Top amateurs have another tournament option this year with the South Beach International Amateur. However, it’s being played opposite the long-running Dixie Amateur, and just down the road in South Florida. Something has to give.
It may have been only one tournament, but Ron Balicki says Virginia's season-opening victory was a big step for the Cavaliers.
Randal Lewis, at age 54, showed the younger generation how it’s done Thursday, setting a mark as the oldest U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Ron Balicki
Ron Balicki: Nathan Smith’s bid for a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title came to a surprising end Wednesday with a semifinal loss to Randal Lewis.
Nathan Smith is looking for his third consecutive U.S. Mid-Am title. Randall Lewis, 54, is looking to become the tournament's oldest champ. Ron Balicki has the tale of the tape.
Last season, it was Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. This season, Alabama is relying on two more freshmen - Justin Thomas and Tom Lovelady - to help keep it atop the Golfweek rankings.
Mike McCaffrey overcame a stomach bug to advance to the U.S. Mid-Am quarterfinals, while three-time champ Nathan Smith continues to roll along in Texas.
For a while, it appeared that the medalist jinx might be in order at this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.
The Walker Cup had become too lopsided, in favor of the Americans. But, with GB&I's shocking win in Scotland last week, the event might be better off says our Ron Balicki.
In his quest to win a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title, Nathan Smith moved into the second round of match play at Shadow Hawk Golf Club. Ron Balicki
Mike McCaffrey is making the most of his first appearance in a U.S. Golf Association championship.
Paul Simson, 60, is proving that age is nothing but a number, as he moved onto match-play at the weather-plagued U.S. Mid-Am on Sunday.
Nathan Smith is trying to go where no man has ever gone before within the realm of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
In the mid-2000s, Philip Francis of Arizona and Rickie Fowler of California were two young guns with tons of talent. Their paths from there couldn't have been more different. Ron Balicki
For a short time, 10 years ago, Peter Uihlein thought he might have lost his father, Wally, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He didn't, but the memories of that day have gone nowhere.
Jim Holtgrieve wants to win the Walker Cup, but the U.S. captain is more concerned that his players enjoy the experience of representing their country and how it will help their golf careers.
Don’t expect a sophomore slump from UCLA's Patrick Cantlay. Ron Balicki places Cantlay at the top of Golfweek's preseason individual rankings.
For longtime Golfweek writer Ron Balicki, the Walker Cup is amateur golf at its best. And this week's showdown between the U.S. and GB&I promises to show it off.
It was May 6. Russell Henley was a few weeks away from graduating and a month shy of completing his outstanding golf career at the University of Georgia.
Kelly Kraft, right, secured his spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team with his win at the U.S. Am on Sunday. The USGA also announced that Jordan Spieth, middle, and Blayne Barber, left, will join Kraft in Scotland.
Semifinalist Jordan Russell has plenty of good things to take away from the U.S. Amateur. Ron Balicki has some background on the Texas A&M Aggie Peter Uihlein called "the most underrated player in college golf."
Eight players remain, but three U.S. Walker Cuppers – Peter Uihlein, Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Rodgers – lead the charge into Friday afternoon’s quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills.
Ron Balicki offers an introduction to Bobby Leopold, the 26-year-old insurance salesman who is working his way through the match-play bracket at the U.S. Amateur.
Only a few matches were completed Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur, but Harris English's win against Andrew Yun was one of them. It effectively ended Yun's Walker Cup hopes.
When the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship commenced Monday at Erin Hills and Blue Mound Golf Club, the starting field of 312 players contained 41 mid-amateurs - those 25 years and older.
Nathan Smith fell Wednesday in a 20-man playoff for the final four spots on the U.S. Amateur match-play bracket, but you'll see him again next month at Royal Aberdeen for the Walker Cup.
When the morning wave of players finally completed the weather-delayed second round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur at almost 5:30 p.m., three players topped the leaderboard at 7-under 135.
Gregor Main (pictured) and John Hahn took the early lead at the U.S. Amateur, but Blake Biddle sits two shots back after playing the more demanding Erin Hills. Ron Balicki
I’m here at Erin Hills Golf Club (and enjoying the “cool” mid-70 degree temperatures) for the 111th U.S. Amateur Championship. Contrary to what some of my co-workers may think, I have not covered every one of those U.S. Amateurs.
Ethan Tracy held off the world's top-ranked amateur, Patrick Cantlay, to win the Western Amateur on Saturday at North Shore Country Club. Ron Balicki
Patrick Cantlay's win over Peter Uihlein in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur was exactly what you might expect: A down-to-the wire thriller. Ron Balicki
Peter Uihlein (pictured) and Patrick Cantlay, the top two amateurs in the world, will square off Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur. Ron Balicki
After four straight 66s in competition, Chris Williams shot 71 in Round 3 of the Western Amateur. No worries, however: He was back in shape with another 66 in the afternoon to claim medalist honors.
Chris Williams took control at the Western Amateur on Wednesday, firing a second-round 66 - his fourth consecutive 66 spanning two events - to take a three-shot lead over Jordan Spieth.
Walker Cup hopefuls Jordan Spieth, above, and Chris Williams got off to fast starts at the Western Amateur, taking the early lead with a pair of 66s.
With his victory at the Southern Amateur, Georgia's Harris English should be on the Walker Cup squad.
Nate McCoy has arrived – come into his own, you might say.
If there was one player that didn't need to impress the Walker Cup selection committee, it was Peter Uihlein, who ran away with the Northeast Amateur title Saturday.
Peter Uihlein emerged Friday as the leader of the birdie barrage otherwise known as the third round of the Northeast Amateur. A 7-under 62 put him three shots ahead of his closest pursuer.
Andrew Putnam and Will Collins turned the Wannamoisett Country Club course into a bird sanctuary during Friday’s third round at the 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational.
This year’s Northeast Amateur Invitational came to an abrupt end Friday morning for Australian Bryden MacPherson, who the week before won the British Amateur Championship. It was simply because he did the right and honorable thing and showed integrity, which is the cornerstone for the game of golf.
Like so many before him, at any level, at any tournament, Luke Guthrie found just how tough it is to come back from a record-setting round with an equally strong performance.
One thing that has become constant in the Northeast Amateur Invitational over the past dozen or so years: shoot a tournament-record round and be in store for a 10-stroke swing.
Illinois senior Luke Guthrie sets course record at Wannamoisett to take commanding five-shot lead at the Northeast Amateur Invitational in Rhode Island.
Over the previous 49 years, the Northeast Amateur Invitational has attracted plenty of players who not only were amateur superstars, but also tons of those who have gone on to stardom at the professional level.
Fifty is the number at this year’s Northeast Amateur Invitational at the par-69, Donald Ross-designed Wannamoisett Country Club.
Even though Oklahoma State didn't win the national championship, Mike McGraw guided his Cowboys to many other victories. For that, he wins Golfweek's Coach of the Year award.
As summer amateur events get under way, Ron Balicki takes a look at Patrick Cantlay and other players in the running for selection to the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team.
Bud Cauley took a chance with his options to play in this year’s U.S. Open. Then he made his decision pay off.
Behind another strong performance from Carter Newman, Augusta State topped Georgia, 3-2, on Sunday to win the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year.