9/17: FCG Tour Secures Exemptions into the Southwestern Amateur Championship for Winners of the Upcoming FCG National Championship
We are pleased to announce the Boys and Girls 15-18 Division winners at the 16th Annual FCG National Championship will an earn exemption to play with the best amateurs in the world at the Southwestern Amateur Championship!
About the Southwestern Amateur Championship
Started in 1915 as a regional tournament for private club members to compete against the top amateurs from other southwestern golf clubs, the Southwestern Golf Association was organized in Douglas, Arizona. Pre-dating the Arizona and Sun Country Golf Associations, the Southwestern Golf Association was the original organizing body for the clubs around the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.
Developed with volunteers from each member club, the Southwestern Golf Association’s original mission was to annually conduct the Southwestern Amateur Golf Championship and promote golf throughout the amateur communities in the desert southwest. Today, the volunteer Board of Directors carries on this tradition.
Several of the original members of the association have histories longer than the states in which they reside. Original member clubs hosting the Southwestern Amateur include Phoenix Country Club, Tucson Country Club, El Paso Country Club, Arizona Country Club and Yuma Country Club. Several of the original member clubs represented have now become resort facilities including the Biltmore, Wigwam and San Marcos.
As the longest running regional amateur tournament in the southwestern United States, the tournament has been played on an annual basis at a variety of sites in Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and across the border in Juarez, Mexico.
E.C. Robinson won the inaugural tournament played in Douglas, Arizona. Club professional Scott Frisch won the championship three straight years (1987-1989) and noted Tucson amateur Dr. Ed Updegraff captured four titles in 1954-55, 1961 and 1969.