June 15-18, 2016
PJ SAMIERE CARDS FINAL ROUND THREE-UNDER-PAR 67 TO CAPTURE
101st EDITION OF SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENT
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – PJ Samiere of Kailua, Hawaii 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.
Samiere (67-66-67-67-267) a rising junior at San Diego State University, entered the final round one shot behind third-round leader Nick Heinen of Edmond, Okla. Samiere built some early momentum by birdieing the 397-yard first hole and had a four-shot lead over the field when he recorded consecutive birdies at the 424-yard, par-four 10th and 189-yard, par-three 11th hole.
Heinen (68-67-64-73-272), a red-shirt sophomore at Oklahoma State University, got off to a shaky start with a bogey and double-bogey in his first four holes and finished in fourth place at eight-under par 272.
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.
“I played really solid golf the entire week,” Samiere said. “To shoot four rounds under 70 on Geronimo and Cochise is a great accomplishment. This win is certainly my highest achievement in the game of golf which I have been playing since my dad got me started at the age of six.”
The field of 69 players played under clear skies, hot temperatures approaching 105, and swirling gusty winds.
Bailey, a sophomore at Baylor who started the day at 208 – two shots behind Samiere -- said the winds and difficult pin positions created quite a challenge to all of the players. “The winds made the golf course play much more difficult than yesterday, and PJ played a great round of golf to win the tournament.”
Nineteen of the 69 players who made the cut shot par or better for the 72-hole event. David Snyder, a native of McAllen, Texas, who spends part of the year in Scottsdale, tied for fifth at four-under-par 276, while Matthew McCarty and David Ricciardelli, both of Scottsdale, tied for 14th at even-par 280.
With the win, Samiere joins some illustrious past Southwestern Amateur champions, including PGA Tour stars Mark O’Meara (1980), Corey Pavin (1981), Tom Pernice, Jr. (1982), Ryan Palmer (2002) and Nick Watney (2002).
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). 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 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.
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
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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.