The U.S. Golf Association has named the first five players to the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup squad that will compete Sept. 12-13 in the matches at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.
Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.; Beau Hossler, 20, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Lee McCoy, 21, of Athens, Ga.; Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif.; and Hunter Stewart, 22, of Nicholasville, Ky., will represent the USA Team captained by John “Spider” Miller.
“The USGA is proud to select these five young men, all with brimming golf résumés, to represent the USA at the Walker Cup Match,” said Diana M. Murphy, USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA’s Championship Committee. “They represent all of the fine qualities that make the Walker Cup such a traditional and renowned international amateur golf competition.”
This first group includes the NCAA individual champion in DeChambeau, who plays for SMU. DeChambeau also qualified for the U.S. Open this year as well as earning sponsor exemptions into the FedEx St. Jude Classic and John Deere Classic.
Hossler is a rising junior at the University of Texas, and recently tied for second with McNealy at the Pacific Coast Amateur in Eugene, Ore. Hossler, who has played in three U.S. Opens and tied for 58th this year at Chambers Bay, helped the U.S. win the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship.
McCoy also qualified for this year’s U.S. Open and was a member of the winning 2015 USA Palmer Cup team. McCoy was co-medalist in the 2014 U.S. Amateur before losing in the Round of 64.
McNealy is a rising junior at Stanford University, and ended the spring as college golf’s top player. He won the Jack Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award. He played in the 2014 U.S. Amateur, but did not advance to match play. McNealy competed this year in the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic (tied for 60th) and the Barbasol Championship (78th place).
Finally, Stewart captured three individual events during his senior season with Vanderbilt and has kept the momentum going so far this summer. He won the Northeast Amateur in June by four strokes with a 72-hole score of 10-under 266.
The remaining five players to complete for the U.S. will be named at the conclusion of the 2015 U.S. Amateur, to be played Aug. 17-23 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.