Aug. 20, 2014
DALLAS (SMU/USGA) - SMU junior Bryson Dechambeau was one of three players selected to represent USA at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, the USGA announced today. The event will be played Sept. 10-13 at Karuizawa 72 Golf East in Karuizawa, Japan.
Dechambeau, who is ranked 29th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), recently advanced to the third round of match play at the U.S. Amateur and also reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The Second Team All-American has already represented the USA this summer as a member of the nation's Palmer Cup squad that competed in England in June. Dechambeau took individual medalist honors at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championships and also won the 2013 Trans-Mississippi Amateur.
"Like I said for the Palmer Cup, anytime you get to represent and play for your country it's a great honor," Dechambeau said. "When I got the news I was in disbelief because I thought there were so many other great players from the U.S. that would get picked before me. I'm still in shock and will be for a while but I am excited that I get a chance to do it again and hopefully come out on top this time.
"I can't wait for the upcoming weeks. We should have an awesome team that will have a great chance at the end of the week."
Joining Dechambeau will be Beau Hossler, a sophomore at Texas, and Denny McCarthy, a senior at Virginia. Hossler won the 2014 Western Amateur and is currently ranked 12th in the WAGR. McCarthy is ranked 14th in the WAGR and made it to the semifinals at the U.S. Amateur. The alternates are Brian Campbell of Illinois and and Scottie Scheffler of Texas.
The World Amateur Team Championship was founded in 1958 and the Women's World Amateur Team Championship began in 1964. The International Golf Federation (IGF) was founded in 1958 to encourage the international development of golf through friendship and sportsmanship. Today, the IGF consists of 137 national governing bodies of golf representing 131 countries, and is the international federation for golf for the International Olympic Committee. One of its main functions is to conduct the biennial World Amateur Team Championships for men and women. It will conduct the golf competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is conducting the golf competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this month in China.
The 2014 World Amateur Team Championship will be contested on the Oshitate and Iriyama Courses and hosted by the Japan Golf Association. The World Amateur Team Championship was last played in 2012 in Antalya, Turkey, with the USA winning the Eisenhower Trophy for a record 14th time.