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Central Arizona Golf District Awards & Charities


"In appreciation for the time, talent and love you have given Central Arizona Golf District."

The Nell Ellenberger Award was established in 1991 to periodically recognize outstanding service to the CAGD.  Recipients are:

                                        1991 - Nell Ellenberger
                                        1993 - Gen Turney
                                        1996 - Margy Knievel
                                        2000 - Colleen Green
                                        2005 - Mary Smits
                                        2008 - Ann Szumowski
                                        2011 - Carol Peterson
                                        2013 - Connie Phelps

                                    2018 - Carolyn Suttles

Marilynn Smith – On November 7, 2007, Marilynn was made an Honorary Member of Central Arizona Golf District. She was a co-founder of the LPGA, served 3 years as their President; co-founded the LPGA Teaching Division; first female TV commentator at PGA Tour Golf tournament; organized first senior women’s professional golf tournament and is a member of eight Halls of Fame including the World Golf Hall of Fame. She was born in Kansas and today lives in PebbleCreek in Goodyear. She is dedicated to rewarding, young, female golfers with scholarships through the LPGA Foundation’s Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund. Her book, “Have Clubs, Will Travel” is a wonderful story about her life.

Each year we donate to the following charities:
JGAA Desert Mashie Spring Championship tournament has developed and grown over the years because of one of the leading minority golf organizations in the United States, the Desert Mashies. 

Started by a group of African-Americans in 1948, the Desert Mashies have a vision of pioneering the great game of golf to young golfers who otherwise may never have had the opportunity to pick up a golf club. 

The Desert Mashie quest for acceptance and further knowledge of the sport took shape in May of 1946 when after a round at Encanto Golf Course, the initial nine members of the group spoke fervently of their desire to attract more members, thus strengthening the group. At the time, Encanto was the only golf course in the greater Phoenix area that allowed African Americans to play. It would later become the host course for almost all of the tournaments hosted by the Desert Mashies.
JGAA is dedicated to supporting Junior Golf programs throughout Arizona. The JGAA is a 501c(3) corporation and relies on fund-raising activities and donations received from clubs, corporations, and individuals. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The JGAA governs and promotes junior golf in the state of Arizona. It introduces non-golfing juniors to the game, establishes golf programs at schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, conducts major junior golf tournaments in the state and administers the Tres Arnold Scholarship Fund.