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Golf News: - Posted 17th June 1998

US name Yates to captain 1999 Walker Cup team

Far Hills, N.J. - Danny Yates of Atlanta, Ga., the 1992 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and member of two Walker Cup teams, has been named captain of the 1999 U.S. Walker Cup team.

Yates, 48, will lead a team of 10 amateur golfers against a squad from Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) at Nairn Golf Club in Scotland, 11th - 12th September 1999.

"Being chosen the captain of this team is really the thrill of a lifetime for me," said Yates, who has compiled a 1-0-1 foursomes record and a 3-1 singles record in Walker Cup play.

"I'd hoped that if I lived long enough something like this would happen one day, but this announcement totally caught me off guard. This is such a humbling honour when I think about the people that have been captain in the past, but I'm not sure that it has totally sunk in yet."

In 1997, the U.S. defeated GB&I, 18-6, at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. It was the third U.S. victory in the last four meetings. The U.S. leads the series 31-4-1.

A life-long amateur, Yates graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972. He was a member of the 1989 and 1993 U.S. Walker Cup teams, the latter of which defeated GB&I, 19-5, at Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn. Yates competed in the 1971 U.S. Open, finishing tied for 55th, and was runner-up in the 1988 U.S. Amateur. He was selected to the 1988 U.S. World Amateur Team and has also played in two Masters Tournaments.

Yates currently works as an insurance agent at Yates Insurance Agency in Atlanta. He serves on the USGA's Green Section Committee and served on the Junior Championship Committee from 1985-1997