Ted Purdy wins the
1993 Southwest Amateur
SW Amateur ends with Purdy good day
By Mark Stewart
The Arizona Daily Star
June 13, 1993
Ted Purdy started the day two shots back, toured the front nine in 3-under-par 33 and played smart, conservative golf the rest of the way in
winning the 78th annual Southwestern Amateur Men's Championship at Tucson National.
Purdy, who played on the 1992-93 University of Arizona golf team as a freshman, closed with a 70 to give him a four-round total of 283, 9
under par on the 7,108-yard, par-73 National course.
Purdy finished one shot ahead of his freshman teammate, Jason Gore, and Richard Beem, a former New Mexico State University player.
Gore, who led after three rounds, finished with an even-par 73 yesterday. Beem, who shared the lead briefly yesterday, shot a 68 despite
bogeys on two of the last three holes.
Tied for fourth at 285 were former San Diego State and Long Beach State golfer John Lovett, Tim Beans of Phoenix, who played for Tulsa
University last season, and 1992 Arizona Stroke Play champion Erik Nielsen, a 31-year-old Tucson businessman. Lovett finished with a
70; Beans and Nielsen, who shared the second-round lead, closed with 73s.
Brigham Young University golfer Eric Rustand, a Tucson native, shot a 69 yesterday and was alone in seventh at 287.
Purdy has been riding an emotional roller coaster for the past week. Earlier this month, he and his UA teammates, then ranked No. 1 in
the United States, missed the cut at the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky., by one stroke. That was the first time a UA team had ever
failed to play the full 72 holes in the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm still disappointed about last week, but it's nice to know that I can win," said Purdy, who won his first amateur title yesterday. He is also
the first Wildcat player to win the Southwestern Amateur.
Purdy had nothing higher than a 4 on the front nine. He picked up a birdie at the 500-yard second, which he reached in two, and
two-putted from 10 feet. He birdied the third, sixth and eighth holes and bogeyed the fourth when he missed a 4-foot par putt. His most
exciting birdie came at the 524-yard eighth, where he found a bunker with his tee shot, laid up 150 yards short, then hit an eight-iron to
within 8 inches of the hole.
He added another birdie at No. 10, where he got up and down for a birdie from 10 yards off the green. He added seven back-nine pars to
that and a three-putt bogey at No. 14.
"I choked on the back nine," said Purdy. "I felt real tight."
You couldn't tell that by watching him. Time after time, Purdy missed greens, then saved pars with his deft touch with a wedge.
Beem, who played two groups ahead of Purdy's foursome and three ahead of Gore's, turned the par-36 front nine in 32 and went to 10
under par. Beem tied for the lead with Purdy four holes later.
Beem, the Aggies' No. 1 player three of his four years there, didn't give himself much of a chance before he teed off yesterday. After 54
holes, he was in an eight-way tie for 10th, five behind Gore.
"But winning was kind of a hope after the 13th hole," said Beem, who was 7 under par for the day at that point. "When I birdied three of the
first four holes on the back nine, it was off to the races. But I took the third turn a little wide." Bogeys at 16 and 17 cost Beem his chance at
Gore seemed to have shot himself out of it on the front nine, where he picked up two bogeys and a double bogey in making the turn at 39.
But he made three birdies coming in and missed a 20-foot birdie putt to tie Purdy at No. 18.
"Ted needs a win after what the Suns did last night," said Gore, one of Purdy's best friends. Purdy, a Scottsdale native, is a big Phoenix
Suns fan and a neighbor of the Suns' Richard Dumas.
"But seriously, I'm really happy for Ted," said Gore. "I'm glad a Cat won."
UA golf coach Rick LaRose, who competed in the Southwestern and finished with a respectable 298, 6 over par, summed it up.
"A week ago, Ted was sitting on the bumper of a car in a parking lot in Lexington, Ky. crying his eyes out. Now he's back on top of the
world," said LaRose. "It's a funny game, isn't it?"