Marty West, selected in February to represent the U.S. in Walker Cup Matches in Scotland in May, will stay a week longer to play in the British Amateur in England.
"The Walker Cup will be played at the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, otherwise known as Muirfield," West said. "I'm extremely excited and looking forward to it very much."
The Walker Cup. which matches U.S. amateurs against those of the British Isles, will start May 30. The British Amateur is scheduled for Hill-side Golf Club in Southport, England, June 4.
"My game is not as far along as I'd like it to be at this stage but I plan to put the big move on in the next 30 days," West said.
For competitive tuneups, the three-time Maryland Amateur champ will play in the Poor Robert's Friday at Glenn Dale and will team with Columbia clubmate Fred Von bargen in the Belle Haven Four Ball May 10.
The Poor Robert's has evolved from casual outing to prestige event. West, defending champion Henri deLozier, nine-time Pennsylvania Amateur titlist Jay Sigel and former Middle Atlantic champ Bucky Erhardt will be among 144 competing for $3,000 in prizes, with proceeds earmarked for Georgetown Big Brothers charities.
Tournament chairman Bobby Abbo said the championship flight is chock full, "But if Palmer or Nicklaus called, I'd probably be able to work them in."
It was wet and blustery, but it could have been worse. American University's varsity golf meet at Gettysburg College brought about a chilling new line in sports, "match canceled, possible fallout."
Locals beware: Greg Chapman, freshman first-stringer for 13-time NCAA champion University of Houston, plans to play the Washington-area amateur circuit this summer.
The Chapman family moved to springfield last June, with father George an Air Force colonel stationed at the Pentagon.
Young Chapman led LBJ High of Austin to the Texas high school championship and was the state's individual winner.
Last summer, Chapman worked for pro Quin Sullivan in the pro shop and on the range at Springfield Country Club.
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