The Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team is announced

The R&A today announced the Great Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup match against the USA being played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York on 7 and 8 September 2013.

The ten-man team and two reserves were announced for the 44th Walker Cup match where the GB&I team will bid to defend the trophy they won in dramatic fashion at Royal Aberdeen in 2011.

Nigel Edwards, Captain of the GB&I team, said, “We believe we have selected a strong team which includes some of the best amateur players in the world. The players have all competed at the highest levels of the amateur game and will relish the challenge of facing the Americans on their home soil.

“There will be some who are disappointed not to make the team but it is the job of the selectors to carefully consider the players available and select the strongest team they can. We are very much looking forward to what promises to be a great match next month.”

The GB&I team:

Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, of Hallamshire, Yorkshire, England.

Nathan Kimsey, 20, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England.

Gavin Moynihan, 18, The Island, Dublin, Ireland.

Max Orrin, 19, North Foreland, Kent, England.

Kevin Phelan, 22, Waterford Castle, County Waterford, Ireland.

Garrick Porteous, 23, Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England.

Rhys Pugh, 19, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.

Neil Raymond, 27, Corhampton, Hampshire, England.

Callum Shinkwin, 20, Moor Park, Hertfordshire, England.

Jordan Smith, 20, Bowood, Wiltshire, England.


Greg Eason, 21, Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire, England.

Ryan Evans, 26, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.


Nigel Edwards, 45, Whitchurch, Cardiff, Wales.

Previous results:

2011 Royal Aberdeen, GB&I 14  USA 12

2009 Merion, USA 16 ½   GB&I 9 ½

2007 Royal County Down, GB&I 11 ½  USA 12 ½

Player information:

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick won the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open at Muirfield and became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship with a 4 and 3 victory over Australian Oliver Goss in the 36 hole final. The 2012 Boys Amateur Champion reached the final of the English Amateur Championship where he lost