Next week, the best amateurs in the world will be teeing it up in one of the most grueling formats of amateur golf here at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL. Played for more than 100 years and rooted in history, the Western Amateur trophy has been held by champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, and Phil Mickelson, to name a few. This year from August 1st – 6th, North Shore CC will be home to golfers like 2010 Western Am defending champion David Chung from Standord University, Oklahoma State stand-out Peter Uihlein, UCLA star Patrick Cantlay, and top British Amateur Tom Lewis (the list can easily go on) as they try to add their name to the trophy themselves.
You can view the entire field and read about the tournament’s facts here.
As well as hosting the Western Amateur, the Western Golf Association is deeply involved with the Evans Scholars Program which is one of the country’s largest privately funded college scholarship programs. The scholarship provides tuition and housing for the recipients. Currently, there are more than 9,000 Evans Scholars Alumni. You may recall the quest of Caddyshack’s Danny Noonan in his pursuit to receive this award. However, do not get confused; candidates do not have to win any golf tournaments or caddy for Rodney Dangerfield to be selected. The Evans Scholarship awards caddies at the nation’s top clubs who have some level of financial need and who finished in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class. Originally started by Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr., and now administered by the WGA, the Evans Scholars’ Program has awarded more than $130 million in scholarships in his name.
Looking towards next week, North Shore’s PGA Master Head Professional Tim O’Neal echoed that “we are very excited to host such a strong field, including the top amateurs from all over the world, at a great venue.” As you will see below in the video created by the Western Amateur Tournament Committee, the conditions will be tough but pristine and the tournament format is designed to let the cream of the crop rise to the top.
You can follow the action on the tournament site.
We are looking forward to an excellent week as the Western Amateur makes its way to North Shore Country Club.