If a 35-second Twitter video is anything to go by, the atmosphere in the Great Britain and Ireland camp is excellent ahead of this weekend's Walker Cup showdown with the mighty USA at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
It's doubtful anyone was wondering why Sam Horsfield, who pulled out of the team for personal reasons in favour of 11th man Ewen Ferguson, is included in the University of Florida team for this week's college clash in Georgia.
Personal reasons are personal reasons and the GB&I boys had too much on their minds pulling off schoolboy pranks and pressing the flesh with 2014 European Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley..
The team also made a 30-mile trip up the coast to Royal Birkdale to play a practice round.
The Walker Cup will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Here's a 2015 WALKER CUP MATCH FACT SHEET, courtesy of the USGA and the R&A.
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- Sept. 12-13, 2015, Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, England (www.royallytham.org)
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PAR AND YARDAGE
Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club will be set up at 7,086 yards and will play to a par of 34-36–70.
(NOTE: yardages subject to change).
Royal Lytham & St. Annes Hole By Hole
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 34
Yardage 205 481 478 392 219 492 592 416 165 3,440
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 36
Yardage 387 598 198 355 444 462 336 453 413 3,646
Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club was founded in 1886. The course, which features 204 bunkers, was designed by George Lowe, the club’s first professional. Minor revisions were made in 1919 by Harry Colt.
THE WALKER CUP MATCH
The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur golfers, one team from the United States of America and one team comprised of players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the USA and in Great Britain or Ireland. This is the 45th Walker Cup Match.
The USA Team is selected by the United States Golf Association’s International Team Selection Committee. The R&A selects the team from Great Britain and Ireland.
John “Spider” Miller, of Bloomington, Ind., will serve as the captain for the USA Walker Cup Team. Miller, who won the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1996 and 1998, played on the 1999 USA Walker Cup Team. He teamed with Hunter Haas to win a pair of foursomes matches before losing to Paul Casey, 3 and 2, in singles at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland. Miller led Indiana to a tie for third in the 1997 USGA Men’s State Team Championship and was inducted into the Indiana Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2000.
Nigel Edwards will serve as GB&I captain for a third time. He guided the team to a 14-12 victory in 2011. Edwards played in four consecutive Walker Cups from 2001 through 2007, a period that included a pair of GB&I wins. He is the third Welshman to captain GB&I, following Tony Duncan and Clive Brown. Edwards has been the director of coaching at the English Golf Union, the governing body of amateur golf in England, since 2011.
Daily tickets are available. Admission is free for juniors who are under age 16 as of Sept. 11, 2015. For more information, visit https://tickets.randa.org/Walker-Cup-Tickets.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
On Saturday, Sept. 12, there will be four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches in the morning and eight singles matches in the afternoon. On Sunday, Sept. 13, there will be four foursomes matches in the morning and 10 singles matches in the afternoon. All matches will be 18 holes.
All Times Local
Friday, Sept. 11 (Note: All times are subject to change)
- 4:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. EDT), Opening Ceremony
Saturday, Sept. 12
- 9 a.m. (4 a.m. EDT), Foursomes
- 1:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. EDT), Singles
Sunday, Sept. 13
- 8:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT), Foursomes
- 1:15 p.m. (8:15 a.m. EDT), Singles
Foursomes is a match in which two players compete against two others players in an alternate-shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a winner, a half-point is awarded to each team.
The team that scores the most points wins the Match. In the event of a tie, the team that won the previous competition retains the Walker Cup.
The BBC will provide coverage on each day of the competition. ESPN2 will present a highlights program on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 3-5 p.m. EDT.
Date Time (EDT) Network Program
Saturday, Sept. 12 9 a.m.-11 a.m. BBC Foursomes (taped)
Saturday, Sept. 12 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. BBC Singles (live)
Sunday, Sept. 13 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. BBC Foursomes (taped)
Sunday, Sept. 13 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. BBC Singles (live)
Sunday, Sept. 13 3 p.m.-5 p.m. ESPN2 Highlights (taped)
ESPN3 and WatchESPN will provide digital coverage on each day of the competition.
Date Time (EDT) Network
Saturday, Sept. 12 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ESPN3/WatchESPN
Sunday, Sept. 13 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ESPN3/WatchESPN
WALKER CUP MATCH HISTORY
This is the 45th Walker Cup Match. The competition began in the wake of World War I, following a series of meetings between the United States Golf Association and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the key purpose of which was a discussion of modifying the Rules of Golf. As part of the meetings, an international team competition was discussed, with the aim of strengthening understanding and friendship between The R&A and the USGA.
Among those attending the meetings at The R&A was George Herbert Walker, USGA president in 1920. Walker soon presented a plan for the competition and offered to donate a trophy. When the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck.
The first Walker Cup Match was contested in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. Led by playing captain William C. Fownes Jr., the USA won the inaugural Match, 8-4. The USA leads the series, 35-8-1. Since 1989, however, when GB&I won for the first time in the USA, by one point at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., the USA holds a narrow 7-6 advantage.
RECENT WALKER CUP HISTORY
- 2013 Walker Cup: National Golf Links of America, Southampton, N.Y. (USA 17, GB&I 9)
- 2011 Walker Cup: Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Aberdeen, Scotland (GB&I 14, USA 12)
- 2009 Walker Cup: Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. (USA 16½, GB&I 9½)
- 2007 Walker Cup: Royal County Down, Newcastle, County Down, Ireland (USA 12½, GB&I 11½)
- 2005 Walker Cup: Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill. (USA 12½, GB&I 11½)
- 2003 Walker Cup: Ganton Golf Club, Ganton, England (GB&I 12½, USA 11½)
- 2001 Walker Cup: Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Ga. (GB&I 15, USA 9)
- 1999 Walker Cup: Nairn Golf Club, Nairn, Scotland (GB&I 15, USA 9)
- 1997 Walker Cup: Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y. (USA 18, GB&I 6)
- 1995 Walker Cup: Royal Porthcawl, Porthcawl, Wales (GB&I 14, USA 10)
- 1993 Walker Cup: Interlachen Country Club, Edina, Minn. (USA 19, GB&I 5)
- 1991 Walker Cup: Portmarnock Golf Club, Portmarnock, County Dublin, Ireland (USA 14, GB&I 10)
- 1989 Walker Cup: Peachtree Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga. (GB&I 12½, USA 11½)
WALKER CUP MATCH IN ENGLAND
The 2015 Walker Cup Match will be the seventh Match contested in England. The international competition will be played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club for the first time.
Walker Cup Matches in England
- 1930: Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich (USA 10, GB&I 2)
- 1951: Birkdale Golf Club, Southport (USA 6, GB&I 3)
- 1967: Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich (USA 13, GB&I 7)
- 1983: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake (USA 13½, GB&I 10½)
- 1987: Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire (USA 16½, GB&I 7½)
- 2003: Ganton Golf Club, Ganton (GB&I 12½, GB&I 11½)
Sept. 9-10, 2017: Los Angeles Country Club (North Course), Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 7-8, 2019: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES
- 1926 – Robert T. Jones Jr. by two strokes over Al Watrous, 291-293
- 1952 – Bobby Locke by one stroke over Peter Thomson, 287-288
- 1958 – Peter Thomson def. Dave Thomas, 278 (68-71) – 278 (69-74)
- 1963 – Bob Charles def. Phil Rodgers, 277 (69-71) – 277 (72-76)
- 1969 – Tony Jacklin by two strokes over Bob Charles, 280-282
- 1974 – Gary Player by four strokes over Peter Oosterhuis, 282-286
- 1979 – Seve Ballesteros by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw, Jack Nicklaus, 283-286
- 1988 – Seve Ballesteros by two strokes over Nick Price, 273-275
- 1996 – Tom Lehman by two strokes over Ernie Els, Mark McCumber, 271-273
- 2001 – David Duval by three strokes over Niclas Fasth, 274-277
- 2012 – Ernie Els by one stroke over Adam Scott, 273-274
THE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP, AT ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES
- 1935 – Lawson Little def. Williams Tweddell, 1 up
- 1955 – Joe Conrad def. Alan Slater, 3 and 2
- 1986 – David Curry def. Geoff Birtwell, 11 and 9
- 2007 – Drew Weaver def. Tim Stewart, 2 and 1
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES
- 1998 – Sherri Steinhauer by one stroke over Brandie Burton, Sophie Gustafson, 292-293
- 2003 – Annika Sorenstam by one stroke over Se Ri Pak, 278-279
- 2006 – Sherri Steinhauer by three strokes over Sophie Gustafson, Cristie Kerr, 281-284
- 2009 – Catriona Matthew by three strokes over Karrie Webb, 285-288
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES
- 1991 – Bobby Verwey by one stroke over Bob Charles, 285-286
- 1992 – John Fourie by three strokes over Bob Charles, Neil Coles, 282-285
- 1993 – Bob Charles by one stroke over Tommy Horton, Gary Player, 291-292
- 1994 – Tom Wargo by two strokes over Bob Charles, Doug Dalziel, 280-282
RYDER CUP MATCHES AT ROYAL LYTHAM & ST. ANNES
- 1961: USA def. Great Britain, 14½-9½
- 1977: USA def. Great Britain and Ireland, 12½-7½
2013 WALKER CUP RECAP
The United States regained the Walker Cup at the historic National Golf Links of America, site of the inaugural Match in 1922, with a resounding 17-9 victory over Great Britain and Ireland. It was the USA’s largest margin of victory since an 18-6 decision at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in 1997.
The victory was also a measure of redemption for captain Jim Holtgrieve, Patrick Rodgers and Nathan Smith – the holdovers from the 2011 team, which suffered a two-point defeat at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland. Continuing the dominance from Saturday’s singles session, the USA, which entered the final day with an 8-4 lead, split the four Sunday foursomes (alternate-shot) matches and claimed seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches. That included a pair of 4-and-3 victories by the two mid-amateurs on the team, 45-year-old Todd White and 35-year-old Smith.
Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., led the way for the Americans with a 3-0-1 record, including a 4-and-3 triumph over 2013 U.S. Amateur co-medalist Neil Raymond. Matthew Fitzpatrick, the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur in 102 years, posted a 3-1 record, including 2-0 in foursomes with GB&I teammate Raymond.
2011 WALKER CUP RECAP
Great Britain and Ireland, bolstered by the undefeated records of Paul Cutler, of Northern Ireland, and Rhys Pugh, of Wales, won the Match for the first time since 2003 with a 14-12 victory over the USA at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. Cutler, the winner of the 2011 Irish Amateur, compiled a 3-0-1 mark. Pugh, the youngest competitor on either side at 17, was 3-0. He won the 2011 Irish Amateur Open.
GB&I, captained by Nigel Edwards, has claimed four of the last five Walker Cups played on home soil, dating to 1995 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales. In windy conditions, GB&I won three matches and tied a fourth in Sunday morning’s foursomes to increase its lead to 10½-5½. The USA won the first two matches in the afternoon
singles session, but Steven Brown’s half with the USA’s Blayne Barber in the sixth match clinched the Match for the GB&I and ended a streak of three USA wins.
2009 WALKER CUP RECAP
Both Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein went 4-0 to lead the USA to a 16½-9½ victory over GB&I at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. It was the third consecutive win for the Americans. After Saturday’s competition, the USA led 8-4, and in Sunday morning’s foursomes, the USA Team won three of the four matches for the second consecutive day to build its lead to 11-5 heading into the afternoon’s singles play. Cameron Tringale posted an 8-and-6 victory over Luke Goddard to give the USA its 13th point and assured that the Americans would retain the Walker Cup. Uihlein then earned a 3-and-1 win over Stiggy Hodgson to claim the trophy outright for the USA Team, captained by George “Buddy” Marucci.
2015 GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND TEAM
Ashley Chesters, 26, of Hawkstone Park, England
Chesters is the lone mid-amateur on the GB&I Walker Cup Team. He tied for 12th in the 2015 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, at St. Andrews (Old Course) with a 72-hole score of 9-under-par 270. He also played in the previous year’s Open Championship, but missed the cut at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, in Hoylake, England. Chesters became the first English player to win the European Amateur in 2013 and successfully defended his title the following year. In 2015, he was runner-up in the Welsh Stroke Play Championship, reached the Spanish International Amateur semifinals, tied for seventh in the Brabazon Trophy English Open, and advanced to the Round of 16 in the British Amateur at Carnoustie in Scotland. He won the 2014 Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy and helped England finish sixth at the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. His father, Nigel, competed against Sandy Lyle, a two-time major professional champion, during their junior years.
Paul Dunne, 22, of Greystones, Republic of Ireland
Dunne shot a third-round 66 on the Old Course at St. Andrews to share the 54-hole lead of the 2015 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, and finished in a tie for 30th. He became the first amateur since Bob Jones in 1927 to share the 54-hole lead. He also played in the 2014 Open Championship, but missed the cut at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake). In 2015, Dunne tied for ninth in the Brabazon Trophy English Open and helped the Irish to a fifth-place finish in the European Amateur Team Championship. A recent graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Dunne was fifth in the 2015 NCAA Division I Championship and earned All-America and All-Conference USA recognition for the second consecutive year. Dunne received a special exemption from qualifying to play in the 2015 U.S. Amateur, his first USGA championship. He advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Bryson DeChambeau. Dunne played for the victorious European team in the 2014 Palmer Cup. His Irish team finished 11th at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship and he shot 13-under 275.
Ewen Ferguson, 19, of Bearsden, Scotland
Ferguson helped Scotland win the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden. He won the Scottish Champion of Champions by shooting all four rounds in the 60s (13-under 271) for a three-stroke victory. He tied for third in this year’s Irish Amateur Open Championship with a 72-hole score of even-par 288. Ferguson also reached match play in the British Amateur, tied for fourth in the Scottish Stroke Play and tied for 11th in the Brabazon Trophy English Open. Ferguson defeated Germany’s Michael Hirmer, 10 and 9, to win the 2013 British Boys Amateur Championship and advanced to the semifinals in defense of his title the following year. In 2014, Ferguson won the Scottish Boys Match Play and Scottish Boys Stroke Play and along with his victory in the British Boys Amateur, became the first player to hold those three titles at one time. He was a member of the victorious GB&I squad in the 2014 Jacques Leglise Trophy. He helped Scotland finish third at the 2014 European Boys Team Championship in Norway. Ferguson was initially the first alternate and replaced Sam Horsfield, who withdrew from the GB&I Team on Aug. 31.
Grant Forrest, 22, of Craigielaw, Scotland
Forrest was the runner-up to Romain Langasque, of France, in the 2015 Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in Scotland. He recently graduated from the University of San Diego, where he was the 2014 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, 2013 WCC tournament champion and 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year. This year’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club was his first USGA championship appearance. Forrest won five of a possible six match-play points in leading Scotland to the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden. He helped Scotland finish ninth at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. He won a pair of singles matches for the victorious 2014 European Palmer Cup Team. Forrest, who qualified for the 2013 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, won the 2012 Scottish Amateur. He upended Richard Docherty, 9 and 7, in the final, the largest margin of victory in 25 years. Forrest won the 2014 St. Andrews Links Trophy by defeating Bradley Neil on the first playoff hole with a 25-foot birdie putt.
Jack Hume, 21, of Naas, Republic of Ireland
Hume tied for third in the Brabazon Trophy English Open with a 72-hole score of 284 (73-71-69-71) and tied for sixth in the St. Andrews Links Trophy with a 54-hole score of 217 (70-76-71). He helped Ireland win the Home Internationals on Aug. 14 with a singles victory in a 9½-5½ decision over Wales. He tied for 19th in the 2015 European Amateur in Slovakia with a total of 13-under-par 275 and tied for 20th in this year’s Irish Amateur Open Championship. Hume reached match play in the 2015 Amateur Championship at Carnoustie and was a Spanish International Amateur quarterfinalist. He tied for second in the 2014 Scottish Stroke Play Championship with a final-round 66.
Gary Hurley, 22, of West Waterford, Republic of Ireland
Hurley was the runner-up for the second consecutive year in the European Amateur Championship. He finished one stroke behind Italy’s Steffano Mazzoli with a four-round total of 18-under 270. He was also second in the 2015 Spanish International Amateur, losing to Jeroen Krietemeijer, of the Netherlands, in the final, and was third in the Southern Cross Invitational in Argentina. He has represented Europe twice in the Palmer Cup and was a member of the winning team in 2014. He shot rounds of 69-68-74-70 in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship as Ireland finished 11th in Japan. Hurley is an R&A Foundation Scholar at Maynooth University.
Jack McDonald, 22, of Kilmarnock (Barassie), Scotland
McDonald advanced to the semifinals of the Amateur Championship for the second time in three years. He was defeated by eventual champion Romain Langasque, of France, in 19 holes at Carnoustie. He won five of a possible six points in match play in helping Scotland claim the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden. In 2015, he tied for ninth in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship with a 72-hole score of 2-over 286. He was also 11th in the Irish Amateur Open, tied for 13th in the Lytham Trophy and tied for 14th in the St. Andrews Links Trophy. McDonald was a member of the victorious 2014 European Palmer Cup Team. He was chosen 2012 Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year when he helped Scotland win the Home Internationals. McDonald, the grandson of 1965 GB&I Walker Cup Team member Gordon Cosh, attends the University of Stirling and is an R&A Foundation Scholar.
Gavin Moynihan, 20, of The Island, Republic of Ireland
Moynihan is the lone holdover from the 2013 Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team and posted a 2-2 record, including a singles victory over Patrick Rodgers, at the National Golf Links of America. He won this year’s Irish Amateur Open Championship for the second time with a 72-hole score of 4-under 284, three strokes ahead of GB&I Walker Cup teammate Cormac Sharvin. He was runner-up to Sharvin in this year’s Brabazon Trophy English Open and finished third in the 2015 European Amateur in Slovakia with a four-round total of 271 (17 under). He helped Ireland win the Home Internationals on Aug. 14. Moynihan, who briefly attended the University of Alabama, won the 2014 Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship, shooting a final-round 67 for a two-stroke victory.
Jimmy Mullen, 21, of Royal North Devon, England
Mullen made the 36-hole cut in the 2013 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, finishing in a for 75th at Muirfield. He and 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick were the only amateurs to play on the weekend. Mullen advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship before losing to Frederick Wedel, 2 and 1, at Atlanta Athletic Club. In 2015, he won the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship by nine strokes with a four-round total of 273 (15-under). He helped England place fourth in the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden and represented his country in the Home Internationals. He tied for third in the Duncan Putter, tied for 19th in the Lytham Trophy and tied for 21st in the St. Andrews Links Trophy.
Cormac Sharvin, 22, of Ardglass, Northern Ireland
Sharvin captured the 2015 Brabazon Trophy English Open with a 72-hole score of 7-under-par 281, just ahead of GB&I Walker Cup teammate Gavin Moynihan. He became the first Irishman to win the Brabazon Trophy since Rory McIlroy in 2006. Sharvin was runner-up to Moynihan in the Irish Amateur Open Championship and tied for second in the Lytham Trophy. Sharvin was third in the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship with a four-round total of 280 (4 under). He played in the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, his first USGA championship. He represented Ireland in the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship in Sweden. Sharvin attends Stirling University and is an R&A Foundation Scholar.
2015 USA TEAM
Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.
DeChambeau became the fifth player to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA individual championships in the same year by defeating Derek Bard, 7 and 6, in the 2015 Amateur final at Olympia Fields (lll.) Country Club. He joined Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in accomplishing the feat. DeChambeau earned first-team All-America honors and was the American Athletic Conference Players of the Year as a member of the Southern Methodist University team in 2014-15. He is a senior majoring in physics. He qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and reached the Round of 16 with partner Austin Smotherman in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at The Olympic Club. DeChambeau, who wears a Ben Hogan-style cap while playing golf, also helped the USA to victory in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. He fired a third-round 61 that established an 18-hole scoring record. DeChambeau has played in 10 USGA championships, including five U.S. Amateurs. He advanced to match play in all five Amateurs played, including the Round of 16 in 2014, and was a 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links quarterfinalist.
Scott Harvey, 37, of Greensboro, N.C.
Harvey is one of two mid-amateurs on the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team. He won the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur by defeating Brad Nurski, 6 and 5, in the final, which earned him an invitation to the 2015 Masters. He and partner Todd Mitchell reached the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at The Olympic Club. He won the 2015 Gasparilla Invitational, advanced to the match-play quarterfinals in the 2015 Japan Amateur and tied for sixth in the Porter Cup with a 72-hole score of 278 (2 under). Harvey, who is a property manager for S&K Triad Properties, won the 2015 South American Amateur, in Lima, Peru, by two strokesKim . He attended the University of West Florida and High Point University. He has won the Carolinas Player of the Year Award four consecutive years, from 2011-14. Harvey has played in 17 USGA championships, including five U.S. Amateurs. Harvey’s late father, Bill, who taught him the game, played in 23 USGA championships, including 15 U.S. Amateurs.
Beau Hossler, 20, of Mission Viejo, Calif.
Hossler, who is a junior at the University of Texas, earned first-team All-America honors and was chosen 2015 Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. He helped the USA win a silver medal in the 2015 Pan American Games, in Toronto, where he was sixth as an individual with a four-round total of 281 (7 under). At 17 years and 3 months old, he became the youngest player to make the cut at a U.S. Open since World War II, finishing in a tie for 29th at The Olympic Club in 2012. Hossler, who has played in three U.S. Opens and tied for 58th at Chambers Bay this year, helped the USA win the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan. In 2015, he tied for second in the Pacific Coast Amateur with USA Walker Cup teammate Maverick McNealy and was a member of the winning USA Palmer Cup squad. Hossler has played in 11 USGA championships, including five U.S. Amateurs. He advanced to the Round of 64 in 2015 and reached the quarterfinals in the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Denny McCarthy, 22, of Rockville, Md.
McCarthy, who recently completed his senior season at the University of Virginia, earned All-America honors for the third year in a row and became the first UVA player to be chosen All-Atlantic Coast Conference four times. McCarthy tied for 42nd in the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. At the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Japan, he shot a final-round 64 to finish fifth in the individual scoring at 19-under-par 267 and lead the USA to the gold medal. He won the 2015 Porter Cup by defeating Carter Jenkins on the first playoff hole after they tied at 11-under 269 for 72 holes. In 2014, he finished sixth as an individual in the NCAA Division I Championship and was chosen second-team All-America. He has played in seven consecutive U.S. Amateurs, advancing to the semifinals in 2014 at Atlanta Athletic Club and to the Round of 32 in 2015 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. His older brother, Ryan, played golf at Loyola (Md.) University.
Lee McCoy, 21, of Athens, Ga.
McCoy, who is a senior at the University of Georgia, earned first-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2014-15. McCoy, who qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, helped the USA earn a silver medal in the 2015 Pan American Games, in Toronto. He finished fourth as an individual with a 72-hole score of 10-under-par 278. McCoy was a member of the winning 2015 USA Palmer Cup Team. He tied for 69th in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in July. McCoy was co-medalist in the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club before losing in the Round of 64 to three-time USA Walker Cup competitor Nathan Smith. McCoy qualified for match play in both the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Junior Amateurs. He lost to 2015 USA Walker Cup teammate Hunter Stewart in the Round of 64 in this year’s U.S. Amateur.
Michael McCoy, 52, of Des Moines, Iowa
McCoy will become the third-oldest Walker Cup competitor at 52 years, 9 months, 11 days. Honorable Michael Scott of Great Britain and Ireland (55 years, 8 months in 1934) and the USA’s William Hyndman (55 years, 5 months in 1971) were older. McCoy was low amateur in both the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Senior Opens, tying the record for lowest 72-hole score by an amateur (282) this year at Del Paso Country Club, in Sacramento, Calif. McCoy won the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur, becoming the second-oldest champion at age 50. His victory earned him a spot in the 2014 Masters. He advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2005 and 2008. In 2015, he won the Crane Cup, in a playoff with Patrick Christovich, and the Coleman Invitational. A 10-time Iowa Player of the Year, McCoy works in the insurance business and is an Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member (2011). A collegiate golfer at Wichita State University, he has played in 45 USGA championships, including 16 U.S. Amateurs. He has four children, one of whom, Nate, plays professional golf.
Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif.
McNealy, who is a junior at Stanford University, received the 2015 Jack Nicklaus Award and Fred Haskins Award as NCAA Division I’s top college player. He was chosen Pacific 12 Conference Player of the Year and won the conference title by 10 strokes after shooting a course-record 9-under 61 in the final round. He recorded six victories in 2014-15 and shared the Olympia Fields/Fightin’ Illini Invitational title. McNealy has competed in six USGA championships. He advanced to the Round of 16 in this year’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club and the Round of 16 with partner Viraat Badhwar in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball. He qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open and was a 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur quarterfinalist. McNealy tied for second with USA Walker Cup teammate Beau Hossler in the 2015 Pacific Coast Amateur and was a member of the victorious USA Palmer Cup Team. He twice made the cut at a 2015 PGA Tour event, tying for 60th in the Greenbrier Classic and tying for 78th in the Barbasol Championship. McNealy was a defenseman for the San Jose Junior Sharks, an AAU ice hockey team.
Jordan Niebrugge, 22, of Mequon, Wis.
Niebrugge was a member of the winning 2013 USA Walker Cup Team, posting a pair of singles victories at the National Golf Links of America. He tied for sixth in the 2015 Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, at St. Andrews, winning the silver medal and posting the lowest score (11-under 277) by an amateur in the championship’s 144-year history. In 2015, he was a quarterfinalist in the Western Amateur and advanced to match play in the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie. Niebrugge, who is a senior at Oklahoma State University, won the NCAA New Haven Regional with a 54-hole score of 203 and was an honorable mention All-America selection. Chosen All-Big 12 Conference for the third consecutive year, he had a stellar 2013 campaign, winning the U.S. Amateur Public Links, Western Amateur, Wisconsin State Amateur and Wisconsin State Match Play. As the Amateur Public Links champion, he played in the 2014 Masters. He also tied for 27th in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in 2014. He has played in three U.S. Amateurs and seven USGA championships.
Robby Shelton, 20, of Wilmer, Ala.
Shelton is a junior at the University of Alabama, where he earned first-team All-America and first-team All-Southeastern Conference recognition for the second consecutive year. A semifinalist for the 2015 Ben Hogan Award, Shelton received the 2014 Phil Mickelson National Freshman of the Year Award and helped the Crimson Tide capture the 2014 NCAA Championship. He tied for third in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in July, becoming the first amateur to post a top-three finish on Tour since Mickelson in 1991. He was the stroke-play medalist in the 2015 Western Amateur, where he advanced to the semifinals. He was 4-0 in his matches in the 2015 Palmer Cup to help the USA defeat Europe. He has played in seven USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs. Shelton, a 2014 U.S. Open qualifier, advanced to the Round of 16 in this year’s U.S. Amateur before losing to Sean Crocker in 20 holes.
Hunter Stewart, 22, of Lexington, Ky.
Stewart earned first-team All-America honors and became the first player from Vanderbilt University to be chosen Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, in 2014-15. He won three individual titles and tied for third at the NCAA Championship. He helped the Commodores qualify for match play in the NCAA team competition. Stewart shared the school’s 2014-15 Male Athlete of the Year Award. He was the first player to sweep his matches (4-0) in three years, in the 2015 Palmer Cup and led the USA to victory. Stewart, who qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, won this year’s Northeast Amateur by four strokes with a 72-hole score of 10-under-par 266. Stewart competed in his fourth U.S. Amateur, at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, and reached match play for the first time. He defeated current USA Walker Cup teammate Lee McCoy in the Round of 64 before losing to eventual runner-up Derek Bard, 2 and 1, in the Round of 16.