SKOKIE CC TO HOST WESTERN AMATEUR

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From July 31st to August 5th, the Skokie Country Club will host the third oldest amateur golf championship, when it conducts the Western Amateur founded in 1899.

The British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur are the only older amateur championships.

The Western Amateur is operated by the Western Golf Association (WGA).

Last month defending champion Dylan Meyer who was victorious at Knollwood Country Club in 2016, confirmed to Golfers on Golf and Chicagoland Golf that he will return to defend his title. His teammate at University of Illinois Nick Hardy will join Meyer in the field.

The 2017 Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club

The field will include 156 top amateur players, and past champions include Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.

2015 champion Dawson Armstrong who won at Rich Harvest Farms, has also committed to play at Skokie.

2014 medalist at Beverly Country Club, Doug Ghim of Arlington heights will play along with two of his teammates from the highly rated University of Texas Gavin Hall and Scottie Scheffler.

The 2010 Western Amateur was contested at Skokie Country Club and Stanford Universities David Chung, hoisted the George Thome trophy, over players like Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

“We’re excited to be bringing the Western Amateur and our elite field of amateur players back to Skokie,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We received tremendous support from their membership and staff in 2010, and Skokie features one of the finest courses anywhere in the Chicago area. This classic course has withstood the test of time, and pose a formidable challenge to these future stars of golf.”

Skokie is considered a Donald Ross design, since it’s his layout and design that is now in play and preserved. Tom Bendelow did the original 9 hole design in 1897. The club sits on Golfweek Magazines Top 100 Classic course list.

Skokie hosted the 1922 U.S. Open, along with the 1909 Western Open and 1998 U.S Sr. Amateur. For more on the Western Amateur and it’s history please visit Wgaesf.com.

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