Lewis US Captain for 03 Walker Cup


USGABob Lewis Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, a four-time U.S. Walker Cup team member, has been named captain of the United States squad for the 2003 Walker Cup match, the United States Golf Association announced.
The 2003 Walker Cup Match will be played Sept. 6-7 at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England.
Two teams of male amateur golfers, one from the U.S. and the other from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, compete in the Walker Cup Match every two years, alternately in the United States and Great Britain/Ireland. The teams consist of not more than 10 players each.
Lewis, age 57, played on victorious U.S. teams in 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1987 and compiled a 10-4 overall individual record. Only eight golfers have been named to more U.S. Walker Cup teams than Lewis.
A successful amateur golfer since his reinstatement in 1974, Lewis was the runner-up at three USGA championships and reached the semifinals twice more. In 1980, at age 35, he lost to Hal Sutton in the U.S. Amateur final. He was also the runner-up at the 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur to Jim Holtgrieve, a former Walker Cup player and now a PGA Senior Tour player, and the 1984 Mid-Amateur to Mike Podolak. He was the co-medalist at the 1984 Mid-Amateur along with two-time Walker Cup captain Danny Yates.
Also a semifinalist at the 1981 and 1986 Amateur championships, Lewis lost to eventual champion Buddy Alexander in 1986. In addition, he advanced to the third and fourth rounds of match play at the 1985 and 1984 Amateurs, respectively.
He played in seven Masters tournaments during the 1980s and was the low amateur in the 1987 field. He also has qualified for three U.S. Opens, in 1978, 1983 and 1986.
In addition to his four international appearances as a Walker Cup team member, Lewis played on two U.S. World Amateur teams. The 1982 squad won the world title and the 1986 team finished second. As a foursomes partner with Holtgrieve, Lewis shares the record for largest margin of victory (7 and 6) in the Walker Cup.
Most recently, he has qualified for the last three USGA Senior Amateurs, the national championship for men age 55 and older.
Lewis was graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., in 1967, and added his MBA from The Crummer Business School at Rollins in 1969. He played on the PGA Tour from 1970-1974 before returning to a business career.
He is president and chief operating officer of Welded Tubes, Inc., a manufacturer of welded steel tubing, in Cleveland, a company founded by his father in 1958.
He and his wife, Patricia, a native of France, have two grown children: a daughter, Tiffany, and a son, Tristan, who is co-captain of the golf team at Georgetown University.
Begun in 1922, the United States leads the Walker Cup competition, 31-6-1.
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