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2007 USA Walker Cup Team Profiles

Rickie Fowler, 18, Murrieta, Calif.

An Oklahoma State freshman, Fowler won the Players Amateur and Sunnehanna Amateur this year. He was also an AJGA first team All-American in 2005 and 2006. A quarterfinalist at the 2006 U.S. Amateur, he won the Southern California High School Golf Championship's individual title and the 2006 California State High School Championship.

Billy Horschel, 20, Grant, Fla.

Horschel has been among the top-five finishers at a handful of prestigious amateur competitions in 2007 Ė the Azalea Invitational, Northeast Amateur, Porter Cup and Southern Amateur. Already a two-time first team All-American heading into his junior year at the University of Florida, he posted a USGA record 60 in the first round of stroke play at the 2006 U.S. Amateur. He also qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open.

Dustin Johnson, 23, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Johnson took recent titles at the Monroe Invitational and the Northeast Amateur, where he was helped by a round of 64 in securing a two-stroke victory. He is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University where he was the Big South Conference 2007 Player of the Year.

Chris Kirk, 22, Woodstock, Ga.

Kirk won the 2007 Ben Hogan Award as the nationís top collegiate golfer, representing the University of Georgia. He was the individual runner-up at the 2006 NCAA Championship and finished ninth in 2007. He played for the USA squad at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championship.

Colt Knost, 22, Dallas, Texas

Knost won the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links title and played in the EDS Byron Nelson PGA Tour event, where he shot a second round 64 on his way to finishing tied for 67th. A recent graduate of Southern Methodist University, Knost was the 2007 Conference USA Player of the Year.

Trip Kuehne, 35, Irving, Texas

Kuehne qualified for his fourth U.S. Open in 2007 and reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur. In addition, he was runner-up at the 2006 Sunnehanna Amateur. A 1995 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Kuehne also was named to the 1995 and 2003 USA Walker Cup teams. He lost to Woods in the 1994 Amateur final.

Jamie Lovemark, 19, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Lovemark became only the eighth freshman to win the NCAA individual title in 2007, representing the University of Southern California. Playing as an invited amateur, he was runner-up at the professional 2007 Nationwide Tourís Rochester Area Charities Showdown event, where he lost in a two-hole playoff. In July, he finished tied for 45th at the PGA Tourís AT&T National.

Jonathan Moore, 22, Vancouver, Wash.

Moore won the 2006 NCAA title as a freshman for Oklahoma State University, and shortly thereafter qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open. His NCAA title came by a comfortable four-stroke margin. Moore represented the USA at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championship and the 2007 Copa de las Americas Championship.

Webb Simpson, 21, Raliegh, N.C.

Simpson was named to the 2006 USA World Amateur Team and the 2007 USA Copa de las Americas team. He reached the semifinals of the 2006 U.S. Amateur. He won the 2006 Sunnehanna Amateur and the 2007 Azalea Amateur and the 2007 Southern Amateur.

Kyle Stanley, 19, Gig Harbor, Wash.

Stanley, a Clemson University sophomore, was a Division I first team All-American. He was also the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year. He made to the second round of this year's U.S. Amateur. Stanley won the 2006 Southern Amateur as part of a resume that includes five top-10 finishes in amateur events the past two summers.

Championship Facts

PAR AND YARDAGE – Royal County Down will be set up at 7,181 yards with a par of 35-36-71

GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT – Old Tom Morris is credited with the original routing in 1889, which was possibly the first course to ignore the then traditional layout of nine holes "out" and nine holes "back." Royal County Down was opened for play in 1891. Many revisions were made, including some by club professional Seymour Dunn (1904) and by famed golfer Harry Vardon. Others who had a hand in evolving changes to the course were George Combe and Harry Colt, all in the first three decades of the 1900s. The last of the modifications was in 2005 when Donald Steel tinkered with the 16th hole.

ROYALTY – In 1908, King Edward VII conferred "Royal" status to the Club.

WHAT IS THE WALKER CUP MATCH? – The Walker Cup Match is contested by male amateur players, one team from the United States and one team from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The teams consist of not more than 10 players and a captain. The Match is conducted every two years, alternately in the U.S. and Great Britain/Ireland.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY – On Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, there will be four foursomes matches (18 holes each) each morning and eight singles matches (18 holes each) each afternoon.

Starting Times – (local GMT)
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. for foursomes, 1 p.m. for singles
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. for foursomes, 1 p.m. for singles

TICKETS – Daily grounds tickets are 25 pounds apiece. While a limited number are available, they can be purchased online at Junior (age 16 and under) are 10 pounds apiece.


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