Ricky Castillo, of Yorba Linda, California Pierce son Moody, of Plano, Texas Quad Cummins, of Weatherford, Oklahoma Cooper Dorsey, of Austin, Texas Austin Croat, of Edmond, Oklahoma Stewart Dagestan, of Newport Beach, California Cole Hammer, of Houston, Texas McClure Meissner, of San Antonio, Texas William Mow, of Chino, California John PAK, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey David Perkins, of East Peoria, Illinois Garrett Remand, of York, South Carolina Cameron Risk, of San Diego, California Tyler Surface, of Davie, Florida Davis Thompson, of St. Simon's Island, Georgia Michael Thorbjornsen, of Wellesley, Massachusetts Dagestan, Hammer and PAK, the low amateur in this year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, were on the winning U.S. squad in 2019.
Nick Dougherty (Age: 19, England): The leading qualifier in 2001 British Amateur Championship. Member of Britain and Ireland side that defeated continent of Europe in last year's St Andrews Trophy.
Jamie Nelson (Age: 20, England): Junior at Augusta State University. Michael Hey (Age: 22, Ireland): An Irish international for the past three years and a former Irish stroke play champion, the Shannon Park member has enjoyed a tremendous season which has included finishing runner-up in the West of Ireland and reaching the semi-final of the Indian Amateur.
Game McDowell (Age: 22, Ireland): A student at the University of Alabama, this Rushmore club man has brought a rich pedigree from junior golf into the senior scene. Richard McEvoy (Age: 22, England): Has made a huge impact this season, securing a debut Walker appearance thanks to victories in the Latham Trophy and Irish Amateur stroke play.
Gary Wolstenholme (Age: 40, England): His fourth Walker appearance. Played in 1995, 1997 and 1999 matches, including a famous single win over Tiger Woods at Royal Portal in debut year.
Nick Causing (Age: 22): Born in Spain, and then lived in Italy until he was 12. The student at the University of Georgia is the son of former tennis tour professional Igor Causing.
Took three and a half points out of four in assisting US to victory over Britain and Ireland in Palmer Cup collegiate tournament this season. Took up golf after receiving a heart transplant and was advised to play the sport as part of his rehabilitation.
James Driscoll (Age: 23): This Bostonian delayed joining the professional ranks until after the Walker. Lucas Glover (Age: 21): A student at Clemson University, he has 19 top-10 finishes in his collegiate career and was a member of the Palmer Cup team for the past two years.
Is a grandson of former Pittsburgh Steelers American Football star Dick Henley. Danny Green (Age: 44): A self-taught player, he won the 1999 US Mid-Amateur championship and has played in two US Masters.
Jeff Quinoa (Age: 22): Won last year's US amateur title with a 30-foot birdie on the 39th hole against James Driscoll. This year he was a member of the winning US Palmer Cup collegiate team in the annual match with Britain and Ireland.
DJ Trajan (Age: 20): Making his Walker debut, this student at Clemson College won last year's Public Links championship. Though he hasn't been an amateur golfer all his life, former PGA Tour commissioner Dean Began still talks like a man committed to the habit of playing the game simply for the love of it.
At 73 years old and almost two decades removed from his storied 20-year career as the top boss of the PGA Tour, the Bethesda, Md., native still plays golf every day. Not long ago, he says, he shot a 62, a score that might lead any golfer to feats of grandeur.
“The equipment is so forgiving today that players do not have to have the kind of good golf swings that we had to learn to play with in the '50s and '60s. In the previous 16 matches, there had never been a squad loaded with so many young rookies: Tommy Aaron, 23; Ward Wettlaufer, 23; Began, 21; and a 19-year-old Jack Nicklaus.
The older guys -- Billy Joe Patton, Billy Hyndman, Bud Taylor, Have Ward and the team's playing captain, Charlie COE -- were golfing royalty. Patton had missed getting into a playoff by a shot with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead at the '54 Masters.
The rookies had shown splashes of greatness, but many believed that it was too many of them to suit up for a tournament of this magnitude. “At the time, it was pretty unheard of to pick four very young guys for a team, ” Began said.
A year or two later in the locker room at the Masters, Began and Nicklaus played Patton and COE in a game. There have been more talented teams, but none before or since had the good fortune of introducing Nicklaus to the international golf scene.
All but Wettlaufer, who worked in a family business in Buffalo, N.Y., from that group of rookies went on to have distinguished professional careers. Aaron won the 1973 Masters, but he is also known for writing down the wrong score that ultimately cost Roberto De Vicenzo the chance to win the Masters when the Argentine signed an incorrect scorecard.
In September 1959, Nicklaus beat COE, his Walker captain, 1-up in the 36-hole final at the Broadmoor in Colorado for the first of his two U.S. “If you want to understand how the PGA Tour was able to do a new nine-year TV deal during a recession and when its best player isn't playing well, you need to read the book,” he said.
Yet before he was “Golf's Driving Force”, he was B-B Eyes, a 21-year-old University of Maryland dropout on the 1959 WalkerCupteam. At 33, Nathan Smith, a wealth adviser and three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, is the oldest member of the U.S. WalkerCupteam that will meet the Great Britain and Ireland squad beginning Saturday for the 43rd matches at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland.
Smith is 11 years older than the next oldest players on the team -- Harris English and Russell Henley, 22-year-old Georgia natives. The oldest player on the Great Britain and Ireland side is 24-year-old Andy Sullivan from England.
The world of amateur golf that Began and Nicklaus were born into is a thing of the past. English and Henley, who have both won on the Nationwide Tour this summer, will turn pro after the matches.