Langley's Walker Cup fate in question
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tomorrow U.S. Walker Cupper Peter Uihlein will face Walker Cup hopeful Scott Langley. After last year’s U.S. Amateur, it seemed that Langley was a guaranteed lock to make the team. However, since the national championship Langley has struggled.
At the NCAA Championship Langley shot rounds of 73-86-80 (+23) to finish tied for 129th at Karsten Creek. The year before, Langley won the national championship on The Honors Course with scores of 70-68-68 (-10).
This past year Langley did have a strong senior season. He posted six top 10’s on the year, but failed to win a tournament. His best finish during the college season was a T-2 finish at the D.A. Welbring Intercollegiate.
Fast forward to the summer. When it comes to making the Walker Cup team, the selection process is supposed to be based on a two-year window. It is fair to say that Langley’s summer couldn’t have gone worse leading up to the final decision on who makes trip to Scotland.
Since the NCAAs, Langley tied for 72nd at the Porter Cup, and 56th at the Western Amateur. He was not in the field at the Sunnehanna, nor did he play at the Northeast Amateur. Not the kind of results or lack of schedule you want, when so many other players are stepping up to impress captain Jim Holtgrieve.
Heading into the Sweet 16 tomorrow, Langley will face defending U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein. A victory for Langley would mean more than just a spot in the quarterfinals. It would show that perhaps he is starting to find his game once again.
Uihlein already has a Walker Cup spot, and his game is as good as it has ever been. A win over Uihlein tomorrow may be enough to show people that Langley is Walker Cup material, but a loss may just put an end to his Walker Cup run.