Three More Players Named to 2011 USA Walker Cup Team


Three more players have been added to the 10-member 2011 USA Walker Cup Team by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association. The 2011 Walker Cup Match will be played September 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The players include:

Patrick Rodgers, 18, Avon, Ind.
Nathan Smith, 33, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Chris Williams, 20, Moscow, Idaho

Smith, a three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (2003, '09 and '10), was a member of the victorious 2009 USA Walker Cup Team and went 2-0 in foursomes (alternate-shot) with partner Peter Uihlein. He also won the 2011 Sunnehanna Amateur.

Williams, who will be a junior at the University of Washington, qualified for this year's U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. He also won the Sahalee Players Championship, the Pacific Coast Amateur (closing with rounds of 66-66) and was the 72-hole stroke-play medalist at the Western Amateur in early August, carding a 16-under total of 268 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

Rodgers will be an incoming freshman this fall at Stanford. He claimed the 2011 Porter Cup in a playoff and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur after claiming the No. 2 seed in stroke-play qualifying behind Williams.

Previously, Patrick Cantlay, 19, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Harris English, 22, Thomasville, Ga.; Russell Henley, 22, Macon, Ga.; and Peter Uihlein, 21, Orlando, Fla., were named to the team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland. The remaining three USA players will be named later this month.

Of Williams' selection, UW coach Matt Thurmond said, ""About a year and a half ago I talked with Chris about working toward this Walker Cup. He sort of thought I was crazy, but here it is. No one can understand the immense energy and time Chris dedicates to his practice and training. Being selected to the Walker Cup, the pinnacle of amateur golf in America, is what happens when a talented person dedicates himself completely to being great.

"I'm so thrilled for him."

For more biographical information about the players, visit www.usga.org/news/2011/August/USA-Walker-Cup-Team-Bios/.

The captain of the USA Team is Jim Holtgrieve, 63, of St. Louis, Mo., who was a playing member of the 1979, 1981 and 1983 USA Teams, as well as the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.

The biennial Walker Cup Match consists of 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches over the competition's two days. The USA Team has won the last three Matches and leads the overall series, 34-7-1.

The above reporter is courtesy of the USGA. For more information, visit www.usga.org.


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