RICK PRICE, PGA The most important tournament for a high school golfer’s career is their State Championship. It comes with plenty of pressure, emotions and this Championship had as much drama as you could imagine. After posting an even par total’s of 144 for 36 holes at the Randolph Golf Complex, Billy Flower of Catalina Foothills defeated McClintock’s Trey Kaahanui with a birdie on the second playoff hole to take home the individual honors. The overall best round of the tournament came on the final round by Marana’s Colby Robbins firing a 4 under par 68 to finish in 3rd at 145. Flower led his team to a total of (589) for their first Boys State Golf Championship by edging out Canyon Del Oro with a total of (607). The Girls Team Championship came to a dramatic finish, when it looked as if Catalina Foothills was going to win with ease after Brittany McKee posted a 73 on the par 70 Dell Urich golf course. Foothills coach, Mark Polich asked Brittany “I thought you said you shoot 74, and she said, “I
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Catalina Foothills Canyon Del Oro Queen Creek Sabino Sunrise Mountain Cactus Shadows Cienega Sahuaro Prescott Sunnyslope Mcclintock Bradshaw
291 304 318 328 329 325 337 336 350 346 349 401
Catalina Foothills Cienega Cactus Shadows Sabino Queen Creek Kellis Shadow Mountain Saguaro
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298 303 314 313 316 326 324 334 335 344 347 367
589 607 632 641 645 651 661 670 685 690 696 768
324 319 337 326 389 398 432 437
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All of a sudden, it looked as if the State Title would slip out of the lady Falcon's hands, until Laura Jabczenski tapped in for a par on the final hole for an even par 70. All the tears suddenly turned to joy as the team realized that they won the State Title by a slim two stroke margin. Foothills total of (640) was just good enough to sneak by Cienega’s (642) to win its third State Championship in the past seven years. Jabczenski’s first round of 72 paired with her final round 70 gave her 142 total to become the first Foothills girl's golfer to win an individual state title. Sophomore Lindsey Weaver from Cave Creek Cactus Shadows finished one stroke back at 143. Cienega senior Sun Park after struggling with an opening round 76, Park fired back with the tournament low score of -1 under par 69 to finish in 3rd. SATT BOYS - HIGH SCHOOL
1. Flower, Bill (Sonoran) CFHS 2. Kaahanui, Trey (Desert Sky) McClintock 3. Robbins, Colby (Kino) Marana T4. Kornberg, Dylan (Sonoran) CFHS T4. Metz, David (Sonoran) CDO T4. Wilson, Ajay (Desert Sky) Queen Creek 7. Gunn, Andrew (Sonoran) CFHS 8. Berens, Alec (Sonoran) CFHS 9. Marino, Tommy (West Valley) Sunrise MT 10. Rutelionis, Vytas (Sonoran) Sabion
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Golf - Moving Meditation – the union of the body and the mind through the breath BY MARIA PRZYMIERSKI, PGA Playing golf well is a relative experience. I have been happy and unhappy shooting the same score. I shot an 82 recently and was very upset yet the first time I shot an 82 I was exuberant. Same person … same number and yet it resulted in a different state of being. Expectations arise … now that I am trying to improve, get better, achieve a number (handicap or score), etc. that same number is unacceptable and happy is definitely not the end result. Golfers are a unique group of people in that most already recognize that beating an opponent is not nearly as satisfying as beating your best round. It seems that the laws of golf are that your worst round
precedes your best and your best precedes your worst. Once the wheels have come off during a round, the harder I try; the worse I play.
Wanting to improve the golf game creates the idea that one needs to get the golf swing right … which also means that one is doing something wrong.
It seems that all of the situations I’ve tried to change or improve have only led to new situations arising that needed to be changed or improved. Ultimately, I found out that the end result of all this was to achieve a state of being I call “happy”. I simply want to be happy. The application of meditation or breath awareness in golf is focusing on not changing a situation through force or by trying or doing more. It requires the observation of the situation as it is and as it is not and accepting it. It is about letting our inner wisdom guide us to what is required by the situation and then waiting for the outcome.
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Wanting to improve the golf game creates the idea that one needs to get the golf swing right … which also means that one is doing something wrong. The mind then creates the idea that
one needs to try harder which causes unnecessary tension, holding of the breath, and more mental activity or in other words resistance. When we are happy, there is no tension, no fearful thoughts and life is abundant. What would it be like to experience the end result first (being happy) and then play golf from that place, where you are not limited by your last performance, nor fearful of your future performance? Learning to “be present” with sensations without reacting ... breathing through initial thoughts and letting the mind move out of the way allows one’s natural instincts in golf to show up unhindered ... the zone as some people call it. Think about it, our body already knows how to toss a crumpled up piece of paper into a trash can across the room. There are no thoughts of wind velocity, measuring of distance or throw mechanics are needed for most of us to hit the target. That’s how easy and fun playing could be in the present moment. SATT
Maria took up the game of golf in her mid twenties and quickly discovered a passion for golf. She qualified for the Futures Tour in 2001, 2004 and has conditional status for 2008. Maria possesses a strong belief in a balanced approach to the game of golf, and in addition, was formerly a Kripalu Yoga Instructor. She is owner of GV Golf Instruction, was elected to the SWSSCPGA Board of Directors in May 2008, was awarded 2005 SCSWSPGA Apprentice of the Year & SWSSCPGA 2009 Teacher of the Year. Maria can be reached at 800-427-9189 or visit www.gvazgolf.com.
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Preparing for Your BY GLEN T. GRIFFITH, PGA
When coaching golf, I start by inquiring where the player is currently at with their golf game and what they wish to achieve. Quite often the response I receive is, “I am a (something higher) handicap, and I want to be a (something lower) handicap”. The other response I hear regularly is, “I play well on certain days and not so well on other days.” Or, the standard, “I am looking for consistency”. Consistency begins for each player (of any ability level) with routine. World class players have a routine they follow before each round they play, and the routine is consistent. A few simple considerations you may want to look at in preparation before a round of golf are: Normal amount of rest/sleep, consistent routine/amount of exercise, foods/beverages consumed before/during your round, and your warm-up time/routine prior to your tee time. While we are all similar creatures as human beings, we are not identical. Some of us require more rest and others much less. Whatever your body requires, give it that amount. It is easy to throw our bodies out of balance by going to sleep earlier or later than we normally do in preparation for an event. If you require 8 hours of rest to feel your best and most balanced, plan your bed time and rising time accordingly.
Consider your tee time in the morning and the amount of time you will require to be prepared for that time. Being over-rested or underrested can both create an imbalance in the body. While rest is important, so is your routine around exercise and activities. If you wake up early and jog three times a week, continue that routine on days you play golf (tournament or casually). For those of you who exercise in the afternoons/evenings, do this as well.
Consider that meals 1-2 hours prior to tee off will serve you best and allow your body time to absorb nutrients.
While the exact time of the day you like to exercise may not always be available, the general time of day will help to keep a consistency with your bodies timing for recovery, rest, and balance. Stopping exercise or changing your exercise around your golf will result in varied sensations for the body, producing varied results
on the golf course. Energy consumption is an interesting discussion to have with golfers, as we all have different tastes and foods we enjoy. Consider that meals 1-2 hours prior to tee off will serve you best and allow your body time to absorb nutrients. Meals that are slightly higher in proteins and fats tend to stay with you longer on the course. Avoid high carb meals and beverages before and during rounds of golf. Water is best to drink. Finally, allow yourself an amount of time to comfortably warm-up for your round. Arrive at the course with enough time to check-in, prepare your equipment, stretch, and practice. Consider that you have sunscreen, food/water, equipment, and your warm-up to manage. If this all takes you about an hour, plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before that one hour to allow for any surprises. Preparation and consistency will allow you to play your best and enjoy your round of golf. SATT
Glen T. Griffith is the Director of Instruction & Coaching at Tucson Golf Schools. Following Head Golf Professional positions in Arizona and California, Glen created Tucson Golf Schools in 2004 with the approach of simple, self coaching for clients of all ability levels. He was named SCSWSPGA Teacher of the Year in 2006 and has won SCSWSPGA Player of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009. Glen can be reached at 520.579.8548 or visit TucsonGolfSchools.org 16 SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE WWW.SATTMag.COM
The Importance of Fitness for the Golfer BY R. SCOTT THOMPSON
hether you are a weekend golfer, a regular weekly player or play for a living, it is beneficial to be involved with a regular fitness regimen. It is crucial to your long-term success with the sport you love. As a person develops better cardio vascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, golfers of all ages will be able to play and practice daily and for longer periods of time. After all, one of the important components of a good golf game is having flexibility and strength. A golfer can enjoy his or her practice and play without fatigue that would change ones tempo or even his or her complete golf swing. As most of us a probably aware, there is a fitness trailer that follows the PGA tour spots for professional men’s, women’s and senior players. This is designed to have the players engage in regular exercise workouts. Players work with physical therapists to heal and correct past or current injuries or to aide his or her play with other components. These components are chiropractic adjustments, massage and other treatments (e.g. ice, ultrasound). With fitness being an integral part of golf as a profession, amateur golfers should take from this that if they are not already in a 2 to 3 time (or more) per week exercise routine then one should seriously look into getting started on a safe exercise routine under the supervision of his or her physician and in discussion with their golf instructor and eventually with their fitness professional. The most important physical aspect for the golfer is going to be at the base of the spine and 360 degrees around that point. This is our center of gravity where one will eventually get your balance and strength through with what we know there is never the same golf shot twice. In conclusion, start working the abdominal region and get started stretching whether it is in your home or a commercial facility. It is never too late to start improving your game! SATT Scott Thompson is the CEO of Arizona Health in Tucson, AZ and works with individuals at all levels of fitness, to improve their health and their game. Scott can be reached at 520.790.5377; email@example.com or visit www.arizonahealth.com.
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Luke Donald, explodes from a bunker during the 2008 Accenture Matchplay Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.
good friend Joe Huber, a fellow PGA Golf Professional in the first round of the Southwest Section PGA Match-play Championship. The first time we played, we were in Las Vegas, he was three under par after thirteen holes and lost 5&4. The second time we met; he was two under par and lost on the nineteenth hole. In the same tournaments, there were matches that won with scores of eight over par. He complained about that match up for years. That is why you just never know what score it will take to win a match.
BY TOM TATUM, PGA
ith the Accenture World Match play coming up, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the Match play format of golf. Match play was the earliest form of play in the golf world. Medal play is what you see in most major PGA tour events and most club events. Medal play is counting every stroke for the round and adding them up at the end. In Match play, players are seeded, either by a Qualifying round or by other ranking methods (World Ranking, handicaps, points list, etc.). Usually the field is reduced to sixty-four players for the start of the Match play portion of the event. The field is then divided into two brackets with the one seed heading
up one bracket and the two seed heading up the other bracket. The lowest qualifier or one seed will play the highest qualifier or sixty fourth seed, the second lowest qualifier or second seed will be on the other half of the bracket and will play the second highest qualifier or sixty third seed. So if the one seed wins all matches and the two seed wins all his matches they would not meet until the final match for the championship. In most cases if you lose a match in match play you are out of the tournament and are heading home. The critics of match play cite several reasons for not liking the format. The reason most often cited is that match play can often prematurely eliminate the best players in the field. In my match play career twice I met my
I have been crying on the other end of this story many times. My most memorable loss was to U.S. Open Champion Steve Jones in the Semi Final Match for the Section PGA Championship at The Boulders Golf Resort. I birdied the first hole to go one-up, he proceeded to birdie the next six holes in a row have a Four-up lead. The positives about match play are plenty. First off, you only have to beat one player each day to win the tournament. Secondly, you can have a bad hole and still win the Tournament. Thirdly, you get to see exactly what the player you have to beat is doing. Whether you enjoy playing Medal Play or Match Play it does not really matter, just PLAY! SATT
Tom Tatum is Head Golf Professional at Fred Enke Golf Course and a Three time Southwest Section Match-Play Champion. Tom can be reached at 520.791.2539 or visit TucsonCityGolf.com. WWW.SATTMag.COM SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE
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DEFENDING CHAMPION Geoﬀ Ogilvy , 2009 Champion of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Match Play Championship
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP February 15 – 21, 2010 The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain Marana, Arizona
THREE-TIME WINNER Will Tiger Woods regain his 2tle at the 2010 Accenture Match Play Championship?
History In the Making Unfolds In Our Backyard THE WORLD’S BEST GOLFERS COMPETE FOR $8.5 MILLION PURSE For sheer intensity and star power, few sporting events can compete with the 2010 World Golf ChampionshipsAccenture Match Play Championship. Bringing together the world’s 64 topranked golfers at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, this match-play tournament is one of the unquestioned highlights in the world of golf. The timeless beauty of the Sonoran Desert provides a suitably dramatic setting as the game’s biggest names go
mano a mano through a punishing series of elimination rounds until only one remains. Will it be three-time winner Tiger Woods? Defending Champion and two-time winner Geoff Ogilvy?" Or will a new face survive the gauntlet to capture the Walter Hagen Cup? Those who attend the February 15-21, 2010 Championship will watch history unfold in our own backyard. For five electrifying days, the field of contestants is whittled down through a series of 18-hole elimination matches. The remaining two players duel for the
title and the $1.4 million grand prize in a high-stakes, 36-hole showdown. One of the biggest draws in the world of golf since its inception in 1999, the Accenture Match Play Championship has been played in Marana since 2007 and will remain at Dove Mountain at least through 2011. For complete details, including players to watch, ticket information, and how the Accenture Match Play Championship enhances the lives of children, see pages 22 thru 40 of this issue.
Special thanks to Wade Dunagan, Executive Director of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and Judy McDermott, Executive Director of the Tucson Conquistadores Inc., for contributions to this Special Edition Accenture Match Play Championship section.
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Accenture Match Play Championship
BY WADE DUNAGAN The World Golf Championships are four events jointly sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, and consist of the Accenture Match Play Championship (Marana, Arizona), the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio) the CA Championship (Doral, Florida) and the HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China). First played in 1999 at the La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California, the Accenture Match Play Championship is unique in its format and unequaled in its field.
competition after a forced layoff due to reconstructive knee surgery. With exciting matches and incredible golf, the last man standing was Geoff Ogilvy, arguably the best match play competitor in the world. This was his second Accenture Match Play Championship in four years, finishing second to Henrik Stenson in 2007, and winning in 2006 and 2009. Even in its first year at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, the 2009 Championship was a much more fan-friendly experience and in
The event consists of the top 64 golfers in the world, based off of the Official World Golf Ranking. Players are seeded and play head-to-head match play, with the outcome determined by a reckoning of holes. The field of 64 is pared down to 32, then 16 and so on, as matches are won and lost. Then the 36-hole final determines the champion. It is five of the most exciting days in golf, with each match perceived as a Sundayafternoon showdown to see who advances on to the next round.
double-deck venues at any tournament. Individual daily grounds access tickets are available for the weekend days this year, a positive change from 2009. For hospitality and ticket information, please go to www.worldgolfchampionships.com, or contact the Tucson Conquistadores office at (520) 571-0400. The Tucson Conquistadores is a volunteer non-profit organization comprised of 55 active and 200 total professional men who represent a crosssection of the Tucson Community. Functioning as the leadership team and sales arm for the Accenture Match Play Championship, this working organization funds hundreds of local individuals and youth athletic programs, including The First Tee of Tucson Youth Golf and Life Skills Program, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Arizona, the YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since 1962, the Conquistadores have raised more than $21 million, and through hospitality and ticket sales, hope to raise more that $1 million for its charities through the 2010 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Learn more online at www.tucsonconquistadores.com.
A new relationship with Ticketmaster will allow easy access for purchasing tickets … and provide conveniences like “print at home” options.
The 2009 event was highlighted by our move to a new venue, The RitzCarlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. The spectacular new Jack Nicklaus Signature Course proved to be a strong test for the players and much more fan friendly. The championship was marked by Tiger Woods’ return to
2010, it should only get better. A new relationship with Ticketmaster will allow easy access for purchasing tickets both online and by phone, and provide conveniences like “print at home” options. Improvements to both structures and the overall site will provide an intimate golf experience with the best players in the world. The popular Walter Hagen Club has been modified to offer three tiers of viewing space as compared to one level last year, and the Canyon Club remains intact as one of the most spectacular
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Where Proceeds Go Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit the Tucson Conquistadores Charities. Key beneficiaries include The First Tee of Tucson Youth Golf and Life Skills Program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Arizona, YMCA and Special Olympics. The Tucson Conquistadores have contributed over $21 million to hundreds of youth organizations, teams and individuals thanks to the support of our community. To learn more about the Tucson Conquistadors and these charities, visit www.tucsonconquistadores.com or turn to page 28 of this issue.
Ticket and hospitality information is available by calling 1-866-WGC-AMPC (942-2672) or (520) 571-0400. Tickets may be purchased online at worldgolfchampionships.com General Admission Adv. $25 Monday - Practice Round $25 Tuesday - Practice Round $55 Wednesday (32 matches) $45 Thursday (16 matches) $45 Friday (8 matches) $45 Saturday (4 quarterfinals, 2 semifinals) Sunday (Championship and Third-Place Matches) $45 $200 Monday - Sunday Package
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NAME/AVERAGE Tiger Woods, USA Phil Mickelson, USA Steve Stricker, USA Paul Casey, Eng Lee Westwood, Eng Padraig Harrington, Irl Henrik Stenson, Swe Kenny Perry, USA Sergio Garcia, Esp Jim Furyk, USA Mar2n Kaymer, Deu Ian Poulter, Eng Rory McIlroy, Nir GeoďŹ€ Ogilvy, Aus Sean O'Hair, USA Stewart Cink, USA Ernie Els, Zaf Lucas Glover, USA Ross Fisher, Eng Re2ef Goosen, Zaf Vijay Singh, Fji Anthony Kim, USA Camilo Villegas, Col Zach Johnson, USA Angel Cabrera, Arg Hunter Mahan, USA Luke Donald, Eng Robert Karlsson, Swe Robert Allenby, Aus Yang Yong-Eun, Kor Nick Watney, USA Ryo Ishikawa, Jpn Soren Kjeldsen, Dnk Mike Weir, Can Yuta Ikeda, Jpn David Toms, USA Francesco Molinari, Ita Jus2n Leonard, USA Tim Clark, Zaf Oliver Wilson, Eng Brian Gay, USA Soren Hansen, Dnk Ben Cur2s, USA Miguel A Jimenez, Esp Simon Dyson, Eng Alvaro Quiros, Esp Anders Hansen, Dnk Dus2n Johnson, USA Stephen Ames, Can Graeme McDowell, Nir Ryan Moore, USA Chad Campbell, USA Thongchai Jaidee, Tha Peter Hanson, Swe Sco3 Verplank, USA Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, Esp Michael Sim, Aus Shingo Katayama, Jpn Ma3 Kuchar, USA Jeev Milkha Singh, Ind Jason Dufner, USA Adam Sco3, Aus Kevin Na, USA Rory Sabba2ni, Zaf
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Qualification: Official World Golf Ranking as of Nov. 15, 2009. Top 64 as of February 8, 2010 qualify for the Accenture Match Play Championship.
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ings, and players on the bubble.
FOUR TO WATCH Among the top 64 players who are expected to play in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, you can be sure these players will attract lots of attention for all the right reasons.
CHAMPION OF WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
At age 34, Tiger Woods has already compiled what appears to be an unbeatable World Golf Championships record (16 wins) which includes three Accenture Match Play Championships (2003, 2004, 2008). Woods also drew unprecedented international attention to Tucson in February 2009 when he chose this event to stage his return to play after his eightmonth hiatus following knee surgery.
Australian Geoﬀ Ogilvy secured his ﬁrst PGA TOUR win at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in 2005. He then won twice in 2006 - the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson and then at LaCosta in Carlsbad, CA. His 2nd Tucson win at the 2009 Accenture Match Play Championship makes Ogilvy one of four players (along with Tiger Woods, Darren Clarke and Phil Mickelson) to claim more than one World Golf Championships 3tle.
TEENAGER WITH A GROWN-UP GAME
SUBSTANCE AND STYLE
At age 18, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa was the youngest player to compete in The Presidents Cup in October. The five-time Japan Tour winner names Tiger Woods as his idol and England’s Ian Poulter as his fashion role model, and draws Tiger-like attention from the Japanese media. Ishikawa has played with, and stood up to Woods, indicating he can deal with the pressure of being a golf super-star.
He’s got flash. Panache. And his take-no prisoners approach to golf—not to mention his go-low approach to reading putts—has led to immense success on the PGA TOUR. The charismatic, agile 27-year-old has been dubbed by his Colombian countrymen as “Hombre Arana” (Spider Man). Villegas’ intensity is evident on and off the course and a third PGA TOUR title can’t be too many Sundays away.
Editorial Contributor: Joan Liess Photos: PGA TOUR; Getty Images
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Frequently Asked Ques2ons
What is match play?
In golf, the match-play format is where one player plays 18 holes against another player and the result is determined by total holes won, not by cumula2ve score.
How is a hole won?
A hole is won by the player that holes his ball in the fewest number of strokes.
How is score kept for a match?
Score is kept by the number of holes won. For example, 1-up, 2-up, etc. When both players have won the same number of holes, the match is said to be ‘All Square’.
Can players prac2ce between holes?
Unlike most PGA TOUR events, the players may prac2ce pu4ng and chipping a#er a hole has been completed and before teeing oﬀ on the next hole.
"The [World Golf Championships]Accenture Match Play Championship catapults Tucson and Southern Arizona's proﬁle as a golf des2na2on. This is a hallelujah event for Tucson. We are honored Accenture, the Tucson Conquistadores and the PGA TOUR are giving Tucson residents, visitors and business leaders the opportunity to show them our ﬁne Southwestern hospitality and style."
MAYOR BOB WALKUP Tucson, AZ
What is a ‘concession’?
When a player’s ball is at rest, the opposing player may concede that the opponent has holed out in his next stroke. Concession of a stroke, hole or match may not be declined or withdrawn.
What does ‘Dormie’ mean?
Dormie is when one player has won as many holes as there are holes remaining to be played. For example, if a player is 4up with four holes to play, the match is dormie.
PAST CHAMPIONS: ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY
1999: 2000: 2001: 2002: 2003: 2004: 2005: 2006: 2007: 2008: 2009:
Jeﬀ Maggert def. Andrew Magee, 38 holes Darren Clark def. Tiger Woods, 4 & 3 Steve Sricker def. Pierre Fulke, 2 & 1 Kevin Sutherland def. Sco3 McCarron, 1 up Tiger Woods def. David Toms, 2 & 1 Tiger Woods def. Davis Love III, 3 & 2 David Toms def. Chris DiMarco, 6 & 5 Geoﬀ Ogilvy def. Davis Love III, 3 & 2 Henrik Stenson def. Geoﬀ Ogilvy, 2 & 1 Tiger Woods def. Stewart Cink, 8 & 7 Geoﬀ Ogilvy def. Paul Casey, 4 & 3
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BACKGROUND PHOTO: Camilo Villegas.
“Marana is establishing itself as a leader in the region. The [World Golf Championships]Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament and the planned Ritz-Carlton resort, both in Dove Mountain, has Marana ge4ng no2ced.”
MAYOR ED HONEA
THE WORLD IS WATCHING In addi3on to the thousands in a4endance locally, the 2010 Accenture Match Play is broadcast in 207 countries, reaching 463 million homes through live, delayed, and highlights coverage. In the United States, the tournament will be televised Wednesday through Friday on the Golf Channel. The Saturday and Sunday 207 telecast will be carried by the Golf Channel in the morning and CBS in COUNTRIES the a$ernoon.
The 2009 Golf Channel’s coverage of HOMES the ﬁrst round matches on Wednesday, which were highlighted by the return of Tiger Woods, received a 1.8 cable ra3ng, up 38% from the prior year and also the highest-rated ﬁrst round in the tournament’s history. In addi3on, it was also the highest-rated ﬁrst round of any PGA TOUR event in Golf Channel’s history. Golf Channel’s coverage of the second round matches on Thursday received a 1.8 cable ra3ng, up 6% from 2008 and also the highest-rated second round in the tournament’s history.
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Supporting Youth Athletic Programs through Professional Golf
Walter Hagen Club Ticket Packages Key to Fundraising Success
Fashioned a$er its successful Grand Slam package oﬀered during the Tucson Open years, the Tucson Conquistadores and the PGA TOUR created a value package for the Accenture Match Play Championship that combines 3ckets with hospitality perks. The Walter Hagen Club package is a great way to get a group of buddies together and split the 3ckets, or treat clients or employees to an incredible golf experience that includes access to a ﬁrst-class, private hospitality area, parking and more. The $1,800 package includes eight Walter Hagen 3ckets for each day, Monday through Sunday with premier parking; the $1,000 package includes four Walter Hagen 3ckets per day with parking privileges; and the $500 package includes 2 Walter Hagen 3ckets for each day with parking privileges.
For more informa2on on the Tucson Conquistadores and Packages call (520) 571-0400 or visit www.tucsonconquistadores.com.
2009 TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE
SHOWN LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW: Brandt Hazen, Steve Glaser, Steve Reis, Bill Hussey, Michael McGrath, Larry Finuf, Michael Guidroz, Nick Buckelew, John Belton, Tom McCausland, Mike Ellerson, Neal Weitman, John Bremond; LEFT TO RIGHT, FRONT ROW: Greg Amado, Chris McGinnis, Geoﬀ Ogilvy, Tom Chestnut, Paul Arnaud, Chris Maloney, John Miller, Joe Brossart
BY JUDY MCDERMOTT The Tucson Conquistadores serves as the tournament leadership organization for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. The civic group acts as the ticket and program sales agent and establishes a tournament committee responsible for managing the volunteer corps. The group raised $1 million for local youth programs as a result of their service in FYE 2009. Founded in 1962, the Tucson Conquistadores, a nonprofit civic organization best known for hosting professional golf events in Tucson, have increased its total charity contributions to over $21 million. The group promotes interest in amateur athletics among the youth in Southern Arizona, especially disadvantaged and handicapped children and young adults. As part of their primary purpose to foster interest in athletics for youth, the
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group donates funds for equipment, facilities and scholarships to organizations, teams and individuals. The Tucson Conquistadores has an active membership of up to 55 business and professional men, and a total membership of 200 who represent a cross-section of the Tucson community. True to its charter, the Conquistadores remain a working organization. In addition to its professional golf activities, the group has established The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to build an endowment fund that will generate guaranteed funds for the future. The Tucson Conquistadores, through the Conquistadores Youth Golf Fund, operate The First Tee of Tucson golf and life skills program at Trini AlvarezEl Rio Golf Course. Judy McDermott is the Executive Director of The Tucson Conquistadores.
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he First Tee of Tucson was established in 2006 through the efforts of the Tucson Conquistadores, a local civic group established in 1962. The Conquistadores partnered with the PGA TOUR and the City of Tucson to bring The First Tee program to the Trini-Alvarez El Rio Golf Course.
The Conquistadores have raised over $21 million for youth athletic programs in Southern Arizona, primarily through hosting PGA TOUR golf events. The Tucson community boasts a long and successful history in junior golf. In fact, The Tucson Conquistadores was considered a pioneer in the development of junior golf when they partnered with the city of Tucson and volunteer golf professionals in the 1960s to provide youngsters free golf instruction and course privileges at
learned by these kids through the fun and challenges of game of golf, but they’re living these core values in their everyday worlds. I can see positive changes in each and every one of them,” added Noble. The home of The First Tee of Tucson is located at the city of Tucson’s Trini Alvarez-El Rio Golf Course, 1400 W. Speedway. The course enjoyed a $2.9 million renovation effort as the result of a partnership between the city, Tucson Conquistadores, Professional Golf Association, PGA TOUR and the World Golf Foundation. Project funding sources included: $1.24 million in City monies; $841,000 from the Tucson Conquistadores; and in-kind contributions of $650,000 from The First Tee/World Golf Foundation and $150,000 from PGA TOUR Design Services.
Children from every corner of the community, especially disadvantaged children, can by recruited and their needs accomodated. municipal courses.* Thanks to the Tucson Conquistadores and their partnership with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship**, The First Tee of Tucson has taken this concept leaps forward. Children from every corner of the community, especially disadvantaged children, can be recruited and their needs accommodated. The Tucson Conquistadores funds and operates the program. Conquistadores’ staff, including director of golf David Noble, is on site providing proven mentoring and life skills programs developed by The First Tee with the assistance of trained volunteers. “Our kids can’t wait to be here,” says Noble. “The core values of The First Tee program are not just being
Improvements also included making the facility more accessible for youth play. Additions included adding junior tees to each hole; adding three junior training holes on the driving range; and a junior practice area on the course. * In 1990, the PGA TOUR recognized the Tucson Conquistadores with the Card Walker Award in recognition for significant contributions to the support of Junior Golf. This was the first time an organization, rather than an individual, was honored by the PGA TOUR.
The World Golf ChampionshipsAccenture Match Play Championship held each year generates funds for The First Tee of Tucson and lots of excitement in the Tucson community.
The mission of The First Tee of Tucson is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facili3es and educa3onal programs that promote character development and lifeenhancing values through the game of golf.
The First Tee of Tucson is designed to iden3fy children not being served by exis3ng programs, par3cularly at-risk and disabled young people.
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Tucson Conquistadores’ Youth Athletic Funding Approaches $1 Million Annually The following organizations, clubs and individuals were funded from the Tucson Conquistadores Foundation and proceeds from the World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship for fiscal year ending June 2009. 97 Arizona Cats Adam Vargas American Cancer Society American Legion Baseball-Tucson American Lung Associa3on of Arizona Amphi Basketball Amphitheater Public Schools Founda3on Arizona Children's Associa3on Arizona Rush 94 Girls Swoosh Arizona Rush 96 Boys Nike Arizona Rush Soccer Arizona Thunder Baseball Club Arizona Titans Track Club Arizona Wildcat Rugby Arthri3s Founda3on ASA So$ball 14U ASA Team Velocity 99 Associated Student of the University of Arizona AZ Champions FC AZ Friends of Foster Children AZ Rush 93 Nike Boys AZ State LULAC AZ Youth So$ball, Inc. Aztecs U-14 Girls Benson High School Benson HS Track & Field Borman Elementary PTO Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz Boys & Girls Clubs of Bisbee Boys & Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County Brianna Gruenwald Candelighters Childhood Cancer Canyon View Li4le League Casas Adobes Rotary Founda3on Catalina Council, BSA Catalina Volleyball Club CDO Boys Soccer Colt Basketball Connie Mack Baseball Dark Ninjas Soccer Desert Sky Middle School Desert Thunder Desert Thunder 97 Dan Felix Memorial Fund Educa3on Enrichment Founda3on
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THE RITZ-CARLTON , DOVE MOUNTAIN
magine a place where adventure and a gracious spirit of hospitality come together in the foothills of the southern Arizona desert. Welcome to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain located northwest of Tucson, in the scenic town of Marana. This exceptional luxury resort is nestled against the backdrop of the Tortolita Mountains and boasts the area’s first new Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in 25 years. Annually, the golf club hosts top 64 golf professionals in the world during the prestigious World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, where Tiger Woods made his much-anticipated, post-surgery return to competition in 2009. This world-class golf venue is challenging and engaging with a seamless blend of the distinct characteristics that reflect the High Sonoran Desert’s mountainside terrain. Nicklaus has integrated solid strategy, variety and fair shot values that harmonize with the high desert elevation of 2,300 to 3,000 feet. The three nines offer unique challenges and distinctive characteristics, blended naturally among noble saguaros that line the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.
OPENING DECEMBER 18, 2009
Positioning five sets of tees to accommodate all levels of golfers, the course is designed with expansive landing areas, undulating greens and distinctive bunkering. The Tortolita Course winds along the base of its namesake mountain range and through a secluded canyon, while the Saguaro Course incorporates negotiable carries across desert washes. The Wild Burro Course – Nicklaus’ personal favorite of the trio – completes the experience with visually arresting panoramas of the surrounding mountains. Scattered among the three layouts are numerous holes that are just plain fun. The par-4 sixth hole on the Tortolita course, for example, presents a possible “double-carry” over two natural areas – first from the tee and then where a wash crosses the fairway, 120 yards from the green; but only tee shots of 260 yards or better need apply. On the Wild Burro course, the par-4 third hole features a desert-inspired “island green” surrounded by a wide, sandy wash; while it’s a spectacular visual, it can turn into “disaster island” in a heartbeat. Golfers will enjoy making the same shots
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that require imagination and creativity of the world’s best professionals on an elite venue intended to be enjoyed by golfing legends and friends alike. Starting on Dec. 18, 2009, resort guests can embrace their inner adventurer amidst a blend of history, culture and natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert, while enjoying The Ritz-Carlton’s unparalleled sophistication and personalized service. The new RitzCarlton, Dove Mountain sits amidst a lush preserve of rolling saguaro-studded Sonoran Desert. The 250-room luxury hotel features four restaurants, a 17,000 square-foot spa, three pools, a 235-foot water slide, four tennis courts and three ballrooms (with a total of 26,000 square feet of space), plus a multitude of suites, and freestanding casitas in the canyon. Bordering the resort is the Tortolita Mountain Park offering 3,000 undisturbed acres and some of the most eye-pleasing desert landscape in the Southwest. Yet to come are 300 custom homes at The Residences at The RitzCarlton, Dove Mountain.
HISTORY. CULTURE. BEAUTY.
This modern Ritz-Carlton with a great sense of place features dining without tablecloths, hand-crafted tables from Arizona’s White Mountains with exposed bark, and polished mesquite floors. Leather, rusted metal, copper, quartz and turquoise accents are plentiful. Plush carpets are custom woven, and intended to reflect the desert’s saguaros and colors of our sunset. Warmer temperatures warrant a chilled chocolate room in the pastry kitchen; while on cool nights, the flagstone floors on the terrace outside the lobby are heated. Every room has a view and all of the landscaping is masterfully placed and indigenous to the desert. This is special place where elegance meets adventure in an Old West setting. This is a spirit-of-adventure experience – where guests can enjoy the pristine desert surroundings and native wildlife,
including javelina, bobcats and deer. They can hike or bike on 20 miles of mountain trails, go horseback riding, explore surrounding canyons by jeep, use telescopes to view stars and planets, relax with an outdoor lunar massage, examine ancient Indian rock art and even consider a cattle drive. Every aspect of the resort is designed so guests can enjoy being outdoors to enjoy the 350 days of sunshine. An exclusive getaway for the golfer and the traveler desiring something unique, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a destination to be remembered for a lifetime. There is something for everyone to enjoy. This is a place where adventure and a gracious spirit of hospitality come to life. For reservations, please call 1-800-241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain.
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20 QUAIL CANYON GC
8251 E. Irvington Rd. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.791.2539 Par 72, Yardage 6567
600 S. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ Phone 520.791.4161 Par 72/70 Yardage 6863
14000 N. Dove Mountain Blvd. Marana, AZ Phone 520.744.2555 Par 72, Yardage 7435 North Course Par 72, Yardage 7315 South Course
34 SILVERBELL GC
3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.670.0400 Par 72, Yardage 7008
8480 N. Continental Links Dr. Marana, AZ Phone 520.744.7443 Par 71, Yardage 6300
5910 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.887.6161 Par 54, Yardage 2311
05 THE GALLERY GC
16461 S. Houghton Rd. Corona de Tucson, AZ Phone 520.762.5620 Par 72, Yardage 6523
07 THE PINES GC
12000 E. Tanque Verde Rd. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.749.4212 Par 72, Yardage 6630
30 FRED ENKE GC
30556 S. Robson Cir. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.818.6403 Par 72, Yardage 6875
5200 E. St. Andrews Dr. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.299.0464 Par 71, Yardage 6123
35 EL RIO MUNICIPAL GC EL CONQUISTADOR 1400 W. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.791.4229 Par 70, Yardage 6418
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32 RANDOLPH NORTH
✪ RITZECARLTON GOLF CLUB DOVE MOUNTAIN 6501 Boulder Bridge Pass Marana, AZ Phone 520.572.3500 Par 36 Yardage 3894 Saguaro Course Par 36 Yardage 3955 Tortolita Course Par 36 Yardage 3897 Wild Burro Course
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36 STARR PASS GC
43 CANOA HILLS GC 45 CANOA RANCH GC
40 QUAIL CREEK CC
2690 N. Country Club Dr. Phone: 1.877.752.9732 Nogales, AZ Par 72, Yardage 7000
110 N. Abrego Dr. Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.625.4281 Par 72, Yardage 6905
2010 N. Quail Crossing Blvd. Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.393.5802 Par 72, Yardage 7005
44 SAN IGNACIO GC 4201 S. Camino Del Sol Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.648.3468 Par 71, Yardage 6704
41 TORRES BLANCAS GOLF CLUB 3233 S. Abrego Dr. Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.625.5200 Par 72, Yardage 6978
38 COUNTRY CLUB OF GREEN VALLEY
13 SUN CITY VISTOSO
2500 S. Circulo de las Lomas Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.625.5090 Par 72, Yardage 6464
26 TUCSON CC
2950 N. Camino Principal Tucson, AZ Phone 520.298.6769 Par 72, Yardage 6954
18 ORO VALLEY CC 300 W. Greenock Dr. Oro Valley, AZ. Phone 520.297.1121 Par 72, Yardage 6964
23 VENTANA CANYON 6200 N. Clubhouse Ln. Tucson, AZ Phone 520.577.4015 Par 72, Yardage 6907Mtn/6819-Cyn
39 HAVEN GC
1555 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Oro Valley, AZ Phone 520.825.3110 Par 72, Yardage 6715
47 RIO RICO CC
187 Kino Springs Dr. Nogales, AZ Phone 520.287.8701 Par 71, Yardage 6500
77 E. Paseo de Golf Green Valley, AZ Phone 520.625.8831 Par 72, Yardage 6281
12 THE STONE
42 DESERT HILLS GC
46 TUBAC GOLF RESORT
48 PALO DURO CREEK GC
51 TURQUOISE HILLS GOLF CENTER
800 E. Country Club Dr. Benson, AZ Phone 520.586.2585 Par 58, Yardage 3004
54 TURQUOISE VALLEY 1794 W. Newell St. Naco, AZ Phone 520.432.3091 Par 72, Yardage 6778
50 SAN PEDRO GC 926 N. Madison St. Benson, AZ Phone 520.586.7888 Par 72, Yardage 7313
CASA GRANDE / ELOY
01 CASA GRANDE MUNICIPAL GC 2121 N. Thornton Rd. Casa Grande, AZ Phone 520.836.9216 Par 72, Yardage 6353
02 FRANCISCO GRANDE RESORT GC
One Otero Rd. Tubac, AZ Phone 520.398.2211 Par 71, Yardage 6576
26000 Gila Bend Highway Casa Grande, AZ Phone: 1.800.237.4238 Par 72, Yardage 7545
52 SHADOW MTN. GC
11 Mission Royale Pkw. Casa Grande, AZ Phone 520.876.5335 Par 72, Yardage 6700
1105 Irene St. Sunsites, AZ Phone 520.826.3412 Par 72, Yardage 6632
53 SIERRA VISTA PUEBLO del SOL CC
2770 St. Andrews Dr. Sierra Vista, AZ Phone 520.378.6444 Par 72, Yardage 7074
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03 MISSION ROYALE GC 04 GRANDE VALLEY GC 1505 South Toltec Rd. Grande Valley, AZ Phone 520.466.7734 Par 72, Yardage 7183
55 POSTON BUTTE GC 6100 W. Merrill Ranch Pkw. Florence, AZ Phone 520.723.1880 Par 72, Yardage 7282
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Tucson’s Golf Legacy
BY JOAN LIESS
rofessional golf found its way to Tucson in 1945, when the first PGA TOUR tournament rolled into town at the modest, then-private El Rio Golf Course. Ray Mangrum – brother of champion Texas player Lloyd Mangrum – won the event, besting Byron Nelson.
The Tucson Open continued at El Rio until 1962, and the following year, moved to Midwestern-style 49ers Country Club on Tucson’s east side. In 1965, it resurfaced at northwest side Tucson National, featuring a then-record purse of $46,000. The following year, the Tucson Conquistadores civic group adopted the tournament as its primary charity fundraiser – forging a partnership that would see the introduction of national network TV coverage, and celebrity sponsors like singer-actor Dean Martin and baseball notable Joe Garagiola. Prize money continued to grow, as did the number of golf fans who came to watch their favorite players battle it out to win the distinctive golden Conquistador helmet trophy. The tournament was conducted under match play format from 1984-1986 and included events for both PGA TOUR and Senior PGA Tour players. In 1988, Northern Telecom became the official tournament sponsor. Touchstone Energy picked up the sponsorship baton in 1999, and boosted the purse to $3 million. DaimlerChrysler assumed sponsorship in 2003 and carried the banner until the tournament retired in 2006. All along the way, the Tucson Conquistadores maintained a handson connection with this popular tournament, serving as its organizer, and collecting over $1 million charity dollars a year for local youth organizations. Thus, the transition from Tucson Open to World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship was a seamless one. As any golfer or fan in the world knows, Tucson boasts some of the best winter weather in the nation, a supportive fan base, and continues to premiere outstanding courses. It’s no wonder that this community has been a host to professional golfers for more than six decades. SATT
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Gene Littler competed in the Tucson Open 25 times from 1955 through 1986 taking home the trophy twice.
“Arnie’s Army” follows Arnold Palmer during his ninth and final appearance at the 1979 Tucson Open. Lee Trevino wins by a seven-stroke margin in 1969, the first of his two back-to-back wins in Tucson. Johnny Miller dominates in Tucson winning three consecutive tournaments (1974-1976). The “Desert Fox” still holds the 18-hole course record of 61, and overall record of 263, 25under par at Tucson National. Phil Mickelson was the last amateur to win a PGA TOUR event-- he edged Tom Purtzer by a single stroke at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open. Mickelson also posted victories in Tucson as a TOUR professional in 1995 and 1996. Kevin Costner frequented Tucson Open pro-ams during the 1990s. Costner was introduced to golf in Tucson while on location there for the movie “ Tin Cup”. Geoff Ogilvy displays his Conquistador helmet trophy after winning his first PGA TOUR event-- the 2005 Chrysler Classic of Tucson. Ogilvy returned to Tucson one year later to collect the Walter Hagen trophy as the 2006 World Golf ChampionshipsAccenture Match Play Championship. WWW.SATTMag.COM SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE
BY DENNIS PALMER, PGA
ver the last 23 consecutive years I have had the opportunity to attend The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta Georgia. One of my favorite memories was the 1992 Masters. I was the Head Professional at the Punta Gorda Country Club in Punta Gorda
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Florida. The members had taken up a collection and club President Paul Rosecrans came to me just before I left and gave me $1000.00 in cash! Feeling great with extra cash in my pocket I wanted to show my appreciation to the members and proceeded to purchase a beautiful print of the 16th hole by well known artist Linda Hartough. On Friday afternoon after a great day, a fellow PGA Professional Kevin Bessonen suggested that I should go up to the club house and see if Arnold Palmer was there to autograph the print of the 16th hole. Feeling a bit nervous we walked up to the club house and did see Arnold “holding court.” I began to wave at Arnold to see if he would come over. Much to my surprise Arnold began to walk over and when he arrived I explained the story to him about the print and the gift the members had given me. I then asked if he would
autograph the print of which he said he would love to. I ran down to the Golf Shop and found out that I was last in line and waited for about 20 minutes. Running back up the hill I was thinking that Arnold had left, but again much to my surprise, he was right where I had left him. In front of about 500 “patrons” and members he wrote “To The Members of Punta Gorda Country Club Best Wishes 1992 Masters Arnold Palmer”. In my mind Arnold Palmer will always be “The King.” SATT Dennis turned Pro in 1984, received his Class “A” membership in the PGA in 1987, and became a life member in 2007. He has worked at various clubs throughout the United States, was a player for Salpoint High School and the University of The University of Arizona Golf Team (1977-1979. Dennis is currently Vice President of Golf Operations at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa.
F INSTRUCTION F
Swing Dance Class TAKE YOUR
. . . why then do many golfers make practice swings with beautiful rhythm and balance then fall on their faces when a ball is placed in front of them? BY RICH MUELLER
yron Nelson was finishing his breakfast, readying himself for the first round of the 1937 Masters. In the background a waltz played, lilting through the lobby and dining room of his hotel. Upon arriving at the course he began to warm up; easy pitch shots were followed by crisp mid irons and long effortless drives while the music played in his head. He launched a perfect drive down the first fairway and his swing danced to the tempo of that waltz until he finished the round. His 66 put him three strokes clear of the field and he went on to win the first of two Masters, giving credit to the music that stayed with him the entire opening round. What can we learn from Byron's experience that day at Augusta? All good players use tempo as a primary thought to keep their minds focused on the shot at hand. But even great players occasionally struggle to keep their focus. I believe the waltz was a happy distraction that allowed
Nelson to handle the pressures associated with the start of such an important event. If we agree that good tempo or rhythm is a common thread in all successful full swing shots, why then do many golfers make practice swings with beautiful rhythm and balance then fall on their faces when a ball is placed in front of them? It's because they allow their minds to be preoccupied with the results before anything has even happened. This causes tension, which in turn destroys fluid motion and good tempo. The secret is to create a distraction or diversion so that one's thoughts remain in the present. Here are a few simple tips to help create your own "Happy Distraction". 1) Pay attention to the tempo of your practice swings. Are they long, slow and fluid; or short and upbeat? Either way they're almost surely tension free because your mind remains in the present.
eyes may be wandering towards the target more during these swings. This is a good thing because during a "real" swing your eyes should never focus on the ball for more than a second or two before glancing at the target. Your mind remains in the present. 3) While still immersed in the tempo of your practice swings, see if you can sense the weight of the club head as it travels through its arc. Your thoughts remain in the present. 4) Now you're ready to make a "real swing". Your success is dependent on your ability to divert your mind from thoughts of past or future results by focusing on the present, i.e.: tempo. "Swing" the club and watch the ball fly towards the target. Congratulations! You just hit a shot with an alert attitude of indifference! By using swing tempo as a primary thought and staying distracted from the golf ball itself, you will waltz your way to the best rounds of your life!. SATT
2) Notice how relaxed your eyes are even making practice swings. Since you're not focusing on a ball your
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Preparing F T H E COURSE F
BEST fore the
BY JAY ERVINE The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is privileged to serve as the host site for the PGA Tour Accenture World Match Play Championships. There are several PGA Tour requirements that exceed the daily maintenance of a championship golf course in order to produce a world-class playing surface: Staffing levels, equipment levels, water requirements, and time management.
During the year, we utilize a staffing level of 30 ladies and gentlemen for our daily maintenance of the golf property. However, for the last year’s event, we utilized 57 turf grass specialists for 4 weeks (3 weeks prior to the event and the week of the event), and we needed every one of them. When hosting a PGA Tour event, certain playing conditions are mandated. The PGA Tour provides course expectations that we strive to exceed during the tournament week. On a normal day, a maintenance crew can work around play, or just perform certain duties for the day. If you do not finish a job task, there is always tomorrow. During the tournament week, these tasks must be completed daily when hosting a PGA Tour event. During the tournament week, tees, approaches, and fairways are mowed daily, and in some cases are mowed twice a day. This practice ensures we have the
playing surface from tee to green. One person takes a reading every 5 to 8 feet, and another person waters based on the meter readings. The preferred moisture level for our facility in 2009 was 10%-12% during the day. As you might imagine, slopes require more moisture than a low area, which means that we have to experiment and adjust water levels daily to achieve 10%12% moisture for these areas during play.
There are several PGA Tour requirements that exceed the daily maintenance of a championship golf course in order to produce a worldclass playing surface. highest quality course conditions, creating a manicured turf area of close to 60 acres at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. We are able to accomplish our goals through increased staffing and turf grass equipment as well as a rigorous maintenance practice that allows the most consistent cut at very low height levels. The golf course was designed and expected to play “firm and fast” for the tour professionals in the event. Managing the water levels requires additional staff to hand water the areas that get dried out from the sun or the wind. On a typical business day, we have two irrigators to maintain eighteen holes. During the tournament week, we have nine irrigators for 18 holes, or 4.5 people per nine holes. We utilize six people to just hand water the putting greens. Soil moisture meters provide us with a moisture level, and we shoot for a reading that is consistent with the entire
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These low moisture levels can push the turf to the edge of its ability and creates a surface that rewards the most accurate players and penalizes those that stray from the center of the fairway. It is a very exacting and time-consuming process, but a necessary one to provide the world’s best players with a superior playing surface. The goal of the golf maintenance team at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is to replicate these conditions on a daily basis. The pressure of having your work critiqued by millions of people can be stressful, but all the hard work is worth the reward of a successful event and a job well done. SATT Jay Ervine is the Director of Golf Grounds at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, AZ.
So You Think You Want To Learn to Play
Golf ? BY “A FORMER BEGINNER”
Golf is a great game: sometimes rewarding, almost always frustrating and totally addictive. Getting started in golf is actually not so difficult, and hopefully this article can help you avoid some of the pitfalls and help to point you in the direction of a lifetime of fun (and frustration).
THE FIRST STEPS
Step lightly and DO NOT rush out and buy a brand new set of shiny and expensive golf clubs. While they are nice to look at, keep in mind that today's golf equipment comes in great varieties to cater to different golfing types and abilities. Since you're just starting out, you most likely do not know which set fits you best. Just imagine the envious looks you’d get at the driving range when you arrive with your $2000 set, and the subsequent laughter when you try and just 'hack away' – trust me, it’s not worth the embarrassment! Once you spend a few hundred (or even a few thousand) on a set that doesn't suit your style you're stuck with them, until you can palm them off to somebody else at a loss. Some alternatives are: Most driving ranges have clubs for hire, so you can try out a few different ones. Accept the fact that none of the clubs will feel terrible comfortable at first. Actually, I would first recommend that you get your hands on a putter, either from a friend or a local pro shop, and try it out on their practice green. (They might even toss in a couple of range balls for your practice). Putting will give you a feeling for the concept of the game – getting the ball into the hole. Trust me, it only looks easy. Once you have mastered the putter - actually witness a ball or two rolling into the cup - it will be time to expand your introduction by borrowing one or two clubs from a friend (the key word here is borrow). The shortest iron, nine iron or a wedge are the best clubs to start off with. The initial objective here is to see if you can get the ball into the air, these clubs will give you your best chance at accomplishing that objective.
If after a bit of time you are able to propel the ball above the level of the grass, you might actually be ready for an honest introduction to the art of the golf swing via ... THE GOLF LESSON.
THE GOLF LESSON
For your golf lesson you are going to need a few golf clubs. I would recommend a driver, a five-wood, seven iron and a nine iron. With such few clubs you may not even need a golf bag but one strapped over your shoulder does give you the presence of at least looking like a golfer. The second element at this stage is a golf instructor. Rather than your favorite brotherin-law or spouse, let me suggest a professional golf instructor. There are loads of them at most all golf courses. You might ask your brother in-law or spouse for their recommendations, but that’s as far as I would let either get into your golf game. Once you decide on an instructor – maybe you might want to talk to one or two before making your selection – you simply turn over the controls to him or her. Don’t bother telling your instructor what you do, or do not know, they will know long before you know. Put yourself in their hands, do as they say no matter how screwy it may sound or feel. And after you have completed a series of lessons, you’ll have a whole lot better idea where you and your game is going. After a sit- down with your instructor you’ll know just about everything you’ll need to know about buying golf clubs and what fits and what doesn’t fit. After a series of lessons with a reputable golf instructor, you might even be ready for your favorite brother in-law or spouse on the links – believe me there will be moments to cherish.
YOU MIGHT ASK YOUR BROTHER IN-LAW OR
SPOUSE FOR THEIR
BUT THAT’S AS FAR AS I WOULD LET EITHER
GET INTO YOUR GOLF GAME.
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AWGA HOSTS Girl Golf Days BY ROBIN LANE
The Arizona Women’s Golf Association (AWGA) was founded in 1924 for the purpose of promoting and maintaining the best interest and true spirit of the game of golf among women in the state of Arizona. The game of golf has a rich culture and history, yet the AWGA are looking forward to influencing the future. The AWGA wants enthusiastic members who are interested in enriching their lives through golf. While a valued resource and respected authority in golf, the AWGA also understands that girls just want to have fun! That is the main reason that the AWGA sponsors a fun, one day event at magnificent golf courses around our state. The first of these events was held at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, home of the WGC Accenture World Match Play. The AWGA has also visited Seven Canyons golf course in Sedona. This event is
aptly named, Girl Golf Day. All AWGA members are welcome. Just starting out in the game of golf? Tournament caliber player? All are welcome at Girl Golf Day. You can bring a friend. You can make your own foursome. You can play awesome golf courses at a reduced rate. Golf. Food. Fun. Discount shopping. What more could a girl ask for? It is in an unstructured format. The only requirement is that you have fun with your friends. From the moment you arrived at the Ritz in Dove Mountain, you were greeted by the amazing staff and a top notch golf course. You had time to shop, warm up, take advantage of the practice facility or just socialize with friends. Then on to play 18 holes of golf complete with views in every direction on a course in perfect condition. Score or no score, you just enjoyed the day. Once you and your friends completed the round, lunch was waiting in the dining room of the beautiful club house. Members were
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AWGA MEMBERS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Barb R., Kathy Z, Linda G, Carol H, and Vicki R enjoy Girl Golf Day at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
even treated to a sneak peek of the still under construction spa facilities at the Ritz-Carlton in Dove Mountain. Members have told AWGA that there aren’t enough fun golf events for women. They just want to bring their friends together and golf without keeping score and simply enjoy the game. As one member puts it, “We are from diverse ages, backgrounds and abilities with one thing in common: we love the game of golf!”. The AWGA membership has responded so well to the concept of Girl Golf Days. They want more! The AWGA plans to hold more around the state in the coming season. If you are interested in joining the fun, keep an eye on the website, www.awga.org, for future girl golf day dates and locations. All members are welcome. If you are not a member, you should be. SATT Robin Lane serves on the AWGA Board of Directors and is the Communications and PR committee Chairperson ... and a golf lover!
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Great Get-Aways Close to Home
BY TOM DRAPER, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
ver the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of writing about some of the most memorable golf resorts in the country. From the challenge of TPC Sawgrass to the spectacle that’s Banden Dunes on the rugged Oregon coast. Sure, they are fantastic venues. Treasures of the golf world. But, we also have our own brand of golf treasures right here in Arizona, close to home. And they offer a brand that lures golfers from across the globe. So, as long as we have such excellent golf facilities right here in our own backyard, it makes good sense to pocket those horrific travel dollars, knockoff the travel hassle and take advantage of the wonderful golf resort right here in Arizona - golf experiences that folks from around the world travel here to enjoy.
Naturally, we can’t cover all the great golf Arizona has to offer in one sitting, so, in this writing, we will concentrate on two superb golf resorts, just south of Tucson, two venues that consistently gather rave revues:
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Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course at Rio Rico is among the most widely acclaimed courses in
Arizona. Continually touted as among the 25 finest in the state, the course is a classic with gently rolling fairways and large greens providing a beautiful and challenging golf experience for even the most accomplished golfer. This is not a desert target style golf course so common place in Arizona. Fairways are lined with huge pine and mesquite trees requiring golfers to shape their shots. Fairways are tee to green and therefore high handicapper friendly, yet challenging enough to attract the most serious of player.
Hole 16, Par 5
Esplendor Resort, sitting high on a hill above the golf course, is a charming get-away offering 179 beautiful appointed hotel rooms, including 15 one-bedroom suites. Each guest room incorporates private patios or balconies exposing sweeping panoramic views of the mountains, valleys and spectacular Arizona sunsets. For your dining pleasure Esplendorâ€™s San Cayetano Restaurant features a tantalizing selection of fine continental fare served against a dramatic backdrop of the Santa Cruz Valley and Mountains. To entice you even further, Esplendor has stepped up to the plate with a very appealing Golf & Dine offer, a $199 package that includes one nights lodging, 18 holes of golf for two and Primal Grill dinner for two with entrees like Filet Mignon and Planked Salmon. For a more casual approach to your dining, step into the Santa Rita Grill at the golf course. Great for breakfast, a quick sandwich between nines or casual libation to celebrate your round on the links.
Hole 17, Par 4
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the Latin Fusion sounds of La Mezela. To make your Esplendor experience even more memorable, the resort offers very special getaways: Double occupancy rate of $149 for a standard room and two rounds of golf. Or, take advantage of their weekend 2-for-theprice-of-one special - good for Friday and Saturday night stays only - Just book the first night at regular rate and receive the 2nd night free. If your pet would like to join in on the fun, check out Esplendor’s Runaway Pet Package: Enjoy one of their suites or deluxe room while your pet sleeps on a separate upholstered pet bed. Your pet also receives a great “welcome doggie” bag upon arrival. For reservations phone toll free 1-800-288-4746 or email Esplendor at email@example.com. Enjoy!
The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. This smashing little resort, originally known as The Tubac Country Club, opened in late 1960. Famed entertainer Bing Crosby was the original chairman of the board. The Resort is built on the old Otero land claim, the first Spanish land grant in the Southwest. The Otero hacienda, one of the main buildings on the property, is more than 220 years old. The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is a truly unique Arizona treasure. It is the perfect rendezvous for a romantic weekend getaway or a world-class golf vacation. Just 35 minute south of Tucson the resort serves up 98 luxurious accommodations in various styles and size, all with superb upscale amenities.
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Whether enjoying their masterful cuisine, golfing their championship 27hole course, indulging in their spa or simply relaxing in the luxuriousness of the surroundings, the resort will exceed your expectations.
When it comes to dining, the Stables Restaurant & Bar with its rock floors and hand-hewed beam ceiling offers a tempting and innovative menu and wine selection. The adjoining Stables Bar is the ultimate tack room, with its handcrafted mesquite wood bar and wine rack, regional artifacts and restored saddles that serve as barstools. The setting is pure western and the hospitality warm and inviting - all this plus live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The Apache Room and Patio serves up spectacular mountain views, a front row seat to the signature par 3, 9th hole and delightful, casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dos Silos Mexican Restaurant, rounds out the perfect blend of dining choices at the Tubac Golf Resort with indoor and outdoor dining featuring regional cuisine prepared from fresh, indigenous and traditional ingredients. All menu items are made fresh daily in house. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner - and did I mention, the food is to die for. While the Tubac Golf Resort is bathed in western charm and hospitality, their spa and saloon is dedicated to upscale luxury in the fullest sense of the word. Each of their state-of-the-art amenities is designed with a Southwest flair to completely replenish and totally rejuvenate â€“ to spoil you to the fullest.
Hole 9, Par 4
For those looking to venture into town, a diverse array of local activities awaits. Tour nearby wineries, stroll through Tubac's artist colony, attend a culinary class or enjoy some of the best bird watching America has to offer. During the month of December, The Tubac Golf Resort is offering a special $89 Stay and Play Free package which includes deluxe accommodations and one round of golf per person. Price is per person, per night. The Tubac Resort & Spa is truly one of Arizonaâ€™s prime attractions. For more information: 800/848-7893 or info.tubacgolfresort.com. SATT WWW.SATTMag.COM SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE
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Situated on the 13th fairway with natural desert common area between home and golf course, a frequent pathway for wildlife of all sorts. Home offers two living areas, 2 bdrms, 2 bath, large utlity room with built-in desk, and 2-car garage with extensive storage, shop area. MLS# 20932027
STAY AND PLAY AND YOU JUST MIGHT STAY FOREVER
espite the uncertain economy, those of us in the Southern Arizona Travel Industry are happy to report that golfers of all ages and sizes are seeking solace in the desert. What better place to work out the kinks of an out of whack 401k than the warm and inviting venue of a desert golf experience in the Greater Tucson Area. Most travelers find Tucson and its surrounding areas to be an incredible value with unbeatable scenery and outdoor recreation. In addition to the abundance of world-class golf, Southern Arizona offers unique hospitality, perfect temperatures and a multitude of accommodation options.
Southern Arizona is the home of the PGA Tour’s Accenture World Match Play Championship, returning February 15-21, 2010 to Marana, AZ, and also offers ideal golf vacation options for regular golf groups year round. Imagine teeing off at legendary Ventana Canyon which features two early
designs from Tom Fazio or the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, where 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus golf await. Play where the tour professionals play the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain and other former PGA Tour host courses such as Omni Tucson National, JW Marriott Starr Pass, Randolph and the
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year. Relaxing spas, friendly nightlife and countless sightseeing opportunities draw many who call Tucson and our surrounding cities their second home. If you’re thinking about visiting Southern Arizona, this coming February might very well be the perfect time to get a taste of the Southwest. Tiger Woods only plays in 17 events on US soil each year, and he will again compete with the Top 64 players in the world at the Ritz-Carlton Club Dove Mountain in 2010.
Where else can you have an opportunity to watch the Top 64 players in the world, view stunning Sonoran desert landscape amidst a backdrop Vaca3on Rentals at the Golf Club @ Vistoso of (potentially) snow-capped newly renovated El Rio. Randolph and mountains, and boast a perfect tan all El Rio are two of Tucson’s municipal in one special place? golf courses and offer incredible value Come see why title sponsor, Accenture when selecting a great golf course and the PGA Tour chose the Ritzlineup for your vacation. Carlton Dove Mountain and Southern Southern Arizona boasts a unique Arizona for this great event! SATT charm and eclectic flavor that is enjoyed by thousands of winter visitors each
Jay Warren came to Tucson 15 years ago after college. Former Head Pro for The Golf Club @ Vistoso, Jay and his partner Chris Smith began Tucson & Scottsdaale Golf Vacations, an online vacation package resource for Tucson and surrounding Southern Arizona, in 2000. Jay is also co-owner of Arizona Golf Academy and Mountain Vista Real Estate and Vacation Rental. He hails from Winchester, VA. and lives in Oro Valley with his wife Jill and 18 month old son, Jack. He can be reached toll-free at 888-465-3125 (888-GOLF-125) or visit TucsonGolf.com Hole #11 Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
Hole #6 Ritz-Carlton , Dove Mountain
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METROPOLITAN GRILL: Great food, Cocktails and Conversations HAPPY HOUR IN THE LOUNGE; Daily from 3pm – close: ½ off appetizers and $1 off cocktails Daily from 7:30 – close: $5 pizzas, grill burgers, house martinis and select glasses of wine Group dining availability
Board Room seats up to 24 Banquet Room seats up to 60
7892 N. Oracle Rd Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 531-1212 www.metropolitangrilltucson.com
Mon – Thurs: 11am – 10pm Fri – Sat: 11 – 10:30pm Sun: 11am – 8pm
Metropolitan Grill, located on the SE corner of Oracle and Magee, is Tucson’s northwest side hot spot. Come in and experience one of Oro Valley’s finest restaurants and enjoy the buzz of one of Oro Valley’s busiest bars. Expert chefs feature cutting edge
cuisine, as well as traditional American comfort fare. An exhibition kitchen incorporates a wood fired brick oven and an open rotisserie. Watch in amazement as gourmet pizzas are prepared right before your eyes. Bring the kids! Metropolitan Grill has been voted many times as the best place in Tucson to treat the entire family. There is something on the menu for everyone, at very affordable prices.
Enjoy house specialties that include Chicken Chardonnay, Idaho Trout and Prime Rib. The appetizer list boasts items such as House Smoked Salmon and a Quesadilla with steak, mushrooms, bleu and mozzarella cheeses. If lighter fare is what you are seeking, try the Wok Charred Salmon Salad or the Vegetable Wrap with whole wheat tortilla. No matter where you turn on the menu, you are sure to find something you love. The bar offers a full selection of
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liquors, as well as great beer and a full complement of wines. Visit the Metropolitan Grill in Oro Valley and enjoy great food, cocktails and conversation.
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HOLIDAY CONCERT C THE FOX THEATRE
They’re classical. They’re pop. And they’re a lot sexier than “The Three Tenors.” Australia’s most debonair musical export, THE TEN TENORS, deliver a dynamic mix of vocal power -- ranging from high-tone opera, to jazz, modern and classic pop – with a stylized ﬂair that leaves audiences breathless. The “hip and happening” musical sensa3on that has been mel3ng hearts all over the world returns to Tucson for eight performances only, December 15-20 at the Fox Tucson Theatre!
The Ten Tenors
This marks the third 3me THE TEN TENORS will be bringing the thunder from down under to the Old Pueblo. With this stop, THE TEN TENORS set list will include select holiday favorites as well as songs from their latest release, “Nostalgica”.
Tickets for THE TEN TENORS NOSTALGICA HOLIDAY PROGRAM are on sale now! Order online at www.broadwayintucson.com, by phone M-F, 8am4pm at 877-840-0457, or in person at the Fox Tucson Theatre Box Oﬃce, during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm). Tickets range from $30-$60, and discounts are available for all performances for students, seniors and members of the military.
CARNIVAL OF ILLUSION @ THE DOUBLETREE
Experience an Evening of In3mate Magical Wonders on Dec. 11-12 & 1819, 2009 with Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed at the Doubletree Hotel. Carnival of Illusion recreates a magical experience that began in the 1850's, the pinnacle of European magical ar3stry. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, the high-society was treated to marvelous magical performances of the highest caliber. These exclusive shows were oﬀered in “parlours”, or entertaining rooms of aﬄuent homes, to the select few.
Wes3n La Paloma
Sarlot and Eyed have performed for Fortune 100 CEOs, the 200 Most Powerful Women in America and as house magicians at Miraval and Canyon Ranch. Hailed by Fox News, the LA Weekly and the Indianapolis Star these na3onal touring illusionists call Tucson, AZ thier home and were the 2009 na3onal recipients for "Excellence in Magic."
For 3cket informa3on on this Victorian-inspired Magical Parlour Show, Visit www.CarnivalofIllusion.com and save $5.00 oﬀ each /cket with Promo Code: TEE
VALENTINE’S JAZZ CONCERT C LA PALOMA
AZ Entertainment and Events presents the VALENTINE’S HOMECOMING CONCERT featuring Legendary Jazz Vocalist Diane Schuur and Friends! Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 14 2010.
Make plans to Wine, Dine and Unwind this Valen3ne’s weekend with a fabulous dinner at Wes3n La Paloma Resort restaurants (Wes3n La Paloma Resort 3800 E. Sunrise Drive Tucson, Arizona 85718) followed by a world class jazz show in the Canyon ballroom. Enjoy an overnight stay and Sunday brunch! Golf and Spa packages also available. For details visit: www.azentertainmentandevents.com or call 1-520-429-9803.
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Retirement Tune-Up BY MICHAEL TREIBERG
Conducting an annual review of your retirement goals and strategy is an ideal way to ensure that your plans for your financial future remain realistic and on track. With that in mind, taking the three easy steps outlined below will help you conduct your retirement tune-up.
Review Your Retirement Goals
Your first step should be to review your retirement savings goals and assess whether anything significant has occurred during the past year that might affect either your outlook for retirement or your current strategies to prepare for it.
Take a Fresh Look at Your Retirement Strategy
Your portfolio's specific mix of stocks, bonds, and cash, known as your asset allocation, should complement your financial goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon.* If you haven't taken a fresh look at your investments in a while, don't assume that your old asset allocation is still appropriate for your current needs.
Consider Saving More
None of us know what the future may hold. A good way to improve the odds that you have saved enough for retirement is to save more, no matter
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how prepared you may already be. If you have not already done so, consider funding an IRA. For the 2009 tax year, you can contribute a maximum of $5,000 and those aged 50 and older can make an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000. These limits are set annually by the IRS. More information can be obtained at www.irs.gov. Conducting a retirement tune-up is always a great idea but don't forget to consult with your financial advisor to discuss what else you can do to help achieve retirement security. SATT Michael Treiberg is a Certfied Financial Planner™ and President of Treiberg Wealth Management, Inc. located in Tucson, Arizona …an independent firm with securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 232-0505. * Source: Standard & Poor's. Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss, prepared by Standard and Poor’s. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
BY TOM GRUNDNER
arl Woods, Tiger’s father, has probably spawned more fantasies in the minds of young fathers than the last 100 issues of Playboy Magazine. Beats there the heart of a father that didn’t quicken when he saw Tiger hugging his father after winning his first Masters in 1997? Yet, despite all that, there is one thing that Earl has consistently said that seems to get consistently lost in the hoopla: “I always made sure that Tiger had clubs that fit.”
I’ll just CUT DOWN a set for my kid; that’s good enough
Since 2000, there are a couple of
height for their age from which the standard lengths of these sets are created. Thus, we come back to your local professional clubmaker who can custom build junior a set as well. And don’t panic about that “custom built” part. It’s been my experience that the vast majority of clubmakers do not charge prices for their junior clubs that come even close to the prices you would pay for the premade premium branded junior sets found in retail golf shops. You have to resist the temptation to buy clubs that are too long with the expectation that they will “grow into them.” They might well do that, but if they are too long, you are forcing them to hit with something that may very likely cause them to develop a bad swing just to handle the longer length; and you know how hard it is to UN-learn that bad swing.
Let me put it this way. If you want to make dead certain that your little Tiger or Annika will develop a swing that has no chance of succeeding, all you have to do is cut down a set of your clubs and give them to them. They will be too heavy, too stiff, the wrong loft, the wrong lie, and probably the wrong length. Other than that, they will be just what the kid needs to develop a great swing... for cutting firewood. Should you perhaps cut one down just to find out if he or she will enjoy taking cuts at a golf ball? Sure, that makes sense, although you might first try to hunt for a single junior club these days for $5 to $10 at a used sports equipment store. As soon as you hear them ask for another bucket and complain about leaving the range too soon, that’s the time to get them some proper clubs which are fitted to their size, strength, and athletic ability.
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companies who have made a real niche for themselves in offering good quality premade junior sets. Lofts are friendly, shafts are more flexible, weights are a little lighter, and grips are smaller. They offer the sets in pre-made categories of “age 5–8” and “age 9–12” with the substantial difference being their lengths, judged on the basis of average heights for kids in these two age groups. The only drawbacks to the premade junior sets may be their price and the possibility that your junior happens to be outside the “national average” for
If that means you need to get them a new set every year or two, get over it. As long as your kid is really into the game, it’s a better deal than those tapdancing lessons you sprang for, not to mention the $125 glow-in-the-dark basketball shoes they just had to have (this month anyway). You’re giving them a gift that will literally keep giving for the rest of their lives, long after you’re gone. That’s no small thing. Besides, it’s a small price to pay for watching your son walk up the eighteenth fairway at Augusta with a 12-stroke lead, or your daughter take that dive into the pond at the Dinah Shore, right? SATT
Tom Grundner is a retired Golfworks master golf clubmaker and co-author with Tom Wishon of the nationally best-selling books: The Search for the Perfect Golf Club, The Search for the Perfect Driver and The Right Sticks: Equipment Myths that Could Wreck Your Golf Game. He lives in Tucson, so feel free to email your club and equipment related questions to him at: email@example.com. WWW.SATTMag.COM SOUTHERN ARIZONA TEE TIMES MAGAZINE
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GustBuster's SunBLOK Umbrella
Ho0est New Product Under The Sun
GustBuster's new SunBLOK Umbrella is #1 Under the Sun. It's Patented SunBLOK coa3ng gives op3mum skin protec3on and blocks 96% of harmful UVA/UVB rays. It opens to a 58" diameter and temperature tes3ng has proven that it's 10 degrees cooler under the SunBLOK in direct sunlight. Best of all, it incorporates all the patented and exclusive GustBuster construc3on and performance technologies as their regular rain umbrellas so Rain or Shine...The GustBuster SunBLOK has you covered. GustBuster's patented wind-release vents and ﬂow-through design can withstands winds of 55 M.P.H. or more, making it the ul3mate wind umbrella. The joints and ferrule of the GustBuster are constructed of Ultra High-Density Poly-Carbonate, and won't break or turn inside-out. The GustBuster umbrella uses nylon that is a strong 190 thread per inch blend that won't tear, which is why it's backed by the manufacturer with a life3me repair or replacement warranty.
Feel Golf Company Introduces Caldwell Ceramic Tsunami Putter The “Tsunami” pu4er was born in a laboratory se5ng a$er years of research and development. The object of the research was to design a pu4er with the inherent responsiveness of ceramics. Ceramic, while it’s a hard substance, provides a much so$er and a be4er responsive feel and feedback as the ball leaves the pu4er face. In doing so, ceramics can also reduce the “skidding” eﬀect, which is the number one culprit in missing pu4s, caused by the ball being immediately forced oﬀ line. The weighted brass sole plate coupled with the face balanced design provides a MOI eﬀect that is resistant to the oﬀ line stroke, which in turn if stroked on line will reduce those missed pu4s. The Tsunami is available in 35” right or le$ handed models. The pu4er is made of a proprietary ceramic composite cradled in brass; is precision milled, face balanced and is built on a True Temper® Double-Bend Sha$ with a TourWrap Pistol Grip.
Limited Time Introductory Oﬀer - $149.00. For more informa3on visit www.feelgolf.net.
Keri Golf Offers Complete Line For Women For those women who'd like to be the envy of their foursome, keri golf's cart ($375) and stand bags ($299.99) are a musthave. Highlights include specialized pockets for balls, cell phones and wallets, insulated storage space for snacks/drinks, external tee holders, goldplated hardware and personalized monogramming alongside detachable zip bags and mirrors in coordinated fabric frames. Visit www.kerigolf.com.
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Whether shopping with friends or dining at your favorite restaurant, a keri golf bucket tote ($115) is the perfect accessory to carry everything you need. Designed in tandem with the line's eye-catching cart and stand bags, the totes are available in classic colors, while the new white shu4le duﬀel ($375) is just the right size for a weekend getaway.
Photo by Kate Turning
A season this fun shouldn’t be legal!
December 15-20 • Fox Tucson Theatre
January 19-24 • Tucson Music Hall
February 23-28 • Tucson Music Hall
April 13-18 • Tucson Music Hall
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Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Announces 2009 Inductees
Legendary University of Arizona golf coach Rick LaRose, Golf Amateur Ken Kellaney, and renowned golf course architect Gary Panks have been selected as the 2009 inductees into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.
This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for service to the game of golf in the state. Since its establishment in 1968, a total of 69 people have been recognized.
Rick LaRose: Director of Golf and Head Golf Coach, in his 36th year as a Wildcat Head Coach, is the only coach in collegiate history to have won National Championships in both Men’s and Women’s Golf, and has numerous accomoplishments throughout his career.
Ken Kellaney: Mr. Kellaney has been an
Arizona's outstanding amateur for the last fifteen years and received a total of twenty-five major honors in Arizona Golf.
Gary Panks: In 1978 Gary Panks began designing golf courses exclusively as Gary Panks Associates. From 1988 until 1997 Gary and PGA Tour player David Graham combined to produce 10 courses under the name Graham and Panks International, including Silver Creek in White Mountain Lakes, Sedona Golf Resort, Grayhawk Talon in Scottsdale and Chaparral Pines in Payson. He has also designed Aguila, the Raven Golf Club at South Mountain, Legacy Golf Resort, Seville Golf and CC, FireRock CC and two courses at Whirlwind on the Gila River Indian Reservation. In addition to his many golf course accomplishments, Gary Panks was the 2009 recipient of the AGA’s “Champion of Golf” Award.
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Phil Johnston Named Exec. Director of Golf Industry Association of Arizona (GIA)
(Scottsdale, Ariz.)— The Golf Industry Association of Arizona (GIA) announced today that Phillip M. Johnston, PGA, has been named Executive Director.
Johnston, a resident of Mesa, has worked in the golf industry since age 14.
In 1989, beginning a 12-year tenure with the Del Webb Corporation, he was named assistant golf professional at Hillcrest Golf Club in Sun City West. Johnston has also been a head golf professional (Desert Springs and Granite Falls in Surprise), director of golf (Anthem Golf & Country Club in Anthem), and general manager (Superstition Springs Golf Club in Mesa). In 2007, as regional manager for Eagle Golf Corporation, he oversaw the operations of six public golf courses in the Valley of the Sun.
A class “A” member of the PGA of America, Johnston has over 25 years of experience in the golf industry at public, private and semi-private facilities.
According to Curt Hudek, the Southwest Section PGA executive director who was on the GIA hiring committee with Brent DeRaad (Scottsdale CVB) and Carmella Ruggerio (Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association), Johnston showed great interest in growing the Golf Industry Association of Arizona. “He would like the position to grow in stature and influence,” Hudek said. “Phil is a leader and will increase the credibility and visibility of the GIA--and help raise money to support the organization.”
The GIA also announced that Shawn Connors (President), Brent DeRaad (Vice President) and Clesson Hill (Treasurer) will comprise the GIA executive committee for 2010. To learn more about the Key Roles of the GIA, visit www.azgia.com.
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2010 AWGA Board Members Elected
The November meeting of the Arizona Women’s Golf Association’s Board of Directors ended with the election of 2010 officers and three new Board members. All Districts of Arizona are represented by members of the Board. The 2010 AWGA Executive Board consists of: Katherine Ehrlich, President, first elected to the Board in 2004; Robin Lane, Vice President, who joined the Board in 2008; Barbara Simmons, Treasurer, who joined the Board in 2006; Carol Springer, Secretary; First elected to the Board in 2006 and Barbara Kahler, Officer at Large, an AWGA Board member for two years. Also elected were: Ginny Zak, Handicap Chair; Melanie Bridges, Course Rating Chair; Jane Ross, Sites Chair and Judi Polidori, Fun Raising Chair.
Board Members starting their initial term in January of 2010 are: Mary Byrd, Colleen Green and Robin Cook; Other Committee Chairs include: Sally Larson, Rules Chair; Barbara Byrnes, Tournament Chair and Donna Cunning, History Chair. Retiring from the Board are Katherine Olson who served for six years, two of them as president of the Board; Barbara Byrnes who served for six years and as president for two years; and Jan Wobken who served as the Rules Chair.
High School Golf Event Dec. 28-29 at El Rio & Silverbell
The Third Annual Gary Durrenberger high school golf tournament for boys and girls is scheduled at the El Rio and Silverbell golf courses on December 28 & 29, 2009.
The event honors the life of Gary P. Durrenberger, who died in a tragic automobile accident on June 1, 2004 just weeks after graduating from Canyon del Oro High School, where he was a member of the regional championship golf team.
The golf tournament will be sponsored by the Southern Arizona Trauma Network (SATNET), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing trauma education and promoting trauma awareness and injury prevention throughout southern Arizona.
"My wife, Laura, and I are thrilled that SATNET and the Southern Chapter PGA has stepped forward to honor Gary's life with this event," said Charles Durrenberger. "We cannot think of a better way to remember Gary and his love for golf."
The Southern Chapter PGA will be conducting the event and would encourage all high school golfers to participate. Any donations will be welcomed and excepted by the Gary P. Durrenberger Memorial Scholarship Fund. For further information go to www.tucsonjuniorgolf.com or call the SCPGA office at 520-290-1742.
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