INITIAL GB&I SQUAD SELECTED FOR ST ANDREWS TROPHY

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INITIAL GB&I SQUAD SELECTED FOR ST ANDREWS TROPHY

5 March 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: A preliminary Great Britain & Ireland squad has been selected for this year’s St Andrews Trophy Match, which will be played at Golf Club Castelconturbia, Italy, on 27 & 28 August. The squad contains 18 players from whom the nucleus of the nine-man team to face the Continent of Europe will be drawn.

It is anticipated that this 18-man squad will also form the basis for selection of the GB&I team to contest the Walker Cup Match at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland, next year.

Four 2009 Walker Cup team members – Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Haines, Stiggy Hodgson and Chris Paisley – add valuable experience to the squad, while talented young players, like 2009 Scottish Amateur Champion David Law, and Paul Dunne, who captained GB&I to victory over the Continent of Europe in the 2009 Jacques Leglise Trophy Match, add considerable depth.

This year, Nigel Edwards will be taking charge of his first GB&I team after being named as Captain for both the St Andrews Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe, and the 2011 Walker Cup Match against the USA.

"We’ve selected a very strong initial squad for this year’s match. Every one of the 18 young players is more than capable of excelling at the highest levels of the amateur game,” said Edwards, a playing member of victorious St Andrews Trophy teams in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

“It is now down to the players involved, and to those who narrowly missed out on selection, to use the summer to prove that they are deserving of one of the nine places available in the team."

The group will assemble at Celtic Manor Resort for a two-day session on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May, giving players a chance to spend some time together, both on the golf course and socially, before the Match.

There is every chance for other players to force their way into the squad, and the selectors, who will be in attendance at events throughout the summer, fully expect several players not included in the initial 18 to be in contention for a place in the team.

The members of the squad are as follows:

Jamie Abbott – Fynn Valley Ross Kellett - Colville Park
James Byrne – Banchory David Law - Hazlehead
Paul Cutler – Portstewart Tom Lewis - Welwyn Garden City
Alan Dunbar – Rathmore Chris Lloyd - Kendleshire
Paul Dunne – Greystones Matthew Nixon - Ashton under Lyne
Rhys Enoch – Truro Chris Paisley - Stocksfield
Tommy Fleetwood – Formby Hall Eddie Pepperell - Drayton Park
Matthew Haines – Rochester & Cobham Darren Renwick - Hill Barn
Stiggy Hodgson – Sunningdale Michael Stewart - Troon Wellbeck

The Great Britain & Ireland selectors are as follows:

Nigel Edwards, Captain – Wales Michael Burns – Ireland
Tony Disley, Chairman – Wales Mark Heames – Wales
Allan Brodie – Scotland Jonathan Plaxton – England

ENDS

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