FAR HILLS, N.J. – Stanford men’s golfer Patrick Rodgers is one of five players already named to 2013 USA Walker Cup Team in an announcement by the United States Golf Association.
The 44th Walker Cup Match against Great Britain and Ireland will be played Sept. 7-8 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., which is hosting the Match for the first time since it hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922. There will be a total of 10 players named to the team.
The prestigious Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. The USA leads the overall series 34-8-1, and has not lost on American soil since the 2001 Match at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Rodgers is a returning USA Walker Cup Team member, having competed at the 2011 Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. He wrapped up his 2013 sophomore season at Stanford with three intercollegiate victories and six top-10 finishes, leading the Cardinal with a 70.88 stroke average. For the second consecutive year, he was named first-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-12, and was also a Palmer Cup selection. He was also named to the All-Nicklaus Team this year.
During his 2011-12 season at Stanford, Rodgers produced two tournament victories and an impressive 10 top-10 finishes. Rodgers was named to the All-Freshman Team, and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. The 2011 Porter Cup champion, Rodgers was also a quarterfinalist at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, where he lost to eventual champion Kelly Kraft. He finished tied for 15th at the 2013 PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.
Rodgers is joined on the USA team by Max Homa (California), Michael Kim (California), Justin Thomas (Alabama) and Cory Whitsett (Alabama).
“We are proud of the players who have been chosen to represent the USA when the Walker Cup returns to its historic birthplace,” said Thomas J. O’Toole, Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA’s Championship Committee. “I have no doubt that every one of these young men is ready for the challenge presented by the team from Great Britain and Ireland. Each will perform with distinction and bring honor to a competition and a place that have a unique connection to the game’s history.”
“It is an honor to be involved with this prestigious match and these fine young men who will represent the USA in Walker Cup competition,” said Jim Holtgrieve, captain for the USA, whose stellar amateur career includes a winning record as a member of three victorious USA Walker Cup Teams and the captaincy of the USA Team at the 2011 Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. “I appreciate the commitment on the part of these talented players who were chosen and those who are still being considered.”
The final five players of the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team will be named later this summer following the conclusion of the 2013 U.S. Amateur, scheduled to be played Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition including U.S. Open champions Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for GB&I.
The first USA Walker Cup Team in 1922, which defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Ouimet, Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser.