Applications for the 2017 Western Junior Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2017 Western Junior Championship, which will be played June 19-22 at Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Criteria for selection includes, but is not limited to, the automatic exemption categories listed in the documents and forms tab, miscellaneous national rankings, major tournament finishes, high school/college performance, and professional recommendations. There are no qualifying tournaments for the Western Junior. All players will be entered by exemption or invitation by the Selection Committee.

All applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

Since its creation 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 and Matt Kuchar also have competed in the Western Junior. The event was not played for several years during World War I and World War II.

The Western Junior, the oldest national junior golf championship, has been played in more than 15 states and at several prestigious Chicagoland golf clubs, but never at Park Ridge, which was established in 1906.

“Given its rich heritage and history, Park Ridge is a fitting venue to host an event as steeped in tradition as the Western Junior,” said Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We are honored and excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with the club and its membership.”

Famed golf architect Herbert J. Tweedie designed the original nine holes at Park Ridge shortly after its founders purchased land for the club in 1906. In 1911, Tom Bendelow – whose designs include the course at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, home of The Tour Championship – was hired to construct nine additional holes.

The course was last renovated in 2001 by David Esler and has been tested over the years by golfing greats such as Chick Evans, Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer.

“Park Ridge Country Club is proud and honored to the host the 2017 Western Junior Championship,” said longtime WGA Director Rich Peterson. “As one of the early member clubs of the WGA, we are thrilled to be hosting such a prestigious event. Our long-lasting commitment to the Evans Scholarship and the WGA will only be strengthened by hosting this championship.”

For more information, please contact Tournament Manager Steve Prioletti at prioletti@wgaesf.org.