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Mistwood Golf Club Prepares to Host WWGA National Amateur Championship this Summer


Mistwood Golf Club Prepares to Host WWGA National Amateur Championship this Summer

Chicago's premier public facility hosts the 118th version of one of women's most prestigious amateur tournaments

By Brian Weis

Mistwood Golf Club, one of the Chicago area's top golf facilities, will host the 118th Women's Western Golf Association's (WWGA) National Amateur Championship June 25-30.

The WWGA event, one of the oldest and most prestigious women's amateur championships, has built a storied history through annually providing competition for 120 of the top-ranked amateur women from around the world.

Many of golf's greatest are past champions including Nancy Lopez, Patty Berg, Joanne Carner, Beth Daniel, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Louise Suggs, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, Babe Zaharias, Patricia Lesser, Brittany Lang, and Stacy Lewis.

"The Mistwood staff is eagerly anticipating the 118th Women's Western Amateur," Tournament Chairman Cece Durbin, WWGA's first vice-president, said. "The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments including 19 Illinois Women's Opens. The scenic course, which winds around two large quarry ponds, will provide a challenge to every player. The WWGA is excited to be at one of the best courses in the Chicago area."

For the past two decades Mistwood has been home to the top women's championship in Illinois - the Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open. Mistwood Golf Club's owner, Jim McWethy, has been very passionate in his mission to bring high-level golf events to his facility, and has always been an advocate of women's golf.

An award-winning renovation in recent years was accomplished because McWethy wanted to create a destination experience for golfers from Chicago and throughout the Midwest. He is pleased that the world's top amateur women will see it this summer.

"Everything we have done with Mistwood in recent years has been in preparation to host prestigious events like the Women's Western Golf Association's National Amateur Championship," he said. "We are very excited to be working with the WWGA hosting the top women amateurs from around the World and believe all of the players will be impressed with the facilities."

The WWGA Amateur Championship is open to amateur female golfers with a USGA Handicap Index not to exceed 7.4. The format is match play following a 36-hole stroke play qualifier to determine the Championship Flight of 32.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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