Originally created 07/11/01

Augusta State's Elson will play in Walker Cup



Augusta State's Jamie Elson now has the chance to join a handful of collegiate golfers who have played on two Walker Cup teams.

The 20-year-old Elson, a senior from Warwickshire, England, was selected Tuesday to play on his first Walker Cup team.

He's a member of the 10-man Great Britain & Ireland team that will take on the United States Aug. 11-12 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

Top amateurs, both collegiate and mid-amateur (25-over) are chosen to represent their countries in the matches.

Numerous career amateurs have played on multiple Walker Cup teams, but it's rare for a collegiate-age golfer to be selected to more than one team.

One of the reasons why Elson decided to take a redshirt year in 2001-2002 is in hopes of playing on two Walker Cup teams. The matches, which started in 1922, are held every two years. The 2003 matches will be held at Ganton Golf Club in England.

The United States leads the series 31-5-1, but lost the 1999 matches 15-9 at The Nairn Golf Club in Scotland.

Elson was already being considered for the team before finishing tied for second place in the NCAA Championship in early June at Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C. Elson's 9-under-par 279 total included a course-record tying 7-under 65 in the second round.

After the NCAAs, Elson was named a second-team All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He was a third-team choice in 1999-2000.

Last season, Elson broke his own single-season scoring record at Augusta State, averaging 71.27 strokes per round. He owns the school's career scoring average record at 71.9.

Elson is the first Augusta State golfer to make a Walker Cup team and the second Augusta-area golfer to be selected. Franklin Langham, who grew up in Thomson, helped the 1991 United States team post a 14-10 victory in 1991.

Former Clemson golfer John Engler of Augusta is being considered for one of the final three spots on the U.S. Walker Cup team.

This will be the second international match play event this summer for Elson. He and Augusta State teammate Oliver Wilson of England played for the Great Britain & Ireland side that lost to the United States in the Palmer Cup at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., on June 22.

Joining Elson on the Great Britain-Ireland team are former Clemson golfer Michael Hoey, Nick Dougherty, Steven O'Hara, Marc Warren, Grame McDowell, Richard McEvoy, Luke Donald, Nigel Edwards and Gary Wolstenholme. The non-playing captain is Peter McEvoy.

The U.S. team, captained by Danny Yates, consists of Bryce Molder, D.J. Trahan, Jeff Quinney, John Harris, James Driscoll, Danny Green and Dave Eger. The final three selections will be announced later this month.

Reach David Westin at (706) 724-0851.

What: 38th Walker Cup Matches

When: Aug. 11-12

Where: Sea Island, Ga.

Course: Ocean Forest Golf Club

Yardage/par: 7,140 yards, par 72

Format: Match play

Teams: 10-player amateur teams from the United States and Great Britain & Ireland

Series record: The United States leads the biennial matches 31-5-1