Walker Cup team rounding into shape


The 2011 USA Walker Cup Team is continuing to round into shape as three more players have been added to the squad: Patrick Rodgers, 18, from Avon, Ind., Nathan Smith, 33, from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chris Williams, 20, from Moscow, Idaho.

Smith, a three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion (2003, 2009 and 2010), was a member of the victorious 2009 USA Walker Cup Team and went 2-0 in foursomes (alternate-shot) with partner Peter Uihlein. He also won the 2011 Sunnehanna Amateur.

Williams, who will be a junior at the University of Washington, qualified for this year’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. He also won the Sahalee Players Championship, the Pacific Coast Amateur (closing with rounds of 66-66) and was the 72-hole stroke-play medalist at the Western Amateur in early August, carding a 16-under total of 268 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

Rodgers will be an incoming freshman this fall at Stanford University. He claimed the 2011 Porter Cup in a playoff and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Western Amateur after claiming the No. 2 seed in stroke-play qualifying behind Williams.

Previously, Patrick Cantlay, 19, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Harris English, 22, Thomasville, Ga.; Russell Henley, 22, Macon, Ga.; and Peter Uihlein, 21, Orlando, Fla., were named to the team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland. The remaining three USA players will be named later this month.

The 2011 Walker Cup Match will be played Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.