A Legacy Of Championships
Without the Western Golf Association, the game of golf wouldn’t be the same. Our organization was established in 1899 to promote golf in the western region of the United States. Today, our championships rank among the oldest and most prestigious in the world.
Olympia Fields Country Club
Olympia Fields, Illinois
Aug. 25-30, 2020
As the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, the BMW Championship features the best field in golf competing on world-class venues. It’s the oldest event on the PGA TOUR and the signature fundraising benefit for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
In the more than 100 years since its inception, the championship’s J.K. Wadley trophy has been engraved with the names of golf’s greatest legends, including Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Crooked Stick Golf Club
July 27-August 1, 2020
The Western Amateur is the most grueling test in amateur golf. 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 must then win four matches against the most talented amateur golfers in the world over the next two days.
With past champions like Chick Evans, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, the Western Amateur is where golf’s rising stars showcase their abilities.
Evans Scholars Invitational
Chicago Highlands Club
Sept. 9-13, 2020
The Korn Ferry Tour and the Western Golf Association have partnered to conduct the Evans Scholars Invitational, which made its debut on the Tour this year.
With Alumni like Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas, the Korn Ferry Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. The Evans Scholars Invitational is a showcase for golf’s next generation of stars. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Lake Forest, Illinois
June 15-18, 2020
Established in 1914, the Western Junior has served as a proving ground for future PGA TOUR stars, including past champions Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan. Each year, the finest junior players from across the United States and the world compete for this coveted title.
The Western Junior is the oldest national junior championship in golf. It is open to competitors, ages 15 to 19, with a handicap of 3.0 or less.
Women’s Western Amateur
Prestwick Country Club
July 20-25, 2020
The WGA has partnered with the Women’s Western Golf Association to administer the Women’s Western Amateur. Held without interruption since 1901, this event is one of the oldest annual championships in women’s amateur golf. The list of past champions includes current stars and legends of the LPGA TOUR, including Ariya Jutanugarn (2012), Stacy Lewis (2006), Brittany Lang (2003), Grace Park (1998), Cristie Kerr (1995) and Nancy Lopez (1976).
The field is comprised of 120 players with a USGA handicap of 5.4 or less. The tournament begins with 36 holes of stroke play, after which the field is trimmed to 32 players for three days of match play.
Women’s Western Junior
The Grove Country Club
Long Grove, Illinois
June 15-19, 2020
The WGA has partnered with the Women’s Western Golf Association to administer the Women’s Western Junior, which was first held in 1920. The championship features an outstanding field of competitors, many of whom go on to become top amateur and college players. Notable past champions include Cristie Kerr (1994), Grace Park (1993) and Nancy Lopez (1972-74).
The field is comprised of top-ranked amateurs who are 18 years or younger and carry a handicap index of 14.4 or lower. The tournament begins with 36 holes of stroke play to establish 16 match play qualifiers.