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Longbow to host AJGA Heather Farr event


Week kicks off with Mesa Public Schools Junior Clinic sponsored by Mesa Hohokams

Mesa, Ariz. (April 15, 2019) – For the 16th consecutive year, Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz. will host the American Junior Golf Association PING Heather Farr Classic, April 16-21. A premier event on the American Junior Golf Association schedule, the 54-hole stroke play competition will feature 132 of the top junior golfers in America in both the Boys and Girls Divisions.

Past boys champions of the AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic, include PGA TOUR star Hunter Mahan, Beau Hossler, Philip Francis, and Drew Kittleson. Past girls champions include many LPGA players, including Amanda Blumenherst, Paula Creamer, Alison Lee, Inbee Park, Mina Harigae, and Moriya Jutanugarn. Hannah O’Sullivan was the 2015 Heather Farr Classic champion and is currently playing collegiate golf at Duke University.

The AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic is named in honor of the late Heather Farr. Born and raised in Arizona, Farr played collegiate golf at Arizona State University and had victories in the U.S. Girls Junior and the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links. She was a Curtis Cup team member and broke onto the LPGA Tour in 1986. At the age of 24, Farr was diagnosed with breast cancer, and ultimately died from the disease when she was just 28. The event honors her spirit, courage and tenacity.

To begin the AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic tournament week, Longbow Golf Club will host the Mesa Public Schools Junior Clinic sponsored by Mesa Hohokams on Tuesday, April 16. Fifth and sixth-grade students from three Mesa elementary schools will be transported to the course with more than thirty teachers and administrators for an educational and grow-the-game themed event. The Junior Clinic will include a Peter Longo trick shot show, golf-themed games by The First Tee of Phoenix, a photo booth, free tee shirts and hats, and lunch on the event lawn.

“We are truly honored to play host to not only some of Arizona’s best junior golfers but also some of the best in the world representing 21 states and 8 foreign countries here at Longbow Golf Club for the annual AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic,” said Bob McNichols, developer of Longbow Business Park and Golf Club. “One of the highlights of the week will certainly be our Mesa Public Schools Clinic which will introduce area youth to the game. This community outreach event was started by Longbow Golf Club in 2010 and has been repeated 27 times, providing more than 8,000 kids with an opportunity to learn the game over the past nine years.”

AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, April 16 (9 a.m. – noon) Mesa Public Schools Junior Clinic at Longbow Golf Club

Wednesday, April 17 (8 a.m. shotgun) AJGA Official Qualifier

Thursday, April 18 Practice Round & Junior-Am

Friday, April 19 First Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees

Saturday, April 20 Second Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees

**The tournament field will be cut to a minimum of 50% of each field (boys and girls)

Sunday, April 21 Final Round off Nos. 1 and 10 tees

For more information on the AJGA PING Heather Farr Classic, visit the AJGA’s tournament website.

About Longbow Golf Club
Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a 330-acre, mixed-use development, being developed by Daedalus Real Estate Advisors, that incorporates office, light industrial, retail and hotel uses surrounded by desert vegetation and a main street transportation design and features the award-winning Longbow Golf Club. Longbow Golf Club was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh in 1997. In 2003, Daedalus commissioned Kavanaugh to execute a complete redesign of the golf course creating a complete refresh layout. Longbow Golf Club has played host to the American Junior Golf Association’s Heather Farr Classic, the LPGA Symetra Tour Gateway Classic, as well as tournaments for the USGA, NCAA, NJCAA, high school and The First Tee. For more information on Longbow Golf Club, visit or call 480-807-5400.

About Troon
Longbow Golf Club is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 430 locations around the globe, including managing 470 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, divisions of Troon include Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon), Troon International, OB Sports, Cliff Drysdale Management and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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