2017 Walker Cup
Sep 8th, 2017
Walker Cup 2017 Meet the USA team
As they limber up in Los Angeles
Words: Tim Southwell Styling: GolfPunk
It's lift off in La La land as USA take on GB & Ireland in the 2017 Walker Cup. Meet the USA team...
Cameron Champ, 21, Sacramento, Calif
*Born June 15, 1995 in Sacramento, Calif.
*No. 11 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*One of two amateurs to make 36-hole cut in 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills (T-32)
*Won 2017 Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Prairie Dunes C.C. by four strokes
*Runner-up in 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur at Chambers Bay
*Medalist in 2017 North & South Amateur at Pinehurst
*Semifinalist in 2017 Western Amateur at Skokie C.C.
*Senior at Texas A&M University
*Chosen third-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference for 2016-17 season
*Helped Texas A&M finish second in Southeastern Conference Championship
*Finished fifth individually in SEC Championship
*Product of The First Tee program
*Father, Jeff, was selected in the 1988 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft as a catcher by the Baltimore Orioles
Justin Thomas on the 2013 USA win
Doug Ghim, 21, Arlington Heights, Ill
*Born April 16, 1996 in Des Plaines, Ill.
*No. 4 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Amateur at The Riviera C.C. (lost to Doc Redman in 37 holes)
*Won 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur by one stroke at Chambers Bay
*Fourth at Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett C.C.
*Senior at the University of Texas
*Named Big 12 Player of the Year for 2016-17 season
*Led Texas to the 2017 Big 12 Conference Championship and tied for second individually
*Helped Texas finish as 2016 NCAA Divisioin I runner-up at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club
*Individual runner-up in 2017 NCAA Austin Regional
*Runner-up in 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links (lost in 37 holes to Byron Meth)
*Semifinalist in 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur (lost to eventual champion Scottie Scheffler)
*Has competed in seven USGA championships, including four U.S. Amateurs
Stewart Hagestad, 26, Newport Beach, Calif
*Born April 10, 1991 in Newport Beach, Calif.
*No. 38 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Won 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall in 37 holes over Scott Harvey with by rallying from 4 down with five to play for the largest comeback since the USGA introduced a 36-hole championship match in 2001. Made five birdies over that stretch.
*Became first invited U.S. Mid-Amateur champion to make 36-hole cut at The Masters, where he was low amateur (T-36)
*Qualified for 2017 U.S. Open
*Graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013, where he was a member of the golf team
*Won 2016 Metropolitan Golf Association Amateur, defeating Ethan Ng in 38 holes
*Named 2016 Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year
*Has competed in 12 USGA championships, including eight U.S. Amateurs
Maverick McNealy, 21, Portola Valley, Calif
*Born Nov. 7, 1995 in Portola Valley, Calif.
*No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Won 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal for being the top-ranked amateur
*Member of 2015 USA Walker Cup Team
*Member of 2016 USA World Amateur Team (Team tied for sixth in Mexico)
*Recipient of 2017 Ben Hogan Award as the nation's top collegiate player
*Recipient of 2017 Byron Nelson Award and Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year
*First-team All-American and first-team All-Pacific-12 selection for 2016-17 season
*Graduated from Stanford University in May
*Competed in 2017 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and Open Championship at Royal Birkdale
*Tied for 44th in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic
*Qualified for match play in 2017 U.S. Amateur before losing in Round of 64 to Connor Syme of Scotland, a member of the 2017 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team
Collin Morikawa, 20, La canada Flintridge, Calif
*Born Feb. 6, 1997 in Los Angeles, Calif.
*No. 5 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Junior at the University of California-Berkeley
*Advanced to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur both in 2016 and 2017
*First-team All-American and first-team All-Pacific-12 Conference performer in 2016-17
*Chosen Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year for 2015-16 season
*Won 2017 Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club by two strokes
*Lost in three-hole playoff to 2017 USA Walker Cup teammate Braden Thornberry at 2017 Sunnehanna Amateur
*Tied for second in Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Prairie Dunes C.C.
Doc Redman, 19, Raleigh, N.C.
*Born Dec. 27, 1997 in Raleigh, N.C.
*No. 28 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Won 2017 U.S. Amateur at The Riviera Country Club with remarkable eagle-birdie finish after being 2 down with 2 to play against Doug Ghim. Won on 37th hole.
*Second lowest seed (No. 62) to win U.S. Amateur behind Steven Fox (No. 63), and third player to win championship after surviving a playoff to qualify for match play.
*Advanced to the Round of 32 of 2016 U.S. Amateur (lost to Sam Horsfield)
*Sophomore at Clemson University
*First-team Freshman All-American for 2016-17 season
*Named Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year for 2016-17 season
*Finished sixth in Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club
*Runner-up in 2017 Western Amateur to 2017 USA Walker Cup teammate Norman Xiong, losing in 22 holes
*Named Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference for 2016-17 season
*Led Clemson in stroke average (70.77) after posting eight top-10 finishes
*Rolex honorable-mention All-American as a junior golfer
*Won 2016 North Carolina 4A individual title
*Caddies during his free time during the summer
Scottie Scheffler, 21, Dallas, Texas
*Born June 21, 1996 in Ridgewood, N.J.
*No. 42 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Earned low-amateur honors in 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills (T-27), shooting 1-under 287
*Has qualified for two U.S. Opens (missed cut in 2016 at Oakmont, despite an opening-round 69)
*Senior at University of Texas
*Tied for third in 2017 NCAA Championship, shooting 6-under 282 at Rich Harvest Farms
*Named first-team All-Big 12 for 2016-17 season
*Helped Texas to runner-up finish in 2016 NCAA Championship at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club
*Member of 2016 USA World Amateur Team (finished sixth in Mexico)
*Won 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp in Truckee, Calif.
*Recipient of 2015 Phil Mickelson Award for being the nation's top freshman
*Named 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
Braden Thornberry, 20, Olive Branch, Miss
*Born April 11, 1997 in Germantown, Tenn.
*No. 3 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Won 2017 NCAA individual title at Rich Harvest Farms by four strokes with 72-hole total of 11-under 277
*First University of Mississippi golfer to win the NCAA title
*Junior at University of Mississippi
*Recipient of 2017 Fred Haskins Award as college player of the year
*Named first-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference for 2016-17 season
*Tied for third in Southeastern Conference Championship and finished fourth at NCAA Austin Regional
*Won 2017 Jones Cup by five strokes at Ocean Forest in Sea Island, Ga.
*Won 2017 Sunnehanna Amateur in playoff over 2017 USA Walker Cup teammate Collin Morikawa
*Tied for fourth in PGA Tour's Fed/Ex St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., the best finish by an amateur in the event since 1965
*Has competed in four USGA championships, including three U.S. Amateurs
*Defeated world No. 1 Joaquin Niemann in Round of 64 of 2017 U.S. Amateur before being eliminated in the Round of 32 by Travis Smyth
Norman Xiong, 18, Canyon Lake, Calif
*Born Nov. 9, 1998 in Guam
*No. 10 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Won 2017 Western Amateur in 22 holes over 2017 USA Walker Cup teammate Doc Redman after earning medalist honors in 72-hole stroke-play portion of competition at Skokie C.C.
*Sophomore at University of Oregon
*Recipient of 2017 Phil Mickeslon Award as the nation's top freshman
*Helped Oregon win the 2017 Pacific-12 Conference title, finish third at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and advance to the title match in the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms
*Named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was first-team all-conference selection
*Shot rounds of 64-70 in stroke play to earn No. 2 seed in the 2017 U.S. Amateur match-play bracket
*Lost to eventual runner-up Noah Goodwin in Round of 32 of 2016 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Honors Course
*Won 2016 Junior PGA Championship and member of 2016 USA Junior Ryder Cup Team
*Won 2015 CIF/SCGA Regional as a sophomore at Temescal Canyon High School
*Has 25 career holes-in-one (12 on regulation courses and 13 more on executive/par-3 layouts)
Will Zalatoris, 21, Plano, Texas
*Born Aug. 16, 1996 in San Francisco, Calif.
*No. 12 in World Amateur Golf Ranking
*Advanced to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Amateur for second time in his career in 2017 at The Riviera Country Club, losing to Travis Smyth, of Australia
*Began match play in 2017 U.S. Amateur with victory over 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Philip Barbaree, 1 up
*Won 2014 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Club at Carlton Woods, and holed out for an eagle-2 during the championship match against Davis Riley
*Senior at Wake Forest University
*Named first-team All-American for 2016-17 season
*Named 2016-17 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
*Posted top-five finishes in ACC Championship and NCAA Austion Regional
*Finished third in 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur at Chambers Bay and tied for 10th in Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Prairie Dunes
*In 2016, he won both the Pacific Coast Amateur and Trans-Mississippi Amateur titles
*Has competed in 10 USGA championships, including the last five U.S. Amateurs (qualified for match play in the last four)