The R&A announced the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the USA in the 2015 Walker Cup match which will be played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September. A ten-player team and two reserves have been named for the 45th Walker Cup match with a record five Irish players included in the line-up.
GB&I will be aiming to win back the trophy after the USA enjoyed a 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
Nigel Edwards, who will be captaining the GB&I team for the third time, said, “We have selected a talented group of players who compete at the highest levels of amateur golf and, in some cases, have played in Major Championships and Tour events. The Walker Cup offers these players a tremendous opportunity to display their abilities and gain invaluable experience of playing in international team competition.
“I know there will be players who are disappointed not to have made the team and it has been a difficult decision to make with such strength in depth in the British and Irish game at the moment but we believe we have selected the best players for the team and are very much looking forward to the match.”
Five more players were added by the United States Golf Association to the 10-man squad of the 2015 United States Walker Cup Team. Scott Harvey, 37, of Greensboro, N.C.; Denny McCarthy, 22, of Rockville, Md.; Mike McCoy, 52, of Des Moines, Iowa; Jordan Niebrugge, 22, of Mequon, Wis.; and Robby Shelton, 19, of Wilmer, Ala., will represent the United States Team captained by John “Spider” Miller at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, Sept. 12-13.
These five players chosen by the USGA’s International Team Selection Committee join those who were determined on Aug. 10: 2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.; Beau Hossler, 20, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Lee McCoy, 21, of Athens, Ga.; Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif.; and Hunter Stewart, 22, of Lexington, Ky.
Southern Methodist University senior Bryson DeChambeau became the fifth player to win the NCAA championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year Sunday when he claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over the University of Virginia’s Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club.
“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it's incredible,” said the 21-year-old from Clovis, Calif., who wears a Ben Hogan-style cap. “I can't even imagine what I just did. It won't sink in, I'm sure, for the next couple days. But I'm honored.”
The 2015 United States Walker Cup Team member, who took individual honors at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., in May for the NCAA title, joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in winning both championships in the same year.
“I'm in golf history,” said the SMU first-team All-American, who is No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. “That's pretty incredible. I don't understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven't felt the impact of it yet. That's an honor to be in that field.”
COBRA Golf has introduced a new KING LTD Driver. It features a SpacePort design that allowed the brand’s R&D team to strategically position the Center of Gravity (CG) and make COBRA Golf’s key internal speed and stability technologies visible for the first time.
“The KING COBRA franchise is synonymous with the brands’ heritage. Now, the new KING LTD driver is the next generation of product under the KING COBRA name, building upon the legacy created by COBRA Founder, Tom Crow, in 1990,” said Tom Olsavsky, VP Research & Development COBRA Golf. “We knew that if we were going to reintroduce the KING Cobra it had to be something much more advanced and special, incorporating innovative technologies that would only surpass its’ legacy. And we are confident we did that with the KING LTD driver; it is truly game-changing for golfers and fit for a KING.”
For some background on the new design, we take a step back in time. In September 2014, COBRA GOLF teamed up with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and Nanoracks LLC, on a materials science research investigation that launched on board SpaceX CRS-4 and was on the International Space Station for six weeks. The KING LTD driver features a SpacePort window that is incorporated into the sole of the driver, which was inspired from the Space Station’s cupola module, a 9’ 10” earth and space observation platform. COBRA’S SpacePort window is locked in place by the use of Spiralock thread technology, which is designed to withstand high vibrations and loads during impact without over tightening or loosening.
The SpacePort system consists of a 16-gram Aerospace grade Aluminum dual-purpose weight and translucent port system that allows golfers to view the internal driver technologies. By removing the port, golfers can visually access all the hidden COBRA technologies: 811 Titanium E9 Face, Low CG Hosel, and Textreme Carbon Fiber Crown. In total, there are more than 28 grams of discretionary weight strategically positioned in and around the Port perimeter positioning the CG low and to the back of the clubhead. The Port also removes the necessity for Hot Melt Glue, a sticky substance typically used in drivers to catch internal debris and achieve final club head weight, saving an additional 4-grams; instead, a more efficient solid structured and more precise weight is placed into the head, behind the SpacePort, further optimizing the mass properties. The Port also allows final swing-weight tuning, with 0-12 grams Tungsten weight, at time of build to precisely fit the golfer.
Through key structural component weight reduction and critical placement of the discretionary weight, COBRA Golf said it has created the lowest CG on the driver market today. Depending on the head configuration, the CG is on or below the “Neutral Axis”, a perpendicular line extending back from face center, delivering unprecedented “ZERO CG” technology. The ultra-low CG improves the efficiency of the club head to ball impact, according to the company, and allows golfers to achieve higher ball speeds, higher launch angles and lower spin, all three contribute to distances gains off the tee.
“The KING LTD is the only driver to ever reach below ZERO CG – by combining the Space Port with new materials, the KING LTD reaches optimal performance, never been done before by any other driver to date,” said Olsavsky.
The KING LTD driver is available in five lofts – 9°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, and 12° and three draw settings – 9.5°D, 10.5°D and 11.5°D. The KING LTD PRO is also available in five lofts – 7.0°, 7.5°, 8.5°, 9.5°, and 10° and three fade settings: 7.5°F, 8.5°F, 9.5°F. Both options are equipped with an Aldila Rogue Black 60 gram graphite shaft and Lamkin UTX/KING LTD grip. A variety of custom shafts are also available. Availability for KING LTD and KING LTD PRO begins in the US in early November at a suggested retail price of $449.
Medalist Brett Coletta, of Australia, was eliminated and three United States Walker Cup Team players advanced to the second round of match play Wednesday in the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship on the North Course of Olympia Fields Country Club.
Coletta was defeated by Kyle Mueller, 19, of Watkinsville, Ga., 1 up, in the first round of match play.
Mueller, a second-team All-Big Ten selection from the University of Michigan who is playing in his first USGA championship, raced to a 2-up lead through five holes and increased it to 3 up through 11. Coletta, 19, who recently placed fifth in the Porter Cup and is a member of the Australian national squad, won the 15th and 17th holes to reduce his deficit to one hole but was closed out when the 18th was halved with pars.
Brett Coletta, 19, of Australia, posted a 36-hole total of 7-under-par 133 to hold the lead on Tuesday in the weather-delayed stroke-play qualifying of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club.
Coletta’s 4-under-par 66 on the North Course placed him one stroke ahead of David Oraee, of Greeley, Colo., who shot 67 on the South Course for a 134 total.
Among those who did not complete play but are within striking distance to pass or tie Coletta for the stroke-play medal are Jake Knapp, of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Japan’s Kenta Kinoshi (both at 4 under through 27 holes).