Bobby Holden of Simi Valley, California tees off Tuesday morning as play began at the 112th Western Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago.


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112th Western Amateur gets underway

CHICAGO (July 29, 2014) -- Play at the 112th Western Amateur began Tuesday morning at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago with players going off Nos. 1 and 10.

The 156-man field features 50 of the world’s top 100 players, including 21 of the top 37, giving the Western Amateur the highest concentration of elite-level players of any event in the amateur game.

The international field includes players from 17 countries, including a dozen from Australia, by far the largest foreign contingent. Players from Argentina, China, Colombia, England, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Venezuela and Zimbabwe also are competing this week.

"The quality and depth of the Western Amateur field always is strong and deep, and we are pleased to be able to maintain the same level of excellence again this year,” said Vince Pellegrino, senior vice president of tournaments for the WGA. “Beverly is a classic Donald Ross course, and we expect the best amateurs in the world to embrace the challenge it presents.”


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