Listen: BOTR Road to Hoylake series debuts with Hagestad, Mouw
William Mouw and Stewart Hagestad
William Mouw and Stewart Hagestad

Walker Cup team selections have begun, the Western Amateur is underway and the U.S. Amateur is on the horizon. This is what Ben Adelberg, host of the Back of the Range podcast, calls “The Road to Hoylake.”

As the U.S. Walker Cup team fills out for the Sept. 7-8 matches at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, half the fun is getting to know the players in consideration for a team pick. The Back of the Range podcast is telling those stories, two by two.

As the series debuts, the first episode features a couple of California players who couldn’t be more different in terms of the stage of their careers. Stewart Hagestad, a 28-year-old mid-amateur, has already secured his spot on the team by being among the top-3 ranked Americans in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Hagestad, returning from the victorious 2017 team, has some insight to give the up-and-coming players.

As for William Mouw, the 18-year-old headed to Pepperdine in the fall, team golf experience comes from past turns on the Junior Presidents Cup team and the AJGA’s Wyndham Cup event. Mouw won the California Amateur earlier this summer, a match-play event.

Get a look inside each player’s head (plus some insight on the Western Amateur), as the series debuts.

ABOUT THE The Walker Cup

The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

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