June 14-17, 2017
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 102nd Southwestern Amateur will again be held on the Geronimo and Cochise courses at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, June 14-17, 2017.
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). New comers on the PGA Tour include Bryson DeChambeau, JT Poston (2013) and Aaron Wise. 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 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.
Format for the tournament remains the same: 72-hole stroke play competition conducted over four consecutive days. To minimize the effects of Arizona's summers, players may use carts and play will be in morning waves only. The Geronimo and Cochise Courses will be played 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.
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.
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.
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
At the recent 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....
PRESS RELEASE - 2017 Tournament Announcement
There is a new amateur tournament near us in time and place! The no cut “Sizzler Amateur” will be held from June 11-13 at the Troon North Golf Club, just a few miles from us at Desert Mountain.
Play both and you could play up to 10 rounds of golf on some of the best courses in the country and stay at the same accommodations for the entire time. Read more...
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.