Reigning NCAA golf champ Bryson DeChambeau has earned a ticket to play in another big-time tournament – at one of the world’s most prestigious venues.
The 21-year-old Clovis East High graduate was one of the first five players named to the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup squad by the U.S. Golf Association for the match-play competition against Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 12-13 at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England.
Joining DeChambeau (a rising senior at SMU) are Beau Hossler (Texas), Maverick McNealy (Stanford), Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt) and Lee McCoy (Georgia).
DeChambeau is the second golfer from Clovis Unified to represent the United States at the Walker Cup, joining Michael Weaver (Clovis West, Cal), who helped the U.S. win gold in 2013.
DeChambeau won the NCAA individual championship in June, the second former CUSD star to win the crown, joining UCLA’s Kevin Chappell (Buchanan), who won in 2008. DeChambeau then qualified for the U.S. Open later that month and played at the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic and John Deere Classic via sponsor exemptions.
His teammates also boast impressive résumés, with Hossler qualifying for three U.S. Opens; McCoy was a first-team All-American who also helped the U.S. win the Palmer Cup earlier this year; McNealy was the college player of the year, winning both the Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins awards; and Stewart won three times on the college circuit last year and along with a recent Northeast Amateur title.
The remaining five players to complete for the United States will be named after next week’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. The team will be captained by John “Spider” Miller.