The best amateurs in the world are coming to Chicago golf Aug. 2-6, for the 2011 Western Amateur at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. First conducted in 1899 at the Glen View Club, the Western Amateur championship is universally regarded as one of the major amateur golf events in the world. Characterized as “The Masters of amateur golf” by 1994 champion Tiger Woods, the Western Amateur is consistently ranked among the top three amateur tournaments in the world, with the U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur. Admission to the 2011 Western Amateur championship is free.
This year looks to be one of the stronger fields in some time for the Western Amateur, which will host 23 of the world’s top 30 players, including seven of the top 10. Contestants hail from nine countries and 34 states. Total number of players in the field is 156.
Past champions include such venerable names as eight-time winner Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Andy North, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Scott Verplank, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Ryan Moore and Woods. Runners up and stroke-play medalists include such PGA TOUR players as Ben Curtis, Jason Gore, Jay Haas, Tom Kite, Rocco Mediate, Gil Morgan, Mark O’Meara, Chris Riley, Camilo Villegas, and Tom Watson. The legendary Bobby Jones was stroke play medalist in 1920.
A combination of stroke play and match play competition, the Western Amateur can be the most demanding event in professional or amateur golf. Competition includes two 18-hole stroke play rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday followed by a cut to the players with the low 44 scores and ties. Those who make the cut then play 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday, with the low 16 advancing to match play on Friday. Qualifying for the Western Amateur’s “Sweet 16” match play competition is one of the treasured accomplishments each year among the world’s top-ranked amateurs.
The first two rounds of 18-hole match play on Friday narrow the field to four semifinalists, who compete in a pair of 18-hole matches on Saturday morning. Winners of the two morning matches then play in the 18-hole championship match Saturday afternoon.
Title: 2011 Western Amateur
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Start Date: 2011-08-02
End Date: 2011-08-06
2011 Western Amateur daily schedule:
Admission to the 2011 Western Amateur championship is free.
Monday, Aug. 1 Player Registration/Practice Rounds
Tuesday, Aug. 2 First Round, Stroke Play
Wednesday, Aug. 3 Second Round, Stroke Play (cut to low 44 and ties)
Thursday, Aug. 4 Third Round and Final Round of Stroke Play (cut to low 16)
Friday, Aug. 5 First Two Rounds of Match Play
Saturday, Aug. 6 Semifinal and Championship Rounds of Match Play
North Shore Country Club
1340 Glenview Rd