Western Junior and Western Am applications available

Applications are now available for the 2018 Western Amateur Championship and the 2018 Western Junior Championship are now available.

This year's Western Amateur Championship will be played July 30-Aug. 4 at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois.

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will result in a 156-player field. Criteria that will be reviewed by the Committee includes, but is not limited to, the automatic exemption categories listed in the documents and forms tab, miscellaneous national ranking systems, accomplishments in major tournaments, high school/college performance, and professional recommendations. There are no qualifying tournaments for the Western Amateur Championship, all players will be entered via exemption or invitation by the Selection Committee.

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur features a 156-player field considered among the deepest and strongest field in amateur. It is the world’s third oldest amateur championship behind the British Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur (1895).

To win, the Western Amateur champion must play 72 holes of stroke play and finish in the top 16 to qualify for match play. He then must win four matches over two days, meaning that over a five-day period he would have played approximately 144 holes, depending on whether his matches went into extra holes or ended early. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange.

The Western Golf Association will celebrate the 101st playing of the Western Junior in June when Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, hosts the country's oldest national junior championship. The event will be played June 18-21.

Criteria for selection includes, but is not limited to, the automatic exemption categories listed in the documents and forms tab, miscellaneous national rankings, major tournament finishes, high school/college performance, and professional recommendations. There are no qualifying tournaments for the Western Junior. All players will be entered by exemption or invitation by the Selection Committee. All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Since its creation by the Western Golf Association in 1914, the Western Junior has served as a proving ground for future PGA TOUR stars, including past champions Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar also have competed in the Western Junior. The event was not played for several years during World War I and World War II.

Date: 1/2/2018