NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt’s dynamic duo of Gordon Sargent and Cole Sherwood have been invited to a practice session Dec. 15-18 for the 2023 Walker Cup Match.
The three days of practice will be held in Jupiter, Florida, and 16 players were chosen by the USGA’s International Team Selection Committee.
Sargent and Sherwood will be joined by Evan Beck (formerly of Wake Forest), Michael Brennan of Wake Forest, David Ford of North Carolina, Nicholas Gabrelcik of North Florida, Stewart Hagestad (formerly of Southern California), Derek Hitchner of Pepperdine, Palmer Jackson of Notre Dame, Benjamin James of Virginia, Bryce Lewis of Tennessee, Dylan Menante of North Carolina, Maxwell Moldovan of Ohio State, Ross Steelman of Georgia Tech, Caleb Surratt of Tennessee and Michael Thorbjornsen of Stanford.
An invitation to the Walker Cup practice session does not guarantee selection to the team. Players not invited will also be considered for inclusion on the team. Ten of the 16 players from the December 2020 Walker Cup practice session competed on the USA Team in May 2021, when the USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland 14-12 at Seminole.
Seven of the 16 players who attended the December 2018 practice session made the 2019 USA Team that defeated GB&I, 15½-10½, at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake), in Merseyside, England.
The 49th match will be played on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, on Sept. 2-3. 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, 38-9-1, but it has been tremendously competitive over the last three decades with the USA holding just a 10-7 advantage in the Match since 1989. The R&A will select the 10 members of the GB&I Team, which represents England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.