MA’s Thorbjornsen Receives Invite to Walker Cup Practice Session

Massachusetts native Michael Thorbjornsen is one of 16 amateurs invited by the USGA to take part in the 2021 Walker Cup Practice Session at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lake Nona Country Club, in Orlando, Florida. 

Michael Thorbjornsen PHOTO: Mass Golf

“The process of team selection continues with this practice session and is an opportunity for all involved to become more familiar with each other and create team camaraderie while adhering to health and safety protocols. These accomplished individuals represent a talented group of potential USA Team members, but we expect others will be considered as the selection process moves toward its conclusion,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships.

The three day practice seasion will be held from December 16-18. 

The other amateurs that were invited include, Ricky Castillo, of Yorba Linda, Calif.; Pierceson Coody, of Plano, Texas; Quade Cummins, of Weatherford, Okla.; Cooper Dossey, of Austin, Texas; Austin Eckroat, of Edmond, Okla.; Stewart Hagestad, of Newport Beach, Calif.; Cole Hammer, of Houston, Texas; McClure Meissner, of San Antonio, Texas; William Mouw, of Chino, Calif.; John Pak, of Scotch Plains, N.J.; David Perkins, of East Peoria, Ill.; Garett Reband, of York, S.C.; Cameron Sisk, of San Diego, Calif.; Tyler Strafaci, of Davie, Fla.; and Davis Thompson, of St. Simons Island, Ga.

The Walker Cup 

The Walker Cup is set for may 8-9, 2021 at Seminole Golf Club in Florida.

It will mark the first time that the biennial team competition between 10 amateur players representing the United States and 10 amateur players representing Great Britain and Ireland, selected by The R&A, will be held in the spring on U.S. soil.

The Match is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches. 

The USA leads the overall series that began in 1922, 37-9-1, but it has been tremendously competitive over the last three decades, with the USA holding just a 9-7 advantage in the Match since 1989.

The 2019 USA Team defeated Great Britain and Ireland, 15½-10½, at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), in Merseyside, England, to win the 47th Walker Cup Match. 

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