24th August 2015
Last night following the completion of the U.S. Amateur Championship the USGA’s International Team Selection Committee and Captain John “Spider” Miller finalised the 2015 USA Walker Cup team.
On the 10th August 2015 the USGA named the first five members of their team. These players and their World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR) on the date of this announcement were: –
Bryson DeChambeau (21) – WAGR 8 / SPWAR 1
Beau Hossler (20) – WAGR 9 / SPWAR 5
Lee McCoy (21) – WAGR 6 / SPWAR 15
Maverick McNealy (19) – WAGR 3 / SPWAR 22
Hunter Stewart (22) – WAGR 5 / SPWAR 4
All five attended the December 2014 Squad Session and have enjoyed strong playing seasons. Of course DeChambeau also went on to win the U.S. Amateur in convincing fashion yesterday.
Bryson DeChambeau, Beau Hossler, Lee McCoy and Maverick McNealy
The remaining members of the USA team were confirmed late last night. These players and their WAGR and SPWAR rankings as of yesterday were: –
Scott Harvey (37) – WAGR 98 / SPWAR 78
Denny McCarthy (22) – WAGR 10 / SPWAR 6
Mike McCoy (52) – WAGR 202 / SPWAR 167
Jordan Niebrugge (22) – WAGR 17 / SPWAR 3
Robby Shelton (19) – WAGR 8 / SPWAR 2
Hunter Stewart, Scott Harvey, Denny McCarthy and Mike McCoy
The final U.S. Amateur selections were as expected. The only minor surprise here was the selection of Mike McCoy as the second Mid-Amateur, where Nathan Smith, who played in 2013, was a very credible alternative. I have heard it said that the USGA were keen to get McCoy on this team as he is considered a potential future U.S. Captain (of which there are few on either side) and at 52 this was almost certainly his last chance to make his debut.
I admire the USGA for sticking with their policy of two Mid-Amateur selections. However, it does, at least on paper, weaken their team. As of yesterday there were respectively 36 and 73 other U.S. Players (not already selected) ahead of Scott Harvey and Mike McCoy in the WAGR.
Two Alternates (Reserves) were also confirmed: –
Matt NeSmith (21) – WAGR 21 / SPWAR 11
Scottie Scheffler (19) – WAGR 15 / SPWAR 17
Jordan Niebrugge, Robby Shelton, Matt NeSmith and Scottie Scheffler
Here’s how the final US Team rates according to the current World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings (SPWAR): –
A formidable team on paper it will be interesting to see how they play at Royal Lytham in a few weeks time. The Team are scheduled to meet up for a final training session at Latrobe Country Club next week where Arnold Palmer will be their host.
Fore more information on the Walker Cup and the two teams click here – Walker Cup
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