An elite field of the country’s best junior golfers will compete at historic Riverside Golf Club from June 15-18 to earn a place alongside PGA TOUR stars Rickie Fower, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan in the storied history of the Western Junior Championship.
The 98th Western Junior will mark the first time the nation’s oldest national junior championship has been hosted by Riverside, which was among 11 Chicagoland clubs that established the Western Golf Association in 1899.
A field of 156 of the top U.S. and international players, ages 19-and-under, compete annually in 72 holes of stroke play for the Western Junior title. Fowler, Furyk and Mahan all have won the event, which boasts an equally impressive list of past participants that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Steve Stricker.
The 2015 field
is led by University of Washington golf signee Carl Yuan of Lake Mary, Florida, who is the 16th-ranked junior player in the country.
Other highly ranked notable players in this year’s field include:
• No. 19 - Future Auburn Tiger Jacob Solomon of Dublin, California.
• No. 26 - LSU commit and 2017 graduate Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, Louisiana.
• No. 31 - Michael Feagles of Scottsdale, Arizona, a 2016 graduate who has verbally committed to Illinois.
“For nearly a century, the Western Junior has attracted top talent from across the country, and this year is no exception,” said Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “Nearly all of the players vying for the Western Junior title will go on to play collegiate golf, and we expect several will enjoy lengthy and successful careers on the PGA TOUR. We are honored to showcase the future of our game at such a historic venue.”
Still situated on the same parcel of land in North Riverside, Illinois, upon which it was originally built in 1893, Riverside Golf Club is one of America’s oldest golf clubs and the oldest golf club existing on its original site west of the Allegheny Mountains. The club has hosted other prestigious events, including the 2007 USGA Open Qualifier.
“Our membership and entire staff is excited to see these young athletes from around the country perform on our 120-year-old golf course,” said Riverside President Kevin Collins. “The tight fairways and challenging greens will definitely provide an exciting experience for spectators and players alike during the tournament.”