Thursday, June 16th, the AAA took some of its most talented professionals to John Ashworth’s rejuvenated Goat Hill Park. With the current state of the golf industry, it’s likely that facilities like Goat Hill Park will be a major contributor to growing the game we all love and enjoy. With the ever-demanding influence of millennials, seeking quicker rounds and a more laid back atmosphere; it’s clear that John Ashworth is on to something here.
Yesterday’s format for the fourth AAA Series event of the year was a Pinehurst in which teams of two tee off, then play each other’s tee shot, then choose the best ball and from there they will play alternate shot until the ball is holed. The unique format, invented by Dick Chapman at the Pinehurst resort, fit perfectly with the challenging municipal course layout, comprised of 10 par 4’s and 8 par 3’s, measuring a modest 4,464 yards. The defense of the course lays in the small undulating greens, dramatic elevation changes and tree lined fairways putting a premium on accuracy and distance control.
The two players who did it the best were Cavin McCall and Raj Samra, of Steel Canyon and Friendly Hills respectively. They carded seven birdies to just one bogey for a six under par 58 in route to a two shot victory! Also finishing in the money were the teams of Kyle and Michael Mendoza (-4), Wade Morris and Michael Noyes (-1), and Tyler Pritkin and Jayme Backos (E).
The AAA has been very fortunate to benefit from the partnership of a few key sponsors this year. Thank you to ForeFitness, PGA Tour, and newly added Presenting Partner Maui Jim and Western Regional Manager Keith Achman for their support of the AAA Series. Thank you as well to Goat Hill Park and particularly John Ashworth, Dave Emerick, PGA, Peter Spiers, Jennifer Hunter, Jay Montoya, and Randy Laslo for all their help in making the AAA Pinehurst a success! Next stop…Palos Verdes on August 18th for the culmination of the AAA Match Play Championship!