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U.S. invites 16 to Walker Cup practice session

3-day program next month in Orlando will help to determine the 10-man team for the 2021 matches at Seminole Golf Club

Invited: By the USGA, 16 top American amateurs to the Walker Cup practice session next month to prepare for the 2021 matches against Great Britain & Ireland, according to a news release Tuesday. The three-day session, which will help to determine the 10-man U.S. team, will be held Dec. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla., at Bay Hill Club and Lake Nona Country Club. The invitees: 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; McClure Meissner, of San Antonio; 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; Tyler Strafaci, of Davie, Fla.; Davis Thompson, of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and Michael Thorbjornsen, of Wellesley, Mass. Eight of the U.S. players – Castillo, Coody, Cummins, Dossey, Mouw, Pak, Reband and Thompson – will remain in central Florida for the Arnold Palmer Cup, which will be played Dec. 21-23 at Bay Hill. Hagestad played on victorious U.S. Walker Cup teams in 2017 and 2019, and Pak and Hammer competed on the 2019 team. Hagestad (2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur), Hammer (2018 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball), Strafaci (2020 U.S. Amateur) and Thorbjornsen (2018 U.S. Junior Amateur) are USGA champions. The U.S. leads the biennial series, 37-9-1. The news comes just days after two of the top American amateurs, 2019 U.S. Amateur champion Andy Ogletree and runner-up John Augenstein, announced their intentions to turn professional. Both made the cut at the recent Masters Tournament, the only amateurs to advance to weekend play. Ogletree will make his professional debut next week at the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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