Nathaniel Crosby, the 56-year-old son of the late, great golf-loving star of radio, stage and screen, Bing Crosby, has been selected to captain the United States team for the 2019 Walker Cup battle against Great Britain and Ireland at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.
During the course of naming Crosby, Stuart Francis, the USGA championship committee chairman, said: "Nathaniel Crosby has proven experience as an amateur player at the highest levels in both individual and team competition, and this will lend itself well to providing leadership for the USA Walker Cup Team in 2019,"
"His father earned the USGA's highest honour, the Bob Jones Award, and I know Nathaniel possesses similar traits, including sportsmanship, patriotism and a competitive spirit, that will assist him as captain."
Crosby, the 1981 US Amateur champion who resides in Hillsborough, California, was delighted by the news that he had been named as the new Walker Cup skipper.
"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen to captain the next USA Walker Cup team," he is reported to have said.
"It will again be a privilege to be a part of the Walker Cup competition that I was so fortunate to be a part of in 1983.
"My experiences with the USGA, the Walker Cup and the World Amateur Team Championship have proved to be among the most memorable weeks of my life, as I am sure it will be for the other members of the 2019 Team. Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their thoughts with me in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."
The US beat Great Britain and Ireland 19-7 in the 2017 edition of the biennial Walker Cup contest, in this case on the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, and is now 36-9 up in wins over the years.
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