Showcase of Adaptive Golfers in Tucson, the New Epicenter of Adaptive Golf in the USA

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Spring Golf Events to Showcase Adaptive Athletics and Welcome World’s Top-Ranked Adaptive Golfers 

Tucson, Ariz. (March 28, 2021) – The University of Arizona’s Adaptive Golf program, the first and largest in national collegiate sports that showcases the talents of golfers with disabilities, will host two events in April and is inviting the golfing community to participate and sponsor one or both.  The proceeds from these events will provide much-needed funding to grow adaptive golf throughout Southern Arizona and provide these student athletes the support and benefits that the game of golf provides.

The first event, the 2021 TeeItUp Spring Shootout, will be held on Monday, April 19 at the Omni Tucson National Resort.  This 18-hole scramble will feature a fundraising event where Southern Arizona golfing enthusiasts can sponsor traditional foursomes, threesomes with one adaptive golf athlete, or engage in other associated activities and programs.  This tournament will benefit University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics.

The second event, the Conquistador Paragolf Championship, will kick off on Tuesday, April 20 at Sewailo Golf Club at Casino del Sol and will conclude on Thursday, April 22. Members of the University of Arizona’s Adaptive Golf team will participate in this event along with more than forty of the top world-ranked adaptive golfers including Billy Fryar, Jonathan Snyder, Tracy Ramin, John Bell, Steve Shipulski, Chris Biggins, and Sean Munn.  The tournament will feature a variety of exciting prizes such as equipment and golf wear from sponsors/preferred providers such as Cobra/Puma, Vice Golf, Desert Fox, Sqairz Golf Shoes, Ping, and Nike.  This tournament will benefit the University of Arizona Adaptive Golf team as well as other adaptive golf initiatives in Southern Arizona.

“We are excited to be hosting these stellar events for both our golfing community at large and for our adaptive athletes from the University of Arizona and from around the world,” stated Jon Moore, managing director, TIU4ALL.  “Our community has a proud history of strong support for such events, and together with our world-class golf courses and nearly-perfect, year-round weather, these events will raise much-needed funding as well as the profiles of our athletes and ultimately help us in making Tucson the epicenter of adaptive golf worldwide,” Moore concluded. 

To register to play, or to sign up for sponsorship opportunities for the TeeItUp Spring Shootout, please visit www.tiushootout2021.com

To register to play, or to sign up for sponsorship opportunities for the Conquistador Paragolf Championship, please click here.

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The Conquistador Update

Hello, everyone….it’s update time again!!!!! Well, after the great blizzard of 2021 last night (yup, we get snow in Tucson one or two days a year) with a record breaking 1.5″ of snow when we got up this morning, we felt it was time for a quick update on the Conquistador and the TIU Shootout.

On the Shootout on 4/19, we are officially sold out with 144 registrants and 13 on the waitlist. The response for this year’s benefit for UArizona Adaptive Athletics has been just ground breaking. Many of our local and regional sponsors have stepped up to the plate and we are on track to raise four times more than we did in the last one in 2019 (2020 was cancelled for obvious reasons). After extremely generous donations by Mr. Robert Rowlings and Omni Hotels, the Dick Luebke Family, and Jim Click (our champion), we moved the event to Tucson National (same course as the Champions Cologuard Classic) and are expecting a really great event with some awesome golf.

On the Conquistador on 4/20, we’re getting a great response for this initial adaptive major event. As of today, we still have about 40 spots still open and we’re also adding daily to our sponsors roster.

Due to COVID restrictions, Casino del Sol (our host hotel) has banned all large gatherings and catering events until late May. Therefore ( as many of you are aware) we have moved our player reception and awards event to an offsite location (Trak Tucson, a working equestrian center in the Tucson city limits) for a unique experience while still maintaining the protocols necessary for current times.  FireTruck Brewery, will be catering both events. We’ll have live music at the player reception and some special guests for the awards event.

On hotels, Casino del Sol is close to selling out our reserved room blocks, so if you wish to stay on property, you need to reserve today. To get our guaranteed rate, you need to call the resort (do not use the website) and reference the Conquistador tournament. We still have plenty of rooms available at the Doubletree located at the Tucson Airport (15 min away). Be aware that there is no shuttle service from the Airport to Casino del Sol, so your alternatives are Uber ($22) or car rental (actually rentals are pretty cheap here in Tucson). All of the food venues at the Casino will be open and operating normally (all twelve of them!).On the tournament, we will be making the decision soon on the tees that will be used and which classifications will being teeing off from respective tees. For all of you who wish to maintain your World Rankings, if EDGA gets us approved in time, we will submit scores accordingly (Premier and Challenge). Everyone’s scores will also be submitted to USAGR as well. We will be announcing beneficiaries for the event within the next two weeks.

On a couple of housekeeping issues, if you don’t remember submitting your wearable sizes during registration, we will be posting an online form (this weekend) to fill out so we can make sure you get your Swag!!!

SoloRider has been kind enough to allow us to use four demo carts for our event and we will be hauling them up to Mesa for Jason’s event. We have an additional two here in Tucson as of today. Based on what we know today, we still have two available for our event and I’m sure Jason can update you on the USDGA event in Mesa. Also, if any of you have special dietary needs, make sure you notify us at least two weeks before the event so we can accommodate you.

Finally, we will be utilizing a “touchless” scoring process this year with Golf Status. Both iOS and Android versions are available for free in your respective app store.

That’s about it until next week. Remember to tell all your contacts about the event and let’s get this sold out!! Appreciate all of you.
Jon – jon@TIU4ALL.org

We are now part of Team Cobra Golf

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It’s with great pride and appreciation that we announce Cobra-Puma  is now a supporter/supplier of TIU4ALL and is the preferred golf club and soft goods provider to the UArizona Adaptive Golf program.

TIU4ALL executive director Jon Moore stated, “It’s the support of major golf manufacturers such as Cobra-Puma that will help in making adaptive golf a mainstream sport and increase awareness of these unique athletes.  Our ultimate goal is to not only make golf accessible, but to further the inclusion of golf in the Paralympics as quickly as we can.   For the adaptive golf world, Cobra offers more options and logical choices in equipment given that we have so many different ability participants.  The advent of single length irons and the most advanced variable length irons, coupled with ground breaking technology in metal woods, we feel that with their great fitting program,  we have the most focused offering available for adaptive golf.” Riley Bauman of Cobra/Puma Golf added, “Cobra Puma Golf is excited to support Tee It Up 4 All and their adaptive Golf initiatives. While golf has a rich history of teaching etiquette and life lessons, it also lends the opportunity to reach all types of players to get outside, stay active and interact with fellow golfers. The beauty of this game is that we can never capture it, we only experience it. No matter where you are on your journey, there is so much to be learned. When we took a look at what Jon Moore is doing we knew we wanted to be a part of it. We pride ourselves at CPG on building top tier product for game enjoyment and we know that is across all types or swings and skill level. With Jon’s needs, we believe the simplicity we have created in our portfolio of high performing product makes so much sense when some of our players face so many other variables on the course allowing the clubs to be less of a question mark and more a resource. And despite what the scorecard says, we can also help you look your best with top tier performance apparel, footwear and accessories. Look your best, feel your best. We know our company mantra of “Enjoy Golf” will shine through as we proudly support Tee It Up 4 All and their goals in the adaptive golf landscape.”  

Additionally TIU4ALL is now starting an instructional and competitive program for the tri-state area (Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado) that will focus on youth, Tribal, and wounded veterans that will have a wide reaching effect on helping our target participants in realizing their life goals, equity, education, opportunities, and hopefully, a bright future.  You can find out more information at “www.tiu4ALL.org/programs”. 

TIUTP Event Updates

The TIU Shootout 2021

We are pleased to announce that as of 3/5/2021, the TIU4All Shootout to benefit UArizona Adaptive Athletics is officially sold out with 144 golfers committed to play.  While we still have a couple of sponsorships available, we have exceeded expectations and will be proud to post the results of the biggest single day benefit golf tournament ever in Southern Arizona.  This benefit will feature many of the most prominent business leaders in the Tucson market and will show case the Ambassadors of the Adaptive Golf Players Association, who showcase and demonstrate the unique abilities that world ranked adaptive golfers possess.

The Conquistador Paragolf Championships

We have been making tremendous progress on the participant and sponsor fronts, but we need to “up our game” in getting more signups as we’re getting close to cutoff dates on the room blocks as well as golf entrants.  We are extending the registration cutoff date from 03/12/21 to 03/26/21 for both tournament registration and hotel room blocks at Casino del Sol.  If you register after this date we cannot guarantee the rate or availability. In conjunction with our competition committee, we will be making decisions on the applicable tee boxes for each group of classifications within the next month. If you need further information, please email us at sales@tiu4all.org.  

The Tip of the Spear to benefit fallen Special Forces Veterans

New to TIUTP tournament schedule this year is the Tip of the Spear Corporate Golf Clinics and 18 hole benefit tournaments (organized by the Invisible Shield) .  In partnership with Dormie Networks, we will be starting out with our first event at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio, TX with a second benefit this fall to be held at a Dormie Network course yet to be chosen.  The format of each event will be a corporate sponsored golf clinic presented and operated by the Patriot Golf Foundation, with an 18 hole shotgun tournament operated by TIU4ALL the day following. Net proceeds from both events will be donated to qualified charities and foundations in the immediate market.

The Invisible Shield National Championships – updates coming this next week.

TIU4ALL Spring Shootout 2021

ATTENTION ALL GOLFERS AND WILDCAT SUPPORTERS:

University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics department is excited to be the major recipient of this years 2021 TIU4ALL Spring Shootout golf benefit tournament.  Two years ago our Adaptive Athletic department, which is committed to the success of any disabled athlete attending the University of Arizona regardless of the sport, committed the time and efforts to build the first ever collegiate adaptive golf program in the nation, offering scholarships and competition support for adaptive golfers as they attend our University seeking academic success and athletic glory.  Starting with 2 players, we are now excited to introduce a team of six at this year’s event, with more coming soon! Partnering up with the newly formed TIU4ALL Foundation, whose mission is to make golf accessible to everyone regardless their abilities, this event will allow you the unique opportunity to support adaptive athletics at the University of Arizona while playing next to and with some of the best adaptive golfers in the world as we continue to build our programs and offer opportunity to all.  We will be spotlighting these talented athletes on our social media in the next coming weeks so stay tuned and sign up today…You do not want to miss this.  Space is limited for participants and we are actively seeking sponsors. 

University of Arizona’s adaptive athletics program wows Gov. Doug Ducey, other dignitaries

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From left, Gov. Doug Ducey, UA President Robert C. Robbins and Peter Hughes, the UA’s director of adaptive athletics, talk to members of the Wildcats’ wheelchair rugby team. Ducey toured the UA’s adaptive athletics facilities and dedicated a new golf simulator on Tuesday. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Gov. Doug Ducey stood near the sideline of a basketball court inside the UA’s Campus Rec Center, scanned the athletes and facilities around him, and practically cheered.

“I’ve been doing this for five years … and this is the first I’ve seen any of this,” Ducey told UA president Robert C. Robbins, one of the half-dozen power brokers who gathered Tuesday for a tour and dedication.

Tuesday was a day to impress for the UA’s nationally renowned adaptive athletics program. Organizers took Ducey, Robbins and a cadre of dignitaries, including Tucson auto dealer Jim Click and former UA president Peter Likins, on a tour of the UA’s sparkling Disability Resource Center. Then they watched the Wildcats’ nationally acclaimed wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby teams compete inside the rec center before dedicating a new adaptive golf simulator upstairs.

Ducey, making his 68th trip to Southern Arizona as governor, called it “my most memorable visit to the UA.”

“I’m proud that Arizona’s leading as an adaptive athletics system,” Ducey said, wearing a red and blue striped tie that could have come from Sean Miller’s sideline collection. (For those who care about such things, the governor holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University, but in 2006 was named Entrepreneurial Fellow at the UA’s Eller College of Management).

The praise was mutual. Tuesday’s event doubled as a thank you to state lawmakers, who appropriated $160,000 to the Arizona Board of Regents in the 2020 budget earmarked for the state’s adaptive athletics programs.

Since the UA is the only in-state school to offer adaptive athletics, it will receive the full sum. Money will be spent on scholarships, uniforms and transportation, giving financial firepower to a program that’s long been considered among the nation’s best. The Disability Resource Center includes a “Wall of Paralympians” that showcases the 38 current and former UA athletes and coaches who have represented the United States. Six Paralympians are currently on campus as players or coaches.

Arizona’s teams are particularly impressive. The Wildcats’ wheelchair rugby team practiced Tuesday under a pair of banners commemorating their 2018 and 2019 USQRA national titles. The wheelchair basketball team played for more than an hour, producing highlight-reel plays when Ducey, Robbins, Click and crew arrived. Arizona’s women won national championships in 2012 and 2014 with Peter Hughes, the UA’s current director of adaptive athletics, in charge.

In all, 50 UA students take part in adaptive athletics annually, with the program also featuring students from Pima College and members of the Tucson community.

Those who participate in the adaptive athletics program are better suited to life after college, Hughes said. Research shows that nationally, people who use wheelchairs have an 18% employment rate. Among those who have a college education and play adaptive athletics, the employment rate rises to 53%.

“These are true champions in each sense of the word,” Ducey said.

The one-time allotment from the Legislature came with some minor strings attached. The adaptive athletics program had to prove that it could match the funds, receiving only as much as it could match up to $160,000. An endowment from Click allows the adaptive athletics program to draw down $40,000 annually, and the Jim Click Run N’ Roll — a longtime fundraiser scheduled this year for Oct. 6 — brings in an additional $90,000 per year.

The UA’s wheelchair basketball team plays before the Red-Blue Game every year, receiving between $8,000-$12,000 from the Wildcats’ athletic department.

There are other private donations, too, and additional gifts that might not show up on the balance sheet.

The UA’s new state-of-the-art golf simulator was built by TeeItUp Enterprises at a significant discount.

Hughes met TeeItUp’s managing partner, Jon Moore, on a flight five years ago. When Moore’s son lost his vision following brain surgery, the golf simulator boss reached out to Hughes and asked how he could help the UA’s cause.

The result: a new simulator located inside a former racquetball court at the rec center. It’s mobile, and can be rented out as a separate source of revenue.

As a result, “thanks to Pete Likins and Dr. Robbins, this university probably has more outreach for people with disabilities than any university in the United States of America” Click said. “This university welcomes everybody.”

The next step, UA officials agree, is to find in-state competition.

“We want our own Territorial Cup,” Hughes said to the governor. “We want to take them down.”

We now have SoloRiders available for adaptive athletes!!

Starting Monday Aug 10th, you will find the whole SoloRider lineup on our website for adaptive athletes and golf courses who want to comply with ADA and also increase your cart revenue. SoloRiders have proven that you can decrease your pace of play by as much as 35%. We have consumer financing and commercial lease financing as well as fleet financing for golf facilities.

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