Team USA celebrates their victory at National Golf Links of America
Southampton, N.Y - Team USA put together a dominating performance at the
original venue of the first Walker Cup, winning 17-9 over the team from Great
Britain & Ireland. National Golf Links of America hosted the first match between
amateurs in 1922.
Although the teams are greatly comprised of college golfers, ironically it was the
two Mid Amateurs from Team USA that clinched the Cup, 45 year old Tom White
(won point 13) and 4 time U.S Mid Am Champion Nathan Smith, who beat Nathan
Kimsey of England 4&3 to gain the 14th point to win back the Cup. Smith was on
the 2011 squad with Captain Jim Holtgrieve that lost at Royal Aberdeen.
“This ranks at the top of the list,” said Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid Amateur
champion who was making his third Walker Cup appearance. “I never wanted
a point so much in my life. This [Match] means the most. I’m happy for Jim.
Nobody loves the game of golf and put more hard work into a team than him.”
“It’s something I have been wanting for a long, long time, particularly after we
lost in 2011,” said USA Captain Jim Holtgrieve. “I was hoping I would get a mulligan
for ‘13 and when I knew it was going to be at National Golf Links, which is where it
all started, I wanted so bad to come here. Yes. I wanted to win but I wanted to do
something good for golf and this, to me, was truly good for golf.”
C.B Macdonald designed National Golf Links of America, which opened in 1911. Known
as the "Father of American Golf Architecture", Macdonald built Chicago Golf Club (the
first 18 hole course in the U.S) and was the winner of the first U.S Amateur
Championship in 1895. Charles Blair Macdonald attended school in St.Andrews,
Scotland in the 1870's.
The 2015 Walker Cup will be played at Royal Lytham & St.Annes.
Walker Cup: http://www.usga.org/WalkerCup/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=2147495184