1985 Western Amateur champion Scott Verplank and Miami standout Patrick Flavin were the featured guests July 16 at 2018 Western Amateur Media Day at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois. 

Verplank, Flavin star at 2018 Western Amateur Media Day

Northfield, Ill. (July 16, 2018) ... Scott Verplank joked Monday at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois, he owes the Western Golf Association for jumpstarting his professional golf career. 


A five-time winner on the PGA Tour and member of the Champions Tour, Verplank, of Edmond, Oklahoma, was the medalist and overall champion at the 1985 Western Amateur at Point O’ Woods in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The victory earned him an invitation to the Western Open, which he won as an amateur at Butler National in Oak Brook, Illinois. That win came with a two-year exemption onto the PGA Tour.

“I might have to do some more special stuff for you guys,” he said. “You set me up. Thank you."

Verplank, along with Patrick Flavin, were at the Northfield, Illinois, club as part of Western Amateur media day. The tournament will be held July 30-August 4 and features several of the world’s best amateurs, including top-ranked Braden Thornberry, an All-American at Ole Miss. 

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