Canyon Laker helps Team U.S.A. win Walker Cup


The United States won back the Walker Cup from Britain and Ireland last weekend at the prestigious Walker Cup event at the exclusive Los Angeles Country Club in Beverly Hills.

The Walker Cup is a biennial series of golf matches between the top 10 amateur golfers in the U.S. against the top amateur golfers in Great Britain and Ireland.

Eighteen-year-old Canyon Laker Norman Xiong was the youngest player in the competition and the second-youngest player ever selected to the American team. He played in all four matches during the two-day event. His three wins and one tie helped propel Team U.S.A. to a 19-7 victory and bring the coveted trophy back to the U.S.

At age 15, Norman won the American Junior Golf Association’s Nike Junior Invitational. He won the AJGA Thunderbird International at age 17. In 2016, he was a member of the United States team that won its fifth straight Junior Ryder Cup. He finished 1 up.

Earlier this year, the University of Oregon sophomore received the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman award. This award is given to the most outstanding freshman in all of Division I college golf. He was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the year and was a 2017 Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year semifinalist.

Norman, who started playing golf at the age of 4 at the U.S. Naval Base in Guam, moved to the United States in 2005, at age 6, to further expand his opportunities in the game of golf. Initially moving to the San Diego area, Norman and his family relocated to Canyon Lake in 2009, when Norman was just 10 years old, to further expand his golfing opportunities. In Canyon Lake, he trained with Richard Messer. He left Temescal Canyon High School a semester early to join the Ducks at the University of Oregon.