For Immediate Release September 1, 2021
Try, try again for Torrey Pines
SoCal coastal destination selected - again - for 2022 WGA Open
BOTHELL, Washington. Today, the Western Golf Alliance announced that its 2022 Western Golf Alliance Open will be played in the San Diego area. This is the second time this destination has been selected to host the Open, however the first occurance - for the 2020 Open - was relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions imposed in California.
"We are delighted to try again to bring our championship to this great coastal destination, which includes the greatest true-muni golf course in the US," said Peter McGarry, WGA president. "We remain committed to public access west coast golf. Therefore, similar to what other major championships did, we chose to simply 'bump' our plans."
"In 2020, we had our Open ready to go at Torrey Pines right up until 60 days prior to the event. But when California returned to lockdown status we had to scramble for a backup plan," explained Doug Atchison, WGA competition committee chairman. "The San Diego coast is the archetype for the SoCal golf experience, and we are very happy to be able to finally partake of this location for our WGA Open."
The Western Golf Alliance is known for holding its Open on elite, famous courses that represent the very best golf in the western United States. While the WGA does not make a final determination on which courses will be used for the Open at the same time it announces the destination, the competition committee says the initial plan is to focus on both of the Torrey Pines golf courses and the Torrey Pines Lodge, then fill in additional rounds based on the best local options.
"It was a bitter pill to swallow when we had to move the Open from here in 2020, and we are glad to give this another go," said McGarry. "We anticipate a truly great golf event."
The WGA expects the announcement of San Diego to spur interest in membership, and is prepared for such inquiries. All probationary members that join between now and May 2022 are eligible to quality for the Western Golf Alliance Open.
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About the Western Golf Alliance: The Western Golf Alliance is the premier golf organization in the United States. The WGA exists to further the greatness of this grand sport of golf through the improvement of golf play by its members, the promotion of golf rules, etiquette, and tradition, and the ability to gather together from time to time for golf events and tournaments. The regional organization spans five western states, and is organized into nine geographic regions. Further information is available at www.westerngolf.org. About the Torrey Pines Golf Course: Located in La Jolla (pronounced "la hoya"), California, Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as the premier municipal golf course owned and operated by a city. It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island. www.torreypinesgolfcourse.com About the Lodge at Torrey Pines: The Lodge at Torrey Pines is an AAA Five Diamond award-winning property offering more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with views of the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Guests of The Lodge can take advantage of the near-perfect weather while hiking in the Torrey Pines State Reserve, golfing on Torrey Pines Golf Course or relaxing at the spa. The Lodge pays tribute to the California Craftsman movement and is modeled after Greene and Greene’s famed Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, two of the finest examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture. The Lodge features 170 spacious guest rooms and suites, a 9,500-squarefoot full-service spa and two restaurants serving contemporary California cuisine. The Lodge is owned and operated by Evans Hotels and is in proximity to the San Diego International Airport, downtown San Diego and downtown La Jolla. www.lodgetorreypines.com.