ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s Davis Thompson has clinched a spot on the 2021 United States Walker Cup Team based on the current World Amateur Golf Rankings.
The USGA announced in December that the three highest-ranked American players as of the Feb. 10 update would receive automatic exemptions onto the U.S. Walker Cup Team. Thompson is the top-rated American (and is second overall behind Japan’s Keita Nakajima), followed by Ricky Castillo of Florida and John Pak of Florida State. United States Amateur champion Ty Strafaci of Georgia Tech was named previously to the U.S. roster.
“It really is an honor to have this chance to represent my country and my school in the Walker Cup,” Thompson said. “This has been a goal of mine, and I have worked extremely hard to get here. I’m both humbled and appreciative to be named to the team. I can’t wait to compete with my United States teammates later this year.”
Thompson is a two-time All-American, including First-Team designation for 2019-20. He has been named both All-Southeastern Conference and All-Southeast Region. Thompson enters the spring with an SEC-leading 68.67 scoring average and top-6 decisions in all three fall tournaments. He represented the United States in the Arnold Palmer Cup in December and has appeared in four professional events, including the 2020 U.S. Open. Thompson was chosen as a 2020 All-America Scholar, he earned UGA’s Joel Eaves Award as the senior student-athlete with the top grade point average, and he was awarded a Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence. He has been named to the SEC and J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics academic honor rolls, is a member of UGA’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy, and was chosen for the SEC Community Service Team.
Thompson and the Bulldogs will open the spring portion of their schedule on Friday in the Gators Invitational presented by VyStar in Gainesville, Fla.