McBride and Zalatoris to Compete in Walker Cup
Aug. 21, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMGolf)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest teammates Will Zalatoris and Paul McBride will compete against each other next month at the 2017 Walker Cup, to be held Sept. 9-10 at the Los Angeles Country Club. The bi-annual competition, which began in 1922, features a team of the top amateur players from the United States against a team of the top amateur players from Great Britain and Ireland.

Zalatoris becomes the 18th Demon Deacon to be named to the United States team, the first since Brendan Gielow in 2009. McBride is the second Demon Deacon to compete for Great Britain and Ireland, joining Eoghan O’Connell in 1989. This year’s competition will mark the first time that Wake Forest teammates will compete against each other.

The United States leads the competition 35-9-1, but Great Britain and Ireland won the last competition, 16.5-9.5, in 2015 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

Both Zalatoris and McBride, each entering their senior season, are coming off strong summers of amateur competition. Last week, Zalatoris reached the round of 16 of the United States Amateur, while McBride reached the quarterfinals of the British Amateur in June.

Wake Forest has had a player compete in 23 of the 46 editions of the Walker Cup, led by Jay Sigel, who was a nine-time participant from 1977 to 1993. In 1987, the American squad had four Demon Deacons, as Billy Andrade, Chris Kite, Len Mattiace and Sigel led the United States to victory at Sunningdale Golf Club.