Walker Cup Memories: Kyle Stanley

 b_KyleStanleyWCMemories --- Kyle Stanley (USA) during the Saturday singles round of  
Kyle Stanley lost a couple of close singles matches in the 2007 Walker Cup. (USGA/John Mummert)  

Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. The Clemson All-American from Gig Harbor, Wash., went 0-3-0 in the Match, losing a pair of 1-up singles matches. He has since gone on to play on the PGA Tour, where he won the 2012 Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, Ariz.

What's your most vivid memory of playing in the Walker Cup?  

The camaraderie with my teammates stands out first of all. It was a great experience playing with those guys, spending time with them, learning some things from them. Going overseas ... I loved Royal County Down and the whole links golf experience. It meant a lot to me personally, I know that, because as an amateur it's a pretty special event. I think it's about as special as anything you can do in amateur golf. 

What did it mean to you to help your career?

I don't know how much it really helped my career. Playing links golf and having that exposure to a team competition were a lot of fun.

The competition that year was pretty stiff.

It was. I know we had a great team, and so did Great Britain & Ireland. I look back on that and think it's even more impressive now because so many of the guys on both teams have gone on to become professionals and are out here competing. So it was probably a good proving ground for all of us playing against each other.

- Dave Shedloski