2020 Application Information

118th Western Amateur
Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana
July 27-August 1, 2020

Entries Close 5 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, June 19, 2020

ELIGIBILITY — This Championship is open to male amateur golfers with an official and verified World Handicap System index not exceeding 3.0. In addition, the WGA reserves the right to invite players of national and international reputation to participate. Such formal invitations are extended only in writing by the WGA. (Receiving this application does not in itself constitute an invitation.) All entries are subject to approval or rejection by the WGA at any time before or after the start of play.

FIELD — The field may be limited by the WGA to a maximum of 156 contestants. The WGA shall determine the players who are exempt into the field in accordance with the exemption categories listed on page 3, 4, and 5 of this entry form. Eligible players who are not automatically exempt should submit a completed entry form, including a golf resume, with the application fee seeking a D-1 “Special Consideration Exemption” prior to the deadline date. 

2020 Entry Procedure

  1. All entries must be submitted online at www.thewesternamateur.com. Late, incomplete, or inaccurate entry forms will not be accepted. There is a $25 application fee for all applications.
  2. All entries and application fees of $25 must be submitted online prior to 5 p.m. (CDT) on Friday, June 19, 2020. Only one entry may be filed per player.
  3. If an entrant who has paid the entire entry fee ($325) withdraws before 5 p.m. (CDT) on June 19, 2020, the entry fee will automatically be refunded. The $25 application fee will be deducted from all refunds. If an entrant withdraws for any reason after 5 p.m. (CDT) on June 19, 2020, no refunds will be given. If you cannot compete and do not officially withdraw prior to the tournament, you will be treated as a “no-show” and will be subject to exclusion from future WGA sponsored events.
  4. The application fee of $25 (credit card payment submitted online) must accompany each entry.
  5. Upon acceptance into the tournament field, the balance of the entry fee ($300 - credit card payment submitted online) must be paid by Monday, July 20, 2020 to confirm each applicant's acceptance into the event. Each applicant who is accepted into the field will receive instructions on how to pay the remaining balance of $300.

WITHDRAWAL — If an entrant withdraws after 5 p.m. (CDT) on June 19, 2020, no refunds will be given.

FORMAT — Tuesday & Wednesday, July 28 & 29 — 36 holes of qualifying, 18 holes each day; the low 44 players and ties after 36 holes enter the final 36 holes of qualifying on Thursday, July 30; low 16 players after 72 holes enter match play. In event of a tie for the 16th position, a sudden-death playoff shall be held to determine the qualifiers. The playoff will begin as soon as the last player has completed 72 holes of qualifying and all scores are posted. All players in the playoff are required to be at the teeing ground where the playoff is to commence.

Monday, July 27

6:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Registration (Crooked Stick Back Patio)
7:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Practice Rounds

Tuesday, July 28

A.M. & P.M. First Round Stroke Play

Wednesday, July 29

A.M. & P.M. Second Round Stroke Play 
(low 44 plus ties enter final 36 holes of qualifying)

Thursday, July 30

A.M. & P.M. Final 36 holes of Qualifying
(low 16 enter Match Play)

Friday, July 31

A.M. First Round (Match Play)
P.M. Quarterfinal Round (Match Play) 

Saturday, August 1

A.M. Semifinal Round (Match Play)
P.M. Final Round (Match Play) 

TOURNAMENT ACCEPTANCE — Players qualifying for an exemption into the tournament in categories A, B, C, and E will be notified of their acceptance into the tournament after receipt of the online application and application fee, provided there are spaces available. All players applying for a D-1 “Special Consideration Exemption” will be emailed notification of their status by June 26, 2019.

SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS — The Champion and Runner Up in the 2020 Western Amateur Championship will be granted exemptions for the 2021 Evans Scholars Invitational on the Korn Ferry Tour.

REGISTRATION — In an effort to promote better social distancing at player registration, all players should arrive one hour and 15 minutes prior to their scheduled practice round time to register and receive their tee gift package on Monday, July 27.  All players must register by 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 27, or confirm arrival time in advance by phone. Registration will be located on the Crooked Stick Golf Club back patio and is open Monday, July 27, starting at 6:30 a.m. A player’s place in the tournament may be forfeited if he fails to register before 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 27.

PRACTICE — Crooked Stick Golf Club will be available for practice rounds on Monday, July 27; however, each player must register with the WGA prior to any practice. Practice rounds can be scheduled for July 27 through the online portal which will be distributed to players via email. PLEASE NOTE: Crooked Stick’s golf course will be unavailable for practice rounds prior to Monday, July 27. Contestants will have access to the driving range, putting green, and short game area on Sunday, July 26 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

STARTING TIMES — Pairings and starting times for the first two rounds of qualifying will be posted outside the tournament office, in the Crooked Stick Golf Club clubhouse, golf shop, and sent out via email by 12 noon (CDT) on Saturday, July 25. Pairings can also be viewed at www.thewesternamateur.com.

ACCOMMODATIONS — Upon notice of tournament acceptance, participants should book flight reservations into Indianapolis International Airport (Approx. 35 minutes from Crooked Stick). The host hotel is the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel – 11925 N Meridian St. Carmel, IN 46032. The special tournament rate is $129 + tax. Contestants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and can do so by calling (317) 816-0777 and referencing Western Golf.  Contestants can also use the online booking portals attached in the official acceptance email.

PRIVATE HOUSING — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, private housing and transportation will not be available at this year’s Championship. Players and their families are encouraged to make hotel reservations at The Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel – 11925 N Meridian St. Carmel, IN 46032. The special tournament rate is $129 + tax and will be offered until July 3, 2020, or until the hotel is sold out. Contestants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and can do so by calling (317) 816-0777 and referencing Western Golf.  Contestants can also use the online booking portals attached in the official acceptance email.

HEADQUARTERS — All inquiries should be directed to Steve Prioletti, Director of Amateur Competitions of the Western Golf Association, 2501 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026, telephone: (847) 773-1899. After 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, the WGA Tournament Office will be located at the Crooked Stick Golf Club clubhouse. The Tournament Office phone number is (847) 773-1899.

CADDIE POLICY — Players shall walk at all times during a stipulated round in the Championship. A player may carry his bag or provide his own non-motorized push cart. Please note: Push carts will not be available to rent at the club so players are encouraged to bring their own.  Club or local area caddies will not be available for hire this year but the use of personal caddies is permitted. We strongly encourage players to use personal caddies who are members of the same household.

CONDUCT CODE — The following actions by players or caddies will be considered violations of the Conduct Code: any abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, host families, abuse of the course, leaving the course during your competitive round without permission from a WGA official, any use of or association with drugs or alcohol, not adhering to the dress code during any portion of the tournament, any vandalism at a host hotel, and/or any other conduct not becoming of a Western Amateur contestant. The penalties for Conduct Code violations, based on the severity of misconduct, may be any or all of the following: a warning, disqualification of the player from the tournament, suspension of the player indefinitely from WGA Championships.

DRESS CODE — Golf slacks only. Shorts are not allowed during any portion of the Championship. Golf/Bermuda style shorts will be allowed during practice rounds only on Monday, July 27 (Caddies may wear Golf/Bermuda style shorts during all rounds of the championship). Collared shirts must be worn during all phases of the tournament. Players in violation of the dress code will not be permitted to start the competition. A violation of the dress code by a player during the stipulated round must be rectified without undue delay or the player will not be allowed to continue play. Proper dress code is required at all times while at the host facility, including in the clubhouse and at all practice facilities before and after play.

FOOTWEAR — It is a condition of the competition at Crooked Stick Golf Club that shoes with metal or traditionally designed spikes are prohibited. Penalty for breach of this condition: Disqualification.

RULES OF GOLF — The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and The R&A, as modified by local rules established by the WGA, govern play. The WGA tournament committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions and schedules herein. Changes in tournament format caused by force majeure shall be within the sole discretion of the WGA officials. The decisions of the WGA tournament committee in any matter shall be final.

PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION; BROADCASTING — By submitting this application, I understand that the WGA or its designees, may record, film, photograph, or otherwise capture my likeness, image, voice, biography, references to me, my quoted statements, and my play in the Championship (the foregoing, together with my name, my “Appearance”). In consideration of the opportunity to participate in the Championship, by submitting this Application, I grant (and/or have the authority to grant to the WGA in the case of a parent/guardian of a minor or other authorized representative submitting the Application on my behalf) to the WGA, and its licensees, successors and assigns, the perpetual, transferable, assignable, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable right to use my Appearance, in whole or in part, in all manner (including exhibition, distribution, reproduction, publication, display, broadcast, transmission or otherwise), and media now known or hereafter invented or discovered, and for any purpose whatsoever. The rights granted herein include, without limitation, the right to use the Appearance, or portions thereof, in promotion of the Championship and future championships through any of the foregoing means of distribution, as well as in the design, manufacture and distribution of merchandise related to the Championship or other championships, that include elements of my Appearance. The WGA is not obligated to use my Appearance in any matter, and materials embodying any aspect of my Appearance do not need be submitted to me for approval. I release and discharge the WGA, its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims arising from use of my Appearance, including claims for misrepresentation of me, my character, or my person by any means. As between the WGA and me, the WGA shall own all right, title and interest, including the copyright(s), in and to any works created by the WGA, its licensees, successors and assigns, that include all or a portion of my Appearance. This grant shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and the successors and assigns of the WGA. I hereby waive all privacy, publicity, defamation, libel, and proprietary rights relating to the Appearance as used by the WGA in conjunction with these terms. Players are required to cooperate with representatives of the media; however, no pre-Championship activities outside of those activities which are part of the Championship will be required. Authorized representatives of the media will not interfere with the player’s Championship play in an unreasonable manner.

2020 Exemption Categories

Players may be exempt based on one and/or both of the following two categories: (To become officially entered, every player must apply online and submit an application fee prior to the deadline date.)
(1) Qualify under categories A, B, C, D or E, or
(2) Have received a formal written invitation from the Western Amateur Tournament Committee 

A. Exemptions based on WGA Championships
Western Amateur:
A-1. Any Champion.
A-2. “Sweet Sixteen” (match-play qualifier) since 2015.
A-3. Posted 72-hole score since 2017.

Western Junior:
A-4. Champion since 2017.
A-5. Top three & ties since 2019.

B. Exemptions based on other Amateur events
B-1. Top 175 Individuals in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking system (see owagr.com) or World Amateur Golf Ranking system (see wagr.com) between time of entry and the application deadline.
B-2. Playing Members of a Walker Cup and/or Top 5 Men's World Amateur Team since 2015.
B-3. 2019 Rolex First-Team Junior All American Team members, or Top 15 individuals in the AJGA Rolex Ranking at any point between June 1, 2020 and June 19, 2020.

C. Exemptions based on Collegiate events
C-1. Top 25 Individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin or Division-1 Golfstat Men's rankings on or after 6/1/2020.
C-2. 2019 & 2020 GCAA Division I First Team All-Americans.
C-3. Medalist in 2020 national championship of NAIA or NCAA (Div. II or III). 
C-4. 2020 medalist of the NCAA Division I Regionals.

D. Exemptions based on Special Considerations or Invitation
D-1. A limited number of D-1 “Special Consideration Exemptions” and/or written 
invitations, may be granted by the Committee. If you do not qualify under the 
exemptions listed in A, B, C or E, please apply for a D-1 “Special Consideration 
Exemption” online.

E. Exemptions based on professional events
E-1. Posted 72-hole score in a PGA TOUR event, PGA European TOUR event, or 
Web.com Tour event since 2018. 
E-2. Posted a 36-hole score in The Masters Tournament, U.S. Open or The Open