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.

New sponsors, alliances, and paths

TIU4ALL is proud to announce our new alliances with Sqairz golf shoes, Vice golf balls, SoloRider adaptive golf carts, and Cobra/Puma Golf as our new sponsors and exclusive providers of golf apparel and equipment. “Our involvement with these golf industry leading manufacturers allows us to assist adaptive golfers everywhere and our collegiate adaptive student athletes the opportunity to not only improve their golf future through best of class equipment but continue their pursuit of life excellence that only the game of golf can provide. With the advent of our mission to establish a national adaptive golf conference along with our ongoing efforts to provide clinics, instruction, and mentoring in adaptive golf in the state of Arizona, these additions to our dedicated supporters will only be a positive on all fronts” stated TIU4ALL executive Director, Jon Moore. Mr. Moore further states, “These and the other alliances we’re currently developing, will only enhance the program and our ability to develop additional opportunities in adaptive golf as well as further develop recruitment opportunities for the UArizona Adaptive Golf program”.Further information on our new alliances can be found here:

www.sqairz.com

www.vicegolf.com

www.solorider.com

www.cobrapumagolf.com


For further information on TIU4ALL, go to https://www.teeitup.net or https://www.tiu4ALL.org

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. 

Billy Fryar- dedicated, devoted, disciplined

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We’re proud to announce our newest adaptive golf ambassador and the #1 ranked wheelchair golfer, Billy Fryar from Bigelow, Arkansas

Disability type: T7 paraplegic

Associated Organization: I’ve been playing wheelchair basketball for the Arkansas Rollin Razorbacks for the past 18 years. I retired last year to focus solely on golf.

Favorite Course:
Wailea Blue Golf Course in Maui, HI

Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing, spending time with my family.

Favorite Golf Memory:
Of my 3 hole in ones, my favorite was my first on 7-7-08 playing with my son Dillon Fryar.

Family Details:
Married 27 years to my high school sweetheart Gena Fryar. We have one son Dillon Fryar , his lovely wife Lynae , and our new grandson Dawson

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My recent Golf accomplishments :

Currently Ranked number 1 seated golfer in the world. Currently ranked number 7 in the USA for all disabled golfers . US Paragolf team for 2020 and 2021.
Team USA Phoenix Cup team 2020.
7 overall tournament wins.

Update on Conquistador Paragolf Championships

Well everyone, it’s been a busy month with respect to the Conquistador.  Here are some updates:

  • Casino del Sol just announced that “shared” rooms will now be allowed.  Previously, the had a protocol that you can’t share a room unless it’s with an immediate family member.  If you want to share a room, make sure you register with both names on the reservation.  They are only accepting phone reservations at this time (no online).  Mention Conquistador Paragolf to access our room block and rates for the Estrella Tower.  If you want to upgrade, make sure to mention it when making the reservation.  Hotel info can be found here.
  • Both the welcome reception and awards ceremony will be held at TrakTucson, a working equestrian facility located in the middle of Tucson.  TRAK is a beautiful ranch in the city, centrally located at 3250 E. Allen Road, near Brandi Fenton Park.  Here’s a video overview.  Both events will begin at 6 pm and shut down at 9 pm and will be catered by Firetruck Brewery, who have some of the best BBQ in town.  More info on the events can be found here.
  • Sewailo Golf Club is in excellent condition and by April should be “perfect”!  We will be establishing tee complexes by flight within the the next two weeks.  We will publish them in the next Update.
  • Registrations have been very active in the past few weeks.  It’s been decided that we will also include an Associates flight in which non-adaptive sponsors and local supporters will be able to compete.  Without these gracious hosts, we would not be able to have this tournament.  They will be paired together so Adaptive players can compete with their peers.  Be aware that the Sewailo room block is going quickly so register soon if you want to stay on site.  We do have blocks at Hilton and Doubletree next to the airport.  Info is on the website.
  • We will be using Golf Status as the official scoring app for the tournament.  In keeping with property protocols, there will be no physical scorecards/pencils on the carts.  Once you signup, you will be given a unique code to access the tournament site.  You can familiarize yourself with the app by downloading it here.
  • All competition parameters and local rules will be posted in the next update.

About it from Tucson.  Looking forward to seeing all of you in April.  Fairways and greens, y’all!!!!!

Our new sponsor and supporter, VICE Golf

TIU Tour Productions and TIU4ALL are proud to announce that Vice Golf has agreed to being our preferred golf ball and allow us to become Vice Brand Ambassadors. We will be offering Vice balls at all events that we sponsor and it will be the official golf ball for our Collegiate Adaptive golf program, including the University of Arizona’s program. While all of us here at TIU having been playing Vice balls for a while now, we felt that having a top quality (Golf Digest Golf List) ball that is also affordable was simply a win/win for all of us. Managing Partner, Jon Moore stated, “Having Vice as a sponsor and being able to be a brand ambassador, is a huge milestone for all TIU companies and divisions. We’re all looking forward to the new opportunities provided by this great alliance.” Our initial promotion will be to distribute the Vice Variety pack to all competitors in the Quest for the Shield event that starts this month. Stay tuned for more announcements and events involving Vice Golf.

About Vice Golf

THE VICE BUSINESS CONCEPT

Vice was founded on the belief that quality golf balls should be available at a more affordable price point.

The golf ball is a consumable item – although durable, sometimes it only lasts a few holes. Nevertheless, high-quality golf balls can cost upwards of $4 apiece. It’s no surprise that many golfers fall back on low-quality golf balls: either cheap ones off the shelf or refurbished ones out of the lake. Even replacing their expensive ball with a cheap one when hitting across a water hazard is something we have seen on the golf course. Your game doesn’t need to be compromised by low-end equipment. To play your best, golfers should always play a high-quality ball that matches their swing—just as professionals do.

Vice Golf makes affordable, top-performing, tour-level golf balls a reality. We started off as a direct to consumer, online-only brand, which was the perfect channel to offer high-performing products at a low price by cutting out the middleman. After years of growth and acceptance in the golfing world, we are now able to produce even better golf balls and accessories at the most competitive prices. We still focus our sales through vicegolf.com, but have also explored retail options in our quest to make golf more affordable and accessible for as many people as possible, both online and offline.

Even after multiple years in the industry, we refuse to spend millions of dollars on PGA Tour sponsorships,- and proudly stand by our results and awards from independent testing facilities and publications like Golf Digest‘s Hot List.

Get the best value for money when ordering at least five dozen per model, equal to the average annual ball consumption for a weekend golfer. Nevertheless, you can also benefit from our step-pricing model that’ll give you the best deals when mixing dozens.