Western Amateur

The Masters of amateur golf

The 2017 Western Amateur will be played July 31-Aug. 5 at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, 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.


2016 Western Amateur Winner: Dylan Meyer

Dylan Meyer, of Evansville, Indiana, defeated medalist Sam Horsfield, of Manchester, England, 3 and 1 in the final match at Knollwood Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, to win the 2016 Western Amateur.  

Meyer, a sophomore at University of Illinois, claimed his first lead of the final with a birdie at the par-5 10th. He stayed in front with a 20-foot par save from the fringe on No. 11. It was one of many lengthy par putts Meyer made during the final match..

Past Amateur winners


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