Cochise Hole #5

The 99th annual Southwestern Amateur, which helped launch the careers of many of today’s PGA champions, will be held June 4-7, 2014, on the Nicklaus Signature Cochise Course 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 who will have a rare opportunity to compete on Cochise, which has hosted The Tradition and the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship of the Champions Tour. This 7,019-yard course which Jack Nicklaus has called "one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world" will provide the players with a true test of their skills. It has earned a place on Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”


Cochise will again host the Charles Schwab Cup later in October. Several new tees have been added so the Southwestern Amateur will see the same set-up as the seniors.


Desert Mountain 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. Desert Mountain also features six clubhouses, a fitness center with world-class tennis complex and hiking trails.


For information, visit More information on the tournament and the Cochise 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 Tuesday 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 Friday and Saturday.


J.T. Poston (center) of Hickory, North Carolina, made his first visit to the deserts of Arizona a good one in capturing the 98th Southwestern Amateur June 17-21, 2013, at Desert Mountain Club’s Renegade Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. J.T. jumped six places by firing a 65 (-5) to finish at 276 (-4), two shots clear of defending champion Kevin Dougherty (left) of Murrieta, California, and Max Mcgreevy (right) of Edmond, Oklahoma. Said J.T, “I felt good coming into today. I had lots of birdies yesterday but made some dumb bogeys. Today my warm-up was good and I had five birdies and no bogeys.” Did he enjoy the desert? “Absolutely, I hope to come back to defend.”

The top twenty-five finishers are exempt into the 2014 tournament.



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 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