For the first time in his golf career, Northbrook resident Nick Hardy is in the field at the Western Amateur.
The tournament — among the toughest tests in amateur golf with past winners like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson — starts Tuesday at The Beverly Country Club on Chicago’s South Side. The 156-player field includes many of amateur golf’s rising stars, including Alabama sophomore-to-be Robby Shelton, who was instrumental in delivering the Crimson Tide an NCAA Championship earlier this year.
“This is definitely one of the biggest tournaments of the year,” Shelton said. “Everyone here is locked in to win it. It’s in the same category as the U.S. Amateur.”
A year ago, Hardy played in his first U.S. Amateur, where he was one of 64 players out of 312 to advance to match play.Western Amateur