GLENVIEW, Ill. The 121st Western Amateur is bringing a decorated field of the world’s best amateur golfers to historic North Shore Country Club in Glenview on July 31-Aug. 5, 2023.

First held in 1899, the Western Amateur features one of the deepest and strongest fields in amateur golf, as well as the game’s most grueling format. It is the world’s third oldest amateur championship, behind only the British Amateur (1885) and the U.S. Amateur (1895), and attracts top-ranked players from around the world. Past Western Amateur champions include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Crenshaw, Justin Leonard, Curtis Strange and Chick Evans.

Located on its current site since 1924, North Shore Country Club was designed by the legendary architecture duo of Harry S. Colt and Charles H. Alison. The club has hosted a number of high-level championships, including the 1928 Western Open, the 1933 U.S. Open, the 1939 U.S. Amateur and the 2011 Western Amateur. North Shore also hosted the Encompass Championship on the PGA Tour Champions from 2012 to 2015.

When North Shore hosted the Western Amateur in 2011, Ethan Tracy outlasted a virtual “who’s who” on today’s PGA TOUR. He defeated Patrick Cantlay – then the world’s top-ranked amateur and now a winner of consecutive BMW Championships on the PGA TOUR – 1 up in the final. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Keith Mitchell, Mackenzie Hughes, Emiliano Grillo, Patrick Rodgers, Russell Henley, and 2023 U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark were all in the field that week.

“Once again, North Shore is prepared to put the best amateur players in the world to the test,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “We’re honored to bring the Western Amateur back to a club that has produced so many great champions.”

The Western Amateur’s combination of stroke play and match play competition makes it one of the most demanding events in golf. The international field of 156 players will compete in 72 holes of stroke play over three days to determine the “Sweet Sixteen” for match play.

That group represents the best players in amateur golf. Sweet Sixteen qualifiers have combined to win 90 major professional championships since the format was adopted in 1956.

“North Shore Country Club is very excited to welcome the best amateur golfers in the world for this prestigious championship,” said Reb Banas and Brad Rendell, the tournament co-chairs. “Our membership has worked very hard to ensure this will be a phenomenal week of great golf. The golf course is in excellent shape, and we are proud to be part of a great Western Amateur tradition. We wish the best of luck to all the contestants.”

In addition to playing a role in the founding of the WGA, North Shore Country Club has been a committed supporter of the Evans Scholars Foundation. Established in 1930 by Chick Evans and the WGA, the Foundation has awarded full tuition and housing college scholarships to nearly 13,000 caddies, including 1,100 students who are currently in school.

Sixty-two of those recipients caddied at North Shore Country Club, including seven Evans Scholars who will be attending leading universities nationwide this fall.

Attendance and parking at the Western Amateur are free.