Baltimore Country Club Golf Courses to Host Three Premier Amateur Golf Events

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The Baltimore Country Club (BCC) announced on October 10 that it will host the 2023 Howard University Women’s Invitational, the 2025 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships and the 2029 Western Amateur Championship. following the iconic club’s announcement that it will host the USGA 2026 US Senior Amateur and US Women’s Amateur 2031.

“We are truly fortunate to have an exciting slate of upcoming golf tournaments at Baltimore Country Club over the next few years,” said Thomas Carroll, club president of Baltimore Country Club. “Through our partnerships with the Big Ten Conference, Western Golf Association and Howard University, the club is thrilled to welcome the nation’s top student-athletes and amateur golfers to our East Course as they lead the way in a new era of championship golf. at the Baltimore Country Club.

The Howard University Women’s Invitational will be played April 9-11, 2023 and will include twelve schools: Howard, Mount St. Mary’s, Long Island University, Fairleigh Dickinson, Dartmouth, St. Francis (PA), Bucknell, Lehigh, Hofstra, Delaware State, Merrimack College and Georgetown University. The Howard University golf team captured national attention in 2019 after receiving a substantial donation from NBA All-Star Steph Curry who pledged to help form the first NCAA Division I golf program of the University. The university launched the first women’s and men’s golf teams in the 2021 season.

“We are thrilled to host our Howard University Women’s Invitational at Baltimore Country Club, arguably one of the finest golf courses in the state of Maryland,” said Samuel G. Puryear, Jr., director of golf at the ‘Howard University. “For many young girls in the tournament, this is one of the best courses they will play in their entire college career.”

The Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships will return to Baltimore Country Club in 2025. The BCC last hosted championship events in 2017 and 2018, with the University of Illinois winning the title each time. Big Ten Men’s Golf will feature teams from member schools in Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwest , Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

“We are excited to return to Baltimore Country Club for the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships in 2025,” said Diana Sabau, Big Ten Deputy Commissioner and Athletic Director. “The championship course, designed by renowned architect AW Tillinghast, provides the perfect challenge for one of the nation’s premier amateur golf championships. We are grateful to the Baltimore Country Club and its members for welcoming us back to the East Coast and for their commitment to providing our student-athletes with an elite experience on such a famous course.

The Western Golf Association (WGA) will bring the historic Western Amateur to the Baltimore Country Club in 2029, marking the highly sought-after 127th championship game. The Western Amateur is considered the toughest test in amateur golf, and some of the biggest names in the game are engraved on the George R. Thorne Trophy. The field includes 156 top amateur players from around the world who compete in four rounds of move play over three days to determine the final 16. The “Sweet Sixteen” then compete in match play to decide the champion. The Western fan’s Sweet Sixteen have often achieved greatness, winning 27 major championships since 2000, 18 PGA TOUR Player of the Year awards since 1990, seven FedExCup titles and seven rookie awards from the year of the PGA TOUR since 1990.

All proceeds from The Western Amateur will benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation and its mission to award full scholarships and housing to young caddies. Established in 1930, the Foundation has helped more than 11,800 caddies graduate from college. There are 1,100 Evans Scholars enrolled at 22 major universities nationwide this year, including four who have been caddies at the Baltimore Country Club.

The WGA witnessed Baltimore’s passion for golf in 2021 when it brought the BMW Championship to nearby Caves Valley Golf Club. This event drew massive crowds and a record contribution to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

“We look forward to bringing the excitement and drama of the Western Amateur Championship to the historic Baltimore Country Club – and to the State of Maryland – for the first time in 2029,” said Vince Pellegrino, vice -Senior Chairman of WGA Tournaments. “This is a tremendous milestone for elite amateur golf, and we hope to provide a stimulating test for the best young players in the world.”

— Baltimore Country Club press release

Photo credit: Course photographer Larry Lambrecht

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