AWGA picks 20 courses for its GEMs


Jake Chanen (above) signed a letter of intent to play for Grand Canyon University, while Briggs Duce (top right) picked the University of Arizona and Emma Reyes (bottom right) went with Northern Arizona University.

15 members from JGAA ink scholarships


he Junior Golf Association of Arizona has announced the signing of several of

its members to national letters of intent to play collegiate golf. “Every year we have the

pleasure of sending off a host of high school golfers from Arizona to the collegiate level who came up through the JGAA organization. It’s one of our main goals to get them ready,” said Scott McNevin, the executive director of the JGAA. “This year was another good one for our juniors. We wish them the best with their next challenge.” The 15 golfers and

their hometowns are: Jake Chanen of Phoenix – Grand Canyon University Briggs Duce of Sierra Vista – University of Arizona Michael Feagles of Scottsdale – University of Illinois

Mikayla Fitzpatrick of Phoenix – Xavier University Chip Getz of Paradise Valley –University of Mississippi Eric Ghim of Glendale – San Diego State University Isabella Larson of Scottsdale – Biola University Ashley Lonergan of Scottsdale – University of Nebraska Matthew McCarty of Scottsdale – Santa Clara University Ashley Ohland of Gilbert – Eastern Washington University Megan Ohland of Gilbert – Eastern Washington University Emma Reyes of Mesa – Northern Arizona University David Ricciardelli of Scottsdale – University of San Diego Alisa Snyder of Phoenix – University of Michigan Chase Wicklund of Scottsdale – Drake University n


he results are in! The continued enthusiastic participation in

the GEM (Golf Endorsed by Members) program by AWGA members throughout this past year has allowed the AWGA to collect and compile data in our quest to find the golf courses that provide a great golf experience for women in the state of Arizona. Since 2012, the AWGA

has managed the GEM program, to acknowledge the courses that, by their anonymous survey results, are chosen as the best at serving the needs of women golfers. The AWGA’s GEM program is truly a program that is endorsed by members. The multitude of surveys AWGA members complete throughout the year provides personal opinions and golf course evaluations on their experience playing a course, and enables the AWGA to objectively calculate direct data and select only the most highly graded courses. In order to be included in

a GEM survey, a golf course must be an active course with the AWGA. In essence, a golf course must have at least one set of tees with a current USGA Course rating for play by women that has been issued by the AWGA. In turn, this allows a course to be included in the AWGA’s score posting database.

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Courses were evaluated by AWGA members on a variety of criteria such as customer service, playability, club house facilities, and restroom availability. As an ongoing program,

the new GEM year started Nov. 1. If your favorite course is not on the list, AWGA members can affect that by taking the survey and influencing friends to do the same. If you are not a member, join online at n

Top 20 GEMS (Alphabetical order)

1. Camelback Golf Club, Phoenix 2. Copper Canyon Golf Club, Buckeye 3. Desert Highlands Golf Club, Scottsdale

4. The Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale

5. Encanterra Country Club, Queen Creek

6. Forest Highlands, Flagstaff 7. Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Gold Canyon

8. Gallery Golf Club, Marana 9. Highlands at Dove Mountain, Marana

10. Los Caballeros Golf Club, Wickenburg 11. Omni Tucson National Golf Club, Tucson

12. Pinetop Country Club, Pinetop 13. Pinetop Lakes Golf & Country Club, Pinetop

14. Poston Butte Golf Club, Florence 15. SaddleBrooke Golf Club, Tucson 16. Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson 17. Superstition Mountain Golf Club, Gold Canyon

18. Tonto Verde Golf Club, Rio Verde 19. Troon North Golf Club, Scottsdale 20. Ventana Canyon Golf Club, Tucson


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