This year's sponsors for which we are most appreciative.

Sponsor Area of Influence
ACUSHNET / TITLEIST Golf equipment and clothing
ALLIANCE LUMBER Lumber and building materials in the Phoenix area
ARIZONA GOLF ASSOCIATION Promoting amateur golf
BONNEVILLE INTL Advertising agency
BOOT CAMPAIGN Charity supporting our Armed Forces
CASTLEROCK Wealth management to individuals, trustees and businesses
ECCO Innovative comfort footwear
HENSLEY Beverage company
IMPERIAL Headwear and other sports apparel
KONICA-MINOLTA Office equipment
NATIONAL BANK OF ARIZONA Financial institution
RUSS LYON SOTHEBYS High end real estate services
SOUTHWEST GREENS Leader in artificial grass and turf solutions
THE THUNDERBIRDS Promoting athletic events for youth charity assistance

Corporate, retail and individual donors are invited to become a sponsor of the Southwestern Amateur golf tournament to be held at Desert Mountain June 13-16, 2018. Desert Mountain is the new home of the event through 2019.


One of the country’s leading events for top-ranked amateurs, the Southwestern Amateur is the longest-running men’s regional tournament in the southwestern United States and is open to all amateur players demonstrating a high level of competitive success. Historically, the majority of players have been highly-skilled college golfers ranging in age from 17-25 from the United States and a host of international participants. Through the years, the tournament has helped launch the careers of many PGA champions including former SWGA champions Nick Watney, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, Tom Pernice, Jr., Jay Haas, Ryan Palmer and Ted Purdy.


The Southwestern Golf Association (SWGA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the tournament and promotes amateur golf in the Southwest. It has been the sole funding source for the tournament, other than player entry fees and limited sponsorships.


The move to Desert Mountain, with its renowned Nicklaus Signature courses, world-class practice facilities, and on-property housing, is expected to raise the visibility of the tournament, as well as elevate it into one of the nation’s top amateur tournaments.  


However, in order to reach national stature the SWGA is seeking sponsorships that are needed. For the past several years, golf rounds have been down 2.3 percent across the country. One of the best ways to rekindle interest in the game is with young amateur golfers. This is your opportunity to contribute to the next generation of golf stars.


We offer you or your company an opportunity to sponsor, within your budget, the tournament and these young players in these areas:


Daily Lunch                   Hole Sponsor              Tee Prizes 
Practice Round             Transportation             Player Handbook
Player Dinner                Water/Gatorade            Website


In return for your commitment, your organization will be recognized in various promotional ways, from signage to the player handbook, as well as through media exposure generated for the tournament and its players. In addition, participation will not only demonstrate your support of the Southwestern Amateur but could potentially create new relationships within the SWGA and the local golf industry.


If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please contact John Ranslem, SWGA Executive Director, at 480-695-4071 or jranslem@swga.net.

Donations to better the tournament are gratiously accepted.



Participants in the tournament are all amateur golfers, the majority of who are between the ages of 18 and 25. These players are from a pool of the highest ranked amateur players in the world. Some have previously played in major USGA amateur championships, NCAA championships, and other highly ranked amateur events. Most are still in college and play in amateur tournaments all over the world prior to becoming professionals.


It is extremely important to these players to minimize their expenses and help from host families is critical to them selecting tournaments in which to participate.


Having a young player in your home can be very rewarding.


Since the tournament will be coming to Desert Mountain for several years, a committee has been formed to coordinate housing.


If you think you might be interested in being a host, please contact Donna Ranslem at donnaranslem2@gmail.com.  You will then be provided with some materials for your review.

Where to Find Us:


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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