Eight Of 10 Members Of 2003 U.S.A. Walker Cup Match Team Named
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FAR HILLS, N.J. (August 11, 2003) - Eight of the 10 members of the United States team for the Walker Cup Match, including recent U.S. Open qualifiers Bill Haas of Greer, S.C., and Trip Kuehne of Dallas, Texas, have been named by the United States Golf Association. The 2003 Walker Cup Match will be played at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England, from Sept. 6-7, against a 10-member team representing Great Britain and Ireland.
The final two selections and alternates to the 10-man U.S.A. squad will be named immediately following the U.S. Amateur Championship on August 24. The Walker Cup Match consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. The Great Britain and Ireland amateur team has won the last two matches, in 1999 and 2001, by identical scores of 15-9. The U.S. leads the series history, 31-6-1.
Haas and Kuehne will be joined on the team by Matt Hendrix of Aiken, S.C., Brock Mackenzie of Yakima, Wash., Ryan Moore of Puyallup, Wash., Chris Nallen of Hackettstown, N.J., Adam Rubinson of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn. Of the eight, only Kuehne has previous Walker Cup experience, having played on the 1995 USA team. The captain (coach) of the team is Bob Lewis, 59, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, a four-time Walker Cup team member and three-time USGA championship runner-up.
Haas, 22, reached the semifinals at the 2002 U.S. Amateur after being the medalist in the 36-hole stroke play portion of the Championship. He won the 2002 Players Amateur, finished seventh and fifth at the 2002 and 2003 Porter Cup tournaments, respectively, and was a quarterfinalist at the 2002 Western Amateur. He shot a second round of 60 at the recent Porter Cup. A senior at Wake Forest University where he follows in the footsteps of his father, PGA Tour pro Jay Haas, he was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top collegiate golfer for athletic and academic excellence, in 2002 and 2003.
Kuehne, 31, was the low amateur at the 2003 U.S. Open, where he tied for 57th place. There were only 11 rounds better than the 4-under-par 67 he posted in his second round. A career amateur best known for his runner-up finish to Tiger Woods at the 1994 Amateur, Kuehne is an equities stockbroker. His younger brother, Hank, plays on the PGA Tour and his younger sister, Kelli, plays on the LPGA Tour.
Hendrix, 22, was a top member of the Clemson University squad that won the 2003 NCAA Championship and Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. He is heading into his senior season at Clemson. Hendrix has had four top-five finishes in recent major amateur golf events: a victory at the Sunnehanna, a runner-up finish at the Porter Cup, a fourth-place finish at the Monroe Invitational and a fifth place finish at the Rice Planters Amateur.
Mackenzie, 21, has four top-10 finishes over the past year, including a win at the 2002 Pacific Coast Amateur and a fifth place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships. He also was eighth and sixth at the Northeast Amateur, respectively, in 2002 and 2003. A senior at the University of Washington, he set a school record with his 71.1 stroke average in 2002. He has 15 top-10 career finishes in college, two shy of his school's record.
Moore, 21, was the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion and a quarterfinalist at the 2002 U.S. Amateur. He also qualified for the 2002 U.S. Open and made the cut at the 2003 Masters Tournament. A senior at UNLV, he placed eighth at the 2002 NCAA Championship and 22nd in 2003.
Nallen, 21, has a win at the 2003 Northeast Amateur after a runner-up finish there in 2002. He also finished fourth at the 2002 Porter Cup. A senior at the University of Arizona, he was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award the last two years.
Rubinson, 23, finished second at the 2002 NCAA Championship and the 2002 Western Amateur. A senior at TCU where he was named 2003 Conference USA Player of the Year, he recently finished fifth at the 2003 Northeast Amateur and 10th at the 2003 Sunnehanna.
Wittenberg, 18, is the youngest member of either squad. He earned his place with back-to-back victories in 2003 at the Southern Amateur and the Porter Cup, where he closed with final rounds of 64 and 66 respectively. He also won the 2003 Terra Cotta Invitational and was runner-up at the 2003 Azalea Amateur. He was the 2001 American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year. He will attend Oklahoma State University in September.
TEAM ROSTERS FOR THE 2003 WALKER CUP MATCH
THE UNITED STATES TEAM
Note: Two more members for the USA team will be selected following the U.S. Amateur on Aug. 24.
THE GREAT BRITAIN/IRELAND TEAM