2016 Western Junior field announced
|GOLF, ILLINOIS (May 13, 2016) –- The Western Golf Association announced the field Friday for the 2016 Western Junior Championship, which will be played June 20-23 at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan.
It will mark the first time that a club in Michigan has hosted the nation’s oldest national junior golf championship since 2005, when Rickie Fowler claimed the title at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.
First held by the Western Golf Association 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. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger also have competed in the Western Junior.
This year’s field is expected to include 156 of the nation’s top junior players including: Highly-ranked 2017 high school graduates Kaito Onishi of Irvine, California; Ryan Gerard of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Harrison Ott of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
“The level of talent regularly displayed by these junior golfers, some of whom are only 15 or 16 years old, is impressive,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “During Western Junior week, we often see course records fall two or three times. That’s the kind of skill many of these players possess. We look forward to seeing what this field can do on a classic course like Red Run.”
2016 Western Junior field