FAR HILLS, N.J. – Continuing to blaze new trails for the Lipscomb men’s golf program, junior Dawson Armstrong was tabbed as one of 16 invitees by the USGA to compete in a practice session Dec. 14-18 at the Los Angeles Country Club in preparation for the 46th Walker Cup which will be played Sept. 9-10, 2017.
"It seems like every year now the trajectory of our team continues to be elevated ," said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. "Dawson has created an opportunity for us to grow in a way that we have never experienced here before. This is another honor that speaks to Dawson's ability and our program's desire to improve our players.
"I expect he will represent Lipscomb really well in LA in December and we're hopeful that he'll get the chance to do so again next September. We're proud of his accomplishment and how he continues to pursue excellence in all that he does."
The Walker Cup is hosted every other year and features 10 male amateur golfers from the United States taking on a team from Great Britain and Ireland in the series that dates back to 1922. Joining Armstrong for the practice rounds are 14 fellow collegians and two mid-amateur (25 and older) invitees. The other 15 selections are Sean Crocker (Southern California), Brad Dalke (Oklahoma), Doug Ghim (Texas), Stewart Hagestad (mid-amateur), Gavin Hall (Texas), Nick Hardy (Illinois), Scott Harvey (mid-amateur), Rico Hoey (Southern California), Maverick McNealy (Alabama), Dylan Meyer (Illinois), Collin Morikawa (Cal-Berkeley), John Oda (UNLV), Scottie Scheffler (Texas), Jimmy Stanger (Virginia) and Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest).
The 2017 Walker Cup Team will be announced in August following the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship hosted at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. The team selection is not limited to the 16 invitees to the practice.
Armstrong continues to set the pace for the Lipscomb program having led the Bisons to the first NCAA Regional Tournament appearance last spring and unprecedented heights in the team rankings. Individually, the Brentwood, Tennessee native won the prestigious Western Amateur in 2015, claimed 2015 ASUN Conference Golfer of the Year honors and was the first Lipscomb golfer to be named to the Ben Hogan Award watch list.