2013 Walker Cup Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: National Golf Links of America (http://www.2013walkercup.com) will be set up at 6,986 yards and play to a par of 36-36--72. 

NATIONAL GOLF LINKS OF AMERICA HOLE BY HOLE:  

Hole  Total 
Par  4 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 36
Yards 326 302 473 194 474 123 505 407 534 3,338
                     
Hole 10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  Total
Par  4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 36
Yards 445 430 459 166 391 419 476 370 501 3,657

 

ARCHITECT: National Golf Links of America was founded under the leadership of Charles Blair Macdonald. The golf course was constructed with the assistance of Southampton engineer Seth Raynor. Macdonald incorporated the better qualities of golf courses in the British Isles over a 285-acre area located on Peconic Bay in the town of Southampton.

TICKETS: Daily tickets and weekly packages are available at various prices. For more information, visit www.2013walkercup.com/tickets.php.

WALKER CUP MATCH: The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States of America and one team comprised of players from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the USA and in Great Britain and Ireland.

TEAM SELECTION: The USA Team is selected by the United States Golf Association. The R&A selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.

2013 CAPTAINS: Jim Holtgrieve of St. Louis, will serve as the captain for the USA Walker Cup Team. Nigel Edwards of Wales was captain of Great Britain and Ireland. Holtgrieve, who also served as the USA captain in 2011, played on three victorious USA teams in 1979, 1981 and 1983. He has an overall Walker Cup record of 6-4-0, including 3-1 in singles. Edwards returns as GB&I captain for a second time. He guided the team to a 14-12 victory in 2011. Edwards played in four consecutive Walker Cups from 2001 through 2007, including a pair of wins. He is the third Welshman to captain GB&I, following Tony Duncan and Clive Brown.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: On Sept. 7, there will four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches (18 holes each) in the morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) in the afternoon. On Sept. 8, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) in the morning and 10 singles matches (18 holes each) in the afternoon.

Friday, Sept. 6:5:30 p.m., Opening Ceremony
Saturday, Sept. 7: 7:30 a.m., Foursomes (four matches);1 p.m., Singles (eight matches)
Sunday, Sept. 8:7:30 a.m., Foursomes (four matches); 1 p.m., Singles (10 matches)

FOURSOMES: Foursomes is a match where two players complete against two others players in an alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball.

SCORING: A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a winner, one-half point is awarded to each team. In the event of a tie, the team that won the previous competition retains the trophy.

WALKER CUP MATCH HISTORY: This is the 44th Walker Cup Match. The competition began in the wake of World War I, and it came together following a series of meetings with the USGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the purpose of which was largely to look at modifying the Rules of Golf. As part of the meetings, an international team competition was discussed, much like what was already taking place between the United States and Canada, in 1919 and 1920.

Among those attending the meetings at The R&A was George Herbert Walker, USGA president in 1920. The idea of an amateur team competition appealed to Walker and he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. When the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck.

The first Walker Cup Match was held in 1922 at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.  Led by playing captain William C. Fownes Jr., the United States won the inaugural Match, 8-4. The USA leads the series 34-8-1.

RECENT WALKER CUP HISTORY           

Championship Years, Course and Winners
1993 Walker Cup – Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn. (USA 19, GB&I 5)
1995 Walker Cup – Royal Porthcawl, Porthcawl, Wales (GB&I 14, USA 10)
1997 Walker Cup – Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y. (USA 16, GB&I 8)
1999 Walker Cup – Nairn Golf Club, Nairn, Scotland (GB&I 15, USA 9)
2001 Walker Cup – Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga. (GB&I 15, USA 9)
2003 Walker Cup – Ganton Golf Club, Ganton, England (GB&I 12.5, USA 11.5)
2005 Walker Cup – Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill. (USA 12.5, GB&I 11.5)
2007 Walker Cup – Royal County Down, Newcastle, County Down, Ireland (USA 12.5, GB&I 11.5)
2009 Walker Cup – Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. (USA 16.5, GB&I 9.5)
2011 Walker Cup – Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Aberdeen, Scotland (GB&I 14, USA 12)

WALKER CUP MATCH IN NEW YORK: The 2013 Walker Cup Match will be held in New York for the sixth time. The international competition returns to National Golf Links of America, where the first Walker Cup was conducted in 1922.

WALKER CUPS IN NEW YORK     

Years, Courses and Winners
1922 Walker Cup – National Golf Links of America, Southampton (USA 8, GB&I 4)
1924 Walker Cup – Garden City Country Club, Garden City (USA 9, GB&I 3)
1949 Walker Cup – Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck (USA 10, GB&I 2)
1977 Walker Cup – Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton (USA 16, GB&I 8)
1997 Walker Cup – Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale (USA 18, GB&I 6)

FUTURE SITES
Sept. 12-13, 2015 – Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England
Sept. 9-10, 2017 – The Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.

2011 WALKER CUP RECAP: Great Britain and Ireland, bolstered by the undefeated records of Paul Cutler and Rhys Pugh, won the Walker Cup Match for the first time since 2003 with a 14-12 victory over the USA at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. Cutler, 22, of Northern Ireland and winner of the 2011 Irish Amateur, compiled a 3-0-1 mark. Welshman Pugh, the youngest competitor on either side at 17, was a perfect 3-0. He won the 2011 Irish Amateur Open. GB&I, captained by Nigel Edwards, have claimed four of the last five Walker Cups played on home soil, dating to 1995 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. In windy conditions, GB&I won three matches and tied a fourth in Sunday morning’s foursomes (alternate shot) to increase its lead to 10.5-5.5. The USA won the first two matches in the afternoon singles session to chip away at the deficit margin, but Steven Brown’s halve with the USA’s Blayne Barber in the sixth match earned the necessary 13.5 points to win the Match and end a streak of three consecutive defeats in Walker Cup play.

2009 WALKER CUP RECAP: Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein both went a perfect 4-0 to lead the United States of America to a 16.5-9.5 victory over Great Britain and Ireland at the 2009 Walker Cup Match at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. It was the third consecutive win for the Americans. In Sunday morning’s foursomes (alternate shot), the USA Team won three of the four matches for the second consecutive day to build its lead to 11-5 heading into the afternoon’s singles play. Cameron Tringale, 22, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., posted an 8-and-6 victory over Luke Goddard to give the USA its 13th point and assured the Americans of retaining the Walker Cup. Uihlein, 20, of Orlando, Fla., then earned a 3-and-1 win over Stiggy Hodgson to claim the trophy outright for the USA Team captained by George “Buddy” Marucci.

TV SCHEDULE: Golf Channel will broadcast four hours of coverage with two hours on each day of the competition to more than 50 countries worldwide.

 

 

Date, Day Time (EDT) Network Program
Sept. 7, Saturday 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Day 1
Sept. 8, Sunday 4-6 p.m. Golf Channel Day 2

 

 

2013 USA TEAM

Max Homa, 22, of Valencia, Calif.: Homa won the Pacific-12 Conference Championship in early May and was the individual medalist at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship to close out his career at the University of California-Berkeley. In his senior year of 2012-13, he captained a team that won 11 tournaments. His individual honors include being named as a first-team All-American and to the All-Nicklaus Team, both awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. In June, he survived a playoff at sectional qualifying to make the field for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, where he missed the cut by three strokes. Homa, who participated in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, also advanced to Amateur quarterfinals in 2010. He tied for eighth at this year’s Porter Cup, held at Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Country Club.

Michael Kim, 20, of Del Mar, Calif.: Kim won four collegiate events in his sophomore year at the University of California-Berkeley and was honored as the 2012-13 Golfweek/Sagarin Player of the Year and the Pacific-12 Conference Golfer of the Year. He was first-team All-American and named to the All-Nicklaus Team, Palmer Cup, All-West Region and All-Pac 12. He also won the 2013 Golfstat Cup for having the lowest adjusted scoring average entering the NCAA Championship. In May, he won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the NCAA Division I player of the year, and in June the Fred Haskins Award as the national collegiate player of the year as determined in voting by collegiate golfers, coaches and members of the national media. He was one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer. He finished as the low amateur by five strokes at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, tying for 17th place, played in the 2013 U.S. Amateur. He also tied for 38th in the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in July.

Jordan Niebrugge, 20, of Mequon, Wis.: Niebrugge, the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, defeated fellow Walker Cup teammate Michael Kim, 1 up, at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Va. The Oklahoma State University sophomore earned honorable mention All-America honors as a freshman after finishing runner-up in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate and in The Prestige at PGA West. In addition to the Public Links, he has won the 2013 Western Amateur, the 2013 Wisconsin State Amateur and the 2013 Wisconsin State Match Play championships. In 2011, Niebrugge became the youngest-ever winner of the Wisconsin State Open at age 18 years, 13 days. He competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, advancing to the first round of match play, where he was defeated by Seth Reeves, 22, of Duluth, Ga., 1 up. Niebrugge also competed in the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, advancing to the first and second round of match play, respectively. Niebrugge was named an honorable mention AJGA All-American in 2011 and tied for second at the 2011 Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Patrick Rodgers, 21, of Avon, Ind.: Rodgers is a returning USA Walker Cup Team member, having competed at the 2011 Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. He advanced the Round of 16 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, held at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. Rodgers also reached the Round of 16 at the Western Amateur, where he was also the medalist. He tied for 17th at the 2013 Porter Cup. Rodgers wrapped up his sophomore season at Stanford with three intercollegiate victories and six top-10 finishes, leading the Cardinal with a 70.88 stroke average. For the second consecutive year, he was named first-team All-American, first-team All-Pacific 12 Conference, and was a Palmer Cup selection. He was also named to the All-Nicklaus Team this year. During the 2011-12 college season, Rodgers produced two tournament wins and 10 top-10 finishes, was named to the All-Freshman Team, and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. The 2011 Porter Cup champion, Rodgers was also a quarterfinalist at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, where he lost to eventual champion Kelly Kraft. He finished tied for 15th at the 2013 PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.

Nathan Smith, 35, of Pittsburgh, Pa.: Smith is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and holds the record for the most victories in the championship. He first won in 2003, becoming the youngest-ever champion at age 25. He won two consecutive Mid-Ams in 2009 and 2010, and then made history with his fourth win in 2012, breaking a tie with Jay Sigel, a fellow Pennsylvanian who won two U.S. Amateurs and competed on a USA-record nine Walker Cup Teams. Smith was a member of the 2009 and 2011 USA Walker Cup Teams, and was a member of the victorious USA squad at the 2010 Copa da las Americas in Argentina. He earned four consecutive victories in the Western Pennsylvania Amateur, from 2007-2010. Smith won the Pennsylvania State Amateur in 2002 and 2009 and was runner-up in 2001, 2007 and 2008. Additionally, he finished runner-up at the 2002 North & South Amateur and the 2008 Northeast Amateur.

Justin Thomas, 20, of Goshen, Ky.: In his sophomore season at the University of Alabama, Thomas was named second-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference with two wins and six top-10 finishes. In 2012, he was selected as a first-team All-American with four wins and nine top-10 finishes, and was a Palmer Cup selection in each of the past two years. Thomas played an integral part in Alabama winning the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship, the first in the school's history, as well as the 2013 SEC Championship. He also played for the victorious USA Team in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship at Antalya, Turkey, where he finished tied for seventh. Thomas advanced to the semifinals at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, and was the runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. Thomas won both the 2012 Fred Haskins Award and the 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer, as well as the 2012 Phil Mickelson Award, for the outstanding freshman in Division I men's golf. He won the 2012 Jones Cup, finished tied for 30th in the 2013 PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship and played in the 2013 U.S. Amateur.

Michael Weaver, 22, of Fresno, Calif.: Weaver was the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills (Colo.) Country Club, losing to Steven Fox in 37 holes. The finish earned him an exemption into the 2013 Masters, where he missed the cut, and the 2013 U.S. Open, where he finished 64th. He competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur and advanced to the first round of match play, where he was defeated by Greg Eason, 21, of England, 3 and 2. Weaver was selected to compete in the 2013 Palmer Cup, where he recorded 1.5 points to contribute to Team USA’s victory. In 2013, the fifth-year senior at the University of California-Berkeley was named first-team All-American, All-West Region and All-Pac-12 selection. He recorded his first collegiate win at the 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional and placed runner-up at the Pac-12 Championship. He redshirted the 2011-12 season, and was the only amateur to qualify for the TPC Stonebrae Championship on the Web.com Tour, where he missed the cut. He recorded a victory at the Alameda Commuters and placed runner-up at the Fresno City Championship. In his sophomore season (2010-11), he finished T8th at the 2011 NCAA Championships and was an honorable mention to the Pac-10 All-Academic team.

Todd White, 45, of Spartanburg, S.C.: White has competed in 11 USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Mid-Amateurs, four USGA State Team Championships and one U.S. Open. His best finish in a U.S. Amateur was in 2003, when he advanced to the Round of 16 before falling to Jerry Courville, 4 and 3. His best finish in a U.S. Mid-Amateur was in 2012, when he lost in the semifinals to Garrett Rank, 1 up. In June, White posted a 4-under-par 65 in the final round of the 2013 Northeast Amateur to finish tied for fifth and earn low-mid-amateur honors, and in 2010, won the Palmetto Amateur. In 2004, he won the South Carolina Mid-Amateur and was runner-up at the Azalea Amateur. White played collegiate golf at Furman University in his home state and was inducted to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. One year later, he was named the Carolinas Golf Association and the South Carolina Golf Association Player of the Year. White was also honored as the South Carolina Golf Association Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012. In 1990, he won the Northeast Amateur and the South Carolina Amateur, and he is a three-time South Carolina Match Play champion.

Cory Whitsett, 21, of Houston, Texas: Whitsett, who just completed his junior year at the University of Alabama, secured the clinching points for the Crimson Tide in its first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship victory. In 2013, he was selected as a first-team All-American and to the All-Nicklaus Team with three wins and eight top-10 finishes, and was the only player to win all three matches at the 2013 NCAA Championship. Whitsett continued his winning ways after the collegiate season, leading the USA to victory over Europe in June in the Palmer Cup, compiling a 3-0-1 record in the matches at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. He then captured the prestigious Northeast Amateur with a 10-under-par 266 total at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., closing with a round of 63, the lowest final-round score by a winner in the tournament's 52 years. He also was a 2013 U.S. Amateur participant. Last year, Whitsett was named second-team All-American with two wins and five top-10 finishes. He is also the 2011 Patriot All-America winner and the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

Bobby Wyatt, 21, of Mobile, Ala.: Wyatt competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, losing to Gavin Hall in the Round of 32. He was a member of the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship-winning team at the University of Alabama, winning his championship match against Thomas Detry of Illinois, 6 and 5. He finished tied for 26th in the individual portion of the championship and was runner-up at the NCAA Regionals and the SEC Championships for the second consecutive year. He was named a first-team All-American for the 2012-13 season, his third consecutive All-America honor, having earned second-team honors for the 2011-12 season and honorable mention in 2010-11, his freshman year. Wyatt was also selected for the 2013 Palmer Cup, where he played under his collegiate coach, Jay Seawell. He had a 3-0-1 record, earning 3.5 points for the victorious USA team. He was the stroke-play medalist at the 2012 U.S. Amateur with a 36-hole score of 9-under 132, which tied the record for lowest stroke-play score. He advanced to the Round of 16 in match play, losing to teammate Justin Thomas, 1 up. Wyatt first gained acclaim by shooting a 57 at the 2010 Alabama State Junior Championship.

2013 GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM

Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, of Hallamshire, Yorkshire, England: Fitzpatrick won the silver medal as the leading amateur at The Open Championship at Muirfield and became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur Championship with a 4-and-3 victory over Australian Oliver Goss in the 36-hole final. He defeated four Americans in match play and upended Canadian Amateur runner-up Corey Conners in the semifinal round. The 2012 Boys Amateur Champion reached the final of the English Amateur Championship, where he lost to Callum Shinkwin. Fitzpatrick will play collegiate golf at Northwestern University, near Chicago, and will be a freshman in 2013-14.

Nathan Kimsey, 20, of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England: Kimsey represented England in the 2012 Men’s Home Internationals and became the first English player in 15 years to win all six matches. This year, he tied for third at the Brabazon Trophy, tied for second at the St Andrews Links Trophy and also enjoyed top-10 finishes in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Lytham Trophy. He was a member of the winning English team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark.

Gavin Moynihan, 18, of The Island, Dublin, Ireland: Moynihan became the youngest player to play in the Irish Open in June. The 2012 Irish Amateur Open Champion tied for the runner-up position in this year’s event at Royal Dublin. The former Junior Ryder Cup player represented Ireland in the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark. He represented Ireland in the recent Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. He will be a freshman on the University of Alabama golf team in 2013-14, where his teammates will be the USA's Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt.

Max Orrin, 19, of North Foreland, Kent, England: Orrin was a member of the winning England team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark in July. He reached the semifinal of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, where he is a member, and tied for second in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Orrin reached the second round of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship. He won the Titleist FootJoy Boys Order of Merit in 2012 as the leading English player.

Kevin Phelan, 22, of Waterford Castle, County Waterford, Ireland: Phelan played in his second U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., in June and made the cut to finish in a tie for 62nd. Phelan is currently studying at University of North Florida. He won his first collegiate tournament earlier this year and played on the Palmer Cup team which lost to the USA at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. He represented Ireland in the recent Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton.

Garrick Porteous, 23, of Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England: Porteous won the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal in June and secured a place in the British Open Championship at Muirfield, a place in next year’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and a traditional invitation to the Masters Tournament. This year, he won the Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Southerness and was runner-up at the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship. He was sixth in the European Nations Cup.

Rhys Pugh, 19, of Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales: Pugh was a member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in 2011, where he won all three of his matches. The Welshman played in this year’s British Open Championship at Muirfield after securing a place by winning the 2012 European Amateur Championship in Dublin. Pugh also played in the Irish Open on the European Tour and won the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal Porthcawl. He played in the recent U.S. Amateur Championship where he reached the first round of match play. In 2009, at the age of 15, he became the youngest player to represent Wales at the Men’s Home Internationals. He will be a junior at East Tennessee State University this fall.

Neil Raymond, 27, of Corhampton, Hampshire, England: Raymond won the St Andrews Links Trophy this year over the Old and Jubilee courses at St. Andrews. He lost in the quarterfinal round of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports to eventual champion Garrick Porteous. He performed well at the Brabazon and Lytham trophies with top 20 finishes in both events and was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur Championship in February. Raymond was the co-medalist in stroke play and earned the No. 1 seed at the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship, held The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. He reached the quarterfinals, losing to Canada’s Corey Conners, 1 up.

Callum Shinkwin, 20, of Moor Park, Hertfordshire, England: Shinkwin won the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath in August with a victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in the 36-hole final. He made his England debut against France last year and was a member of the winning English team in the European Men’s Team Championships and the Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. Shinkwin won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia in January and tied for second at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship.

Jordan Smith, 20, of Bowood, Wiltshire, England: Smith won the Brabazon Trophy in June by four strokes from Ireland’s Brian Casey. A good season has seen him finish eighth in the St Andrews Links Trophy, tied ninth in the French Amateur Championship, tied fifth in the Spanish Amateur Championship and tied seventh in the Portuguese International Amateur Championships. Smith was a 2013 U.S. Amateur participant.

MEDIA CONFERENCES: Captains and players from each team will meet with credentialed media on Friday afternoon. Media conferences are also scheduled at the conclusion of each day’s play.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE: The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the Walker Cup Match (Friday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact photorequests@usga.org.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300
Walker Cup Match Media Center – TBD

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pete Kowalski and Brian DePasquale of USGA Championship Communications, by email at pkowalski@usga.org and bdepasquale@usga.org or cell phone at (908) 216-8435 or (908) 655-8395, respectively. For more information on the USGA, visit www.usga.org. Media-specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.