Lewis US Captain for 03 Walker Cup
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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Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.
“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”
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The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.
“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”
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“I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.
Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.
Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.
“I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.
“When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”
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“A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.
“I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”
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