USGA picks Barber, Kraft and Spieth to play at Royal Aberdeen August 27, 2011 By USGA

Blayne Barber (left), Kelly Kraft (center) and Jordan Spieth were the final three players named to the 10-man USA Walker Cup Team. (Photos by John Mummert/USGA; Illustration by Chris Keane/USGA) 

Far Hills, N.J. – The 2011 USA Walker Cup Team is now complete with the final three players named today 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:

Blayne Barber, 21, Lake City, Fla.

Kelly Kraft, 22, Denton, Texas.

Jordan Spieth, 18, Dallas, Texas.

(Note: Biographical information on the players can be found at: http://www.usga.org/WalkerCup/ChampEventArticle.aspx?id=21474842022)

Previously, Patrick Cantlay, 19, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Harris English, 22, Thomasville, Ga.; Russell Henley, 22, Macon, Ga.; Patrick Rodgers, 18, Avon, Ind.; Nathan Smith, 33, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Chris Williams, 20, Moscow, Idaho; and Peter Uihlein, 21, Orlando, Fla. were named to the team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland.

Andrew Yun, 20, of Chandler, Calif., is the first alternate.

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.

Last month, Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only golfers to have won multiple U.S. Junior Amateur titles. Kraft defeated Cantlay, 2 up, to win the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, while Barber enjoyed a strong sophomore season at Auburn University and helped the U.S. win the Palmer Cup in June.

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.

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