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2010 World Amateur Team Announced
David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., Scott Langley of St. Louis, Mo., and newly crowned U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein of Orlando, Fla., have been selected by the United States Golf Association to represent the USA at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship, to be played October 28-31 at Olivos Golf Club and Buenos Aires Golf Club in Argentina.
Chung and Uihlein were finalists at the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., with Uihlein emerging as the 4-2 winner on Sunday. Langley won the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's individual title and tied for low-amateur honors at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Russell Henley of Macon, Ga., and Morgan Hoffmann of Wyckoff, N.J., were named the first and second alternates, respectively. Fred Ridley of Tampa, Fla., who was president of the USGA in 2004-2005, will serve as the USA Team captain.
"The players selected for the USA Team all have played tremendous golf throughout their careers and on grand stages in 2010," Ridley said. "More importantly, they are fine young men of character and each possesses the human qualities which the game of golf represents. It is my distinct honor to captain these young men as they compete for the Eisenhower Trophy. We will represent the United States and the USGA with great pride."
The biennial competition has been played since 1958, with the winner taking home the Eisenhower Trophy. Scotland is the defending champion, having won the 2008 title in Australia. The USA last won the championship in 2004, and has captured the trophy a record 13 times.
A record 73 teams from around the world have entered the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship. It is played in conjunction with the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, which will be played Oct. 20-23 at the same two clubs. The Asociación Argentina de Golf will serve as host of the 2010 championships.
The World Amateur Team title is determined by four days of stroke play. A country may field a team of two or three players. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores by players from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-day total is the team's score for the championship. The World Amateur Team Championship is conducted by the International Golf Federation, which was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of the game and to employ golf as a vehicle to foster friendship and sportsmanship. The IGF, the International Olympic Committee's international federation for golf, comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 120 countries.
USA Team Member Bios
David Chung, 20, won the 2010 Western Amateur, the 2010 Porter Cup and the 2009 North & South Amateur. Chung, a junior at Stanford University, helped lead the United States to a 13-11 victory over Europe at the 2010 Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. Chung, who was runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur at the age of 14, earned PING third-team All-America honors and was a first-team Pac-10 Conference selection in 2010. He was a semifinalist for the 2010 Hogan Award.
Scott Langley, 21, was the individual champion at the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship and tied for low-amateur honors at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, finishing tied for 16th. Langley, the 2010 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year, helped lead the United States to a 13-11 victory over Europe at the 2010 Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Langley was a PING first-team All-American selection in 2010 and a second-team pick in 2009. He is a senior at the University of Illinois.
Peter Uihlein, who turned 21 on August 29, the day he won the U.S. Amateur, was a member of the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup Team who went 2-0 in foursomes and 2-0 in his singles matches. A quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, he won three collegiate events in 2010, including the 2010 NCAA Division I Southeast Regional, and earned All-Big 12 Conference and PING first-team All-America honors. Uihlein, a junior at Oklahoma State University, won the 2010 Sahalee Players Championship in July and helped the USA to the overall title at the Copa de las Americas competition this past January in Argentina.
Russell Henley, 21, tied for 16th at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and shared low-amateur honors. Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, was named the 2009-10 National Player of the Year by Golfweek. He won the individual title at the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship, earning SEC Player of the Year honors, and at the NCAA South Central Regional. Henley helped lead the United States to a 13-11 victory over Europe at the 2010 Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. The 2008 and 2009 Georgia Amateur champion was one of three finalists for the 2010 Hogan Award. He was a 2010 All-Nicklaus Team selection.
Morgan Hoffmann, 21, was a member of the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup Team, going 1-0 in foursomes and 1-0-1 in his singles matches. Hoffmann, who competed in the 2010 U.S. Open and was a quarterfinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur, earned first-team PING All-America honors in 2009 and second-team honors in 2010. A junior at Oklahoma State University, Hoffmann received the 2009 Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman after winning three individual titles in his first year of collegiate golf, including the Big 12 Conference Championship.
The above report is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.