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Markham, Dickey Top Crowded Leaderboard at Southwestern Am
George Markham (L) and Sam Dickey shot -5 at the Cochise Course (Nicklaus Golf photo)
George Markham (L) and Sam Dickey shot -5 at the Cochise Course (Nicklaus Golf photo)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (June 13, 2018) - George Markham (Phoenix, AZ) and Sam Dickey (Las Vegas, NV) share the first-round lead at the 103rd Southwestern Amateur after rounds of 5-under 65 at the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain Golf Club.

Markham, a senior at the Colorado School of Mines, finished his round with a flourish with a birdie on 17 and an eagle on the par-5 18th.

“I played very solid golf today with my only slip-up coming when I double-bogeyed the 15th,” Markham said. “Other than that, it was a very solid round of golf.”

Dickey, a junior at the University of New Mexico, was bogey-free on Wednesday, with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th.

“I couldn’t be happier with my round and hope I can play this well for the next three days,” he said.

There are plenty of players near the top of the leaderboard. Auburn University sophomore Wells Padgett (Wichita, KS) shot a 4-under 66, as did University of Wisconsin rising senior Jordan Hahn (Spring Grove, IL).

The defending champion Jino Sohn (Honolulu, HI), a senior at Arizona State University, is in good position after a 3-under 67, two shots behind the leaders. Still, he lamented some missed chances.

Related: Jino Sohn Pulls Away to Win the Southwestern Amateur

“I probably turned a 63 or 64 into a 67,” said Sohn of his round that included seven birdies and four bogeys. “But I should be in pretty good position as we go into the final three rounds.”

Also at 67 is Sam Hill (Orlando, FL), who plays for the University of Texas at Tyler.

In all, 28 players are even par or better, and within five shots of the lead.

Results For Southwestern Amateur Championship
1KSWells PadgettWichita, KS70066-68-66-68=268
2HIJino SohnHonolulu, HI50067-68-67-66=268
3ILJordan HahnSpring Grove, IL40066-67-67-70=270
4NMSean CarlonAlbuquerque, NM40070-67-69-65=271
T5GARyoto FuruyaAlpharetta, GA40069-66-72-68=275

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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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