Alex McMahon breaks course record at the 96th Southwestern Amateur Men’s Championshipby Andy Morales on Jun. 18, 2011, under Sports
Former Ironwood Ridge star and current University of Arizona freshman Alex McMahon finished in fourth place at the 96th Southwestern Amateur Men’s Championship (June 14-17) held at the Butterfield Trail course in El Paso.
He posted rounds of 71, 63, 70 and 71 (275) to finish seven back of the winner Stephen Carney of Tulsa.
It was a week of tied and broken records as the scoring record of 64 was tied on the first day by Alex Estrada of New Mexico but was then quickly broken by McMahon after the second round where he shot a 63.
Carney shot a 62 in round three to break the course record again.
The 2012 Southwestern Amateur will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Golf Course in Marana and McMahon has earned an exempt status for that event.
“I was hitting it really well … and I made a lot of putts, too,” McMahon told Bill Knight of the El Paso Times after his record-setting round.
“The longest was 15-20 feet; no bombs. I just had a lot of good looks. It was really calm out there this morning,” McMahon added.
The local news station interviewed McMahon here (1:36-2:50):