90 Outstanding Amateurs From 21 States, 12 Countries to Compete in West’s Longest Running Amateur Golf Tournament
The Southwestern Golf Association has announced the field of 90 players who will compete in the 103rd Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament June 13-16 at the Desert Mountain Club in northeast Scottsdale.
Defending champion Jino Sohn of Arizona State University heads the international field that features some of the country’s leading amateur players from 12 countries, 21 states, 49 colleges and universities, and one community college. There are also five junior players participating in this year’s tournament.
Sohn will be joined in the tournament by two of his ASU teammates, five players from the University of Arizona, and a host of outstanding players from all over the country.
For a listing of the complete field, please go www.swga.net/player-info/the-field,
The 72-hole tournament will begin each morning with tee times from 7:30-9:36 a.m. on the first and tenth holes of Desert Mountain’s Cochise Course.
Past tournament winners include PGA stars Nick Watney, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, Tom Pernice, Jr., Jay Haas, Ryan Palmer and Ted Purdy. J. T. Poston, the 2013 champion, is one of the up-and-coming stars on the PGA Tour.
John Ranslem, executive director of the SWGA, said the tournament “continues to grow in status and quality, attracting a stronger field year after year. This year’s field is one of our strongest ever since we have reduced the field from 156 players to just 90. The smaller field has allowed us an opportunity to carefully screen our applicants and become much more selective in our player selection process.”
Over the years, the Southwestern Amateur has been played at a variety of sites throughout Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico on annual basis with the exception of a three-year hiatus from 1943-45 because of World War II. On four occasions the event has been played in Mexico.
Since its founding in 1915 as a regional match play invitational tournament for private golf course members to compete against the nation’s best amateur players, the Southwestern Amateur has developed a stellar reputation as a high-quality competition for the nation’s top players. The tournament was changed to a stroke play event in 1966 to meet the growing demands of the tournament and the increased popularity of the game created during the Palmer-Nicklaus era.
Now in its sixth year at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, the Southwestern Amateur has been played on three of the six of the Jack Nicklaus-designed signature golf courses at the club over the past five years.
Anyone interested in obtaining additional information on the tournament can go to www.swga.net.