Announcing the 103rd SOUTHWESTERN AMATEUR

The Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
June 13-16, 2018

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 103rd Southwestern Amateur will be held on the Cochise course at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 13-16, 2018. 

Since its founding in 1915, the Southwestern Amateur has developed a stellar reputation as a high-quality competition for the nation’s top players.  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, Kevin Dougherty (2012), JT Poston (2013) and Aaron Wise.

 

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.

***NEW*** TOURNAMENT FORMAT

  • 72-hole stroke play competition conducted over four consecutive days. 
  • No cut 90 player field.
  • Play will be in morning waves only and players may use carts to minimize the effects of Arizona's summers.
  • Play will only be on the Desert Mountain Cochise Course, home of the PGA Champions Tour Schwab Cup.
  • Each player is provided a practice round on the Tuesday of tournament week as part of their entry fee.
Jim Flick Golf Performance Center

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.

102nd TOURNAMENT RECAP

Jino Sohn - 2017 Champion

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.

 

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.

A complete tournament summary can be found in our archives

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Nick Watney - 2002 Champion

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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What's New

No cut 90 player field!

Our Sponsors

The Sizzler Amateur will be held the week following the Southwestern Amateur this year, again at Troon North, just a few miles from Desert Mountain. If interested, contact the Sizzler website.

SWGA Executive Director John Ranslem presents a check to the BOOT CAMPAIGN co-founder Leigh Ann Ranslem. The BOOT CAMPAIGN, a SWGA partner, assists returning veteransw who have special needs.

PGA player and our 2012 champion Kevin Dougherty made the cut at the 2017 US Open. Well done!

At the 2017 Shell Houston Open, Southwestern Golf Association President, John Ranslem, met with former Southwestern Amateur champion JT Poston (2013).

JT earned his PGTour card by ending up in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour in 2016. He has made the cut in most of the 2017 PGA events he has entered.

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....

Former Southwestern Amateur champions Nick Watney (2002) and JT Poston (2013) finished T14 in the 2017 Valspar Championship.

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!

Desert Mountain Club

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.

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