|Monday, July 2, 2018 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) has announced Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, The Club at Wynstone in North Barrington, Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville and Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette as the future host sites of the Illinois State Amateur Championship from 2019-2022, respectively.
Conducted by the CDGA annually since 1931, the Illinois State Amateur Championship is considered the premier amateur golf event in the state. Since the event switched from match play to its current 72-hole stroke play format in 1963, 45 different golfers, many of whom are current or former PGA Tour members, have hoisted the Louis L. Emmerson trophy.
“If you step back and look at the names on the trophy, you realize the prominence of winning the Illinois State Amateur,” said CDGA Director of Rules & Competitions Nickolas Scillia. “It is an honor for us at the CDGA to run this great Championship and we look for courses that feel the same way.”
Cantigny Golf, a 27-hole facility, hosted the 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014 Illinois State Amateur Championships. In addition, Cantigny played host to the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links, won by current PGA Tour professional Colt Knost. Sitting on the former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, a longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, Cantigny was designed by Roger Packard and opened to the public in 1989. The course received an update in 2003 by Jacobson Golf Course Design. The championship will be contested on the Woodside and Lakeside nines.
“Cantigny is such a great championship golf course, with its unique layout and distinct looking nines that offer a great challenge to contestants,” CDGA Senior Managing Director, Member Services Jodi Ciotti said. “Each year we have hosted the State Amateur at Cantigny has been a tremendous success and the players enjoy the experience.”
The other three future sites will all be making their debuts as Illinois State Amateur hosts.
North Barrington’s The Club at Wynstone, site of the 2020 State Am, most recently hosted the 2016 CDGA Senior Amateur Championship, won by Vance Antoniou, and the 2017 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship, won by John Ramsey and Chadd Slutzky. The only private Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course in Illinois, the formerly named Wynstone Golf Club opened in 1989 and features prevalent elevation changes, bunkering and water features.
Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville welcomes the State Am in 2021. The public facility hosted the 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur, won by Chadd Slutzky, and is the site of the 2018 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship. In 2013, the course reopened following a two-million-dollar renovation by golf course architect Ray Hearn. The course was lengthened to 7,040 yards, tee boxes were repositioned and high-quality bunker sand was added to 20 new stacked sod-wall bunkers, reminiscent of hazards in Ireland and Scotland. Mistwood recently hosted the 118th Women’s Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship from June 25-30.
While Westmoreland Country Club will welcome its first state championship to the Wilmette track in 2022, the club is no stranger to prestigious golf tournaments. Westmoreland hosted the 1917 Western Open, the 1921 Western Amateur, the 1924 and 1934 Western Golf Association Junior Girls Tournament, the CDGA Women’s Championship in 1936 and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1938. The club was founded in 1911 by a group of men who were unhappy with space limitations at their club and traveled “West-for-more-land.” After the original layout was designed by William Watson in 1912, the course has undergone several changes, including a redesign in 1920-21 by William Langford and A.W. Tillinghast.
“The state of Illinois has a lot of great golf courses and we are fortunate enough that many courses express interest in hosting the Championship,” Ciotti said. “We are excited to have three new venues in the coming years that will offer players a true test and a great championship experience.”
The 88th Illinois State Amateur Championship is slated for July 17-19 at Bloomington Country Club. Highwood native Patrick Flavin is the 2017 champion and will be back to defend his title.