Brad Dalke (L), Maverick McNealy (C) Scottie Scheffler
FAR HILLS, NJ (August 29, 2016) -- Three players
have been selected to represent the USA in the 2016
World Amateur Team Championship, to be played
Sept. 21-24 at Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club and
Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club in Riviera Maya,
The players are Brad Dalke, 19, of Norman,
Okla.; Maverick McNealy, 20, of Portola Valley,
Calif.; and Scottie Scheffler, 20, of Dallas, Texas.
“Brad, Maverick and Scottie exemplify the
competitive spirit and sportsmanship that are
displayed at the World Amateur Team
Championship,” said Diana Murphy, president of the
United States Golf Association. “We are delighted to
have them join such an illustrious group of players,
including Rickie Fowler, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger
Woods, that have represented the United States at
this renowned championship.”
The World Amateur Team Championship is
conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF),
which ran the golf competition at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dalke is a sophomore at the University of
Oklahoma, and was runner-up to Curtis Luck at the
2016 U.S. Amateur Championship. He earned 2016
Division I All-Central Team honors after a freshman
season that saw him start all 13 tournaments and
earn a best finish of second at the 2015 Ka’anapali
Classic Collegiate Invitational. Dalke, whose
outstanding junior career was highlighted by a
victory at the 2015 Junior PGA Championship, is No.
124 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR).
McNealy is a senior at Stanford University, and
is No. 1 in the WAGR, receiving the Mark H.
McCormack Medal as the world’s top male amateur
in 2016. McNealy has earned first-team All-America
and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year honors for
the last two seasons, and helped lead Stanford to
conference and regional titles in 2016. McNealy
qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, was
a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup Team and
advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2015 U.S.
Amateur and U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championships.
Scheffler is a junior at the University of Texas,
and is No. 20 in the WAGR. He qualified for the 2016
U.S. Open and shot a first-round 69. Scheffler, the
2013 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, helped the
University of Texas advance to the 2016 NCAA
match-play final, as well as win the Big 12
Conference Championship and NCAA Franklin
Regional. Scheffler, who made the cut at the PGA
Tour’s 2014 Byron Nelson Classic, was the Big 12’s
top newcomer in 2015.
Paul D. Caruso Jr., a former member of the
USGA Executive Committee, will serve as captain of
the USA World Amateur Team.
The alternates are Will Zalatoris, 20, of Plano,
Texas, and Collin Morikawa, 19, of La Canada, Calif.
The World Amateur Team Championship was
founded in 1958, and the Women’s World Amateur
Team Championship began in 1964. The IGF was
founded in 1958 to encourage the international
development of golf through friendship and
sportsmanship. Today, the IGF consists of 135
national governing bodies of golf representing 129
countries, and is the international federation for golf
for the International Olympic Committee.
The Mexican Golf Federation will host the 2016
World Amateur Team Championship. The
championship was last played in 2014 in Karuizawa,
Japan, with the USA Team of Bryson DeChambeau,
Beau Hossler and Denny McCarthy winning the title.
The USA has won the last two championships, and
has earned a championship-record 15 titles.
The 2018 championship will be contested at
Carton House (Montgomerie and O’Meara Courses) in
ABOUT THE Men's World Amateur Team
In 1958 the United States Golf Association
asked The R&A to join them in sponsoring
a world-wide amateur golf team event to
be played biennially in non-Walker Cup
years. Between 35 and 40 nations were
represented at the first meeting and
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
presented the trophy which bears his
name. The committee of the event was to
be known as the World Amateur Golf
Council and is now the International Golf
Federation. Teams of four players from
each country competed over 72 holes with
the leading three scores from each round
to count. The first competition was held
between 29 nations at St Andrews, with
Australia beating the United States in a
play-off. In 2002 the format changed to
teams of three with the two leading
scores to count.
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