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.
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Great Britain & Ireland
Scotland’s Stuart WILSON (42, d.o.b. 18th July 1977) was announced as the new captain of the Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) men’s golf team on 19th December 2019.
His first match in charge was supposed to be against Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy but the July 2020 match at Royal Porthcawl was cancelled due to COVID-19. His first Walker Cup match will be at Seminole G.C. in Florida in May 2021.
Commenting upon his appointment Wilson said “I am very proud to be selected as the GB&I men’s team captain and look forward to leading a talented group of golfers at the St Andrews Trophy and the Walker Cup.”
“I have fond memories of my time as a player representing GB&I in these prestigious matches and I am determined to make a valuable contribution to the team as its leader and in helping the players.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on The R&A Boys’ Selection Committee and know first-hand the level of talent which is emerging. It feels like a very natural progression to be taking on this role to continue to foster these gifted amateur golfers.”
Stuart Wilson (Photo: carnoustiecountry.com)
Wilson was the Managing Secretary of Forfar G.C., the club he represented with distinction as a player for many years. In October 2020 it was announced that he would be joining Blairgowrie G.C. in the same capacity in January 2021.
He is married to Lesley and they have two children.
In an impressive amateur career Wilson won the 2003 Lytham Trophy, the 2004 Amateur Championship and the Silver Medal at the 2004 Open Championship.
He represented GB&I in the Palmer Cup in 2001 and 2002 and the Walker Cup in 2003.
He has captained the Scotland Boys team, the European Junior Ryder Cup team (2012 & 2014 at Blairgowrie) and most recently the GB&I Boys team (2017-19).
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