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KEMPERSPORTS Management based in Northbrook, has recently announced in conjunction with the Western Golf Association and the Women’s Western Golf Association the home for the 2019 Women’s Western National Amateur Golf Championship.
Royal Melbourne, designed by Greg “The Shark” and managed by KSM previously played home to the Illinois Open in 2015, won by David Cooke. Now it will host a national championship in late June of next year in 2019.
The WWGA-AM has been held every year since 1901, is the longest running women’s amateur golf championship. 2019 marks the first year the Women’s Western Golf Association will run the championship in conjunction with the WGA.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing the Women’s Western Amateur Championship to Royal Melbourne,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association senior vice president of tournaments. “These are the most talented amateur women in the game, and we look forward to seeing them challenge themselves on one of the toughest courses in the area.”
Norman worked with veteran architects Ted Robinson and Bob Spence on his first design in America, named after his favorite course in Australia, Royal Melbourne. Royal Melbourne is a mix of shorter holes around ponds, prairies and trees, and longer ones where accuracy is important. The undulating fairways create uneven lies and camouflage approach shots.
KemperSports management president Josh Lesnik made the announcement at the annual KSM golf Invitational that was played at Royal Melbourne, earlier this week.
The championship will have a field of 120 players whose handicap can not exceed 5.4. The championship will start with two days of 18 hole stroke play. Then the cut will be made and the lowest 32 scores will advance those players into match play.
Emilee Hoffman of Folsom California, won the 2018 championship at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, over University of Illinois junior to be Tristyn Nowlin. Other past winners of the championship include, Ariya Jutanugarn (2012) Stacy Lewis (2006), Brittany Lang (2003), Grace Park (1998), Christie Kerr (1995) and Nancy Lopez (1976).
No site has yet been announced for the 2019 WWGA Junior Championship. For more details please visit wwga.org.