104th annual Southwestern Amateur scheduled in June at Scottsdale Desert Mountain Club

Entries are now open for the 104th annual Southwestern Amateur, one of the country’s leading  events for top-ranked amateurs, and one of the longest-running men’s tournaments of its kind in the Southwestern United States. The tournament, sponsored by the Southwestern Golf Association, is  scheduled June 12-15 on the par 70, 6,883-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Cochise course at the  Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.    

The tournament, a combination of invitation and open entry applications, is partnering this year with the Junior Golf Association of Arizona and the Boot Campaign, a charity supporting veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Entry forms and eligibility as well as course and tournament information are available at www.swga.net. Entries close at 5 p.m. (MST) April 30.   

All rounds get underway between 7:30 a.m. and 9:36 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held immediately after the final round. The tournament is free to spectators.  

Last year’s tournament winner was Auburn sophomore Wells Padgett who birdied a second playoff hole over defending champion and Arizona State University senior Jino Sohn. University of  Wisconsin senior Jordan Hahn placed third and Sean Carlon of the University of New Mexico finished  fourth. 

The SWGA is a non-profit organization that promotes amateur golf in the Southwest. Past tournament winners include Nick Watney, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler, Tom  Pernice, Jr., Jay Haas and Ted Purdy. Recent champions now on the PGA Tour include J.T. Poston and Kyle Jones; and Kevin Dougherty is on the Web.com Tour.