With the Western Amateur slated to be in the Chicago area for the next five years, the WGA has announced the 2019 event will return to Point O’Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich.
The course hosted the Western Amateur 40 times from 1963-2008.
In a statement about the return, WGA senior vice president of tournaments Vince Pellegrino said, “The Western Amateur and Point O’Woods share a history of showcasing the best players in the world of amateur golf. The club and fans there have been loyal supporters of the championship, and the course has produced some world-class champions.”
Point O’Woods is a Robert Trent Jones design that opened in 1958, and has hosted the likes of Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Andy North and Tiger Woods during Western Amateur victories.
The course even hosted Major League Baseball slugger Mark McGwire when he played in the 2004 Western Amateur.
“We’ve hosted many great Western Amateur championships,” said Mark Matthews, Point O’Woods president. “A good number of our champions, and scores of other top amateurs who have competed here, have gone on to enjoy highly successful professional careers. We’ve enjoyed giving back to golf by hosting such a prestigious championship, and we’re thrilled now to be back in the Western Amateur rotation.”
The 2014 event is scheduled for July 28 – Aug. 2 at the Beverly Country Club in Chicago, with Oklahoma State standout Jordan Niebrugge expected to defend his title.