November 19, 2018
NCGA Members Isaiah Salinda and Brandon Wu to Attend Walker Cup Practices
Isaiah Salinda, the winner of the 2017 NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship, and fellow NCGA member Brandon Wu will attend a practice session for the 2019 Walker Cup Match, the International Team Selection Commitee of the USGA announced.
The 47th Match will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, Sept. 7-8, 2019.
“This practice session presents an excellent opportunity for the players, the captain and the USGA to become familiar with each other as we begin the process of team selection,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Individual personalities show through and we see the beginning of a sense of team spirit.”
USA captain Nathaniel Crosby, who played on the victorious USA Team in the 1983 Match at Royal Liverpool two years after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship, and members of the International Team Selection Committee will also attend the practice session. Crosby was the 1981 NCGA Player of the Year.
The Walker Cup Match is a biennial amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland, selected by The R&A. The Match, which was first contested in 1922, is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. The USA leads the series, 36-9-1, but the GB&I side has won seven of the last 15 meetings.
The 2017 USA Team defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, at The Los Angeles (Calif.) Country Club in the 46th Walker Cup Match. The 48th Match will be played at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., May 8-9, 2021.