Gator golfer selected to Walker Cup team
GAINESVILLE - Junior golfer Billy Horschel is among the first eight players picked for the 10-man
2007 U.S. Walker Cup team, the USGA announced Monday.
The Walker Cup is a team tournament between amateurs from the U.S. pitted against a squad from Great Britain and Ireland that began in 1922. It is held biennially, hosted at sites alternating between the two teams. The tournament consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. The U.S. reclaimed the Cup in 2005 by one point after losing the three previous meetings in 1999, 2001 and 2003.
This year’s Walker Cup Match will be played Sept. 8-9 at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Ireland.
A two-time All-American, Horschel has been among the top-five finishers at many prestigious amateur tournaments. The 2007 SEC Player of the Year qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open and posted a USGA record 60 in the first round of stroke play at the 2006 U.S. Amateur.
Horschel will be joined by Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Colt Knost, Trip Kuehne, Jamie Lovemark, Jonathan Moore and Webb Simpson, forming a team that consists of two collegiate champions, a USGA champion and three players who have qualified for a U.S. Open.
The remaining two alternate spots will be picked after the U.S. Amateur, which will be held Aug. 20-26 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The U.S. team leads the overall series, 32-7-1.