Decorated former amateur golfer Nathaniel Crosby has been named as the 2019 United States Walker Cup Captain by the USGA.
Crosby succeeds Spider miller who guided the USA to a 19-7 victory of Great Britain and Ireland at Los Angeles country Club in September.
The 1981 US Amateur Champion will lead the US team as they bid to retain the historic trophy when the 2019 match is played at Royal Liverpool in just under two years’ time.
In 1983, Crosby was member of the victorious Walker Cup team who last won at Royal Liverpool. He helped the USA win the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championship the previous year, and was the low amateur in the 1982 US Open.
“I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup Team,” said Crosby. “It will again be a privilege to be a part of the Walker Cup competition that I was so fortunate to be a part of back in 1983.
“My experiences with the USGA, the Walker Cup Match and the World Amateur Team Championships have proved to be the most memorable weeks of my life, as I am sure it will be for the members of the 2019 team. Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities.”
Golf in the blood
Born in Hillsborough, California, Crosby is the son of the late legendary American singer and entertainer Bing Crosby, who introduced him to golf. Nathaniel’s godfather is World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr., the 1956 Masters and PGA champion who served as captain of two USA Ryder Cup teams.
“Nathaniel Crosby has proven experience as an amateur player at the highest levels in both individual and team competition, and this will lend itself well to providing leadership for the USA Walker Cup Team in 2019,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman.
“His father earned the USGA’s highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, and I know Nathaniel possesses similar traits, including sportsmanship, patriotism and a competitive spirit, that will assist him as captain.”
The Walker Cup Match is a 10-man amateur team competition between Great Britain and Ireland and the United states. The 47th Match will be contested from 7 – 8 September 2019, at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.