Maricopa, Ariz. – Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club and the tournament host committee are proud to announce a new event for the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series – the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur. The new tournament is the first women’s golf event on Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and is scheduled to be played January 6 – 9, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. – just days after the conclusion of the men’s Saguaro Amateur Championship. The Women’s Saguaro Amateur is presented by Jofit and will be a 54-hole, stroke-play competition.
The 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur is open to competitors who have a handicap of 6.0 or lower and fall into one of the following categories:
Top 250 in final 2017-18 Women’s Golfweek Collegiate Players Rankings (Division I)
Top 250 in 2018-2019 Women’s Golfweek Collegiate Rankings or Golfstat Rankings (Division I)
Top 1000 players in either World Amateur Golf Rankings or the Scratch Players Amateur Rankings
All members-in-good-standing of women’s college golf teams in the Pac-12, Mountain West and Big 12 conferences in 2018-19
2018 champions of major women’s state amateur and mid-amateur championships
Members-in-good-standing of women’s college teams in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming (all levels) in 2018-19
Participants in the women’s 2018 US Mid-Amateur and US Amateur Championships
“The addition of the Women’s Saguaro Amateur is an example of the commitment the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Troon Golf and the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series have to continuing to grow playing opportunities for all,” said Brady Wilson, general manager, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. “We are all proud to be bringing another championship women’s event to a club that has a distant history of being a men’s-only facility and continuing the trend of breaking through barriers to advance women’s golf.”
Playing spots in the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The entry deadline is December 15, 2018 and the entry fee is $449. Women’s Saguaro Amateur results will be counted for World Amateur Golf Ranking points. Information and registration for the 2019 Women’s Saguaro Amateur event can be found at www.SaguaroAmateur.com.
“Jofit is extremely proud and excited to be a sponsor at the Women’s Saguaro Amateur in January,” said Joanne Cloak, CEO and founder, Jofit. “I cannot think of a better way to start off the new year. I am excited to see the deep pool of elite amateur golfers including our own Katie Miller! Team Jofit is eager to do everything it can to make the Inaugural Women’s Saguaro Amateur a wild success.”
The 2018-19 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series includes the following events:
2018 SIZZLER AMATEUR – June 17-20 at Troon North (Monument Course) in Scottsdale, Arizona
2018 GOBBLER AMATEUR – November 18-21 at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona
2018 AGAVE AMATEUR – December 18-21 at Shadow Hills Golf Club near Palm Desert, California
2019 SAGUARO AMATEUR (Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Championship) – January 1-4, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona
2019 WOMEN’S SAGUARO AMATEUR – January 6-9, 2019 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona
“We are excited to announce the inaugural Women’s Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes,” Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Chairman and University of Colorado Head Men's Golf Coach Roy Edwards. “Southern Dunes will host the 6th Saguaro Amateur for the men this January and immediately following we are going to host the Women’s Saguaro Amateur. Southern Dunes has long been a leader in high-level competitive golf and we expect the Women’s Saguaro to attract a premier national amateur field in a competition that will be first-class in every way up to the standards set by the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series and the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes staff.”
About The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series
The concept of the Saguaro Amateur and its evolution into a series is the brainchild of University of Colorado Head Men's Golf Coach Roy Edwards, University of Wyoming Director of Golf Programs Joe Jensen, and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes General Manager Brady Wilson. The multi-stage series began in 2017 with four events across two states, providing high-level amateurs, college players, juniors and Troon-facility club champions a chance to compete throughout the year. All Troon Saguaro Amateur Series events are World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Scratch Player World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) ranked events. For more information and entry details for the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series, visit www.SaguaroAmateur.com.
About Ak-Chin Southern Dunes
The Ak-Chin Indian Community, which owns the nearby Harrah's Ak-Chin Casi no and the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle, has brought together championship-style golf and world-class gaming and entertainment. Gaming and golf packages are now available through Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, creating a truly exciting and multi-faceted destination, pleasing to a wide range of visitors. The course sits on 320 acres of land that was once a part of the Ak-Chin's original May 1912 reservation before it was removed by Presidential Executive Order in late 1912. Nearly 100 years later in 2010, the Community recovered its sacred land when they purchased Ak-Chin Southern Dunes after it was originally developed as a private club. The course currently boasts several coveted accolades that include Golfweek’s list of the “Top 100 Resort Courses,” “Best Courses You Can Play,” and “Top Casino Courses,” as well as Golf Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Courses You Can Play.” Visit www.akchinsoutherndunes.com for more information.
Founded by Joanne Cloak’s, an avid golfer was inspired to create a shirt for the lady golfer that fit, looked phenomenal and inspired confidence, Jofit is all about breaking down the walls of tradition to empower women to reach new limits both on and off the course. Jofit is dedicated to creating a community of confident women. Believing in yourself is the secret to life. Jofit is the “different” brand that believes in every woman. For more information on Jofit, visit www.jofit.com
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is professionally managed by Troon Golf. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 360 locations around the globe, including 280 golf courses at 246 facilities. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 35 states and 30 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International and Cliff Drysdale Management. There are currently 60 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 80 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, Delaware; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; Pronghorn in Bend, Oregon; Lofoten Links in Norway; and Mollymook Golf Club in Australia. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Blog, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Golf & Travel.