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Williams, Thomas, Fox named to World Am team

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World No. 1 amateur Chris Williams, 2011-12 NCAA Player of the Year Justin Thomas and newly minted U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox will represent the United States at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey, the USGA announced Thursday.

The U.S. team, captained by former USGA president Jim Vernon, will play in a four-day stroke-play event Oct. 4-7 at Antalya Golf Club (PGA Sultan Course) and Cornelia Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.

Last year Thomas, a sophomore at Alabama, won the Haskins, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson awards, among the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a collegiate golfer.

Williams, a senior at Washington, on Thursday also was named the recipient of the McCormack Medal, given to the world’s top-ranked player after the U.S. Amateur. With the honor, he also earned exemptions into the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

Fox, a senior at Tennessee-Chattanooga, staged an incredible rally last week in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur, winning the last two holes – and then the first extra hole – to edge Michael Weaver at Cherry Hills. That title also came with exemptions into the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open.

“These three young men have shown that they are proven competitors, and we salute them for the accomplishments that led to their selection,” Vernon said in a release. “I am honored to be their captain, and we look forward to representing the USA in Turkey in October.”