Four Players Named To 2011 USA Walker Cup Team July 30, 2011 By USGA

The first four players named to the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team all have produced major results in the last year, led by Peter Uihlein (second from left) who won last year's U.S. Amateur and went 4-0-0 in the 2009 Match at Merion G.C. (Photo Illustration by Kim Barney/USGA) 

Far Hills, N.J. –- Four of the 10 amateur players who will comprise the 2011 USA Walker Cup Team have been selected by the International Team Selection Committee of the United States Golf Association. The 2011 Walker Cup Match will be played Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The players are:

Patrick Cantlay, 19, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Harris English, 22, Thomasville, Ga.
Russell Henley, 22, Macon, Ga.
Peter Uihlein, 21, Orlando, Fla.

Uihlein is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion who went 4-0-0 in the 2009 Walker Cup Match at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Cantlay was the low amateur at this year’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. The following week, he shot a 60 at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

English and Henley are both recent University of Georgia graduates who have claimed titles on the Nationwide Tour this year. Henley, who shared low-amateur honors with Scott Langley at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, won the Stadion Classic, while English took the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.

More biographical information on the players can be found byclicking here.

The remainder of the 10-man USA team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland will be named later this summer.

The captain of the USA Team is Jim Holtgrieve, 63, of St. Louis, Mo., who was a playing member of the 1979, 1981 and 1983 USA Teams, as well as the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion.

The biennial Walker Cup Match consists of 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches over the competition’s two days. The USA Team has won the last three Matches and leads the series overall, 34-7-1.