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Andy North joins the field of the 2021 American Family Insurance Championship


Andy North joins the field of the 2021 American Family Insurance Championship

Madison's two-time U.S. Open champ to play under invitational sponsor's exemption

By Brian Weis

Andy North, two-time U.S. Open champion and Wisconsin golf legend and ambassador, will play in the 2021 American Family Insurance Championship. Tickets for the June 11-13 championship at University Ridge golf course go on sale tomorrow, May 11, at

North's addition will mark his sixth decade of professional golf, which started in 1972 following an All-American career at University of Florida and titles at the Western Amateur in 1971 and Wisconsin State Amateur in 1969.

"Words can't describe our excitement in having Andy join our field," said Nate Pokrass, tournament director. "He has served as a tournament ambassador and host of the celebrity group since the beginning in 2016. Now, to have him join the competition is a great honor for our event and for Wisconsin golf fans."

"It's going to be a fun week," North said at the championship's annual Media Day. "I'm really looking forward to competing again, and to have it happen in my hometown of Madison makes it even more special."

North will play under a sponsor's exemption as part of the championship's elevation to invitational status. The player eligibility enhancement, along with an increase in the total purse to $2.4 million, will help ensure the championship has one of the strongest fields on PGA TOUR Champions annually.

"I'm super-excited to see Andy playing in this year's championship," said Steve Stricker, player-host. "Andy was the person I looked up to as a junior golfer, and he's been there for Jerry Kelly (American Family Insurance Championship defending champion) and me our whole careers. I've always admired him for what he's stood for, not only for the game of golf but also as a family man and as a person."

North won his first U.S. Open in 1978 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Seven year later, he won the U.S. Open again at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. North's third PGA TOUR win was the 1978 Westchester Classic. He also played on the 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

North also holds six PGA TOUR Champions titles, all of them in the Legends of Golf event with partners Jim Colbert (2000-2001) and Tom Watson (2005-2008.)

An ESPN golf analyst since 1992, North is an avid University of Wisconsin sports fan, and at one time assisted the Badger football staff. He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

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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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