Holtgrieve named ?11 Walker Cup captain


Jim Holtgrieve, a member of three victorious U.S. Walker Cup teams and winner of the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur in 1981, has been chosen as captain of the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup squad.

“I’m elated to be given this honor by the USGA and to have the chance to captain 10 young men from the United States of America,” said Holtgrieve, 60. “The USGA has always been very special to me and this is something that my father always hoped I would be able to do. This would have made him very proud.”

Holtgrieve will captain the United States team that travels to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, for the 42nd Walker Cup Match, to be held Sept. 10-11, 2011.

Holtgrieve was one of the country’s top amateur players during the 1970s and ’80s and earned a spot on winning Walker Cup teams in 1979, ‘81 and ‘83, where he had a combined record of 6-4. He also represented the U.S. on two victorious World Amateur Team Championship squads in 1980 and 1982. He was a semifinalist at the 1980 U.S. Amateur and runner-up at the 1983 British Amateur.

Holtgrieve played in five Masters as an amateur – making the cut three times – and also qualified for the 1978 U.S. Open.

Holtgrieve turned professional in 1998 and played on the Champions Tour from 1999 to 2005, where his top finish was a tie for second at the 1999 Home Depot Invitational. In all, he has played in four U.S. Senior Opens and a total of 42 USGA championships.

The USGA reinstated Holtgrieve’s amateur status in 2007 after he played in 122 professional events. He also serves the USGA as a member of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship committee. Holtgrieve resides in St. Louis, Mo.

Information from the U.S. Golf Association was used in this report.

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