Nathan Smith on 2025 Walker Cup captaincy, host course Cypress Point and more

Nathan Smith embarked on an early scouting trip last week, venturing to California for the Cypress Point Classic. This renowned event will be the host of the 2025 Walker Cup, the 50th edition of the celebrated Ryder Cup-style contest between United States and Great Britain and Ireland amateur players.

As a distinguished amateur golfer with four U.S. Mid-Amateur victories and three previous appearances in the Walker Cup, Smith is set to lead the squad at Cypress Point in two years. Golfweek recently caught up with Smith to discuss his thoughts on the Walker Cup, Cypress Point, and amateur golf.

GWK: Can you believe you’re now the captain of a Walker Cup team?
Nathan Smith: “It’s something you always hope for, especially when you’re young and still close to the game. Being part of the Walker Cup team is a huge honor, let alone being named the captain. I am thrilled, honored, and humbled by the opportunity, and having it at Cypress Point? It’s beyond words.”

GWK: How well do you know Cypress Point?
Nathan Smith: “I hadn’t played there until I got named captain. They invited me out for a member-guest event, and I was completely blown away by the course.”

GWK: What makes Cypress Point a great match play course?
Nathan Smith: “It’s an incredible match-play course designed for drama. The layout builds to a crescendo and is made for an unforgettable Walker Cup experience.”

GWK: What kind of player will excel at Cypress?
Nathan Smith: “Cypress requires the full package of skills. Accuracy off the tee, sharpness with irons, exceptional putting skills, and the ability to handle changing wind conditions are crucial.”

GWK: What did you learn from your predecessor?
Nathan Smith: “Watching Mike McCoy, the previous captain, was invaluable. It provided insights into his captain duties, speeches, and the selection process, helping me prepare for my role.”

GWK: How unique is it to have a Walker Cup at Cypress Point?
Nathan Smith: “It’s an incredible opportunity, especially for college players who have experienced various courses. Cypress Point is as good as it gets, and the event will be beyond words.”

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