CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina mens golfer Dustin Johnson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Dutch Fork) was named as one of the eight early selections to represent the United States in the 2007 Walker Cup, Sept. 8-9 at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Ireland. The amateur U.S. squad, coached by George Buddy Marucci, will defend the cup against a team of amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland in the biennial matches.
A three-time All-American, including first team honors the last two years, Johnson finished the season as the No.3 ranked golfer in the nation, according to GolfStat and the Sagarin GolfWeek Ratings Index after averaging a school-record 70.40 strokes per round in 43 rounds played and finishing as the program's all-time leader in scoring average at 72.26 in 152 rounds. The three-time Big South Player of the Year, he posted top 10 finishes in 12 of the 14 tournaments he played in, including individual wins at the Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic, Administaff ASU Invitational and PUPS Big South Conference Championship. He tied for ninth at the 2007 NCAA Championship and was at one time this season the No. 1 ranked player in the country. He was the sixth mens golfer in Big South history to be named All-Conference all four years, as well as a semifinalst for the Ben Hogan Award. He represented the U.S. in the 11th Palmer Cup at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md., helping the team retain the cup, and at the 2006 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, going 1-1-1 and helping the U.S. win the event.
This summer, Johnson captured the individual titles at the Monroe Invitational and Northeast Amateur, as well as making it to the semifinals of the Western Amateur. He also won his sectional to qualify for the U.S. Amateur, being played Aug. 20-26 at The Olympic Club Lakeside Course in San Francisco, Calif.
The USA reclaimed the Cup with a one-point victory at Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club in 2005. Great Britain and Irelands team had won the three previous Matches,
in 1999, 2001 and 2003, twice by scores of 15-9 and by 12½ -11½ in 2003. The USA leads the series overall, 32-7-1.