I was talking to a friend that said that he had a hard time when he had the cameras flashing off and then the people with the TV, said Lee Williams.
I mean, that's a great experience. I feel like I can play in front of 10,000 people now. No problem. But I love playing in front of people. I think it's awesome. I love hearing the galleries roar.
Williams and nine other amateurs play for the United States against a 10-man squad from Great Britain and Ireland Saturday and Sunday (TGC Live Sat. 3 p.m. - Sun. 4 p.m.).
Three on the U.S. squad also played in the recent U.S. Open ' Williams, 23, of Alexander City, Ala.; Matthew Every, 22, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Michael Putnam, 22, of Tacoma, Wash.
Others who will be on the U.S. team include 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. The top two alternates, in order, are Luke List, 20, of Ringgold, Ga., and Ryan Blaum, 21, of Coral Gables, Fla.
Bob Lewis of Pepper Pike, Ohio, will be the U.S. team captain.
I am really excited about this group, said Lewis. They have a lot of talent and I look forward to going to bat with these guys. I want them to have a good experience. I give the committee a lot of credit for its selections.
The GB&I team, captained by Garth McGimpsey, 50, of Bangor, Ireland, consists of the following players: Rhys Davies, 20, Glamorgan, Wales; Robert Dinwiddie, 22, Barnard Castle, England; Nigel Edwards, 37, Caerphilly, Wales; Oliver Fisher, 16, Chigwell, England; Gary Lockerbie, 22, Penrith, England; Brian McElhinney, 22, Donegal, Ireland; Richie Ramsey, 22, Aberdeen, Scotland; Matthew Richardson, 20, Ickenham, England; Lloyd Saltman, 19, Gorebridge, Scotland; and Gary Wolstenholme, 44, Market Harborough, England.
GB&I has won the last three matches, but the U..S. leads the series overall, 31-7-1.
Williams learned a couple of years ago ' at the 2003 U.S. Amateur ' how to play in match play events.
I basically just learned that you can't ever give up, he said. If you look at a lot of the other people's matches, it just proves that no matter how many you are down, if there are still holes to play, you can still win. And I learned how to handle all the people around.