Weaver gunning for Walker bid
Monday, June 22, 2009
Two years ago, many felt Drew Weaver’s win at the British Amateur Championship was worthy enough to land him a spot on the 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team. While he gained plenty of consideration, he was not selected by the USGA to be a part of that 10-man squad.
This week, Weaver, a recent Virginia Tech graduate, gave the USGA something to think about as it prepares to select its Walker Cup team that will compete against Great Britain & Ireland in the 42nd match at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
Weaver was not only one of three amateurs to make the cut in the 109th U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, but finished the championship as low American amateur. He tied for 40th at 9-over par, one stroke higher than the overall low amateur, Canadian Nick Taylor. Rounding out the trio was Kyle Stanley, who tied for 53rd at 13 over. Stanley, a member of that 2007 U.S. Walker Cup team, has announced he would bypass his senior year at Clemson and turn pro.
It’s going to be interesting to see how much weight the USGA puts on Weaver’s performance at the U.S. Open.
Winning the British Amateur didn’t do the trick, but maybe this will, because the USGA has been known to put a great deal of emphasis on an amateur’s performance in its premier championship.