Walker Cup: U.S. announces final five selections
The final five players who will compete for Team USA in the 2013 Walker Cup were announced Sunday.
Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C., and bobby Wyatt of Moblie, Ala., round out the 10-man team that will take on GB&I at the National Golf Links on Sept. 7-8 in Southampton, N.Y.
Max Homa of Valencia, Calif., Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., and Corey Whitsett of Houston, Texas, were selected in July.
"We have 10 young men that are going to do a tremendous job of representing the United States of America in the greatest sport that there is, in golf," Team USA captain Jim Holtgrieve said.
The process is an 'exhilarating' one says Dan Burton, the USGA's Chairman of the International Selection Committee. It's a two-year look back at how the players played in ranked events by the USGA.
Two schools with have three players represented at the matches. California will have Homa, Kim and Weaver on the team and from Alabama, Thomas, Whitsett and Wyatt. Niebrugge goes to Oklahoma State and Rodgers plays at Stanford.
Smith and White will comprise of the two mid-amateurs on the team. Smith, 35, has been on two Walker Cup teams (2011 and '09) , while White, 45, will be participating in his first.
Learn more about the five selected Sunday:
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Todd White, 45, mid-amateur
White, of Bluffton, S.C., has two top-10 finishes this year on the amateur circuit: sixth at the Jones Cup and fifth at the Northeast Amateur. He also has two top-25 finishes. White, a former Furman player, won the 2010 Palmetto Amateur. He teaches history at Hilton Head Island (S.C.) High School.
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Bobby Wyatt, 21, Alabama
Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., had eight top-10 finishes in his junior year at Alabama. Wyatt finished the 2012-13 season with a 71.29 scoring average for the NCAA-champion Crimson Tide. Wyatt was a 2013 Ben Hogan Award semifinalist. He was one of three Alabama players at the 2013 Palmer Cup.
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Jordan Niebrugge, 20, Oklahoma State
Niebrugge, of Mequon, Wis., has compiled perhaps the best summer in amateur golf. The Oklahoma State sophomore started his amateur season with a victory in the Wisconsin Match Play. Then, he went on a three-week winning streak, claiming the U.S. Amateur Public Links, the Wisconsin Amateur and then virtually assured himself a spot on the Walker Cup team with a victory at the Western Amateur, which he won on Aug. 4, his 20th birthday. He made it to the Round of 64 of match play at the U.S. Amateur.
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Nathan Smith, 34, mid-amateur
A member of the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Walker Cup squads, Smith is one of two required mid-amateurs who will be on the team this year. Smith is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. A 2001 graduate of Allegheny College near his hometown of Pittsburgh, Smith won the 2013 Pennsylvania Match Play Amateur Championship. He finished T-18 at the 2013 Jones Cup and T-20 at the Azalea Amateur.
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Michael Weaver, 21, California
Weaver was the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up at Cherry Hills. He helped lead Cal to 12 victories in 14 starts during the 2012-13 season. Weaver picked up one individual victory during his junior season and added six other top-10 finishes. He played in the 2013 Masters and the U.S. Open, finishing 64th at Merion. Weaver tied for 10th at the 2013 Northeast Amateur and placed second at the 2013 Players Amateur.