Arizona Wildcat transfer Jordan Gumberg leads at Southwestern
Jordan Gumberg
Jordan Gumberg

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Jordan Gumberg, who will join the University of Arizona men's team for the 2015-2016 season, posted 30 on the back nine at The Desert Mountain Club's Cochise Course to post 64 on day one. He leads the 100th playing of the Southwestern Amateur by a stroke over Dawson Armstrong.

Gumberg, a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., played his first collegiate year at the University of Tennessee but transferred to Arizona and will play for the Wildcats this fall.

Gumberg birdied five of his last six holes on the back nine to post 30 and grab the first round lead, while Armstrong, a freshman at Lipscomb University, carded a 65 at the longer Geronimo Course.

The field of 156 high-caliber amateurs of this 72-hole stroke play event will be cut down to the top-60 players after 36 holes, and the remainder of the field will play the final two rounds on the Geronimo Course. Both tracks are Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, with the Cochise once playing host to the Traditions Championship and is the current site of the Charles Schwab Cup, the season-ending event on the Champions Tour.

Geronimo was the tougher task on day one as shown by a stroke average of 74.88 compared to 73.04 on Cochise.

Twenty-four players are under par after the first round, with both courses playing to a par-70. The Geronimo Course is tipped out at 7,219 yards while the Cochise course sits just under 7,000 at 6,889.

Three players are tied for sixth place at 66, including future Stanford golfer Brandon Wu, soon-to-be Colorado State freshman Jake Staiano, and recent Cal State-San Marcos transfer Dylan Healey.

Results For Southwestern Amateur Championship
1TNDylan HealeyFranklin, TN70066-69-74-66=275
2OKHayden WoodEdmond, OK50068-69-68-70=275
3CAEric SugimotoSan Diego, CA40072-71-67-66=276
4South AfricaVictor LangeSouth Africa40069-71-67-70=277
T5CAPerry CohenLa Jolla, CA40075-66-70-67=278

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ABOUT THE Southwestern Amateur

First played in 1915, 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.

Originally founded 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.

The SWGA reserves the right to invite amateurs of national and international reputation, as well as other amateurs "of note", to enter into the tournament. Applicants are urged to submit their entries with golf resumes of accomplishment in major tournaments and other competitive track record information.

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