Royal Oak’s Red Run to host Western Junior Championship
Michigan golf fans can watch the U.S. Open on TV this week.
Next week, they can watch a tournament in person that could feature the next generation of PGA stars.
Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak is hosting the 2016 Western Junior Championship from June 20-23. The last major tournament at the club was the 1958 Western Open.
The Western Junior is the oldest junior championship in the U.S. Past champions include Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler (won at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont) and Hunter Mahan (Treetops Resort in Gaylord).
Admission to the tournament is free.
The Chicago-based Western Golf Association, which supports the Evans Scholars Foundation, runs the tournament each year.
“We’re proud to do our part to support amateur golf,” said David Robinson, WGA chairman and a member of Red Run.
The 156 golfers will be among the first to play on a Red Run course that underwent its most extensive renovation in a century this spring.
Among the changes are altered cut lines between fairways, greens and tee boxes. Red Run officials also chose to chop down some overgrown trees to improve sightlines.
The course will play around 6,900 yards, and players will compete in four 18-hole rounds of stroke play. The field will be cut after the second day to the lowest 44 scores and ties.
Organizers said the 19-and-under field includes golfers from 10 countries. There are 11 Michiganians.