Western Amateur

The Masters of amateur golf

The 2016 Western Amateur will be played Aug. 1-6 at Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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. 

Visit the Western Amateur website.


2015 Western Amateur Winner: Dawson Armstrong

Dawson Armstrong of Brentwood, Tennessee, defeated Aaron Wise of Elsinore, California, in a thrilling 20-hole final match of the 113th Western Amateur at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Armstrong defeated two highly-ranked amateurs -- Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Alabama and Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wisconsin -- to face Aaron Wise, who had earlier in the week set the course record and was coming off a win the previous week at the Pacific Coast Amateur. 

Armstrong, a sophomore at Lipscomb University, holed an eagle on the 20th hole of his match with Wise to claim the 2015 Western Amateur title.

Past Amateur winners


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