The Walker Cup will be contended Saturday and Sunday at Seminole Golf Club. In case you’re not familiar, the Walker Cup is the amateur version of the Ryder Cup (which is for professional golfers). And in case you’re not familiar with the Ryder Cup, it is a biennial competition between a team of golfers from the United States versus a team from Great Britain and Ireland (now it includes all of Europe). The Walker Cup still pits the US against GB&I and has since the 1930s.
It is a prestigious thing to be named to the team, and Davis Thompson, senior golfer at UGA, has done just that. He joins a rich history of Bulldog golfers swapping red and black for red, white, and blue. Arnold Blum (shoutout to Macon), Franklin Langham, and current pros Eric Compton, Brian Harman (twice), Chris Kirk, Harris English, and Russell Henley (another Macon shoutout) are some of those to play for the US and also UGA.
The 2007 US Walker Cup team was one of the strongest in history and certainly shows there is a strong correlation between the Walker Cup and a successful pro career. You might recognize some of the names: Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk (Bulldog), Webb Simpson, Colt Knost, Trip Kuehne, Jamie Lovemark. Oh, and the GB&I team had Masters winner Danny Willett and a 4 time major winner in Rory McIlroy.
So going back to the days of Bobby Jones, every two years this tournament has celebrated the best amateurs in a great format of foursomes in the morning (alternate shot) and singles matches in the afternoon. The US holds a 37-9-1 lead against the Brits and Irish.
Davis Thompson is the most decorated golfer out of Athens since Lee McCoy. He’s a two time All-American, all kinds of SEC honors, has plenty of academic awards from both UGA and the SEC, and has competed in 4 professional tournaments including making the cut at the RSM Classic.
Seminole is an exclusive south Florida club with rich and famous and PGA Tour members amongst its members. The Donald Ross design was famously shown on television for the first time last summer for a fundraiser skins match that featured Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff. It’s a great layout for match play with lots of sand, wind and Donald Ross green complexes.
The matches will be shown almost in their entirety, broadcast alternately between the Peacock streaming service and Golf Channel. You can find the schedule here.
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