That breeze you felt Monday afternoon, it just might have been the sigh of relief exhaled by Bryson DeChambeau, Beau Hossler, Lee McCoy, Maverick McNealy and Hunter Stewart. A restless summer for these top five American amateurs, waiting on the USGA it announce the first members of the 2015 U.S. Walker Cup team that will compete in September at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, finally ended with their names were called.
Not surprisingly, the resumes of these have college players are all befitting the honor. DeChambeau is the NCAA champion, Hossler has qualified for three U.S. Opens, McCoy is a first-team All-American, McNealy was the college player of the year and Stewart had three college wins this past season as well as taking the Northeast Amateur title.
What they all also have in common: They're extremely gracious. Quickly after their selections were made officials, the four with Twitter accounts sent out their appreciation to the social media world.
The remaining five golfers on the 10-man squad will be selected after next week's U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields. At least two of those players must be mid-amateurs (25 or older), with Scott Harvey, Mike McCoy and Nathan Smith being the leading candidates. If the Amateur winner is an American, he will get one of the remaining spots as well, leaving a crowded list of remaining contenders (Jordan Niebrugge, Denny McCarthy, Robby Shelton, Kyle Jones, Matthew NeSmith, Jack Maguire) still holding their breath.