Final five named to US Walker Cup team

The US Golf Association completed its Walker Cup roster on Sunday, with five players added to the 10-man team that will take on Great Britain & Ireland Sept. 7-8 at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

For the first time in the event’s 91-year history, the USGA mandated that two mid-amateurs (at least 25 years old) would make the team.

Those spots went to 35-year-old Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh and 45-year-old Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C.


The other three players named to the team on Sunday were Michael Weaver of Fresno, Calif., Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, Wis., and Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala.

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With the exception of White, all four players named on Sunday played in the 113th US Amateur championship at The Country Club. Wyatt advanced the farthest, losing in the second round of match play.

The US Amateur was won by Matt Fitzpatrick of England, who is expected to be named to the Great Britain & Ireland team when its 10-member squad is announced on Monday.

Previously, the USGA announced five players had made the team: Max Homa of Valencia, Calif., Michael Kim of Del Mar, Calif., Patrick Rodgers of Avon, Ind., Justin Thomas of Goshen, Ky., and Cory Whitsett of Houston.