NCGA’s DeChambeau, McNealy Among 16 Invited to Walker Cup Practice Session
November 13, 2014
Two Northern California amateur stars are in the running to be members of the 2015 U.S. Walker Cup squad.
Clovis resident Bryson Dechambeau and Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley are among 16 players who have accepted invitations from the United States Golf Association’s International Team Selection Committee to participate in a practice session for the 2015 Walker Cup Match. The practice session will take place Dec. 17-20 at Frederica Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Dechambeau posted a record 10-under 61 at the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan, helping the U.S. squad win the title. Currently a junior at Southern Methodist University, other Dechambeau highlights from this season include reaching the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship and reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
McNealy, a sophomore at Stanford, played in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst after advancing through a sectional qualifier held at Lake Merced GC in Daly City. McNealy won Stanford’s first two fall events at the Southwestern Intercollegiate and the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, placing with him Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers as Cardinal who have won at least two events the same season.
The 45th Walker Cup Match will be contested Sept. 12-13 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.
USA captain John “Spider” Miller, a Walker Cup competitor in 1999, emphasized that an invitation to the practice session does not guarantee selection to the 10-man team. He added that many players not included on the 16-man list for December will be in the mix during the final selection process.
“This is an insightful way to get to know these potential Walker Cup players in an informal setting and we have the opportunity to introduce them to the Match and its unique format,” said Miller. “The good people at Frederica Golf Club have offered us their fine facility to start on the process. We appreciate their hospitality.”
The Walker Cup Match is an international team competition that consists of four foursomes (alternate-shot) matches on both mornings of the two-day competition, with eight singles matches on the first afternoon and 10 singles matches on the final afternoon.
The USGA’s International Team Selection Committee chooses the USA Team. The R&A chooses the Great Britain and Ireland side. The GB&I Team will be captained by Nigel Edwards, of Wales, who competed in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007, and also served as captain in 2011 and 2013.
The USA leads the overall series, 35-8-1.