For Immediate Publication


17 August 2011, St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A has announced the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup, being played at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland.  The GB&I team will face the United States of America over Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2011.

Nigel Edwards, Captain of the GB&I team said, “I’m very pleased with the team that has been selected and I’m sure a number of players will be disappointed to miss out.

“These players represent the strongest group of amateur golfers that GB&I has to offer and I believe that we will do very well at Royal Aberdeen”.

Steven Brown, 24, Wentworth, England

Brown made a late burst to get in the team with victory in the English Amateur Championship at Woburn. He also finished runner-up in the European Amateur Championship, losing the title in a three-hole playoff. He was third leading qualifier in this year’s Amateur Championship, and runner-up in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship.

James Byrne, 22, Banchory, Scotland

Byrne spent four years at Arizona State University. He was runner-up in last year’s Amateur Championship. He reached the semi-finals of this year’s Scottish Amateur Championship, and played well in the European Team Championships in Portugal, where he was undefeated. Local knowledge should help Byrne. He lives near Royal Aberdeen and knows the course well.

Paul Cutler, 22, Portstewart, Ireland

Cutler learnt the game on the links of Portstewart Golf Club, not far from Royal Portrush. Cutler first made a serious bid to be part of the team when he won last year’s Lytham Trophy. He won this year’s Irish Amateur Closed and West of Ireland Championships. He also played well in this year’s Irish Open on the European Tour, finishing 21st.

Alan Dunbar, 21, Rathmore, Ireland

Dunbar was a double winner last year when he won the Irish Amateur Open and the North of Ireland Amateur championships. His best finishes this season are second place in the Brabazon Trophy and runner-up in the West of Ireland Championship. He also had top 10 finishes in the Irish Amateur Open Championship (T9) and the East of Ireland Championship (T6).

Stiggy Hodgson, 21, Sunni