Californians lead at Southwestern Amateur
Austin Smotherman
Austin Smotherman

MARANA, Ariz. (June 12, 2012) -- Californians dominated the leaderboard after the first round of the 97th Annual Southwestern Amateur Golf Tournament at the par 72, 7337 yard Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.

Austin Smotherman from Loomis, California, and Alex Wagner from San Diego, California, are tied for the lead at 67 (-5) after carding identical 34s/33s on the outward and inward halves during their morning rounds.

Four players are one stroke back at 68 (-4) including Mark Anguiano from Whittier, California, Jarred Bossio from Olympia, Washington, Shane Lebow from Santa Barbara, California and Mac McClung from Fremont, California.

The starting field of 130 includes players from 33 states, Mexico and Australia. 46 players were at even par or better. Most of the low rounds were completed during the morning wave where conditions were better. Afternoon conditions produced light winds and temperatures approaching 105 F.

The Cal State Fullerton team of Mark Anguiano and Scott Rubzin of Rancho, California are leading the Team Challenge Competition by three strokes over the team from Washington State University.

Round 2 of the 72-hole event starts on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:00 am. After Round 2 the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties.

Results For Southwestern Amateur Championship
1CAKevin DoughertyMurrieta, CA70069-66-70-74--279
2INMichael DavanIN50071-67-71-73--282
3COCameron HarrellColorado Springs, CO40072-71-68-73--284
T4CAJohn Young KimLos Alamitos, CA40070-69-75-71--285
T4CABen GeyerArbuckle, CA40073-74-68-70--285

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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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