The 2021 Conquistador Award Ceremony

Missing: Ryan Brenden, Michael Madsen

A heartfelt thanks to all of you who came to Tucson to attend this inaugural event. Looking forward to the next event this fall and next year’s Conquistador two weeks after the Masters.

Final Results for the Inaugural Conquistador Paragolf Championships

Bill Fryar, the No. 1-ranked seated golfer in the nation, putts the ball on hole No. 16 during Round 2 of the Arizona Adaptive Sports Conquistador Paragolf Championship at Sewailo Golf Club. Fryar had the low score in the G9/G10 category for seated golfers.
Rebecca Sasnett, Arizona Daily Star


https://tucson.com/sports/local/winners-crowned-at-inaugural-conquistador-paragolf-championship-in-tucson/article_9d41be00-a520-11eb-be8a-2787bac6371f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

The inaugural Conquistador Paragolf Championships is officially in the books! We had a great competition, great golf in arguably rough conditions (great weather but 30-40 mph winds all three days), but most importantly we were all able to get back on the golf course together. It was great to see all of our fellow competitors/friends for the first time in over a year.

From all of us at TIU4ALL, we want to thank each and every one of you who came to Tucson this year. The week was a resounding success and gave us the start for an ongoing annual celebration of adaptive golf. Can’t wait to see you all in Mesa for the USDGA Open next month!!Conq

Final Conquistador Update and Schedule

Well folks, we’re finally here!!! We have to admit that planning a tournament during this whole Covid thing has not been the easiest thing we’ve ever done, but all in all, we’re pretty pleased with the way things have turned out.

Sewailo Golf Club is in pristine shape having hosted a Symetra Tour event this week. We’ve got some of the best greens you’ve seen! Weather is going to be perfect, high 70’s/low 80’s all week!!

We ask that each and everyone of you read the Casino del Sol safety page for the latest on the COVID protocols currently in place. (https://www.casinodelsol.com/your-safety-matters).

Schedules

We have made a couple of changes to the schedule for the tournament. First, we have changed the shotgun start of all rounds to 8:00 am in the morning (to make sure the weather doesn’t affect your visit!). We ask that everyone be in their carts and be ready to get out on the course by 7:45 am for each round. On Tuesday, we will open registration at 5:30 am at the Sewailo Clubhouse. The range will be open at 6:00 am every day.

The Player reception at Traks Tucson will begin promptly at 6 pm on Tuesday evening and will conclude by 9 pm to ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep. Wednesday night is an open evening.

One hiccup in the overall schedule. We were expecting Casino del Sol to lift the ban on large F&B gatherings by April 15th. We were informed this morning, that it will stay in effect until the middle of May at the earliest. Therefore, the awards ceremony will take place outdoors next to the clubhouse as soon as we can get scores posted. We are currently working on options for the awards banquet and will advise everyone by this weekend, what the plan of attack will be. As the Casino is a Tribal property, we really don’t have a lot of leverage at this time. We’re working hard on a solution to this issue as quickly as we can.

We will strive to keep everyone informed throughout the week and ask that you all share this post with anyone who is playing in the event. We will be sending out text, email and social media posts through the weekend.

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

For Immediate Release

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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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We’re getting close!!!

Only 25 days left until The Conquistador Paragolf and we still have a few registrations left to fill out this field. Our host course, Sewailo Golf Club, is in excellent shape and the greens are probably the best they’ve been in the last few years. We will officially shut down registrations on 4/5/2021 so we can make sure we have plenty of time to cover prizes, swag, and event needs. Get in now on not only the first event of the season but what is shaping up to be the best golf experience ever.

For all of our seated golfers, all of our available SoloRiders are now spoken for but we can still assist on potentially finding some solutions for you (no guarantees).

Hotels

Our registration block for rooms at Casino del Sol has come and gone, but you still may be able to book rooms, albeit at the prevailing rate for those dates. We still have rooms available at the DoubleTree Tucson Airport for those of you still needing to book accommodations. The rate is $99 and can be reserved until 4/15/2021. Please be aware that there is no shuttle service between DoubleTree and the golf course, so if you don’t have a car or can’t hitch a ride with another golfer, Uber is your best bet (approx. $20).

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will be held after the first round on Tuesday 4/20 (6:30 pm) at Trak Tucson. Trak is one of the many working equestrian facilities located within the city limits and is perfectly suited for an outdoor event that showcases the best of what Tucson really is.

Trak Tucson

Highlighting the event will be live music by KTKlassics and a tremendous spread by our partners and supporters at FireTruck Brewery. FireTruck will be setting up in a served buffet style and will be bringing out many of their custom brews for your enjoyment (soda/ice teas available as well). Although our spread will be “off menu”, you can check out their offerings here.

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.

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!!!!!