This section will contain pertinent player information such as the tournament field, starting times and the conditions of the competition as they become available or necessary.
DIRECTIONS TO GOLF COURSE
To Cochise/Geronimo from I-10: (driving time: ~60 minutes). Take 202 East to 101 North. Take the 101 to the Pima Road-Princess Drive exit. After exiting the 101 turn right onto Pima Road. Continue on Pima to Cave Creek Road. Turn right on Cave Creek Road. Take the left on Desert Mountain Parkway to the Guard Gate. Your names will be at security at the gate. Security will direct you to the Cochise/Geronimo Clubhouse which is about five miles up Desert Mountain Parkway. At the fork in the road take the left turn onto Rockaway Hills. For those of you that use your automobile GPS system you must enter 37700 Desert Mountain Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ as this is the visitor entrance to the community. http://desertmountain.com/map-directions/.
MANDATORY PLAYER REGISTRATION
All players must register in person at the Player Registration Desk located at the entrance to the Cochise/Geronimo Clubhouse between the hours of 12 Noon and 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Each player will obtain his tee prizes and first and second round starting times. Any player failing to register may be withdrawn and replaced in the field and forfeit his tee prizes and entry fees.
Any withdrawal after the FINAL field is published will result in the entry fee being forfeited.
If it is necessary for a player to withdraw during the event, he must notify an onsite official prior to leaving the golf course. If withdrawing prior to starting a stipulated round, the player must contact the Tournament Director. Violation of this policy will result in non-acceptance of future entries.
72 holes of individual stroke play at gross by a field of 90 players. There will be no cut, all players will play all four days. The top 25 finishers and all ties will be EXEMPT into the 2019 Southwestern Amateur to be played at the Desert Mountain Club. The top 15 finishers and ties will be awarded merchandise prizes.
The driving range and all practice facilities will be open 1 hour before the first tee time and until 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).
PRACTICE AND PRACTICE ROUNDS
Practice during tournament week is permitted only on the designated practice range and putting green. A practice round has been established for each competitor on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Requests for the practice round tee time must be made directly with Desert Mountain’s Peter Swanson, Tournament Coordinator-Asst. Head Golf Professional, Cochise/Geronimo at (480) 595-4141.
PAIRINGS AND STARTING TIMES
Play will begin at 7:30 am for each round of the tournament. Play will be in groups of three with 11-minute intervals starting on holes 1 and 10. Players starting early from hole 1 on first day will start later from hole 10 on the next day, and vice-versa. Players will be provided lunch between 10:45 am and 3 pm for rounds 1 and 2 and may select to eat prior to or following their rounds. Breakfast will also be available until 11:00 am.
Players must start at the times and in the order arranged by the SWGA Rules Committee. A two-stroke penalty will be incurred if you are late for your starting time, but tee off within five (5) minutes of your starting time. Any player failing to arrive on the tee within five (5) minutes of his starting time will be disqualified.
Tee times for Wednesday and Thursday are on the pairings sheet. For Friday and Saturday play, they should be available on the SWGA website – www.swga.net – or at the Cochise/Geronimo Pro Shop approximately two hours after the conclusion of the round.
The official time is determined by the national Institute of Standards and Technology’s WWVB Radio Signal from the USA Atomic Clock, and is kept at the starting tee(s) or registration area. The official time is the time on the clock at your starting tee.
All players will sign their scorecard, properly attest their fellow-competitor’s scorecard and return each to the scoring officials immediately following play. We require each player to remain in the scoring area until scores are verified for each player. Players failing to perform all duties within the scoring area are subject to disqualification.
There will be real-time scoring. Volunteers will be stationed at every third green to record the last three hole scores for each player.
Players shall present a neat appearance appropriate to the game of golf in both clothing and grooming while on the tournament premises (no cut-offs, t-shirts, workout clothing or denim are allowed at any time). Knee length shorts or slacks are required and golf shirts must have a collar. No metal spikes are allowed. This applies to caddies as well.
Caddies are permitted for the practice round and all rounds of the competition. Neither players nor their caddies may walk on the putting green of any hole between rounds of the tournament. The player is responsible to ensure his caddie complies with all SWGA policies during the tournament. Caddies shall wear smooth tennis or basketball shoes. No golf shoes of any type are permitted, including soft spikes. Caddies may wear shorts and must comply with the same appearance policies as the players.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
In this Southwestern Amateur Championship a player MAY obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed or has the ability to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play, the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is DISQUALIFICATION, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
Usage of electronic devices that disrupt play is not permitted by players or caddies. All electronic devices must be turned off during the stipulated round. If a player or caddie uses such devices, they will be asked to cease doing so. Failure to comply may result in the player being withdrawn from the event.
Any player or guest requiring medical assistance will contact an onsite official or Director who will request immediate assistance.
Players and their families are invited to use the Sonoran Fitness Center after 11 am until closing at 8 pm. The guest fee is $10 each. The Center is located approximately one mile north of the Renegade course. If interested, please call the Sonoran Clubhouse (480-595-4355480-595-4355) to make an appointment.
No cut 90 player field!
Jino Sohn is back to defend his 2017 championship!
Its a family affair! This year's participant Cameron Meeks indicated on his entry that his father Eric Meeks, and his uncle Aaron Meeks, both played in the Southwestern Amateur in 1986. His father finished 5th and his uncle finished 2nd.
Eric was the 1988 US AM champion, 1989 Walker Cup team member and is a member of the University of Arizona Hall of Fame.
Colby Harwell, a very well known mid-amateur player in Texas, has entered the 2018 Southwestern Amateur. He earned the Texas Golf Association’s top honor as Texas Player of the Year.
In 2017 he won the Texas Mid-Am and the Texas Mid-Am Match Play --- the first time anyone has claimed the two biggest mid-am prizes in the same year.
Congratulations to Rice University senior, Mario Carmona, from Mexico, who tied for 6th place at the Conference USA Championship this weekend. This was his 18th round of par or better this year and the 47th of his career. Mario tied for 18th at the 102nd Southwestern Amateur last year, and is entered in the 103rd this June on the Cochise course at Desert Mountain
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.
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....
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.