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The agave - Troon Saguaro Amatuer Series

May 16th, 2017

Shadow Hills Golf Club is excited to announce its participation in the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series in its inaugural season. The event will be hosted on the South Course from December 19th - 22nd, 2017 and offer a competitive event for top level amateurs from around the country. This event promises to bring prestige and a heightened awareness of the quality of facility offered at Shadow Hills.

Best regards,

Rolland Vaughn





Unique Championship Series for Premier Amateur Golfers Announced in Southwest US

BOULDER, Colorado—The Saguaro Amateur, in conjunction with Troon Golf, is proud to announce the formation of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.  The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series will consist of four men’s amateur events starting with this summer’s Sizzler Amateur June 10-13 at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.  The series continues with The Gobbler Amateur November 19-22 at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, the Agave Amateur December 19-22 at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, California, and concludes with the 2018 Saguaro Amateur January 1-4 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona, which will serve as the Series’ championship event.  

“We started the Saguaro Amateur in 2014 to provide a first-class competitive experience for high-level amateur golfers.  Players who want to be the best in the world need opportunities to play and develop and that is what we are giving them with the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series,” said Roy Edwards, Chairman of the Saguaro Amateur.  Troon Golf is the worldwide leader in golf course management and we are excited to partner with them.  The level of service and competitive venues are second-to-none in the golf industry.”

The Troon Saguaro Amateur Series will have a Player of the Year race that will culminate with the 2018 Saguaro Amateur at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club.  The series is open to amateur golfers who meet the eligibility and exemption requirements and cannot be junior golfers considered prospects by the NCAA, although prospects can compete in several of the ‘open’ events like the Sizzler, Gobbler, and Agave Amateurs.  

June 10-13             Sizzler Amateur      Troon North Golf Club                        Scottsdale, Arizona

November 19-22   Gobbler Amateur   Sewailo Golf Club                                Tucson, Arizona

December 19-22   Agave Amateur        Shadow Hills Golf Club                       Indio, California

January 1-4            *Saguaro Amateur  Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club  Maricopa, Arizona

*Troon Saguaro Amateur Series Championship


PREVIOUS CHAMPS:  Past champions of the Saguaro Amateur are Taylor Moore of Edmond, Oklahoma, Sean Walsh of Keller, Texas, Wes Artac of Trophy Club, Texas,  and Tanner Hughes of Livermore, California, are the champions of the previous four Saguaro Amateurs.  John Souza, of Phoenix, won the inaugural Gobbler Amateur last November at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson.  

HISTORY OF SAGUARO AMATEUR:  The Saguaro Amateur was founded by Roy Edwards and Joe Jensen the men’s golf coaches at the University of Colorado and University of Wyoming respectively. It has hosted players from all over the United States and internationally and is regarded as one of the premier amateur events played in the winter in the northern hemisphere.  

AMATEUR RANKINGS:  All events, when applicable, will be included in the various world amateur golf rankings—WAGR, Scratch Players, Golfweek.  

BRADY WILSON, GM at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club on the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series:  "It's a great honor to be a part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series from the ground floor. Having seen the original Saguaro Amateur grow into a premier event over the last four years at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, I am positive the series will only exceed all expectations."

DAN BUDZIUS, GM at Troon North Golf Club:  “Troon North Golf Club is excited to host this summer’s Sizzler Amateur event as part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.  As we partner with the Southwestern Amateur, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Sewailo and Shadow Hills, we will continue support Troon’s initiative to grow our game.  We are proud that the eyes of the amateur world will be on North Scottsdale to begin the summer and the series.  This is destined to deliver the best in amateur golf for years to come!” 

ROLLAND VAUGHN, GM at Shadow Hills Golf Club:  “Shadow Hills Golf Club and its residents are excited to be selected as the host facility for this prestigious event—the Agave Amateur—within the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series. We are humbled to be part of this premier series that is hosted at prestigious clubs such as Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Troon North and Sewailo.  Being part of the Saguaro Amateur in previous years and knowing the quality of the field, this is an opportunity we could not pass up.  We look forward to a long relationship with the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series team.”

PAUL NOLEN, GM at Sewailo Golf Club:  “Sewailo Golf Club and Casino Del Sol are proud to host the 2nd Annual Gobbler Amateur as part of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series.  Being the host course of the University of Arizona Men’s and Women’s Golf Programs, it is a natural fit to host some of the nation’s top collegiate, amateur and mid-amateur players.  We are happy to team up with quality facilities such as Shadow Hills Golf Club, Ak Chin Southern Dunes and Troon North Golf Club to test all comers.  We invite you all to come to Tucson and kick off your Thanksgiving week in style!!”

Contact:  Roy Edwards

Roy Edwards
Chairman, Troon Saguaro Amateur Series
Head Men’s Golf Coach, University of Colorado

Joe Jensen
Vice Chairman, Troon Saguaro Amateur Series
Director of Golf, University of Wyoming