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AGA NEWS


POY HONORS Tanigawa was born in Kobe,


Japan, played at UCLA and later on developmental tours, including the Nationwide and Gateway tours. Tanigawa said he walked away from the game about 10 years ago and regained his amateur status four years ago. Getting back into competition, he said, has been a special treat. “What I found is that, if you’re used


to competition, you really miss hitting the shots that matter,” he said. “You miss the competitive environment and trying to make the putts that really count. “It has been a lot of fun doing that


again, because at both the pro level and the amateur level there are a lot of good players and you have to perform really well in order to win. And that certainly is true in AGA events, (which is why) it’s really pretty humbling to be named Player of the Year.”


championship and ended with a Masters Division title in the AGA Players Cup Championship. In between there was plenty more good golf, including a tie for first in his flight of the the Falcon Amateur and his division of the Southern Amateur. Bojalad also took second in his flight of the Tempe Amateur and his division of the Arizona Four-ball and reached the semifinals of the Senior Match Play. “The middle of the summer got a little


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tougher because that’s when all of the young guys come out to play, but overall, it was a pretty good year,” Bojalad said. “I’m certainly not disappointed with how it worked out.” Bojalad, 47, is


a native of western Pennsylvania, who moved to Scottsdale 12 years ago and has progressively increased his focus on competition over the past four years, although the Short Course title was his first in AGA events. “It has been


RICK BOJALAD 2015


PLAYER OF THE YEAR


STERS DIVISI RICK BOJALAD www.azgolf.org


great (to have) such good competition and great venues, and


it’s an honor to win this award because there are so many good players who could have won it,” Bojalad said. “They’re not just good players but good people. I really enjoy the fellowship. “We’re all getting older together and


all trying to bring our game together when we compete. It’s like the best way to recapture your youth because you feel like a kid again out there playing and competing, trying to have fun but still play your best golf. I love it.”


PREVIEW 2016 | AZ GOLF Insider | 29


ick Bojalad’s year in golf might go down as a “bookend season,” which began with a win in the Arizona Short Course


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