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The Beverly Country Club to host 2014 Western Amateur

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The 112th Western Amateur championship will be held at The Beverly County Club on Chicago’s southwest side.

The championship will take place July 28 to August 2 with 156 elite amateur golfers taking part. Jordan Nierugge of Mequon, Wisconsin will be defending the title, which he won last year at the Alotian Club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“The Western Golf Association is very excited to host the world’s finest amateur golfers at one of America’s most storied championship courses in our home market of Chicago,” said Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s senior vice president of tournaments. “We are confident this year’s Western Amateur is going to be a tremendous championship. As always, we invite everyone to come out to see many of the game’s top college players and the future stars of the PGA TOUR.”

The last time The Beverly Country Club hosted the Western Amateur was in 1930. Founded in 1899, the Western Amateur currently features one of the deepest and strongest fields in amateur golf as well as the game’s most grueling format. It is also the third oldest amateur championship in the world. Golfers from more than 30 states and more than a dozen counties usually attend.

Internationally, the field already includes players from Australia, Colombia, England, France Germany, Norway and Taiwan.

“The quality and depth of the Western Amateur field always is outstanding, and we expect to maintain the same level of excellence again this year,” Pellegrino said. “Beverly is a classic Donald Ross course, and we expect the best amateurs in the world to embrace the challenge it presents.”

The Western Amateur champion will have to play 72 holes of stroke play and finish in the top 16 to qualify for match play. He then must win four matches over two days, meaning that over a five-day period he would have played around 144 holes, depending on whether his matches went into extra holes or ended early.

The course measures 7,016 yards from the championship tees and plays to a par of 71.

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