The 1997 winner of the British Amateur at Royal St. George’s and Walker Cup team member that same year, 49-year old Scot Craig Watson will serve as captain in 2017 as the Walker Cup goes back to America.
The Cup will be played at the Los Angeles Country Club on September 9th and 10th, 2017.
“Playing in the Walker Cup team is one of my proudest moments in golf,” said Watson.“I still remember the nerve-wracking moment when I teed it up on the first tee in the afternoon singles on the first day but I settled down and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is a privilege for me to take over the captaincy of the team and I have a hard act to follow as Nigel did a fantastic job.
“I am looking forward to getting started and to making sure we put out the strongest team we can next year in Los Angeles. It is a hugely exciting time for amateur golf and you only have to look at the performances of the amateurs in The Open at St Andrews last year to see how competitive the game is at the moment.”
“Craig is a well-known and highly respected figure in the amateur game and will bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to the role of Captain,” said Andy Ingram, Chairman of The R&A’s Men’s Selection Committee, said. “As a former Walker Cup and St Andrews Trophy player himself, he knows just what it means to represent GB&I and I’m sure he will relish the opportunity to work with the players in both teams. ”
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