Historic Southwestern Amateur returns to Desert Mountain
The 2nd hole at Desert Mountain's Geronimo Course (Desert Mountain photo)
The 2nd hole at Desert Mountain's Geronimo Course (Desert Mountain photo)

The prestigious Southwestern Amateur will be played on the Geronimo Course at Desert Mountain from June 15 through 18, 2022. This will be the 10th consecutive year that Desert Mountain has been the host location and the second time Geronimo will be the host course having used it in 2015, which was the 100th anniversary of the tournament.

Many PGA Tour legends have participated in the event over the years as well as current stars such as Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau, and Max Homa. Last year, the event was proud to introduce a Women’s Division. In year one, the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) gave the women a power rating that placed them as one of the top 10 amateur tournaments in the country.

The fields consist of juniors, mid-ams, and collegiate players from universities in the west and southwest with players coming from all corners of the globe. This includes players from 37 states and seven different countries. Both divisions will have 72 players with a cut to the top 36 and ties following the second day of play.

In year two of the women's championship, a strong field has once again been assembled. Last week's Women's Porter Cup champion Katie Cranston of Canada is in the field, along with reigning Big Ten champ Monet Chun and reigning Arizona Silver Belle champion Leigh Chien.

In addition, two players arrive at Desert Mountain fresh off of competing in the U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles in North Carolina: Bailey Davis and Lauren Gomez.

For the men, the two top-ranked players, according to the Golfweek/ World Rankings, who will be on hand at Desert Mountain are Australia's Toby Walker and UC Davis junior Lucas Carper. Walker, traveling from Australia to compete in the U.S. this summer, is coming off a top-25 finish at the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. while Carper recently tied for third at the Memorial Amateur in Sacramento, Calif.

Reigning Saguaro Amateur champion Carson Enright is in the field, as well as Sonoran Amateur winner Gabriel Salvanera and reigning State Fair Amateur champion Kuangyu Chen.

Other highly-ranked players include Tucker Allen, Tony Chen, and Jimmy Dales.

Spectators are welcome and play begins at 7:30 a.m. The second wave of players on Wednesday and Thursday will start at 12:00 p.m. will have reporter and photographer Conner Penfold on site for the final two rounds of the Southwestern Amateur.

ABOUT THE Southwestern Amateur

72-hole stroke play championship for national-level amateurs with a handicap index of 1.4 or better. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 36 and ties. The SWGA Selection Committee will select players to compete based upon exemptions, playing resume and rankings.

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 record information.

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