Hunter Stewart can begin making plans to spend time in England in September.
The first-team All-American at Vanderbilt all but wrapped up a spot on this year's United States Walker Cup team on Saturday when he swept to victory in the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence, R.I.
Stewart, a former Lexington Christian standout, started Saturday in a tie for the lead and pulled away as he rolled to a 4-under 65 and won by four over Baylor All-American Kyle Jones.
Stewart had birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 to begin taking control, then turned it into a romp with birdies at 13, 14 and 15.
"I won the Players (Amateur) a couple years ago. I've won a couple big college events, but this is right there at the top with them," he said. "Its' definitely one of the majors of amateurs golf. It's a privilege to win this event. It's a great honor.''
Stewart, who tied for third as an individual at the NCAA championships, already has represented the United States in a Palmer Cup victory over Europe earlier this month. The Walker Cup will be held at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, on Sept. 12-13.
"I know this doesn't hurt my chances," Stewart said of making that squad. "I've just got to keep playing solid golf. ... It's kind of what I've been working for for two years now. Any time you have an opportunity (to represent your country) it's truly an honor. To do it at the Palmer Cup was pretty special."