Inside this issue FEATURES
18 Cover Story: NEW FACE OF PXG | By John Davis Scottsdale-based PXG launches it product with 12 touring pros already on board.
20 NEXT ‘BIG BREAK’ | By Bill Huffman
What’s next for South Mountain CC coach Andy Walker, shown here with his family: son AJ, fiancee Detria, and her daughter, Sophia.
24 101st SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR | By John Davis Tom Lehman lends a hand to the Southwestern Amateur at Desert Mountain.
26 DC RANCH HOSTS 92ND AZ AMATEUR | By Bill Huffman Course stretches to 7,000 yards, yet plays to par 70, as it welcomes state’s top players.
36 MONTEREY ON THE MIND | By Bill Huffman For golfers, the northern California peninsula is the state’s “other Magic Kingdom.”
10 A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | By Ed Gowan The USGA has big plans to change the golf landscape..
12 MEMBERS ONLY | By the AZ GOLF Insider Staff
Local products, places and things you need to know about.
14 SPIRITS OF THE GAME | By the AZ GOLF Insider Staff
A white, a red and a rosé seem perfect for spring. Plus, a southern twist on a John Daly.
16 THE 19TH HOLE | By Carey Sweet
Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Manana enhances its unique Native American- cowboy reputation.
33 MOVERS & SHAKEUPS | By Bill Huffman
Gainey Ranch receives a facelift for the course and the clubhouse.
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40 NICE DRIVE | By the AZ GOLF Insider Staff
Acura’s 2016 TLX sets new sports sedan expectations — and turns heads at the country club.
42 YOGA & FITNESS | By Katherine Roberts
Get more turn in your swing from your hips and shoulders
44 OUT OF BOUNDS | By Tom Mackin
One man’s opinion focuses in on golf at the upcoming Summer Olympics.
ARIZONA GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS
28 PING’S SOUZA EARNS UPDEGRAFF AWARD
30 WATERER TAPPED AS VOLUNTEER OF YEAR
31 JGAA, AWGA AND OTHER NEWS
32 RULES AND HANDICAPPING | By Lorraine Thies
34 ARIZONA SCOREBOARD 18 ON THE COVER Scottsdale entrepreneur
Bob Parsons already has signed a dozen top touring players to play his new PXG clubs. Top row from left: Chris Kirk,
Ryan Moore, Charles Howell III, James Hahn, Gerina Piller. Middle row: Zach Johnson, Cristie Kerr, Bill Horschel. Bottom row: Alison Lee, Sadena Parks, Beatriz Recari, Rocco Mediate.
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SPRING 2016 LETTER TO THE EDITOR I
am a native of Arizona and am so proud when people golf all over this state. Your last issue was wonderful.
I live in Sun City and picked up a copy at Willow Creek. The articles are timely and even the ads are cool; the Pima Air Museum is a must see! Out of Bounds by Brian Hewitt was
concise but full of accolades for the game and all the new golfers as well as the old. He does nice work giving us a feel of this new class of players and respecting our favorites. So much information on one page and his words give away his passion for the game. Bravo, Brian!
Carol McDade SUN CITY
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