Booth Named To Walker Cup Squad

Booth Named To Walker Cup Squad

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Former Augusta State standout Wallace Booth has been named to the 2009 Walker Cup squad for Great Britain & Ireland, according to an announcement Monday from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

The selection will mark the third appearance by a former ASU player in the Walker Cup. Former Jaguar All-American Jamie Elson played a key role in GB&I’s 15-9 victory over the United States in 2001 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga. The victory marked the first time that the GB&I squad had successfully retained the Walker Cup in the 79-year history of the event. Former three-time All-American Oliver Wilson was a fixture on the winning GB&I squad in 2003 when he posted a 2- 0-1 record as GB&I claimed a 12.5 to 11.5 victory at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England.

The 2009 Walker Cup is scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. Booth enjoyed a solid career as a four-year letterman for the Jaguars, posting a career-low 72.63 stroke average as a senior in 2006-07. He captured the individual title at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate for his first collegiate victory in March, 2007, and helped lead the Jags to an appearance in the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz.

The Walker Cup, a biennial, match-play competition between the top amateurs from Great Britain & Ireland and the United States, is considered by many to be the most significant international match in golf. The name of the contest derives from the trophy’s donator, George Herbert Walker, president of the United States Golf Association in 1920 and maternal grandfather of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, and maternal great-grandfather of the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

The U.S. leads the series 33-7-1, including consecutive wins in 2005 and 2007 after GB&I claimed victory in both 2001 and 2003. The format features four morning foursome (alternate shot) matches and eight afternoon singles matches each day.

Booth, from Perthshire, Scotland, will be joined on the team by fellow Scot Gavin Dear, Tommy Fleetwood, Luke Goddard, Matt Haines, Stiggy Hodgson, Sam Hutsby, Niall Kearney, Chris Paisley and Dale Whitnell. All 10 members of the team are rookies.

Booth and Dear, the oldest members of the squad at 24 and 25, respectively, were members of the Scottish three-man team which won the World Amateur Team Championship last October. Reserves include Paul O’Hara and Rhys Enoch. Colin Dalgleish is the captain for the GB&I squad.

For more information on the 2009 Walker Cup, visit www.2009walkercup.org  or www.usga.org.


2009 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team
WALLACE BOOTH, 24 (Scotland)
Gavin Dear, 25 (Scotland)
Tommy Fleetwood, 18 (England)
Luke Goddard, 21 (England)
Matt Haines, 19 (England)
Stiggy Hodgson, 18 (England)
Sam Hutsby, 19 (England)
Niall Kearney, 20 (Ireland)
Chris Paisley, 23 (England)
Dale Whitnell, 19 (England)

Captain: Colin Dalgleish
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