by Lance Turner
Posted 6/13/2013 02:50 pm
Updated 6 months ago
The Alotian Club, which will host the Western Amateur golf tournament, has revealed the names of the some of the competitors who'll be teeing off at the ultra-exclusive course next month. Included are the country's two top-ranked amateurs:
No. 1 Bobby Wyatt and No. 2 Justin Thomas, who anchored the Crimson Tide’s victory in the NCAA finals June 2, are among 13 of the world’s top 20 amateurs who already have committed to play in the championship. They will be joined by two former Western Junior champions: No. 7-ranked Patrick Rodgers of Stanford, who won the Junior in 2010, and No. 9 Cory Whitsett, 2008 Junior champion and a member of the Alabama juggernaut.
Other players include last year's Western Amateur champion, No. 3-ranked Chris Williams, as well as No. 8-ranked Max Homa, No. 11 Michael Kim and No. 24 Michael Weaver. Deadline for entries is June 21
(You can read more about the event, including rules of the tournament, in a news release here (PDF).)
As we've noted, this will be the first time the Western Amateur has been played in Arkansas and the first time since 1966 it's been played in the South. It's also the first time The Alotian Club has hosted a major competition.
Tickets to the tournament, which takes place from July 29-Aug. 4, are still available at TheWesternAmateur.com.