July 31, 2011
FAR HILLS, N.J. --- Former Georgia All-Americans Harris English and Russell Henley were chosen for the United States' Walker Cup Team on Sunday, according to the United States Golf Association.
The USGA picked four players on Sunday for Team USA: English, Henley, Patrick Cantlay of UCLA and Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State. The remainder of the 10-man USA team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland will be named later this summer.
The Walker Cup will be played Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Harris and Russell," Georgia coach Chris Haack said. "They set their sights on making the Walker Cup team, and that's exactly what they did. All their hard work has paid off with this selection. I could not be prouder of them. I know they will represent the University of Georgia and the United States in a first-rate manner in Scotland."
With the selections of English and Henley, Georgia now has been represented in the Walker Cup by 15 golfers, including Vinny Giles (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1993), Danny Yates (1989, 1993, 1999 and 2001) and Jimmy Gabrielsen (1971, 1981 and 1991). Brian Harman and Adam Mitchell helped the United States win the Walker Cup in Ardmore, Pa., in 2009.
The biennial Walker Cup match consists of 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches over the competition’s two days. Team USA has won the last three matches and leads the series overall, 34-7-1.
English won the 2011 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in July. One week earlier, English won the Southern Amateur at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club near Tampa, Fla. He advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links in June at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon and was a quarterfinalist in the 2010 APL at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C. He placed sixth at the Porter Cup last week.
Henley became the second amateur in history to win a Nationwide Tour event when he won the Stadion Classic at the UGA Course in Athens in May. Henley continued his strong play into the summer by qualifying for the U.S. Open, where he made the cut and finished 42nd. He came in 16th and was the low amateur at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links.
Behind English and Henley, the Bulldogs finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Championships. They each garnered All-America honors, giving them a combined eight for their careers.