U.S. Walker Cup team finalized

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Far Hills, NJ (Sports Network) - The United States Golf Association named the remaining five members of the Walker Cup team on Sunday.

The five, who were named to captain Jim Holtgrieve's team, were Jordan Niebrugge, Nathan Smith, Michael Weaver, Todd White and Bobby Wyatt.

They join previously named members Max Homa, Michael Kim, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett.

This year's Walker Cup will take place September 7-8 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., which last hosted the matches at the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922.

"These players are great additions to the USA Walker Cup Team and have a special opportunity to compete in international team competition when this prestigious event returns to its historic birthplace," said Thomas J. O'Toole Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA's Championship Committee. "We have assembled another outstanding team with the talent, experience and leadership to face the challenge presented by the team from Great Britain and Ireland. We know each will perform with excellence and bring honor to a competition and a place that have a unique connection to the game's history."

Niebrugge, 20, defeated Kim to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links earlier this year. Niebrugge has also won the Western Amateur, the Wisconsin State Amateur and the Wisconsin State Match Play championship in 2013.

The 35-year-old Smith is a four-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He will play his third straight Walker Cup.

Weaver, the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up, is teammates with Homa and Kim at the University of California. Weaver, 22, missed the cut at the Masters, but shared 64th at the U.S. Open.

White, 45, has played in 11 USGA Championships. In 2012, he fell in the semifinals at the U.S. Mid-Amateur to Garrett Rank.

Wyatt joins Alabama teammates Thomas and Whitsett on the Walker Cup squad. Wyatt, 21, was the runner-up in the SEC Championship and at the NCAA Regionals. He was first-team All-American this year, his third straight year as an All-American.

The U.S. team won five of the 10 singles matches in 2011 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, but Great Britain & Ireland hung on for a 14-12 victory. The USA leads the overall series 34-8-1, and has not lost on American soil since the 2001 Match at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

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