Far Hills, NJ (Sports Network) - The United States Golf Association named the
remaining five members of the Walker Cup team on Sunday.
The five, who were named to captain Jim Holtgrieve's team, were Jordan
Niebrugge, Nathan Smith, Michael Weaver, Todd White and Bobby Wyatt.
They join previously named members Max Homa, Michael Kim, Patrick Rodgers,
Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett.
This year's Walker Cup will take place September 7-8 at the National Golf
Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., which last hosted the matches at the
inaugural Walker Cup in 1922.
"These players are great additions to the USA Walker Cup Team and have a
special opportunity to compete in international team competition when this
prestigious event returns to its historic birthplace," said Thomas J. O'Toole
Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA's Championship Committee.
"We have assembled another outstanding team with the talent, experience and
leadership to face the challenge presented by the team from Great Britain and
Ireland. We know each will perform with excellence and bring honor to a
competition and a place that have a unique connection to the game's history."
Niebrugge, 20, defeated Kim to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links earlier this
year. Niebrugge has also won the Western Amateur, the Wisconsin State Amateur
and the Wisconsin State Match Play championship in 2013.
The 35-year-old Smith is a four-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He will
play his third straight Walker Cup.
Weaver, the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up, is teammates with Homa and Kim at the
University of California. Weaver, 22, missed the cut at the Masters, but
shared 64th at the U.S. Open.
White, 45, has played in 11 USGA Championships. In 2012, he fell in the
semifinals at the U.S. Mid-Amateur to Garrett Rank.
Wyatt joins Alabama teammates Thomas and Whitsett on the Walker Cup squad.
Wyatt, 21, was the runner-up in the SEC Championship and at the NCAA
Regionals. He was first-team All-American this year, his third straight year
as an All-American.
The U.S. team won five of the 10 singles matches in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen
Golf Club, but Great Britain & Ireland hung on for a 14-12 victory. The USA
leads the overall series 34-8-1, and has not lost on American soil since the
2001 Match at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
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