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These guys may have lost a limb but they sure didn’t lose their competitive thirst to win in the inaugural ParaLong Drive golf championship held Oct. 29 in Mesquite.

Playing under the same rules and on the same grid as the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship golfers, 14 amputees hit their best drives down the grid to determine who the longest driver was.

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Far Hills, N.J., (July 17, 2013) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the selection of five of the 10 amateur players who will comprise the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. 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.  

“We are proud of the players who have been chosen to represent the USA when the Walker Cup returns to its historic birthplace,” said Thomas J. O’Toole, Jr., USGA vice president and chairman of the USGA’s Championship Committee. “I have no doubt that every one of these young men is ready for the challenge presented by the team from Great Britain and Ireland. Each will perform with distinction and bring honor to a competition and a place that have a unique connection to the game’s history.”

The first five players named to the 2013 USA Walker Cup squad are:

  • Max Homa, 22, of Valencia, Calif. – Homa won the Pac-12 Conference Championship in early May and was the individual medalist at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship to close out his career at the University of California-Berkeley. In his senior year of 2012-13, he captained a team that won 11 tournaments. His individual honors include being named as a first-team All-American and to the All-Nicklaus Team, both awarded by the Golf Coaches Association of America. In June, he survived a playoff at sectional qualifying to make the field for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, where he missed the cut by three strokes. Homa also advanced to the quarter finals of the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
  • Michael Kim, 20, of Del Mar, Calif. – Kim won four collegiate events in his sophomore year at the University of California-Berkeley and was honored as the 2012-13 Golfweek/Sagarin Player of the Year and the Pac-12 Conference Golfer of the Year. He was first-team All-American and named to the All-Nicklaus Team, Palmer Cup, All-West Region and All-Pac 12. He also won the 2013 Golfstat Cup for having the lowest adjusted scoring average entering the NCAA Championship. In May, he won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the NCAA Division I player of the year, and in June the Fred Haskins Award as the national collegiate player of the year as determined in voting by collegiate golfers, coaches and members of the national media. He was one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer. He finished as the low amateur by five strokes at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, tying for 17th place. He also tied for 38th in the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in July.
  • Patrick Rodgers, 21, of Avon, Ind. – Rodgers is a returning USA Walker Cup Team member, having competed at the 2011 Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. Rodgers wrapped up his sophomore season at Stanford with three intercollegiate victories and six top-10 finishes, leading the Cardinal with a 70.88 stroke average. For the second consecutive year, he was named first-team All-American, first-team All-Pac 12 Conference, and was a Palmer Cup selection. He was also named to the All-Nicklaus Team this year. During the 2011-’12 college season, Rodgers produced two tournament wins and 10 top-10 finishes, was named to the All-Freshman Team, and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award. The 2011 Porter Cup champion, Rodgers was also a quarterfinalist at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, where he lost to eventual champion Kelly Kraft. He finished tied for 15th at the 2013 PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.
  • Justin Thomas, 20, of Goshen, Ky. – In his sophomore season at the University of Alabama, Thomas was named as a second-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference with two wins and six top-10 finishes. In 2012, he was selected as a first-team All-American with four wins and nine top-10 finishes, and was a Palmer Cup selection in each of the past two years. Thomas played an integral part in Alabama winning the 2013 NCAA Division I National Championship, the first in the school's history, as well as the 2013 SEC Championship. He also played for the victorious USA Team in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship at Antalya, Turkey, where he finished tied for seventh. Thomas advanced to the semifinals at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, and was the runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur. Thomas won both the 2012 Fred Haskins Award and the 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer, as well as the 2012 Phil Mickelson Award, for the outstanding freshman in Division I men's golf. He won the 2012 Jones Cup, and finished tied for 30th in the 2013 PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.
  • Cory Whitsett, 21, of Houston, Texas – Whitsett, who just completed his junior year at the University of Alabama, secured the clinching points for the Crimson Tide in its first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship victory. In 2013, he was selected as a first-team All-American and to the All-Nicklaus Team with three wins and eight top-10 finishes, and was the only player to win all three matches at the 2013 NCAA Championship. Whitsett continued his winning ways after the collegiate season, leading the USA to victory over Europe in June in the Palmer Cup, compiling a 3-0-1 record in the matches at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. He then captured the prestigious Northeast Amateur with a 10-under-par 266 total at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., closing with a round of 63, the lowest final-round score by a winner in the tournament's 52 years. Last year, Whitsett was named second-team All-American with two wins and five top-10 finishes. He is also the 2011 Patriot All-America winner and the 2007 U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

“It is an honor to be involved with this prestigious match and these fine young men who will represent the USA in Walker Cup competition,” said Jim Holtgrieve, captain for the USA, whose stellar amateur career includes a winning record as a member of three victorious USA Walker Cup Teams and the captaincy of the USA Team at the 2011 Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland. “I appreciate the commitment on the part of these talented players who were chosen and those who are still being considered.”  

The final five players of the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team will be named later this summer following the conclusion of the 2013 U.S. Amateur, scheduled to be played Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

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July 22-27, 2013
Martis Camp Club
Truckee, Calif.
www.usjunioram.org

WHO’S HERE – Among the 156 golfers in the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur field, there are:

Oldest Competitors: Daniel Hudson (17, born 8-2-95), Pablo Torres (17, born 8-5-95), Jim Liu (17, born 8-9-95)

Youngest Competitors: Patrick Welch (13, born 3-14-00), Shuai Ming Wong (13, born 11-14-99)

Average Age of Field: 16.35

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2011 U.S. Open Runner-Up Jason Day Among Exempt Players

Far Hills, N.J. (May 28, 2013) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 26 additional golfers, including 2011 U.S. Open runner-up Jason Day, have earned full exemptions into the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 78.

Twenty-five of the exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 27. Day, who finished second to Rory McIlroy at the 2011 U.S. Open, is ranked No. 25.

Those who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Peter Hanson, Russell Henley, Billy Horschel, Fredrik Jacobson, Thongchai Jaidee, Martin Laird, Paul Lawrie, Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen, D.A. Points, Ian Poulter, Marcel Siem, Henrik Stenson, Richard Sterne, Kevin Streelman and Boo Weekley.

Weekley vaulted 56 positions in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 55 by winning the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 26. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 10.

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“Great Moments of the U.S. Open” Now Available for Purchase
Foreword Written by Four-Time U.S. Open Champion Jack Nicklaus


Far Hills, N.J. (May 9, 2013) – To celebrate the best of America’s most prestigious golf championship, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the release of its new book, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open.”

Written by Robert Williams, director of the USGA Museum, and Michael Trostel, the Museum’s senior curator and historian, the book celebrates the accomplishments of U.S. Open champions, shares their inspirational stories and chronicles the extraordinary circumstances that each faced. Rand Jerris, senior managing director of public services for the USGA, served as supervising editor, and among the contributors are Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, and John Mummert, manager of creative services and senior staff photographer for the USGA.

Complete with a foreword by four-time U.S. Open champion Jack Nicklaus, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open” draws together heroes, past and present, who persevered under the most demanding conditions to become America’s national champions.

Release of the book coincides with the 100th anniversary of amateur Francis Ouimet’s shocking victory over top British professionals at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and the return of the U.S. Open in June to Merion Golf Club, site of Ben Hogan’s 1950 comeback from a near fatal car accident.

From Horace Rawlins’ improbable victory in the inaugural U.S. Open in 1895, to Nicklaus’ narrow defeat of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first professional win, to Tiger Woods’ breathtaking triumph on a broken leg to capture the 2008 U.S. Open, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open” uses the USGA Museum’s collection of stunning archival images and artifacts to bring to life some of the most memorable U.S. Open victories.

“The U.S. Open has long been celebrated as the game’s premier championship,” said Jerris. “Its history is full of unforgettable moments – spectacular shots, amazing comebacks and legendary champions who have inspired generations of golf fans. As some of the stories in the book demonstrate, the U.S. Open has also been marked by incredible stories of courage and determination that have been all but forgotten with time, but that deserve to be remembered among the most inspirational moments in golf history.”

“Great Moments of the U.S. Open” features 27 stories that provide readers a unique and authoritative view on America’s most prestigious golf championship.

“The U.S. Open helped to solidify golf’s standing in America and has expanded the game’s reach around the globe,” said Trostel. “This book celebrates some of the defining moments and iconic champions in the U.S. Open’s rich history. While the championship has evolved dramatically since its origin in 1895, the critical ingredients remain the same. It is golf’s most complete test, played on the country’s greatest courses and is open to all who have the skill, passion and determination to compete.”

Published by Firefly Books, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open,” is a 216-page celebration of one of the world’s premier sporting events, making it a must-have for golf fans and sports history enthusiasts. The book is currently available for purchase at www.usga.org/publicationsstore, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble stores.

About the Authors

Rand Jerris is the senior managing director of public services at the USGA, and one of the foremost historians of American golf. He has authored three books on golf, including Golf’s Golden Age: Robert T. Jones Jr. and the Legendary Players of the ’10s, ’20s, and ’30s.

Michael Trostel is the senior curator and historian at the USGA Museum. He develops historical content and manages research activities at the Museum, and writes about several USGA championships each year.

Robert Williams is the director of the USGA Museum. He is a former theatrical lighting designer, who, in more recent years, has directed the design and construction of many museum environments, including the USGA Museum.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
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