GOLF, Ill. (Wednesday, July 25) – The excitement and drama of the storied Western Amateur championship will be streamed live for the first time ever on Golf Channel’s digital platforms and on other online platforms, the Western Golf Association announced today.
Beginning with the Sweet 16 match play competition, the WGA will provide an expected 12 hours of live streaming coverage on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4, bringing the action of golf’s third-oldest amateur championship into the homes of fans worldwide. The stream will be available at GolfChannel.com, the Golf Channel mobile app and thewesternamateur.com.
“This is a significant step forward for us in showcasing our amateur championship and the world’s top amateurs who annually compete for the coveted title,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA President and CEO. “We’ve watched Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and many more compete in the Western Amateur. Now, golf fans everywhere will be able to watch golf’s future stars face off against one another in golf’s most rigorous test.”
Live streaming of the 116th Western Amateur will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 3, covering the finish of the eight Sweet 16 matches. The quarterfinal matches will be live streamed from 3-6 p.m. CT. On Saturday, Aug. 4, coverage of the semifinal matches will run from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CT followed by a live stream of the championship match, with a tentative starting time of 1 p.m. CT through the conclusion of play.
Live coverage will be supported by interviews, championship highlights and features on the rich history of the Western Golf Association, Western Amateur and Sunset Ridge Country Club. The WGA is working with Thaler Media in Palm Beach, Florida, to produce the two days of live coverage as well as pre-produced content and social media interaction with golf fans. David Marr III and Scott Walker will call the action at the Western Amateur.
“We’re looking forward to providing golf fans with a professional, broadcast-quality production that will showcase the skills of our international field of top amateur golfers,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA’s Senior Vice President of Tournaments.
The Western Amateur again will be played on Chicago’s North Shore, at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois, from July 30-Aug. 4. Competition includes 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 play 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday, with the low 16 advancing to match play.
Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur is the world’s third-oldest amateur championship behind the British Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur (1895), and regularly attracts the top amateur players from across the country and around the world. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
The 2018 Western Amateur will feature a stacked field led by Braden Thornberry, the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world. An All-American from Ole Miss, he won the 2017 NCAA Division I individual championship and recently tied for fourth in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
The field also includes Cal All-American and 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team member Collin Morikawa; 2017 Western Amateur quarterfinalist and 2016 U.S. Junior champion Min Woo Lee of Australia; Texas A&M standout and 2018 All-SEC selection Chandler Phillips; Oklahoma star and 2017 Western Amateur Sweet 16 qualifier Brad Dalke; Florida Gator and 2018 SEC Championship winner Andy Zhang; and 2018 Master of the Amateurs champion David Micheluzzi of Australia.