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GB&I Walker Cup squad gather at Royal Lytham

  • Captain Craig Watson brought squad together ahead of Lytham Trophy.
  • Players met with selectors for team fitting and squad dinner at Royal Lytham.
  • GB&I set to face USA at Los Angeles Counrty Club in September.

Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup captain Craig Watson held his first squad gathering ahead of the recent Lytham Trophy.

 

Watson was joined by Chairman of GB&I Men’s Selectors Andy Ingram and fellow selectors, Michael Burns and 2015 Walker Cup captain Nigel Edwards, as they met with the group of players at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The squad features 21 players vying for one of the ten places on the GB&I team to face the USA at the Los Angeles Country Club in September. Jack Davidson and Robin Dawson were recent additions to the squad.

Fight for Places

The squad, which also includes Amateur Champion and number six in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM (WAGRTM), Scott Gregory, were fitted for their team kit and attended a dinner where the Walker Cup trophy was on display.

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme, who currently occupy the WAGRTM seventh and eighth spots, are also in contention to make the final team. From Ireland, R&A Foundation Scholar champion Stuart Grehan and fellow scholar Robin Dawson are also hoping to book their ticket to Los Angeles this year.

A strong Welsh contingent includes three of the four-man team that recently won the European Nations Cup in Spain. Jack Davidson, who also lifted the individual title in that competition, David Boote and Owen Edwards will be hoping to continue their early season form to impress the selectors.

Dinner
The squad came together for a dinner where The Walker Cup was on display.

Highlight of Amateur Career

“It’s good to get the squad together. It was the first time I have seen them this year. They have been playing here, there, and everywhere,” said Craig Watson.

“It’s good to catch up and watch the players compete again. We have a couple of new guys (Jack and Robin) in the squad, whom I have never met before, so it’s good to meet them.”

“The Walker Cup is going to be the highlight of their amateur career. They may never experience something like this again.

“Those in the squad have got to remember they are not in it yet but they are close.”

Watson was keen to emphasise that those who were not in the initial squad could still play their way in, saying, “It doesn’t matter if you are not in the squad, I wasn’t in the squad when I got picked. It’s still all to play for.”