Welcome to the "103rd Western Junior Championship" Event Portal
This website will contain both information for players in the field and those following along at home.
The Western Junior, the oldest national junior tournament in the United States, draws the top junior players from more than 40 states and internationally each year. The event has long been a testing ground for stars of the future, including current PGA TOUR stars Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, and veterans Fred Couples, Craig Stadler and Corey Pavin.
First imagined as a seven-hole golf course with sunken tomato cans for holes, Onwentsia developed into a prestigious club capable of challenging the best players in the world by 1895. The club played host to the 1899 U.S. Amateur won by H.M. Harriman, the 1900 Western Amateur won by William Waller, the 1906 U.S. Open won by Alex Smith and the 1915 U.S. Women’s Amateur won by Florence Vanderbeck.
A number of talented architects have contributed to the championship layout. Charles B. Macdonald designed the first nine holes in 1895, and Herbert J. Tweedie finished the second nine in 1898. Tom Doak did a subsequent golf course redesign.
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Architect: Charles Blair Macdonald (1895); Herbert J. Tweedie (1898)
Head Golf Professional: Nick Papadakes
Golf Course Superintendent: Scott Vincent
Championships Hosted: 1899 U.S. Amateur, 1900 Western Amateur, 1906 U.S. Open
Thank you for visiting, and best wishes to our participants!