Southwestern Am: Hoffenberg by 1

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (June 13, 2008)--With a final round 4-under-par 68 Matt Hoffenberg from San Diego State University won the 2008 Southwestern Amateur Championship by one stroke over local favorite Jesse Barnsley.

Barnsley finished one shot back of the winner for the second consecutive year.

As Hoffenberg sat relaxing on the grass area next to the scoreboard, Barnsley's final birdie attempt came to rest a foot from the 490 yard final hole leaving him just 12 inches from a playoff.

The absence of a roar from the crowd let the SDSU freshman know the result of the final putt, that he was the champion of the 93rd annual event, which is the longest running amateur tournament in the western U.S.

Under-par play on the final day was spectacular given the 7715 yards and tucked hole locations. Tyler Neal and Ferdinand Aunzo finish tied for third just two shots back.

Results For Southwestern Amateur Championship
1CAMatt HoffenbergSimi Valley, CA70071-74-70-68--283
2NMJesse BarnsleyAlbuquerque, NM50073-76-65-70--284
T3AZTyler NealTucson, AZ40069-71-74-72--286
T3PhilippinesFerdinand AunzoPhilippines40071-72-70-73--286
5CABlake TrimbleRancho Santa Fe, CA40069-76-74-69--288

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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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