Southwestern Amateur: Carney wins by four

EL PASO, TEXAS (June 17, 2011) -- Stephen Carney of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sank a 50ft putt on the 18th hole for eagle to put the exclamation point on an impressive victory in the 96th Annual Southwestern Amateur at Butterfield Trail Golf Club in El Paso, Texas. He hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and his only bogey was on hole 16, the one green he missed. He held a seven stroke lead heading into the final round and shot 67 (-5) to finish with a 72-hole total of 262 (-26), four strokes clear of charging Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, who shot the low round of the day, 64 (-8).

“I slept really well last night and was excited this morning to get started," said Carney. "I hit and putted the ball really well and try to take advantage of the short par 4’s and par 5’s. I was a little nervous, though, on the second shot on 18 over the water.” He certainly didn’t seem that way when he coolly knocked in the eagle putt.

Third place went to Logan McCracken of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who close with a 69 (-3) to total 274 (-14). Andrew Widmar was the low El Paso player, finishing tied for seventh at 279 (-9).

All players who returned a scorecard in the final round have exempt status into the 2012 Southwestern Amateur to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Golf Course in Marana, Arizona

Results For Southwestern Amateur Golf Championship
1OKStephen CarneyTulsa, OK70068-65-62-67--262
2NMTim MadiganRio Rancho, NM50067-66-69-64--266
3OKLogan McCrackenOklahoma City, OK40066-69-70-69--274
4FLAlex McMahonNaples, FL40071-63-70-71--275
5IABen JufferW. Des Moines, IA40072-68-64-73--277

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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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