2022 Exemption Categories

Players may be exempt based on one and/or both of the following two categories (to become officially entered, every player must apply online and submit an application fee prior to the deadline date):

(1) Qualify under categories A, B, C, D or E, or
(2) Have received a formal written invitation from the Western Amateur Tournament Committee

*Non-exempt players and those who are not awarded D-1 Special Consideration Exemptions can gain entry into the Championship via the Western Amateur Qualifier on July 31.


A. Exemptions based on WGA Championships
Western Amateur:
A-1. Any Champion
A-2. “Sweet Sixteen” (match-play qualifier) since 2017
A-3. Posted 72-hole score since 2019

Western Junior:
A-4. Champion since 2019
A-5. Top three & ties since 2021, if exemption was not used to compete in the 2021 Western Amateur

B. Exemptions based on other Amateur events
B-1. Top 175 Individuals in the World Amateur Golf Ranking system (see wagr.com) between time of entry and the application deadline
B-2. Playing members of a Walker Cup and/or Top 5 Men's World Amateur Team since 2017
B-3. 2021 Rolex First-Team Junior All American Team members, or Top 15 individuals in the AJGA Rolex Ranking at any point between June 1-24, 2022

C. Exemptions based on Collegiate events
C-1. Top 25 Individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin or Division-1 Golfstat Men's rankings on or after 6/1/2022
C-2. 2021 & 2022 GCAA Division I First Team All-Americans
C-3. Medalist in 2022 national championship of NAIA or NCAA (Div. I, II or III)
C-4. 2022 medalist of the NCAA Division I Regionals

D. Exemptions based on Special Considerations or Invitation
D-1. A limited number of D-1 “Special Consideration Exemptions” and/or written invitations, may be granted by the Committee. If you do not qualify under the exemptions listed in A, B, C or E, please apply for a D-1 “Special Consideration Exemption” online.

E. Exemptions based on professional events
E-1. Posted 72-hole score in a PGA TOUR event, PGA European TOUR event, or Korn Ferry Tour event since 2020
E-2. Posted a 36-hole score in The Masters Tournament, U.S. Open or The Open Championship