Hunter Stewart, a former Lexington Christian standout who went on to play in college for Vanderbilt, was one of the first five golfers named to the United States' roster for the 2015 United States Walker Cup. A 10-player U.S. squad will face Great Britain and Ireland at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England, on Sept. 12-13.
Stewart, fifth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, earned first-team All-American honors this past season, and also became the first player from Vanderbilt to be chosen Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He won three individual events during his senior season before finishing in a tie for third in the individual competition of the NCAA Division I men's championship.
"For Hunter be to the first Walker Cup player to play at Vanderbilt obviously says a lot about his accomplishments on the course," Vandy Coach Scott Limbaugh said in a statement. "He has had one of the best years I have ever seen and his consistency has been remarkable. The Walker Cup is the mecca of amateur golf and it will be a very special honor for Hunter to represent his country in England."
Stewart won the Northeast Amateur in June by four strokes with a 72-hole score of 10-under 266. A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, Stewart qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he missed the cut. He won all four of his matches at the 2015 Palmer Cup and led the USA to victory.
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Also named to the Americans' Walker Cup team were Southern Methodist's Bryson DeChambeau, 21, of Clovis, Calif.; Texas' Beau Hossler, 20, of Mission Viejo, Calif.; Georgia's Lee McCoy, 21, of Athens, Ga.; and Stanford's Maverick McNealy, 19, of Portola Valley, Calif. The other five players will be named following the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur, to be played Aug. 17-23 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club.
The Walker Cup is a biennial event that is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. The United States leads the overall series 35-8-1, and earned a 17-9 victory in 2013 at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.