Jumping for joy with Walker Cup fever
U.S. Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci tells Asher Wildman why Peter Uihlein and Cameron Tringale were chosen as the final two members to the squad.
TULSA, Okla. – Cameron Tringale said he was “really nervous” as he waited to hear from the USGA as to whether or not he would be picked as one of the final two selections for this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team.
“It was so tough to stay positive, especially after the loss (in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur),” said Tringale, a recent graduate at Georgia Tech where he was a first-team All-America in the 2008-09 season.
“When I got the call (late Sunday afternoon) I figured it was either going to be a good thing or I was going to be told I was an alternate,” said Tringale, who qualified for this year’s U.S. Open. “When (U.S. captain) Buddy (Marucci) said congratulations, I was first in shock, and then I just jumped around like a little baby.”
Peter Uihlein, a sophomore at Oklahoma State, gained the other spot on the team, joining the previously named eight players – Rickie Fowler, Morgan Hoffmann, Nathan Smith, Bud Cauley, Brendan Gielow, Adam Mitchell, Brian Harman and Drew Weaver.
For Uihlein, it was like receiving one-day belated birthday present – no doubt the best one he’s ever received in 20 years.
He said he was both surprised and excited when he got the call from Marucci.
“I thought I had a pretty good chance once I made it past all the bubble guys (at the U.S. Amateur),” said Uihlein, who was a quarterfinalist at the Amateur and finished second at the NCAA South Central Regional and Sunnehanna Amateur. “Still, I’m a little surprised because I didn’t play for OSU for the first six months. Right now I’m excited and most certainly honored.”