WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Oct 19, 2006) -- Wake Forest junior golfer Webb Simpson, who was scheduled to represent the United States later this month at the World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa, broke a bone in his hand earlier this week and will be out of action the remainder of the fall.
Simpson, a two-time All-ACC performer, is seeing a hand specialist today. He was scheduled to join the rest of the United States team later this week to fly to Stellnbosch, South Africa, site of the World Amateur Team Championship. Some 75 teams from around the world will compete Oct. 26-29 for the Eisenhower Trophy.
Simpson will be replaced on the team by Georgia's Chris Kirk.
A second team All-American in 2006, Simpson jumped at the opportunity to join the USA team, calling it a "once in a lifetime opportunity." In fact, so concerned about missing class time associated with the trip, he turned down a chance to join his Wake Forest teammates earlier this fall in a trip to Scotland.
Simpson is considered one of the top amateur players in the country. He was ranked No. 1 among all amateurs earlier this year. This past summer he advanced all the way to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur. He played last week with the Deacons at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn.
The Wake Forest golf team will compete this weekend at the Isleworth Invitational in Orlando, Fla.
* story courtesy Wake Forest Univ. Athletic Dept. *