Arizona Golf Hall of Fame

Significant Recognition for a WSGA Club - Desert Mashie (Phoenix)

Oct. 24, 2020
Desert Mashie Golf Club, Industry Leader
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October 15, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Golf Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the four inductees to the 2020 Class, which is comprised of three modern candidates selected by the Voting Delegates: John Gunby, Tina Tombs and Mark Woodward; and one Legacy candidate by the Selectors Committee: Desert Mashie Golf Club. The Legacy Division recognizes those in Arizona who have made contributions to golf, but due to the historical nature and having occurred decades ago their impact is not known to modern voters.

The dinner and induction ceremony will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Invitations and RSVP’s to the ceremony will be available at a later date.

LEGACY DIVISION

Desert Mashie Golf Club, Industry Leader

During the years of segregation when golf was a restrictive game and most courses were prohibitive or private, a group of ten professional African American men – the Desert Mashie founding fathers – came together and challenged that limitation.

The Desert Mashie Golf Club was founded in 1946 as an organization “for all persons interested in golf regardless of race, or ethnicity,” one of the oldest independent clubs in Arizona. They stated the organization did not practice, permit or condone segregation or discrimination in any form because of color, race, creed, religion, national origin or gender orientation in order to foster their love of golf and expand the sport in the community.

“We are so honored and grateful to be named to the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame,” said Carolyn Suttles, Desert Mashie Club President. “The mission of Desert Mashie has always been about our Junior Golfers. The fact that we have helped send young people off to college – and the alumni from our Junior Program – to work not only in golf but in a myriad of professional careers, is proof of the impact our organization has had on this community.”

The club defined its purpose, commitment and outlined a program for growth, with five objectives established:

To provide instructions and clinics for its members
To provide organized competition for its members
To promote a golf program for youth
To promote a program for women
To develop better public relations in the total golf community

In 1948, Desert Mashie held its first annual golf tournament and in 1950, Desert Mashie joined the United States Golf Association (USGA). In 1954, Desert Mashie Golf Club became a charter member of the Western States Golf Association (WSGA) whose 30 member clubs span six western states.

A past president, Dr. William “Bill” Dickey, was one of the most decorated servants of the golf industry. Fervently believing in a college education for youth through golf, Dr. Dickey was one of the founders of the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, and in his own BDSA Foundation, distributed over 1,000 scholarships to college-bound minority golfers. An Arizona Golf Updegraff Awardee recognizing his spirit and service, he also was presented with The PGA Distinguished Service Award in 1999, its highest honor.

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19.09 | 18:01

Hi Ralph, I posed the question to Joe Battle, our Club President for a response since I do not have those results.

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19.09 | 17:54

Does the club post skins and all results?? Everybody didn't place, but still would like to see the results.

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15.09 | 14:18

RESULTS AND PAIRINGS (PICS) WERE POSTED TODAY.

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14.09 | 15:41

Hi Ted. I am waiting for Joe Battle to send me the results since I was not able to play in the Annual this year. As soon as I get the info I will let you know.

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