GB&I Walker Cup Squad to play Training Match

Members of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Squad will play a training match on 11-13 May at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, in advance of September’s match against the USA. The squad will be split into two teams of eight players, who will play four foursomes matches on Wednesday, four foursomes and eight singles on Thursday, and eight singles on Friday.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a training match in advance of the Walker Cup,” said GB&I Captain Nigel Edwards. “We’re hopefully going to give the squad a taste of the standard to which, if selected, they will be expected to perform, and an idea of the pressure they will come under against the USA in September.

“Although many of them have played a great deal of competitive team golf, nothing matches the Walker Cup in terms of occasion and atmosphere, so it is important that we prepare ourselves for that.”

Ten players will form GB&I’s team to face the USA in the 43rd Walker Cup Match, at Royal Aberdeen in September. The selected team will be announced in August.

21-year-old Stiggy Hodgson, who secured two points for GB&I in the 2009 encounter at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania, is the only player in the squad with previous Walker Cup experience. Many of those picked, however, represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy Match against the Continent of Europe at Castelconturbia Golf Club, Italy, while others, including 2010 Jacques Leglise Trophy Captain Rhys Pugh, have played for GB&I at boys level.

Tyrrell Hatton, who made his Major Championship debut at St Andrews, last year, will be in attendance, along with 2009 Boys Amateur Champion Tom Lewis and Northern Ireland’s 2010 Lytham Trophy Champion, Paul Cutler. Alastair Jones, Andy Sullivan, Michael Stewart and Amateur Championship runner-up James Byrne are unable to attend.

2009 Scottish Amateur Champion David Law, who is from north east Scotland, has been invited to join the squad for the session, along with Ireland’s Dermot McElroy and Steven Brown of England. GB&I selectors will be at all major amateur events throughout the season, and anyone whose performances merit selection will be invited to attend squad training sessions.

Access to the course is free from 11-13 May. Free parking is available, and spectators are welcome to bring cameras.

Founded in 1780, the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, which moved to its present location on Balgownie Links in 1888, is the world’s sixth-oldest active golf club.

Players:

Steven Brown; Paul Cutler; Alan Dunbar; Rhys Enoch; Oliver Farr; Tyrrell Hatton; Stiggy Hodgson; Ross Kellett; David Law; Tom Lewis; Dermot McElroy; Kris Nicol; Kevin Phelan; Rhys Pugh; Jack Senior; Darren Wright

Order of play:

11 May – Foursomes    : 2.00pm, 2.08pm, 2.16pm and 2.24pm

12 May – Foursomes    : 8.32am, 8.40am, 8.48am and 8.56am

             – Singles          : 1.12pm, 1.20pm, 1.28pm and 1.36pm

13 May – Foursomes    : 8.32am, 8.40am, 8.48am and 8.56am