Walker Cup Gets Underway in England with Ties to North Carolina
September 6, 2019 Pinehurst, NC Golf fans will remember back to last month when the world's best amateurs gathered in Pinehurst for the U.S. Amateur. At the end of that event, both young men that played for the trophy that final Sunday, Andy Ogletree and John Augentein, where selected to represent this country in the Walker Cup. Play starts tomorrow at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England.
The Walker Cup, named after the grandfather of our 41st President, George H. Walker, the President of the United States Golf Association in the 1920s when the event began. 8-man teams of amateur golfers from the United States square off with a team from Great Britain and Ireland in a series of matches play for two days. Similar to the better know Ryder Cup for professional golfers, the Walker Cup is played every other year, with the location of the matches alternating from this county and the United Kingdom.
Other notable Walker Cup members that also played the U.S. Amateur in Pinehurst are Isaiah Salinda, Brandon Wu, John Pak, Alex Smalley a 2019 graduate of Duke University from Greensboro, NC and Akshay Bhatia, who lives in Wake Forest, NC.
Pictured above from top left to bottom right are Andy Ogetree, John Pak, John Augenstein, Isaiah Salinda, Brandon Wu and Akshay Bhatia .
The event has been dominated over the years by the Americans. The USA leads the series 35-9-1, with the Americans winning the last Walker Cup 19-7 in Los Angles in 2017.
Television coverage will be provided on Golf Channel on Saturday and Sunday between 11 p.m and 12 a.m. To see more images from the 2019 U.S. Amateur, visit www.JohDPatota.com.