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2021 Troon Challenge national finals conclude in Arizona

Scottsdale, Ariz. (December 14, 2021) – The 2021 Troon Challenge sponsored by Callaway Golf® concluded over the weekend at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz. Now in its 19th year, the Troon Challenge is Troon's largest amateur golf event, attracting more than 1,900 golfers annually competing in regional qualifying events across the United States. From May through November, regional qualifying events were held at 39 facilities in 13 different states. 64 two-person teams (128 golfers) represented their home clubs in the National Finals at the two Phoenix-area clubs and competed in both Gross and Net Divisions over the 36-hole, two-day event, held December 11 and 12, 2021.

In the Gross Division, the team of Joey Pirmann and Austin Quick, from the regional qualifier at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. shot rounds of 65-59 (124) to finish in first place. In the Net Division, the team of Ronnie Schmitz and Tyson Anderson representing Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence, Ariz. shot rounds of 62-61 (123) to win. The winning teams each received crystal championship trophies, Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Putters and $150 Callaway gift cards.

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GROSS: Player 1                   Player 2          Qualifier                      R1       R2       TOTAL
1: Joey Pirmann             Austin Quick     Troon North GC             65        59        124
2: Austin Mill                  Lucas Hauer      Papago GC                    64        61        125
3: Jake Allen                  Alex Thorton     Southern Dunes GC       66        61        127      

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NET: Player 1                   Player 2              Qualifier                  R1       R2       TOTAL
1: Ronnie Schmitz          Tyson Anderson    Poston Butte GC        62        61        123
2: Greg Kornburger        Chad Waleryszak   Lookout Mtn GC        63        61        124
3: Blake Watts                Zac Taylor             Rawls Course            65        60        125      

“Congratulations to our Troon Challenge National Finals winners and to everyone who competed in this year’s Troon Challenge Regional Qualifiers,” said Kris Strauss, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Troon. “With the current boom in golf, we saw increased interest at our regional qualifiers, with more than 1900 golfers competing for a chance to play in the National Finals. Our partners at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino knocked it out of the park with accommodations and the opening night reception, while our teams at Whirlwind and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes delivered exceptional Troon experiences for all participants.”

Troon developed the Troon Challenge in 2003 as a way for amateur golfers to compete in fun, competitive, well-run golf events at Troon-affiliated facilities. The National Final has been held in a warm weather destination in late November or early December since the event’s inception, and provides qualifiers with an opportunity to play for prizes and bragging rights. 

The 2021 Troon Challenge was sponsored by Callaway Golf, along with supporting partners AHEAD, Phat Scooters, Pepsi, and Avis, with scoring powered by Golf Genius, and Golf Invite as the hole-in-one sponsor. For more information on the 2021 Troon Challenge, visit

Troon Challenge Official Sponsor Details:
Callaway Golf: Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. Callaway Golf Company manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, and sells golf accessories, under the Callaway Golf and Odyssey brands worldwide. For more information, visit

AHEAD: Founded in 1995, AHEAD is a multi-dimensional brand with a proven track record of success distributing headwear, apparel, and accessories to the green grass, resort, and corporate markets. Its single focus of providing quality products, innovative, high-quality design, and merchandising concepts has led to more than 20 years of continued growth and expansion. AHEAD is a leading supplier of headwear to the USGA, PGA of America, Ryder Cup, and numerous PGA Tour events in addition to more than 5,000 green grass and resort shops throughout the world. Among active professional golfers who wear AHEAD gear on the course are Jim Furyk and Brittany Lincicome. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam wear AHEAD exclusively. For more information, visit

Pepsi: Pepsi has been bringing fun and refreshment to consumers for over 100 years. From its humble beginnings over a century ago, Pepsi-Cola has grown to become one of the best known, most loved products throughout the world.  For more information, visit  

Phat Scooters: Phat Scooters is a Tempe, Arizona-based company that produces a series of fun-to-ride, all-electric, single-rider scooters, including Phat Golf Scooters. For more information about Phat Scooters or to find a course near you offering an HD Golf scooter, visit

Avis: Avis Budget Group, Inc. is a leading global provider of mobility solutions, both through its Avis and Budget brands, which have more than 10,000 rental locations in approximately 180 countries around the world, and through its Zipcar brand, which is the world's leading car sharing network, with more than one million members. Avis Budget Group operates most of its car rental offices in North America, Europe and Australasia directly, and operates primarily through licensees in other parts of the world. For more information, visit

Golf Genius: Golf Genius software offers affordable, fully-featured cloud-based software for organizing and managing golf events, leagues and trips. Golf Genius saves time and eliminates hassle for PGA Professionals, event organizers, league managers, amateur and professional associations and trip captains, enabling them to deliver a greatly enhanced experience to golfers with live scoring, TV leaderboards and custom websites displaying pairings, results, statistics, sponsor branding, photos, message boards, and more. For more information, visit

Golf Invite:  Golf Invite is the single resource for all your event needs, ensuring your events success by providing industry leading products and service. Customizable Hole-in-One Packages, Putting & Shootout Contests, Custom Signage & Awards, Web Based Event Software and Logo Merchandise are provided a la carte and can be added to an existing event plan to add value and unexpected excitement that is sure to leave a lasting impression. For more information, visit

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 650-plus 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 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit

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