The already stacked field for the 2011 Western Amateur just got even better with the addition of 20-year-old Englishman Tom Lewis, who recently shot the lowest round by an amateur in the 140-year history of the British Open. The addition of Lewis means the Western Amateur’s field of 156 players will feature the top four amateur golfers in the world: Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, Lewis, and Russell Henley.
The 109th Western Amateur will take place beginning next Tuesday, Aug. 2-6, at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. No. 3-ranked Lewis is planning on turning professional following the Walker Cup team competition in September.
“The Western Golf Association is excited to have Tom Lewis enter the 2011 Western Amateur at North Shore Country Club,” said Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the WGA. “Tom’s presence will help continue the Western Amateur’s longstanding tradition of strong international fields and will make an already competitive championship that much better. Like Tom, a number of this year’s contestants already have proven themselves against the greatest players in the world.”
2010 Western Amateur champion David Chung will return to Chicago golf next week to defend his Western Amateur crown. He’ll be joined by college Player of the Year Patrick Cantlay, who led the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship going into the final round after shooting a 60. Cantlay finished in a tie for ninth Sunday (July 24) at the RBC Canadian Open.
2010 US Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein tied for ninth at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio on the Nationwide Tour. Also in the field is Jordan Spieth, the University of Texas-bound teenager, won his second U.S. Junior title over the weekend.
Top international players include Australia’s Matt Stieger; Ben Campbell and Ryan Fox of New Zealand, and Cheng-Tsung Pan of Taiwan, who won Western Amateur medalist honors for lowest stroke play score the last two years. A total of 156 amateurs from approximately a dozen nations are expected to compete in the event, which runs Tuesday through Saturday. Practice rounds begin Monday, Aug. 1.
Players with a local connection include Iowa’s Vince India of Deerfield, recently named Big Ten Player of the Year; Iowa’s Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, a first-team All-Big Ten selection; Brad Benjamin of Rockford, the 2010 U.S. Public Links champion; Auburn’s Kyle Kopsick of Highland Park; Northwestern’s Eric Chun and David Lipsey, and Notre Dame’s Max Scodro of Chicago.
The 2011 Western Amateur will take place Aug. 1-6 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. Admission is free.