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Walker Cup Update

With just 11 weeks left in the chase for a spot on the 2013 Walker Cup team, the makeup of the team is becoming clearer. Captain Jim Holtgrieve will lead 10 men into the Sept. 7-8 competition at the National Golf Links of America. Two will be mid-amateurs as mandated by the USGA, and one spot has to be held in reserve for the U.S. Amateur champion, provided he is an American and not among those who are in contention for team membership. That means there are seven spots in play. Cal’s Michael Kim, now ranked No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, sewed up a spot with his low-amateur performance in the U.S. Open. The Alabama duo of Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett are locks after their respective performances last weekend; Thomas made the cut at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, while Whitsett won the prestigious Northeast Amateur. Patrick Rodgers, a 2011 team member and rising junior at Stanford, also seems to be safely on board. That leaves five competitors to joust for three spots. Cal players Michael Weaver and Max Homa are in that mix, along with Alabama’s Bobby Wyatt, James Liu and Mike Miller. Weaver made the cut at the U.S. Open and posted a top- 10 at the Northeast; Homa won the NCAA individual title and notched a top-five at the Northeast. Liu, an incoming freshman at Stanford, played his way into the hunt by making the semifinals of the British Amateur. Miller, beset with putting woes, suffered a setback by missing the cut against a quality field on a demanding course at the Northeast. The mid-am competition got very interesting at the Northeast.


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