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Mike McCoy Walker Cup USA

Meet Team USA Walker Cup captain Mike McCoy

A member of the team that played in this competition 2015, former US Mid-Amateur Champion Mike McCoy will lead Team USA for the first time in 2023

 

Mike McCoy is taking charge of Team USA at this year’s Walker Cup, but who is the 60-year-old leading the visitors to St Andrews?

McCoy won the 2013 US Mid-Amateur Championship, eventually winning a USGA title in what was his 38th appearance.

He had twice before reached the semi-finals of the same competition, making it to the last four in both 2005 and 2008.

McCoy, has history with the Walker Cup, having played in the competition eight years ago.

He was a member of the American team that travelled to the UK in 2015, playing alongside the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Beau Hossler, Denny McCarthy and Maverick McNealy.

The 60-year-old will now captain Team USA on foreign soil, with the American side aiming to win for a fourth consecutive time.

“It’s a dream come true, it really is,” said McCoy. “I was just reflecting on how fast the two years has really gone since I was named captain.

“It [Winning the Walker Cup] would be certainly the pinnacle of my golfing life. It would be a great honour. We’ll do our best and let the chips fall where they may.”

“I’m sure it will be a let-down when it’s over,” said McCoy with a smile. “But I’m enjoying it right now – there’s a lot of adrenaline.”

Ahead of taking charge of Team USA, McCoy also ran out a comfortable victor at the R&A Senior Amateur Championship in 2022.

The American won by a stunning seven shots at Royal Dornoch to add to the success he has had over a long and storied career.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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