98TH ANNUAL SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR SCHEDULED JUNE 17-21 AT DESERT MOUNTAIN
Kevin Dougherty returns to defend his title!
The 98th annual Southwestern Amateur, which helped launch the careers of many of today’s PGA champions, will be held June 17-21 on the Nicklaus Signature Renegade Course at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
As the highest-ranked amateur golf tournament in the Southwest, the championship attracts the world’s best amateur golfers who will have a rare opportunity to compete on Renegade, which has won international accolades for its scenic beauty and appeal to golfers of varying levels. This 7,412-yard course is also known for its four sets of tees on 16 holes. It has earned a place on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”
Renegade is also home to the $1.6 million Jim Flick Golf Performance Center equipped with the most advanced technology in the industry today, all in one place. Among the center’s capabilities are 3-D motion capture, Doppler radar and four-camera video motion analysis.
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. The club’s Cochise Course was the site of the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season-ending event on the Champions Tour. Desert Mountain also features six clubhouses, a fitness center with world-class tennis complex and hiking trails.
For information, visit www.desertmountain.com. More information on the tournament and the Renegade Course can be found on this website.
Format for the tournament remains the same: 72-hole stroke play competition conducted over four consecutive days. The field is reduced to the lowest 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Each player is provided a practice round on the Monday of tournament week as part of their entry fee.
NEW! - For players who miss the 36 hole cut, Desert Mountain Club will grant playing access to two of its other courses on Thursday and Friday.
2012 TOURNAMENT RECAP
Kevin Dougherty of Murrieta, Calif., took control after the second round and never looked back in capturing the 97th Annual Southwestern Amateur held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., from June 12-15, 2012. He finished at 279 (-9), three shots better than second place finisher Michael Davan from Hoopeston, Ill. Cameron Harrel from Colorado Springs, Colo., finished in third place at 284 (-4).
Eighteen players who finished in the top 15 and ties have exempt status into the 2013 Southwestern Amateur.
Past champions Jay Haas (1976) and Corey Pavin (1981) with SWGA President John Ranslem at the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Desert Mountain Club.
The Southwestern Amateur is the longest running 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