The Golf Channel to Showcase Walker Cup
The cable networks coverage from the Chicago Golf Club will tee off Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. ET, and continues Sunday, Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. ET, when the network picks up coverage of the final day of play. In addition to live match-play coverage, The Golf Channels Live From team will provide Walker Cup highlights, analysis and commentary during the cable networks Live From the PGA Championship, on-location at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
In cooperation with NBC Sports, host Dan Hicks and analyst Roger Maltbie will man the booth. The Golf Channels Mark Rolfing and NBC Sports Gary Koch will join the on-air team as on-course reporters, while The Golf Channels David Marr III will conduct player interviews.
The Walker Cup is a match-play event pitting a team from the United States of America against a team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of 10 male amateur players and a captain. The match is played every two years, with the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland alternating as hosts.
Despite holding a 31-7-1 advantage overall, the U.S. team, captained by four-time Walker Cup winner Bob Lewis, will be looking to snap a three-match losing slide. The Great Britain/Ireland team won the 1999, 2001 and 2003 matches, putting the pressure on Lewis team.
Lewis, 61, from Pepper Pike, Ohio, will lead a U.S. squad consisting of three amateurs who played in the 2005 U.S. Open ' Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.; and Lee Williams, 23, of Alexander City, Ala.
Rounding out the U.S. team are Anthony Kim, 20, of La Quinta, Calif.; Brian Harman, 18, of Savannah, Ga.; John Holmes, 23, of Campbellsville, Ky.; Billy Hurley, 23, of Leesburg, Va.; Jeff Overton, 22, of Evansville, Ind.; Kyle Reifers, 21, of Dublin, Ohio; and Nicholas Thompson, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Through an unprecedented agreement with the USGA, The Golf Channel will provide coverage of all USGA major championships and team events in 2005, including tournament coverage of the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Womens Amateur, Walker Cup and U.S. Junior Amateur, titled the National Championship Season. Coverage of the National Championship Season began with a two-hour, final-round replay of the U.S. Open Championship from Pinehurst.
Walker Cup facts and figures:
WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? -- The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY -- On Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. for foursomes, 12:30p.m. for singles
FOURSOMES -- Foursomes is a match where two players compete against two other players in alternate shot format, with each side playing just one ball.
SCORING -- A victory in each match scores one point. In the event a match goes 18 holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to each side.
COURSE SET-UP -- The golf course will include green speeds of between 11-feet-6 inches and 12 feet. The rough will be grown to three inches.
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