Holtgrieve to reprise role as U.S. Walker Cup captain


Jim Holtgrieve will get another crack at trying to win his beloved Walker Cup.

The U.S. captain for the 2011 matches has been appointed captain of the 2013 squad, the U.S. Golf Association announced Tuesday. Holtgrieve was a member of three victorious Walker Cup teams.

“The 2011 Walker Cup journey was an incredible experience for me and one that I will never forget,' Holtgrieve said. 'Golf fans, friends and family all over the United States as well as overseas were so supportive of me during this experience that I was praying that I would have the opportunity to captain the 2013 Walker Cup Team.

“I want to bring the Walker Cup back to the United States, but I also want to lead 10 men to have one of the best golfing experiences they can ever imagine. I thought I understood the true spirit of the game. However, the Walker Cup in Scotland proved so much more to me about the real meaning.”

The 2013 matches will be Sept. 7-8 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

Holtgrieve, 63, was one of the country's top amateur players during the 1970s and '80s and played on winning Walker Cup Teams in 1979, 1981 and 1983, where he had a combined record in singles and foursomes (alternate shot) of 6-4. He also represented the U.S. on two victorious World Amateur Team Championship squads, in 1980 and 1982. A semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur and runner-up at the 1983 British Amateur, Holtgrieve has 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 Championship. Holtgrieve 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 Holtgrieve's amateur status in 2007 after he played in 122 professional events.