GOLF, IL (April 10, 2017) – One of the world’s oldest amateur golf championships will again be played on Chicago’s North Shore when Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois, hosts the 2017 Western Amateur from July 31-Aug. 5.
Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur is the world’s third oldest amateur championship behind the British Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur (1895), and attracts 156 top-ranked golfers from around the world. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Reigning Western Amateur champion and University of Illinois standout Dylan Meyer will defend his title and headline a field that also will include 2015 Western Amateur champion Dawson Armstrong of Brentwood, Tennessee, and 2014 Western Amateur medalist and Texas standout Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Ghim’s Longhorn teammates Gavin Hall and Scottie Scheffler and 2017 Masters low amateur Stewart Hagestad also have committed to play.
The Western Amateur first visited Skokie in 2010 when former Stanford All-American David Chung bested a field that included future PGA TOUR stars Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed to win the coveted George R. Thorne Trophy. Skokie was among the first Chicagoland clubs to host the Western Amateur when it returned to the area after a 38-year stint at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
“We’re excited to be bringing the Western Amateur and our elite field of amateur players back to Skokie,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We received tremendous support from their membership and staff in 2010, and Skokie features one of the finest courses anywhere in the Chicago area. This classic course has withstood the test of time, and will pose a formidable challenge to these future stars of golf.”
Skokie Country Club is listed among Golfweek Magazine’s Top 100 Classic courses. Founded as a nine-hole club in 1897, the core of Skokie’s current routing was laid out by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross.
In addition to the 2010 Western Amateur, Skokie has hosted the 1909 Western Open, the 1922 U.S. Open, the 1998 U.S. Senior Amateur, as well as a number of qualifiers for major USGA events.
Skokie also was among the original 11 charter clubs that established the WGA in 1899 to help spread the game of golf across the Midwest. Only seven still exist.
“Skokie Country Club is enthusiastically looking forward to hosting the 115th Western Amateur Championship this summer,” said Peter Mone, a WGA Director from Skokie and co-chairman of the event.
“Knowing that future professional champions are likely to be in the field has heightened the enthusiasm of the Skokie membership,” added Tom Mallman, who also serves as a WGA Director at Skokie and is co-chairman. “Peter and I feel honored and privileged to act as co-chairs of this great championship and excitedly look forward to the event.”
Skokie also has been a steadfast supporter of the Evans Scholars Foundation, a nonprofit established by the Western Golf Association that has awarded full college tuition and housing scholarships to more than 10,400 caddies since 1930.
Thirty-two of those caddies were from Skokie, beginning with Louis Misantoni, who earned an Evans Scholarship in 1953 to attend Northwestern University. Eight are currently enrolled in school.