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The United States Golf Association announced that a minimum of two mid-amateurs (players age 25 and above) will be part of the 10-member 2013 USA Walker Cup Team that will compete against a team from Great Britain and Ireland. “In proposing the Walker Cup in 1921, George Herbert Walker’s original intent was to have a competition that fostered international goodwill between the USGA and The R&A,” USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. said in a prepared statement. “Mid-amateurs, who are seasoned players, are likely to bring a unique perspective to a team and demonstrate, as well as appreciate, the characteristics of leadership and generosity of spirit that are central to the Walker Cup. It is the positive influence mid-amateurs will have on the Walker Cup experience and our strong commitment to amateur golf that causes us to reach this determination.”

So as golf continues to be challenged by an aging demographic participatory base that pays the bar bill on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, it will now be reflected in this year’s American Walker Cup team!