2019 – GB&I Team

February 2019

The R&A Men’s Selection Committee is responsible for the selection of the Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Walker Cup Team.

The current Selection Committee comprises Andy INGRAM (Chairman / Wales), Craig WATSON (Captain / Scotland), Nigel EDWARDS (England) and Padraig HOGAN (Ireland).

An informal practice session for some GB&I players took place on 18-19 December 2018 at Royal Liverpool G.C.

Bailey GILL (ENG), Alex FITZPATRICK (ENG), Jake HAPGOOD (WAL), Billy MCKENZIE (ENG), Conor PURCELL (IRE), Caolan RAFFERTY (IRE), Sandy SCOTT (SCO), Jamie STEWART (SCO), Tom THURLOWAY (ENG) and Euan WALKER (SCO) were the ten attendees.

Unfortunately the gathering clashed with the increasingly prestigious South Beach International Amateur in Miami Beach, Florida. Jake BURNAGE (ENG), Conor GOUGH (ENG), David LANGLEY (ENG), Ben JONES (ENG), Joe PAGDIN (ENG), Tom PLUMB (ENG) and Robin WILLIAMS (ENG), all of whom were probably also invited, were already committed to this and were therefore not able to attend.

In passing Jake BURNAGE finished third at the South Beach, now ranked the fifth biggest amateur event in amateur golf. As a result he moved into the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking top 50 and certainly did his 2019 Walker Cup prospects more good than having a friendly knock around Hoylake in the winter.

One must also assume that Alex GLEESON (IRE), David HAGUE (ENG), Harry HALL (ENG), Ryan LUMSDEN (SCO), Rowan LESTER (IRE), John MURPHY (IRE), Peter O’KEEFFE (IRE) and Tom SLOMAN (ENG) were discussed by the selectors and if invited were unable to make the dates chosen.

An initial squad has historically been announced in the January of the match year. No formal squad announcement has been made to date in 2019 and my understanding is the selectors will not be doing so until mid-April. The first squad gathering at Royal Liverpool will then be ahead of the Lytham Trophy in late April / early May.

In 2017 19 players were selected for the squad which was announced on 23rd January. Two additional players, Jack DAVIDSON and Robin DAWSON, were subsequently added in April 2017.


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