NORMAN, Okla. University of Oklahoma junior Anthony Kim was named Tuesday to the 10-man squad that will represent the United States for the Walker Cup Match held at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., Aug. 13-14.
Chosen by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association, the squad will face an amateur team representing Great Britain and Ireland.
The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States of America and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
The Match consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. Great Britain and Ireland’s team has won the last three matches (1999, 2001 and 2003) twice by scores of 15-9 and by 12 -11 in 2003. The USA leads the series overall, 31-7-1.
A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
Kim’s nomination was helped by his recent performance at the 2005 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. He was the tournament’s stroke-play medalist and reached the semifinals before losing after 20 holes. At the APL, Kim shot a 5-under 65 in the second round of stroke play and carded 19 birdies in a three-match stretch.
A two-time All-American, Kim was the 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Championship medalist, shooting three consecutive under-par rounds to win by six strokes.
He won the 2004 Northeast Amateur and was 12th at the same event in 2005. He also played in the 2004 Amateur Public Links and the 2004 U.S. Amateur, reaching the second round of match play in both.
At 20, Kim is the second-youngest player on this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team. Only 18-year-old Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., is younger.
Bob Lewis, 61, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, who played on four winning Walker Cup teams from 1981 through 1987, will serve as team captain. He also was captain of the 2003 team. Lewis is president and chief operating officer of Welded Tubes, Inc., a manufacturer of welded steel tubing, a company founded by his father in 1958.
“I am really excited about this group,” said Lewis. “They have a lot of talent and I look forward to going to bat with these guys. I want them to have a good experience. I give the committee a lot of credit for its selections.”
The team is completed by Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky.; Billy Hurley, 23, of Leesburg, Va.; Jeff Overton, 22, of Evansville, Ind.; Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.; Kyle Reifers, 22, of Dublin, Ohio; Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla.; and Lee Williams, 24, of Alexander City, Ala. The top two alternates, in order, are Luke List, 20, of Ringgold, Ga., and Ryan Blaum, 21, of Coral Gables, Fla.
The Walker Cup Match began in the wake of World War I and it came together following a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, whose purpose was largely to look at modifying the rules of the game. As part of the meeting, an international team competition was discussed, much like what was already taking place between the United States and Canada, in 1919 and 1920.
Among those attending the meeting at the Royal and Ancient was George Herbert Walker, USGA President in 1920. The idea of an amateur team competition appealed to Walker and he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. When the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck.
The first Walker Cup Match was held in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. Led by captain (coach) William C. Fownes Jr., the United States won the inaugural match, 8-4.
The Great Britain and Ireland team is led by veterans Nigel Edwards of Wales and England’s Gary Wolstenholme. Sixteen-year-old Oliver Fisher of England will be the youngest to play for either side.
The Golf Channel will air live coverage from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday and from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday (EDT). For more information, visit the official Walker Cup Match site at www.walkercup.org.