Holtgrieve named 2011 US Walker Cup team captain


USGAFAR HILLS, N.J. ' Jim Holtgrieve, a member of three victorious U.S. Walker Cup teams and winner of the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur, has been named captain of the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup squad.
Im elated to be given this honor by the USGA and to have the chance to captain 10 young men from the United States of America, said Holtgrieve. The USGA has always been very special to me and this is something that my father always hoped I would be able to do. This would have made him very proud.
Holtgrieve will captain the squad that travels to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, for the 42nd installment of the Walker Cup Match, held Sept. 10-11, 2011.
The 60-year-old Holtgrieve was one of the countrys top amateurs during the 1970s and 80s and earned a spot on winning Walker Cup teams in 1979, 1981 and 1983, where he had a combined record of 6-4. He also represented the U.S. on two victorious World Amateur Championship squads, in 1980 and 1982. A semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur and runner-up at the 1983 British Amateur, Holtgrieve won numerous state and district amateur titles in Missouri.
Holtgrieve played in five Masters as an amateur ' making the cut three times ' and also qualified for the 1978 U.S. Open. He turned professional in 1998 and played on the Champions Tour from 1999 to 2005, where his top finish was a tie for second at the 1999 Home Depot Invitational. He has played in four U.S. Senior Opens and a total of 42 USGA championships.
The USGA reinstated Holtgrieves amateur status in 2007 after he played in 122 professional events. He also serves the USGA as a member of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship committee. Holtgrieve resides in St. Louis, Mo.
The 2009 Walker Cup will be played Sept. 12-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Current USGA Senior Amateur champion Buddy Marucci will be the U.S. captain.