Ross Steelman Invited to Walker Cup Practice – Men’s Golf – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior golfer Ross Steelman is one of 16 amateur players invited to a practice session for the 2023 Walker Cup game December 15-18 in Jupiter, Florida. The United States Golf Association (USGA) International Team Selection Committee announced the invitations on Tuesday.

Steelman, who is a sophomore at the tech after a transfer from the University of Missouri, is currently the No. 22 amateur in the world according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The Columbia, Mo. native has made matchplay at each of the last two U.S. amateur championships, advanced to the quarterfinals in 2021 and dropped to the round of 64 last August. He was a stroke play medalist and reached the quarterfinals of match play at the Western Amateur, and he was a stroke play runner-up and reached the round of 16 at the North & South Amateur.

That fall, Steelman played in two of Tech’s four tournaments, finishing fifth in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate and 21stSt at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate and finished the fall season ranked 24th nationally on the Golfweek/Sagarin Index.

Steelman won the medal trophy at the Western Amateur in Glen View, Illinois last August.

The following 16 players have accepted invitations to practice (with college affiliations):

  • Evan Beck, 32, Virginia Beach, Virginia (Wake Forest, born 2013)
  • Michael Brennan, 20, from Leesburg, Virginia (Wake Forest, Junior)
  • david ford, 20, from Peachtree Corners, Georgia (North Carolina, sophomore)
  • Nicholas Gabrielcik, 20, from Trinity, Florida (North Florida, Junior)
  • Stewart Hagestad, 31, Newport Beach, California (Southern Cal, born 2013)
  • derek hitchner, 23, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Pepperdine, graduate student)
  • Palmer Jackson, 21, Murrysville, Pennsylvania (Notre Dame, Senior)
  • benjamin james, 17, Milford, Connecticut (Virginia, Freshman)
  • Bryce Lewis, 22, from Hendersonville, Tennessee (Tennessee, Junior)
  • Dylan Menante, 21, from Carlsbad, California (North Carolina, Senior)
  • Maxwell Moldauer, 20, from Uniontown, Ohio (Ohio State, Junior)
  • Gordon Sargent, 19, Birmingham, Alabama (Vanderbilt, sophomore)
  • Cole Sherwood, 20, Austin, Texas (Vanderbilt, Sr.)
  • Ross Steelman, 21, Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia Tech, Senior)
  • caleb surratt, 18, Indian Trail, NC (Tennessee, freshman)
  • Michael Thorbjornsen, 21, Wellesley, Mass. (Stanford, Jr.)

Hagestad, a two-time USGA champion (2016 and 2021 US Mid-Amateur), is the only player with Walker Cup experience (2017, 2019, 2021) invited to practice.

“This serves as another step in the team selection process and is an opportunity for everyone involved to get to know each other better and build team camaraderie,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Chief Championships Officer. “These excellent amateurs represent a talented group of potential team members, but we expect others will be considered as the selection process nears completion.”

Mike McCoy of Des Moines, Iowa will lead the US team for the 2023 Walker Cup game. He won the 2013 US Mid-Amateur Championship, becoming the second-oldest champion in the history of the event at 50 years old. He has competed in 65 USGA championships, including 20 US Amateurs, and was a member of the 2015 USA Walker Cup team at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club in England. Earlier this year, McCoy won the R&A Senior Amateur Championship at the Royal Dornoch in Scotland.

An invitation to Walker Cup training does not guarantee selection for the team. Uninvited players will also be considered for inclusion in the team. Ten of the 16 players from Walker Cup training in December 2020 made the U.S. team in May 2021 as the U.S. beat Britain and Ireland 14-12 in Seminole. Seven of the 16 players who took part in December 2018 training made up the 2019 US team, which defeated GB&I 15½-10½ at the Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in Merseyside, England.

Georgia Tech featured on both teams, with Andy Ogletree (2020) and Tyler Strafaci (2021) earning their spots on the team after winning the US Amateur.

Game 49 will be played on September 2-3, 2023 at the Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. The game will be played over two days with 18 singles games and eight foursomes (alternative shot). The US leads the overall series, which began in 1922, 38-9-1, but has been tremendously competitive over the past three decades, with the US holding only a 10-7 advantage in the match since 1989. The R&A will select 10 members of the GB&I team representing England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Tyler Strafaci was a member of the winning US team at the last Walker Cup in 2021 at the Seminole Golf Club in Florida.

competition initiative

In a joint effort, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech Athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have joined forces to accelerate scholarship funding for students and athletes with the launch of the Competitive Drive Initiative. The initiative begins with the Accelerate GT Match Program, where every new donation to AT Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made through December 31 is matched dollar for dollar by the Georgia Tech Foundation, up to $2.5 million . Should Accelerate GT reach its fundraising goal of $2.5 million, the gift would result in a $5 million impact to Georgia Tech Athletics. To learn more and contribute online, visit


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