THE CENTENNIAL SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR
Dylan Healey Birdies Last Three Holes of Regulation, Then Pars First Playoff Hole to Win 100th Southwestern Amateur Over Hayden Wood
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.”
Wood – who began the day with a two-shot lead at five-under-par 205 – shot an even par 70 on Saturday, while Healey made three consecutive birdies on his last three holes to shoot a final round 66. Entering the final round, Healey trailed Wood by four strokes at one-under-par 209.
With Healey already in the clubhouse, Wood came to the final hole needing only to bogey to win 100-year-old tournament. However, his tee shot went wide left, hit a spectator and was not found. His second shot from the tee came to rest in the front bunker where the son of Senior PGA professional Willie Wood was able to get the ball up and down for a double bogey five forcing the one-hole sudden death playoff.
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.
Healey joins a distinguished list of Southwest Amateur winners, including PGA professionals Jay Haas, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Ted Purdy and Nick Watney.
The top 25 finishers are exempt into next year's tournament.
The 100th annual Southwestern Amateur was held June 8-13, 2015, 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.
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 Geronimo Course will play host to this year's tournament with the Cochise Course also used for the first two rounds.
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 information, visit www.desertmountain.com. More information on the tournament and the Geronimo and Cochise Courses can be found on this website.
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 Geronimo 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.
99TH TOURNAMENT RECAP
Kyle Jones of Taylor, Arizona, came from as many as four down with nine holes to play and emphatically eagled the 72nd hole to overtake fellow Arizonan Zachary Wright, our three day leader, to win the 99th Southwestern Amateur by two strokes. While evaluating their second shots in the 72nd hole fairway, Jones later confided, "Zach and I have played golf together since we were 10 or 11 and I knew he was a good iron player so I just wanted to get it close to put some pressure on him". That he did, sticking it to two feet. Jones, who will be a senior at Baylor in the fall and is ranked No. 38 on Golfweek's men's college individual rankings, closed with a 67 (-3) for a four day total of 268 (-12).
Wright, who will be a junior at LSU, closed with a 71 (+1) to finish runner-up at 270 (-10). Brigham Young University senior Justin Keiley of Provo, Utah, finished in third place at 273 (-7).
Four holes-in-one were recorded during the first two rounds, a tournament record. During the first round Jeremy Sanders of Chatsworth, California and Kyle Jones of Taylor, Arizona made their aces on the 225 yard 17th hole while Jay Burlison on Salinas, California made his on the 140 yard 13th hole. A day later Zachary Wright of Phoenix, Arizona, aced the 189 yard 11th hole during his morning round.
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