2016 Western Junior site announced


GOLF, Illinois (Nov. 17, 2014) – For the first time in more than a decade, the oldest national junior golf tournament in the United States will return to Michigan when Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak hosts the 2016 Western Junior.

The last time the Western Junior was contested in Michigan was in 2005 when Rickie Fowler claimed the title at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont. Other past champions include current PGA TOUR stars Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan.

“We are excited to bring the Western Junior back to Michigan and to a first-class club like Red Run,” said Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “This historic course will undoubtedly present an exciting challenge to our top-notch field of junior players from across the country and around the world.”

The 2016 Western Junior will be the first time Red Run has hosted the Western Junior but the second time the club has been the stage for one of the Western Golf Association’s original three golf championships. Red Run hosted the 1958 Western Open, won by Doug Sanders.

“Red Run is very happy to be hosting an event of the magnitude of the Western Junior in 2016,” said club president Chris Parrott. “The history of this tournament shows that it attracts top players from all over the United States and beyond.  With players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and other PGA TOUR stars as past participants, we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this event.”

Red Run also has been a steadfast supporter of the Evans Scholars Foundation, a nonprofit administered by the Western Golf Association that has awarded full college tuition and housing scholarships to nearly 10,000 caddies since 1931.

Eighty-two of those caddies were from Red Run, beginning with Robert McMasters who earned an Evans Scholarship in 1952 to attend the University of Michigan. McMasters joined Red Run in 1974 and later served as club president.

Six Red Run caddies are currently attending college on an Evans Scholarship, all at Michigan State University.

Originally designed in 1914 by Tom Bendelow and redesigned in 1916 by World Golf Hall of Famer Willie Park Jr., Red Run has seen golf greats Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Byron Nelson pass through its doors. In addition to the 1958 Western Open, Red Run also hosted the Motor City Open in 1950 and 1951.

The Western Junior will be played at Riverside Golf Club in North Riverside, Illinois, in 2015. Other future sites include Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, in 2017 and Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Illinois, in 2018.