Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, England
Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur Championship with a 4-and-3 victory over Oliver Goss of Australia in the 36-hole final. The win propelled him to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and earned him the right to play in the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open in 2014.
He defeated four Americans in match play and upended Canadian Amateur runner-up Corey Conners in the semifinal round before defeating Goss. He won five of his six matches by 4-and-3 margins; the only exception was his 2-and-1 semifinal victory over Conners.
In July, Fitzpatrick tied for 44th place and won the silver medal as the leading amateur in the British Open at Muirfield. The 2012 British Boys Amateur champion also reached the final of the English Amateur Championship, where he lost to teammate Callum Shinkwin. Fitzpatrick will play collegiate golf at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill..
He is the recipient of the 2013 Mark H. McCormack Medal, awarded annually to the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after the close of the U.S. Amateur or the European Amateur, whichever occurs last.
Nathan Kimsey, 20, England
Kimsey represented England in the 2012 Men’s Home Internationals, and became the first English player in 15 years to win all six matches. He was also a semifinalist in the 2012 English Amateur. This year, he tied for third at the Brabazon Trophy, tied for second at the St. Andrews Links Trophy and also enjoyed top-10 finishes in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Lytham Trophy.
He was a member of the winning English team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark, and was also part of the victorious GB&I team for the Jacques Leglise tournament against continental Europe.
He enjoyed a successful 2011 season, the highlight of which was a victory in the McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath. Kimsey played in the Boys Home Internationals in both 2010 and 2011 and competed for England in the European Boys in 2011 in the Czech Republic.
Gavin Moynihan, 18, Ireland
Moynihan became the youngest player to play in the Irish Open in June. The 2012 Irish Amateur Open Champion tied for the runner-up position in this year’s event at Royal Dublin. The former Junior Ryder Cup player represented Ireland in the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark and in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championships. He represented Ireland in the recent Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. Moynihan won the Irish Order of Merit in 2012, and represented Ireland in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey.
He also finished third at the 2012 Irish Boys Championship. He will be a freshman on the University of Alabama golf team in 2013-14, and is the first Alabama golfer to play for the Great Britain and Ireland Team in the Walker Cup. Two of his future Alabama teammates (Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt) will play for the USA Walker Cup Team. Justin Thomas, another Alabama golfer who plans to turn pro after the Walker Cup, is also on the USA side.
Max Orrin, 19, England
Orrin, currently ranked No. 7 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, was a member of the winning England team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark in July. He reached the semifinals of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, and tied for second in the St. Andrews Links Trophy. He also won the South East of England Links Championship at Royal Cinque Ports in May, edging Walker Cup teammate Callum Shinkwin by one stroke. Orrin reached the second round of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship, defeating Walker Cup teammate Rhys Pugh, 1 up, in the first round.
He won the Titleist FootJoy Boys Order of Merit in 2012 as the leading English player. In 2012, he became the first non-American player to win the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior, a 54-hole competition played on the par-72 Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club, which earned him an invitation to play at the Sage Valley Invitational near Augusta after the Masters in April. He is a plus-3.8 handicap member of North Foreland Golf Club in the South of England.
Kevin Phelan, 22, Ireland
Phelan played in his second U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa., in June and finished in a tie for 62nd. Phelan helped the University of North Florida golf team to its first NCAA Regional victory in May. He won his first collegiate tournament earlier this year and played for Europe in the Palmer Cup at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club.
He represented Ireland in the recent Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. In 2010 and 2012, he represented his country in the World Amateur Team Championship. In his sophomore year at North Florida (2010-11), he was named first-team All-Atlantic Sun after playing in 10 events and boasting a 72.57 stroke average in 30 rounds of competition. That year, he collected six top-25 finishes and four top-10s as he established himself as the top performer in five events for the Ospreys.
He also enjoyed a highly successful 2010 summer campaign, which included qualifying for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links. He placed third at the 2009 FSGA State Amateur and was a semifinalist in the FSGA State Match Play Championships the same year.
Garrick Porteous, 23, England
Porteous won the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent this past June, defeating Finland’s Toni Hakula, 6 and 5, to become the first Englishman in a decade to win the championship. The victory secured him a place in the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and a likely invitation to the 2014 Masters Tournament.
He also won the 2013 Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Southerness and was runner-up at the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship.
He was sixth in the European Nations Cup. Porteous played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 2012 after a senior season in which he posted a 72.25 scoring average, third among Tennessee golfers since 1994.
By the end of his senior season, he had been named to England’s Elite Squad and was England’s No.1-ranked amateur player.
Rhys Pugh, 19, Wales
Pugh was the youngest member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team in 2011, and won all three of his matches at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland. The Welshman played in this year’s British Open at Muirfield after securing a place by winning the 2012 European Amateur Championship in Dublin.
Pugh also played in the Irish Open on the European Tour and won the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal Porthcawl. He played in the recent U.S. Amateur Championship, where he lost in the first round of match play to Walker Cup teammate Max Orrin.
In 2009, at the age of 15, he became the youngest player to represent Wales at the Men’s Home Internationals, and was named Welsh Amateur of the Year.
He will be a junior at East Tennessee State University this fall. During his sophomore season at ETSU, he competed in 10 events, with his best finish a tie for eighth at the Coca-Cola Invitational.
Neil Raymond, 27, England
Raymond won the St. Andrews Links Trophy this year over the Old and Jubilee courses at St. Andrews in Scotland, earning a two-stroke victory over Ryan Evans and Walker Cup teammates Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin.
He lost in the quarterfinal round of the British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports to eventual champion Garrick Porteous. He has earned the last two Brazabon Trophies, and was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur Championship in February. He is also the 2011 and 2012 English Open Amateur Stroke Play champion.
In the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club and companion qualifying course Charles River Country Club,Raymond was the stroke-play co-medalist with Brady Watt of Australia at 6-under-par 134, and earned the No. 1 seed. He reached the quarterfinals, losing to Corey Conners, of Canada, 1 down. He has indicated that he will turn professional after the 2013 Walker Cup.
Callum Shinkwin, 20, England
Shinkwin, the No. 11 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath in August with a 4-and-3 victory over 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick in the 36-hole final.
He was a member of the winning English team in the European Men’s Team Championships and the Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. He finished tied for 18th at the South of England Open Amateur Championship. Shinkwin won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia in January and tied for second at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship.
In 2012, he was a member of the English squad that won the European Challenge Trophy.
Jordan Smith, 20, England
Smith won the Brabazon Trophy at Formby Golf Club in late June by four strokes over Ireland’s Brian Casey. He finished eighth in the St. Andrews Links Trophy, tied for ninth in the French Amateur Championship, tied for fifth in the Spanish Amateur Championship and tied for seventh in the Portuguese International Amateur Championships. Smith competed in the 2013 U.S. Amateur, where he lost out in a 17-for-15 playoff for match play after scoring 72-72 in stroke play, and he reached the Round of 16 at the 2013 English Amateur Championship, where he lost to Walker Cup teammate and eventual champion Callum Shinkwin. Smith enjoyed a successful 2012, losing in the semifinal round of the English Amateur Championship and finishing second in the Chiberta Grand Prix after carding a final-round 65. He capped a consistent 2011 by finishing fourth in the Faldo Series Grand Final in Ireland.