Come join us for the 117th Western Amateur Championship and watch the world's best amateur golfers compete for this coveted title. Mark your calendars for July 29 - August 3, 2019 as Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club will be open to the public for this extraordinary event. Admission is Free! The first Western Amateur Championship was held in 1899 and has been hosted by the most prestigious golf courses in America. Point O' Woods hosted it annually from 1971 to 2008, and we are proud to host it again in 2019. Previous winners of the Western Amateur have gone on to become legends in golf, including Chick Evans, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods. Here's your opportunity to see tomorrow's golf legends in the making!
Net proceeds for this event will go back to the Evans Scholars Foundation, which supplies four-year college scholarships to hundreds of hard-working students each year.
If you love golf this is a great opportunity to support some amazing amateur players and the Evans Scholars Foundation. We can't do it without you! Please click below or call 269.944.1433 if you would like to volunteer!
Founded in 1930 by eight-time Western Amateur winner Charles "Chick" Evans Jr., the Evans Scholars Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship program for golf caddies and has provided college educations to over 11,000 caddies, totaling more than $365 million in tuition and housing. Point O' Woods is proud to have had 36 caddies win this prestigious scholarship!
Chick was just a sprout when he started his golf career working as an eight-year-old caddie for Chicago’s Edgewater Golf Club in 1898. By 1907 he was winning tournaments and went on to win 54 titles, including 8 Western Amateur championships and all the major championships of his time. In 1916 he became the first golfer ever to capture two national championships in the same year, the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur -- only Bobby Jones has repeated that fete since. In 1960 the United States Golf Association awarded him their highest honor, the Bobby Jones Award, in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975.
Chick could not afford to go to college, but he made sure others could. Encouraged by his mother, Lena, in 1930 he used his royalties from recorded lessons and a golf book to establish a fund to benefit deserving caddies. That sprouted into the Evans Scholars Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship program for golf caddies.
Never underestimate the power of a sprout.
Point O’ Woods is nestled in the heart of Southwest Michigan’s wine and fruit country. With its long standing relationship with the Western Amateur Championship, Point O' Woods is steeped in history and tradition, yet conveys a comfortable and personal ambiance among the finest member-owned clubs in the country.
Recreational and Clubhouse amenities include:
All come together to create a family friendly country club perfect for golf getaways and resort style relaxation in the heart of Benton Harbor, Michigan.
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