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By Scott Brown
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:57 p.m.
 

Nathan Smith's chances of playing in a third consecutive Walker Cup were cut in half last Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh resident was not among the five players named to the United States team that will host a squad comprised of Great Britain and Irish players in amateur golf's version of the Ryder Cup.

The players selected to the United States squad are all college standouts, and they include Michael Kim, a rising junior at the University of California who finished tied for 17th at the U.S. Open last month at Merion Golf Club.

Max Homa, one of 12 amateurs who accepted an invitation to play in the Mylan Classic at Southpointe Golf Club, also is on the Walker Cup team.

The USGA will announce the remaining five members of the team in late August, not long after the U.S. Amateur Open is completed.

The Walker Cup returns to the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., for the first time since 1922 when the inaugural competition took place. It will be played Sept. 7-8.

It's hard to imagine Smith, who turns 35 next month, not getting serious consideration for one of the five remaining spots on the United States' team. Smith would add experience to the squad — he played in the Walker Cup in 2009 and 2011 — and he still is playing at an extremely high level.

Smith is the defending U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, and he played in The Masters in April for a fourth time.

Smith will play in the Mylan Classic, which will be Aug. 1-4, on an amateur invitation.

A little help

The Mylan Classic still is seeking volunteers, and it offers prospective ones a chance to see players who compete on the circuit that is a step below the PGA Tour as well as the flexibility to make their own schedules.

Volunteers are needed July 29-Aug. 4, and they can sign up for the days and committees they want to work.

“As committees fill up, it will only show what's available but you can kind of schedule yourself,” tournament director Chase McClain said.

The cost to volunteer is $35, and that covers the uniforms that volunteers will wear. For more information, visit mylanclassic.com.

A worthy cause

Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth will take part in a national fundraiser that has been billed the “World's Largest Golf Outing.”

Butler is one of 110 Billy Casper Golf courses across the country that will stage a four-person scramble on Aug. 12 with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The cost is $49 per person as well as a $5 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. The outing includes golf, lunch and prizes.

The event has a 9 a.m. shotgun start, and teams are encouraged to raise money in advance. Teams with the lowest scores and the most money raised will win prizes. This is the third year for the event, and last year it raised more than $400,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to tournament organizers.

For more information, visit worldslargestgolfouting.com.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ ScottBrown_Trib.

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