The 101st annual Southwestern Amateur will be held June 13-18, 2016, at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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
SOUTHWESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION
c/o Desert Mountain Club
10550 E. Desert Hills Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Phone: (480) 595-4132
Fax: (480) 595-4169
Mark your calendars for 2016!!
2014 Champion Kyle Jones featured in GlobalGolfPost turning pro. He was selected as Honorable Mention on the 2015 Men's All Am Team.
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.