Western Amateur

The Masters of amateur golf

The 2018 Western Amateur will be played July 30-Aug. 4 at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, 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.


2017 Western Amateur Winner: Norman Xiong

Norman Xiong of Canyon Lake, California, defeated Doc Redman of Raleigh, North Carolina, in 22 holes in the final match at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois, to win the 2017 Western Amateur.  

A sophomore at Oregon, Xiong is the 25th medalist to win the tournament and the first since Chris Williams, of Moscow, Idaho, in 2012 at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. He finished stroke play at 14 under.

Past Amateur winners


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