As we begin a new decade, the IWGA continues to make changes to address the current golfing environment. We will be implementing a new format for the State Amateur Championship. We feel this change will benefit players and bring a high-quality field to Pine Meadow in June. In recent years our Junior Championship has been outstanding. We are happy to be able to alternate between two fine venues for this tournament in Aldeen (Rockford) and this year’s site, Hickory Point in Decatur. Our Senior tournament is returning to Soangetaha Country Club in Galesburg, which has proved in the past to be a perfect course for this championship.
The IWGA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Helen Spencer Junior Girls Award to annually honor an outstanding graduating high school senior with a financial contribution to her future education in the amount of $2000. The first award will be announced in May of 2020.
The 2019 Illinois State Junior Girls’ Champion is Shannyn Vogler of Sherrard with a two-day total of 143 (70-73). Shannyn will be a sophomore at Rivermont Collegiate Runner-up was Stephanie Su of South Barrington with a total of 144, and the low-round of the championship with a score of 69 on Wednesday.
Jan Bowers of Lincoln successfully defended her title for the fourth time in the last five years at Bollingbrook GC. Jan shot a final round 74 for a three day total of 230.
2019 Championship Results
86th Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship
June 24-27, 2019
Illini CC, Springfield
40th Illinois State Junior Girls’ Championship
July 30 – 31, 2019
Aldeen GC, Rockford
50th Illinois State Senior Women’s Amateur
September 10-12, 2019
Bolingbrook GC, Bolingbrook
2020 Championship Schedule
Championship Links: (Not Available Until 2020)
87th Illinois State Women’s Amateur Championship
June 23-25, 2020
Pine Meadow GC, Mundelein
41st Illinois State Junior Girls’ Championship
August 4 & 5, 2020
Hickory Point GC, Forsyth
51st Illinois State Senior Women’s Amateur
September 15-17, 2020
Soangetaha CC, Galesburg
Illinois Women’s Golf Association
Founded in 1933, the IWGA is an all-volunteer organization devoted to advancing golf opportunities for the women and girls of Illinois by conducting state championship tournaments and through fundraising to support charitable contributions to individual and organizations that embody the spirit of amateur golf.
In addition to running three state championship tournaments each year, the all-volunteer IWGA, through its charitable giving, actively supports women and girl golfers of all ages and skill levels through our Victory Fund. Annual contributions include grants to women’s golf teams in Illinois colleges, stipends to USGA Junior qualifiers and State Team members. The IWGA also honors a Junior golfer of outstanding character, scholarship, and sportsmanship with the prestigious Julia Dodd Junior Award. The bulk of our donations are received from golf facilities, associations and individuals who contribute directly to the IWGA Victory Fund. Over the years our total contributions from the IWGA Victory Fund surpassed $1,206,000.