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FAR HILLS, N.J. – Cal golfer Michael Weaver has been selected for the USA Walker Cup team, joining Golden Bear teammates Max Homa and Michael Kim after their selections last month. The trio comprise the first three Cal players to ever by chosen for the Walker Cup and are among 10 amateurs who will make up the 2013 USA team.
The United States Golf Association, after a recommendation by its International Team Selection Committee, announced the completion of the team Sunday.
“It’s a great day for Michael and obviously a wonderful day for our golf program,” Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. “Michael, like all of our players, has worked so hard. This is so well-earned and so deserving. It really is a culmination of what has been a wonderful run over the last three or four years for our program. To represent the United States in the highest level of amateur competition in the world speaks for itself. All of our guys are really looking forward to it.”
“Making the Walker Cup team has been my goal individually for quite some time now and really validates the hard work I’ve put in,” Weaver said. “I’m really excited to represent the United States alongside Michael [Kim] and Max [Homa]. I know that this will be the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to get to New York and play.”
Weaver was a first-team PING Division I All-American at Cal during the 2012-13 collegiate season and a second-team All-American selection according to Golfweek. He also picked up PING Division I All-West Region and first-team All-Pac-12 honors. Weaver won his first collegiate tournament at the 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional when he was the co-individual medalist and had six top-five and seven top-10 finishes, including four top-five finishes in his last six events among which was a second-place showing at the Pac-12 Championship. Weaver posted a 70.92 scoring average over 37 stroke-play rounds. During the season, he became Cal's first current player to ever play in the Masters and was also one of a school-record three Bears that participated in the U.S. Open along with Kim and Homa. Weaver received an exemption to the U.S. Open with the same 2012 U.S. Amateur runner up showing that got him an invitation to the Masters.
Weaver was also a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America and an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic choice in 2012-13.
Cal’s Brandon Hagy was also announced Sunday as the first alternate for the team.
“I would be remiss to not mention another player we had in contention for a spot in Brandon Hagy,” Desimone said. “I know it was close but in so many respects he was just as deserving as our other guys because he’s certainly worked as hard as everyone else. I know there are a limited number of spots on the team.”
All four Cal golfers on the 2013 USA Walker Cup team were instrumental in a 2012-13 season that is considered by many as one of the finest in the history of college golf when Cal won 12 of 14 stroke-play tournaments to set a modern-era NCAA single-season record previously established with the 10 victories recorded by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team. Cal was ranked No. 1 in the final 2012-13 team rankings by both Golfweek and Golfstat despite losing to Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
The prestigious Walker Cup is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. 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.
Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.
The first USA Walker Cup Team in 1922, which defeated the Great Britain and Ireland team, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever comprised and included Ouimet, Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser.
The 44th Walker Cup match against Great Britain and Ireland will be played Sept. 7-8 at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., which is hosting the match for the first time since it hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922. Golf Channel will televise two hours of action each day from 4-6 p.m. ET/1-4 p.m. PT.