Seven Englishmen named in 2021 Walker Cup team

Seven English players have been selected for the Great Britain and Ireland team to play the United States of America in the 48th Walker Cup match at Seminole, Florida.

Barclay Brown, Alex Fitzpatrick, Angus Flanagan, Ben Jones, Matty Lamb, Joe Long (main image) and Ben Schmidt have all made captain Stuart Wilson’s selection for the match to be played over the weekend of May 8-9.

They are joined by Irish duo John Murphy and Mark Power and Scotland’s Sandy Scott.

The travelling reserves are also both English – Jack Dyer and Jake Bolton.

GB&I is bidding to win back the famous trophy after the USA secured a 15½-10½ victory at Royal Liverpool two years ago, marking the first away win in the match since 2007 when the USA prevailed at Royal County Down.

Stuart Wilson, GB&I captain, said, “The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of the amateur game for these players and we are delighted that they will have the opportunity to compete against their counterparts from the USA at Seminole.

“It gives them the opportunity to display their exceptional talent and will provide a lifetime of memories. After a difficult year with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all looking forward to the match this year and I know the team will be doing their very best to win back the Walker Cup.”

The GB&I team: 

Barclay Brown (20, Hallamshire, England)

Alex Fitzpatrick (22, Hallamshire, England)

Angus Flanagan (21, St George’s Hill, England)

Ben Jones (21, Northamptonshire County, England)

Matty Lamb (23, Hexham, England)

Joe Long (23, Lansdown, England)

John Murphy (22, Kinsale, Ireland)

Mark Power (20, Kilkenny, Ireland)

Ben Schmidt (18, Rotherham, England)

Sandy Scott (22, Nairn, Scotland)

Reserves

1.    Jack Dyer (23, Boyce Hill, England)
2.    Jake Bolton (22, Ogbourne Downs, England)