21st August 2017
The R&A announced the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Walker Cup Team earlier today.
The team, which will be captained for the first time by Craig Watson, is (in alphabetical order): –
David BOOTE (23) – Walton Heath GC, Wales
Jack DAVIDSON (20) – Llanwern GC, Wales
Harry ELLIS (21) – Meon Valley GC, England
Scott GREGORY (22) – Corhampton GC, England
Matthew JORDAN (21) – Royal Liverpool GC, England
Paul MCBRIDE (21) – The Island GC, Ireland
Robert MACINTYRE (21) – Glencruitten GC, Scotland
Alfie PLANT (25) – Sundridge Park GC, England
Jack SINGH BRAR (20) – Remedy Oak GC, England
Connor SYME (22) – Drumoig GC, Scotland
1st Conor O’ROURKE (26) – Naas GC, Ireland
2nd Craig HOWIE (22) – Peebles GC, Scotland
Top (l-r): Scott Gregory, Alfie Plant, Connor Syme, David Boote, Harry Ellis Bottom (l-r): Jack Davidson, Jack Singh Bear, Matthew Jordan, Paul McBride, Robert MacIntyre
This is the Team that I predicted would be selected last Saturday so it is hard to say there are any surprises. The Selection Committee have delivered what most commentators were expecting.
Commenting on the Team announcement Captain Craig Watson said, “We have been very impressed with the performances of many of the GB&I players so far this season and it has been a difficult decision to select only ten players. The Americans will be determined not to lose two matches in a row but we have selected a strong team and I’m sure the players will give it their all to try to retain the trophy.”
A 19-man initial squad had been announced on 23rd January 2017 with two more players added to it in April.
From these David BOOTE, Jack DAVIDSON, Scott GREGORY, Robert MACINTYRE, Paul MCBRIDE, Alfie PLANT and Connor SYME have now been selected. Reserves Craig HOWIE and Conor O’ROURKE were also both in the squad.
Harry ELLIS, Matthew JORDAN and Jack SINGH BRAR played their way on to the Team during the season.
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