Sept. 30, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern will play host to the 13th Windon Memorial Classic Sunday and Monday, Oct. 4-5, at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill. The 15-team field, featuring five squads in the top-25 of the most recent GOLFSTAT ratings, will do battle on a Donald Ross-designed layout noted for its long, tight tree-lined fairways and extremely fast greens.
Skokie Country Club served as a host site for past U.S. Open, Western Open, USGA Senior Amateur and Illinois Amateur championships. The Donald Ross-designed course boasts a 74.3 rating and will play as a 7,081-yard, par-71 layout for the 2009 Windon.
Teams will begin the 54-hole tournament with an 8:45 a.m. CT shotgun start for the first two rounds of play on Sunday. The final round Monday will start with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. CT. Admission is free and spectators are encouraged to attend.
The field, listed with teams' most recent GOLFSTAT ratings, is comprised of: No. 8 Tennessee, No. 11 Illinois, No. 19 Michigan, No. 21 Coastal Carolina, No. 25 California, No. 36 Kent State, No. 37 Northwestern, No. 39 Minnesota, No. 58 Indiana, No. 71 UC Davis, No. 72 Eastern Michigan, No. 83 Purdue, No. 87 Old Dominion, No. 94 Tulsa and No. 198 Northern Illinois.
The tournament has an illustrious history, with current PGA TOUR members Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan and Colt Knost as past champions, as is current Nationwide Tour member Tom Johnson. PGA TOUR members Joe Ogilvie, Tiger Woods, Donald and Ben Curtis were runners-up in the event.
The tourney is named after the late Bernie Windon, former vice-president of Ameritech, who spearheaded the effort to bring major collegiate golf to the Chicagoland area. The first tournament, known then as the Quintessence Classic, was contested in the fall of 1993 at Kemper Lakes and Royal Melbourne Golf Courses. The following December, Mr. Windon passed away. Shortly thereafter, the tournament was renamed the Windon Memorial Classic and, to keep Mr. Windon's "quintessential" spirit alive, tournament participants compete for the Quintessence Trophy.
Northwestern enters the Windon Memorial at No. 38 in the Sagarin ratings after winning the Navy Fall Golf Classic to begin the year and playing against a tough field at the Olympia Fields CC/Fighting Illini Invitational. Sophomore Eric Chun
(Ansung City, South Korea/International Christian School) has a top-10 and a top-20 finish so far on the young season, while classmate Sam Chien
(San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel) claimed his first-collegiate medalist honor at the Navy event.
Live results for the 2009 Windon Memorial Classic will be available at