2021 – Seminole

May 8-9, 2021
Seminole Golf Club, Juno Beach, Florida
7,305 yards, Par 72

Captains: Nathaniel Crosby (USA) and Stuart Wilson (GB&I)

USA Team

Ricky CASTILLO 20 (b. 19/02/01) of Yorba Linda, California
– Florida sophomore / 24/2/21 WAGR #6.

Pierceson COODY 21 (b. 07/01/00) of Plano, Texas
– Texas junior / 24/2/21 WAGR #9.

Quade CUMMINS 24 (b. 06/03/96) of Weatherford, Oklahoma
– Oklahoma senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #18.

Austin ECKROAT 22 (b. 12/01/99) of Edmond, Oklahoma
– Oklahoma State senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #15.

Stewart HAGESTAD 29 (b. 10/04/91) of Newport Beach, California
– USC graduate / 24/2/21 WAGR #11.

Cole HAMMER 21 (b. 28/08/99) of Houston, Texas
– Texas junior / 24/2/21 WAGR #19.

William MOUW 20 (b. 05/09/00) of Chino, California
– Pepperdine sophomore / 24/2/21 WAGR #23.

John PAK 22 (b. 18/12/98) of Scotch Plains, New Jersey
– Florida State senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #5.

Tyler STRAFACI 22 (b. 23/07/98) of Davie, Florida
– Georgia Tech graduate / 24/2/21 WAGR #13.

Davis THOMPSON 21 (b.05/06/99) of St. Simons Island, Georgia
– Georgia senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #1.

Reserves
1. McClure MEISSNER 22 of San Antonio, Texas
– SMU senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #22.

2. Garett REBAND 21 of York, South Carolina
– Oklahoma senior / 24/2/21 WAGR #16.

Tyler STRAFACI won the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes G.C. on Sunday 16th August 2020 securing the first playing spot on the 2021 USA Walker Cup team.

In line with the USGA’s announcement on 21st December 2020 Davis THOMPSON #2, Ricky CASTILLO (20) #4 and John PAK #7, the three highest ranked USA players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) released on the 10th February 2021, received automatic exemptions onto the USA team.

Pierceson COODYQuade CUMMINSAustin ECKROATStewart HAGESTAD, Cole HAMMERWilliam MOUW and John PAK were added to the USA roster by the USGA’s International Team Selection working group on 1st March 2021.

McClure MEISSNER and Garett REBAND were announced as the USA Reserves on 1st March 2021.

GB&I Team

Barclay BROWN 20 of Hallamshire GC, England
– Stanford University sophomore / 30/03/21 SPWAR #65, WAGR #134

Alex FITZPATRICK 22 of Hallamshire GC, England
– Wake Forest University junior / 30/03/21 SPWAR #18, WAGR #14

Angus FLANAGAN 21 of St. George’s Hill GC, England
– University of Minnesota senior / 30/03/21 SPWAR #110, WAGR #40

Ben JONES 21 of Northamptonshire County GC, England
– 30/03/21 SPWAR #86, WAGR #41

Matty LAMB 23 Hexham GC, England
– 30/03/21 SPWAR #113, WAGR #85

Joe LONG 23 of Lansdown GC, England
– 30/03/21 SPWAR #31, WAGR #48

John MURPHY 22 of Kinsale GC, Ireland
– Louisville University redshirt senior / 30/03/21 SPWAR #63, WAGR #99

Mark POWER 20 of Kilkenny GC, Ireland
– Wake Forest University sophomore / 30/03/21 SPWAR #52, WAGR #29

Ben SCHMIDT 18 of Rotherham GC, England
– 30/03/21 SPWAR #78, WAGR #31

Sandy SCOTT 22 of Nairn GC, Scotland
– Texas Tech University 5th year senior / 30/03/21 SPWAR #241, WAGR #8

Reserves

Jack DYER 23 of Boyce Hill GC, England
– Cal State Fullerton graduate / 30/03/21 SPWAR #42, WAGR #225

Jake BOLTON 22 of Ogbourne GC, England
– 30/03/21 SPWAR #73, WAGR #60

Joe LONG (ENG) earned his place on the team by winning the 125th Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale G.C. in August 2020.

Sandy SCOTT (SCO) and Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG) secured their places as the two highest ranked GB&I players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at the time of selection.

The remaining seven players and two reserves were selected by the four-man Selection Committee.

Seminole Golf Club

Seminole Golf Club (Photo © Carlos Amoedo)

Seminole Golf Club was designed by Donald Ross and constructed in 1929. It opened for play on 1st January 1930.

“In these days of steam shovels and modern improvements, it is possible to do wonderful things on flat, level country. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer to lay out a course on level land. The Seminole course near Palm Beach is an example of what can be done with that type of terrain. I don’t say it is the best I have ever designed. Nevertheless, I like it very much.” – Donald Ross

Subsequent renovation work was undertaken primarily on the fairways, sandy waste areas, greens and green side bunkering by architects Dick Wilson in the 1950s, Brian Silva in the 1990s and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore between 2016-18.

There are two parallel sand ridges which run north to south across the 140 acre site separated by a number of lakes in the centre of the course. The ridges provide some minor elevation changes to the beach side location and allows some green surrounds to be lifted without looking completely out of place.

With the greens now playing firm and fast Seminole has become a strategic course. Precise approaches can only be played from the correct sides of the fairways and ideally need to be left below the hole on the undulating greens. The course is a challenge off the back tees but requires the wind to blow to really bear it’s teeth.

Golf at Seminole is seasonal with play commencing in late October and ending in mid-May.

Seminole G.C. Scorecard

Despite the course’s outstanding reputation the Club had historically valued its exclusivity and steered well clear of any publicity.

It has hosted the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational for mid and senior amateurs since 1992 and a renowned Pro-Member in early March, featuring many of the world’s best players, was re-instated in 2004.

In 2013 it decided to open the doors a little wider to the outside world. A provisional agreement was reached with the USGA for it to stage the 2021 Walker Cup match, a decision which was formally announced on 15th December 2016.

On 17th May 2020 it made it’s television premiere when it staged the TaylorMade Driving Relief COVID-19 charity match between Rory McIlroy & Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler & Matthew Wolff.

Tickets

On 29th March 2021 the USGA announced that they would be making available a limited number of three day Trophy Club ticket packages for the match.

At a cost of $500 each they included entry to the practice day, the two competition days, complimentary parking as well as on site food and drinks. The Flag-Raising Ceremony, which normally takes place on the Friday evening, was not included in the package.

Attendance on site is to be limited to a maximum of 1,850 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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