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Central Arizona Golf District Awards


"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

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:
The Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event – 18 holes over three days every December 28-30. The Silver Belle is unique in that there are both age division winners and an overall champion after the three days of competition. Points earned from the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship go toward players’ World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Over the years, more than 40 Silver Belle participants have competed on the LPGA tour. Past participants also include Paula Creamer (9 tour victories, 2005 LPGA Rookie of the Year); Pat Hurst (6 tour victories); Emilee Klein (3 tour victories); Brandie Burton (5 tour victories); and Danielle Ammaccapane (7 tour victories).
Among the Silver Belle champions who have competed on the LPGA Tour are Mary Bea Porter-King (1973); Jenny Lidback (1981); Danielle Ammaccapane (1984); Debbi Koyama (1985 and 1987); Emilee Klein (1991); Hilary Homeyer-Lunke (1997); and Yani Tseng (2005).
Arizona State University women’s golf coaches Melissa McNamara Luellen (LPGA tournament winner) and Missy Farr-Kaye have played in the tournament, along with Lauri Merten, who won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1993, and the late Heather Farr.  For more information, please visit
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.
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.