Historically, both the United States Golf Association (U.S.G.A.) and the Royal & Ancient (R&A) have selected their respective captains strictly from the world of amateur golf and almost exclusively from the pool of former Walker Cup players.
United States of America
Nathaniel CROSBY (58, d.o.b 29th October 1961) was re-appointed captain of the USA Walker Cup team for the 2021 match at Seminole Golf Club, Florida on 25th October 2019.
Crosby successfully led the USA team to an ultimately comfortable 15.5-10.5 away victory at Royal Liverpool G.C. in September 2019. He was appointed captain for this match on 13th December 2017.
Upon confirming the 2021 captaincy Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman, said “Nathaniel’s previous Walker Cup experience and guidance proved to be the right mix to lead the 2019 team to victory. Our players experienced life lessons from a true gentleman and competitor and we are excited to have him lead the team again at Seminole.”
“The 2019 Walker Cup experience was an unbelievable journey from start to finish, and I am honoured to be allowed to once again guide an outstanding group of young men in 2021,” said Crosby.
Nathaniel Crosby (© USGA / Simon Dale)
Nathanial Crosby lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife and family and is a member of the nearby Seminole club which will host the next match.
During his amateur career Crosby won the 1981 U.S. Amateur Championship aged 19, the 1982 Porter Cup, was low amateur at the 1982 U.S. Open Championship and was also a member of the victorious USA teams in both the 1983 Walker Cup Match and the 1982 World Amateur Team Championship.
After graduating from the University of Miami in 1984 with a degree in politics and public administration he briefly played professionally in the U.S. and Europe but eventually regained his amateur status in 1994.
Thereafter Crosby moved into the golf equipment business becoming a partner and senior executive at Toney Penna, The Nicklaus Equipment Company and Orlimar Golf. He now serves as chairman of AppleTree Golf Society, a network of small travel societies that are tied to rank-worthy golf clubs in vacation and second-home destinations. He has also
Born in California he is the son of the legendary American singer and entertainer Bing Crosby, who introduced him to golf. Nathaniel’s godfather is World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr., a Masters and PGA champion who served as captain of two USA Ryder Cup Teams.
Great Britain & Ireland
Craig WATSON (58) was first appointed Great Britain and Ireland’s (GB&I) captain in 2016 with his first match set to be Los Angeles in 2017. Sadly Watson had to step down on the eve of that match due to a close family bereavement.
Andy INGRAM replaced Craig on 30th August 2017 with the Welshman becoming GB&I’s 27th Captain. Ingram was just the 8th captain on either side not to be a former Walker Cup player; the USA contributing 3 and GB&I 5 to this list.
The R&A confirmed on 14th May 2018 that Craig WATSON would return to the GB&I captaincy for the St. Andrews Trophy match to be played in Finland in July 2018 and the Walker Cup match at Royal Liverpool. Both matches have been lost; Continent of Europe winning the former 15.5 – 9.5 at Linna Golf in Finland and USA the latter 15.5 – 10.5 at Hoylake.
He is now expected to continue in his role for the St. Andrews Trophy match at Royal Porthcawl in July 2020 and be given the opportunity to regain the Walker Cup at Seminole in 2021.
Watson was the 1997 Amateur Champion and played in the Walker Cup match at Quaker Ridge later that year. A Scottish international throughout the 1990s he proved to be a well respected and successful national captain in the early 2000’s.
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