The 2018 Western Amateur will be played July 30 - Aug. 4 at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois.

Applications for 2018 Western Amateur Now Available

GOLF, Ill. (Jan. 2 2018) ... Applications are now available for the 2018 Western Amateur.

The Western Golf Association will celebrate the 116th playing of the Western Amateur in July when Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois, hosts one of the world's oldest and most prestigious amateur championships. The event will be played July 30 - Aug. 4.

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will result in a 156-player field. Criteria that will be reviewed by the Committee includes, but is not limited to, the automatic exemption categories listed in the documents and forms tab, miscellaneous national ranking systems, accomplishments in major tournaments, high school/college performance, and professional recommendations. There are no qualifying tournaments for the Western Amateur Championship, all players will be entered via exemption or invitation by the Selection Committee.

Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur features a 156-player field considered among the deepest and strongest field in amateur. It is the world’s third oldest amateur championship behind the British Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur (1895).

To win, the Western Amateur champion must play 72 holes of stroke play and finish in the top 16 to qualify for match play. He then must win four matches over two days, meaning that over a five-day period he would have played approximately 144 holes, depending on whether his matches went into extra holes or ended early.

Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange.

For more information, please contact Tournament Manager Steve Prioletti at



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