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Roger Waterer captured the Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year Award at the AGA’s Annual Meeting at Phoenix Country Club.



AWGA Just 4 Fun Days — For the Fun of It!


AGA honors Waterer as top volunteer


Golf Association and asked about volunteering, Roger Waterer was handed a radio and keys to a golf cart at the Falcon Amateur. The Englishman


headed out to the action, hit the ground running and, in the three years since, has rarely slowed down. Waterer has made his presence felt in a

A few days after he contacted the Arizona

variety of ways and, in February, received the Doc Graves Volunteer of the Year award presented annually by the AGA. “I have to say I was a

little surprised,” Waterer said. “It was quite an honor to receive an award for something I enjoy a great deal.” Waterer grew up

in London, but wasn’t introduced to golf until he moved to Connecticut in 1982, where he attended a company outing. The former computer

programmer and software developer soon became vice president of his men’s club and attended a rules seminar, prompting him to buy a USGA Rules & Decisions book. “I read it cover to

cover,” he said, “and I’ve been involved with rules administration ever since.” Waterer, 65, has

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scored 95 twice on the Rules of Golf test. He also helps the AGA with course setup, scoring and other tournament functions, and teaches rules workshops to juniors through the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. “I have thoroughly

enjoyed the interaction with the others involved in rules officiating,” Waterer said. “It is such a great core group of people we have at the AGA and there is so much camaraderie among the staff, which makes it very enjoyable. “I also like the fact

that we help golfers in playing the game. Unlike what some people might think, our main function isn’t to catch cheaters. What we should do is try to help players make the right decisions regarding rules, and that’s how I approach it.” n

Golf is supposed to be fun. We play the game because we love it, everything about it (most of the time). Playing a new or different course with friends, making new friends of the people with whom you are paired, or just going out to hit the ball and not keep score can be fun. That’s what Just 4 Fun Days are about -- non-competitive days of golf. Keep score, or not; play a scramble within your group; whatever works for you. Read all about our fun events below and come out and join us. It will be FUN! AWGA members may bring a non-member guest to these events. May is Arizona Golf Month. Join the fun beginning at Ventana Canyon, where we will be playing both the Canyon and Mountain courses during the month. Next up on the schedule is Troon North’s Pinnacle Course before we tackle the beautiful and challenging Blackstone Country Club. We also have tee times designated for Emerald Canyon and will wrap up the month at Flagstaff Ranch. In June we will be playing at The Boulders, both the North and the South courses, and at We-Ko-Pa and then back to Troon North for the Monument Course. July will bring us back to The Boulders and to Sedona for Oakcreek Country Club. The Just 4 Fun schedule will wrap up with Show Low’s Silver Creek in October. For dates and to sign up, go to

the AWGA website at www.awga. org/event.asp?id=6&pid=6. n


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