Listen: Road to Hoylake features Coody, Salinda as U.S. Am begins
Pierceson Coody and Isaiah Salinda
Pierceson Coody and Isaiah Salinda

It’s the end of the summer, and the U.S. Amateur is on tap for this 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 both appeared in the NCAA championship match back in May at opposite ends of their college careers.

Pierceson Coody is an up-and-coming sensation at the University of Texas, and one half of the Coody twins. As freshmen, he and Parker helped put the Longhorns on the map this year. Pierceson won the Trans-Miss Amateur in Dallas over the summer, and expressed his desire to be the World No. 1 amateur after doing so.

As for Isaiah Salinda, the Stanford senior went out with an NCAA team title and better yet, went 3-0 in match play for the Cardinal. Salinda won the Pacific Coast Amateur in the summer of 2018, and authored a U.S. Amateur semifinal run in addition.

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

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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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