Jan. 14, 2011
Los Angeles -
Two UCLA men's golfers, freshman Patrick Cantlay and junior Gregor Main, were selected by the USGA to attend a practice session for the 2011 Walker Cup as captain Jim Holtgrieve prepares to select a team for the event.
Cantlay and Main were two of the sixteen golfers selected and practiced last week at the Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla. Only 10 golfers will be chosen for the team and Cantlay and Main's selections will depend on their amateur results for the 2011 season.
Some highlights of the practice included the team splitting into teams of nine, with Holtgrieve and team manager Robbie Zalzneck included, and playing a three hole scramble. Also, President George H.W. Bush addressed the team in a video and Holtgrieve showed all of them a slideshow of the Royal Aberdeen Course, site of the 2011 Walker Cup.
"The Walker Cup practice was a great experience," Patrick said. "I enjoyed it thoroughly and had a great time with the other 15 guys. I'm honored to be a potential candidate for the team and hope that I can make the final squad."
The Walker Cup will be held September 10-11 at the aforementioned Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland and will pit the United States against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. won the event in 2009 at Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia by a score of 16 ½ to 9 ½.
UCLA opens its 2011 campaign on February 2nd at the Hawaii-Hilo Intercollegiate in Kohala Coast, HI (Waikola Kings Golf Course).
For more information on the Walker Cup and other USGA championships, click here.