July 19, 2005
Georgia Tech graduate and four-time all-America golfer Nicholas Thompson has been named to the 10-man squad that will represent the United States for the Walker Cup Match, Aug. 13-14 at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. Chosen by the International Team Selection Committee of United States Golf Association, the squad will face an amateur team representing Great Britain and Ireland.
The Walker Cup Match consists of 16 singles and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. Great Britain and Ireland’s team has won the last three Matches, in 1999, 2001 and 2003; twice by scores of 15-9 and by 12½ -11½ in 2003. The USA leads the series overall, 31-7-1.
A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Thompson completed his outstanding Tech career in 2005, leading the Yellow Jackets to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. He made the GCAA’s All-America team all four years, including second-team honors in 2005, third-team in 2004, and honorable mention recognition in 2002 and 2003. He is a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference player who finished his career with the fifth-best career stroke average in Tech history (72.05).
Twice named a GCAA All-America Scholar, Thompson graduated in May with a degree in Management.
Thompson is coming off a runner-up finish at the 2005 Sunnehanna Amateur. In 2004, he was third at the Sunnehanna and fourth at the Porter Cup. He has qualified for five U.S. Amateurs since 1999, reaching the third round of match play in 2004.
The U.S. team is captained by Bob Lewis, 61, of Pepper Pike, Ohio.
The Golf Channel will air live coverage from 11-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 and from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday (EDT), Aug. 14. For more information, visit the official Walker Cup Match site at www.walkercup.org