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A view of the Valley from the signature 13th hole at the Country Club at DC Ranch (left), which will host the 92nd Arizona Amateur Championship in late August. Don’t be surprised if the year’s biggest major is settled at DC Ranch’s 18th hole (below), as it was when the club hosted the event in 2011.


any outside events. But under Skelton’s and Hyland’s leadership, DC Ranch has become a private golf club that gets the connection between their club and the statewide scene. Hyland always has been the


consummate “pro.” Working under Lyle Anderson, he helped build an empire of Arizona elite clubs like Desert Highlands, Desert Mountain and Superstition Mountain. And Hyland learned how to put on a tournament, having been an integral part of hosting the LPGA and Champions tours at stellar showcases like the LPGA Safeway International and The Tradition. “Everyone is excited that the Arizona


Amateur is returning to DC Ranch,” Hyland said about the tournament that DC Ranch hosted in 2011, when Bowen Osborn defeated Michael Wog III in the final, 1-up. “The course setup will be pretty much


DC Ranch in tip-top shape for


92nd Arizona Am Championship By Bill Huffman


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HE MEMBERSHIP AT THE COUNTRY Club at DC Ranch is excited. The 92nd Arizona Amateur Championship is coming to the


club Aug. 22-27. “We don’t necessarily like to host


tournaments (outside the membership),” DC Ranch interim GM/director of golf Dick Hyland said of the Arizona Golf Association’s biggest event of the year. “But our membership loves hosting


championships. The Arizona Golf Association, the AWGA, the JGAA and the Southwest Section — Arizona’s golf associations — those are the organizations that we support.” Funny thing, before Hyland and


his predecessor, the late Paul Skelton came along, DC Ranch never hosted


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the same as it was the last time, with fast, firm greens. I guess the big difference will be that the course just keeps getting better every year, and it’s been five years since we hosted the last one, so it’s just that much further along,” he said Among the notes from Hyland’s


scouting report: The course will play to a par of 70, with the 480-yard No. 1 hole


COURTESY DC RANCH


COURTESY DC RANCH


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