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Central Arizona Golf District Awards & Charities
THE NELL ELLENBERGER AWARD
"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
HONORARY MEMBER AWARD
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.
CENTRAL ARIZONA GOLF DISTRICT CHARITIES
Each year we donate to the following charities:
DESERT MASHIE GOLF CLUB (JUNIOR PROGRAM)
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.
JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION OF ARIZONA
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.
LPGA*USGA GIRLS GOLF CLUB, PHOENIX
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program designed for girls ages 5-18. It was formed specifically to create a network for girls to learn to play golf in a non-threatening environment. They build lasting friendships and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment. Girls are learning values inherent to the game of golf, such as practice, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet challenges of today's world with confidence.
FIRST TEE OF PHOENIX AT BRIARWOOD COUNTRY CLUB
First Tee of Phoenix is our new charity. Designated sponsor club will be Briarwood Country Club.
First Tee of Phoenix is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing affordable access to golf and golf training facilities for young people - particularly those who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.
The First Tee has a strong character development component - The Life Skills Experience. There are nine core values: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgement. Central District is pleased to support these values through our donation to First Tee of Phoenix at Briarwood Country Club.