Eight Players Named To USA Walker Cup Team

Far Hills, N.J. (Aug. 9) – Eight of the 10 amateur players who will comprise the 2009 USA Walker Cup Team have been selected by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association. The 2009 Walker Cup Match will be played Sept. 12-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

The eight players are: 

Bud Cauley, 19, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Rickie Fowler, 20, of Murrieta, Calif.

Brendan Gielow, 21, of Muskegon, Mich.

Brian Harman, 22, of Savannah, Ga.

Morgan Hoffmann, 19, of Saddle Brook, N.J.

Adam Mitchell, 22, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Nathan Smith, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Drew Weaver, 22, of High Point, N.C.

The final two players of the team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland will be named following the conclusion of the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship, scheduled to be played Aug. 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

The captain of the USA Team is George “Buddy” Marucci Jr., 57, of Villanova, Pa., a playing member of the 1995 and 1997 USA Teams, as well as the captain of the victorious 2007 USA Team at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Ireland. Marucci is the reigning USGA Senior Amateur champion, though he will not be able to defend his 2008 title due to a scheduling conflict with the Walker Cup Match.

The biennial Walker Cup Match consists of 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. The USA Team has won the last two Matches, posting one-point victories at Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club in 2005 and Royal County Down in 2007. The USA leads the series overall, 33-7-1.

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