The Western Amateur Championship – 2020 Preview, Reports & Results

1st August 2020

Pierceson COODY (USA) beat Rasmus NEERGAARD-PETERSEN (DEN) by 2&1 to win the Western Amateur Championship at Crooked Stick G.C.

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Pierceson Coody With The George R. Thorne Trophy (Photo: Western Amateur)

Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) both lost in Round 1 of the ‘Sweet 16’ Match Play yesterda. Flanagan was beaten by 2 Holes by Austin HITT (USA) and Pagdin 5&4 by Davis THOMPSON (USA).

Here are results from the earlier Match Play rounds: –

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Click here to view the complete Western Amateur – Stroke Play and Match Play Results

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30th July 2020

Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) came through on the final day of stroke play to achieve medalist honours at the Western Amateur.

He is the second Englishman to win the Cameron Eddy Trophy following in the footsteps of Sam Horsfield who achieved the honour in 2016.

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Angus Flanagan Receives The Cameron Eddy Trophy (Photo: Western Amateur)

Angus recorded a 277 (-11) total helped in no small part by a final round 66, the joint lowest of the competition. His 1-shot victory came over Sam BENNETT (USA) -10 who dropped two shots in his final three holes to fall out of the lead.

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Angus Flanagan’s Scorecard (Photo: Western Amateur)

Joe PAGDIN (ENG) finished 6th on 281 (-7) to complete an impressive qualification.

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Joseph Pagdin’s Scorecard (Photo: Western Amateur)

Austin HITT (USA), who had finished on 288 (Ev), earned the 16th and final place in the match play draw after successfully negotiating a 7-for-1 play-off. 2018 double champion Cole HAMMER (USA) was amongst those eliminated in this shootout.

Both the reigning European Amateur champion, Matthias SCHMID (GER) -9 3rd, and U.S. Amateur Champion, Andy OGLETREE (USA) -8 4th, made it through the 72 hole stroke play qualifying.

The third Englishman Jamie LI was unable to make up the necessary ground on the final day of stroke play and in trying to do so shot rounds of 76 and 73 for a 293 (+5) total.

There were conflicting fortunes for the overnight 36 hole leaders. Turk PETTIT (USA) made it through in 8th on -6 but Kyle HOGAN (USA) fell away after rounds of 74 and 82.

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 The ‘Sweet 16’ Match Play Competitors (Photo: Western Amateur)

Click here to view the full Western Amateur (use the ‘Menu’) – Stroke Play Qualifying Results

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29th July 2020

Turk PETTIT (USA) and Kyle HOGAN (USA) lead the Western Amateur stroke play qualifying event on 136 (-8).

46 players out of the 156 starters made the 36 hole cut on 144 (Ev).

Three of the four GB&I players made this first cut. Joe PAGDIN (ENG) -7 is tied 3rd after rounds of 68 and 69, Angus FLANAGAN (ENG) -3 is tied 15th (69, 72) and Jamie LI (ENG), who bounced back nicely on Day 2, Ev is tied 39th (75, 69).

John MURPHY (IRL) +4 and tied 81st wasn’t able to build on his round 1 69 (-3) and missed the cut after a disappointing 79 on Wednesday.

Day 3 will see a further 36 holes of stroke play completed by the qualifiers.

The lowest scorer after 72 holes of stroke play will receive The Cameron Eddy Trophy.

The leading 16 players will progress and make up the ‘Sweet 16’ match play field. The match play competition will start on Friday 31st.

Click here to view the Western Amateur – SP Qualifying Scores

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27th July 2020

The 118th Western Amateur Championship starts on 28th July at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana in the United States.

The Western Amateur is one of the world’s leading amateur golf tournaments. Only the U.S. Amateur Championship and the Amateur Championship could be considered more prestigious.

Put simply The Western has history and tradition, strong entry procedures, a superb format and arguably the best trophies in all of amateur golf.

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2018 Champion Cole Hammer With The Cameron Eddy Trophy (SP) and George R. Thorne Trophy (MP) (Photo: Western Amateur)

The Championship is run by the Western Golf Association (WGA). The WGA was established in 1899 and appropriately set up their headquarters in the town of Golf, Illinois. In addition to the Western Amateur the WGA also run the Western Junior Championship (since 1914) and the BMW Championship, the second oldest professional tournament in the U.S.A.

I will update this page with Results information as the Championship progresses this week.

Field

156 players are exempted or invited to compete.

In 2019 more players in the Top 300 of the SPWAR competed in the Western Amateur (114) than in both the U.S. Amateur (109) and the Amateur Championship (112). That is despite the two major Championships having much larger fields, 312 and 288 players respectively.

The Western Amateur normally sits uncomfortably in the Great British and Irish (GB&I) amateur golf calendar, coming at the height of the European season. This tends to mean GB&I entries are limited but the event is of such standing that it is always worthy of our attention.

Angus FLANAGAN (ENG), Jamie LI (ENG), John MURPHY (IRL) and Joe PAGDIN (ENG) are the GB&I entries this year. All four are making their debuts in the Championship.

2020 Draw

Click here to view the Western Amateur – SP Qualifying Startsheet
– use the menu at the top of the page to select the required Day / Round

Crooked Stick G.C. (Photo: Dave Samson Photography)

For more information take a look at the Championship website – www.thewesternamateur.com

Format

The current format, which was first adopted in 1961, is arguably the best of any amateur tournament in the world. It certainly offers a thorough examination for the players.

The field start by playing 18 holes of stroke play on each of the first two days.

A 36 hole cut to the low 44 scores and ties is then made.

The remaining players then play a further 36 holes of stroke play on Day 3.

At the end of 72 holes the low 16 finishers progress to the match play stage. A sudden death play off is used to separate those players tied for 16th place.

The “Sweet Sixteen” then play match play over the final two days of competition, the finalists having to play two matches on each day.

2020 Venue

Crooked Stick G.C., located in Carmel, 12 miles north of Indianapolis, in Indiana is staging the Western Amateur Championship for the first time in 2020.

The club was established in 1967 and enjoys a 7,500 yard par 72 course designed by Pete Dye.

Crooked Stick first came to prominence when John Daly, having started the week as 9th alternate for the field, famously won the 1991 U.S. PGA Championship there. It has subsequently hosted the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2005 Solheim Cup and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.

Crooked Stick G.C. Logo and Scorecard (Photo: Crooked Stick G.C. Website)

2019 Western Amateur

Garrett RANK (CAN) beat Daniel WETTERICH (USA) 3&2 in the 18 hole Final of the 2019 Western Amateur at Point O’ Woods G. & C.C.

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Garrett Rank With The George R. Thorne Trophy (Photo: Western Amateur)

Rank, 31 at the time, is a full time National Hockey League referee in North America and with his golf largely restricted to the summer months was a surprise winner.

He was the first Canadian to win the prestigious title since 1977 and the first mid-amateur since 1997.

Davis THOMPSON (USA) 67 68 65 67 (-13) secured Stroke Play Qualifying medalist honours by 4 shots from Eric BAE (USA) 69 69 67 66 (-9) and Daniel WETTERICH 66 68 69 68 (-9) on Day 3 of the Western Amateur Championship.

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Davis Thompson Receives The Cameron Eddy Trophy (Photo: Western Amateur) 

Click here to view the 2019 Western Amateur Championship’s – SP Qualifying and MP Results (Use Filter)

Ben JONES (ENG) and Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO) were the only entries from GB&I in 2019. Jones missed the 36 hole cut after rounds of 74 and 69 (+3 / T78) saw him finish outside the leading 44 players and ties mark. Lumsden reached the final stage of the stroke play competition but his scores of 70, 70, 70 and 73 (+3 / T44) meant he missed the ‘Sweet 16’ match play cut.

History and Other Past Winner’s

The Western Amateur was founded in 1899 and the 2020 event will be its 118th playing. It is the third-oldest amateur championship in the world.

Virtually all of the great names in U.S. golf have competed in and in many cases won the Western Amateur.

There has never been a GB&I winner albeit Florida-based Sam HORSFIELD (ENG) went close in 2016 at Knollwood C.C. Sam won the stroke play qualifying by 9 shots (63, 75, 67, 64 / -15) before losing to Dylan MEYER (USA) 3&1 in the Final.

Here’s a selection of former winners: –

Last 7 Years

2019 Garrett Rank – Point O’ Woods G. & C.C.
2018 Cole Hammer – Sunset Ridge C.C.
2017 Norman Xiong – Skokie C.C.
2016 DylanMeyer – Knollwood Club
2015 Dawson Armstrong – Rich Harvest Farms
2014 BeauHossler – The Beverly C.C.
2013 Jordan Niebrugge – The Alotian Club

Others

Jamie Lovemark – 2005 (youngest winner at 17 years, 6 months and 8 days)
Ryan Moore – 2004
Tiger Woods – 1994

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Tiger Woods (Photo: Western Amateur)

Justin Leonard – 1992 and 1993 (1991 Runner-Up)
Phil Mickelson – 1991

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Phil Mickelson (Photo: Western Amateur) 

Chris DiMarco – 1988
Scott Verplank – 1985
Hal Sutton – 1979 and 1980
Bobby Clampett – 1978
Andy Bean – 1975
Curtis Strange – 1974
Ben Crenshaw – 1973
Andy North – 1971
Lanny Wadkins – 1970 
Steve Melnyk – 1969 
Tom Weiskopf – 1963
Jack Nicklaus – 1961 
Tommy Aaron – 1960
Dr. Ed Updegaff – 1957 and 1959
Charles Coe – 1950 
Frank Stranahan – 1946, 1949, 1951 and 1952 (4)
Marvin Ward – 1940, 1941 and 1947 
Charles Yates – 1925.
Don Moe – 1929 and 1931
Francis Ouimet – 1917
Chick Evans – 1909, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923 (8) 
H. Chandler Egan  – 1902, 1904, 1905 and 1907 (4)

Bobby Jones first played in 1917 when he was just 15. He reached the match play stage before losing in Round 1 (32) to Daniel ‘Ned’ Sawyer. He played for the second time in 1920 where he was medalist before losing to Chick Evans in the semi-finals (36 holes in those days).

Future Venues

The Western Amateur will be staged at the following clubs over the next three years: –
2021 – Glenview G.C., Golf, Illinois
2022 – Exmoor C.C., Highland Park, Illinois
2023 – North Shore C.C., Glenview, Illinois

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