One of the longest standing amateur events in the US, the Western Amateur has been won by many of the game’s greats including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The event involves 72 holes of stroke-play on Tuesday and Wednesday August 1st and 2nd, a 36 hole cut to the leading 44 on Thursday before the leading 16 or ‘Sweet Sixteen' qualifiers play off in match play on Friday and Saturday.
The Western Amateur is considered the key lead-up event to the US Amateur Championship at Riviera Country Club in California in two weeks-time.
Only one Australian has managed to win this coveted title, that victory coming in 2006 when Brisbane golfer and University of Minnesota student, Bronson LaCassie, defeated Spain’s Pablo Martin.
LaCassie actually defeated now World Number One Dustin Johnson on his way to the final.
This year Australia’s challenge is strong both numerically and in terms of its chances of taking the title.
Harrison Endycott, Travis Smyth, Min Woo Lee, Dylan Perry, Karl Vilips, Matias Sanchez, Charlie Dann, Ruben Sondjaja, Josh Armstrong, Cameron John and Shae Wools Cobb will tee it up, 15 year old Vilips in particular creating much interest following his recent win at the Southern Amateur.
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