Southwestern Amateur preview: In its 106th year, a new era begins

Chris Brauner

The Southwestern Amateur Championship, one of the country’s long-time leading events for top-ranked amateurs, returns June 16-19 on the Outlaw course at the Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

While the championship has a 106-year history as a men’s tournament, a women’s division will be introduced this year – presenting a 72-hole stroke play event for each field. The expansion of the tournament has attracted talent far and wide from across the nation, with a field set to add another compelling competitive layer.

John Ranslem, executive director of the Southwestern Golf Association, noticed a need for more high-profile amateur events for women and wanted to be a part of the solution.

“We believe that our new format will resonate with both men and women players and bring an entirely new dynamic to our tournament,” he said.

The Outlaw course, a Jack Nicklaus design, will play host to 72 men and women and previously hosted the competition in 2007. The field boasts quite a few standouts on both sides – read on to discover more about their accomplishments.

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