SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Arizona State University junior Jino Sohn shot a final round four-under-par 66 on Saturday to capture the 102nd Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament at the Desert Mountain Club’s Cochise Course in northeast Scottsdale.
Sohn (67-66-67-66-266) finished the tournament at 14 under par, four shots better than Sean Carlon (69-72-66-63-270) of Albuquerque, N. M., Chase Hanna (65-67-69-69-270) of Kansas City, Kan., and Blake Hathcoat (69-66-70-65-270) of Fresno, Calif.
Once again on Saturday, Sohn got off to a blistering start, birdieing three of his first four holes (Holes 1, 2 and 4), repeating his performance of Friday that helped forge a one-shot lead entering the tournament’s final round. “I knew coming into today’s round that even par would not get the job done,” Sohn said, “so I tried to control my emotions and got off to another good start. I bogeyed the fifth hole, but came back with another birdie from five feet at the sixth hole, before doubling the par-three seventh when my tee shot came up short and went into the water.”
After parring the eighth and ninth holes, the soft-spoken native of Honolulu made three birdies (Holes 10, 11 and 18) on the back side to secure the victory, fending off first-round leader Quade Cummins who shot a front-side five-under-par 30 to tie Sohn at the turn. Cummins faded on the back side, shooting a six-over-par 41 to finish at five-under-par 275, in a tie for ninth.
Sohn – who won the 2015 Arizona State High School Championship at Hamilton High School -- becomes the second consecutive winner of the tournament from Hawaii, joining last year’s champion, P. J. Semiere of Kialua. He also is the first Arizona State University Sun Devil player to win the prestigious championship since 1989 when Scott Frisch won his third consecutive (1987-89) Southwestern Amateur title.
Sohn said the win comes “at a great time for me as I look ahead to my summer schedule. I really did not finish my college season that way I wanted to, but I am hoping that this victory will get me into a number of big events later in the year. I really need to give a lot of credit to our coach Matt Thurmond who showed a lot of confidence in me at the end of the spring season. It helped my confidence and I am sure played a big role in this victory.”
Carlon – who started the day well back at three-under-par 207 – shot the round of the day with a seven-under-par 63 that included a double bogey five at the seventh hole.
The field of 67 players played under clear skies, hot temperatures approaching 105, and almost no wind.
Thirty-two of the 67 players who made the cut shot par or better for the 72-hole event. The top 25 players are exempt into the 2018 103rd Southwestern Amateur.
The tournament committee wishes to thank the players, their families, Desert Mountain Club, our sponsors, our volunteers and our SWGA members for another successful event. We hope to see you next year. Full press release...
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The Southwestern Golf Association, partnering with the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Boot Campaign, a charity supporting our Armed Forces, announces that the 102nd Southwestern Amateur will again be held on the Geronimo and Cochise courses at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 14-17, 2017.
Since its founding in 1915, the Southwestern Amateur has developed a stellar reputation as a high-quality competition for the nation’s top players. The longest running regional amateur tournament in the western United States, the tournament has been played at a variety of sites in Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and across the border in Juarez, Mexico, on an annual basis. Past winners of the Southwestern Amateur include past and present PGA Tour stars Craig Stadler (1975), Jay Haas (1976), Mark O’Meara (1980), Corey Pavin (1981), Tom Pernice, Jr. (1982), Jim Carter (1983, 1984), Ted Purdy (1993), Ryan Palmer (1999) and Nick Watney (2002). New comers on the PGA Tour include Bryson DeChambeau, JT Poston (2013) and Aaron Wise. Club professional Scott Frisch won the championship three straight years (1987-1989) and noted Tucson amateur Dr. Ed Updegraff captured four titles in 1954-55, 1961 and 1969.
Beginning in 2013, The Southwestern Golf Association (SWGA) and Desert Mountain announced an agreement calling for the tournament to be contested on one of Desert Mountain’s six golf courses on a rotating basis for the near future. Desert Mountain is one of the world’s premier, private golf meccas offering six award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses, more than any other private community in the world. Its Cochise Course, where last year's Champions Tour Schwab Cup was played, will play host to next year's tournament with the Geronimo Course also used for the first two rounds.
Format for the tournament remains the same: 72-hole stroke play competition conducted over four consecutive days. To minimize the effects of Arizona's summers, players may use carts and play will be in morning waves only. The Geronimo and Cochise Courses will be played on the first two days. The field will be reduced to the lowest 60 players and ties after 36 holes with play only on the Cochise Course. Each player is provided two practice rounds on the Monday and Tuesday of tournament week as part of their entry fee.
For players who miss the 36 hole cut, Desert Mountain Club will grant playing access to two of its other courses on Friday and Saturday.
Desert Mountain also features six clubhouses, a fitness center with world-class tennis complex and hiking trails as well as home to the $1.6 million Jim Flick Golf Performance Center equipped with the most advanced technology in the industry today. Among the center's capabilities are 3-D motion capture, Doppler radar and four-camera vidio motion analysis.
For more information on Desert Mountain, visit www.desertmountain.com. More information on the tournament and the Geronimo and Cochise Courses can be found on this website.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – PJ Samiere (67-66-67-67-267) of Kailua, Hawaii, and a rising junior at San Diego State University shot a final-round three-under-par 67 on Saturday to capture the 101st Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament at the Desert Mountain Club’s Cochise Course in northeast Scottsdale.
Braden Bailey (68-67-67-68-270) of Groves, Texas and Derek Bayley (65-71-66-68-270) of Rathdrum, Idaho tied for second at 10 under par.
A complete tournament summary can be found in our archives.
The Southwestern Amateur is the longest running regional amateur men's golf championship in the western United States. With origins dating back as early as 1908, the tournament was formally organized into a regional competition in 1915. Since then the championship has grown to many more players and a stepping stone for many great future PGA Tour stars. Read More
At the 2017 Shell Houston Open, Southwestern Golf Association President, John Ranslem, met with former Southwestern Amateur champion JT Poston (2013).
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At the Genesis Open he was paired in the first two rounds with Kevin Dougherty, our 2012 champion and first runner up to JT in 2013. Read more....
Enjoy Desert Mountain for the week!
For players who miss the 36 hole cut, Desert Mountain has agreed to provide playing access to two of its other Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses on Friday and Saturday of tournament week. So plan to stay the week!
The longest running amateur golf tournament in the southwestern United States returns for a third year at Scottsdale's premier private golf and recreational community.