WHEATON – The Chicago Open has returned and Cantigny Golf will be hosting the 54-hole tournament that starts on Monday, October 7.
The Open was first played in 1914 at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, just a couple miles from Cantigny. Notable winners of the event include Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi and Luke Donald. The tournament has not been contested, however, since 2001.
The Chicago Open is geared toward aspiring PGA Tour professionals, club professionals in the region and top amateur players. A series of five qualifiers in Illinois and neighboring states began earlier this month and will conclude on Sept. 26 at Makray Memorial Golf Club in North Barrington, IL. When the qualifying process is complete, a field of approximately 120 golfers is expected to compete at Cantigny for the Open’s guaranteed minimum $50,000 purse.
This will be Cantigny’s first Chicago Open but the golf course is a proven venue for important amateur championships. In June it hosted the 2013 Illinois State Women’s Amateur and in 2014 Cantigny will welcome its fourth Illinois State Amateur. Cantigny also was chosen for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association.
Spectators are welcome to attend the Chicago Open free of charge. More information about the tournament is online at www.thechicagoopen.com.