The USGA has named John “Spider” Miller of Bloomington, Ind. as the captain of the U.S. Team for the 2017 Walker Cup Match at Los Angeles Country Club.
Miller, 64, captained the U.S. Team in the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England. He won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in 1996 and 1998 and represented the United States in the 1999 Walker Cup Match.
The Walker Cup Match began in 1922 and is a 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team comprised of players from Great Britain and Ireland. Great Britain and Ireland won this year’s match, 16½-9½. The USA leads the competition, 35-9-1.
Miller was inducted into the Indiana Golf Association (IGA) Hall of Fame in 2000. He twice was chosen IGA Player of the Year and is a two-time IGA Mid-Amateur champion. He and partner Jerry Nelson claimed five IGA Four-Ball championships, and he was the low amateur in the Indiana State Open three times.
A 1973 graduate of Indiana University, Miller owns Best Beers, Inc., based in his hometown of Bloomington. He and his wife, Kathy, have five children.