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Automatic USA Walker Cup, WATC Team Selections Set for June 21

By Jonathan Coe, USGA

| May 15, 2023 | Liberty Corner, N.J.

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The three highest-ranked American players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® / WAGR® as of the Wednesday, June 21, update will receive automatic selections from the USGA onto the 2023 USA Walker Cup Team. 
The 49th Walker Cup Match will be played on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, Sept. 2-3, 2023. The Match is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.  

The USGA’s International Team Selection Working Group (ITS) will name a second set of additional players to the Walker Cup Team in mid-to-late July.  
The ITS Committee will name the final selections to the team and alternates immediately following the U.S. Amateur. The winner of the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship, set to take place Aug. 14-20 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, and the recipient of the 2023 McCormack Medal, should they be American, will earn the final automatic spots onto the team, which will be captained by Mike McCoy, winner of the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.  
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The USGA will also name one player for both the men’s and women’s USA World Amateur Teams as of the June 21 WAGR update. This exemption will be for the highest ranked player on each respective WAGR ranking. The 2023 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) will be held this October at Abu Dhabi (UAE) Golf Club. 

The winners of 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship and 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, set to take place Aug. 7-13 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif., and the recipients of the 2023 McCormack Medals, should they be American, will also earn the final automatic spots onto the USA World Amateur Teams. The men’s team will be captained by Mark Newell, USGA past president, and the women’s team by Courtney Myhrum, USGA executive committee member. 

These and any final team selections and alternates for the WATC will be selected by the ITS immediately following the U.S. Amateur Championship. 

If an automatic selection declines any of these invitations, the spot will be offered to the next player based on the June 21 WAGR update.