The US Golf Association is shaking things up regarding the Americans’ captain in the next two Walker Cup games.
On Wednesday, Mike McCoy was named Team USA captain for the 2023 Walker Cup at the Old Course in St. Andrews in Scotland. Nathan Smith would lead the team two years later in games at the Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, California.
It will be the first time since 1995 that a US Walker Cup captain has not been at the helm for two matches.
“Given the exceptional nature of the venues, we wanted to give Mike and Nathan the opportunity to be part of one of these next two games,” USGA Championships Director John Bodenhamer said in a statement. Addressed to golf week. “Furthermore, given the strong and growing roster of candidates we have of potential USA Walker Cup team captains, where historically we have often assigned each a home and away game, we feel comfortable to offer this opportunity for a game and re-evaluate as needed.
“Both Mike and Nathan have long and outstanding histories with the USGA and outstanding amateur golf resumes,” USGA President Stu Francis said in a statement. “Given the historic nature of the next two games hosted at St. Andrews and Cypress Point, we wanted to give them both time to take advantage of this leadership opportunity and plan their next few years accordingly. We congratulate each of them on a well-deserved honor and look forward to seeing them lead two talented American teams.
McCoy, 59, became the second oldest winner of the US Mid-Amateur Championship in 2013, played it in 65 USGA Championships and was a member of the 2015 US Walker Cup team at Royal Lytham & St Annes in England , the third-oldest player to ever appear in the games.
“I’m honored to be chosen as the captain of the next USA Walker Cup team,” said McCoy. “It will again be a privilege to be a part of the Walker Cup competition that I had the good fortune to participate in in 2015. My experiences with the USGA and the Walker Cup Match provided some of the most unforgettable weeks of my life, and I’m excited to make new memories with the members of next year’s team, and I look forward to the diligent preparation that will be required to meet the challenge of the Old Course.
Smith, 43, competed in 48 USGA championships as well as three consecutive Walker Cups from 2009 to 2013.
“Historically, I understand there is no greater honor than being named USA Walker Cup team captain,” Smith said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this team in such a historic and storied place. Providing the winning point for USA in the 2013 game is a memory I will never forget, and that sense of accomplishment is something I am focused on delivering to the team in 2025.”
The Walker Cup is a biannual amateur event between 10-man teams from the United States against Great Britain and Ireland. Team USA leads the all-time series, 38-9-1.