Listen: Road to Hoylake series continues with Eckroat, Fisk
Austin Eckroat and Steven Fisk
Austin Eckroat and Steven Fisk

The U.S. Amateur, the culminating amateur event of the summer, is inching closer. All the summer experiences that Walker Cup hopefuls have had lead up to this coming week. 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.

This week, Adelberg features two men who might have fallen under the radar, each in his own way.

Steven Fisk is coming off a senior season at Georgia Southern in which he won six times individually. Playing in the Sun Belt Conference, Fisk wasn't a player who immediately burst onto the scene, at least until he finished runner-up to Matthew Wolff in the individual portion of the NCAA Championship.

Then there's Wolff's teammate, Austin Eckroat. The rising Oklahoma State junior was the only player not named Wolff or Viktor Hovland to log an individual win for the Cowboys this season. Eckroat will return to Stillwater, Okla., as Oklahoma State's anchor this coming season as many of his teammates have either graduated or turned professional.

Hear what both men had to say in this week’s latest episode.

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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