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Desert Amateur

2023 Desert Amateur
TBD Dates
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Maricopa, AZ

2022 Results:
2022 Champion:  Dalton Dean

2021 Results:
2021 Champion:  Gabe Salvanera

The 2022 Desert Amateur will be held December 2-4 at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, AZ. The Desert Am will be a Scratch Players and World Amateur Golf Rankings event. The Desert Am will be 54-holes with no cut (weather permitting). Included in the entry fee is all three rounds of the tournament as well as the practice round on Friday, December 2. The Desert Am is an open event that is open to both male and female golfers.

Event Criteria: A player is exempt if he meets one of the entry criteria below and submits a complete application (with payment) by November 24, 2022. This is an Open Amateur tournament and the player must have a handicap index of 3.0 or better. Any player who meets any of the standardized criteria below may enter the Desert Amateur.

  • Top 250 in closest ranking to the final 2021-22 Golfweek Collegiate Rankings or Golfstat Rankings (DIVISION I)
  • Top 1500 players in Scratch Players World Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Top 1000 players in World Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Top 1000 players in Golfweek Amateur Rankings
  • All 2022 champions of major state amateur and mid-amateur championships
  • All participants in the 2022 US Mid-Amateur, USGA Four-Ball, and US Amateur Championships
  • All male or female (5.0) amateur golfers with a handicap of 3.0 or below.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, December 2:  Practice Rounds (optional-schedule with Devin Lowe
Saturday, December 3:  36 holes (Rounds 1 and 2 continuous play) shotgun at 8:30 am
Sunday, December 4:  Final Round shotgun at 8:30 am
*Players will be in carts the entire event

Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event. Phoenix International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from the course. Plan all departure flights accordingly as no changes will be made to starting times for flights.

Carts: All participants will be provided carts and this is included in the entry fee. Carts are optional as a player enhancement.  Caddies are allowed but will have to walk and may not ride on the back of carts. All carts will be double-rider carts.  Spectator carts MAY be available but will be limited.  The decision to allow spectator carts will be the sole decision of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes GC and will be based on cart availability.

Conduct and Attire: Golf spike policy of Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is in effect at the time of the championship. Proper golf attire is required. Golf shirt must have a collar and either pants or golf shorts are required. All headwear must be worn forward. Any act of unsportsmanlike conduct-including but not limited to: cursing, throwing clubs, damage to the golf course, or other are prohibited. Disqualification with no refund is possible at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

Yardage and Green Brooks:  Puttview has yardage/green slope books available at:

Pace of Play: We ask that the first two players who hole out proceed immediately to the next tee and hit when ready. Walk ahead and save time when possible. In the practice round, no more than one ball should be played to the green. Play as fast as possible. 

Withdrawals and Refunds: All paid entries are subject to a $125 handling fee at all times and for any reason. Refunds minus $125 are available up until November 24, 2022, when there are no refunds for withdrawal or no show for any reason.

Beginning this tournament season, all tournament players are required to be members.  Memberships start at $25.  Please see below for registration and membership information!

Steps to register for our tournaments:
1. Sign up to the Master Roster of the Troon Saguaro Amateur Series at
2. Sign up for the membership level that best suits you (link below):
3. Sign up for individual tournaments 

GENERAL MEMBER:  $25-eligible to compete in all 2022-23 Troon Saguaro Amateur Series events
PLATINUM MEMBER:  $295-includes 10% tournament discount, exempt category, and exclusive 1-month priority registration windows
SPONSOR MEMBER:  $1,295-includes 1 sponsor exemption, 10% tournament discount, exempt category, and 1-month priority registration windows

Competition Waiver:  I wish to enter the 2022 Desert Amateur. Please charge my credit card and process my entry fee payment of $525. The entry fee includes the four rounds of golf for the tournament, participant cart, and all practice facility usage during those days before and after the round.  I understand $125 of my entry fee is non-refundable at all times. Refunds (minus $125) will be given by proper written request to the tournament chairman by November 24, 2022. I understand my entry fee is non-refundable after November 24, 2022.  I hereby agree to waive all claims against the Saguaro Amateur, the Desert Amateur, the tournament staff, Whirlwind GC, for personal injury or death as a result of any acts by the Saguaro Amateur or Desert Amateur in relation to the conduct of the tournament. By entering this Troon Saguaro Amateur Series-administered event, all participants agree that there are certain risks and accept personal and sole liability for all such risks, including, but not limited to, any health-related risks.  Participants acknowledge and accept responsibility for maintaining their own personal safety, including but not limited to, utilizing their own PPE, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing themselves if they contact people or surfaces.  All participants understand there is currently a risk of contracting COVID-19 at any Troon Saguaro Amateur Series-administered event and accept sole liability for that risk.  I certify I meet the entry criteria.