Matthew Fitzpatrick, newly-crowned US Amateur champion, Amateur champion Garrick Porteous and English champion Callum Shinkwin are among seven English players in the ten-man GB&I Walker Cup team just announced.
The other English players are Nathan Kimsey, Max Orrin, Neil Raymond and Jordan Smith who will line up with Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan from Ireland and Welshman Rhys Pugh for the match against the USA at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, on 7th and 8th September.
The two reserves also come from England in Greg Eason (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) and Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire).
The team will defend the trophy won dramatically at Royal Aberdeen in 2011 and team captain Nigel Edwards 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 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.”
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire)
Fitzpatrick, 18, became the first English player to win the US Amateur Championship since 1911 when he beat Australia’s Oliver Goss 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final on Sunday at Brookline, Massachusetts. Was the 2012 Boys Amateur champion and won the silver medal as the leading amateur at The Open Championship at Muirfield. He reached the final of the English Amateur Championship where he lost to Callum Shinkwin. He will play collegiate golf at Northwestern University in Chicago from September.
Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)
Kimsey, 20, represented England in the 2012 Men’s Home Internationals and became the first English player in 15 years to win all six matches. This year, he finished tied third at the Brabazon Trophy, tied second at the St Andrews Links Trophy and also enjoyed top ten finishes in the Scottish Stroke Play Championship and the Lytham Trophy. He was a member of the winning English team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark.
Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent)
Orrin, 19, was also a member of the winning England team at the European Men’s Team Championships in Denmark in July. He reached the semi-final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, where he is a member, and finished tied second in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Orrin reached the second round of the recent US Amateur Championship and won the Titleist/Footjoy Boys Order of Merit in 2012.
Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland)
Porteous, 23, won the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal in June and secured a place in The Open Championship at Muirfield, a place in next year’s US Open at Pinehurst and a traditional invitation to the Masters. This year, he won the Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Southerness and was runner-up at the Welsh Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship. He was sixth in the European Nations Cup.
Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI)
Raymond, 27, won the St Andrews Links Trophy this year at St Andrews but lost in the quarter final of the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports to eventual champion Garrick Porteous. He performed well at the Brabazon and Lytham trophies with top 20 finishes in both events and was runner-up in the Spanish Amateur Championship in February. Raymond reached the quarter finals of the recent US Amateur Championship in Brookline.
Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire)
Shinkwin, 20, won the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath recently with a victory over Matthew Fitzpatrick in the 36-hole final. Made his England debut against France last year and was a member of the winning English team in the European Men’s Team Championships and the Men’s Home Internationals at Ganton. Shinkwin won the South American Amateur Championship in Colombia in January and finished tied second at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship.
Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire)
Smith, 20, won the Brabazon Trophy at Formby in June by four shots. A good season has seen him finish eighth in the St Andrews Links Trophy, tied ninth in the French Amateur Championship, tied fifth in the Spanish Amateur Championship and tied seventh in the Portuguese International Amateur Championships. Smith is currently ranked 17th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Image of Nathan Kimsey copyright Dansk Golf Union.