ANNOUNCING THE 101st SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR
The 101st annual Southwestern Amateur will be held June 13-18, 2016, at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As the highest-ranked amateur golf tournament in the Southwest, the championship attracts the world’s best amateur golfers and has helped launch the careers of many of today’s PGA champions including Jay Haas, Mark O'Meara, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, Ryan Palmer and Nick Watney.
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 this year's Champions Tour Schwab Cup will be 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. Play will be divided between the Geronimo and Cochise Courses in morning waves only for the play 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. Monday's practice round will be a morning shotgun.
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.
100TH TOURNAMENT RECAP
Dylan Healey of Franklin, Tenn. parred the first playoff hole to win the 100th Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament over Hayden Wood of Edmond, Okla. Saturday afternoon at the Desert Mountain Club’s Geronimo Course in northeast Scottsdale.
Healey (66-69-74-66) and Wood (68-69-68-70) finished the regulation 72 holes tied at five-under par 275, and returned to the 197-yard, par three eighteenth hole where Healey made a 10-foot putt for par, while Wood failed to get it up and down from the front green-side bunker.
“My back nine was what set up the entire round” Healey said. “I made five birdies on the back side with only one bogey. You certainly don’t think about making three straight birdies at the end on this course.”
Healey, 21, a rising senior at Cal-State University San Marcos, said Saturday’s win “is certainly the biggest of my career. To be the 100th name on that trophy is pretty cool.”
Eric Sugimoto (72-71-67-66) of San Diego finished third, one shot behind Healey and Wood at 276.
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